Revenue enhancement strategy for Dayton Police Department

Today I saw a police car on U.S. 35 running a speed trap. This is called a “revenue enhancement strategy” by some police officers, bringing dollars into the government’s pockets from fines. The problem is, if you challenge the ticket and go to court, paying the police officer to come in to court, plus the court costs turn the whole mess into a negative revenue stream.

So much for speeding tickets.

The City of Dayton decided several years back to fine property owners for false alarm calls. The first two calls per year were free, after that, the fine kept going up. So instead of calling dispatch immediately. the alarm company calls me first. When my office was being broken into, I went across the street with my cell phone and flashlight to find the front door busted open and my office trashed. When the cops caught the criminals about 4 hours later – it turned out one of them had a gun. Good thing it took me a few minutes to find my keys that night.

Last week I got these stats from our neighborhood police officer about calls over the period from Jan. 2010 to Jan. 2012 to one house near me:

Total number of calls-  33.  This number reflects the calls made for police service as well as officers putting  themselves on an investigation at this location.

The calls were broken down into categories.

  • Wanted                                5
  • 911                                         4
  • Juvenile                               4
  • Family Trouble                  3
  • Miscellaneous                    3
  • Medical                               2
  • Alarm                                  1
  • Noise                                   1
  • Domestic Violence           1
  • Drugs                                  1
  • DWOC                                1
  • Burg                                    1
  • DWI                                    1
  • Transport                          1
  • Assault                               1
  • Intox                                   1
  • Fight                                   1
  • Suspicious                         1

There were 6 complaint reports and 1 memo report at this address.

There were 7 arrests at this location.

That’s one call every 22 days.

The house in question is behind on taxes. The taxes are only $744 a year due to buying the home out of foreclosure, and yet they owe $2,622.52. They not only don’t pay for police service, but they receive an unwarranted amount of it.

Their house is actually bigger than mine, yet, despite paying about the same to purchase mine in 1986 as they paid in 2009, their taxes are less than half of mine.

Instead of fining taxpaying citizens for false alarms, why aren’t we fining our criminal element for abuse of services? If we calculate the cost of a police call to a residence at a nominal $120 (2 officers, 1 hour each, $60 an hour) their 33 calls come out to $3,960. The costs could be levied against the property tax bill and either the house gets shut down until fines are paid, or the property gets seized as a nuisance and sold to pay the fines.

Former Supreme Court Justice, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr, once said: “Taxes are what we pay for civilized society” and uncivilized neighbors who can’t follow the rules cause my property values to drop, my quality of life to suffer and the cost of my government to rise. Instead of locking them up (which also costs us all) it’s time to place the costs of their criminal behavior back on the criminals.

What do you think? If you like this post, please consider donating to my campaign. Practical politicians don’t get elected for free.

Esrati is stoned, a VA supporter, a dog saver and stolen bike retrieval officer

Some of you may have noticed that the number of updates to has decreased in the last few weeks. One reason is that it took a bit of time to write the two big posts of late: The resignation of Dayton Daily News photo chief Larry Price– which went international, and the post about the competing efforts on regionalism (which to have been totally right would have taken a few solid days of calling for comment, etc., if I were paid to do this).

We’re also very busy at The Next Wave, opening a Miami FL office, launching our new web site, creating new brands, building web sites, making video, crafting advertising. The Huff-n-Puff hockey season also started.  Add in that I’ve also had to deal with the latest break in, adding late night walks on “security patrol” to my already stretched schedule.  The latest update on that in a bit, plus how I saved a dog’s life.

Then, to top it all off- I’ve got kidney stones. Not the first time, that was about 10 years ago- and the first time I had ever been given morphine. I had gone to Miami Valley Hospital, barely able to walk, and 15 minutes after the shot- I was ready to dance. Unfortunately, the next 36 hours- I was in bed- in and out of consciousness.  Won’t make that mistake again- this time, it’s only vicoden- which I’m on after a 9 p.m. trip to the VA emergency room last night.

I know that our local Congressman, Mike Turner, has made it a personal mission to vilify the entire institution over one dentist’s gross misconduct. But, as a Service Disabled Veteran, who gave up my private health insurance about 6 years ago and have only received my care from the VA- I would like to tell you that all your fears of “socialized medicine” would go away if the kind of care I’ve received was scalable to the entire country.

I see my General Practitioner twice a year. He typically spends between 30 and 45 minutes going over my health with me. He responds to e-mail about questions in my care program, his nurse- Mike, has become a good friend, and any test that’s needed, gets done, without question of cost. I recently had a CAT scan for my stones, no problem. All records are digital, including X-rays.

