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January 23, 2021

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Recent mailing in Bluffton is a scam said Chief Burkholder

Bluffton police chief, Ryan Burkholder, notified the Icon today that a solicitation that appears to be from the Bluffton police is a scam.

"It appears they (scammers) are trying to use the police department to solicit funds. The organization is label as the 2020 Bluffton Emergency Appeal National Police Association, which we are not apart of," said Burkholder

"Please do not give to this organization," he said.  


Police make four arrests on outstanding warrants

And, respond to three deer-vehicle accidents in November

Here's the Bluffton police department docket for November, 2020.

Nov. 2
• Officers responded to the 6500 block of North Dixie Highway for a non-injury car vs deer crash.

Nov. 4
• Officers received a civil complaint from a State Route 103 business.
• Officers received a civil complaint from a Bentley Road resident.
• Officers arrested an Ada resident for disorderly conduct.


Brake lock-up probable cause of semi fire

No one injured in truck fire that caught the attention of village residents last night

More photos at bottom of story -
Jon Kinn, Bluffton fire chief, updated the Icon on details of last night’s semi-truck fire that took place in the Diamond Manufacturing parking lot on Jefferson Street.

The driver of the semi was on Interstate 75 when he was alerted by another semi driver that his rear wheels were smoking. That is often an indication that the trailer is experiencing a brake lock-up.

Kinn said that when the driver realized the problem he pulled off the interstate onto State Route 103.


Bluffton resident arrested on warrant from Findlay

Sexual assault, driving under suspension arrests among October police reports

Here is the October, 2020, Bluffton police report.
Oct. 1
A Cherry Street resident reported a theft of medication to police.

Oct. 6
Officers responded to the 400 block of Cherry Street in reference to an unwanted guest.

Oct. 8
Officers arrested an Alger resident for driving under suspension following a traffic stop in the area of County Line Road at County Road 33 for a speeding violation. The case is pending in Findlay Municipal Court.


Kato back on his police beat

Recertified in June after being on sick leave with a collapsed lung

Here’s the latest on Kato, the Bluffton police department K-9 dog who was on sick leave this spring with a collapsed lung.

Kato returned to work after being medically cleared by the vet. 

He missed his initial recertification with his training group in May due to his illness. 

Once he was cleared, he went to work with Tyler Hochstetler, his police department handler, and rode around in the cruiser, but wasn’t allowed to do anything until he became recertified. 


One man killed in two-car accident in Ada on Thursday

FROM ADA ICON - A two-car accident Thursday evening (July 9) in Ada resulted in three persons hospitalized. One of the three died as a result of wounds that he appeared to suffer as a result of the accident.

The official Ada police statement follows:

On Thursday, July 9, at 6:12 p.m. officers of the Ada Police Department were dispatched to the scene of an injury accident on South Johnson Street and East Lehr Avenue.

Also responding were Ada-Liberty Township fire, Ada-Liberty EMS and Alger EMS.