CiCi’s named America’s top pizza chain in study

Published: Sunday, October 21, 2012 @ 12:00 AM
Updated: Sunday, October 21, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

According to a story posted last week on RestaurantNews.com, CiCi’s Pizza is America’s favorite pizza chain, with Papa John’s No. 2 and Papa Murphy’s No. 3.

The rankings are based on a national study of more than 7,600 consumers conducted by Market Force, which describes itself as a “worldwide leader in customer intelligence solutions.” RestaurantNews.com said the study, conducted in August, “first calculated the favorites based on the total number of votes, and then factored in the number of locations for each chain for a more level view of the results.” Only a dozen national and regional chains were studied. Sbarro, Pizza Hut, Godfather’s, Domino’s and Little Caesars also made it onto the list of favorites.

With all of the locally and regionally based chains and independent pizza-shop operators slicing up the Dayton-area market with the big national chains, I suspect a local survey would yield wildly different results, don’t you?

Abbot Labs ‘on track’ in Tipp

My colleague Thomas Gnau reports that Wall Street was not kind last week to Abbott Laboratories, at least as of Thursday. But that bad news hasn’t extended to the company’s plans for the Dayton area.

The company reported net earnings of $1.9 billion for the third quarter of 2012 on Wednesday, well ahead of the $303 million the company reported in the same quarter last year. That performance was ahead of Wall Street expectations, but still the company’s stock was hammered. Early Thursday, it was trading at $65.86, down $3.18 or 4.6 percent.

The nutritional drinks and health care products company also said on Wednesday that it was laying off 550 workers across several business units. The Chicago Tribune quoted a company spokesman as saying the cuts were necessary to “align … resources to better meet evolving business needs.”

Abbott, of course, is building a $270 million nutritional drinks production plant in Tipp City. Company spokesman Pete Paradossi told the Dayton Daily News Thursday that the company’s cuts in no way affect its project here.

“Absolutely no plans have changed,” Paradossi said. “Everything (in Tipp City) is on track.” The local plant is expected to employ about 240 people when it opens late next year.

Economy ‘severely underperforming’

My colleague Chelsey Levingston reports that Ken Mayland, president of ClearView Economics, told attendees of KeyBank’s annual economic forecast in Dayton last week that the economy is severely underperforming.

“We have seen 9 of 10 quarters come in below 3 percent growth,” Mayland said, about Gross Domestic Product, which measures all goods and services produced in the economy. “Three percent is actually our long term average rate of growth. We’re not achieving average economic growth.”

The biggest piece of the economy is consumer spending, but incomes aren’t growing because the economy isn’t producing enough jobs, he said. The economy needs 300,000 to 400,000 jobs added in a given month to gain steam, but the U.S. economy has been producing just over 100,000, he said. With annual wage growth below 2 percent, and inflation right about 2 percent, “wage growth isn’t even covering inflation,” he said.

Overheating equipment blamed for small house fire in Oakwood

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 11:37 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 12:05 AM

UPDATE @ 12:05 a.m. 

A house recently purchased and currently under renovation suffered ‘very minor’ damage after a piece of equipment overheated. 

Firefighters said a floor sander overheated and filled the house with smoke, but only damaged a small portion of a floor. 

No injuries were reported.  

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Firefighters have responded to a report of a house fire on Orchard Drive in Oakwood late Tuesday night. 

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Crews from Oakwood and Kettering were dispatched to the house in the 200 block of Orchard Drive around 11:25 p.m. for an initial report of a smell of smoke in the area. 

Scanner traffic from the scene indicates firefighters kicked open a door and found heavy smoke conditions inside. 

Officials told our crew they believe the house is vacant and no one is inside. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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Annual adidas Warrior Soccer Classic Tournament heads to area

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 11:50 PM

In 2005, Warrior Soccer Club coach George Dowling puts up sponsor adidas's sign on a goal net at Thomas Cloud Park for the adidas Warrior Classic Tournament. (Courtesy/Jim Witmer)
JIM WITMER

Hundreds of players and thousands of spectators are expected to fill fields in greater Dayton this weekend for the 31st annual adidas Warrior Soccer Classic Tournament. 

The event, set for Memorial Day weekend (May 27-29), is billed as one of the largest soccer tourneys in the country, bringing in approximately 25,000 players, family members and spectators. 