Pharmacy is all done by mail, with an online portal for renewals of regular medication. My eyes get checked annually, and glasses are available free from a choice of basic frames and for about $100 for “designer” frames. I’ve been wearing the $100 frames for a few years- and had many compliments.

My only complaint over the years is that I had forgotten some basic medication (not a narcotic)  when on a trip- tried to get a few pills for 2 days in St. Louis, where they wanted to go through a whole bunch of craziness including an ER visit, where if I’d had my prescription at Walgreens, it would have been walk in and sign.

You should be as lucky as me to have such an amazing team of people that took care of me last night. Thanks to Knickenbocker, Fat Pat (we’ll hit the road for a scoot soon), Amy, Heather, Doc D for taking amazing care of me.

If this seems like a ramble- it’s proof not to take drugs and write.

Scooby, a terrier lab mix, soon to be able to be adopted from SICSA

Scooby, our latest addition (possibly with ringworm)

We also began fostering a puppy for SICSA on Friday around 5. I think we’re going to fail our first foster- and end up with “Scooby” (a name we hate)- a 7-month-old terrier-lab mix, who weighs about 25 lbs.

It was yesterday morning when SICSA called and asked us to bring him in for a “vet check.” Turns out, he came in with 3 other puppies from a family that had him living in their yard. The house was foreclosed on, and the 4 came in. Before they checked all of them- we had the Scoobster. The girls introduced him to our two 10-year-old big dogs, with minimum fighting. And he started making friends, esp. with me (dogs tend to like me a lot more than people do). So, less than 20 hours after we have him- and all of us have been loving on the mutt, I get the news that the other three pups were destroyed- one had ringworm, and the other two were put down as a precaution. Do we want to keep Scooby, having to wait 2 weeks to see if the culture tests positive for ringworm- in which case, we’re looking at 4 additional weeks of fostering (by which time, I think I’d have a hard time giving him up). Or, hand him back, in which case, he wouldn’t live to  see 3 p.m. (it was 2:30 p.m.).

Ringworm isn’t a horrible disease, it’s easily cured with Lotramin AF, but the problem is it’s easily transmitted through microscopic spores that are only killed by lots of UV light, or bleach. We’d have to soak all three dogs with Sulfur Lime solution (we now have three rotten egg smelling dogs)- and keep Scooby semi-isolated.

Obviously- I brought him home. Odds are about 50/50 that he has ringworm- but, we won’t know till the end of the month.

The Bicycle Thief

The Bicycle Thief

On the way home, I stopped by Family Dollar on Clover St. at Wayne to pick up some Lotramin AF. As I was pulling out of the lot, I see three teens, in the middle of Theobald Lane- one of whom was on Teresa’s bike that was stolen. I pull the car over- taking pictures with my iPhone as I get out of the car. They start asking me what I’m doing taking pictures- I say “That bike was my Girlfriend’s until it was stolen last week” at which point- the kid starts pedaling as I start chasing. Note: keys are in car, Scooby is in the car, and there are three of them. The kid realizes he can’t get the bike going fast enough- as I’m running and about to grab him- so he dumps the bike and takes off running toward the Cricket Store. I stop- take more pix- and call 911.

Neighbor Rob Gonzalez, comes by in his jeep- asks what’s up- I give him description of punk kid, he goes looking for him. Note, Rob is  SFC Gonzalez, U.S. Army- and is a Military Police officer. Luckily for the punk kid- Rob doesn’t find him.

The other two talk trash as I take more photos and wait for the cops, who show up in about 15 minutes. The cop gives me a form for E-crew (Dayton’s Evidence Crew)- but says they won’t get prints off the bike, and tells me to take it home.

Turns out when I get it home- Teresa says it’s not her bike. Same style, same color- but slightly different. So now, I’ve “stolen” a stolen bike. I’ll explain to the cops when they show up. I’ve posted pictures to our neighborhood crime watch group on Facebook- to ID all three kids- to see what we can come up with. Our community based police officers also have all the pix.

Add in a few hours of work in the early morning at the office, a trip to the bank and the Second Street market (where I ran into Bubba Jones)- and you have a day in the life of David Esrati.

May your life not be like mine. I’m off to vicoden dreams.

However, I’m going to leave you with something I wrote in response to someone who didn’t like my language in describing the criminal element (and future criminal elements) in our neighborhood: “Pollyanna won’t save you. Buford Pusser will.”


