Butler County team returns from Hurricane Irma help in Florida

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 10:29 AM
Updated: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 5:27 PM

Matt Haverkos, director of the Butler County Emergency Management Agency, discussed the team's efforts in Florida.

The Butler County emergency management response team deployed to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma arrived home Thursday to a cheering crowd of family and supporters.

A team of 16 members from the Incident Management Team from various local fire and police departments were deployed to Florida two weeks ago, ahead of the devastating hurricane, to help with relief efforts.

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As several vehicles turned into 1810 Princeton Drive just after 5 p.m. today, loved ones responded with applause and cheers.

The team aided relief efforts from the state’s main command post in Tallahassee and further south in the state in areas hardest hit.

The Butler County team coordinated the efforts of 28 other Incident Management Teams from around the country, deploying them to 50 missions.

Matt Haverkos, director of the Butler County Emergency Management Agency, said the governor of Florida acknowledged that response from outside communities, like Butler County, were vital to dealing with the devastation.

“In his words there was not enough resources in the state of Florida to help and there was not enough resources alone in the federal government to help, bringing in 28 state’s resources was I think key, in his words, to a quick response,” Haverkos said.

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Ross Twp. Fire Chief Steve Miller was part of the team deployed first to Hendry County near Fort Meyers and then to Lee County, where they coordinated the movement of more than 6 million pounds of materials — including fuel, meals and cleaning supplies — for people impacted by Irma.

Miller said when they first arrived, prior to the hurricane, they were hunkered down in the Hendry County emergency operations center.

“We got there two days before the hurricane approached and then Sunday afternoon the hurricane passed and we were inside the EOC which is a hurricane-proof building so we were safe,” Miller said. “Just witnessing the wind and the rain, I was expecting the worst. The day after we did some recon missions and I was really quite surprised there wasn’t more devastation.”

This was not the first time the team deployed to national disasters. As one of only a few accredited agencies in the state the IMT responded when hurricanes Irene and Sandy hit the U.S. in 2011 and 2012, respectively and other major events.

Staff writer Wayne Baker contributed to this report.

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‘I’ll bite your nose off and spit it in your face,’ man tells cop during arrest

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 10:12 PM

Martin Flemings

A 56-year-old man pinched a Dayton officer and threatened to bite him tonight during his arrest, according to a Dayton police report.

Officers on patrol reported finding Martin Eugene Flemings around 7:20 p.m. inside a garage that was boarded up by the city at 22 W. Hudson Ave.

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According to the report, Flemings, who was possibly intoxicated, became belligerent after he found out his lighter shaped like a handgun would be placed in the property room. He began yelling and told an officer: “I’ll bite your nose off and spit it in your face,” the report stated.

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Flemings then reached back and pinched the officer in the right thigh, according to the report.

Flemings was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of menacing, resisting arrest and illegal entry into a nuisance premises. He also had a warrant for failing to appear on a drug possession charge, records show.

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New Chipotle CEO graduated from a Dayton-area college

Published: Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 12:15 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 10:11 PM

Chipotle Mexican Grill in Monroe, Ohio, GREG LYNCH / STAFF Customers visit the Chipotle Mexican Grill in Monroe during the lunch time rush, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Unconfirmed cases of E. Coli have been reported at Chipolte locations in Ohio and other states. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
Chipotle Mexican Grill in Monroe, Ohio, GREG LYNCH / STAFF Customers visit the Chipotle Mexican Grill in Monroe during the lunch time rush, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Unconfirmed cases of E. Coli have been reported at Chipolte locations in Ohio and other states. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Chipotle Mexican Grill has hired a new chief executive officer and he has roots in southwest Ohio.

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Chipotle has named Taco Bell’s Brian Niccol as its next leader, replacing Steve Ells, who built the fast-casual food chain.

Brian Niccol, new Chipotle CEO.(Staff Writer)

Niccol is a 1996 graduate of Miami University, just an hour from Dayton.

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Niccol, 43, graduated from Miami’s college of engineering and computing, serves on the advisory council of Miami’s Farmer School of Business and is a member of the college’s Phi Delta Theta fraternity, according to the university. He started his career at Procter and Gamble in marketing.

Niccol replaced Ells on March 5 after Ells announced in November that he planned to step down.

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Niccol has been in charge of Taco Bell since 2015, according to reports. He is known as the person who brought the Doritos Locos Tacos and mobile ordering to Taco Bell.

