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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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Service restored to half of 4,100 DP&L customers without power

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:25 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 12:10 AM

UPDATE @ 12:10 a.m. (June 19):

Power has been restored to half of the original 4,100 customers reported out of service at 11 p.m.

There are now 2,138 without power as Dayton Power & Light crews work to restore service.

The cause of the outage is unknown.

UPDATE @ 11:55 p.m.:

About 500 people have power restored so far when Dayton Power & Light’s online outage map reported 4,100 customers in the dark.

There are now just more than 3,600 without power.

FIRST REPORT

More than 4,100 Dayton Power & Light customers are in the dark in Montgomery County.

Crews were sent to investigate why service was interrupted and to restore power, according to a utility spokeswoman.

The power outage was reported at 11:07 p.m.

According to the online outage map, service is expected to be restored by 1 a.m.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com.

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REPORT: Naked man popping balloons in street in custody

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 3:18 PM

Samuel Tumaini
MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL
Samuel Tumaini(MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL)

A man is in custody after standing naked in the road while popping balloons with his mouth, according to Dayton police reports. 

Samuel Tumaini, 25, was detained in the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of public indecency early Monday morning. 

Police were dispatched to Newport Avenue around 12:45 a.m. after a report of a man standing in the road naked while staring off into the distance, according to the report. 

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On arrival, officers saw the suspect standing in the road, popping balloons with his mouth while naked, read the report. 

The officers reportedly called him to approach the vehicle and then handcuffed him and placed him in the back of the cruiser. Officers noted a language barrier while attempting to speak to the man, according to the report. 

They located his clothes on the ground nearby, read the report. 

After the suspect was detained, a woman approached the officers and said the man stares at her and her underage niece while they are outside, read the report. 

She added that she noticed the suspect standing in the road naked while staring into space and became concerned, according to the report.

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Crews called to 3-vehicle rollover crash in Clayton

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 9:27 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 9:45 PM



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A driver who ran a red light tonight caused as three-vehicle crash at the intersection of Taywood and Old Salem roads.

The vehicles involved in the crash reported around 8:15 p.m. included a pickup truck, car and minivan, which was on its side.

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It is not clear whether there were any injuries, but there initially was someone trapped in the overturned vehicle, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

One of the drivers was cited for a red-light violation, but dispatch was not able to confirm which vehicle’s driver was at fault.

Crews cleared the scene at 9:40 p.m., dispatch said.

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Forest Park vision includes relocated Harrison Twp. government center

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 7:44 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 7:31 PM

Outlines of retail building foundations and a parking lot are all that remains of the Forest Park shopping center on North Main Street in Harrison Township. County Corp, in partnership with Harrison Township and Montgomery County will facilitate the first public meeting to initiate feedback on the Forest Park Area Plan on Monday, January 29th at Horizon Science Academy. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Outlines of retail building foundations and a parking lot are all that remains of the Forest Park shopping center on North Main Street in Harrison Township. County Corp, in partnership with Harrison Township and Montgomery County will facilitate the first public meeting to initiate feedback on the Forest Park Area Plan on Monday, January 29th at Horizon Science Academy. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Staff Writer)

A new town square anchored by a relocated Harrison Twp. government center is the centerpiece of a consensus redevelopment plan for the Forest Park area, officials and planners announced Tuesday.

The redevelopment area includes a 54-acre tract in Harrison Twp. that was once the location of a thriving amusement park and later a shopping center that fell out of fashion and into decay.

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Planner Joe Nickol called it a “first draft” and “the part in the process where we lay out all the hard work that has to be done.”

“What really quickly bubbled up to the top was the idea of exploring further the idea of relocating the township hall to this site. It’s at the center of the township,” Nickol said. “It meets a need in that what we’ve heard anecdotally is the township hall is undersized and we’re in a position to help the township meet the needs of the community.”

Securing funding and building the vision could be a decade or more away, but planners also announced some activation activities at the site that aren’t expensive or complicated and can happen soon. Events could include closing down parts of Riverside Drive for events, gatherings where people could build and launch small hot air balloons and refurbishing an old post office for community events.

The current township offices are at 5945 N. Dixie Drive. The township consists of about 6.3 square miles just north of Dayton.

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The town center concept was popular with residents who graded the alternatives at an April meeting. About 100 people attended the meeting Tuesday.

The result of a four-year process, the redevelopment plan could be a big leap forward for the area on top of some smaller recent positive steps, said Kristofer McClintick, Harrison Twp. administrator.

A nearby 549-unit apartment complex has been refurbished top to bottom. Two schools — Dayton Public’s Charity Adams Earley Academy and the The Horizon Science Academy, a charter school — are in the plan area and attract students. The Girl Scouts of Western Ohio-Dayton office draws activities and people.

“We feel this will be the anchor site to continue that investment all along that North Main corridor,” McClintick said.

MKSK Studios, consultants out of Covington, Ky., developed the plan for County Corp, working in partnership with Harrison Twp. and Montgomery County.

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