Police hiring process as flawed as our charter

Before we go into any discussion about the hiring processes in place in the City of Dayton- one must ask how  a problem can last this long, with no resolution in sight. This has been an issue for twenty years (I had a position on the “consent decree” in my first literature when I ran for mayor against Clay Dixon).

The simple answer- is that our charter has a major failing, that it’s almost set in stone, covers things that have no business being in the charter, is impossible for the public to change, and the politicians who can, don’t because they might risk their precious seats for life. Even though parts of the charter- like the residency rule have been struck down as unconstitutional after years of expensive squabbling- it remains in the charter, ignored.

Without a regular scheduled charter review, the document is nothing but dead wood, helping kill off our city. It’s why I’m in the process of trying to get the parts about petitions thrown out.

But- on to the police issue- the latest chapter in the never-ending saga:

The city of Dayton plans to discard the test scores of the 748 people who passed its police recruit exam in November and will instead hire officers based only on a subjective oral interview — a change meant to improve the city’s ability to hire more minorities.

The announcement comes after the U.S. Department of Justice forced the city to lower its passing score to allow for more minorities into the hiring pool as part of a federal discrimination lawsuit the city settled in 2009.

Those scores are no longer relevant and all candidates are now on equal footing. The oral exam will consist of five situation-based questions asked by an expert panel and last 30 minutes per candidate.

Only those who passed the written exams are allowed to take the oral exam….

Dayton Police Union President Randy Beane called the change “outrageous.” He said it circumvents the city’s rule of one hiring practice where candidates must be hired one at a time based on a testing score from best to worst.

“There’s not going to be any objectiveness in the process,” he said. “We are checking with our attorney to see if this is legal.”…

The city began notifying the 748 who passed the exam by mail this week. Those moving on will have to pass a preliminary background check before participating in the oral interview.

The panel will then score the applicant’s answers and the process will be completed in early June.
Those who pass the oral exam must then pass a polygraph test and psychological and physical exams before being ranked on a hiring list.

Moore disagreed that the hiring change was meant to circumvent the city’s hiring rules mandated in its charter. But when asked if this creates more wiggle room to subjectively hire candidates, Moore said, “that might very well be the case. We are reacting to the consent decree which states that we are not to engage in a selection process that has a disparate impact on a certain race,” he said.

via Dayton throws out written police exam scores, will rely on oral interviews only.

As an employer, there is nothing harder than hiring the right people. They can make or break an organization. Considering these are people who will be armed, around criminals most of their working hours, putting their lives on the line makes the process even more difficult. It is not an easy job to find and hire the right people- especially since our stupid city refuses to hire experienced officers who have proven themselves in this line of work.

With layoffs in major metropolitan departments across the country- we could solve this problem quickly, by hiring already trained, experienced officers from Cleveland, Detroit MI, Trenton NJ etc- and probably increase our minority representation quickly. It would also help break the grip of the good old boy frat house atmosphere enjoyed by our local department. This isn’t to say our overworked officers aren’t professional- it’s just been such a private club for so long, we’ve forgotten how to play with others (sort of like our local political parties).

This new twist in hiring- the interview, will the candidates be behind a curtain? Will their voices be digitally altered so as to not be able to tell the hill-jacks from the Negroes? This whole concept of rule of one, race, test scores has so little to do with the actual proven ability to do the job- we may as well just have a lottery at this point. Do the oral  interviews of every possible candidate- rate them pass/fail- then take the passing people- put them in a lottery bucket and go.

That’s the only way we’ll be able to defend ourselves from the coming lawsuits when the process is again taken into court.

Of course, the quick, easy and right solution is to hire experienced professionals from other departments to get our racial quota and our strength up quickly. Then we can move on to the real issues- like why we still have Dean Lovelace on the commission who has caused 20 years of lawsuits without a solution in mind.

Dumb politicians prefer dumb cops

Since we get politicians for life, with no chance of recall or petitioning for the sake of changing our charter, we are also doomed to have stupid police officers in the name of integrating our security forces.

It’s also causing Dayton Ohio to become the laughing stock of the country.

From the Dayton Daily:

The city’s Civil Service Board and the U.S. Department of Justice have agreed on a lower passing score for the police recruit exam after it was rejected because not enough blacks passed the exam.

The city lowered both written exams a combined 15 points that resulted in 258 more people passing the exam, according to a statement released Thursday by Civil Service officials. The agreement allows the city to immediately resume its plans to hire police and firefighters.

