Giant Jesus landmark returns to I-75

Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 @ 12:11 PM
Updated: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 @ 5:43 PM


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Staff Writer Michael D. Pitman contributed to this story.

One of the largest — and most controversial — landmarks along Interstate 75 is back and bigger than ever.

After Solid Rock Church’s “King of Kings” sculpture, commonly referred to as “Touchdown Jesus” was struck by lightning in June 2010, the late Rev. Lawrence Bishop and his wife, Darlene, pledged the statue would rise again.

That prophecy came true under bright blue skies Wednesday

The statue — called “Lux Mundi” which is Latin for “Light of the World” — depicts Jesus with arms wide open, as though preparing to hug someone.

Crews started installing the torso of the statue at 11 a.m. As the final piece of the 52-foot statue was lowered into place, the sounds of honking cars on I-75 could be heard in the distance.

Lawrence Bishop, co-pastor and son of the late minister, called the sculptor “a beacon of hope” for I-75 travelers. He referred to the statue as the “heartbeat of the church.”

Solid Rock Church’s 3,000 members come from “all walks of life,” Bishop said, so it was important for the sculpture to illustrate the openness the church has for all people.

The statue’s sculptor, Tom Tsuchiya, of Cincinnati, said the extended arms represent a “simple message: Let’s all get along.”

The previous statue cost about $250,000 and was funded through a church member’s donation, Bishop said. The church used insurance money from the fire two years ago to purchase the new statue.

“It’s neat to see this day finally come,” said church administrator Ron Carter.

The statue represents “the hope of the world,” Carter said. “Right now, this world needs a positive message.”

Tom Rhoades, of Enon, and Linda Cornell, of Springfield, made the 45-minute trek to Monroe after they heard the statue was going to be erected Wednesday. They’ve driven multiple times up and down I-75 and said they have been anticipating this new statue.

Cornell called the statue “pretty neat” and said it looks more realistic than the previous one. Rhoades said the companies who worked to create the statue — Dayton-based Global Manufacturing Solutions and Englewood-based Display Dynamics — did a “fantastic job.”

To help prevent the same fate as its predecessor, the sculpture contains a lightning rod and is mostly made of a fire-resistant polymer composite.

The statue will be dedicated at 7 p.m. Sept. 30, followed by a church service and fireworks.

Springfield dad arrested after baby overdoses, revived with Narcan

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 10:12 AM

Samuel Mosley
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A Springfield man has been charged with endangering children after his 1-year-old son was revived with Narcan and allegedly found with cocaine and synthetic opiates in his system.

Samuel J. Mosley, 38, was arrested Friday and is set to appear in Clark County Municipal Court at 10:30 a.m. today. 

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On April 16, Mosley’s baby was found unresponsive and transported by medical helicopter to Dayton Children’s Hospital. 

Mosley allegedly told hospital staff that his son was playing outside when he fell and busted his lip, according to court records. He later put the child down for a nap, but couldn't wake him up. 

He drove the child to Springfield Regional Medical Center, where he received a scan for a possible head injury. Additional testing showed the baby had cocaine in his system. He was later given Narcan and responded immediately. He was placed in the ICU. 

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Mosley allegedly was unable to give a timeline of events and had trouble remembering, the report says. He said the child was with him all day. 

On April 18, the hospital confirmed to police the child tested positive for opiates and cocaine. The child is expected to make a full recovery.

‘Inspired’ Fusian wants to snag non-sushi eaters, too

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 6:56 AM


            The “Wholey Bowl” is one of four “Inspired Bowl” menu items making their Dayton-area debut at the region’s newest Fusian sushi restaurant that opens May 6 at the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek. SUBMITTED

Fusian, the fast-growing sushi-focused chain founded by three Oakwood natives, will introduce a new menu concept aimed in part to diners who don’t like sushi when it opens its third Dayton-area location next week in the Mall at Fairfield Commons.

The new Beavercreek restaurant will become the first Dayton-area location — and the fourth overall in the 12-store chain — to offer “Inspired Bowls” in addition to Fusian’s traditional build-your-own sushi roll menu. The bowls’ ingredients and flavors are signed “to appeal to sushi eaters and non-sushi eaters alike,” Fusian’s founders said in a release.

The Inspired Bowls — which share some similarities to Bibibop’s Korean bowls, but use Japanese-inspired ingredients — will be exclusive to the new Beavercreek restaurant in this region — but not for long.

“We hope to roll out Inspired Bowls at our other Dayton-area locations over the next 12 months,” Jake Bluvstein, Fusian’s marketing director, told this news outlet.

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Here’s how Fusian describes the new Inspired Bowl concept’s four offerings:

• Highland bowl: “hearty and balanced” with a 24-hour brined, house-roasted chicken breast and crisp veggies on a base of subtly sweet white rice. With white rice, roasted chicken, cucumber, roasted Portobello mushroom, sweet onion, sweet bell pepper, sesame soy dressing, spicy mayo, and sesame seeds.

