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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.


Kato still on medical leave, but is improving daily

Bluffton police K9 suffers from a collapsed lung

And, now for some good news.

Kato, Bluffton police department’s K9, is chomping at the bit to return to work, according to Tyler Hochstetler, member of the department and his handler.

Currently on sick leave, the dog showed signs of an illness in March.

“I took him to the vet because of his lethargic state,” Hochstetler wrote in a letter to Bluffton council on March 27. “ The physician's exam, blood work and X-ray concluded that Kato is suffering from a pneumothorax (collapsed lung).

This week, Hochstetler told the Icon that Kato is doing well. 


Police respond to threats made to hospital staff members

Breaking and entering and theft reports filed

Here's the April Bluffton police log.

April 3
Officers arrested a Bluffton resident for OVI following a complaint of the subject being asleep behind the wheel in a drive thru of a State Route 103 business. The defendant was also charged with driving under suspension and endangering children. The cases are pending in Findlay Municipal Court.

April 4
Officers received a theft complaint from a Jefferson Street resident.


Police chief issues scam alert

Ryan Burkholder, Bluffton police chief, informed the Icon of several scams that have popped up related to the coronavirus.

The warnings are from the Ohio Attorney General’s office and may be viewed at the bottom of this story.


Several arrested for driving under suspension

Lima resident arrested on outstanding warrant

The February Bluffton police log follows:

February 3
Officers arrested a Lima resident for driving under suspension, plates belonging to another vehicle, and expired registration following a traffic stop in the in the area of Interstate 75 at mile marker 140. The cases are pending in Lima Municipal Court.