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Theft loss in December totaled $6,322

According to monthly Bluffton police report

Bluffton police chief, Ryan Burkholder, reports that Bluffton experienced $6,322 in theft loss during December.

That stat is part of the January Bluffton police report. In January police had 306 calls for service, 60 traffic stops and issued 11 citations.

The monthly report, listing additional information is attached.


Bluffton PD handled 4,000 calls in 2016

103 theft reports made

Bluffton police were busy in 2016. The year-end monthly report of calls for service shows the Bluffton department handed over 4,000 calls.

The greatest number of police activities involved building checks. Those were over 500. Several other items were also high on the list of police activities.

Among those were 198 complaint call follow-ups, 400 vehicle investigations, 172 burglar alarms, 103 theft reports, 18 breaking and entering reports, 34 criminal damaging reports and 20 domestic reports.


November Bluffton theft loss reported at $45,648

Police also report two stolen vehicles

During November Bluffton police handed 234 calls for seervice, had 48 traffic stops and issued 12 citations, according to the Ryan Burkholder, police chief.

Theft loss for November was $45,648 with theft recovery of $8. Two motor vehicle thefts totaled $42,940 in value. A note in the report stated that there is the potential that the vehicles may be recovered.


Five arrested in multi-agency human trafficking sting in Bluffton

Those charged will appear in Findlay Municipal Court

The Icon has learned of arrests made on Dec. 6 involving an undercover investigation of human trafficking apparently in the Hancock County portion of Bluffton.

The news sources of this story include The Courier, The Lima News and WTOL TV, Toledo. None of those news outlets identified a specific location of the alleged sting.

The sources reference the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, which conducted the operation with the Hancock METRICH-Criminal Task Force and the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.


Bluffton police had 274 calls for service in October

Vehicles on east side of village reported ended and money taken

Here is the October Bluffton police report. During the month police had 274 calls for service.

3rd - Officers responded to a domestic dispute at a 100 E. Elm St. residence. 

4th - A Riley St. resident reported finding a pellet gun. 

5th - Police arrested James White, Jr, 42 Lima, for DUS following a traffic stop on N. Main St.   

10th  - A Garmatter St. resident reported unknown persons had entered his unlocked garage and stole items sometime in the past month.     


Watch this video of Life Flight landing on I-75

A Life Flight helicopter from the Bluffton Airport landed directly on the northbound lane of Interstate 75 late Friday afternoon (Nov. 4).

The landing was a result of a two vehicle accident, which stopped northbound traffic.

Click here for more photos of the accident.





Life Flight called to accident on I-75 overpass

Bluffton EMS, fire and police on the scene

What appears to be a rear-end accident on northbound Interstate 75 has completely stopped traffic in the interstate.


The accident may have occurred around 4:40 p.m. this afternoon. Photos taken by the Icon were at 4:55 p.m. A U-Haul truck has rear-ended another Pro Shear truck just on the north side of the overpass at State Route 103.


August-September police report includes several breakings and enterings

PD had 659 calls for service during those two months

During August and September Bluffton police had 659 calls for service, according to the August and September police dockets. Here is a summary of those calls.

August 2016 - Total Calls for Service – 359

Officers responded to an apartment complex on East College Avenue in reference to a dispute among tenants.

Officers responded to an apartment complex on East College Avenue in reference to a medical complaint. Upon further investigation, officers located drug paraphernalia outside of one of the apartments.


87-year-old Pandora man LifeFlighted to Toledo

On Monday, Oct. 10, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reported that the office was dispatched to 13528 Road 4-M near Pandora due to an “unknown medical condition.”

Pandora EMS, the Pandora Fire Department and Putnam County EMS also assisted at the scene.

As deputies arrived at the scene, they found Frank Paul Taschler, 87, had suffered third degree burns over approximately 45 to 50 percent of his body.


26-year-old Pandora woman charged in Lima bank robbery

May be the same woman who robbed the same bank last week

A Pandora woman, Nicole Shoopman, 26, was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery following a bank robbery in Lima on Monday.

According to Allen County sheriff deputies, Shoopman is believed to be the same woman who robbed the same bank last week.

Shoopman was expected to appear at a bond hearing Wednesday at Lima Municipal Court.

The robbery occurred at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at Fifth Third Bank on Hardin Highway, Lima.

A witness provided a possible vehicle description and license plate number, Allen County Sheriff Chief Deputy Jimmy Everett said.