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January 22, 2021

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Crime Task Force arrests two in buy/bust operation

 On June 15 The Hardin County Crime Task Force conducted a buy/bust operation of stolen items, according to Keith A. Everhart, sheriff.

During the operation $1,325 cash, two vehicles, eight hits of heroin, 43 pills, seven suboxone strips, and approximately $1,144.78 worth of stolen items from local businesses were recovered. 

One male and one female were arrested and transported to the Multi County Correctional Center on Theft and Receiving Stolen Property charges. 

Other charges are pending in this investigation. The Hardin County Crime Task Force was assisted by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office and Osborn's Towing.

Ada Police Department certified for adopting new police standards

Ada Police Department recently received certification for adopting new police standards, according to Michael Harnishfeger, police chief.

"Ada police have adopted and fully implemented the new state standards established by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board," said Harnishfeger. "The implementation is part of the state's efforts to strengthen community and police relations."

Ada police joins several law enforcement agencies who recently became certified by meeting standards for the use of force, including deadly force and agency recruitment and hiring.

Ada junior high students watch K9 drug detection in action

Earlier this week, Sgt. Matt Purdy and K9 Jaeger demonstrated drug detection to the Ada junior high students.

The officers of the Ada Police Department have been and continue to be in the schools teaching our SAFER Program including anti-bullying, drugs, safety belt, internet safety to students during the month of May.




Third graders watch Bob "crack" without a seat belt

Ada third graders witnessed a great lesson on seat belt safety this week.

Michael Harnishfeger, Ada police chief, used  SAFER Bob the Egg in his demonstration.

"For the past 12 years, when I ask the kids what we should name the egg, our crash test dummy, the name has always been "Bob."

He adds: "This is a very valuable lesson in seat belt use. We crash the car with Bob in a seat belt and he survives. When we take the belt off, Bob is ejected from the car and cracks. An excellent visual and great reminder to always wear your seat belt.

Alec Cooper named "2016 Top Cop"

Ptl. Alec Cooper was, this week, selected as the 2016 Top Cop for D.U.I. Arrests for 2015, for the Ada Police Department.

Ptl. Cooper was presented his award on April 26 the Mother's Against Drunk Driving of Allen, Hardin and Putnam Counties.

Ptl. Cooper had 17 D.U.I. arrests in 2015 and his efforts make Ada  a SAFER Community.

Missing Ada teen found in Indianapolis

Elizabeth Saracson 14-years-old, who had spent the evening with her sister in Ada, and had left her home during the night hours, was found in Indianapolis, Ind., according to Michael Harnishfeger, Ada police chief.

On Monday, the Ada Police Department in concert with the Forest Police Department and the F.B.I. tracked Elizabeth down to a house in Indianapolis, Ind., where F.B.I. agents successfully located her and recover her from the home.

As initially believed, Elizabeth did leave Ada and arrive in Indianapolis on her own accord, according to Harnishfeger.

The investigation continues as to exactly how Elizabeth was transported to Indianapolis.