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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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Man threatens to shoot up Ned Pepper’s, woman’s home

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 10:19 AM

Contributed by the Montgomery County Jail
Contributed by the Montgomery County Jail

A Dayton man reportedly threatened to shoot an Oregon District tavern before making similar threats to an area woman, according to investigators. 

Killian Thomas, 29, was detained in the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of aggravated menacing, obstructing official business and resisting arrest early Sunday morning. 

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Dayton police officers were flagged down by staff at Ned Pepper's around 2 a.m. Sunday, according to the report. Staff reported that after asking Thomas to leave the establishment, he threatened to return with a gun to shoot it up. 

The staff asked that Thomas be trespassed from Ned Pepper's and Hole In The Wall, read the report. 

When police spoke to Thomas to document the trespass, he was reportedly uncooperative in providing his identification. 

Shortly after, officers were flagged down near Hole In The Wall, where Thomas was seen yelling at a woman in a parking lot, according to the report. 

The woman reportedly told police that Thomas, who is an acquaintance, threatened to shoot up her home. 

When police caught up with Thomas and informed him that he was under arrest, he grabbed onto the railing at Ned Pepper's, read the report. 

After Thomas reportedly ignored multiple commands to let go of the railing, police were able to cuff him. 

Once in the the back of the cruiser, Thomas was heard yelling obscenities and ethnic slurs, according to the report.

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Dayton VA nursing home scores low in quality survey

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 10:39 AM


            The Dayton VA Medical Center. LISA POWELL / STAFF PHOTO
The Dayton VA Medical Center. LISA POWELL / STAFF PHOTO

The Dayton VA Medical Center nursing home earned two stars out of five in a quality rating system, according to the agency.

Cleveland and Cincinnati also received two stars while Chillicothe received one, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

Nearly half, or 60 of the VA’s 133 nursing homes received a one-star rating, the newspaper reported.

The results were disclosed after USA Today and Boston Globe obtained the internal VA reports, officials said. On average, VA nursing homes scored worse last year then their private sector counterparts on nine of 11 key indicators, including rates of anti-psychotic drug prescription and residents’ deterioration , officials said.

The VA nursing home system overall compares “closely”with private nursing homes despite caring for typically sicker patients,

VA officials reportedly told USA Today.

Sixty VA nursing homes saw improvements in their ratings over last year, and only one had a “meaningful decline” VA spokesman Curt Cashour told the newspaper.

A request for comment was left with a Dayton VA spokesman Monday.

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Free National HIV Testing Day events planned

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 10:28 AM


            A 20 minute HIV OraQuick test is available at the Public Health-Dayton & Montgomery County clinic in the Reibold Building at 117 South Main St. in downtown Dayton. Jim Noelker/Dayton Daily News
A 20 minute HIV OraQuick test is available at the Public Health-Dayton & Montgomery County clinic in the Reibold Building at 117 South Main St. in downtown Dayton. Jim Noelker/Dayton Daily News

Free testing will be available for National HIV Testing Day on June 27 at sites around the area, according to Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County.

About 1,900 people are living with HIV in Butler, Darke, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Warren counties, the health department stated. One out of seven don’t know.

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People between the ages of 13 and 64 should get tested for HIV yearly.

Testing sites will be at:

Dr. Charles R. Drew Health Center

1323 W. Third St. Dayton

12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

(937) 496-7133

Free rapid HIV testing as well as testing for Hepatitis C, syphilis, pregnancy, glucose, blood pressure.

Preble County General Health District - Reproductive Health Clinic

615 Hillcrest Drive Eaton

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

(937) 472-0087

Free gift cards with rapid HIV test.

Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio in Dayton

224 N Wilkinson St., Dayton

12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

(937) 461-2437

Free rapid HIV testing.

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How safe are air shows? Here’s how many crashes occurred in past decade

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 9:29 AM

Latest on Thunderbird crash, Air Show

In late June just a year ago, a Thunderbird jet flipped over after taxiing at the Dayton International Airport.

The crash occurred on June 23 prior to the Dayton Air Show, and injured Pilot Capt. Erik Gonsalves and Tactical Aircraft Maintainer Staff Sgt. Kenneth Cordova. The F-16 sustained significant damage, and the Thunderbirds cancelled all performances at the air show.

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The Thunderbirds jet mishap was the first major aviation related incident at the air show since the fatal crash of a wing walker and a pilot in front of thousands of horrified spectators on June 22, 2013.

Air shows can be risky for performers. Approximately 52 percent of civil air show crashes that occurred from 1993 to 2013 involved at least one fatality, according to FAA’s General Aviation and Air Taxi Survey and the National Transportation Safety Board data. The data studied 174 civil air show crashes.

Here’s what we know about air show safety: 

1. How many deaths have occurred as a result of crashes and mishaps at air shows and races in the U.S.? 

This news organization reviewed data from the Federal Aviation Administration, which showed that 44 fatalities have occurred in the past decade as a result of injuries sustained in crashes and incidents at air shows and races in the United States. This news organization reviewed fatality reports from 2007 to 2017. That number increases looking at incidents globally. 

2. Have deaths occurred at the Dayton Air Show? 

In Dayton, three deaths have occurred since 2007 at the air show. In 2013, a stunt pilot and a wing-walking performer were killed in a fiery crash at the Vectren Dayton Air Show. The pair was identified as Jane Wicker and pilot Charlie Schwenker. 

Wicker was wing walking at the time of the crash, sitting on the underside of the inverted 450 HP Stearman named “Aurora.”
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The plane did a cartwheel and burst into flames as it hit the ground. A fire truck was at the crash within two minutes and extinguished the flames.

Since 1990, there have been 160 crashes at air shows and air races across America. Not a single year during that time was there not a crash. Wingwalker Jane Wicker, 46, and pilot Charlie Schwenker, 64, crashed and were killed at the Vectren Dayton Air Show on Saturday, June 22. The biplane appears to have crashed just inside the 500-foot show line which is marked by orange construction barrels seen at right. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees/Ty Greenlees)

In 2007, aerobatic pilot Jim LeRoy failed to maintain clearance from the ground during an acrobatics routine and crashed his 400-horsepower, single-seat biplane, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. 

The safety board found that “smoke oil” present in the air where the performers were flying also contributed to the crash. 

LeRoy’s yellow Bulldog Pitts continued from a spiral spin into the ground, slid 300 feet and burst into flames. LeRoy was killed on impact.

3. How many crashes have occurred in the past decade?  

Approximately, 96 aviation accident reports related to air races and shows have been filed since 2007, according to NTSB data. However, most of the accidents investigated did not result in fatalities. 

People on the ground watch as Jim Leroy's plane burns following his crash at the Vectren Dayton Air Show, Saturday, July 28, 2007.(Peter Wine)

4. What has been the worst air show crash in recent U.S. history?

A plan crashed into spectators at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada in September 2011. The crash killed the pilot Jimmy Leeward and 10 spectators. It also injured more than 60 others, according to federal investigators. 

5. What regulations are in place to keep pilots and spectators safe at air shows?

The FAA provides aviation event organizers with assistance when planning a safe aviation event. Planes are no longer allowed to fly over crowds at air shows inn the U.S., and significant changes occurred after the Reno accident in 2011. Spectators have to be staged a specific distance away from where planes are performing now, and airshows have to follow a ground operations plan

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