Officer Anthony Dia

End of Watch. Officer shot and killed, suspect found dead in Ohio.

An officer who was responding to a call in a store parking lot was shot and killed early Saturday morning by an intoxicated man holding a beer, police said.

Toledo Officer Anthony Dia was shot in the chest just after midnight in the parking lot of a Home Depot [SNIP]

Dia, 26, leaves behind a wife and 2-year-old child, the chief said.

Self-defense Is Legal in Ohio

Even if “The System” doesn’t seem happy about that. No indictment for man accused in Middletown shooting death.

Since the no bill came from a Grand Jury, no one is saying anything.

There was a theft involved.

According to detectives, Halcomb admitted to shooting Riley. Prosecutors said evidence in the investigation included elements pointing to self-defense.

A Butler County Grand Jury did not return an indictment.

Good Guys 3, Bad Guys 0

All for stealing a catalytic converter. Man accused of trying to steal auto parts shot in Gustavus Township.

“There’s a loud SUV that’s been driving back and forth between Gustavus Center and our neighbors at the top of the hill, and my husband went out to look and he said he saw somebody underneath our Accord, in our pulled open driveway, cutting the exhaust off,” the caller told dispatch.

Deputies spoke with the homeowner, who said he confronted the man, firing a warning shot in the air. He said the man then turned toward him with something in his hand, so he fired a shot toward his legs, hitting him.

The something could have been a drill, since that was one of the tools he had with him.

The 2 partners in the getaway vehicle were located and arrested on outstanding warrants. The investigation continues. The guy who got shot is expected to be OK.

“They had a plan. They were prepared and they had an exit strategy secured already. I wouldn’t say it was a well-developed plan, but it was a plan,” [Trumbull County Sheriff Paul] Monroe said.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

Self-defense is legal in Ohio. The bad guys don’t understand that, apparently. Lorain homeowner shoots intruder who barges into home with two others, police say.

Three guys break into a home, the homeowner shoots one, the other 2 run like rabbits.

Officers went to the home and found a 19-year-old man outside with a gunshot wound to the head, police said. The man was considered in “grave condition” as of 6 p.m. Friday, police said.

There were two other people with the intruder who ran after the shooting. Police were able to identify them but charges have not yet been formally filed.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

Hand CuffsHe thought that breaking into an occupied dwelling was a good idea. He was wrong. Deputies: Hebron homeowner shoots at, collars burglar.

David Whitford, 29, of Hebron, is in the Boone County Detention Center, charged with second-degree burglary and nursing head and facial injuries, the [Boone County] sheriff’s office said in a press release.

He was trying to break into a home when he was confronted by the armed homeowner. A bit later a physical fight took place, and this would-be bad-guy lost.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Self-defense Is Legal in Ohio

But then I suspected as much. Lakemore killing ruled self-defense.

The only surprising thing is the speed with which the determination was made.

Authorities ruled Wednesday that the shooting death of a man in Lakemore was self-defense after an investigation showed the man threatened to kill his roommate before he was shot.

Franklin Deem, 63, was shot by his roommate after an altercation Monday afternoon. Lakemore Police Chief Ken Ray said that after police investigated, the man who shot him won’t be charged.

It can take authorities, in self-defense-hating jurisdictions months to make similar rulings.

Click thru for the details of the case.

Cincinnati PD Lists Crimes They Don’t Care About

That isn’t how they phrased it, but that’s what it amounts to. Starting Tuesday, Cincinnati PD won’t respond in-person for these calls.

I know this is from last week, but this slipped my notice. I never go into Cincinnati, and I don’t read their news/watch their TV. And I stopped listening to the radio when I got my first smartphone.

Cincinnati police announced Monday that these calls will be referred for online or phone reporting:

  • Assault reports where there is no medical attention necessary and suspect is no longer present
  • Breaking and entering reports where there are no suspect(s) or possibility of property recovery
  • Criminal damaging reports

The list is about twice that long.

They say that they are not “condoning’ these crimes, and they all will be dealt with, eventually. Yeah right.

So, you’re on your own, even more than usual. At least they’re upfront about the situation.

Hat tip to Gun Free Zone and MaddMedic.

Epic Fail at Children’s Protective Services in Ohio

“I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” Not so much in this case. Police: Children Services placed 2 kids in home with sexual assault suspects.

Montgomery County Children Services placed a 4-year-old girl into a home with two known sex assault suspects, a Dayton police report says, and kept the child in the home after the girl and her 5-year-old brother said she was sexually abused there.

Because they are bureaucracy, more interested in their benefits and union than in doing the job they are supposed to do.

Schlaack said the allegations in the police report demonstrate a failure of the system and the need for more accountability and transparency for children services agencies.

The 4-year-old first told her mother that her grandfather was abusing her during a visitation in July 2018, shortly before the mother was to regain custody. The mother told the caseworker about the allegation, according to the police report, but the caseworker allegedly didn’t follow orders to schedule a forensic examination, left the girl in the home with the grandfather and then continued court-mandated visitations between the grandfather and the children after the mother got the kids back.

