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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 [1].

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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Drexel Dave Sparks

Maybe I’m wrong, but it looks like the DDN has taken down the story.


Still there…. stories fall off the front page as new ones are added.
Click the “Earlier…” button and you’ll see it,

Drexel Dave Sparks

got it. Thanks.

Drexel Dave Sparks

Anyone know what the law says about public officials using public employees and/or resources to do private business? And the penalty?

In the 'burg

I’m mostly interested in the “pig in a blanket” part.
There has to be a really good one-liner there, somewhere….


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 !


turning into an eyesore?  Tell me more.


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.


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)


Sarah, I don’t personally know any Bateville Casket drivers from the 1960’s, so please dish :)


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.


@ 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”…


@ 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.

Jennifer Alexander

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.




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