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More than 500 teams will compete at five sites: 

  • The Warrior Soccer Complex in Dayton
  • Vandalia Park Recreation Center fields
  • City of Oakwood Old River Sports complex
  • Hobson Freedom Park in Fairborn
  • Thomas Cloud Park in Huber Heights

The economic impact from visitors is expected to be an estimated $6.2 million, said Jacquelyn Y. Powell, president and CEO of the Dayton Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

The tournament has grown from one featuring 150 teams in 1986 to more than 500.

Adult court may await accused shooter of Fairmont teen in homicide

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 8:31 PM

Two psychologists are among 12 listed witnesses who may testify today at a hearing to see if a 17-year-old will face adult murder charges in the Sept. 4 fatal Kettering shooting of a Fairmont High School junior.

Both defense counsel for Kylen Jamal Gregory of Kettering and prosecutors seeking to try him as an adult in the homicide of 16-year-old Ronnie Bowers are expected to present evaluations of the defendant.

RELATED: Key points in homicide of Fairmont student

The testimony and reports by defense expert Dr. Michael Williams and Montgomery County Juvenile Court’s Dr. Laura Fujimura may be pivotal in Judge Anthony Capizzi’s decision on whether Gregory is “amenable to treatment.”

“Both will be given equal weight,” Capizzi told the court last month.

RELATED: Police: Teens to face charges in Kettering shooting

Two teens who said they were with Gregory the night of Sept. 4 testified against Gregory Jan. 30 as a part a sealed plea agreement. They told the court Gregory fired a shot that officials said struck Bowers in the head as the 16-year-old drove away from a confrontation around 9 p.m. on Willowdale Avenue.

RELATED: State seeks adult charges against teen in Kettering homicide

The shooting occurred shortly after Bowers and friends left AlterFest, where police said an ongoing “beef” rekindled between them and Gregory’s friends. Bowers died two days later in what was ruled Kettering’s first gun-related homicide since 2007.

Capizzi said he found the two teen witnesses – ages 17 and 15 – credible. Yet he sentenced both to maximum terms after they pleaded guilty to felony tampering with evidence, and misdemeanor assault and aggravated menacing. They both could stay in custody until their 21st birthday.

RELATED: 2 teens strike plea deal to testify in Kettering homicide

Capizzi said psychological reports “should give me their opinion about the youth and their social background - their ability to receive treatment. But do not give the court a legal opinion on whether or not the youth is amenable to treatment or not.”

However, Swift countered, “I think there’s ample case law in this situation psychologists can offer an opinion on that and – I understand what the court is saying.

RELATED: Two teens sentenced for role in Kettering homicide of Fairmont student

“However, I think legally that can be done and it’s been done in (many) cases,” he added.

Aside from Williams, potential witnesses for the defense, court records show, include:

-The Rev. Bernadine Smith, a character witness;

-Charlene Bayless, a character witness;

-Jen Perkins, a character witness;

-Marie Wehner of Fairmont High School;

-Three county juvenile detention officers.

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Court records also indicate the defense may call “…all witnesses listed and/or named in any police and/or sheriff’s report, the authors of any of the documents or reports received by the defendant from the state…”

In addition to Fujimura. records show possible witnesses for the prosecutor include:

-Colleen and Patrick Mallory of Willowdale Avenue;

-Kettering police Det. Greg Stout.

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Manchester explosion: Ariana Grande's mother reportedly helps fans to safety 

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 3:33 PM

As fans and others around the world continue to try to make sense of the aftermath of the explosion outside Manchester Arena Monday night after an Ariana Grande concert, hero stories are beginning to emerge.

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According to TMZ, Ariana Grande’s mother, Joan, is among them.

The site reported that, according to multiple witnesses, Joan Grande was about to go backstage to see Ariana when the incident occurred. She told the group of 10 or so kids seated around her to come backstage.

>> Police: At least 22 dead after explosion near Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

Us Weekly, which  reported it confirmed the news through a source, said that the mother and members of Ariana Grande’s security team took the fans backstage and waited with them until they were cleared to exit the arena.

The attacker has been identified by officials as Salman Abedi, 22. The explosion injured more than 50 and killed 22, including an 8-year-old girl.