The original passing scores determined by Civil Service required candidates to answer 57 of 86 (66 percent) questions correctly on one portion and 73 of 102 (72 percent) on the other. The lowered benchmark requires candidates to answer 50 of 86 (58 percent) questions correctly and 64 of 102 (63 percent) of questions on the other.

A total of 748 people passed the exam under the new benchmarks. It is unclear the demographics of those who passed.

via City agrees to lower test scores for police exam.

We’ve been struggling with how to hire recruits that reflect our racial makeup for years. It has been a centerpiece of Dean Lovelace’s tenure on the City Commission. Lovelace has cost the city millions in fines from the Department of Justice and legal fees, yet, now the solution involves accepting candidates who score 58% correct- a solid F grade by any standard.

Maybe Dayton should start testing candidates instead of police recruits and at least require a C grade, between Lovelace and Matt Joseph you have two commissioners who haven’t accomplished anything of note in their multiple terms on the commission. Every piece of legislation that Lovelace has been credited for has been a huge failure – with the state stepping in on his predatory lending legislation, the living wage laws are toothless, his no vote on equal rights legislation – need I go on?

The simple solution is to allow the Dayton police and fire departments to hire from other departments- hiring trained, experienced officers.

Cleveland, Detroit, Newark NJ have all had mass layoffs of experience, diverse police officers over the last 3 years- giving us a much faster, more cost-efficient way to fill our vacancies and get a diverse department.

Unfortunately- our dumb politicians are unable to think outside of the very simple box.

Barber college gets scalped- City gets beheaded

And despite the efforts of the Dayton Downtown Partnership, one of the few remaining vintage businesses of Downtown is leaving:

The owner of a 51-year-old downtown business says it will close today and move to the Dayton Mall area.

Dayton Barber College owner Todd LeMaster says police constantly harassed students after a student’s arrest on suspected felony drug trafficking nearly two years ago.

“They ran my customers off,” he said. “At the end of the day the cops could have helped me rather than forced me from downtown.”

Dayton police deny LeMaster’s claims that the school was targeted.

The college will board up its 28 W. Fifth St. location and reopen Monday at 2741 Lyons Road in Miami Twp. LeMaster says the new facility underwent $300,000 in renovations.

Aside from the felony drug arrest on April 4, 2009, Dayton police Lt. Larry Faulkner said most arrests made of students were for minor marijuana charges and followed citizen complaints.

“We’d be happy for them to stay. It is not my job to run businesses off. I am here to encourage business,” he said. “None of this rose to the level that he seems to be taking it.”

Faulkner said there have been few problems at the college in recent months.

Police began working with the college and the Ohio Barber Board after complaints about suspected drug activity.

“It was a terrible perception having their students standing out front (of the school),” Faulkner said. “The businesses and citizens didn’t like it. They felt it looked bad and gave the wrong impression.”

LeMaster agreed that students wouldn’t be allowed to hang out front, but didn’t always keep that promise, Faulkner said. This prompted more complaints and investigations.

LeMaster, who has owned the college for 21 years, said he never formally complained about police to avoid trouble.

Students performed 400 hair cuts a week before problems with police began, LeMaster said.

The school gets about 200 clients a week now. Enrollment dropped from about 75 students to 45.

LeMaster appealed a public nuisance charge filed on April 15, 2009, by the city’s division of housing inspection brought on by the student’s arrest for suspected drug possession and trafficking charges.

The City of Dayton Nuisance Appeal Board upheld the charge and ruled that LeMaster could have known of the student’s criminal activity if reasonable care and diligence had been exercised.

LeMaster said he found the nuisance charge personally painful because he strived to maintain a quality business.

“We take pride in what we do and the service we provide,” LeMaster said of the college that offers haircuts for $7. “Now they can look at a boarded-up building.”

via Barber college owner says move prompted by police harassment.

Let me translate the above paragraph in bold italics for you: “It was a terrible perception having young black males standing on the public sidewalk,” Faulkner said. “The Spaghetti Warehouse, and The Dayton Chess Club and Tri-College Bookstore” and the one resident on E. Fifth Street didn’t like the cigarette butts on the sidewalk.

Had LeMaster put up a little wrought iron fence, and put cafe tables out- served latte – and had at least one white student- he’d still be there.

Despite the City being at least 50% African American, the reality is that the Monarchy of Montgomery County only tolerates enough African Americans to stay in power. We have no interest in strengthening and supporting black business- unless they are large supporters of the political machine or move in the correct circles.

