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December 1, 2015


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Here's Bluffton's October police docket

Bluffton Police Department
Public Docket October 2015

Total Calls for Service - 530


Counterfeit bills passed in Bluffton businesses

Rick Skilliter, Bluffton police chief, informed The Icon of persons passing counterfeit bills in Bluffton businesses.

• Over the weekend several counterfeit $50 bills were cashed in at businesses along State Route 103. The men using these counterfeit bills were making small purchases requiring large amounts of change.

• On Tuesday evening someone purchased a pet dog via Craig's List.The payment and exchange for the pet were conducted in a parking lot of a SR 103 business.


Bluffton police seek assistance identifying "suspicious male"

Bluffton police seek public assistance in identifying an individual who has been seen over the course of several days on various parts of the Bluffton University campus, according to Rick Skilliter, police chief.

According to a report from the police: Officials say the male has been observed in restricted areas.

On Thursday, Oct. 22, Bluffton police officers attempted to stop the man in an attempt to identify him, but he fled on foot, and drove off in a dark-colored four-door vehicle, leaving the area before police could stop him.


Serious two-vehicle accident closes Grove Road at SR 696

Bluffton police, fire and EMS were called to the scene of a two-vehicle accident at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Friday at the intersection of Columbus Grove Road and State Route 696.

Several injuries resulted and a Life Flight helicopter from the Bluffton Airport landed on 696 anticipating flying an injured person to an area hospital.


It appeared that the one vehicle struck the other in the intersection. One vehicle was in the ditch and the other was on its side on the highway pavement.


Video camera catches two guys in the act of breaking into Ada Pepsi machine

It's not a video of a deer jumping into Luke's Bar and Grill.

But, it is a pretty interesting video of two guys breaking into a Pepsi machine in a Main Street Ada laundromat. 

Early Monday morning the video camera at the Ada laundromat caught two people breaking into the machine. The outside camera also photographed the vehicle. 

Check out the photos below and click here to go to Ada Police Facebook to view the video.


Meth lab discovered in Ada house fire; one man in critical condition

The story of a house fire south of Ada on Monday evening is unraveling into a tragedy on several levels.

The fire resulted in the discovery of the existence of an active methamphetamine (meth) lab. In addition, one person is in critical condition. Another is charged with complicity to illegal manufacturing of drugs, and four juveniles are placed in custody of Children’s Services.

Ada’s fire department responded to a 6:30 p.m. fire alarm at 4781 State Route, Apartment A, south of Ada, on May 4.


EMS runs lower in 2014 - charts show monthly run details

Bluffton’s 2014 EMS runs and patient transports were down in 2014 compared to previous years, according to Jan Basinger, EMS chief.

In 2014 Bluffton EMS had 429 runs and 299 transports. That is 10 runs lower than last year and 27 transports lower than last year. A nine-year chart attachment to this story shows runs from 2006 to 2014.

The second attachment to this story reveals 2014 EMS fire runs, transports and other runs by the month.

The chart also shows the call locations and the transport destinations.


Red Cross assisting Mt. Cory family following house fire

The American Red Cross of Hancock County is helping a Findlay family and a Mt. Cory family following fires in their homes.

A Findlay family of four received assistance for clothing and seasonal clothing and comfort kits with personal hygiene items following the fire in their Elm St. home on Thursday evening.   Red Cross Disaster Responders Bill Davis and Karl Gingrich responded to the call for help. 


Ada woman killed, Ada man injured in SR 81 accident this morning

Carla M. Dysert, 56, of Ada, was killed in a two-vehicle accident this morning at 8:42 a.m. on State Route 81 in Allen County, according to a report from the Allen County Sheriff’s office.
James R. Britt, 30, of Ada, was injured in the crash.

According to the sheriff’s report, the crash occurred when Britt, heading eastbound on Ohio State Route 81, lost control of his 1994 Mazda and went over the center line and into the path of Dysert’s 2004 Buick SUV, which was headed west.

Following the crash Britt was transported to St. Rita’s Medical Center.


Bluffton police alert: Several residential burglaries near Bluffton

Bluffton police sent area residents a Nixel alert earlier this evening warning that there have been several residential burglaries in adjacent areas to Bluffton.

The alert encouraged residents to lock cars, homes, and out buildings.

Here's the complete message:

Neighboring law enforcement report a number of home burglaries during the overnight hours. We remind all residents to secure their property, homes, out buildings and vehicles.