Bowling Green police

The mayor of Bowling Green says the city continues to examine how it conducts hiring for all of its departments.

The move was prompted by a federal investigation into how the city makes hiring decisions related to its police force. A Department of Justice investigator is scheduled to visit the city on August 13.

A letter from the DOJ to the city said only five-percent of Bowling Green’s sworn police personnel are African-American.

Speaking Wednesday following a speech to the Bowling Green Noon Rotary Club, Wilkerson said he’s in favor of a “color blind” hiring process for all city departments. The mayor believes it’s important for the city’s minority communities to see a police department they can relate to.

“How better to gather trust in that community than if they see someone who looks like them, or who can speak their language,” the mayor said.

A man wanted in the cold case killing of his wife in south-central Kentucky has been captured in Mexico. 

Prosecutors took out a warrant last year, charging Leland Neal in the death of his estranged wife Carol Neal.

The Bowling Green social worker was reported missing in 1998. Her body was never found, but hikers discovered part of her skull in 2003 in the Daniel Boone National Forest. 

Mexican authorities were holding Leland Neal about a week ago in connection with a robbery when they discovered the murder warrant and contacted U.S. officials.  Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Cohron says Neal is now in custody in Texas.

"The warrants we had outstanding against him were served on Mr. Neal," stated Cohron.  "He was lodged in the Harris County Detention Center in Houston, Texas and should be extradited to Warren County in the next couple of weeks."

At the time of her  disappearance 16 years ago, Carol was separated from Leland and the couple was in the midst of divorce proceedings.  An affidavit stated that Carol had filed a domestic violence report against her estranged husband.

Bowling Green police continue their search for a suspect following a deadly armed robbery in the city early Monday morning.

The shooting happened just after midnight at the Domino's on Stonehenge Avenue. WBKO-TV is quoting police as saying a black man came in the back door shortly after the store closed at midnight. Witnesses say there was a struggle and a lot of yelling. When police arrived, they say a white man was found shot to death by the side of the building.

His name has not yet been released.

Employees were inside the building during the robbery but there were no other injuries reported.

Police say they're not sure if the suspect took any money. Surveillance video shows the man to be about 6'1" tall but his face was covered.

Lone Robber Hits Bowling Green Bank

Jan 4, 2013
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Bowling Green police received a call of a robbery in progress inside the First Security Bank on Chestnut Street Thursday afternoon. Witnesses say a man entered the bank, showed a handgun tucked in his waistband and demanded money. After receiving an undisclosed amount, the man exited the bank on foot.

He's described as a white male about six feet tall and 180 pounds. At the time of the robbery he was dressed in a black shirt, blue jeans and a black mask and sunglasses that covered most of his face.

Detectives have no suspects and are asking anyone with any information to call them at 393-4000 or Crime Stoppers at 781-CLUE (2583).

Bowling Green Police Search for Bank Robber

Jun 21, 2012
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Just after noon Wednesday, Bowling Green police say a white male entered the Fairview Avenue branch of American Bank & Trust, displayed a weapon and demanded money.

Police in Bowling Green have charged a man with with murder in the stabbing death of a man whose body was found in the street of a residential neighborhood. 

Police arrested 24 year old Stephan Thomas on Saturday after the stabbing near Veterans Memorial Boulevard. Witnesses reportedly led police to an apartment where Thomas was arrested. The body of 21 year old Tyrese Huffman was found by officers responding to a 911 call around 2:45 a.m. Bowling Green police sat Huffman was stabbed in the neck.

Two WKU Football Players Wounded in Sunday Shooting

Apr 16, 2012

Two WKU football players are recovering after being wounded by gunshots outside a bar. A statement from the school's athletic department says defensive lineman Tevin Holliman and defensive back Ricardo Singh were each hit once. their wounds are not considered life threatening.