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Grand jury indicts April 5 Circle K armed robbery suspect

A Hancock County grand jury has indicted a Michigan man in connection with the April 5, armed robbery of the Circle K store located on Commerce Lane in Bluffton. 

Police officers arrived within a minute of the robbery and were able to immediately secure the scene. 



Red Cross assisting family involved in Mt. Cory house fire

The American Red Cross North Central Ohio Chapter responded to a fire that occurred on Lincoln Street in Mt. Cory on Thursday.

The Red Cross provided assistance to the family of four for emergency shelter and immediate needs such as clothing and food and also provided comfort kits of personal hygiene items to those affected.

Todd James, Executive Director, North Central Ohio Chapter. Said the Red Cross urges everyone to take steps to minimize the risk of a fire occurring in their home.

The American Red Cross of Hancock County is a United Way partner.


Police: Lock cars and homes - nightime break-ins reported

Bluffton police are urging residents to lock their car doors and residences as police report a recent increase in reported residential burglaries.

"We are encouraging everyone to make sure they lock their home, cars and garages," said Rick Skilliter, Bluffton police chief.

"We’ve had three reports in the past two weeks - two last night - of unknown subjects entering homes and or cars to steal purses," he said.

"These homes have been occupied during the burglaries. This is a particularly troubling situation since the suspects are entering occupied homes," he added.


Bluffton police apprehend three youths for entering vehicles

Bluffton police apprehended three youths over the weekend after responding to a report of three people entering parked cars in the area of Eastland Drive.

Rick Skilliter, police chief provided the Icon with the following report:

On Friday, June 17, police officers responded to a report of three people entering parked cars in the area of Eastland Drive. The alert citizen called police at 5:05 a.m., with officers arriving within one minute of the initial call.  As officer’s announced themselves to the individuals, the trio separated, running in different directions.


Here's the May Bluffton police report

Bluffton police provided the may police docket to the Icon. The police reported 413 calls for service during May.

May 1

-Police arrested Chase Oler, 22, Findlay for OVI following a traffic stop on Jefferson St. for an equipment violation.

-Officers responded to a criminal damaging complaint at the university. 

-A Jefferson St resident reported his wallet was stolen while at a local park.

-Police arrested Taylor Richardson, 27, Bluffton, on an outstanding warrant from Hancock County.


Bluffton police receive 391 calls for service in April - here's the report

Bluffton Police Department
Public Docket April 2016

Total Calls for Service - 391

April 1
-A subject walked into the police station carrying a knife and showed officers where he had cut his wrist with it.  He was transported to St. Rita’s Hospital.

-Police responded to a non-injury traffic crash on Church St.  Nancy Yeager, 71, Bluffton was issued a citation for Reasonable Control.

April 2
-Officers responded to an assault complaint in the 100 block of E College Ave. 


Missing Ada teen found in Indianapolis

FROM THE ADA ICON - Elizabeth Saracson 14-years-old, who had spent the evening with her sister in Ada, and had left her home during the night hours, was found in Indianapolis, Ind., according to Michael Harnishfeger, Ada police chief.

On Monday, the Ada Police Department in concert with the Forest Police Department and the F.B.I. tracked Elizabeth down to a house in Indianapolis, Ind., where F.B.I. agents successfully located her and recover her from the home.


14-year-old Ada girl reported missing by police

FROM ADA ICON - On April 23 the Ada Police Department took a report of a missing juvenile. 

The incident occurred in Ada.  According to the report, Elizabeth Saracson was spending the night at her sister's on Friday April 22.  Elizabeth was last seen around 10 p.m. that night at her sister’s house. 

Elizabeth is 14 years old and is a white female with brown hair slightly below her shoulders and brown eyes. Elizabeth has a mole on her neck. 


Bluffton police have 460 calls for service in March

Bluffton Police Department - Public Docket March 2016
Total Calls for Service -460

March 3
Officers arrested Scott Beach, 43, Bluffton, on an outstanding warrant out of Hancock County.

March 4
A Defiance resident reported child custody/safety issues. 

March 8
Police were called to an E Elm St residence in response to an argument over personal belongings.   


Bluffton police: Alleged March 30 Main Street robbery did not take place

Bluffton police released the following information about an alleged March 30 robbery of a Main Street Bluffton business. Police did not release the name of the business  because public record exemptions prohibit the release of names of uncharged suspects, so there is no further information available at this time.

The department's news release follows: