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Published: Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— The Dayton Mall area has been a dining destination for decades, and many of the restaurants in and around the mall have been serving their customers for quite a while. The Ohio 725 corridor east of the mall has seen its share of turnover and changes over the years, but the area at or behind the Dayton Mall has been comparatively stable — with some notable exceptions.
Here are a few of those exceptions.
Cena Brazilian Steakhouse
It’s hard to imagine a restaurant closing under more bizarre circumstances than Cena Brazilian Steakhouse did.
The restaurant figured prominently in a criminal case that ultimately sent its founder and owner, Eva Christian, to prison for a nine-year sentence. Christian has served more than five years of that prison sentence, although she is scheduled to appear in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court in January 2018, and may have her sentenced reduced by a year at that hearing.
Cena’s unraveling started in earnest on Christmas Eve 2009, when Christian reported a vandalism incident and small fire at the restaurant. Investigators and prosecutors would later show that the damage to phones, computers, floors and furnishings was done by Christian herself, in an attempt to collect insurance money. That incident, along with a staged break-in at Christian’s home, prompted prosecutors to file five insurance fraud-related charges against the restaurant owner, and she was convicted in a jury trial and sentenced to prison.
Prior to her arrest, Christian emailed Cena’s customers lamenting the poor timing of the Christmas Eve fire and vandalism damage.
“It is devastating and disappointing to have to deal with this at this time, especially (because) this was the busiest time of the year for us. … I am just glad that nobody (was) hurt; it could have been worse.”
The restaurant did not reopen.
Osaka Sushi & Hibachi Buffet/Hazel Grille & Tavern/Max & Erma’s
The restaurant space behind the Dayton Mall at 8901 Kingsridge Drive housed Max & Erma’s for decades, and in its heyday, it was one of the most popular hangouts in the Dayton area. But Max & Erma’s pulled out in 2009. Hazel Grille & Tavern operated in the space for 15 months before shutting down in October 2014. Osaka opened in September 2015, utilizing a distinctive “sushi conveyor” as part of its service concept.
Osaka shut down in December 2016.
The TGI Fridays at 2022 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Miami Twp. closed permanently on Sept. 6, two days after the Labor Day shutdown of the chain’s restaurant at 7777 Old Troy Pike (Ohio 202) in Huber Heights.
Among the chain’s Dayton-area restaurants, only the Beavercreek location near the Mall at Fairfield Commons remains open.
In both the Dayton Mall and Huber Heights cases, a spokeswoman for the Bistro Group — the Cincinnati-based franchise owner of TGI Fridays’ Dayton-area restaurants — said lease negotiations were the primary factor in the decision to shut down.
“A very difficult decision and a sad day for our company,” she said.
Ruby Tuesday had been a mainstay in the Dayton Mall for years before it shut down somewhat unexpectedly in January 2008.
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 5:39 PM
LAS VEGAS — John Coleman, who helped found and develop The Weather Channel, died Saturday at his home in Las Vegas. He was 83.
Coleman, a longtime weatherman, innovated the position when he started at Good Morning America, according to the Washington Post.
Coleman started The Weather Channel in 1981 with Joseph D’Aleo. Coleman left the network and continued forecasting on stations in New York and Chicago. He last worked in San Diego until he retired in 2014, according to the Washington Post.
We are deeply saddened to report that longtime KUSI weatherman and founder of The Weather Channel, John Coleman has passed away at age 83.— KUSI News (@KUSINews) January 21, 2018
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Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 5:41 PM
BAY LAKE, Fla. — What happens when you meet your favorite Disney character for the first time?
Check out what happened Friday night when Atlas, a service dog, saw Pluto for the very first time up close at Walt Disney World.
With his friend recording, Julian Gavino took his Golden Retriever to meet Pluto Friday night at Epcot.
Gavino told ABC News until this past week, Atlas only knew of Pluto as a giant stuffed doll, because he has one at home that "he loves so much."
But the two hit off when they met as real live dogs.