Sounds like “protective services” needs to have someone read them the definition of “protection.”

Everything is under review. The caseworkers name is “being withheld.” My guess is that nothing will happen to anyone who works for the .gov, because that is the way the system is designed, to protect members of the system. And no one else. (Hat tip to Gateway Pundit.)

Are We Ignoring Infrastructure Problems?

There are many dams in America that are in danger of failing for one reason or another. Let’s look at 2.

First up, a simple problem with a dam in Ohio, could have bad consequences. Goose carcass causes clogged drain at Cattle Dam.

A dead goose was blocking the primary outlet of a dam in Ohio. This caused water to flow over the weir, and that caused erosion. The city tried to remove the goose, and failed and hired a contractor, who was successful. But there are still problems.

The erosion downstream of the weir has continued and has started to undercut the grouted section stone slope protection adjacent to the weir thereby increasing risk of dam failure.

It is one of the many dams in America where no one is quite sure who owns it.

So is a dead goose (or other creature) causing problems common or uncommon?

Then there are the many dams that have been ignored. This one is in the news. ‘We’re gambling every day:’ Lake Conestee dam remains a flooding and environmental risk.

This dam has been in poor condition for quite a while. The last inspection was in 2019.

The inspection also noted:

  • Seepage
  • Deterioration
  • Trash and woody debris

In addition to the problems with the dam, toxic debris is known to be behind the dam (the result of upstream problems). If the dam were to fail, that toxicity would be released downstream causing a whole host of problems.

They have plans to build a new dam, 10 feet downstream from the old one, which is supposed to be complete by 2022, but they haven’t even acquired all of the land they need. So who knows.

If it were to fail, it would be catastrophic, [Conestee Foundation Executive Director Dave] Hargett said.

All the toxic sediment the dam is holding back would make its way down the Reedy River and into Boyd Mill Pond and Lake Greenwood — which provides water for Greenwood and Laurens counties.

“If we lost the dam, it wouldn’t just be an environmental catastrophe, it would be an economic catastrophe,” Hargett said.

Yet they don’t seem to be moving too quickly getting funding, or the land needed.

So will this be another entry at Damfailures.org? Who knows?

“Legally, they’re all equally culpable”

Felony murder AND teens tried as adults. SJW heads exploding in three, two, … Judge delays hearing in Warren County teen murder case.

They tried to rob someone, and he defended himself, killing one of the would-be bad-guys.

[Warren County Prosecutor David] Fornshell said he still expected all five cases to be bound over to the adult court and the teens to face murder charges, while acknowledging the different roles alleged.

“Legally, they’re all equally culpable,” Fornshell said.

Because you should be held accountable for the completely foreseeable consequences of your actions.

Concealed Carry Stops Ambush

crime scene tapeThis incident happened a few days back, but there were almost no details provided. ‘It was instinct’; Homeowners speak following double fatal shooting in Greene County.

A couple coming home from grocery shopping stop at the street/gate to get an Amazon package and the US mail. They are ambushed by the ex-wife, and the ex-wife’s new husband. (Not in that order.) Two gunfights – in sequence break out.

“All of a sudden, hell began,” he said. “All I really remember was a 6’4”-6’5” man that was probably 230 pounds with a full camo mask and hoodie ran to my wife’s driver’s side with a gun and held it about ten inches from her head.”

He drew his legally-carried weapon and they traded gunfire. Then the ex-wife drives up and gets in on the action.

Around the same time, Lindsey’s ex-wife, 59-year-old Cheryl Sanders, pulled up to the scene and started toward Molly, threatening to kill her. More gunfire ensued, and Cheryl was killed.

There was a history of animosity. Several attempts at blackmail, and 5 years ago the husband, Lindsey Duncan, reached out to police saying he had reason to believe that his ex-wife had tried to hire a hit-man.

The investigation is ongoing, but it is going to be hard for a prosecutor to say that he did something wrong.

Self-defense is a Human Right. Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0.

Cleveland’s New Years

Chicago, Baltimore, and then St. Louis and now Cleveland. 13 people shot in violent nine-hour stretch late New Year’s Eve, early New Year’s Day in Cleveland.

A 31-year-old woman killed by celebratory gunfire and four people injured outside a nightclub are among 13 people shot during a nine-hour stretch late New Year’s Eve and early New Year’s Day in Cleveland, police said.

The violent end to 2019 and start to 2020 included at least 10 separate shootings between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 3 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

Armed Homeowner Stops Would-be Home Invader

He probably thought no one would be in the home-in-question at 10:30 AM on Monday morning. Sheriff: Homeowner shoots, kills man who attempted to break into house.

Highland County is bit far east to really be considered suburban Cincinnati, but that is where it is… about an hour east, with no traffic. It would be considerably longer during rush hour.

According to officials with the Highland County Sheriff’s Office, a man called 911 claiming he shot a man who attempted to break into his home.

