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Police Log

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.


Three Bluffton police officers recognized for outstanding work

Three Bluffton police officers were recognized for outstanding achievements during the Sept. 6 Bluffton council meeting. Ryan Burkholder, interim police chief, made the following presentations:

• Officer Dominic Francis – life saving award


10 theft reports in Bluffton during July totaled $6,633

Bluffton police report that during the month of July the amount of money in the village lost by theft totaled $6,633.

That figure is part of the July police report provided to Bluffton council. Additional information from the July report show that the police had 326 calls for service, 43 traffic stops and 6 citations handed out.

There were 30 complaints reported during July. Of those 10 included theft.

A portion of the July report is an attachment below. The entire report is part of the Bluffton council packet also attached below.


Here's a video of Life Flight helicopter leaving Aug. 26 I-75 accident

Here's a second video of the Aug. 26 Interstate 75 accident north of Bluffton.

Click here for the latest story on the accident, that involved a Life Flight helicopter flight.

This video was made by Andrew Rogers.


Friday accident: Life Flight takes one injured person to St. Vincent's

Friday's interstate accident details are now available according to information from the Findlay post of the State Highway Patrol.

Bluffton police, fire and EMS assisted the patrol at the crash scene.

According to the Patrol: A Utah man suffered life-threatening injuries in a three-vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer on northbound Interstate 75, near the Ohio 235 exit.


Multi-vehicle accident near Mt. Cory closes north and south I-75

Bluffton rescue crews are on the scene of a traffic-stopping accident on Interstate 75. Bluffton sirens were heard around 1:30 p.m. (Friday, Aug. 26)

Both northbound and southbound I-75 was at a standstil at 2:15 p.m. Southbound was also backup up several miles north of Mt. Cory. Northbound was backed up to Beaverdam.

It appears that two semi trucks and at least one car are involved, however more vehicles could also be part of the accident. One semi is off the interstate in a field. Another is off the interstate.


Bluffton police assist Humane Society with animal case

Bluffton police officers investigated a citizen complaint late Friday (Aug. 19) about unhealthy conditions at the TLU Rescue located at 142 Vance St., Bluffton, according to Rick Skilliter, police chief. 

The initial investigation led officers to a Greding Street residence.

Officers requested the assistance of the Allen County Humane Society and the Allen County Dog Warden. As a result of the investigation, over 60 animals were removed from the facility and or residence.

The case has been turned over to the Humane Society for any further action.


Ada hardware video catches thief in action

At 9:20 a.m. this morning (Aug. 11) the Ada Police Department issued a S.A.F.E.R. Alert (Seeking Aid From Every Resident) as it attempt to find the identity of the subject in this picture and video.


This Hispanic male has actively stolen items from Keith's Hardware, Ada, over the past couple of days. He has tattoos on his right arm and was observed wearing a gold watch.


Ada police officer is okay following Monday accident

FROM ADA ICON - Ada police officer Sgt. Donald Deckling is okay after his police cruiser was involved in an accident on Aug. 8.

Deckling was traveling east on East North Street in Ada at 1:45 p.m. when he was struck by a vehicle traveling north on North Johnson Street. The cruiser was hit on the passenger side and the cruiser turned onto its side.

Summer Miller of Lima, was the driver of the other vehicle. She was treated at the scene and was cited for failure to yield at the right of way at an intersection.