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End of Watch memorial to visit Bluffton, July 13

On Saturday, July 13 at 3:00 p.m., the Beyond the Call of Duty “End of Watch Ride to Remember” will be arriving in Bluffton to honor fallen Bluffton Police Officer Dominic Francis (EOW March 31, 2022). 

The rolling memorial will be arriving at the Bluffton Dairy Freeze, 595 S Main St, around 3:00 p.m. and leaving around 4:30 p.m. with a police escort through downtown Bluffton.

Beyond the Call of Duty and the End of Watch Ride to Remember is an organization out of Spokane Valley, WA that travels the country with their rolling memorial every other summer to honor the officers that were killed in the line of duty in the previous two years. 

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Lack of safety belt usage prevalent in July 4th weekend traffic fatalities

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting 16 people lost their lives in 15 traffic crashes during the July Fourth reporting period, which began Wednesday, July 3 at midnight and ended Sunday, July 7 at 11:59 p.m.

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Focus on sober driving this holiday weekend

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be highly visible and cracking down on impaired drivers during the Fourth of July holiday reporting period, which begins at midnight on Wednesday, July 3 and will run through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 7.

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Search for missing McGuffey man enters 3rd month

Property owners are asked to check inside buildings, note soil disturbances and report anything suspicious to 419-673-1268

June 3 Media Release

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its efforts to determine the whereabouts of a McGuffey, Ohio man missing from his residence since late March. 

The Sheriff's Office was contacted March 31 by a member of 66-year-old Michael Bolen’s family, stating that he had not been seen since March 29. Despite entering the 3rd month of Bolen’s disappearance, the Sheriff’s Office and its investigative division is continuing to seek Mr. Bolen’s whereabouts: following every potential lead, conducting interviews and multiple searches. 

The Office has engaged the services of numerous law enforcement partners including the Ohio BCI&I, the Logan County Sheriff’s Office, the Hardin County Prosecutor's Office, and the FBI. Various community resources have also been utilized.  

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State Patrol investigating serious injury crash in Allen County

MARION TOWNSHIP __ The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a serious injury crash that occurred at 10:10 a.m. on May 20, 2024.

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Sunset Drive house fire causes smoke damage

A fire at 143 Sunset Drive in Bluffton was discovered at about 8:40 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15. The Bluffton Fire Department reports that the fire was caused by an electrical problem in the basement. Smoke and heat damage are the primary results of the fire.

One occupant was in the home and was able to exit without injuries. He smelled smoke and called 911. Smoke detectors were not present, according to Fire Chief Jon Kinn. 

Bluffton EMS also responded to the call for service. Mutual aid was provided by Beaverdam Fire Department and Pandora Fire Department.

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