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Police Log

Bluffton PD handled 4,000 calls in 2016

103 theft reports made

Bluffton police were busy in 2016. The year-end monthly report of calls for service shows the Bluffton department handed over 4,000 calls.

The greatest number of police activities involved building checks. Those were over 500. Several other items were also high on the list of police activities.

Among those were 198 complaint call follow-ups, 400 vehicle investigations, 172 burglar alarms, 103 theft reports, 18 breaking and entering reports, 34 criminal damaging reports and 20 domestic reports.


November Bluffton theft loss reported at $45,648

Police also report two stolen vehicles

During November Bluffton police handed 234 calls for seervice, had 48 traffic stops and issued 12 citations, according to the Ryan Burkholder, police chief.

Theft loss for November was $45,648 with theft recovery of $8. Two motor vehicle thefts totaled $42,940 in value. A note in the report stated that there is the potential that the vehicles may be recovered.


Five arrested in multi-agency human trafficking sting in Bluffton

Those charged will appear in Findlay Municipal Court

The Icon has learned of arrests made on Dec. 6 involving an undercover investigation of human trafficking apparently in the Hancock County portion of Bluffton.

The news sources of this story include The Courier, The Lima News and WTOL TV, Toledo. None of those news outlets identified a specific location of the alleged sting.

The sources reference the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, which conducted the operation with the Hancock METRICH-Criminal Task Force and the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.


Bluffton police had 274 calls for service in October

Vehicles on east side of village reported ended and money taken

Here is the October Bluffton police report. During the month police had 274 calls for service.

3rd - Officers responded to a domestic dispute at a 100 E. Elm St. residence. 

4th - A Riley St. resident reported finding a pellet gun. 

5th - Police arrested James White, Jr, 42 Lima, for DUS following a traffic stop on N. Main St.   

10th  - A Garmatter St. resident reported unknown persons had entered his unlocked garage and stole items sometime in the past month.     


Watch this video of Life Flight landing on I-75

A Life Flight helicopter from the Bluffton Airport landed directly on the northbound lane of Interstate 75 late Friday afternoon (Nov. 4).

The landing was a result of a two vehicle accident, which stopped northbound traffic.

Click here for more photos of the accident.





Life Flight called to accident on I-75 overpass

Bluffton EMS, fire and police on the scene

What appears to be a rear-end accident on northbound Interstate 75 has completely stopped traffic in the interstate.


The accident may have occurred around 4:40 p.m. this afternoon. Photos taken by the Icon were at 4:55 p.m. A U-Haul truck has rear-ended another Pro Shear truck just on the north side of the overpass at State Route 103.