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, 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.” 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.

Centerville HS student ID’d as teen struck, killed by train in Miamisburg

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 8:08 PM
Updated: Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 4:15 PM

A teenage boy was confirmed deceased tonight when medics arrived at the scene of a pedestrian who was struck by a CSX train hauling lumber.

UPDATE @ 4:15 p.m. (Sept. 23)

A 16-year-old pedestrian who died Friday night after he was struck by a train in Miamisburg has been identified as a resident of that city.

Jose Fernandez was struck by a Norfolk Southern train on the tracks between Linden and East Central avenues, authorities said Saturday.

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Fernandez, a Miamisburg resident, was a student at Centerville High School, according to Miamisburg police.

There is no indication of suicide at this time, according to police, and it is believed that all crossing arms and signals were functioning at the time.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office is still working on Fernandez’s specific cause of death, investigators said Saturday afternoon.

UPDATE @ 10 p.m.

A Norfolk Southern train struck and killed a teenager tonight, but Miamisburg police Sgt. Josiah Keefer said police do not believe it was a suicide.

The 16-year-old boy was hit just after 7:40 p.m. on the railroad tracks near the 400 block of East Linden Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not release his name or whether he was a Miamisburg student.

The train has been stopped since the crash, and will block crossings possibly until midnight as police investigate. Pearl Street was one of the few crossings that was open.

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Police earlier had portions of the train taped off. As news spread of the accident, some mothers came down to ask officers if their child was hit. Others came to the scene to offer support for friends and family of the victim.

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“Our hearts and our prayers are with them and I don’t think any of us can truly say we understand what they’re feeling but that doesn’t mean that our hearts and our prayers won’t be with them,” said Glenda Mesta of Miamisburg.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has taken the teen’s body. He has not been identified pending notification of family.

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UPDATE @ 8:20 p.m.

A teenage boy was confirmed deceased tonight when medics arrived at the scene of a pedestrian who was struck by a train hauling lumber.

A friend of the victim called 911 to report the incident, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.


A pedestrian was struck by a train tonight in Miamisburg.

The incident was reported at 7:40 p.m. in the 400 block of Linden Avenue. The train has stopped, which is blocking streets in the area.

Family of Springfield woman found in crashed car looks for answers

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

The family of a Springfield woman found dead in a crashed car last week says they have a lot of questions about what caused her death.

Chelsea Marie Dowler, 27, was found in a 1993 Dodge Dakota on Sept. 14. The car left the roadway and struck a tree before coming to rest in Delaware County’s Kingston Twp. north of Columbus, according to the Delaware Post of the State Highway Patrol, but it’s unclear when the crash happened.

She had been missing for nearly four weeks, according to her brother, Tyler Dowler.

“It’s definitely a little bit easier than not knowing,” Tyler Dowler said. “Not knowing was the worst.”

The family had filed a missing person report with the Springfield Police Department, he said, and had handed out flyers and made posts online asking for information about his sister.

“It gives us a little bit of relief knowing that she’s not in pain anymore,” he said. “She’s not suffering.”

But he said he wants more answers.

“Did she wreck? Did someone force her to wreck? Was it drugs? We’d like to know,” he said.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing, said Lt. Bob Sellers with the Delaware Post of the State Highway Patrol.

Chelsea Dowler leaves behind two sons, a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old. Tyler Dowler and his girlfriend are now the guardians of the boys.

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“Things are finally starting to come together a little bit. I think they’re happy,” Tyler Dowler said. “They don’t want to go anywhere.”

She struggled with drug addiction, he said, but was a good mother.

“She was loving you know, she had her problems as most of us do,” he said.

He wants the boys to remember their mom for the good times they shared.

“The times where their mom did nothing but make them smile,” he said, “because she would, she would do anything in her power to make them smile.”

The Springfield Police Division has closed its missing person investigation, according to Capt. Mike Varner.

The family is still in the process of making funeral arrangements.

Megyn Kelly’s getting ready for new morning show, hopes for a Trump-free zone

Published: Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 3:58 PM

Megyn Kelly is getting ready for her new morning  TV program on the ‘Today Show.’
Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Megyn Kelly is getting ready for her new morning  TV program on the ‘Today Show.’(Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Megyn Kelly says she left Fox News Channel to bring more joy to her life. NBC hopes that starting Monday, she can spread some to the network and its viewers.

The former Fox News Channel star and Donald Trump foil debuts her talk show at 9 a.m. EDT, nestled into the four-hour “Today” show block and competing in most of the country with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest’s “Live!”

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Kelly hosted a Sunday-night newsmagazine this summer to middling ratings, and it returns next spring. It’s the daily talk show, in the lucrative morning market, that will ultimately determine the wisdom of NBC News’ decision to hire her. She promises that “Megyn Kelly Today,” shown live with a studio audience, will be an information-packed hour with a sense of fun.

“It will be very similar to the ‘Today’ show, but we’re going to have a lot more elbow room,” she said in an interview.

Ellen DeGeneres initiated Kelly into daytime TV this week by having her awkwardly toss pizza dough, stuff herself into a fat suit and dance with the audience; Kelly smiled and played along. It was a long way from her Fox life of pressing the future president at debates, enduring his Twitter taunts and being the ringleader for an hour of politics each weeknight.

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The Trump trauma wasn’t why she left Fox, Kelly said. She compared it to her decision to abandon law to become a journalist and ending her first marriage: they weren’t bad experiences, but she knew there was something better.

The truth, Kelly said, is that she’s not a political junkie and cable television news is all about politics.

“I don’t want to talk about Trump all day,” she said. “In fact, the bar is very high for Trump coverage (on ‘Megyn Kelly Live’). If you want Trump, you can watch virtually every channel in the country and get Trump non-stop. I think people are looking for a break from that. Not just Trump, it’s inside the Beltway. I don’t want to talk about Mitch McConnell either, or Chuck Schumer or Nancy Pelosi.”

Live! With Kelly and Ryan” is a celebrity- and entertainment-oriented talk show. Kelly said her program will be uplifting and more substantive: recent trial runs had segments on reacting to the Equifax breach and protecting yourself from attack. Mental health, bullying, coping with divorce and tips for job interviews are the type of topics she’ll cover.

Not news, but not fluff, either.

Trying to imitate the formula of “Live!” would be a huge mistake given its success over decades, said Bill Carroll, a consultant and expert on the daytime TV market.

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Name recognition, a consistent time slot across the country that makes the show easier to promote, and affiliation with the well-established “Today’ brand give Kelly some advantages, he said.

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Warren Co. motorcyclist suffers minor injuries after crashing into deer

Published: Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 5:15 AM
Updated: Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 3:42 PM

UPDATE @ 3:42 p.m.

A motorcyclist was taken to Bethesda Arrow Springs medical center with a minor leg injury after hitting a deer on Morrow-Blackhawk Road Saturday morning. 

Warren County deputies said the unidentified victim was wearing a helmet when he hit the deer and an initial call for CareFlight was cancelled at the scene.


Warren County crews have responded to an accident on State Route 123 at Blackhawk Road involving a motorcyclist. 

Reports indicate the motorcycle struck a deer and the motorcyclist was thrown from the vehicle, and suffered a leg injury. 

CareFlight was on standby, and then asked to stand down according to initial reports. 

Exact condition of the motorcyclist is unknown. 

We are working with Warren County crews to learn more.