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Shelby County deputies trace social media blackmail scheme to Amsterdam

Published: Saturday, February 10, 2018 @ 3:58 AM

Social media issue in Shelby County

UPDATE @ 1:04 p.m. (Feb. 15):

Shelby County deputies said a social media blackmail scheme that targeted nearly a dozen victims in the county was traced back to Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

During their investigation, deputies were able to pinpoint the IP address the suspect was using to access the student’s phones.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Police looking to charge girl, 16, in sexting case

The sheriff’s office urges people to check their Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat accounts for any contacts with the following users: Christian P (christianpp55), Page Harer (pageypoo172) and Haley Ng or Susu (mariana_justen), according to a release from the sheriff’s office

“We also recommend that anyone who has been involved in receiving any communication from these people to do a factory reset on their phones or any device they use to access Shapchat, Twitter or Facebook and to create a new Snapchat, Twitter or Facebook account,” the sheriff’s office said.

UPDATE @ 11:32 a.m. (Feb. 12):

Sheriff’s deputies in Shelby County said nearly a dozen victims in the county have been targeted by hacks and an apparent social media blackmail scheme.

Deputies said the scheme involves a suspect reaching out to teenage victims on social media asking for ransom money and if the victim doesn’t pay up, the suspect threatens to share nude photos of the victim.

Deputies are looking at a potential teenage suspect in Alabama, but said they have a long way to go in the investigation, according investigators.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Police looking to charge girl, 16, in sexting case

Over the last week, the sheriff’s office said the hacker or hackers have been getting into the social media accounts of local teens and accessing nude photographs, whether they be from the cloud, or Snapchat or these students’ phones.

The suspect is reaching out over Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat, demanding either $500 or $750 as ransom money.

Deputies said they are especially concerned, because the suspect is not only hacking these accounts, but also following through with threats to send out the naked photos.


The Shelby County Sheriff's Office and the FBI are working to find out who is trying to blackmail area children by threatening to disseminate cell photo-shot nude photos of them. 

The person is using the threat of the photos in an attempt to blackmail children into sending him or her money, according to a Facebook post from the sheriff's office published Friday night. 

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Police looking to charge girl, 16, in sexting case

Sheriff's Detective Chris Brown, in the post, said, "We have had several kids who the person has taken over their Snapchat [account] and is posting as that person. We believe they are accessing the photos on the target's phone and are obtaining the list of contacts or user names in their friends list of the children and then contacting those people or sending photos." 

Brown, in the post, said," this type of behavior is wide spread and is affecting kids from Houston, Russia, Fairlawn, Lehman, Anna, Holy Angels and Sidney." 

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Gangs are continuing problem, sheriff says

The unknown person is using several personas in Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook, the detective said, and a couple of the names are Susu and Page Herer. 

If you have been contacted by someone similar to the description offered by the detective, or you have received any threatening messages from an unknown source, do not respond and call Detective Brown at the sheriff's office, (937) 494-2105.

We’re working to learn more about this report from the sheriff’s office.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to

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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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