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July 20 Severe Thunderstorm Watch notice from Bluffton Police Dept.

The Bluffton Police Department sent the following alert to Nixle subscribers on Thursday, July 20 at 02:56 p.m. EDT

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH has been issued for Allen County.   

Severity: Severe - Significant threat to life or property

Urgency: Immediate - Responsive action SHOULD be taken immediately

Certainty: Observed - Determined to have occurred or to be ongoing

Category: Meteorological (inc. flood)


6-state project focuses on Move Over violations

July 16-22 initiative responds to crashes killing and injuring civilians and officers

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol joins forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus on Move Over violations. The initiative began on Sunday, July 16 at 12:01 a.m. and will continue through Saturday, July 22 at 11:59 p.m.

The high-visibility enforcement initiative includes the Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the West Virginia State Police, as well as OSHP.

Since 2018, Ohio State Highway Patrol cruisers were struck in 61 crashes that were “Move Over” related. During that same time period, the Patrol issued 26,739 Move Over violation citations. These crashes resulted in the deaths of two civilians and 56 injuries to officers and civilians. In 2022, there were only 11 such crashes, 38 percent fewer than in 2021.


Exploring crash density in Bluffton

By Paula Scott

When a Bluffton Icon reader was troubled by accidents at the intersection of State Route103/Jefferson Ave. and County Line Rd., the Icon proceeded to do some digging. The results are data on crash density in Bluffton from 2018-2023 and Allen County data on the variables that are tracked for vehicle accidents.


June 2023 Bluffton Police Department docket

Arrests include alleged robbery in progress, domestic violence and 2 warrants

The following June 2023 docket was provided by Sergeant Tyler Hochstetler of the Bluffton Police Department.

June 1

  • Officers issued citations to a Lima, Ohio resident for speeding and driving under suspension following a traffic stop in the area of North Main Street near Lake Street. The case is pending in Lima Municipal Court.

July 4th holiday overtime enforcement on local roads

Over the next several days, the nation will celebrate the 4th of July. As a reminder to everyone, the Allen County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol as well as other local law enforcement will be working to enforce Ohio’s impaired driving laws throughout the holiday to keep our roadways safe from impaired drivers.


Holidays impacted by 2022 Ohio fireworks law change

By Paula Scott

Want to know when you or your neighbors can discharge fireworks? Ohio law regarding fireworks changed on July 1, 2022. It is now legal to discharge 1.4G consumer fireworks on specified dates. A white paper from the state fire marshal is summarized below. The full document is HERE.

Discharge is permitted on specific days and at specific times if not banned or further restricted by a local political subdivision. Ohioans may discharge 1.4G consumer fireworks only from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. (with specified variations) on the following dates: