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New restaurant opens today at Mall at Fairfield Commons

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 3:17 PM
Updated: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 6:57 AM

Restaurant closes inside the Mall at Fairfield Commons

A new-to-the-market restaurant concept opens its doors today, Monday Nov. 20, at the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek.

The former Max & Erma’s restaurant in front of the mall, which shut down in April, will be reborn today as MacKenzie River Pizza Grill Pub.

“It has been a long road with construction, but we have weathered it and are excited to welcome the community,” James Blystone, vice president of franchising and communication for Glacier Restaurant Group, told this news outlet today, Friday, Nov. 17.

RELATED: Max & Erma’s Beavercreek to close; new pub already in works (April 2017)

The restaurant seats about 220 and employs between 80 and 90 people, Blystone said. That’s about double the number of employees Max & Erma’s had when it shut down in April. MacKenzie River will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week.

MacKenzie River Pizza Grill Pub will open Monday at the Mall at Fairfield Commons. This photo shows the MacKenzie River restaurant that opened earlier this year at the Polaris Center in Columbus. FILE(Staff Writer)

The Max & Erma’s restaurant in that space at 2739 Fairfield Commons Blvd. shut down 16 months after the entire Max & Erma’s chain was bought out by Montana-based Glacier Restaurant Group.

RELATED: Fairfield Commons restaurant makes list of ‘fastest growing’

While the chain’s new owners are keeping some Max & Erma’s open, Glacier Restaurant Group is converting others to its MacKenzie River concept. It recently completed just such a re-branding and renovation at a former Max & Erma’s in the Polaris retail center in north Columbus.

The MacKenzie River Pizza Grill Pub “is all about fresh ingredients, scratch kitchens, creative cocktails, and a diverse beer section in our casual rustic Montana atmosphere that depicts the heart and soul of the Rocky Mountains,” Blystone said in April.

RELATED: Springboro Max & Erma’s closes permanently (January 2016)

“We wanted to give the Beavercreek community a new exciting dining option,” Blystone said. “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.”

The Mall at Fairfield Commons area has been a hotbed of restaurant activity this year. Melt Bar & Grilled and Fusian are among those restaurants that have opened, and a Flyboys Deli is just a couple of weeks away from its grand opening.

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California teacher fired after saying military members are ‘lowest of our low’

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 10:59 AM

Gregory Salcido has bee fired from his position as a history teacher at El Rancho High School  in Pico Rivera, California, after video surfaced of him making disparaging remarks about members of the military.
Image capture: Google
Gregory Salcido has bee fired from his position as a history teacher at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, California, after video surfaced of him making disparaging remarks about members of the military.(Image capture: Google)

A California history teacher who was seen on video making disparaging remarks about members of the military has been fired.

The Los Angles Times reported that the El Rancho Unified School District unanimously voted on Tuesday to remove Gregory Salcido from his post at El Rancho High School  in Pico Rivera, California.

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported that, pending any appeals, Salcido will stay on unpaid leave.

In January, Salcido was investigated by the board after video was released of him telling a class of students that people in the military are “not intellectual people” and “the freaking lowest of our low.” The video, in which Salcido appeared to be reacting to a student wearing a Marines shirt, surfaced on Jan. 26.

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“We’ve got a bunch of dumb (expletive) over there,” Salcido says in the video. “Think about the people who you know who are over there – your freaking stupid Uncle Louie or whatever – they’re dumb (expletive). They’re not like high-level thinkers, they’re not academic people, they're not intellectual people; they’re the freaking lowest of our low.”

The history teacher also appeared to make insensitive remarks about people in Asia.

“We couldn’t beat the Vietnamese – they’re a bunch of people this freaking big throwing rice at us.”

KCBS reported that Salcido defended his comments at a Feb. 13 city council meeting.

“My goal, as it relates to my students, related to the military, is to get them to do everything to get to college,” Salcido said. “It’s not just the military, I don’t want them working at a fast food restaurant either. And any comment related to, is out of context. I’m talking about their academic standing. I don’t think it’s at all a revelation to anybody that those who aren’t stellar students usually find the military a better option.”

The video prompted White House Chief Of Staff John Kelly, a former Marine Corps general, to say, “I think the guy ought to go to hell.”

The Los Angeles Times reported that Salcido, 49, was with his wife visiting family in New York and headed home “under the circumstances,” according to an email from Salcido.

“Because of the many vulgar and violent threats against my family, I do not have any comment on the situation at this time,” Salcido told the LA Times.

Salcido has 30 days to appeal the board’s decision.

