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Have released mink reached Bluffton?

By Paula Scott

On Tuesday, November 22, the Van Wert County sheriff's office announced that in an act of vandalism, thousands of domesticated mink were released from Lion Farms USA Mink Farm, some 33 miles from Bluffton. On November 27, a Bluffton Icon reader reported that a mink was spotted on County Line Rd. near the Village Park.

Some 10 thousand mink are believed to have escaped from among the 25 thousand or more that were released. Many were killed on roads near the farm.

The Bluffton Police Department reminds us that wild mink do live in this area and have been spotted in recent years.


Northwest Ohio law enforcement collaboration saves lives

11th Annual Lights for Lives

41 - Safety belt citations
14 - Impaired drivers were removed from Ohio’s roadways
40 - Criminal arrests including 5 felonies and misdemeanors, 13 involved drugs 


False shooter threats result in Allen, Hancock Co. school lockdowns on Nov. 16

False reports of active shooters were received in multiple Ohio schools on Wednesday, November 16, including schools in Allen and Hancock counties.

The Icon received a report from the Allen County Sheriff’s Department detailing that “at approximately 9:40 a.m. the Allen County Sheriff’s Office received a call stating there was an active shooter at Lima Temple Christian School with multiple injuries. At 9:43 a.m. law enforcement was on scene and began assessing the situation.”


Two fatal traffic crashes during October in Allen County

The Lima-Allen County Safe Community Coalition reports there were 2 (two) fatal traffic crashes on Allen County roadways during the month of October 2022. 

A total of 12 fatalities resulting from traffic crashes have occurred so far this year. One fatality recorded for this month was a result of a crash that took place in September.


Bluffton EMS report for October 2022

Bluffton EMS Chief Jan Basinger provided the following activity report for local volunteer crews during October 2022.


Trial dates set for men involved in deadly high speed chase

An April 24, 2023 trial date has been scheduled for Emin Johnson, the driver of a car that struck and killed Bluffton police officer Dominic Francis on March 31, 2022. The date was scheduled on Wednesday in Hancock County Common Pleas Court, according to a Lima News report on November 9. Ten counts ranging from involuntary manslaughter to improper handling of firearms are part of the indictment.