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Published: Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 9:02 PM
Updated: Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 4:14 PM
WEST CHESTER TWP. — The field is now set in the race to replace former West Chester Twp. trustee George Lang.
Eight people were certified on Monday afternoon, which officially makes this race for the final two years of the unexpired term tied for the second-most crowded on November’s local ballot.
Lang resigned on Sept. 13 in order to be sworn in as the 52nd Ohio House District representative. He was appointed to the seat after former Republican state lawmaker Margy Conditt resigned on Sept. 8.
Since Lang’s resignation happened more than 40 days before the Nov. 7 general election, state law requires voters pick who will serve out the final two years of the unexpired term.
Potential candidates had 10 days to file petitions with the Butler County Board of Elections by Saturday afternoon.
Certified candidates for the seat are:
Miami University Regionals political science professor John Forren said it’s not surprising to see so much interest for an open seat.
“It’s really not all that often that a seat opens up — even at the township trustee level — so that an interested candidate can run without having to take on an incumbent,” he said. “It’s really a question of seizing a relatively rare opportunity.”
Forren compared it to when former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner resigned in 2015 and there were 15 Republican candidates seeking to succeed him.
He said for many, it can be the start of a political career that can lead to a higher office. Boehner was a former Union Twp. trustee, which is known today as West Chester Twp.
“Among other things, it is an opportunity for a new face in politics to get in on the ground floor,” he said.
Other crowded races this November in Butler County:
But the race to replace Lang is not the only trustees race West Chester Twp. residents will decide on Election Day.
The full terms for West Chester Twp. trustees Lee Wong and Mark Welch will also be on the Nov. 7 ballot. Wong and Welch are seeking re-election, but they’re being challenged by Mariann Penska and long-time former Lakota school board member Joan Powell.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 10:12 PM
DAYTON — 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.
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.
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.
Published: Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 12:15 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 10:11 PM
— Chipotle Mexican Grill has hired a new chief executive officer and he has roots in southwest Ohio.
Chipotle has named Taco Bell’s Brian Niccol as its next leader, replacing Steve Ells, who built the fast-casual food chain.
Niccol is a 1996 graduate of Miami University, just an hour from Dayton.
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.
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.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 9:37 PM
DELFT, The Netherlands — 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.
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.
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.”
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.
Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 12:41 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 9:40 PM
— 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.
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.”
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.
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.