The damage has been done, yet another business in Dayton closes up and moves to suburbia- and we can wait for the next art gallery, coffee shop or tax supported business to take the bait.

Best wishes to Mr. LeMaster. Sorry to see you go.

PART 2 (added 2 hours later)

It occurs to me that I should have supported my claim that political supporters, especially white ones- get a different treatment. Read this post about an “unnamed nightclub” in Downtown Dayton:Houses of ill repute vs. regulators of no respect. Now- look at this article that was published by the DDN this a.m.:

DAYTON — An unidentified man was shot four times early Friday morning during an argument at Hammerjax nightclub in downtown Dayton, police said.

The victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital where he was listed in stable condition.

Police responding to reports of a disturbance heard gunshots shortly after they arrived at the nightclub at 111 East Fourth Street at about 2:30 a.m.

via Man shot at downtown Dayton nightclub.

The difference- one club owner hosts birthday parties for Rhine McLin and gives gifts of tile mosaic portraits.

LeMaster was cited and harassed-

“a public nuisance charge filed on April 15, 2009, by the city’s division of housing inspection brought on by the student’s arrest for suspected drug possession and trafficking charges.”

While shootings at nightclubs…. hmmm.

DPD to reorganize

The Dayton Police Department is in a world of hurt. In the next 2 years they are going to lose a lot of their senior staff to the DROP program- and they still haven’t come up with a way to hire new officers.
The department, because they insist on running their own academy (a practice that should be examined for either elimination or growth- if it can start generating revenue) has its hands tied thanks to the self-inflicted Department of Justice lawsuit.
Chief Biehl presented a plan to reorganize the department to the city commission last night- shrinking the 5 districts into 3, central plus East and West. How the officers will actually be deployed is not covered in the presentation. I’ve taken the Powerpoint and turned it into a PDF for those who are interested: DPD Org Chart (as of 8-30-10)

With the shrinking force, and shrinking budget- the department is going to have a really hard time staffing for extra enforcement or dealing with illness and vacation times. While the department of old still required sworn officers in many administrative positions (at one point a veteran Sergeant was in charge of the motor pool) those days should be over soon.

Manpower won’t be able to be cut anymore- so if the department is to cut dollars from the budget it’s going to have to be by operating more efficiently. I still believe moving some officers over to 200cc scooters with their 80 mpg fuel efficiency and easy approachability factor is an option for the department to save some money and improve visibility as well as social interaction in the community.

Violated- again

When the phone goes off in the middle of the night- it’s never a good sign, especially when it says “ALARM”- as in alarm company- not time to wake up.

Those of you who’ve been reading a while, remember the first “violated” post- June 10, 2009. That time, someone kicked in the back door of my house, in broad daylight, and stole a PS3 and a lot of DVDs (a lot to me) and an old computer. I’d just stopped thinking about it of late, even though the back door still bears some scars.

I’m sitting in my office right now- front door wide open at 3 a.m., waiting for Dayton’s finest. It’s across the street from my house, so I’ve never worried too much. Apparently, the punks like to smash and grab- while the alarm is still going. I’m now missing a 20″ white iMac complete, a few keyboards, a 20″ Apple aluminum display (they left the power adapter- so it’s WORTHLESS- ha-ha), a 21″ Dell monitor- an Apple new-style low-profile aluminum keyboard, an Apple mouse, and an Apple-design keyboard with a few keys missing floating around- it looks like someone tripped and fell with one- or dropped it- as keys are all over the deck.

The front door- which was original to the building won’t be going back together again. It’s toast.

They started to take an old style Zero Haliburton case- that was full of extension cords- it’s by the door- I’m hoping that yields the prints the cops need. If they ever get here. Alarm went off at 2:46 a.m.- it’s 3:12 now. The cold air is rushing through the front door- and I’m in shorts and a t-shirt- but, I’m not ready to go home and pull on clothes until the cops arrive.

Graffiti at 100 Bonner, S.U.R.13

Graffiti at 100 Bonner, S.U.R.13

I’d tweeted about it- but hadn’t posted- on Saturday morning, we woke up to see graffiti all over the street. Painted across my office windows was: S. 13  U. 13  R. 13 – with the 13’s small in sub-script text- one large letter per window- the last window had 3 small dots. I was relieved that it was on the glass-  cops here- more later. 3:17

3:31 officer is looking down the street- to see if they stashed anything- waiting to come back to pick it up.