Gavino posted the video on Facebook and wrote "Atlas was more than excited to meet his best pal look alike."
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 1:52 AM
PERRIS, Calif. — A pair of well-kept dogs were taken from the Perris, California, house where 13 children were found shackled and severely malnourished last week.
David Turpin, 57, and Louise Turpin, 49, are facing a minimum of 94 years for charges including child neglect and torture after police said their children, ranging from ages 2 to 29, were discovered in their home severely malnourished.
In a statement on Wednesday, city spokesman Joe Vargo said authorities recovered two Maltese terrier dogs in far better condition than the Turpins’ children. The 1-year-old female puppies were reportedly healthy and were taught skills, People reported.
“The animals, one white and one black, appear healthy and friendly and are leash-trained, according to Christina Avila, a senior animal control officer,” a press release from the city of Perris said.
Investigators said the children were only allowed showers a few times per year and were fed only once per day. In a press conference with reporters Thursday, District Attorney Mike Hestrin alleged that the last time any of the children had seen a doctor was four years ago and they had never been to a dentist. Police said the parents allegedly kept themselves well-fed and regularly ate pies in front of their children to taunt them, ABC News reported.
The 17-year-old who reportedly escaped the home through a bedroom window to alert authorities was initially believed to be just 10 years old due to the severity of her malnourishment, while the oldest victim, a 29-year-old woman, weighed only 82 pounds when the children were found. According to Hestrin, the children “lack a basic knowledge of life,” although they were allegedly homeschooled, KTLA reported.
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 8:42 AM
Updated: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 10:03 AM
BOSTON — UPDATE, 10:03 a.m. 1/21/2018: Despite the shutdown of the United States government early Saturday, the NFL announced Sunday morning that the Armed Forces Network will air the AFC and NFC Championship games.
The NFL also said it is providing free access to the games via NFL Game Pass to all USO centers.
Meanwhile, Congress is back at work Sunday, attempting to create a deal to end the shutdown.
Great news as Armed Forces Network will air both Championship Sunday NFL games today for our service members around the world— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) January 21, 2018
ORIGINAL STORY: As a result of lawmakers failing to resolve a standoff over immigration and spending, the United States government has been shut down indefinitely – meaning everyone has been affected, including troops overseas.
There is a lot of fallout from the shutdown. From government employees who aren't being paid, including the Defense Department, to the Armed Forces Network being taken off the air, the effects of a standstill government can be felt across the board.
Since the AFN has been taken off the air, that means many of our troops overseas won't be able to watch the NFL playoffs Sunday.
Surely it's not the biggest issue surrounding a government shutdown, but it's a big morale issue.
Watching the Patriots on the Armed Forces Network has been a comforting piece of home for army Sgt. Matt Connolly, who's serving in South Korea.
"It's kind of the only thing we can do for fun over here," Connolly told WFXT.
For the first time since he's been stationed in Korea, his family came to visit him for the AFC Championship game.
"I'm actually on leave right now. My family from Boston is here right now and we were looking forward to watching the game," Connolly said.
With no one to run it, AFN is off the air.
The NFL says it is providing free access to Sunday's Championships via the NFL Game Pass to all USO centers.
"No matter what, I'm going to watch them," Connolly said.
Sen. Ed Markey says he's in a holding pattern right now as he says he and most of his colleagues are preparing to negotiate through the night – but it's still unclear if that will be an option.
Immigration issues are at the center of the shutdown. Many Republicans don't want to negotiate on those issues until a spending bill is passed and the government re-opens.
However, those immigration issues – including the DREAMERS Act – are a priority for many Democrats.
Markey told WFXT that he believes everyone needs to continue working to find some sort of compromise, and he wants President Donald Trump to take the lead.
"Bill Belichick is telling the New England Patriots for tomorrow, 'Do your job,' and we are saying to President Trump for tomorrow, 'Do your job, Mr. President. Make sure that the funding is there for our troops. Make sure that our defense is taken care of, but make sure that we also protect child health and the Dreamers,' but thus far he's been unwilling to do his job," Markey said.