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Among February's police docket

Stolen Bluffton vehicle abandoned in Perrysburg; assault complaint; power pole fire

Bluffton Police Department released its February Docket, which follows:

February 1

  • Officers arrested John W. Deaton, 43, Rockford, for driving under suspension following a traffic stop in the area of State Route 103 and Interstate 75 for a registration violation. During the same incident, officers also arrested Rebecca Purtee, 42, Rockford, for wrongful entrustment. Both cases are pending in Findlay Municipal Court.

February 2


Ada police, Hardin sheriff searching for missing youth

Searching an area northeast of Ada

By Monty Siekerman - Ada Icon
A child is lost, and it’s getting dark.

At 6 p.m. on Friday, a helicopter hovers overhead. Many rescue and law enforcement are on hand looking for the child.

There are boats and scuba gear in case he is found in or near one of the many farm ponds that dot the territory.

Neighbors join in the search. ATVs prowl the countryside. Residents, even two miles away, have been notified to be on the watch. 


Police issue several arrests in January on outstanding warrants

Investigating sexual assault, forwarded to sheriff's office

Here is the January Bluffton Police Department docket.

January 1

  • Officers responded to Bluffton Hospital ER in reference to a possible child abuse complaint. The case was forwarded to Allen County Children’s Services for follow-up and review.

January 2

  • Officers responded to a non-injury traffic crash in the 100 block of Beaver Street.

January 3


Bluffton EMS experienced 514 calls in 2017

Involving 385 patient transports

Bluffton EMS experienced a busy 2017, according to Jan Basinger, EMS chief.

The squad responded to 514 calls for assistance. Of those calls 426 were of a medical nature. September was the busiest month with 52 total calls.

Bluffton’s EMS handles calls in the village Richland Township and Orange Township, in addition to mutual aid. Of the 514 calls 426 were in the village.

In 2017 the EMS transported 385 patients. Of those, 211 transports went to Bluffton Hospital.

Total runs by month, by location and by medical category are in the attached chart.


2017 fire runs slightly higher than 2016

Accident runs increased this year

Note: A monthly chart is attached at the bottom of this story covering 2016 and 2017.

Bluffton Fire Department’s 2017 runs were very similar to 2016, according to Jon Kinn, fire chief.

The department reported 109 runs in 2017 and 101 in 2016. Kinn told Bluffton council that the department’s response to 27 accidents in 2017 was higher than normal. The 2016 accident response was 19.

The highest month for calls was February with 12.


Uptick in police calls for service in 2017

2016 stats compared to 2017 stats - attachments below

Bluffton police experienced a 1,350 increase in the number of calls for service from 2016 to 2017, according to Ryan Burkholder, police chief.

Those calls numbered 4,278 in 2016 and jumped to 5,528 in 2017.

Five attachments compare 2016 stats by month to 2017 stats by month. Some of the comparison include:

18 breaking and entering (2017)
17 breaking and enterings (2016)

463 vehicle investigations (2017)
401 vehicle investigations (2016)

279 house checks (2017)
145 house checks (2016)