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Bluffton police have 440 calls for service in March

Including three arrests for outstanding warrants

Tyler Hochstetler, Bluffton police department sergeant released the March police docket. During the month police at 440 calls for service.

March 2

  • A Jenera resident reported her vehicle was damaged while at a Commerce Lane business.

March 5

  • Officers responded to a non-injury traffic crash in the 600 block of Bentley Road. Larry R. Harper, 62, Johnson City, Tennessee, was issued a citation for improper starting and backing. The case is pending in Lima Municipal Court.

March 7


Bluffton man and his cousin die of gunshot wounds

The Hancock County Sheriff's Office has reported that two people, including a Bluffton man and his cousin, died from gunshot wounds on Monday evening, March 21.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office said Ashley M. Sayarath, 19, died from two gunshot wounds, according to a press release. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said David Sayarath, 30, of Bluffton, and the cousin of Ashley, apparently shot Ashley at 605 Palm Drive, Liberty Township, before turning the gun on himself and dying.

The investigation is continuing.


Bluffton police have 394 calls for service in February

18 reportable offenses, 7 traffic accidents

Bluffton police had 394 calls for service in February, including 18 reportable offenses and 7 traffic accidents, according to Sergeant Tyler Hochstetler of the department. The February report follows:

February 2
A West Elm Street resident reported a civil family issue to police.

February 5
Police cited Timothy L. Booth, 19, Toledo for possession of marijuana following a traffic stop for a stop sign violation in the 500 block of State Route 103. The case is pending in Findlay Municipal Court.


Here's the Bluffton police log for December - January

Bluffton police released the December-January police log, which follows:
December - Total calls for service – 260

December 1


Theft loss in December totaled $6,322

According to monthly Bluffton police report

Bluffton police chief, Ryan Burkholder, reports that Bluffton experienced $6,322 in theft loss during December.

That stat is part of the January Bluffton police report. In January police had 306 calls for service, 60 traffic stops and issued 11 citations.

The monthly report, listing additional information is attached.


Bluffton PD handled 4,000 calls in 2016

103 theft reports made

Bluffton police were busy in 2016. The year-end monthly report of calls for service shows the Bluffton department handed over 4,000 calls.

The greatest number of police activities involved building checks. Those were over 500. Several other items were also high on the list of police activities.

Among those were 198 complaint call follow-ups, 400 vehicle investigations, 172 burglar alarms, 103 theft reports, 18 breaking and entering reports, 34 criminal damaging reports and 20 domestic reports.


November Bluffton theft loss reported at $45,648

Police also report two stolen vehicles

During November Bluffton police handed 234 calls for seervice, had 48 traffic stops and issued 12 citations, according to the Ryan Burkholder, police chief.

Theft loss for November was $45,648 with theft recovery of $8. Two motor vehicle thefts totaled $42,940 in value. A note in the report stated that there is the potential that the vehicles may be recovered.


Five arrested in multi-agency human trafficking sting in Bluffton

Those charged will appear in Findlay Municipal Court

The Icon has learned of arrests made on Dec. 6 involving an undercover investigation of human trafficking apparently in the Hancock County portion of Bluffton.

The news sources of this story include The Courier, The Lima News and WTOL TV, Toledo. None of those news outlets identified a specific location of the alleged sting.

The sources reference the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, which conducted the operation with the Hancock METRICH-Criminal Task Force and the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.


Bluffton police had 274 calls for service in October

Vehicles on east side of village reported ended and money taken

Here is the October Bluffton police report. During the month police had 274 calls for service.

3rd - Officers responded to a domestic dispute at a 100 E. Elm St. residence. 

4th - A Riley St. resident reported finding a pellet gun. 

5th - Police arrested James White, Jr, 42 Lima, for DUS following a traffic stop on N. Main St.   

10th  - A Garmatter St. resident reported unknown persons had entered his unlocked garage and stole items sometime in the past month.     


Watch this video of Life Flight landing on I-75

A Life Flight helicopter from the Bluffton Airport landed directly on the northbound lane of Interstate 75 late Friday afternoon (Nov. 4).

The landing was a result of a two vehicle accident, which stopped northbound traffic.

Click here for more photos of the accident.