Chipotle’s brand has suffered over the last few years as the company tries to recover from E.coli, norovirus and Salmonella outbreaks that got customers sick and shrunk burrito sales.

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Great Pacific Garbage Patch 16 times larger than estimates: 87,000 tons of plastic and growing

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 9:37 PM

An example of the plastic trash found in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the ocean between California and Hawaii.
The Ocean Cleanup Foundation
An example of the plastic trash found in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the ocean between California and Hawaii.(The Ocean Cleanup Foundation)

The giant mass of floating plastic trash in the Pacific Ocean, known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, now measures almost 620,000 square miles and is as much as 16 times larger than previous estimates, according to a new study.

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The huge mass of soupy trash between California and Hawaii in what’s known as the Pacific gyre contains 87,000 tons of plastic, researchers reported in the study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, and scientists said with the massive global plastic pollution continuing, it’s still growing.

Data between 1970 and 2015 shows the plastic levels in the garbage patch are increasing at a faster rate than in surrounding waters.

Microplastics and larger chunks of plastic, along with tons of abandoned or lost fishing nets, litter the ocean in an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.(The Ocean Cleanup Foundation)

The biggest chunk of garbage in the patch, 46 percent of it, is fishing nets, according to the research. Other types of commercial fishing gear, including eel traps, ropes and oyster spacers account for a majority of the rest of the trash. 

Oceanographer and lead researcher with the Ocean Cleanup Foundation Laurent Lebreton told National Geographic scientists wanted to study the bigger pieces of trash in the patch.

“I knew there would be a lot of fishing gear, but 46 percent was unexpectedly high,” Lebreton said. “Initially, we thought fishing gear would be more in the 20 percent range. That is the accepted number [for marine debris] globally - 20 percent from fishing sources and 80 percent from land.”

A map shows the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) floating in the ocean and the concentration levels of trash in the gyre.(The Ocean Cleanup Foundation)

The fishing nets that litter the world’s oceans entangle whales, turtles and seals, and the plastic in the seas kills or injures 100,000 marine animals every year, National Geographic reported.

Researchers said there are still many unknowns about the garbage patch, including the level of plastic pollution in deeper waters and on the sea floor, and that more study is needed,

The findings are part of a three-year mapping effort involving Ocean Cleanup, an international team of scientists, six universities and an aerial sensor company. 


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Dayton Arby’s sold: What does this mean for your beloved curly fries?

Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 12:41 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 9:40 PM

Local Arby’s stores have new ownership, will be remodeled starting this summer

All 29 Arby’s locations in the Dayton area have been sold, and the nearly 1,000 workers at those restaurants have a new corporate employer.

AES Restaurant Group LLC, an Arby’s franchisee based in Carmel, Indiana announced Feb. 14 that it has acquired 29 Miami Valley restaurants from GZK, Inc., headquartered in West Carrollton. GZK had operated Arby’s restaurants in the Dayton area for more than five decades. With the purchase, AES now operates 46 Arby’s restaurants across Indiana, Ohio and Georgia.

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A GZK spokeswoman referred questions to AES Restaurant Group President and CEO John Wade, who told this news outlet that the deal has been a long time in the making, and makes sense from a geographic standpoint — the Dayton market is only two hours away from AES Restaurant Group’s headquarters.

“We’ve always thought that the Dayton market was a prime Arby’s market, and we have pursued this for years,” Wade said. Working with GZK owner Neil Kaufman, Wade said, “We were finally able to put together a deal that was advantageous for all of us.”

Details of the transaction were not disclosed. All GZK employees have been hired by AES, including office support staff and members of the maintenance department, Wade said in a release.

“The same people who have been taking care of Dayton-area Arby’s customers for years will continue to do so,” Wade said. “We’ll be bringing some freshness to the restaurants, and will sharpen things up.”

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After merging the two companies and its operations, AES will launch a remodeling project this summer for Dayton-area restaurants. The renovated restaurants will feature design elements such as wood tones, white brick, subway tiles, stainless steel finishes, and upgraded lighting and landscaping that will deliver an upgraded guest experience, AES officials said in a release.

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GZK also had operated a dozen Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken locations until 2014, when it sold the franchise restaurants to Far Hills Development LLC.

Arby’s, founded in 1964, is the second-largest sandwich restaurant brand in the world with more than 3,400 restaurants in seven countries.

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