Alarm over credit card skimmers prompts new county initiative

Published: Friday, December 01, 2017 @ 12:43 PM

Alarm over credit card skimmers prompts new county initiative

More than half of the 80-plus credit card skimmers found in the state’s gas pumps during the last three years turned up in southwest Ohio, including four discovered this summer in Montgomery County and one in Greene County.

An initiative to prevent the crime and reduce the chances of consumers becoming victim to credit card and identity theft was launched Friday by the Montgomery County Auditor’s Office, which includes a new website to help stop skimmers.

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“This is a serious crime. It’s a difficult crime for all of us to deal with,” said Karl Keith, Montgomery County auditor. “Not only is the consumer a victim, but the gas station owners and operators are victims of this crime as well.”

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The electronic devices can read credit and debit card numbers as well as PIN numbers for the purpose of identity theft. They often have Bluetooth capability, allowing identity thieves to access the private data from up to 100 yards away.

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Keith recognized several managers of area gas stations that have taken steps to prevent the crime, including installing site-specific locks on pumps, improved surveillance systems and sensors that set off an audible alarm while disabling a pump not properly opened.

Keith said about two-thirds of the county’s 5,000 pumps at 200 gas stations still have locks that open with a universal keys purchased for as little as $3 online.

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Vik Rutherford, the owner of Phillipsburg Fuel, said he wasn’t aware that almost anyone bent on the crime could open a pump with a universal key – until a skimmer was found at his station in September.

“It affected my business as well, (customers) were leery about coming in because of that.”

Rutherford said he spent about $300 to replace the universal locks with site-specific locks – four on each of three pumps.

“I didn’t waste a minute,” he said.

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Dayton Air Show attendance rebounds with Blue Angels visit

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 11:04 AM

Blue Angels at the Air Show - June 23, 2018

This year’s Vectren Dayton Air Show attracted an estimated 62,000 spectators — an improvement over last year’s show — and generated an estimated $3.2 million in local revenue, organizers said. 

Good weather and the Navy’s Blue Angels attracted crowds to the show, said Roger Doctor, the air show’s public safety director. 

“The show went off without a hitch,” Doctor said, noting there were only two spectators removed for medical reasons. 

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Doctor said he anticipated the attendance number to increase as the total number of tickets is calculated.

PHOTOS: 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show

An estimated 44,000 people attended the show in 2017, a decline from 2016’s attendance of about 51,000. Organizers blamed low attendance at last year’s air show on the cancellation of the Air Force Thunderbirds as the headline act due to a crash and record rainfall that caused parking delays.

Military jet teams like the Thunderbirds and the Navy Blue Angels are the biggest draw for the air show and organizers bank on their appearance to bring tens of thousands to the grounds at James M. Cox Dayton International Airport. The show can draw as many as 65,000 or more spectators when the teams fly, officials say.

“The Blue Angels delighted the crowd,” Doctor said.  The show has seen varied attendance throughout the years. In 2003, more than 110,000 people attended a four-day exhibition celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first flight. By contrast, fewer than 25,000 people attended the show in 2013 when a fatal crash occurred on Saturday and no jet team performed.

The weather, which Doctor said was the best the air show had experienced in several years, also played a factor in attendance. However, Doctor said some attendees may have held off going on Saturday morning when it was cloudy and there was a chance for rain.

Doctor said there was one small car crash near the show, but credited the police departments that assisted with traffic for a mostly safe traffic situation in 2018. He said the parking lots cleared just an hour after the show.

“I did not receive a single negative comment,” he said.

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Scott Buchanan, United States Air and Trade Show chairman, said he met people who have traveled to Dayton several times to watch the air show, and was told by attendees that they enjoy the Dayton area hospitality.

“They like to come here,” Buchanan said.

Chris and Sandy Porter of Bloomington, Ind., arrived Friday night to meet with family members from Columbus.

“It’s more just about being together with family,” Sandy Porter said. “That’s what it’s all about.”

Doctor said commercial airlines were largely unaffected by the show, since one runway is generally kept open to commercial traffic.

