The Dayton Hamvention isn’t in Dayton anymore. (The old Hara Arena was finally condemned, or at least sold and slated for demolition.) One of the largest collections of Ham Radio geeks in America. Or the world. I haven’t been since they moved to their new location, but since it is right up the road… well an hour or so.

The upshot is that blogging will be nonexistent today, and nearly so on Saturday. Visit the folks listed in the sidebar. And have yourselves a good weekend.


The Failure of House Arrest and Electronic Monitoring

Bureaucrats never admit they’re wrong. County prosecutor: How many ‘have to die’ to end house arrest in violent crimes?.

Court officials, judges say ankle monitors are safe, less expensive.

Cheaper? Sure. Safe? Not so much.

Travion Montgomery cut off his ankle bracelet while under house arrest on a robbery charge. Montgomery had prior convictions for aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and kidnappng.

The court monitors issued a warrant, but didn’t notify law-enforcement. And so when he was picked up by police he was released. Then another warrant with the wrong SSN. And then…

Montgomery was arrested Sept. 10 after allegedly choking a woman and leaving her on life support. He is now in jail on a $500,000 bond.

Yeah, that sounds like a safe system to me. At least I’m sure it’s cheap.

His Night Didn’t Turn Out the Way He Planned It

So how would you respond to an uninvited visitor in your house at 4:30 in the morning? Arrest made after break-in at Dayton house | WDTN

Cops get a call around 4:30 AM for a burglary in progress. A homeowner says he heard noises and eventually saw someone with a flashlight in his hallway. He “shot at” the intruder.

In the usual way, the reporter has no concept (and doesn’t appear interested in learning) of where a CCW license applies (in public) and where it doesn’t (at home).

The homeowner, who had a CCW permit, fired his gun at the suspect.

The suspect left and dropped a cell phone inside the house.

Whether or not he had a CCW permit while he was standing in his own home, is irrelevant. Not that reporters understand anything about anything, usually.

Cops arrested the would-be bad-guy after a short search, and he was booked on charges of burglary, and aggravated burglary.

At that point the information becomes cloudy. There was a guy found near the home with a gunshot wound to the leg, but authorities haven’t said if the wounded guy is the guy they arrested for the home invasion or not.

For all the years I have been doing this (the original blog – now the Archives – started in 2004), I am always and continuously amazed at the lack of understanding, on the part of reporters, when it comes to issues of guns, concealed carry, and self-defense. If it wasn’t in a Brady Bunch memo, then they never considered it.

He Got Shot Twice During an Attempted Break-in, But Pleaded “Not Guilty”

I think he will face an up-hill battle to prove that contention. Man shot attempting to break into Dayton home pleads not guilty

He is facing an aggravated burglary charge. And surprise, he is well known to the cops.

“He’s got a pretty lengthy criminal history,” said Sgt. Matt Beavers of the Dayton Police Department.

Police were dispatched to the home around 4:40 a.m.

“When crews arrived on the scene, the individual that was shot was found on the porch laying there unconscious,” Beavers said.

After being treated in a local hospital, he has been transferred to the county jail.

Reporters Apparently Think You Need a CCW Permit in Your Own Home

Reporters ask stupid questions. Elderly Dayton resident shoots suspected intruder

So an elderly woman sees someone trying to break into her home. (He apparently made entry – it is hard to decipher this mess.)

But then the spokesperson for the cops has to explain that you don’t need a CCW permit in your own home.

Ponichtera said he did not have information as to whether the woman has a CCW [concealed carry weapon] permit.
“In your own home, [having a CCW] does not apply as long as long as you’re not a convicted felon or are under some restriction for having a weapon …. It is not against the law to have a weapon in your own home for personal safety.”

That is worthy of a head slap. Why would you ask about concealed carry, unless you thought it was a requirement. Hint: In Ohio it isn’t required to register guns or that you are a gun owner. If you want to carry concealed, that is a separate matter. Reporters on a crime beat should have more knowledge. I know; that is asking too much.

So How Should She Defend Herself Against 3 Home Invaders?

Without a firearm, the law-abiding would be at risk of attack from multiple attackers. Woman Shoots, Kills Home Invasion Suspect in Trotwood

“I got my gun and I started shooting and they ran!” the homeowner told dispatchers.

One suspect was killed by the gunfire, and was later found outside by Trotwood Police.

Police say the deceased is a male in his 20s from the Dayton area, and that he was in the yard between the victim’s home and another house, still armed with a TEC 9 submachine gun.

They were trying to steal a safe that the woman had in the house.

90 Minute Response Time to 911 Call

Just call 911 and everything will be OK. As long as you can wait. Why Don’t Dayton Police Always Show Up Quickly? WYSO Curious Investigates | WYSO

This guy didn’t get to call 911 before bad things happened. He called 911 after the assault. He called back – after 15 minutes – to say he needed medical attention. It took 90 minutes for someone to get to him.

“In certain jurisdictions,” Haines says, “there are times that…the number of calls for service are more than the number of available crews to respond to those incidents.”

And Dayton is frequently the system that’s the most overwhelmed, he says. “Dayton is the busiest area that we dispatch for.”

On average, Dayton police respond to high-priority calls in 5 minutes or so. On Average. You might wait less time. You might wait a long time. Depending on the situation, you might wait the rest of your life.

Calling 911 is a fine thing to do, and as in this case, after the bad things are over, that is pretty much all there is to do. But assuming that 911 will ride to your rescue – even assuming you can call BEFORE bad things happen – is perhaps not the wisest position.