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Bluffton PD K9 had a busy year

During one vehicle sniff in particular, K9 Kato alerted on a vehicle and a subsequent search of the vehicle produced 78.43 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 2.94 grams of fentanyl and .18 grams of a methamphetamine/fentanyl mixture

The following report to Bluffton council lists the usage of Kato, the Bluffton Police Department's K9. Sergeant Tyler Hochstetler, Kato's handler, provided details in the report.

With the conclusion of the 2019 calendar year, we want to update you on the Bluffton Police Department’s K9 usage.


7,426 calls for service – and it's down from last year

Bluffton police department busy year explained by the numbers

Seven thousand, four hundred and twenty-six. And, that’s lower than last year.

That number – 7,426 – represents the number of calls for service reported by the Bluffton Police Department from October 2018 through October 2019. That's over 20 calls in a 24-hour day.

Ryan Burkholder, police chief, updated Bluffton council members on the police department’s activities in 2019 at Monday’s council meeting, providing several stats and comments. 

Attached to this story is the complete report to council from Chief Burkholder - 


Several December arrests of driving without a valid license

Cases pending in Lima Municipal Court

Bluffton police released its December docket, which follows. 

December 2
Officers arrested a Hillsboro resident for driving without a valid license following a traffic stop in the area of Bentley Road and Quarry Drive for a stop sign violation. The case is pending in Lima Municipal Court.

December 6
Officers arrested a Bluffton resident for OVI following a traffic stop in the area of Bentley Road and Gratz Road for an equipment violation. The case is pending in Lima Municipal Court.


Several "driving under suspension" arrests in October

Police also responded to a runaway school student

Here is the October Bluffton police department docket.

October 2
Officers responded to the middle school in reference to a student who had ran away from school. After alerting the public about the incident, officers located the student in the 500 block of South Main Street.

October 4
Officer received a theft complaint from a North Lawn Avenue resident.

October 7
Officers received a telecommunication harassment report from a State Route 103 business.


Bluffton PD apprehend two on felony drug charges

Bluffton police apprehended two Michigan residents and booked them on numerous felony drug charges following an early Sunday morning incident in the area of the Fairway Inn.

The police department’s news release follows:


Pirates enter regional soccer play tonight in Sandusky

7 p.m. contest opponent is Fairview Park HS, Cuyahoga County school

Bluffton High School boys’ soccer team travels to Sandusky today (Wednesday, Oct. 30) for a 7 p.m. Division III regional semi-final round game versus Fairview Park.

The game is played at Sandusky High School’s football stadium, Strobel Field and Cedar Point Stadium, 75 Orlando Pace Drive, Sandusky. (The game was originally set for Sandusky Perkins, but was changed to Sandusky HS.)

Tickets at the gate are $8.

A BHS spirit bus leaves Bluffton at 5 p.m. tonight.