Graffiti at the corner of Bonner and Johnson

Graffiti at the corner of Bonner and Johnson

The graffiti on my windows were actually the cleanest- other tags said things like “F N-word, Go back to the West Side” and “F whites and blacks- Brown power.” Don’t know if it had anything to do with the break ins- but, it was the most recent criminal activity. I’m waiting for an evidence crew to come and get prints. Should be some good ones, if they weren’t wearing gloves.

The mess after burglars left

The mess after burglars left

I’m sort of convinced the messiness of the office was a good thing. Piles of papers were pushed to the floor- the disarray made them miss grabbing some pretty valuable gear. I’m going to start moving it to other, more secure locations. I guess it’s also time to start running video surveillance – I hated the idea, but, it’s pretty easy to do with the computers that have built in web cams (they only grabbed one of them) It’s funny- we were talking about it this morning- thanks to the graffiti- but, didn’t set it up.

Be this the work of drug addicts, or professional thieves, this is the first time in 24 years, that I’ve considered moving, if only for a second. It’s sad, because for the last week, I’ve had the girlfriend and her kids living at the house on a trial basis to see if we should do the full family thing.  Note- another cop car just whizzed by- and the other officer hasn’t come back.  Don’t know if that is a good thing or not. 3:40 a.m.

The cruiser out front, btw, has some kind of license plate sensor cams-

Dayton Police officer C. A. Knedler

Officer Chad Knedler, one of the heroes and first to respond

3:42 he (officer CA Knedler) came back with a crappy Gateway keyboard missing some keys- not mine- but good start. The other cruiser was on the way to the T-mobile store on Brown- where they broke in and stole the cash drawer and POS system- so I’m not the only business owner sitting, waiting for an e-crew.

The funny thing about stuff like this- is you wake right up the moment you see your door kicked in. Body clocks be damned- the adrenalin kicks in, your energy level is up. I just turned off the reception lights- as long as I’m waiting- with the door wide open, may as well make it look inviting if they have the balls to come back in- now that the cop is gone.

4:23 a.m.- the Dayton PD going after the TMobile break in- caught one of the guys in a Taurus wagon- there were three.

They’ve positively ID’d the Dell Monitor- and see the rest of the gear. The evidence tech (E-tech C A Stiver)  pulled back in as I was screwing a piece of plywood onto the door.

4:30 a.m.- Officer Kneadler stopped back – he was leaving the Tmobile break in- headed by Wendy’s- when he heard an alarm- he headed down to the Cricket store at the corner of Wayne and Clover. Saw the Taurus Wagon with 4 black males in it take off- he went in pursuit- up Riverside- by the time he got to Helena Street- Officer Hastings was also nearby- I’ve been asked to leave out what happened next. I’m not happy about it- or leaving it out, but someone needs to do an investigation on our procedures.

They both turned off on parallel streets- and next thing, the perps had bailed out of the car.

They caught two- and recovered a big screen TV, about 200 cell phones and the equipment stolen from my office.

The good guys won.

The front door kicked in

The front door kicked in

A few things that come to mind- I always knew my front door was the most vulnerable part of my office security. It’s wood, with a big glass pane from the lock up to the top stile. For “safety” reasons according to the City of Dayton building inspector- I had to take off the double keyed deadbolt and put in a thumb latch- “so no one could be trapped inside during a fire.” I had protested that there are huge windows all around- throw a chair through and go out- no deal. I pointed out that any idiot could break the window- reach in and open the door- no deal.

These punks, kicked through the bottom panels- and reached up to flip the locks. The metal strip I had installed on the jam did its part in reinforcing the door- but the old wood wasn’t strong enough. Had the double keyed deadbolt still been in place, they would have had to use another means to get in- and out.

I can guarantee the new door will be steel- and with a double keyed deadbolt. You hear that Mr. Chief building inspector? (he was the head of inspection then- and is still working for the city I believe- he’s married to a former Mayor’s daughter) I should charge you with the frakkin deductible.

The worst part- is, I’ve lost a day’s productivity. Between the lack of sleep- and cleaning up the mess, this will cost me.

The ambitious serial thieves, will get their day in court. They’ll get sent to crook school at an Ohio Penitentiary and walk out in 18 months or three years. They’ll then have a record (if they didn’t already) and won’t be able to find gainful, meaningful employment for the rest of their lives. We’ll end up paying for this, over and over as they either return to prison, or end up on welfare, or drugs. They’ll have kids- who will be without their father- and will more than likely follow in their footsteps. The cycle doesn’t break very often.

