Speakers oppose aerial surveillance

Published: Tuesday, April 09, 2013 @ 9:19 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 09, 2013 @ 9:19 PM

Twenty-one people addressed Dayton city officials at a Tuesday night meeting about proposed aerial surveillance, and all 21 either opposed the program or called for tight controls on it.

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl, Assistant City Manager Shelley Dickstein and University of Dayton Research Institute official Larrell Walters explained the technology to more than 50 Dayton residents.

Addressing privacy concerns, Biehl said the cameras that would be used by Persistent Surveillance Systems are not capable of identifying a car’s make, model or license plate, or identifying a person’s race, gender, age or height.

He showed the crowd sample images taken from a piloted PSS plane during last summer’s test of the technology. In those images, a suspect’s truck was a blurry white rectangle, and a person loading that truck was little more than a speck. But because police received a report of a burglary at that address, Biehl said they were able to use the aircraft camera images to track where the truck went and eventually make an arrest after stolen goods were found.

South Park resident Lela Klein said she could support the cameras if their use was narrowly limited to serious crimes and dangerous situations like natural disasters, if there was a warrant required, and if there was an independent oversight group.

University of Dayton law professor Vernellia Randall and others expressed concerns over whether the images could be acquired by the public or corporations under public records law and mined for data.

David Hurwitz was one of several people who said the money for the $120,000 contract could be better used, saying, “the crimes that we’re trying to stop come from poverty.” Maria Holt, who lives in West Dayton, said if the city wants to stop crime, it should invest in education and programs for children as young as 5.

Dickstein said Tuesday’s comments would be forwarded to Dayton city commissioners, who were not present Tuesday, and they would decide the next step. Biehl said he wasn’t sure whether the overwhelming opposition Tuesday was reflective of the city as a whole. Biehl said if a decision is not made very soon, it’s unlikely Dayton will use the technology this year.

Cause of fire at vacant apartment building under investigation

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

UPDATE @ noon

The cause of a fire that started on the second floor of a vacant apartment building in Dayton is under investigation.

No one was injured in the fire on Mumma Avenue near Riverside Drive.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from the second floor.

Dayton Power and Light was called to ensure power was off to the building.


Crews in Dayton encountered heavy smoke at an apartment fire at Riverside Drive and East Helena Street.

Smoke was pouring from the second floor of the apparently vacant structure at 10:20 a.m.

We’re on scene working to learn more and will update this story as more information becomes available.

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Windy and turning cold, flurries possible today

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 4:07 AM


  • Gusty winds usher in cooler air/snow flurries
  • Wind-chills into the teens Saturday evening
  • Slight warming trend kicks in again next week


Today: It’s going to be a blustery afternoon with mostly cloudy and temperatures falling through the 30s. Passing snow showers may reduce visibility at times, mainly during the first half of the day. Gusty winds up to 30 MPH allowing wind chills to fall into the teens for anyone with Saturday evening plans.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and dry tonight. Temperatures will be falling into the 20s by Sunday morning with wind chill values in the teens.

Sunday: Sunday will be the pick day of the weekend. After a cold start more sunshine will be returning to the forecast and seasonable temperatures are expected. Highs will be in the lower 40s.

Monday: Mostly cloudy skies are expected to start the work week with the chance for a few rain showers. Highs will be climbing back through the upper 40s as a slight warming trend kicks back in.

Tuesday: Above average temperatures will be returning on Tuesday. Cloudy and breezy but with scattered showers and perhaps a rumble of thunder. Highs will reach to near 60 degrees.

Wednesday: The chance for rain lingers at times on Wednesday as well, mainly early. Highs will be in the mid-50s with temperatures slowly falling throughout the afternoon.


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So what really are the top Girl Scout cookies?

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 10:16 PM

For those Girl Scout cookie aficionados, Saturday is the day you’ve been waiting for.

Girl Scout cookies arrive!

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This weekend is when the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio will begin receiving their cookies by the truck-load. More than 2.9 million boxes will be distributed to more than 2,300 troops in 32 counties throughout western Ohio.

There are several cookie drops around the region, including on in West Chester Twp., where more than 425,000 packages will be distributed.

Now Girl Scout Cookie Booth sales begin March 3 and will last through March 26 – you can find your local cookie supplier here: gswo.org/findcookies – but what are going to be the “must have” cookie this year?

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We’ve analyzed a number of top cookie lists, from best sellers to fan favorites, and here are the top five:

  1. Thin Mints: This has been the prototypical Girl Scout Cookie since likely they were invented. They are the Girls Scouts’ best-seller ever.
  2. Samoas (formerly Carmel deLites): This is a cookie that has that perfect mixture of chocolate, caramel and coconut, but consistently behind Thin Mints — though not by much.
  3. Tagalongs: What’s better than chocolate covered peanut butter patties? Well, Thin Mints and Samoas, but nothing else! This is in the top five of all cookie lists we’ve found.
  4. Do-si-dos: Peanut butter rules in the realm of Girls Scout cookies. This peanut butter cookie sandwich is consistently in the top five on most all lists.
  5. Trefoils: It may be dry (though they are buttery) but this shortbread cookie is similar to a Jazz standard … it’s a classic.

Same boy kidnapped in 2014 returns home safely again

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 8:06 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 11:16 AM

            Same boy kidnapped in 2014 returns home safely again

The Atlanta Police Department has found the 12-year-old boy who was last seen leaving his home.

His mother said that Willie Myrick,12, left his home on Confederate Court at 10 p.m. Friday.

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UPDATE: Willie Myrick has returned home safely. ______________________________________
JUST IN: The missing...

Posted by WSB-TV on Saturday, February 25, 2017

Officers immediately canvassed the area but Willie was not located on Friday. However, police successfully found him on Saturday morning. 

Willie is the same boy who was kidnapped in 2014. 

A lover of gospel music, Willie reportedly started singing the song “Every Praise” until his kidnapper threw him onto the street and drove away.

“Every praise is to our God,” the gospel song begins. “Every word of worship with one accord.”

Willie said he was afraid that the man was going to kill him. The man drove Willie around for nearly three hours, police said.

“He was cursing at me telling me to shut up and didn't want to hear a word from me," Willie said. “He said if I told anyone he would hurt me, like in a bad way.”

The boy went to several homes in that East Point neighborhood asking for help. One person actually turned him away, but an elderly man let him in and called the police and his godmother.

Willie said he was not harmed during the ordeal. His godmother said the boy was taken to a hospital for examination.