Taco chain to add 13 new restaurants in SW, central Ohio

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 4:12 PM

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More taco restaurants are on the way in Dayton and southwest Ohio.

R Taco — the Dallas, Texas-based street-taco restaurant chain that opened its first franchise location in Ohio in March on Brown Street near the University of Dayton — announced that it has signed a multi-unit agreement with Dayton-based franchise owner ThreeWitt Enterprises Inc. to greatly expand R Taco’s footprint across central and southwest Ohio.

RELATED: R Taco is now hiring for its new restaurant near UD

“We signed a 13 location agreement that basically gives us the southern half of Ohio and Northern Kentucky,” ThreeWitt co-owner John Slaughenhaupt told this news outlet. “This area includes Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati.”

The R Taco on Brown Street near the University of Dayton. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Staff Writer)

“We expect to open at least one more R Taco restaurant in the Greater Dayton Area, but right now, we are assessing the whole territory and working on our development game plan,” Slaughenhaupt said.

RELATED: R Taco restaurant opening today on Brown Street near UD (March 2017)

“After opening in March, it did not take us long to realize that R Taco was special and that our customers’ love of the concept was undeniable,” said Slaughenhaupt said in an R Taco release. “We feel the R Taco future is extremely bright and our team is excited to be a part of such a young and exciting brand.”

Slaughenhaupt’s partners in ThreeWitt are David Fisher and Eric Lundgren. The group previously owned 15 Buffalo Wild Wings franchise locations in Ohio and South Carolina.

RELATED: Milano’s owner eyeing former Qdoba space on Brown Street

“We are thrilled ThreeWitt has decided to expand beyond their location in Dayton to our franchise family as we continue to bring R Taco to additional markets,” Tom Berzinski, vice president and managing director of R Taco, said in a release. “Like us, they recognize consumers’ love for the unique experience, quality and freshness R Taco offers.”

R Taco will open its first Dayton-area location in the coming weeks on Brown Street. Photo from R Taco Facebook page(Staff Writer)

RELATED: Qdoba to shut down Brown Street restaurant after 2 years

Launched in Dallas in 2010 as Rusty Taco and named for co-founder Rusty Fenton, the company shortened its name in 2015 to R Taco. There are currently 24 locations — 10 company-owned and 14 franchise-owned — in seven markets: Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Omaha, Des Moines, Iowa and Dayton.

RELATED: 4 things to know about the new restaurant coming to The Greene

Another Texas-based taco restaurant chain, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, has signed an agreement to open its first Dayton-area location at The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek.

Police searching for 2 ‘people of interest’ in mother of nine’s death

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 10:14 AM
Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 10:16 AM

Middletown police are searching for two “people of interest” in the death of a Middletown mother of nine.

RELATED: Police: Drug dealers let Middletown mother die in front of her 9 kids

Middletown Police Lt. Scott Reeve said officers are looking for two “people of interest” in the death of a 31-year-old mother who was found by her children lying on the kitchen floor late Wednesday night.

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Reeve declined to name the “people of interest.”

Police are looking for two white males, possibly a father/son team. One man has gray hair and gray facial hair and was wearing a red and black coat. The other man was thin build and was wearing a brown jacket, the children told police.

The Butler County Coroner’s Office will determine the cause of death of the Middletown woman.

According to Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw, “known drug dealers” were in the house in the 1400 block of Yankee Road on Wednesday and they left the woman to die.

US Marine helicopter window falls from sky, injures child

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 7:47 AM

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Helicopter.(Keyur Khamar/US PGA TOUR)

A 20-pound window of a US Marine Corps helicopter fell off in mid-flight onto a school playing field Tuesday, slightly injuring a child on the Japanese island of Okinawa, CNN reported. 

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US Forces Japan said in a statement that the window of a CH-53 transport helicopter fell onto a sports field at an elementary school outside Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

"We take this report extremely seriously and are investigating the cause of this incident in close coordination with local authorities," the statement said. "This is a regrettable incident and we apologize for any anxiety it has caused the community."

The child was not seriously injured, CNN reported.

