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August 15, 2020

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Police Log

Accident at Lincoln Highway and Bentley Road sends five to hospitals

Among those hospitalized is Teri Steinmetz, Bluffton first grade teacher

Bluffton residents Joel and Teri Steinmetz and two of their children received injuries from a two-vehicle accident Sunday, at the intersection of Lincoln Highway and Bentley Road, according to the Lima Post of the State Highway Patrol.

In addition, the driver of the second vehicle, Monica L. Nostrum, 44, of Bellaire, Michigan, received injuries.


Bluffton man sentenced on two counts of rape

Bluffton police report that on Aug. 24, Jonathon Lamb, 37, Bluffton, was sentenced to 18 years in prison during a sentencing hearing in the Hancock County Common Pleas Court. 

Mr. Lamb plead guilty to two charges of rape in June of 2018 and a pre-sentence investigation followed.  Mr. Lamb was sentenced to nine years on each count and those sentences will be served consecutively.    


Bluffton K-9 sniffiing out narcotics

Several July police investigations involve illegal drug discoveries

Here's the Bluffton police department July docket.

July 1

Officers responded to the 400 block of Cherry Street in reference to a civil complaint.

Officers arrested a Marysville, Ohio, resident for possession of illegal narcotics following a traffic stop in the 300 block of North Main Street. The case is pending in Lima Municipal Court.

July 2

Officers arrested Corey J. Thayer, 21, Beaverdam, for driving under suspension following a traffic stop in the area of Interstate 75 and Bentley Road. The case is pending in Lima Municipal Court.

July 3


Beer spill

Bluffton police investigated a beer truck spill on Thurday morning between Bluffton Marathon and Lu Lu's. The driver of the truck apparently back up further than expected. The truck spilled dozens of beer cans into the hill between the two businesses.


Reports of breaking and entering, illegal narotics, criminal damage complaints

June Bluffton police log

Here's the Bluffton police department June docket provided by Tyler Hochstetler, police sergeant.

June 1

Officers responded to the 9000 block of North Dixie Highway for a breaking and entering complaint.


Bluffton man pleads guilt to two counts of rape

Sentencing takes place in August

Jonathon Lamb, 37, Bluffton, plead guilty to two counts of rape on Tuesday June 26, in Hancock County Common Pleas Cour, according to Bluffton police.

The charges stem from a complaint filed with the Bluffton Police Department in May of 2017 in which officers received a report of a possible sexual assault involving a child. 

During the investigation, officers learned that the incident(s) happened in February of 2017 and Jonathan Lamb was subsequently arrested and charged with one count of first degree felony rape with a specification due to the age of the child.