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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.


7,426 calls for service – and it's down from last year

Bluffton police department busy year explained by the numbers

Seven thousand, four hundred and twenty-six. And, that’s lower than last year.

That number – 7,426 – represents the number of calls for service reported by the Bluffton Police Department from October 2018 through October 2019. That's over 20 calls in a 24-hour day.

Ryan Burkholder, police chief, updated Bluffton council members on the police department’s activities in 2019 at Monday’s council meeting, providing several stats and comments. 

Attached to this story is the complete report to council from Chief Burkholder - 


Several December arrests of driving without a valid license

Cases pending in Lima Municipal Court

Bluffton police released its December docket, which follows. 

December 2
Officers arrested a Hillsboro resident for driving without a valid license following a traffic stop in the area of Bentley Road and Quarry Drive for a stop sign violation. The case is pending in Lima Municipal Court.

December 6
Officers arrested a Bluffton resident for OVI following a traffic stop in the area of Bentley Road and Gratz Road for an equipment violation. The case is pending in Lima Municipal Court.