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June 2, 2020

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Kato still on medical leave, but is improving daily

Bluffton police K9 suffers from a collapsed lung

And, now for some good news.

Kato, Bluffton police department’s K9, is chomping at the bit to return to work, according to Tyler Hochstetler, member of the department and his handler.

Currently on sick leave, the dog showed signs of an illness in March.

“I took him to the vet because of his lethargic state,” Hochstetler wrote in a letter to Bluffton council on March 27. “ The physician's exam, blood work and X-ray concluded that Kato is suffering from a pneumothorax (collapsed lung).

This week, Hochstetler told the Icon that Kato is doing well. 


Police respond to threats made to hospital staff members

Breaking and entering and theft reports filed

Here's the April Bluffton police log.

April 3
Officers arrested a Bluffton resident for OVI following a complaint of the subject being asleep behind the wheel in a drive thru of a State Route 103 business. The defendant was also charged with driving under suspension and endangering children. The cases are pending in Findlay Municipal Court.

April 4
Officers received a theft complaint from a Jefferson Street resident.


Police chief issues scam alert

Ryan Burkholder, Bluffton police chief, informed the Icon of several scams that have popped up related to the coronavirus.

The warnings are from the Ohio Attorney General’s office and may be viewed at the bottom of this story.


Several arrested for driving under suspension

Lima resident arrested on outstanding warrant

The February Bluffton police log follows:

February 3
Officers arrested a Lima resident for driving under suspension, plates belonging to another vehicle, and expired registration following a traffic stop in the in the area of Interstate 75 at mile marker 140. The cases are pending in Lima Municipal Court.


Arlington barn fire on Saturday

The American Red Cross North Central Ohio Chapter responded to a barn fire on Township Road 184 in Arlington on Saturday afternoon. 

The Red Cross provided assistance for the immediate needs of one resident of an apartment in the barn, such as temporary lodging, food and clothing. Red Cross volunteers also provided canteen and relief services for first responders on the scene.


Bluffton PD K9 had a busy year

During one vehicle sniff in particular, K9 Kato alerted on a vehicle and a subsequent search of the vehicle produced 78.43 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 2.94 grams of fentanyl and .18 grams of a methamphetamine/fentanyl mixture

The following report to Bluffton council lists the usage of Kato, the Bluffton Police Department's K9. Sergeant Tyler Hochstetler, Kato's handler, provided details in the report.

With the conclusion of the 2019 calendar year, we want to update you on the Bluffton Police Department’s K9 usage.