Looking ahead, Doctor said the Blue Angels could possible return in 2020, and the Thunderbirds are already booked for 2019.

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Staff Writer Barrie Barber contributed reporting.

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Saturday’s highlights of the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 4:00 PM

Heritage Act - June 23, 2018

PHOTOS: Images from the Air Show

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: F-22 Raptor takes over Dayton skiesCincinnati’s Redline Aerobatic TeamJet-powered WACO biplane |  Tuskegee Airmen P-51C MustangOracle biplane doesn’t believe in the laws of physics |

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Saturday’s lineup of feature acts included: the Tuskegee Airmen, P-51 Mustang, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Vicky Benzing, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Redline, Sean Tucker, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, CareFlight dedication, Tora Tora Tora, Jet Waco and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

>> Blue Angels thrill crowd with performance

3:35 p.m. U.S. Navy Blue Angels

The iconic U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly six F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets in a tightly choreographed, high-energy demonstration. The F-18 generators of their aircraft are made by GE Aviation in Vandalia.



2:55 p.m. Jet Waco

The Jack Link’s Beef Jerky “Screamin’ Sasquatch” Jet Waco is a highly modified 1929 Taperwing Waco that can fly vertically and has a loud roar to please the crowds.

2:40 p.m. Tora, Tora, Tora

This is the dramatic recreation of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.


2:30 p.m. CareFlight Dedication

CareFlight, the air-medical transport service, is celebrating 35 years of service by participating in the air show.

2:15 p.m. Heritage Flight

2 p.m. U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor

This is a rare appearance in Dayton of the world’s most formidable stealth fighter, which can reach supersonic airspeeds of Mach 1.5 without using the afterburner.

1:47 p.m. Sean Tucker

Sean Tucker, who flies the Oracle biplane, is one of the world’s best aviators, is recognized as one of the Living Legends of Flight. Did you know he learned to fly to conquer a fear of flying? He serves as chairman of the Young Eagles Program and works with at-risk children through the Every Kid Can Fly program. He also offers the Sean D. Tucker Young Eagles Essay contest for a chance to win a flight with him ahead of the air show.

1:30 p.m. Redline Airshows

The Cincinnati-based aerobatic team returns to the Dayton skies with their formation flying.

1:20 p.m. B-17 Movie Memphis Belle

The movie Memphis Belle commemorates the real B-17 Memphis Belle Flying Fortress World War II heavy bomber.

1 p.m.: Vicky Benzing

The accomplished pilot, skydiver, aerobatic performer and air racer brings her high-energy and action-packed routine to Dayton for the first time.


12:30 p.m.: U.S. Army Golden Knights

The Golden Knights paratroopers, formed in 1959, last appeared in Dayton in 2015. They thrill spectators with intricate canopy work along with their etreme-precision skydiving formations and landings.

PHOTOS: 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show kicks off

12:24 p.m.: P-51C Red Tail Mustang “Tuskegee Airmen” - Watch Here

The aircraft inspires spectators in the air as well as on the ground.

Noon: Redline Tease

The Cincinnati-based aerobatic team gives a hint of its performance to come.


9 a.m.:

Gates are open for today’s 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show.

The first acts take to the skies at noon and fly through 4:15 p.m.

Airshow: Oracle acrobatic biplane doesn't believe in the laws of physics

Today’s lineup of feature flying acts include: the Tuskegee Airmen, P-51 Mustang, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Vicky Benzing, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Redline, Sean Tucker, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, CareFlight dedication, Tora Tora Tora, Jet Waco and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

Gates close at 6 p.m., and will be open again from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

>> Air show forecast: Warm with chance for showers, storms

>> RTA offers express shuttle service to Vectren Dayton Air Show

>> How to avoid traffic and parking headaches at this weekend’s Vectren Dayton Air Show

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What is fentanyl? 5 questions answered about Dayton’s opioid epidemic

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 1:41 PM

Dayton Fire Department Addiction Resource Liaison/EMT Amy Dunkin, right, watches a man she just revived with Narcan walk out of the Dayton medic unit on North Keowee Street. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Dayton Fire Department Addiction Resource Liaison/EMT Amy Dunkin, right, watches a man she just revived with Narcan walk out of the Dayton medic unit on North Keowee Street. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Staff Writer)

The Dayton region is now known, as much as anything, as the epicenter of the nation’s opioid epidemic.

