Montgomery County looks for gas pump skimmers before holiday weekend

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 5:07 PM


            Joseph Harris, chief inspector with the Montgomery County Auditor office’s weights and measures division, checks a gas pump for skimmers at Clark gas station on Old Troy Pike. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
Joseph Harris, chief inspector with the Montgomery County Auditor office’s weights and measures division, checks a gas pump for skimmers at Clark gas station on Old Troy Pike. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer travel season, also making it more likely that thieves will try to use credit card skimmers to steal your personal information at gas pumps.

This week Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith’s office started searching for skimming devices hidden within gas pumps.

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“We’re out now looking because of Memorial Day weekend; the holiday weekends are targets for skimming devices to be placed,” Keith said.

Skimming devices are used to record credit card numbers and debit card information. The devices are placed inside a pump and collect the data when customers swipe their cards.

No new devices have been found in the current Montgomery County sweep, but during inspections last year one was discovered in Butler Township. Since 2015, about 44 skimming devices were located in Ohio gas stations.

A large-scale inspection in 2016 around Labor Day weekend turned up five devices in Ohio — one in Greene County and four in the northeastern part of the state.

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In conjunction with the auditor’s pump inspections, gas stations are trying to crack down on the credit card fraud caused by the skimming devices, Keith said.

“Some stations have added locking mechanisms and alarms to fight crime,” he said.

Chip readers for cards are another way that companies can target fraud. Chip readers have been found to reduce the amount of fraud in the retail setting, and many gas stations have plans to install them to cut down on crime.

The original deadline date for gas stations to have the chip readers was October of this year, however, credit card companies have extended the deadline to 2020.

“A number of stations have already installed the chip reading machines at the pump. However, they are not activated yet,” Keith said.

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For now, consumers can pay with cash or, if using a credit card or debit card, they can go to the register instead of paying at the pump.

Some gas stations have a seal placed over or around a credit card reader at the pump, and tampered devices usually are ones that have a broken seal. Those who have used their credit card or debit card are advised to check monthly bank statements.

By the end of this week the auditor’s office will have checked more than 500 Montgomery County pumps. In Ohio, 65 county auditors collaborated on a statewide ‘Skimmer Sweep’ last year, inspecting more than 12,000 gas pumps.

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Additionally, Keith has hosted nine “Skimmer Summits” across the state to raise awareness about the dangers of gas pump skimmers and to teach prevention measures to station owners and interested individuals, his office said.

The auditor’s office has plans to check pumps for skimming devices during the annual maintenance checks.

Santa Claus visits babies in local NICU

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 7:13 PM

Santa Claus paid a visit to the NICU of the Miami Valley Hospital tonight to spend time with its infants.

The early holiday visit started at 6 p.m. at the Berry Women's Center Building. 

The NICU "elf" was there to take photos with Santa and the babies. MVH has approximately 30 to 40 infants in its NICU. 

According to the hospital, Santa's visit has been a positive experience for families over the years as they celebrate their babies first Christmas.

Slow warming trend to begin Friday into the weekend

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 3:24 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 3:21 PM

Finally a quiet day after several rounds of snow earlier this week.

Clouds will break as we head through the evening hours. Temperatures will drop through the 20s.RELATED: Outage Report

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Clouds break tonight, cold
  • Few passing flurries north Friday
  • Temperatures back to near normal this weekend

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DETAILED FORECAST

TONIGHT: Expect more clearing as temperatures fall into the upper teens.

TONIGHT: Expect more clearing as temperatures fall into the upper teens.

FRIDAY:  More clouds arrive. Cool and breezy with a few flurries possible across the northern Miami Valley. Highs will be in the lower 30s.

RELATED: Dayton Interactive Radar - WHIO Doppler 7

SATURDAY: Skies will be mostly sunny with more seasonably temperatures rising into the lower 40s. It will be breezy.

SUNDAY: Clouds increase with showers developing. Temperatures will rise into the lower 40s.

RELATED: 5-Day Forecast

MONDAY:Clouds will linger with a chance for a few early morning showers. Highs will be in the lower to middle 40s.

TUESDAY: Skies will be mostly cloudy with highs in the middle 40s.

House fire on Wellington Drive in Dayton causes extensive damage

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 5:48 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 6:19 PM

FROM SCENE: House fire on Wellington in Dayton

UPDATE @ 6:16 p.m.: The house fire on Wellington Drive caused extensive damage, a Dayton fire battalion chief said. 

The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen, at the back of the home, the battalion chief said. 

A woman and two children who are the residents were not home when the fire broke out. There are no reported injuries. 

South Smithville Road remains shut down until further notice.

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UPDATE @ 5:51 p.m.: South Smithville Road at Linden Avenue is shut down in both directions because of the house fire on Wellington Drive.

INITIAL REPORT

Crews are on the scene of a structure fire, in the 3000 block of Wellington Drive, where people are possibly trapped. 

Dayton fire crews are searching the two-story building right now, we're hearing. 

We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report. 

Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com 

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 6:42 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 5:50 PM

ON SCENE: Car flips into ditch on I-75
ON SCENE: Car flips into ditch on I-75


RELATED: Strong winds, snow, dropping temps to impact area today

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

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Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents have been reported.

Surface Street Incidents

  • Smithville Road is closed in both directions at Linden Avenue in Dayton, as of 5:50 p.m., after crews are called to a house fire on Wellington Drive.
  • SB U.S. 68 at Deer Run Road south of Urbana, roadway is partially blocked as of 4:30 p.m. after vehicle struck a guardrail, overturned. Driver’s injury is minor.
  • On Upper Bellbrook Road at Feedwire Road in Bellbrook, traffic lights are down causing traffic to be backed up. 
  • On Springboro Pike and E. Dorothy Lane Road in Moraine, crash reported around 7:20 a.m. The northbound lane of Springboro Pike was shut down. 

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Farmersville-West Carrollton Road close to Upper River Road just west of the Great Miami River, closed this week for railroad work. Expected to be closed for three to four days. Detour route signs will be posted at the site. 
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction Nov. 29 - Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.

DARKE COUNTY 

  • SR 121 between SR 726 and New Madison-Coletown Road, ROAD CLOSURE Nov. 20 - Dec. 22. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503

MIAMI COUNTY

  • SR 571 between Fourth Street and Fifth Street in Tipp City, ROAD CLOSURE Jan. 2 - 9. The official detour is I-75 to US 40 to SR 202

SHELBY COUNTY  

  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, Daily lane closures Nov. 27 - Jan. 1 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. One lane will be open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.