Juror’s emergency halts Miami County child rape case verdict

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 1:05 PM
Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 10:16 AM


            Charles Hiser, right, seated at the defense table in Miami County Common Pleas Court earlier this year. STEVE BAKER/STAFF
Charles Hiser, right, seated at the defense table in Miami County Common Pleas Court earlier this year. STEVE BAKER/STAFF

A Miami County jury’s deliberations in the child rape trial of Charles Hiser of Troy were interrupted today by a family emergency of a juror.

The juror left the deliberations, and Judge Christopher Gee told the 11 remaining jurors attempts were being made to contact an alternate juror to join the deliberations. The jury had deliberated 4.5 hours Thursday and around 90 minutes today.

Gee told jurors in Common Pleas Court they could not deliberate further until an alternate joined them.

EARLIER: Mistrial declared in case against man accused of child rape

“I know it is going to be frustrating for all of you to retire to the jury room and not be able to do the work you are here for,” Gee said.

Three alternate jurors had been seated in the event a problem arose with one or more of the 12 jurors who weree to decide the case. The alternate jurors were dismissed before deliberations began.

Hiser, 37, faces eight felony rape charges for alleged sexual contact and sexual conduct with a person under age 10 and then under age 13 between February 2012 and late 2016 in Piqua and Troy. He is being held on $550,000 bail.

A trial in October ended in a mistrial after some jurors said they had seen or heard about media accounts of the case.

Jurors, in a written question sent to Gee after around 3.5 hours of deliberations Thursday, asked what would happen if they were unable to agree. They were told there was no specific time line for deliberations and the focus should be on trying to reach a verdict, if possible.

One defense witness, Hiser’s wife, testified earlier Thursday before closing arguments and deliberations. Stacy Hiser testified she did not observe anything inappropriate or suspicious about her husband.

EARLIER: Victim says sex abuse happened more times than she could count

In closing statements, Janna Parker, assistant county prosecutor, said the girl may have said she assumed why the sexual acts began and could not provide specific dates and times for alleged c acts, but that is not unusual for sexual assault victims.

“There were no assumptions as to what happened between her and the defendant. She was very clear it happened too many times to count,” Parker said.

Public defender Steve Layman said there was not an objective fact finding process followed in the investigation by police, who he argued displayed a lack of effort.

“Charles was assumed guilty from moment of disclosure. Why didn’t they dig deeper?” Layman said.

He questioned why corroborating evidence was not sought about allegations that he said could have been fabricated.

Parker said the girl’s account, if believed by the jury, told the story. “She is worth listening to,” she said.

Watch: He’s going to Harvard, and Louisiana student’s reaction is priceless

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 1:33 AM

VIDEO: Student’s Priceless Reaction to Harvard Acceptance Letter

It has been quite a week for two Louisiana brothers. Both were accepted into big-name colleges, and separate videos of their reactions have gone viral.

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On Tuesday, 16-year-old Ayrton Little and his classmates at T.M. Landry College Preparatory waited as he opened his email to see if he had been accepted into Harvard University’s 2019-2020 class, WAFB reported. The junior’s reaction is priceless when he gets the good news.

His classmates shout “three-peat,” as it is the third consecutive year that a T.M. Landry student has been accepted to Harvard, WAFB reported. 

Ayrton said he plans to major in applied math and computer science.

HARVARD THREE-PEAT!!!! TM Landry gets an acceptance from Harvard three years in a row! HARVARD SAYS YES TO GRADUATING JUNIOR ARYTON LITTLE!!!! Here’s his acceptance video!

Posted by TM Landry College Prep. on Tuesday, December 12, 2017

His celebration came on the heels of a joyous day for his older brother, Alexander Little. On Friday, Alexander got the news that he had been accepted into Stanford University.

Alexander said he plans to major in physics with a minor in computer science.

STANFORD UNIVERSITY SAYS YES TO TM LANDRY SENIOR ALEXANDER LITTLE! Here’s his acceptance video!

Posted by TM Landry College Prep. on Friday, December 8, 2017