JUST IN: Zoup! sets opening date for its 2nd Dayton-area restaurant

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:07 AM

Opening date set for new Zoup! Restaurant in Cornerstone of Centerville

We now have confirmation of an opening date for the Dayton area’s second “Zoup!” restaurant: Monday, Jan. 22.

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Zoup — which already operates a location next to Whole Foods on Ohio 725 in Washington Twp. — will open its new restaurant at 5235 Cornerstone North Boulevard in the Shoppes at Cornerstone III, the four-tenant retail building along Wilmington Pike on the western edge of the Cornerstone of Centerville development. The building also houses three other restaurants: MOD Pizza, First Watch and Firehouse Subs.

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Zoup! will open its second Dayton-area location on Monday, Jan. 22. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Staff Writer)

The new 2,000-square-foot Zoup will seat 59 and will employ about 20. Those interested in applying can visit zoup.com/careers for more information.

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Zoup offers about a dozen rotating daily varieties of soup, including low-fat, vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free options, and also serves made-to-order salads and sandwiches. The first Zoup restaurant opened in Southfield, Mich., in suburban Detroit in 1998. The chain operates more than 100 restaurants in 19 U.S. states and in Canada.

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Brian Wood, franchise owner of the Cornerstone of Centerville restaurant, and his business partner Kevin Forrer collectively have 30 years of food industry experience.

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“Kevin and I are very involved in the Centerville community, and we’re looking forward to serving our family, friends and neighbors the award-winning soup, salads and sandwiches that Zoup! is known for,” Wood said in a release.

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WATCH: Pickpockets get sneaky to snag a woman’s wallet in Fairfield, and police are looking for them

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 12:10 PM

Fairfield Police looking for Pick Pockets

Fairfield police are asking for help in identifying two men who stole an unsuspecting woman’s wallet out of her purse at a local restaurant. Officials also believe they may be suspects in similar area incidents.

The woman slung her purse over the back of a chair and draped her coat over top while she ate a meal with a friend on Jan. 19. In the video you see the two suspects move a table and chairs to get close to the woman. Then the first suspect acts as a lookout while the second suspect removes his jacket and covers his right arm with it, then reaches into the woman’s purse to steal the wallet. The man then reaches back into the purse a second time to see if there is anything else to steal, according to police.

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The video shows the men move the table and chairs back before leaving. The woman’s credit cards were later used for to purchase thousands in gift cards at Target at Bridgewater Falls in Fairfield Twp., said Sgt. Pete Lagemann.

“We thought it was nice of them to move the table back,” Lagemann said with a sarcastic laugh.

The men are suspects in similar pickpocket incident in Springfield Twp. and Sharonville, according to the sergeant.

Fairfield police are also working with other agencies along Interstate 75 where similar pickpocket incidents have been reported. There was an arrest recently in Tennessee involving a similar incident.

Lagemann said anyone carrying a purse or bag with valuables should remember to keep them in eyesight while seated at restaurants or other public places. He noted the victim in the video did place her coat over the purse to conceal it some, but it hung down below, making it a target for thieves.

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People are also urged to be aware of any suspicious activity.

“They (the men) moved the furniture twice for not apparent reason,” Lagemann said.

If you can help identify these thieves, please call Lagemann at 513-896-8246. You do not have to leave your name.

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4 things to know about Billy Graham

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 11:43 AM

Billy Graham - Through The Years

Evangelical leader Billy Graham, who counseled presidents and preached to millions of people worldwide, died Wednesday at 99. 

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How Graham got his start

Graham, the son of a North Carolina farmer, started preaching throughout the south and midwest.

He was “born again” after hearing a preacher’s service in 1934 in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to CNN

He attended Florida Bible Institute and it was there while taking a midnight stroll in 1937 on the 18th green when he received his calling from God, Graham wrote in his biography. He was baptized Dec. 4, 1938, in Silver Lake, Florida, and ordained the following year, according to CNN.

After graduating, Graham moved to Illinois to continue his education at Wheaton College, where he met his wife, according to The New York Times.

Advisor to presidents and welcomed by world leaders

Graham advised 10 presidents starting with Harry Truman. Barack Obama was the last president Graham met with, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Graham was most closely linked to President Richard Nixon whom he endorsed in 1968. Years later, recordings of the two were released in which they made anti-Semitic remarks. Graham apologized, saying he did not recall making the statements.