That caller said the man came to his home, threatened him, then attempted to break into the home via the rear entrance, authorities said.

The would-be bad-guy died at the scene. The investigation continues.

Yet Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He thought robbing a store seemed like a fine idea. Police: Akron store clerk shoots and kills suspected gunman during robbery attempt.

Two masked, armed miscreants walk into a store and try to rob it.

During the robbery, a 26-year-old clerk pulled out his gun and shot one of the suspects, killing him.

The second guy ran like a rabbit.

Self-defense is a human-right.

The Cost of Politicians Shooting Off Their Mouths

The mayor and bunch of other “Woke” politicos decided that the shooting was definitely murder, and said so, even though the police were still investigating it as a possible self-defense event. Arson investigated at Dayton home where two teens were killed.

Because politicians calling for calm, and reason is SOOO 20th Century.

So of course, since the politicians shot off their mouths, but no one was arrested, the “community” decided they needed to act on their own.

Fire destroyed a home where police said two teenagers were shot and killed by the homeowner in August. Investigators said they believe it was arson.

“Somebody just set that white house on fire,” said a 9-1-1 caller on Thursday night. “I was just parking my car and it exploded and a black car drove off.”

The homeowner of course was long gone. And the house was vandalized with graffiti since the shooting.

“Somebody couldn’t spell ‘murder’ because they came and spray painted it on the house,” said Chris, a Conners Street resident.

Somebody should, but nobody will, call the mayor, et al to account for the reckless words.

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He thought breaking into an occupied home was a good idea. He was armed, after all. Suspect killed, resident wounded in home invasion in Northwest Ohio.

Police say a suspect in a home invasion was shot and killed during a struggle with a resident inside the house, according to reports.

The unidentified homeowner also was shot during the struggle Saturday night, the Advertiser-Tribune reports. He was treated and released at ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital.

Bad Guys don’t get a zero score on this one, but the good guys still came out on top. Oh, and self-defense is a human-right.

They Suffered a Breakdown of the Victim-selection Process

They thought it would be a good idea to rob a house. Two men shot, injured in alleged burglary attempt. They were wrong.

Police said a caller reported multiple gunshots were fired at a home. According to officers, a short time later, two men arrived at Children’s Hospital Medical Center with gunshot wounds.

The investigation continues, but self-defense is a human-right.

Relatives of Dead Criminals Don’t Like Self-defense

They didn’t think that the clerk should have defended himself from an armed robber. Who just happened to be their brother.

For more details see my original post on the incident. He Suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process. Hat tip to the Blaze. Which is now showing up in my news feeds.

The Silver Spade

Lately I’ve become fascinated by the extreme tech that we built in the 1960s. We did a lot of interesting things. Took computers out of the lab and built them for companies, went to the moon, built things like the SR-71, and generally built some incredible things. As several people have pointed out, some of the best minds today are building the surveillance economy, and worried about getting more downloads on the latest game for your phone. It just doesn’t seem the same somehow.

Not the biggest mining shovel ever, but one of the more famous shovels. It began operations in 1965 in the Georgetown area of Ohio, and broke down in 2006. Silver Spade Retires.

Given that mining shovels work in coal mines, and most coal in the last half of the 20th Century was used to generate electricity, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that it ran on electric power.

The Silver Spade, or Bucyrus-Erie 1950-B to use its model designation, was not the largest shovel built but was probably the most famous as the last of its type operating. With an estimated weight of 7,200 tons, she operated with a 105-cubic-yard dipper on a 200-foot-long boom, measured 59 feet wide at ground level, and reached a height of 191 feet to boom tip.

The behemoth shovel was served by a 7,200-volt trailing cable weighing 20 pounds per foot. On board, AC main driving motors totaling 9,000 horsepower drove DC generators for the shovel’s main motions — hoist (8 motors), swing (4 motors) and crowd (2 motors). The massive weight of the machine was supported on eight crawler track assemblies, each with its own DC motor.

It’s final day of production was April 3, 2006, and it suffered a breakdown on April 10th of that year. Preservation efforts failed and the shovel was scrapped. The bucket and cab are all that is left, serving as the focal point of a park in Ohio.

The Harrison County Museum has a great set of photos from when the Spade was new, through demolition.

The Silver Spade was one of two Bucyrus-Erie 1950-B shovels built. The other was The GEM of Egypt which worked the Egypt Valley coalfield in Ohio.

And yes, I know that strip-mining coal is considered a bad thing today. Still doesn’t diminish the awesome nature of this machine.

He Suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He thought it was a good idea to rob a Dollar Store. He was wrong. Ohio clerk pulls out own gun and shoots armed robber dead.

Police say the suspect entered the store around 6:20 p.m., pointed a gun at the worker and demanded money.

Officers say the clerk then pulled out a gun and shot the suspect in self-defense.

Self-defense is a human-right, and in Ohio it can be your legal right. (Though DAs hate self-defense.)