Plans to curb downtown event violence

Downtown Dayton, Ohio (WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)
Downtown Dayton, Ohio (WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton leaders, including business, are trying to heighten security during downtown celebrations.

In May, five people were arrested during the Urban Nights celebration. Charges included concealed weapons, disorderly conduct and domestic violence.

Last weekend during Urban Nights, another brawl, this one involving out of control teenagers at the RTA hub at Third and Main Streets.

Sandy Gudorf, president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership, says attendance was great and businesses reported brisk sales. Despite that good news and heavy security from Dayton police and RTA, the melee left city leaders scratching their heads, looking for a plan to keep a brawl from happening again.

Gudorf and police chief Richard Biehl acknowledge there are challenges to make the next downtown public celebration secure.

City leaders say they need time to put a plan together, gauge it and find a solution. 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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