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Honoring National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with an Open House and Memorial Tribute

Crime Victim Services, located at 330 N. Elizabeth St. Lima, Ohio, will be hosting an agency wide open house on April 23, 2024 from 4-6, to honor “National Crime Victims’ Rights Week” which is celebrated this year during the week of April 21–27, 2024.

Our goal is to raise awareness through educating and encouraging members of the Allen and Putnam counties’ communities to learn how to help survivors and inform about the services and support provided by Crime Victim Services. 

Following the open house, Crime Victim Services will hold a gathering at the Homicide Memorial Garden, in front of the CVS office.  This will include a brief candlelight ceremony, a “moment of silence,” and a poem reading that honors and symbolizes the power of the human voice in seeking peace and justice. 

This year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week theme is “How would you help?” to highlight options, services, and hope for crime survivors.  The focus includes the importance of creating an environment in which victims and survivors feel safe talking about what happened to them. The theme “How would you help?” aims to ensure that everyone in a community knows where and how crime victims and survivors can find support including friends, family members, colleagues, neighbors, service providers, or other trusted members of the community.

As an agency dedicated to advocate for justice and compassion, Crime Victim Services is proud to announce its participation in Crime Victims’ Rights Awareness Week. This annual event serves as a crucial reminder of our collective responsibility to support and empower those affected by crime while championing their rights. In 2022, there were nearly 20 million crime victimizations in the United States. More than 6.6 million were the result of violent crimes, including rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault. Of that 6.6 million, only about 42% were reported to police.

Locally, Crime Victim Services (CVS) is an Ohio non-profit, United Way partner agency serving victims of unsolved, misdemeanor, felony, and juvenile crimes in Allen and Putnam Counties. In 2023, Allen and Putnam County (CVS) Advocates attended or accompanied victims and survivors of crime to Court Hearings and proceedings 4,619 times.   

Crime Victims’ Rights Awareness Week is an opportunity for our community to come together to raise awareness, educate, and advocate for the rights and needs of crime victims. It shines a spotlight on the challenges faced by victims and survivors, while also highlighting the invaluable resources and support available to them. 

For more information about our events and initiatives during Crime Victims’ Rights Awareness Week, please contact Gina Brun, Court Advocate Supervisor, at 419-222-8666 or 

Throughout the week, Crime Victim Services will be hosting a series of events and initiatives aimed at fostering understanding, compassion, and empowerment for crime victims. These activities include: 

  • Awareness Campaigns: Social media campaigns and outreach efforts to raise awareness about the impact of crime on victims and communities. 
  • How would you help?” Campaign:  Promoting community awareness by participating in “How would you help?” campaign by encouraging community members to engage in the social media photo opportunities while holding a “How would you help?” flyer.  
  • Additionally, April 21–27, 2024, the week of “National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW)”, some local businesses are supporting Crime Victim Services mission “How would you help?”  Check out the following business and individuals that will have resources available to further educate and encourage others to join in making a positive difference. 
  • Our Town Roast (Specialized beverage)  
  • Joeys 
  • Sblended Nutrition 
  • Join Crime Victim Services in commemorating National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and let us reaffirm our commitment to empowering, advocating, and supporting those affected by crime. Together, we can work towards a future where every victim’s voice is heard, their rights are respected, and their journey towards healing is supported. 


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– Officers received a fraud complaint from a Geiger Street resident.


– Officers received a criminal damaging complaint from a West Elm Street resident.


– Officers assisted the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office with a suspicious person call in the 1500 block of Township Road 28. A subsequent investigation into this incident and an additional incident at the same location was handled by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.


– An Alpine Drive resident contacted police to report a criminal damage complaint done to his daughter’s vehicle while parked near the intersection of College Avenue and Lawn Avenue.


– A North Main Street business called police to report property that had been loaned that was not returned to the business at the end of the contract.

– Officers responded to a State Route 103 hotel in reference to a Domestic Violence complaint. After an investigation into the complaint, it was determined that both parties would be arrested for Domestic Violence and transported to the Hancock County Justice Center. The cases are pending in Findlay Municipal Court.


– An East Elm Street resident reported fraudulent charges made on his credit card.


– Officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of Harmon Road near College Avenue for a registration violation. A Mt. Cory, OH resident was issued a citation for Driving Under Suspension and Expired License Plates. The case is pending in Lima Municipal Court.

Village of Bluffton Administration News

The Village of Bluffton Administration Office located at 154 N. Main St. Bluffton will be closed on Monday, Feb 19, 2024 in observance of Presidents Day. However, the lobby is open 24 hrs. per day, 365 days per year to drop off payments and to pick-up forms.

Village of Bluffton Mayor

On behalf of our administration, safety services, and elected officials, welcome to the Village of Bluffton. These pages provide access and information for visitors, residents, and businesses in our community.

You’ll find excellent civic and community resources available to you in Bluffton, Ohio. We provide essential services including police, fire, EMS, income tax filing, and utilities. The village is also responsible for maintaining our beautiful and welcoming streets and parks, and takes an active role in cultural and community events.

Your support and participation in all of these aspects of village life is important to us. Please join us in celebrating the traditions that contribute to Bluffton’s charm and help us respond to the growing needs of all who spend time in our community.


Richard Johnson,

Mayor of Bluffton