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August 17, 2017


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Bluffton, Grove respond to rural fire call

Bluffton, Columbus Grove and Allen County Sheriff's Department responded to a farm fire call at 8530 Columbus Grove Road at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The farm is just west of Ebenezer Mennonite Church.

Bluffton received the 911 call and through mutual aid requested assistance from Columbus Grove's department.

No flames or smoke were evident from Grove Road and it appears that fire personnel focused on a barn on the property.


Bluffton police administer Naloxone twice in two days

Four nighttime break-ins reported on July 3

Bluffton police had 477 calls for service in July with 31 reportable offenses and two traffic accidents, according to Tyler Hochstetler, Bluffton police sergeant. The July report follows:

July 2

  • Police arrested Amy J. Muniz, 41, Bluffton, for OVI following a traffic stop in the area of Cherry Street and Railroad Street. The case is pending in Lima Municipal Court.
  • Police responded to a Railroad Street residence in reference to a fight complaint.

July 3


Sheriff's Department investigating scam in Beaverdam

Victim accused of tax fraud

FROM THE ALLEN COUNTY SHERIFF - The Allen County Sheriff’s Office has an open investigation regarding a scam that occurred in Beaverdam. 

The victim reported she was contacted by someone using the phone number 202-455-5956 who claimed to be from the Legal Affairs Department and accused her of tax fraud.

The victim reported she told the caller she had not received any paperwork regarding this.  A short time later and while still speaking with the man on the phone there was a knock on her door.


Bluffton PD say to take precautions if you live in the flood plain

Advisory from Bluffton Police: Riley Creek is continuing to rise and may force some road closures soon. If you live in flood prone areas begin taking precautions.

The Riley Creek is continuing to rise and some roads may need to be closed. If you live in flood prone areas you should begin taking necessary precautions. Any rain later in the day may cause substantial rise with the saturated conditions already in place.


Bluffton police file three misdemeanor charges against Dr. Gideon

Pre-trial expected this week in Lima Municipal Court

The Bluffton police department was involved in the recent investigation of Dr. James A. Gideon, M.D., Bluffton rheumatology and internal medicine physician, Ryan Burkholder, police chief, confirmed to the Icon on Monday.

Burkholder said that State Medical Board of Ohio contact the police department shortly after it began the investigation of Dr. Gideon involving sexual misconduct with patients.

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Hancock sheriff: Two deaths are drug related

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office said the deaths of a male and female in a rural Ada house Monday night appear be drug related. The bodies have been sent to Lucas County for autopsy.

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The deaths were not the result of violent crime, the sheriff’s office said.


Two discovered dead south of Bluffton on Monday evening

In residence on Township Road 56, Ada

Two deaths, discovered at about 9 p.m. south of Bluffton on Monday, June 19, are under investigation by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.

One woman and one man were found dead at a 23287 Township Road 56, Ada, residence, just north of U.S. Route 30 between Bluffton and Ada.

Marie R. Beach, 18, formerly of Lima, was identified as the woman. The man has not yet been identified.

Both bodies were taken to Lucas County for autopsies, according to the sheriff’s department, and the deaths are not currently under investigation.


Bluffton PD assist Putnam sheriff in apprehending burglary suspects

Here's the May Bluffton police log

Bluffton police had 571 calls for service in May. There were 42 reportable incidents and 6 traffic crashes handled. Here's the May docket, plus one event from April, provided by Tyler Hochstetler, department sergeant.

On the morning of April 21, officers with the Bluffton Police Department assisted the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office who were searching for two burglary suspects south of the Village of Pandora near the intersection of Pandora Road and Bixel Road.


Meth lab causes fire in North Main Street Ada residence

Officers arrested an occupant of the apartment

FROM THE ADA ICON - Officials determined that a methamphetamine lab caused the fire that extensively damaged a structure at 409 N. Main St., Ada, on Wednesday afternoon. 

Officers arrested an occupant of the apartment, Karen Troglin, for assembly and/or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs. Other charges may be added in the future since the case remains under investigation.

The fire was investigated by the Hardin County Crime Task Force and Bureau of Criminal Investigation,


Police receive 509 calls for service in April

Including assault complaint, threating Instagram post, stolen identity

April Bluffton police calls for service follow, provided by Tyler Hochstetler, police department sergeant.

Total Calls for Service – 509

April 1

  • Officers arrested Roxanne M. Velasquez, 35, Ada, for driving under suspension following a traffic stop in the area of Commerce Lane and State Route 103. The case is pending in Findlay Municipal Court.

April 5

  • A university student reported items were stolen from his dorm room while he was away on break.

April 6