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Friday accident: Life Flight takes one injured person to St. Vincent's

Friday's interstate accident details are now available according to information from the Findlay post of the State Highway Patrol.

Bluffton police, fire and EMS assisted the patrol at the crash scene.

According to the Patrol: A Utah man suffered life-threatening injuries in a three-vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer on northbound Interstate 75, near the Ohio 235 exit.


Multi-vehicle accident near Mt. Cory closes north and south I-75

Bluffton rescue crews are on the scene of a traffic-stopping accident on Interstate 75. Bluffton sirens were heard around 1:30 p.m. (Friday, Aug. 26)

Both northbound and southbound I-75 was at a standstil at 2:15 p.m. Southbound was also backup up several miles north of Mt. Cory. Northbound was backed up to Beaverdam.

It appears that two semi trucks and at least one car are involved, however more vehicles could also be part of the accident. One semi is off the interstate in a field. Another is off the interstate.


Bluffton police assist Humane Society with animal case

Bluffton police officers investigated a citizen complaint late Friday (Aug. 19) about unhealthy conditions at the TLU Rescue located at 142 Vance St., Bluffton, according to Rick Skilliter, police chief. 

The initial investigation led officers to a Greding Street residence.

Officers requested the assistance of the Allen County Humane Society and the Allen County Dog Warden. As a result of the investigation, over 60 animals were removed from the facility and or residence.

The case has been turned over to the Humane Society for any further action.


Ada hardware video catches thief in action

At 9:20 a.m. this morning (Aug. 11) the Ada Police Department issued a S.A.F.E.R. Alert (Seeking Aid From Every Resident) as it attempt to find the identity of the subject in this picture and video.


This Hispanic male has actively stolen items from Keith's Hardware, Ada, over the past couple of days. He has tattoos on his right arm and was observed wearing a gold watch.


Ada police officer is okay following Monday accident

FROM ADA ICON - Ada police officer Sgt. Donald Deckling is okay after his police cruiser was involved in an accident on Aug. 8.

Deckling was traveling east on East North Street in Ada at 1:45 p.m. when he was struck by a vehicle traveling north on North Johnson Street. The cruiser was hit on the passenger side and the cruiser turned onto its side.

Summer Miller of Lima, was the driver of the other vehicle. She was treated at the scene and was cited for failure to yield at the right of way at an intersection.


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.