• Bluffton, Indiana, was nicknamed “The Parlor City” over a century ago because its paved streets (a new phenomenon at the time) made the city “as clean as your parlor." 

January 31, 2015

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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."


Here's the Bluffton Police Department February docket

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

Bluffton Police Department Public Docket

Feb. 1
-An E Elm St. resident reported receiving a threatening letter in the mail.

Feb. 3
A Jenera resident reported that the passport that he had ordered was never delivered. 


Bluffton Police Docket for January

Rick Skilliter, Bluffton police chief, provided the Icon with the January Bluffton police log, which follows:


Bluffton fire department responded to 87 calls in 2013 - down 20 from previous year

Bluffton's fire department responded to 20 less calls in 2013 than in 2012, according to Jon Kinn, fire chief. During 2012 the department responded to 107 fire calls. This past year that number decreased to 87.

A chart at the bottom of this story shows runs by month and by type. June was the busiest month with 13 calls while December had only 4.