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Counterfeit bills among Bluffton PD September calls

Also possession of controlled substances, hit-skip accident and drivers under suspension

Bluffton police dealt with a report of conterfeit money, possession of controlled substances, a hit-skip accident, and other calls during September, according to Tyler Hostetler, police sergeant.

In September the police had 451 calls for service including 21 reportable incidents and 9 traffic crashes. The monthly docket follow:

September 1

  • Officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Cherry Street in reference to a dog complaint.

September 2


Bluffton police respond to 486 calls for service in August

Bluffton police responded to 486 calls for service during August, according to Tyler Hochstetler, police sergeant. The August report follows:

August 1

  • A Hillville Road resident reported his juvenile daughter took his vehicle from the parking lot of a Garau Street business. The juvenile was taken to the Allen County Juvenile Detention Center on Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle charges. The case is pending in Allen County Juvenile Court.

August 2


Life Flight transports 3 Hardin teens to St. Vincent's, Toledo

The Hardin County Sheriff’s office is currently investigating a multiple vehicle crash that occurred at 8:04 a.m. at County Road 110 and Township Road 205 in Goshen Township of Hardin County.

A southbound vehicle on Township Road 205 occupied by five juveniles failed to yield at a stop sign and was struck by a vehicle headed eastbound on County Road 110.

Three of the five juveniles were lifeflighted to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Toledo with life-threatening injuries.


Hancock Sheriff deputies looking for drunk drivers

Aug. 16-Sept. 4 is “Drive sober or get pulled over"

As summer winds down, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is ramping up its enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on drunk driving.

Sgt. Matt Kinsinger said, “We are again partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to stop drunk drivers and help save lives.”

The national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from Aug. 16 through Sept. 4 (Labor Day).


Bluffton, Grove respond to rural fire call

Bluffton, Columbus Grove and Allen County Sheriff's Department responded to a farm fire call at 8530 Columbus Grove Road at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The farm is just west of Ebenezer Mennonite Church.

Bluffton received the 911 call and through mutual aid requested assistance from Columbus Grove's department.

No flames or smoke were evident from Grove Road and it appears that fire personnel focused on a barn on the property.


Bluffton police administer Naloxone twice in two days

Four nighttime break-ins reported on July 3

Bluffton police had 477 calls for service in July with 31 reportable offenses and two traffic accidents, according to Tyler Hochstetler, Bluffton police sergeant. The July report follows:

July 2

  • Police arrested Amy J. Muniz, 41, Bluffton, for OVI following a traffic stop in the area of Cherry Street and Railroad Street. The case is pending in Lima Municipal Court.
  • Police responded to a Railroad Street residence in reference to a fight complaint.

July 3


Sheriff's Department investigating scam in Beaverdam

Victim accused of tax fraud

FROM THE ALLEN COUNTY SHERIFF - The Allen County Sheriff’s Office has an open investigation regarding a scam that occurred in Beaverdam. 

The victim reported she was contacted by someone using the phone number 202-455-5956 who claimed to be from the Legal Affairs Department and accused her of tax fraud.

The victim reported she told the caller she had not received any paperwork regarding this.  A short time later and while still speaking with the man on the phone there was a knock on her door.


Bluffton PD say to take precautions if you live in the flood plain

Advisory from Bluffton Police: Riley Creek is continuing to rise and may force some road closures soon. If you live in flood prone areas begin taking precautions.

The Riley Creek is continuing to rise and some roads may need to be closed. If you live in flood prone areas you should begin taking necessary precautions. Any rain later in the day may cause substantial rise with the saturated conditions already in place.


Bluffton police file three misdemeanor charges against Dr. Gideon

Pre-trial expected this week in Lima Municipal Court

The Bluffton police department was involved in the recent investigation of Dr. James A. Gideon, M.D., Bluffton rheumatology and internal medicine physician, Ryan Burkholder, police chief, confirmed to the Icon on Monday.

Burkholder said that State Medical Board of Ohio contact the police department shortly after it began the investigation of Dr. Gideon involving sexual misconduct with patients.

CLICK HERE for earlier story.


Hancock sheriff: Two deaths are drug related

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office said the deaths of a male and female in a rural Ada house Monday night appear be drug related. The bodies have been sent to Lucas County for autopsy.

CLICK HERE for initial story.

The deaths were not the result of violent crime, the sheriff’s office said.