Not only did Graham counsel American presidents, world leaders of religiously restrictive countries welcomed him. 

He was invited to preach in China as well as in Pyongyang by North Korean dictator Kim Il-sung, according to the New York Times. He also visited communist countries in Eastern Europe to promote peace.

Graham’s global reach 

Graham was not the first evangelical but he was able to use communication and technology to gain an unprecedented reach. 

Through the use of radio, books, magazines, television and the internet Graham’s “crusades” reached more than 200 million people on almost every continent. 

Graham wrote 30 books and his sermons were translated into 48 languages and sent to 185 countries by satellite, according to the New York Times

He held a crusade in Madison Square Garden in 1957. It was so popular, it was extended from six to 16 weeks and ended with a rally with 100,000 people in Times Square. It was Graham’s longest revival meeting ever.

His final crusade was in 2005 in New York City. However, the Billy Graham Evangelical Association continues to organize them. 

Evangelical “tree”

Graham formed the Billy Graham Evangelical Association in 1950. The group continues to organize crusades, radio and television programs and publishes the Decision magazine. The association trains thousands of evangelicals and missionaries and sends a rapid response team to help in disaster areas. 

His son, Franklin Graham, who developed his own following, was tapped to lead the association in 1995, according to the New York Times

Daughter Anne Graham Lotz and grandsons Will Graham and William Graham Tullian Tchividjian are part of the ministry. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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3-time killer suspected of stabbing Ohio prison guard dozens of times

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 11:23 AM

Casey Pigge is unlikely to serve more time for Springfield man's murder.

Three-time killer Casey Pigge is suspected in a brutal attack on a corrections officer at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, a well-placed source said on condition of not being identified.

Pigge, 30, was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend’s mother, his cellmate in Lebanon Correctional and another inmate on a prison bus.

Sally Meckling, spokeswoman for the union that represents prison workers, said the guard was airlifted to a hospital in Huntington, West Virginia with several dozen stab wounds.

“It was bad. He is still in the hospital. There were multiple, multiple stab wounds,” she said. Meckling confirmed that the guard is Matthew Mathias.

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10TV in Columbus reported Mathias and inmate were both transported to a local hospital.

The Ohio Highway Patrol, which is investigating the incident, could not be reached for comment. Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction officials could not be reached for comment.

Inmate Casey Pigge appears in Pickaway County Common Pleas Court with his defense attorney Steve Larson on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. Pigge pleaded guilty to murdering a fellow inmate on a prison bus on Feb. 1, 2017.

When Pigge appeared in Pickaway County Common Pleas Court in September, he was guarded by three armed SWAT officers from DRC. He was sentenced to 25 years to life for the strangling and beating death of inmate David Johnson, 61, on a prison bus on Feb. 1.

Pigge was on the bus after appearing in Warren County Common Pleas Court where he pleaded guilty to the February 2016 beating death of his cellmate, Luther Wade, of Springfield. He told authorities that he tricked Wade into wearing a blindfold as part of a card game and then used a wall cinder block to beat Wade to death.

After Wade’s murder, prison officials found a hole in the wall between two high-security cells so large that Pigge regularly shimmied through it so he could visit and play cards with the prisoners next door.

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Wade’s family is now suing the state of Ohio in the Ohio Court of Claims.

In November 2009, Pigge pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated arson and other charges and received a sentence of 30 years to life in prison. In that case, he killed his ex-girlfriend’s mother, Rhonda Sommers, and set her home on fire on Sept. 5, 2008.

Luther Wade, of Springfield, was murdered by his cellmate, Casey Pigge, at Lebanon Correctional Facility in February 2016.(Columbus bureau)

A clinical psychologist determined in that case that Pigge is mentally impaired, making him ineligible for capital punishment, court records show.

According to the Wade family lawsuit, Luther Wade was the youngest of three brothers who had a difficult upbringing. He was described as a “sweet, quiet man”

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Parkland students at Capitol calling for tighter gun control laws

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 12:14 PM

VIDEO: Florida Students March on Tallahassee

About 100 students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School poured into the state Capitol this morning to call for tighter gun control laws in the wake of last week’s massacre on their school campus.

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The students arrived at a Tallahassee high school to extended applause late Tuesday after a 400-mile trip on three buses, The Associated Press reported.

The students told about 500 students and parents waiting for them that they are fighting to protect all students.
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