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.

Moraine police shooting vigil: Jamarco McShann’s death ‘senseless’

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 7:45 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 9:10 PM

Vigil for Jamarco McShann ends with balloon release

Community members and family gathered tonight for a candlelight vigil to remember a man shot and killed Friday in a Moraine police shooting.

Local activist, the Rev. Jerome McCorry, spoke at the vigil and said he represents the family of 23-year-old Jamarco McShann.

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“This was senseless,” he told the crowd in the Pinnacle Park lot that marked the spot where McShann was shot and killed.

Moraine police said he pointed a gun at them, which family members dispute.

Jamarco McShann

A large photo of McShann was held up at the vigil, which ended with a balloon release and a vow from organizers to seek justice.

“It’s about a bunch of scared cops who use the excuse ‘I feared for my life,’ ” McCorry said. “In the name of Jamarco a federal lawsuit will be filed.”

Pumpkin glow highlight of ‘Saturday Nightmare’ in Germantown

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 9:49 PM

There were 1,000 Jack-o-Lanters Saturday night, Oct, 21, 2017, for Germantown's Saturday Nightmare event.
DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF
There were 1,000 Jack-o-Lanters Saturday night, Oct, 21, 2017, for Germantown's Saturday Nightmare event.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

There were 1,000 carved pumpkins alight during the “Saturday Nightmare” in historic downtown Germantown.

The second annual event began at 3 p.m. with activities for all ages, including a car show featuring 300 to 400 hot rods, carnival rides, games for children, Halloween costume contest, beauty pageant, food, beer truck and live entertainment.

“It’s nice for us to be able to give back to our community we love,” event co-organizer Dave Eshbaugh said.

There were 1,000 Jack-o-Lanters Saturday night, Oct, 21, 2017, for Germantown's Saturday Nightmare event.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

The highlight of the “Saturday Nightmare” is the pumpkin glow, which this year featured 1,000 jack-o’-lanterns.

The festivities mark the final of four Saturday Night Out events, held the third Saturday of the month in June, July, August and October. Local businesses, sponsors and the city helps make the events a success, Eshbaugh said.

The summer events draw 2,500 each. But in October, the crowd is easily 5,000, he said, after one car show organizer came up with a Halloween theme.

“It became our flagship event,” he said. “It’s phenomenal for our community.”

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Germantown Fire Chief Dan Alldred said he opens the firehouse to the community and serves popcorn. It’s also an opportunity to interact with kids and teach fire safety.

“We think it’s great to have an event like this,” he said.

Homeless pets find families at SICSA’s free adoption event

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 8:26 PM

VIDEO: Dog is adopted during SICSA event

Free adoptions on Saturday helped give homeless pets find a furr-ever home.

The SICSA Pet Adoption Center in Kettering partnered with Wagner Subaru for the “Wagner Subaru Loves Pets” free adoption event.

(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

Wagner Subaru and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals sponsored adoption fees of all animals.

The Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals is the area’s first no-kill shelter that has served companion animals for more than 40 years.

(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

More than 1,500 dogs and cats were adopted through SICSA in 2016, in addition to 3,400 low-cost spay and neuter surgeries, the agency reported.

The adoption center is open seven days a week at 2600 Wilmington Pike in Kettering

WB U.S. 35 reopens following crash; CareFlight call canceled

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 12:19 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 1:04 PM

UPDATE @ 12:52 p.m.

Westbound U.S. 35 has reopened following a crash involving a car and semi, according to dispatchers. 

Dispatchers said a call to CareFlight was canceled and the severity of the victim's injuries remain unknown.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

INITIAL REPORT

U.S. 35 westbound near Jamestown is closed following a reported crash involving a semi Saturday afternoon. 

Crews were dispatched to the intersection of U.S. 35 and Old U.S. 35 in Greene County just after noon. 

Initial reports indicate a person is injured after a crash involving a car and semi. 

CareFlight has been requested to the scene. 

We will continue to follow this developing story.

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