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Hancock County Sheriff investigating shooting

On Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 12:42 p.m., the Hancock County Sheriff's Office received a report of a shooting at 7400 CR 304.

The caller reported Austin J Wickman (age 28) of Findlay, Ohio fired a handgun at a subject at the residence and fled the scene. Austin was reported to be driving a 2007 black Chevrolet 2500 bearing Ohio registration JTA9755.

Hancock County deputies responded to the area and were unable to locate Austin.

Austin is considered to be armed and should not be approached if located.


Patrol officer applications being accepted

The Bluffton Police Department is currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Patrol Officer, according to a Sept. 1 post on the department's Facebook page.

Applicant must be OPOTA certified and experience is preferred. Applications can be picked up at the Bluffton Police Department,154 N. Main St. 

If you have questions about this job opportunity, call 419-358-2961.


Sheriff comments on fentanyl social media rumors

August 23, 2022

It has come to my attention that there is a social media rumor claiming there has been fentanyl laced currency found at the Allen County Fair. Local residents, concerned citizens and now even national media outlets have called us questioning this story. I want to be abundantly clear that this is a rumor and has absolutely no truth to it. No such event has taken place at the fair. It’s unfortunate that the hard work of the Allen County Fair Board and many other volunteers would be over shadowed by such a false statement. When utilizing social media please think twice before you like, comment, or share; especially when the story is vague with limited information and the proliferation of that story can cause widespread panic. The Allen County Fair is a joyous, family event that many agencies work very hard to keep safe.


BPD reminder: Lock vehicles and garage doors

The Bluffton Police Department has issued this friendly reminder: Please lock your vehicles and garage doors to prevent your valuables from be taken.

See something, say something. 

Contact Information: 
Chief Ryan Burkholder 
[email protected]


Allen County Sheriff's Office warns of phone scam

We have received multiple complaints of Allen County residents receiving phone calls from an individual claiming to be from our office. The caller claims to have a warrant for the person who answers the phone, and then asks for private information and money for fines.

This is a scam! This person is not an employee of the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, and this IS NOT the way that the Allen County Sheriff’s Office handles warrants. If you receive one of these calls please do not give out your personal information and please do not give out your money. 


July 2022 EMS runs report

Here’s an accounting of the Bluffton EMS volunteer crew’s July 2022 calls for service, provided by Chief Jan Basinger:

37 Medical

7 Transports

1 Motor vehicle assistance

6 Fire calls

1 Mutual aid vehicle

1 Mutual aid medical




39 Patients transported


438 total to date for 2022