The impact of the epidemic has scarred the community in many ways – its image, a generation of children growing up in addicted households, community resources to fight addiction and crime. The Dayton Daily News kicks off a new project – we’re calling it the Path Forward — in which this newspaper will seek solutions to guide our community through this and other important issues we face.

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Here are five questions answered about the opioid epidemic in Dayton:

1. What is fentanyl? 

The label “overdose capital” came after powerful drugs such as fentanyl and carfentanil — an elephant tranquilizer — began to saturate the streets of Dayton and its nearby suburbs. In a single month — May 2017 — Montgomery County logged 81 drug overdose deaths, more than half the usual total for an entire year.

Fentanyl and fentanyl related compounds such as carfentanil and acetyl fentanyl are synthetic opioids, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. “While fentanyl was first synthesized more than 50 years ago and first emerged as a drug threat in the 1990’s, it has only been in the past few years that it has become as a widespread - and fast evolving - threat,” according to the DEA.

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2. How many people are dealing with substance abuse issues in the region?

Casey Steckling, a social worker who founded the non-profit, Dayton Recovers, estimates as many as 100,000 people in the Miami Valley are dealing with substance abuse disorders. Others put the estimate at anywhere from 8 to 10 percent of the population. If even 10 percent of that group received treatment and successfully moved into long-term recovery, Steckling said, Dayton would look drastically different.

3. Is the opioid crisis new to the region?

Before fentanyl started killing people in record numbers, it was easier for people not to pay attention, she said. But it became impossible to ignore in Ohio when people young and old, black and white and from every conceivable educational background began dying at a rate of 11 people a day, throwing whole families into chaos and stretching the ability of communities to provide basic public services.

“We historically both in the nation and in the state and in Montgomery County, have struggled with addiction for decades,” said Jodi Long, director of treatment and supportive services for the Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board. “What brought addiction to the forefront was the number of people dying.”

4. How does the crisis impact the community economically?

The addiction crisis and its many tentacles is extracting a huge public price tag. Congress spent the better part of the past two weeks debating funding measures — efforts that will no doubt add to the more than $1 billion sent to the states over the past two years to cover treatment costs.

» THE PATH FORWARD: Can Dayton go from ‘overdose capital’ to a model for recovery?

5. Why is the Dayton Daily News investigating this? 

Our biggest challenges may still be ahead: How can the so-called overdose capital become a model for recovery and hope? And how would we get there? Starting today, the Dayton Daily News will help find the answers. We are investigating all facets of the epidemic and seeking solutions – and your ideas — as we move from the bleakness of the drug crisis toward a recovered community.

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Warm temps continue; showers possible in some spots

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 3:51 AM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 1:09 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about the chance for storms and a heat wave this week.

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  • Quiet to start week
  • Rounds of showers and storms Tuesday-Wednesday
  • Heat index around 100 end of week

>> 5-Day Forecast

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TODAY: Afternoon clouds are expected as highs reach near normal levels in the lower 80s, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. 

A few passing showers are possible near Butler, Warren, and Clinton counties, but most activity will stay south of the Miami Valley completely. 

>> LIVE Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar

TUESDAY: Sunshine and scattered clouds to start. Highs peak in the mid-80s with a heat index around 90 degrees. Some afternoon showers and storms develop late afternoon and evening. 

WEDNESDAY: Sunshine with warm and muggy temperatures in the mid-80s. Heat index reaches around 90 degrees again. Scattered showers and storms in the afternoon and evening look to bring localized heavy rain and gusty winds. 

>> Heat index importance: What is it? Why does it matter?

THURSDAY: Some sunshine and a few clouds as it begin to heat up with temperatures in the upper 80s. The heat index reaches in the mid-90s as it looks to stay dry for the day.

FRIDAY: A dry end to the week with hot and very humid temperatures. Highs reach in the low 90s with a heat index around 100 degrees. 

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