With the biggest prison population of an industrialized country- we’re paying for this. For all the talk of the “socialist” health-care system- we take better care of criminals who are locked up than we do tax-paying working poor. They will have health care, be fed, have a roof over their heads. The same can’t be said for our homeless- and with the foreclosure crisis, the layoffs by industry- high unemployment, there are a lot more people that fall into these categories. The costs of crime cost us all.

I won’t be moving, but I hope I’ve moved you a bit- to think, to consider and hopefully to realize- the historic health care act is one small step toward ending the cycle of crime. Healthy people are less likely to do these kinds of crime, when there is hope- there is a basic security to life- there is that option to live healthy, be productive and be a part of a functioning society.

I need to finish screwing the board into the door- and waiting for the equipment to return. I hope you never have to experience this kind of night. Luckily, no one was hurt (although it wouldn’t bother me a bit if the perps had a few rough falls- even in handcuffs). I still believe that prisons should include back breaking labor- and a payback to society- but, that’s for another post-

g’night- or should I say g’morning.

5:41 Channel 7 has been to get an interview and shots. I shot them shooting me. I’m cleaning up fingerprint dust- nasty. Luckily, I have Las-Stik manufacturing as a client- and have some of their GitUm cloths– the most amazing duster known to man (or at least this man). They pick up the fingerprint dust really well. Also, thanks to my great friend Rahn Keucher (of Rahn’s Artisan Breads in the 2nd Street market) who called and offered bread and assistance and a shoulder.

10:15 am the video is up- may not be done “processing”

Officer Chad Kneadler was back by at 8:45 to tell me I’d have to wait for the detectives to inventory the stolen items.

3:57 PM- with help from Shortwest Rick.

Three men in custody. Mugshots and records on links:

James Jones II Thief

James Jones II Thief

James Jones II,

Quwan Lipsey, Thief

Quwan Lipsey, Thief

Quwan S Lipsey
MONT-JAIL 1006595 3/23/2010 2 MONT-DMC 2010TRD02991 NO OL EXPIRED LESS T MM WAITING COURT ACTION *NOT ENTERED* *Not Entered* 0 *Not Entered*

Davion Lyons: Thief

Davion Lyons: Thief

Davion L Lyons
1 MONT-DMC () BREAKING AND ENTERIN F5 WAITING COURT ACTION *NOT ENTERED* *Not Entered* 0 *Not Entered* 03/24/10 01:30 PM

Lyons and Lipsey have juvenile arrest records. The detective will be returning my equipment tomorrow.


25 June 2014- Lynda Dodd at the Montgomery Prosecutors office was kind enough to update me on the three felons- none of whom ever paid any restitution.

• James Jones went to prison for one year.
• Davion Lyons had been on probation (administered by the Court, not the Prosecutor’s Office) , but failed at that and ended up sentenced to prison for 9 months
• Quwan Lipsey also started on probation, but failed at that was sentenced to prison for one year.

This was case 2010CR895 and it was in front of Judge Singer.

Once in prison, the Court loses jurisdiction to enforce any restitution order.

Public insubordination by Dayton Police Union Leader

Is it a legal order or not?

City police officers are now prohibited from asking the immigration status of a witness or victim of a crime in hopes it eases fears some ethnic groups have of law enforcement.

Police Chief Richard Biehl issued the executive order to his nearly 390 officers on Dec. 30 telling them, “Citizens must feel free to call for police services without fear of undue repercussions.”

If you have the head of the union questioning the Chief of police in public- without taking it up in the courts, we have a real problem. One way or another- we can’t have two Chiefs and it’s time to stop playing games:

Dayton police union president Randy Beane disagrees with Biehl’s order, saying it circumvents federal law officers are asked to follow regarding illegal immigrants. Beane said some officers disagree with Biehl’s order so strongly they said they are willing to disobey it.

“We believe that anyone in this country should be legal or in the process of becoming legal,” Beane said. “In this age of terrorism it is our duty to make sure someone is legally living in this country.”

via Officers ordered not to ask for immigration status | Dayton area crime.

Personally, I agree with the Chief, it does no good to have crimes unreported for fear of deportation. It’s no different than people fearing calling the police on drug dealers for fear of retribution. If we follow Beane’s logic- all the dopers have to do is start hiring illegal aliens to deal their drugs and no one will ever call. Crime will become the major economic engine in the city of Dayton.

If Beane has a problem he should be filing a grievance and having the courts decide. In the mean time his instructions to officers should be to follow the chief’s decision. Last I checked, Randy Beane isn’t a Supreme Court Justice- and if this is his way of leading officers- he should be be fired with cause.

