Congressional candidate ruled ineligible for November election

Published: Monday, May 23, 2016 @ 10:06 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 @ 4:02 PM


In-office early voting at the Butler County Board of Elections is under way and runs through June 6. Here are the times:

  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, through May 27
  • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, May 30 to Friday, June 3
  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 4
  • 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 5
  • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, June 6

Anyone wishing to vote by mail must submit application requests by noon on Saturday, June 4. Applications may be picked up at the Butler County Board of Elections or downloaded from the elections office website,

While there will be three men seeking the state’s unexpired 8th Congressional District seat in the June 7 special election, only two of them will be eligible to run for the full two-year term in November.

The Butler County Board of Elections sent a letter May 16 to Jim Condit Jr. outlining that when he pulled a Republican ballot in his Hamilton County voting precinct in the March presidential primary, he made himself ineligible to seek the full two-year term as a member of the Green Party.

In Ohio, registered voters declare party affiliation in presidential and gubernatorial primaries. Because Condit declared himself affiliated with the Republican Party, he cannot run as a Green Party candidate.

“I stupidly pulled a Republican ballot,” said Condit, Jr., who also admitted that he is “a terrible fit” for the Green Party. “It’s such a bad fit that in a way I’m relieved.”

The Green Party will seek a person to replace Condit in the November election, according to Gwen Marshall, member of the Hamilton County Green Party and treasurer of The Green PAC of Southwest Ohio.

The special election is due to the retirement of former Speaker John Boehner in October 2015. Republican Warren Davidson emerged from a 15-candidate field in the GOP primary this past March. Democrat Corey Foister was unchallenged. Davidson, Foister and Condit Jr. will seek to fill the remaining months on the unexpired congressional term. But now, only Davidson and Foister’s names will appear on the November ballot for the full two-year congressional term that would begin in January 2017.

Condit, Jr. did not say if he will still seek the congressional seat in November, which the only way would be as a write-in candidate. He said he would make an announcement on June 8 — the day after the special election.

The Butler County Board of Elections said the Green Party could have replaced Condit, Jr. on the special election ballot. However, the issue didn’t come to the attention of elections officials until after the deadline to do so, which is why Condit, Jr. is allowed to remain on the special ballot.

According to the Green Party in Hamilton County, the organization will seek a replacement candidate for the November election. There is no known organized Green Party group in Butler County.

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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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