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NEW DETAILS: Police report Fuyao worker killed after cutting strap holding glass

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 8:47 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 12:20 PM

911 call: Fuyao death

UPDATE, 12:19 p.m.: The Fuyao Glass America Inc. employee killed Tuesday in a workplace accident at the Moraine plant was crushed by a ton of glass after he cut a strap, freeing the product to fall on him, police records show.

Forklift operator Ricky Patterson of Dayton died within minutes shortly after 5 a.m. after he was trapped between his machine and a pallet holding more than 2,000 pounds of glass, according to Moraine Police Division records.

EARLIER: Fuyao plant workers consider union

Police records indicate the moments leading to death of Patterson, 57, were captured on company video at the Chinese automobile glass manufacturing plant, Moraine’s largest employer with about 2,000 jobs.

“The video shows the pallet of glass shifted forward,” according to Moraine police records. “Patterson then walks in between the forklift and the glass, grabs a strip cutter, and cuts the west side strap, causing the glass to crush him in the forklift.”

The police report said the footage seen on the video, with time codes, is as follows:

“-5:10,16: Patterson cuts straps on glass, causing it to crush him.

-5:14.57: Lawson sees Patterson wedged between forklift and glass;

-5:15.10: A second forklift and safety officer arrive;

RELATED: Fuyao spent $800K for consultant skilled in ‘union avoidance’

-5:16.10: Multiple employees check on Patterson;

-5:22.10: Second forklift is tied to glass;

-5:23.54: Second forklift attempts to pull glass from Patterson.”

RELATED: Fuyao set to double hiring at Moraine plant

EARLIERREPORT: A 911 caller from Fuyao Glass America Inc. told dispatchers early in the conversation Tuesday morning that he thought a forklift operator had died.

The 10-minute call at 5:13 a.m. from the Chinese automobile glass manufacturing plant on Stroop Road in Moraine indicates that when Ricky Patterson of Dayton was discovered, it was too late to save him, records show.

RELATED: Fuyao vows to work closely with investigators after worker crushed

“I think this guy might be dead,” the caller told a dispatcher.

The caller later added to others in the vicinity “I think the guy’s dead….I think the glass fell on him.”

RELATED: Fuyao worker dies in accident: What we know now

The 57-year-old Patterson died after being crushed between a forklift and more than a ton of glass, Moraine police records show.

The accident that killed Patterson was captured on video by the company that supplies about 2,000 jobs in the city, the Moraine Police Division incident report states.

RELATED: Fuyao production ramps up, customer orders grow

Patterson was found “wedged in between” the industrial machine and a pallet of glass, which had a tag indicating it weighed 2,097 pounds, the report states.

Patterson died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck in what was ruled an accident, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the issue.

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Who is Mark Anthony Conditt, the suspected Austin bomber?

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 9:57 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 12:07 PM

Austin Package Explosions: Suspect Dead

The suspected Austin serial bomber who apparently killed himself early Wednesday as authorities closed in on him was Pflugerville resident Mark A. Conditt, local and federal law enforcement sources told the American-Statesman and KVUE.


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TIMELAPSE: Snowy morning commute; how much snow did you get?

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:49 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 9:32 AM

Hyper-lapse: Morning drive from Miami to Montgomery county

The morning commute was snow filled across the region.There were dozens of slide offs but no life threatening injury accidents.

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Check out the timelapse of our Breaking News Team Storm Tracker vehicle’s trek to work this morning from Englewood to Dayton.

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Overall snow totals are expected to be between 3 and 5 inches, with some areas seeing closer to 6 inches. Butler and Warren counties are under a Winter Storm Warning, while the rest of the area is under a Winter Weather Advisory.

>> Winter Weather Advisory in effect; 3-5 inches of snow expected as gusts cause blowing, drifting

Here are current snow totals received by this news organization from NWS trained spotters:


Oxford:  4 inches

Fairfield: 1.9 inches


St. Paris: 5 inches


Springfield: 1.2 inches


Arcanum: 3.5 inches

Greenville: 5 inches

Bradford: 3.4 inches


Bellbrook: 2.5 inches

Fairborn: 2.5 inches


Bellefontaine: 3.3 inches


Celina: 3 inches


Troy: 5.5 inches

Piqua: 1.5 inches


Dayton Airport: 1.7 inches

Centerville: 2.5 inches

Kettering: 2.2 inches

Miamisburg: 2.5 inches


West Alexandria: 4.5 inches


Sidney: 7 inches

Botkins: 3.3 inches


Lebanon: 2 inches

Maineville: 2.9 inches


Richmond: 2 inches


>> How the winter storm will continue to impact travel plans

>> Crashes reported as snow, wind cause slick roads, poor visibility 

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