Hamilton preacher sees his "No Drugs Today" message grow
HAMILTON, Ohio (WKRC) - A local preacher takes a stand against drug pushers and users.
Hamilton's Dennis Metheny has gotten national attention since his “No Drugs Today” sign went viral.
His movement has grown since then and is underway in the east side neighborhood.
On Tuesday night, neighbors met with Hamilton Police at the Pater Avenue Church of God.
The goal is to set up a neighborhood crime watch. They want to wage a war on drug dealing, the war and movement were all started by a neighborhood pastor and a simple cardboard sign.
One week later, Pastor Dennis Matheny's “No Drugs Today” sign collection has grown.
Pastor Denny has been sending a message to drug dealers who come to his Parkamo Avenue street corner: Go away.
Since Pastor Danny launched his campaign, he has seen a significant drop off in drug activity.
Some in Hamilton refer to Parkamo Avenue as “heroin alley.”
But it's home to many who want to take back their neighborhood. The no drugs today signs are popping up everywhere.
Pastor Denny says people can make a difference, they just need to step up and he says all it takes is a sign and commitment to do what's right.
While he also says that he has received some pushback in the form of threats, mainly on social media, he says it concerns him but doesn’t stop him from doing what he feels is right
What started as Pastor Denny’s one-man crusade has grown.
Just this past weekend, more than 100 people rallied on the corner to support driving out drug dealers.