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Local Asian restaurant to shut down after nearly 30 years

Published: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 @ 12:40 PM

Local Asian restaurant shuts down after 30 years

The Dayton area is losing one of its oldest continuously operating family-owned Asian restaurants later this month — although there’s a strong chance it will resurface in 2018 in a new location.

The Flying Tiger Chinese Restaurant at 60 S. Broad St. in Fairborn is preparing to shut down on July 23, Richard and Jennifer Liu, the son and daughter of the restaurant’s founders, told this news outlet in separate interviews this morning. Both siblings said there is a strong possibility they will look to open a new Flying Tiger restaurant after taking a break of at least six months.

The restaurant opened in the late 1980s.

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A firm representing a franchisee for Burger King has submitted plans to open a new Burger King restaurant on the Broad Street property. Plans that include a drive-through were approved unanimously last night, July 11, by the Fairborn planning board, according to Michael Gebhart, Fairborn’s assistant city manager. The proposed plans are on Fairborn City Council’s agenda next week, Gebhart said.

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rumor has circulated in Fairborn and on social media that the city had played a part in forcing Flying Tiger out. Both Richard and Jennifer Liu said that is simply not true.

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“This was a mutual agreement between us and Burger King, which was interested in our lot,” Jennifer Liu said this morning in a phone interview. “Our family wanted to scale down — this is a huge, 5,000-square-foot restaurant. My mom is in her late 70s and needs to retire.”

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Gebhart also said the city played no role in the purchase of the restaurant, and noted that Jennifer Liu spoke publicly in favor of the Burger King application. Fairborn City Manager Rob Anderson spoke in a Facebook Live from the restaurant earlier this week describing the family’s desire to scale back.

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The family will take a break and explore Asian cuisines here and elsewhere in anticipation of re-inventing and updating a new Flying Tiger sometime next year, Jennifer Liu said. Her brother Richard said he is looking forward to spending time with his family, including his 9-year-old son, before turning his attention to the possibility of launching a new Flying Tiger.

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The family will look first for locations in Fairborn, Richard and Jennifer Liu said, because of the loyal customer base the restaurant has developed.

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Man arrested in burglary of Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's home

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 12:24 AM

Anthony Almeida.
Anthony Almeida.(

One man was arrested and two suspects are being sought in the burglary of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski's house.

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While the Patriots were playing in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis on Feb. 4, police were called to Gronkowski's house in Foxborough, Massachusetts, for a burglary. 

According to a heavily redacted police report, the break-in at Gronkowski's home happened just five minutes after he scored his first of two touchdowns.

The report shows the burglary happened at 8:50 p.m., during the third quarter of the Patriots' game against the Eagles.

On Friday morning, police executed a search warrant at the home of Anthony Almeida in Randolph. As a result of the search, police arrested Almeida, 31, on charges of breaking and entering, two counts of receiving stolen property, and malicious destruction of property.

He was arraigned Friday afternoon. 

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Almeida pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on $5,000 bail. He was ordered to stay away from the victims and is due back in court on April 20.

Police said 26-year-old Shayne Denn of Tewksbury and 28-year-old Eric Tyrrell of Foxborough are still at large.

Police said an Apple watch, a Rolex watch and two rare coins from the 1800s have been recovered. A firearm has not yet been recovered.

According to the police report, the burglars were not able to get into Gronkowski's bedroom; it was found locked and secured.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.

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French officer who traded places with a hostage in supermarket attack dies

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 4:30 AM

Lt.-Col. Arnaud Beltrame
French Interior Ministry
Lt.-Col. Arnaud Beltrame(French Interior Ministry)

A police officer who offered to trade places with a hostage during a standoff at a supermarket in southern France died Saturday morning, CNN reported.

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Lt.-Col. Arnaud Beltrame, 45, was shot by 26-year-old Redouane Lakdim as he entered the Super U market in Trèbes on Friday.

Beltrame "fell as a hero" and showed "exceptional courage", French President Emmanuel Macron said.

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Ladkim killed two people and wounded 16 others, two seriously, when he entered the supermarket, the BBC reported. Before that, Ladkim killed another person while stealing a car

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb announced Beltrame’s death Saturday, which raises the number of people killed to four.

"France will never forget his heroism, his bravery, his sacrifice," Collomb tweeted.

When Beltrame went inside the supermarket, he left his phone on so police could hear his interactions with the gunman, Collomb told CNN.

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As soon as they heard gunfire, police went in and killed the gunman.

Lakdim allegedly demanded the release of Salah Abdeslam, the most important surviving suspect in the November 2015 attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people, the BBC reported.

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Florida woman attacks husband for forgetting anniversary, deputies say

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 1:03 AM

Carol Stone
Pasco County Sheriff's Office
Carol Stone(Pasco County Sheriff's Office)

A Florida woman was not very happy when her husband forgot their wedding anniversary, and her anger landed her in jail, deputies said.

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Carol Stone, 35, of Zephyrhills, was arrested by Pasco County deputies Wednesday on charges of domestic battery, a misdemeanor, WTVT reported. According to her husband, Stone became angry when he admitted he had forgotten their anniversary date. An argument ensued, during which Stone “smacked the victim multiple times” in the head and face, leaving red marks and scratches.

Stone’s husband recorded the incident with his cellphone and gave it to deputies, WTVT reported. During the argument, deputies said, Stone’s husband pushed her on the ground and then she "flipped," The Tampa Bay Times reported. Stone admitted she hit her husband because he forgot the anniversary, deputies said.

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3 dead in France supermarket hostage situation, one other killed in carjacking, police say

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 8:13 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 4:31 AM

French Supermarket Hostage Situation: At Least 1 Dead

Three people have been killed, including a police officer who traded places with a hostage, after a supermarket hostage-taking in the southern France town of Trebes, according to local media reports.

Another person was killed when the alleged gunman stole a car before the hostage situation.

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