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UPDATE: Local pizza restaurant to shut down after more than 40 years

Published: Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 8:03 AM

Rocky’s Pizza Ring sets closing date in June in Beavercreek

A restaurant that has operated for more than four decades in Beavercreek will shut its doors this summer. 

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“We want to thank you for allowing us to be a part of your family and for over 40 years of memories,” the owners of Rocky’s Pizza Ring in the Beaver Valley Shopping Center said on its Facebook page Sunday night.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce Rocky’s will be closing on Saturday, June 30, 2018.”

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The restaurant is nestled in the rear of the shopping center at U.S. 35 and North Fairfield Road. The center has struggled in recent yearsd and suffered a major blow when anchor Lofino’s Marketplace shut its doors in May 2015.

When a Facebook reader asked whether the owners had contemplated selling the business of letting someone else take over, the owners replied that they had tried to do just that. “Listed it for sale a year or more ago — no one is interested,” the owners said.

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Facebook commenters expressed their grief over the announcement and promised to come in and order pizza before the closure happens.

The owners of Rocky’s Pizza Ring in the Beaver Valley Shopping Center in Beavercreek have announced the restaurant will shut down effective June 30, ending a run of more than four decades. File photo by Jim Ingram(Staff Writer)

“Definitely a hidden gem in Beavercreek,” one commenter said.

“That makes me so so sad. We will miss you so much,” another commenter said. “You’ve been part of our family for so many years! Hate to see a Beavercreek tradition go.”

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The restaurant has had two sets of family ownership since it opened in the early 1970s.

Brian and Sharon Baltzer opened Rocky’s Pizza Ring’s doors, and current owner Amy Calcutta’s parents purchased it in 1989.

The owners of Rocky’s Pizza Ring in the Beaver Valley Shopping Center in Beavercreek have announced the restaurant will shut down effective June 30, ending a run of more than four decades. File photo by Jim Ingram(Staff Writer)

“I had never even heard of the place,” Amy Calcutta told this news outlet in 2016. “My father worked for Dayton Medical Oxygen and got laid off. I didn’t even know he had the desire to be a pizza place owner/operator. My parents had eaten here a couple times and then, all of a sudden, they came home and said ‘We just bought a pizza place.’” she recalled.

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After 21 years, Calcutta’s parents decided to retire, and decided to leave her previous career of managing medical practices and take over the pizza restaurant.

But the grocery store’s closure dealt the pizza restaurant a body blow.

“It’s definitely harder,” Calcutta said in the 2016 interview. “In addition to the shopping center not having a huge draw anymore, you pass so many new restaurants and every place that opens makes pizza. But there’s a lot of pride that goes into (my) food. I wouldn’t make everything from scratch if I didn’t think it would be the best that I could offer.”

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UPDATE: Ambulance involved in crash with 6 injuries

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:19 PM

UPDATE @ 4:19 p.m.

Up to six patients have been removed from this two-vehicle crash scene. Four people were flown from the scene to hospitals, according to emergency dispatchers.

There was a truck and a private transport ambulance involved.

We’re chasing reports there may have been a fatality.

U.S. 36 is closed between South Ludlow Road and Ohio 559.


A serious crash is reported in Champaign County. 

Multiple medics are on scene for a serious crash with multiple injuries at South Parkview Road and U.S. 36 in the area of Mechanicsburg.

The crash happened at 3:22 p.m. Wednesday.

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Man walked past mother as she died on floor, police say

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 11:11 AM

Police: Man Walked Past Mother as She Died on Floor

A North Carolina man has been arrested after police said he walked past his mother as she laid on the floor dying. 

Eric Paul Brunner was charged with second-degree murder and abuse of an elder with serious injury, WRAL reported.

Police said that Brunner’s 74-year-old mother, Cynthia Braverman Brunner, fell down the steps at least a day before he called 911. 

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Paramedics found the woman dead at the bottom of a staircase, lying in vomit and naked from the waist down, WRAL reported.

Brunner told police that she had fallen at least a day before the Feb. 19 emergency call and that he didn’t try to help her.

He was his mother’s caretaker, Raleigh’s News and Observer reported.

“Based on his statements that she was moving or ‘squirming,’ it is believed that she was alive for some time after falling,” police said in the search warrant application, WRAL reported. “Mr. Brunner admitted to investigators that his mother was alive and made attempts to communicate with him for some time after falling, however, he willfully failed to assist her. He further admitted that he knew his inaction would likely lead to her death and that he wanted her to die.”

Brunner told police that he thought that after she died, he’d be able to access $30,000 in her bank accounts, WRAL reported

The News and Observer reported, however, that Brunner already had control of at least part of her money and handled her finances. 

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Man asks for cigarettes at Middletown gas station, then shows gun

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

A man walked into Speedway on Roosevelt Boulevard last weekend and asked for 11 packs of cigarettes.

When the clerk handed the man the packs, he showed a gun that was in his waistband and left the store in an unknown direction, according to a Middletown police report.

A deputy from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office responded with his K-9 partner.

The track was lost a few streets away, according to the report.


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Could skeletal remains found in home’s basement solve missing woman’s case from 1966?

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:17 PM

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A cold case could soon be solved if the skeletal remains found in the basement of a Long Island home turn out to be the woman who has been missing since 1966.

Police recently reviewed the case of Louise Pietrewicz, after The Suffolk Times published a special report in October that brought the case back into view. 

Pietrewicz disappeared more than half a century ago, WPIX reported. At the time she was in a relationship with William Boken, a police officer in the area. She had recently left her husband, who was accused of physically and mentally abusing her, the Times reported, and had started seeing Boken, who was married at the time. 

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In October 1966, Pietrewicz took more than $1,000 from her bank account, and closed it. The next day, she “disappeared in the company of a man friend,” a court document filed 10 years later stated. Pietrewicz left behind an 11-year-old daughter, the Times reported.

Boken died in the 1980s, but his former wife told police investigating Pietrewicz’s case that there was a body buried in a burlap bag in the basement of the Bokens’ former home, WPIX reported

The house was searched in 2013, but nothing was found. 

Last week, spurred on by the paper’s report, another search of the home was conducted. After Suffolk County police homicide detectives, along with Southold Police, used ground-penetrating sonar, they found skeletal remains in the home, WPIX reported. The remains have been taken to the medical examiner’s office to determine whose remains they are and to find a cause of death.

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