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July 2, 2015


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Meth lab discovered in Ada house fire; one man in critical condition

The story of a house fire south of Ada on Monday evening is unraveling into a tragedy on several levels.

The fire resulted in the discovery of the existence of an active methamphetamine (meth) lab. In addition, one person is in critical condition. Another is charged with complicity to illegal manufacturing of drugs, and four juveniles are placed in custody of Children’s Services.

Ada’s fire department responded to a 6:30 p.m. fire alarm at 4781 State Route, Apartment A, south of Ada, on May 4.


EMS runs lower in 2014 - charts show monthly run details

Bluffton’s 2014 EMS runs and patient transports were down in 2014 compared to previous years, according to Jan Basinger, EMS chief.

In 2014 Bluffton EMS had 429 runs and 299 transports. That is 10 runs lower than last year and 27 transports lower than last year. A nine-year chart attachment to this story shows runs from 2006 to 2014.

The second attachment to this story reveals 2014 EMS fire runs, transports and other runs by the month.

The chart also shows the call locations and the transport destinations.


Red Cross assisting Mt. Cory family following house fire

The American Red Cross of Hancock County is helping a Findlay family and a Mt. Cory family following fires in their homes.

A Findlay family of four received assistance for clothing and seasonal clothing and comfort kits with personal hygiene items following the fire in their Elm St. home on Thursday evening.   Red Cross Disaster Responders Bill Davis and Karl Gingrich responded to the call for help. 


Ada woman killed, Ada man injured in SR 81 accident this morning

Carla M. Dysert, 56, of Ada, was killed in a two-vehicle accident this morning at 8:42 a.m. on State Route 81 in Allen County, according to a report from the Allen County Sheriff’s office.
James R. Britt, 30, of Ada, was injured in the crash.

According to the sheriff’s report, the crash occurred when Britt, heading eastbound on Ohio State Route 81, lost control of his 1994 Mazda and went over the center line and into the path of Dysert’s 2004 Buick SUV, which was headed west.

Following the crash Britt was transported to St. Rita’s Medical Center.


Bluffton police alert: Several residential burglaries near Bluffton

Bluffton police sent area residents a Nixel alert earlier this evening warning that there have been several residential burglaries in adjacent areas to Bluffton.

The alert encouraged residents to lock cars, homes, and out buildings.

Here's the complete message:

Neighboring law enforcement report a number of home burglaries during the overnight hours. We remind all residents to secure their property, homes, out buildings and vehicles.


Michigan man charged with one count robbery; additional charges being considered in Chase bank robbery

Bluffton's Chase bank was the scene of a robbery this morning (Oct. 21). A statement from Rick Skilliter, Bluffton police chief, explains that a suspect has been arrested.

Skilliter's report follows:

At 8:56 a.m. today a lone white male entered the Chase Bank, 135 S. Main St., Bluffton,  and presented tellers with a note that threatened an explosion if his demand for money was not met. A teller complied with the demand and turned over an undisclosed amount of money. The man fled from the bank.


Nixel alert: Looking for elder Bluffton woman wearing pink coat

Rick Skilliter, Bluffton police chief, sent the following Nixle announcement at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15:

Elderly female waked away from College Avenue and Greding Street area earlier this morning. Possibly wearing a pink coat and carrying a black purse. She is 5-feet tall.

Please check your area and report to 911 if you see the female.


Bluffton police warn residents about Lima prison escape

At approximately 9:50 p.m. this evening (Sept. 11), the Bluffton police department sent out the following message on its Nixle alert system:

Prison escape from Lima. Secure property and call 911 to report any suspicious activity.




Here's Bluffton's June police docket

Matt Oglesbee, Bluffton police sergeant, provided The Icon with the June Bluffton police docket, which follows.

Bluffton Police Department Public Docket

June 2
-A N. Jackson St. Resident reported that his wife left the residence with all of their belongings and money and he did not know where she had gone.


Rick Skilliter: "Gun shots" were fireworks shot off last night

Were you awakened last night between 2 and 2:30 a.m. to what may have sounded like guns firing?

No such thing.

Rick Skillier, Bluffton police chief, informed the Icon this morning that several residents called the department about hearing "gun shots" in the early morning hours.

Skillier said that what residents heard were fireworks being shot off in the area of Bluffton University.

"There was no public safety hazard to the noises reported last night," Skilliter said. "Residents heard fireworks being shot off."