There is no room for second guessing by the rank and file of a legal binding order. If we need a ruling, it should come from the Courts- not Lord Beane.

It’s time Chief Biehl showed who wears the stars and who wears the bars.

How bike unfriendly is the Dayton PD?

I woke up at 5:30 am today- looking forward to the bike summit. A mecca for people working to make Dayton a leading, functional cycling environment. About the same time, my housemate, on his way to work, on my mountain bike- wearing dress shoes, slacks, dress shirt and tie- was being pulled over on Buckeye Street by not one, but two Dayton Police Department cruisers.

The offense- ostensibly, ignoring a stop sign. The kicker- lack of a functioning head and tail light (I don’t have them).

This isn’t the first instance I’ve written about cops playing hardball with bicyclists. It also happened to one of my employees at 6:30 pm when the sun was still out: It’s 6:30pm, do you know what the Dayton Police are doing?

My housemate is bi-racial. The cops said something about some woman had complained about being hassled on the West side.

He let my housemate off with a warning. I now have $32 invested in lights to protect me from cops- since they do zilch to stop idiots on cell phones from hitting me. Now we know bikes without lights are critical reasons for cops stopping bicyclists and making them late for work-

I’m going to end this the same way I ended the other post.

Do you feel safer?

From ending gun violence meeting- to meeting a gun on the street

I’m still not sure what I was thinking, or if I was thinking. But, it has me thinking (and writing in a stream of consciousness style- sorry).

I was headed back from the Wesley Center on Delphos where I had met with Dr. Robert Walker and Shallom Coleman and others to discuss ways to stop gun violence in our community. Gary Leitzell was there, as was Abner Orick, and other grassroots leaders. The effort is called CIRGV- for Community Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence.

I was on a scooter, wearing a bright yellow jacket. It was just before 8pm, and I was hungry as I headed East on W. Third. On my right, a young man appears, holding a rifle with a scope, much as we would on patrol when I was in the Army- walking at a brisk pace West on Third. He kept looking over his left shoulder and was clearly shaken.

I passed him, as I saw him cross the street to the North side. I did a U-turn and followed him as he headed North on Marion. I pulled up and asked him what he was doing walking with a gun. He didn’t seem to hear me- so I asked again, and said I’m talking to you. He looked at me as if I wasn’t there- and said “I’ve been robbed” and gestured to his right elbow that had a scrape. He was looking past me- I asked if he wanted me to call the police- he just kept walking- at no point did the gun come up. Or did he look like he could actually use it. It was a small caliber rifle, probably a .22, or maybe even a pellet gun.

My cell says I called 911 at 7:59pm. The first cruiser appeared in maybe 6 minutes. I was on the phone giving a description for 3. In that time, a woman came up the street who had also seen the same kid- she had on a Montgomery County Solid Waste t shirt.

I talked to her until we saw the first cruiser- which I flagged down- and pointed which alley our lone rifleman had scampered down. There were people sitting across Third watching the whole thing- a car, with tinted windows and big chrome wheels started to come down the alley I was in- while waiting for the cops, but turned around. Several cars that looked like they were a bit too nice for the ‘hood had also stopped and gawked. And, I’m sitting on a scooter in a jacket that makes me look like a bumble bee with a white bowling ball helmet for a head.

Two cruisers did a sweep- as did I. To me, the guys strategically standing on corners talking on cell phones looked clearly like sentries- the cars pulled up mid street at the intersections- in between the lookouts.

I came back around to the now, two cruisers- both with a single officer in them. They hadn’t seen him- but, then again, they wouldn’t get out of their cage and talk to people either.

I’m not faulting the officers- or their response time. It’s really an issue for the people who were on the street, and live their. No one else seemed to mind a guy running down the street with a rifle.

It’s probably not a good idea for anyone to do what I did. Best to speed up- and run away. Write the neighborhood off- as it seems we’ve already done.

I do think that we might have more effective officers if we pull them out of their cruisers, and instead- send them out on scooters in the summer. It’s amazing how much easier it is to talk to someone from a scooter, instead of from the inside of car.

But, ultimately, it comes down to the community. Are the sentries on the corner ok with you? The deals? The guns? Have the people who live along that stretch of West Third given up? Should we? I don’t think so.

Which brings me back to Dr. Walker and his initiative. He has his catalyst group working on the problem- when he has a plan, are you going to be part of the solution?

The problem won’t go away by doing nothing.