Bomb squad follies part deux: Mayor McLin and the porcelain pig

It was years ago when City Commissioner Idotha Bootsie Neal came out to her city-supplied car, thought someone had tampered with it, drove to City Hall, and then called the bomb squad, forcing the evacuation of City Hall.

Now, we have the Mayor, sending her “aide” (who I’m assuming is on the public payroll) to her vacant business to “pick up mail.” Excuse me? Is that why a part-time Mayor, needs a full time aide?


DAYTON, Ohio — Dayton police call for assistance of the Dayton Bomb Squad when a suspicious package shows up at the former McLin Funeral Home.

Police along with the Dayton Bomb Squad responded to the 1100 block of Germantown Street.

An aide for the mayor found a towel inside the mailbox with something wrapped inside.

Lt. Bob Chabali, from the Dayton Police Department, said the incident was unusual and so they took extra precaution.

The bomb squad did use a robot to check the suspicious package out.

Police said the suspicious package was simply a porcelain pig wrapped inside a towel and no detonation was needed.

via Bomb Squad Called To Old McLin Funeral Home – News Story – WHIO Dayton.

Maybe we wouldn’t need staff cuts if the Mayor actually picked up her own mail. I hate to tell you how much it costs the City for a bomb squad run.

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23 Responses

  1. Drexel Dave Sparks September 29, 2009 / 12:01 pm
    Maybe I’m wrong, but it looks like the DDN has taken down the story.
  2. Drexel Dave Sparks September 29, 2009 / 12:38 pm
    Anyone know what the law says about public officials using public employees and/or resources to do private business? And the penalty?
  3. In the 'burg September 29, 2009 / 5:34 pm
    I’m mostly interested in the “pig in a blanket” part.
    There has to be a really good one-liner there, somewhere….
  4. Hall September 29, 2009 / 6:56 pm
    DDN has an update or follow-up to story focused on why this aide was collecting mail for McLin. The reason: People send complaints (like potholes) to the mayor at this address. Hmmm…
    Hey, at least the DDN asked the question !
  5. David Esrati September 29, 2009 / 8:02 pm

    @Hall and it you believe that story….
    She hasn’t lived there for years. The place is turning into an eyesore, and even if people did send her mail there- hasn’t she heard of forwarding? It’s not her aides job.

  6. Jeff September 29, 2009 / 9:49 pm
    turning into an eyesore?  Tell me more.
  7. David Esrati September 30, 2009 / 12:02 am

    I’ll have to go take pictures. Last time I remember going by and thinking it’s looking abandoned.

  8. Sarah September 30, 2009 / 4:48 pm
    BOTH should be closed – per the Board of Embalmer & Funeral Directors for State of Ohio – one location is officially closed due to new ownership.  The other according to the SoS has been SUSPENDED/On HOLD due to non-payment of francise taxes.  Not like she or her father ever did ANYTHING above board with the business.  Ask any Bateville Casket driver from the 1960’s.
  9. David Esrati September 30, 2009 / 5:21 pm

    @Sarah is there a link to the status at the Secretary of States office- where we can see this…


  10. Jeff September 30, 2009 / 6:48 pm
    I like the narrative possibility.   Unkempt property contributing to Dayton’s lack of curb appeal….owned by the Mayor, vs self-help vintage home restoration by the challenger.   That’s a powerful symbolic story (for me, at least)
  11. Allison September 30, 2009 / 7:53 pm
    Sarah, I don’t personally know any Bateville Casket drivers from the 1960’s, so please dish :)
  12. David Esrati September 30, 2009 / 8:12 pm

    @Jeff, note- Nan didn’t even own a home in Dayton until: Aug 29, 2008.
    I ‘d rehabbed 2 before she was even out of high school.
    @Sarah- thanks for the link, although I’m not quite sure if it’s indicative of much. It just means that corporation is gone- and they may be operating as a different one? I’m not a lawyer.
    I don’t know who Lloyd OHara of Oakwood is- Donald Huber owns that property. According to He’s just the lawyer- he used to work at Chernesky Heyman Kress
    Hard to say what those McLin sisters are doing. But, getting official mail at a closed down building on the taxpayers dime doesn’t cut it.

  13. Jeff September 30, 2009 / 8:33 pm
    Don Huber the developer?  He owns the McLin funeral home?   Well I’ll be!  Huber was involved in Newfields/Brookville new town and the Madden urban renewal project in West Dayton.   There is mention in a book on Newfields that Huber paid McLin (the father) in order to grease the cities approval of Huber’s federal application for money for his new town.  So years ago Huber had dealings with the McLin family. If this is the same Huber.
  14. David Esrati September 30, 2009 / 9:37 pm

    @Jeff- Huber owns the building that O’Hara is using as a mailing address. All the rest of it- interesting, but, at this point the voters just don’t get how things were and are still done.

  15. Sarah October 3, 2009 / 12:31 pm
    @ Allison – the truck drivers used to have to arm themselves as they were constantly robbed for their loads.  Now I wonder who would want a bunch of caskets?!  My understanding it got pretty violent a couple of times.  There is one way to reduce a business “overhead”…
  16. Sarah October 3, 2009 / 12:33 pm
    @ David – there is no other Corporation at SoS for the name “MCLIN”.  If they are operating as a different corp then that (to my understanding of how funeral homes must be registered @ SoS) is illegal.  Big no-no.
  17. Jennifer Alexander October 23, 2009 / 3:29 pm
    RC. 3517.092(D)(1) prohibits all public employees from solicitiug contributions from anyone while the public employee is performing his or her duties or is in the areas of a public building where official business is transacted or conducted. 

     R.C. 3517.092(D)(2) prohibits anyone from soliciting contributions from any public employee while the public employee is performing his or her duties or is in the areas of a public building where official business is transacted or conducted.

    These were the closest Ohio Revised Code viloations I could find, someone who knows the law better…please post the correct code violations & a link to them.




  18. David Esrati March 21, 2013 / 8:45 pm

    Her aide was Kery Gray.

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