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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.

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Some of Miami Valley to see rain, snow while others remain dry

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 5:37 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 9:18 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini has the latest on who could see snow today and how warm we get tomorrow.


>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

We will be starting out in the 20s and will be mostly cloudy, according to Storm Center 7 meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Passing showers move in during the day mixing with snow and possibly some rain in the afternoon. The best chance for this is south of I-70. Snow totals will be limited and most of the Miami Valley won’t see any stick. Butler County is under a Winter Weather Advisory with possible snowfalls reaching 1 inch to 3 inches. The Dayton area might see a dusting on grassy surfaces. North of Dayton will have a pretty quite Saturday. It looks like the Miami Valley dodges the heaviest bands of snow which will stay south. Temperatures climb to around 40. Clouds decrease tonight and we drop to the mid 20s.


  • Most escape accumulating snow in Miami Valley
  • Dry and mild Sunday
  • Warmer next week with spring showers

>>5-Day Forecast


Sunday: It will be a beautiful end to the weekend. We will see highs in the mid to upper 40s. Dry and sunny!

Monday: We see a nice start to the new week with temperatures close to normal with highs in the low to mid 50s. Clouds increase in the evening.

Tuesday: Scattered rain showers will develop with highs in the upper 50s feeling mild and breezy.

Wednesday: Scattered showers continue in the morning. We will see some late day sunshine with highs around 60.

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Vehicle flips on its top in Washington Twp.

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 6:03 AM

Vehicle flipped on its top in Washington Twp.

Crews responded to reports that a red Chevy Trail Blazer flipped on its top in Washington Twp. Saturday morning.

The single vehicle flipped at the cross of Hempstead Meadows and West Alex Bell Road around 5 a.m.

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Medics were on scene but no one was taken to the hospital.

It’s not known what caused the accident.

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Feds investigate threatening letter sent to local NAACP president

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:51 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 12:59 PM

A press conference was held Friday to show community for Denise Williams and the NAACP, who received a threatening letter recently.

A threatening letter sent to the Springfield NAACP president earlier this week has prompted an investigation by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

The letter police said contained “threats of violence and racial epithets” and was mailed to the chapter office and received Wednesday.

Denise Williams, president of the Springfield NAACP, was sent a threatening letter containing 'racial epithets.'(Bill Lackey)

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Springfield NAACP President Denise Williams reported the letter to Springfield police.

"We have reached out to our partners in state and federal agencies, and we're making a cooperative effort to identify the source of the abhorrent act," said Springfield Police Division Chief Lee Graf. "We take these threats very seriously."

A press conference is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

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Dayton students head to D.C. to march for gun control 

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 1:05 AM

Dayton students head to D.C. to march for gun control 

A group of students from the Dayton area left Friday night, headed to Washington, D.C. to march in the nation's capital Saturday in the name of gun control.

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The students have a grueling itinerary, leaving from Englewood by bus Friday night, riding by bus through the night and arriving in Washington around 9 a.m. 

"We want action and we want prevention," said Sammy Caruso, an Oakwood High School student who coordinated the trip. 

Oakwood students spent their Friday night making signs in preparation for their trip. They'll joine other teens from all over the country in what's being called the "March for our Lives." 

It's a push for tougher gun laws in the wake of the most recent mass shooting last month at a high school in Parkland, Florida. 

"I think marches are one of the best ways we can get people involved," said Caruso. 

Students from several schools in the Miami Valley boarded the bus, along with some parents and teachers who also are along for the trip. 

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Caruso said he lost a friend in the Parkland shooting, so he said this issue is personal for him. 

"I really felt like I needed to do something about it, I couldn't just watch this happen, see something that happened to my friend ... I need to do as much as I can," he said. 

"We want our congressmen to know that we're sick of it, and if they're not going to have any action, we're going to demand it." 

In Dayton, a March for Our Lives event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Courthouse Square downtown.

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