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Information released for three suspects in deadly Bluffton incident

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released the identities of the three  suspects arrested following an incident that killed a Bluffton Police Department officer.  The names, ages, and locations where the suspects are incarcerated are as follows: Emin Johnson, 20, incarcerated at the Hancock County Justice Center; Zachary Love, 21, incarcerated at the Hancock County Justice Center; Dante Tate, 19, incarcerated at the  Medina County Jail. 


BPD warns of phone scams

Issued by the Bluffton Police Department on Facebook, March 23, 2022:


Over the past few weeks we have had several individuals report being the victims of scams that are being done via telephone calls.  Most of these scams are targeting the elderly population.  If you receive a phone call or email from a company (even reputable one's  such as Publishers Clearinghouse) and they ask for money to claim a prize, or ask to send you a check and have you cash it and send money or gift cards back to them, HANG UP IMMEDIATELY.  No legit company will ask you to send money to claim a prize, or send you a check and have you send something back to claim a prize.  If ANYONE asks you to purchase gift cards and send them somewhere IT IS A SCAM!  


EMS report for February 2022

In February 2022, the Bluffton EMS had 67 calls for service, including:

57 Medical Calls

4 Transports

6 Fire calls

48 Patients were transported

The Bluffton EMS is an all volunteer (on-call) agency. The EMS Chief is Jan Basinger, [email protected].


Flood Warning February 17, 2022

Updated 4:32 p.m. / Issued 7:58 a.m. on February 17, 2022 by Bluffton Police Department

4:32 p.m. ALERT: Those residents in flood prone areas should take their normal precautions. There is a potential for flooding.

7:58 a.m. A FLOOD WARNING has been issued for Allen County. Flooding over a large area or river flooding is imminent or occurring.

Severity: Severe - Significant threat to life or property

Urgency: Future - Responsive action SHOULD be taken in the near future

Certainty: Possible (p <= ~50%)


January 2022 EMS Report

The following report for January 2022 Bluffton EMS activity was provided by Chief Jan Basinger.

70 Calls for service

  • 46 Medical
  • 8 Transport
  • 6 Motor vehicle accident (MVA)
  • 7 Fire
  • 2 Mutual Aid MVA
  • 1 Mutual Aid medical

49 Patients were transported in January

The Village of Bluffton EMS is staffed by an all volunteer-on call team.

For more information, contact the Village of Bluffton, 154 North Main Street, Bluffton, OH 45817. Phone: (419) 358-2066.


Police request information on truck pursuit, truck theft

Unknown if January 27 incidents are related

The Bluffton Police Department is requesting information regarding January 27 incidents involving trucks:

On January 27 at approximately 11:30 p.m. officers attempted to stop a Dodge truck on SR 103 for having incorrect plates on the vehicle. The driver led officers on a pursuit down several village streets.