Messages of hate scrawled on sidewalk in front of Dayton home

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Police investigate after hate messages were found scrawled on he sidewalk in front of a Dayton home. (WDTN Photo/Chris Smith)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Racial slurs and messages of hate were found Wednesday scrawled on the sidewalk in front of a Dayton home.

The woman who called police said this is not the first time something like this has happened. She claims the hateful writing has appeared on the sidewalk in front of her Burns Avenue home at least 10 times since she moved there in December. Those messages include racial slurs and references to the KKK.

“I mean, I learned stuff about this in high school. I’ve never seen it,” she said.

Now police are trying to find the person responsible, calling it a possible case of ethnic intimidation, which is a felony charge.

“The female has been getting unwanted messages written on her sidewalk with derogatory, ethnic names on it,” said Dayton Police Sgt. Steven Bauer. “Anytime you are intimidating someone based on their race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation, anything like that, it falls in that category.”

Meanwhile, the woman who lives here says she still feels safe in her home. She just wants to live in peace without hateful messages.

“Please stop. I’m not messing with you guys. Why are you guys messing with me? Just leave me and my family alone.”

If you have any information on the person doing this, you can leave an anonymous tip with the Dayton Police Department. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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