• Kaleo bowl: “fresh, crisp and bright,” with fresh pineapple, avocado and yuzu-tossed wild-caught tuna atop a bed of citrus-dressed kale. Citrus-dressed kale, tuna, cucumber, pineapple, shelled edamame, avocado, citrus yuzu dressing, slivered almonds, green onion, and sesame seeds.

• Wholey Bowl: “plant-based power,” with house-marinated roasted tofu is paired with brown rice and crisp veggies. Brown rice, citrus-dressed kale, roasted tofu, cucumber, sweet onion, sweet bell pepper, carrot, avocado, raw beets, miso-ponzu sauce, green onion, and sesame seeds.

• Soul Bowl: sustainable Norwegian salmon tossed with our spicy and creamy togarashi dressing. White rice, citrus-dressed kale, salmon, sweet onion, carrot, sweet bell pepper, creamy togarashi dressing, sesame soy dressing, furi flakes, green onion, and sesame seeds.

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The grand opening of the new Fusian — located at 2733 Fairfield Commons Blvd., in a space that is connected to the Mall at Fairfield Commons and adjacent to BRAVO Cucina Italiana — is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 and will benefit the Five Rivers Metroparks Foundation.

And on May 5, the day before the grand opening, the new Beavercreek Fusian will host “Neighborhood Day” that will allow diners who register in advance, and their guest, to obtain a free meal. Those interested must register by May 1 at beavercreek.fusian.com.

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When the Beavercreek restaurant opens, Fusian will operate 12 restaurants in the Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Toledo areas, including a location on Brown Street near the University of Dayton and in Washington Twp. next to Whole Foods.

Fusian Sushi was launched in Cincinnati in 2010 by Zach and Josh Weprin and Stephan Harman, who attended Oakwood’s Harman Elementary School. The trio had talked as kids of going into business together, Stephan Harman told this news outlet in 2011.

After a relatively deliberate approach to growing the chain in its first four years, the trio has doubled the number of locations in recent years as it expanded into new markets of Columbus and Toledo, and plans call for adding the Cleveland market in 2018.

Bill O’Reilly payout could top $25 million as anchor announces new podcast

Published: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 10:18 AM

Former fox news host Bill O'Reilly, pictured here waiting for the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama during an event at the White House in February of 2014 in Washington, is launching a new podcast Monday amid reports he’s getting a $25 million payout from Fox News. 
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Ousted Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly isn’t taking his termination for sexual harassment allegations lying down. After three weeks off the air and less than a week after Fox let him go, O’Reilly is returning Monday evening with a new podcast, according to his website BillO’Reilly.com

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A banner across the top of the site reads, “Monday. The no spin news returns.” O’Reilly usually started off his Fox show “The O’Reilly Factor” with the phrase “You are about to enter the no spin zone.”

Fox is also paying O’Reilly, 67, a reported $25 million over the next year, according to NBC News, after he inked a new four-year contract with the network just last month guaranteeing he’d make at least that much.

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O’Reilly was terminated from the network last week after the New York Times reported in early April that Fox had paid out $13 million to five women over several years to settle sexual harassment allegations against the longtime Fox anchor.

In a statement after his ouster, O’Reilly denied the allegations, calling them “unfounded claims.”

His top-rated cable news show, on the air since 2001, generated millions of dollars in advertising revenue for Fox and consistently netted more than 3.5 million viewers a night in recent months.

What we know now: Man fatally shot by Hamilton police over weekend

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 8:59 AM

A Hamilton police officer shot and killed an armed man during a confrontation at an apartment complex Saturday, according to police.

FIRST REPORT: Hamilton police officer fatally shoots man holding ‘butcher knife’

Here’s what we know now:

Police say there was a confrontation. Police were called to a report of a shooting around 3 p.m. Sunday at the Knollwood Crossing apartments on Forest Park Drive, said Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit.

When the officer arrived “he was immediately confronted by an armed subject,” Bucheit said.

That person, a white man who was about 20 years but that police have not yet named, was armed with what police described as a butcher knife.

“There was a brief confrontation and in that confrontation the officer discharged his weapon,” Bucheit said.

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The man died at the scene. The identity of the deceased man will not be released until after his next of kin are notified and an autopsy is completed by the Butler County Coroner’s Office. That will likely be today, according to the police chief.

Bucheit also said the identity of the officer involved in the shooting will not be released until today. Bucheit said the officer involved was not injured.

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The police officer was not wearing a body camera. But investigators will review the cruiser camera, Bucheit said.

Uniformed police officers in Hamilton have been testing body cameras.

CLOSER LOOK: Benefits, drawbacks of police cameras still being debated.

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One witness says he did not see man with weapon. Francis Adu, 41, a resident of the complex, said he didn’t see any weapon in the man’s hands seconds before the shooting.

Adu said a Hamilton police cruiser — without its lights or sirens activated — pulled in behind him in the complex and parked his vehicle in the parking lot. Adu parked his car in front of his apartment, and watched from his car as the man, shirtless and wearing a black scarf around his face, took two steps toward the officer with his arms in the air, he said.

Adu said he was interviewed by detectives at the Hamilton police station on Saturday.