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Published: Monday, February 01, 2016 @ 12:50 PM
Updated: Monday, February 01, 2016 @ 12:50 PM
DAYTON — Sinclair Community College, the city of Dayton and Montgomery County are part of a pilot program to test an environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic bottled water.
An Israeli start-up company unveiled today three smart water stations at Sinclair, a first step toward expanding its services stateside and a milestone for a trade alliance between the Dayton region and the Middle Eastern nation.
Woosh, based in Tel Aviv, Israel, is installing three touch-screen stations that allow users to clean and fill water bottles and containers for a fraction of the price of buying bottled water. This will be the company’s first venture into the United States.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 11:17 PM
DAYTON — A Tipp City man told police he was nearly run over this evening after he tried to confront two suspected metal thieves.
The 56-year-old man dialed 911 to report a theft in progress around 5 p.m. at the old Hewitt Soap Factory, 300 Linden Ave. He said he was on his way home from work when he saw a red pickup truck on the property. He walked up to the truck to get its license plate number when he spotted a man later identified as Jacob Schiessler come out of a vacant building, and saw another man, later identified as Scott Schiessler, load metal into the bed of the pickup, according to a Dayton police report.
The man said when he confronted the men about the theft, Jacob Schiessler threatened him and he backed away at the urging of the 911 operator.
Then, he said Jacob Schiessler got into the driver’s seat of the pickup, accelerated and tried to run him owner. The victim said he was able to run out of the way to avoid being struck, the report stated.
Police found the pickup at First Street Recycling, 1400 E. First St.
The victim identified Jacob and Scott Schiessler as the men involved in the incident at the soap factory property, the report stated.
Both men were booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of felony breaking and entering, and Jacob Schiessler also faces a felonious assault charge. They are due to be arraigned Friday afternoon in Dayton Municipal Court, online jail records show.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— The area in and around the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek has been a hotbed of restaurant activity in recent years, mostly focusing on new restaurants.
And that’s not surprising, because in 2015, the parent company of the Fairfield Commons mall actually demolished a portion of its building that had previously housed anchor department-store space to pave the way for the addition of restaurants and other entertainment-themed retailers.
But the area where Beavercreek, Fairborn, Wright State University and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base-related businesses all come together has seen a large number of restaurant closings in recent years as well.
In most — but not all — cases, the spaces left behind haven’t remained empty for long, as successor restaurants have moved in quickly. And several new restaurants have opened in the area in recent months and years, including MELT Bar & Grilled, Flyboys Deli, Fusian, Primanti Bros., MacKenzie River Pizza Grill Pub and Wandering Griffin, to name a few.
Here are some of the higher-profile restaurant closings in and around the Mall at Fairfield Commons.
Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant was a Beavercreek dining option since it opened in 2005 at 2420 N. Fairfield Road, just south of the Mall at Fairfield Commons. The restaurant shut down permanently and with apparently little warning at the end of 2017.
“We don’t currently have plans to open another location in the Dayton area,” Melanie Carroll, marketing director for Abuelo’s corporate parent, Food Concepts International, told this news outlet shortly after the closure.
Logan’s Roadhouse closed its Beavercreek location at 2819 Centre Drive near the Mall at Fairfield Commons in September 2016. Employees were told high rent and the upcoming renegotiation of a lease was a factor in the decision to close the Beavercreek location.
A month before the closure, Logan’s Roadhouse Inc. filed for reorganization bankruptcy and said it would close 18 “underperforming” locations in the 256-unit chain as it restructured its debt. No Dayton-area location was among the that first wave of closings, however.
Logan’s still operates two Dayton-area steakhouse restaurants: near the Dayton Mall in Miami Twp. and in Troy.
Don Pablo’s closed its restaurant at 2745 Fairfield Commons Blvd. in September 2016. The Tex-Mex chain, which got its start in Lubbock, Texas in 1985, has only one remaining restaurant in Ohio, on Madison Road in Cincinnati.
The Max & Erma’s restaurant chain’s corporate owner closed its restaurant in front of the Mall at Fairfield Commons in April 2017, and said the space would be converted to a different restaurant concept, MacKenzie River Pizza Grill Pub. And that’s exactly what happened in the ensuing months.
“We wanted to give the Beavercreek community a new exciting dining option,” James Blystone, vice president of franchising and communication for Montana-based Glacier Restaurant Group, told this news outlet. “This location worked fine for Max & Erma’s, but as we continue to expand the MacKenzie River Pizza Grill Pub, we look for opportunities that we feel are a great fit for this brand.”
“We are confident the Beavercreek location and the community will embrace MacKenzie River’s scratch kitchen, extraordinary service and mountain ambience.”
In February 2018, Glacier made a very similar announcement for its Liberty Twp. restaurant.
The Dayton area’s only Quaker Steak and Lube restaurant location at 3725 Presidential Drive off Colonel Glenn Highway up the street from the Mall at Fairfield Commons shut its doors rather abruptly in September 2015, after nearly 13 years in business.
The restaurant’s franchise owner-operator, Russell Berner, said at the time that he was selling the restaurant and real estate. “We appreciate the patronage of the last 13 years,” Berner said. But he said the offer for the property “was too good to refuse.”
It didn’t stay vacant for long. The Wandering Griffin Brewpub opened in the space in November 2016.
These are some of the higher-profile closings in the last three years in and around the Fairfield Commons Mall. There have been other closings in the mall’s food court, including Phantom Pizza, Cajun Ming, Subway and Designer Dogs, but those spaces were filled, usually quite quickly, with restaurants that include Sbarro, Gyro King and Asian Too.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 11:01 PM
AUSTIN, Texas — A bomb found at a FedEx facility in Southeast Austin on Tuesday morning was addressed to an employee at Austin Med Spa, according to spa workers and the employee’s mother.
Anita Ward, a nurse at Austin Med Spa, said FBI agents and Austin police told her Tuesday morning that her daughter, who also works at the spa in downtown Austin, was to be the recipient of the unexploded bomb at a FedEx sorting facility at 4117 McKinney Falls Parkway near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
Ward, who did not want to give her daughter’s name, said her daughter does not know Mark Conditt, who police say terrorized Austin with a series of bomb attacks that left two people dead and five injured.
Anita Ward said Conditt also did not look familiar to anyone who works at the spa.
“We’ve been trying to just keep it in the down low just for the FBI and police,” Ward said. “All of us here are just very thankful for the FBI and police and the work they’ve been doing.”
“I got to see a little bit of the inside of (the investigative process) and they were very quick at checking and stopping this package, and so we completely 100 percent credit this to them for stopping this from being delivered to our office,” she said.
Ward’s daughter attends Austin Community College, but did not attend the school from 2010 to 2012, when Conditt was pursuing a business administration degree but did not graduate.
“They’re still investigating, we’re still providing them information,” Ward said. “We pretty much know as much as (authorities) can release to us. We still have a lot of unanswered questions.”
For now, Ward said she and her daughter are scared but thankful for the work of the FBI and Austin police. “We’ve both been very actively concerned and involved with this, her being targeted.”
Police said the unexploded package at the FedEx facility in Southeast Austin was one of two sent from a Sunset Valley FedEx Office store. Authorities determined it was a bomb and detonated in a controlled manner, they said.
The first three victims, all in East Austin, were two black men who were killed in the attacks and a Hispanic woman. Two white men were injured on Sunday when they accidentally triggered a trip wire attached to a bomb in Southwest Austin. Ward and her daughter are white.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 6:37 PM
Washington — National Security Adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster is resigning from the Trump administration and will be replaced by former U.S. ambassador John Bolton, according to a tweet Thursday afternoon from President Donald Trump.
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