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Fire evacuates Taco Bell in Huber Heights, causes ‘extensive damage’

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 8:54 PM
Updated: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 10:00 PM

UPDATE @ 10 p.m.

Fire caused extensive damage to a Taco Bell at 8201 Center Point Blvd., said Keith Knisley, battalion chief of the Huber Heights Fire Division.

“When the crews arrived on the scene they found flames coming out the back side of the building,” he said. “Fire extended into the building up into the ceiling and across the kitchen.”

The cause remains under investigation but Knisley said they will look into work that was done outside.

“We found that there had been some welding work being done on the back side of the building today,” he said.

Crews from Bethel Twp., Dayton and Miami and Clark counties assisted.

UPDATE @ 9:25 p.m.

The fire tonight that evacuated a Taco Bell restaurant in Huber Heights is believed to have started outside, Huber Heights fire officials say.

Crews responded around 8:40 p.m. to the eatery at 8201 Center Point 70 Blvd., which is near Park Layne but still within the Huber Heights city limits, according to dispatchers.

A worker said no customers were inside the restaurant, and that everyone made it out safely. We are working to learn what caused the fire and how much damage it caused.

UPDATE @ 9:10 p.m.

There are no flames showing, but there is still dark smoke coming from a fire that broke out tonight at a Taco Bell in Huber Heights. 

The fire appears to have started in the rear of the restaurant, where witnesses reported seeing flames coming out of the building.


Flames and heavy smoke is coming from a fire at a Taco Bell restaurant in Huber Heights.

The fire was reported sometime around 8:40 p.m. at the fast-food restaurant at 8201 Center Point 70 Blvd. off Ohio 4 in the city.
There are no reports of injuries, but the Taco Bell was evacuated of its employees and diners.

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Car strikes pedestrians in Times Square: Latest updates

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 12:55 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 12:41 PM

Richard Rojas, who allegedly struck a group of pedestrians with his vehicle in Manhattan's Times Square  on Thursday, has been arrested and charged with murder, 20 counts of attempted murder and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, according to a press release from the New York City Police Department.

At least one person died, the New York Fire Department confirmed.

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Police identified the woman as Alyssa Elsman, a resident of Portage, Michigan.

Rojas, 26, of the Bronx, tested positive for PCP and told police that God made him do it, a law enforcement source told CNN.

The suspect, who suffered from "psychological issues," told police he expected officers to shoot him, according to the source.

Rojas has been arrested twice in New York -- in 2015 and 2008 -- for drunken driving, New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill told CNN.

The incident, which was reported around 12 p.m., did not appear to be related to terrorism, authorities said.

Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes dead at 77

Published: Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 8:46 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 10:25 AM

Roger Ailes, the Fox News founder and CEO who left the cable news powerhouse after 20 years amid allegations of sexual harassment, has died, family members said in a statement. He was 77.

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Ailes’ wife, Elizabeth Ailes, confirmed her husband’s death in a statement posted on the Drudge Report.

“Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many,” Elizabeth Ailes wrote. “He was also a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise—and to give back.”

A family friend, who was not identified, told “New York” magazine that Ailes was dealing with complications after having "some kind of blood clot" last week in Florida.

Cicadas pop out of the ground early this year

Published: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 @ 9:55 PM

The big green bugs that make a deafening sound are back.

Cicadas have popped out of the ground early this year and are starting to show up across the Miami Valley. 

First you see their skin. Then, you hear their call. 

It's the unmistakable sound, and evidence the cicadas are back, again early. 

"I think they're really gross," said Ashley Gilbert of Kettering. 

"They're a little scary, kind of prehistoric looking so they're a little startling," said Melissa Todd of Riverside. 

>>RELATED: Brood X cicadas set to land early in Southwest Ohio

The fragile brown casings left behind all over the Miami Valley could be from Brood X, the 17-year cicadas here four years early, or can be the annual dog-days-of summer cicadas that have arrived several weeks ahead of time. 

Whichever kind they are, cicadas don't bite and don't cause much harm to trees. Their loud sounds and startling movements is all most will have to deal with.

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Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell dies, band set to play in Columbus Friday

Published: Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 6:36 AM

Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell, 52, died Wednesday night in Detroit.

Cornell had been touring with the rock band Soundgarden which is scheduled to perform at the MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus on May 19.

RELATED: Representative: Rocker Chris Cornell has died at age 52

Cornell’s wife and family were shocked his death, according to an Associated Press report. 

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In a statement to the AP, the family said it would work closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause of death, and asked for privacy.

Soundgarden broke up in 1997, and reunited in 2012. Cornell released several solo albums,  and joined the band Audioslave, which broke up in 2007, according to an AP report.