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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:


Circle K robber caught on video - happened early Tuesday AM

Bluffton police filed this report this morning to the Icon concerning a robbery at Circle K on Commerce Lane.

Police encourage anyone with information to contact police department at 419-358-2961.​

On Tuesday, April 5, at approximately 4:48 a.m., the Circle K store located on Commerce Lane in Bluffton, Hancock County, was robbed by a white male with a firearm. 


Rural Bluffton family receiving Red Cross assistance after Friday house fire

Volunteers with the American Red Cross of Hancock County responded to a fire on County Road 51 in Bluffton Friday night.  
Red Cross volunteers Jim Beach and Karl Gingrich provided the family of four with temporary shelter and assistance for immediate needs such as food and clothing.   


EMS responses to nearly 40 calls in February

Jan Basinger, Bluffton EMS chief, provided the Icon with the February EMS docket.


Ada school opens on Thursday with extra patrols; investigation continues

FROM ADA ICON - Michael Harnishfeger, Ada police chief provided The Icon with the following update involving today's evacuation of the Ada school:

During dismissal on Feb. 24, 2016, the Ada High School office received a suspicious phone call. 

Law enforcement was notified immediately and all buildings on campus were evacuated. 

Officers from the Ada Police Department as well as deputies from the Hardin County Sherriff’s office were dispatched to the school.


Ada school on alert after suspicious phone call - three agencies on the scene

FROM ADA ICON - Ada schools sent the follow alert message at 4:16 p.m. today:

"At the time of dismissal we received a suspicious call that forced us to evacuate the building. All students were safely evacuated from campus."

The Icon understands that the following officials are on the scene:
• Allen County Bomb Squad
• Hardin County Sheriff
• Ada Police Department
• On stand by is Ada-Liberty Township fire and EMS


Police have 410 calls for service in January

Bluffton Police Department
Public Docket January 2016

Total Calls for Service-410

January 3
-Officers responded to a SR 103 residence in response to an unwanted guest 
January 5
-Officers responded to a non-injury traffic crash in the 300 block of S Main St.