Beloved restaurant forced to close after damage from tornado

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 10:35 AM

Mel-O-Dee Resturant suffered some damage from the tornado that struck in Park Layne on Wednesday night.

UPDATE:

Mel-O-Dee restaurant has posted a message to concern customers to its Facebook page. 

EARLIER: 

The Mel-O-Dee restaurant could be closed for up to three weeks due to broken air conditioning units and a structural truss damaged.

A nearby Family Dollar that was damaged will also remain closed.

>>WATCH: 3 areas showing the aftermath of last night's destructive storms

Larry Shaffer, Clark County Combined Health District, said eight of 10 restaurants are back in business after the storms caused closures. 

There are also six families being assisted in this area of Park Layne.

FIRST REPORT: 

One of the region’s most beloved restaurants has been forced to close in the aftermath of a confirmed tornado Wednesday evening.

>> MORE: Classic Dayton restaurants you have to try and love, including the Mel-O-Dee

>> MORE: Why customers can’t get enough of Mel-O-Dee Restaurant

>> PHOTOS: See the damage to the Mel-O-Dee Restaurant

The Mel-O-Dee Restaurant at 2350 S. Dayton-Lakeview Road in Park Layne near New Carlisle announced on its Facebook page this morning that it would be closed “until further notice” because of the damage.

>> WATCH: 6 videos that show the intense storm damage

>> PHOTOS: Aftermath of storm damage

The beloved Clark County restaurant has been open since 1965 and is known for its broaster chicken and other dishes made from scratch. 

No one at the restaurant was injured.

>> MORE: National Weather Service confirms tornado in Park Layne

The Mel-O-Dee restaurant in New Carlisle has closed "until further notice" after storm damage on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. GABRIELLE ENRIGHT/WHIO
The Mel-O-Dee restaurant in New Carlisle has closed "until further notice" after storm damage on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. GABRIELLE ENRIGHT/WHIO
The Mel-O-Dee restaurant in New Carlisle has closed "until further notice" after storm damage on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. GABRIELLE ENRIGHT/WHIO(Gabrielle Enright)
Mel-O-Dee Restaurant is closed "until further notice" after damage from a storm on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. GABRIELLE ENRIGHT/WHIO(Gabrielle Enright)

Storm Center 7: Thanksgiving travel weather outlook

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 10:34 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about travel in and outside of the Miami Valley.

If your family is staying in or leaving the Miami Valley here's what you can expect on the roads. 


Tuesday night a cold front will sweep through from the northwest to the southeast. There isn't much moisture with it but some showers will be possible in northern Ohio/Indiana by late afternoon. The showers will move south and east through the evening commute. Eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania might get some rain and snow showers at night so watch for any isolated slick spots. 

 

Wednesday looks quiet across Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Pennsylvania. 

 

Thanksgiving day will be chilly in the morning. Temperatures across the Miami Valley will be in the middle 20s with some frost. Traveling around the Miami Valley during the day and evening we will see dry roads. Quiet conditions win out across most of the eastern United States. If you want warmer weather though and head to Florida they will see some scattered showers. 

3 connections Charles Manson has to southwest Ohio

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 7:40 AM

ARCHIVE: Charles Manson in 1969, 1970s

Mass murderer Charles Manson died Sunday night, according to reports.

Here are three connections Manson has to Ohio:

1. Born in Cincinnati. Charles Manson was born “no name Maddox” to 16-year-old Kathleen Maddox in 1934, according to hospital records unearthed for a 1987 Al Schottelkotte News special. He was born at Cincinnati General Hospital, which is where University of Cincinnati Hospital is today, news partner WCPO reported. He was eventually given the surname “Manson” when his mother married William Manson.

» READ MORE: Charles Manson, mass murderer, has died

2. Transient childhood. Manson’s childhood was transient, moving to West Virginia with relatives before he turned 6 years old. Then, he lived with his mother in various hotel rooms. “The next couple of years saw us in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, and probably a couple more states, and who knows how many cities,” Manson said in an autobiography. Manson had several run-ins with law enforcement through his childhood and young adulthood. At 9 years old, he was caught stealing and sent to reform school. He was later placed in the Gibault School for Boys in Indiana, but ran away. He spent time in several juvenile detention centers and childcare centers and was placed in the Chillicothe Correctional Facility in Chillicothe, Ohio in 1952.

3. Dayton locations for Manson film. Several films and documentaries have been created about Manson’s cult killings. Jim Van Bebber, an American film director who attended Wright State University, created “The Manson Family” — a cross between a fictional story and a documentary. Scenes for the film, which was released in the early 2000s, were filmed in Dayton.

Weekend plans? Know how the weather will impact you

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 11:02 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini has the latest on this weekend's storm system.

A complex storm system will move in to the Dayton area late Friday night, bringing with it a weather mix that will impact most of the Miami Valley this weekend, according to StormCenter 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

 >>Get WHIO’s free Weather App: Hour-by-hour forecast anytime, anywhere 

Here are a few things to keep in mind to stay prepared:

  • Heavy rain late Friday night, Saturday afternoon--ponding on the roads and reduced visibility will make driving challenging, and raise your risk of hydroplaning.
  • Winds will be gusting Saturday afternoon and evening. Isolated power outages are possible. Holiday decorations and lawn furniture could be blown around or damaged. 
  • Cold air will move in quickly, a 20-degree drop is expected by Sunday morning. Below freezing temperatures, light snow flurries are possible. Accumulation should not be an issue, but icy spots on roads Sunday morning are possible.

 >>Live Interactive Radar

 

Dayton grocery fire: Kroger, others offer help to neighborhood

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 11:12 AM

Kroger helping those affected by Food For Less fire

In response to the recent fire that destroyed the Food For Less on East Third Street in Dayton, another grocer is sponsoring five food distributions for families impacted through The Foodbank’s Mobile Food Pantry.

The first distribution will be Tuesday at The FoodBank, followed by four weekly distributions through Dec. 21 at Laborers’ Local 1410.

“Kroger is pleased to help ease the worries of residents who lost their grocery store in a fire last week with a few options to get much needed food and grocery items,” said Tim Brown, Kroger, Cincinnati/Dayton Division president. “The mobile pantry will be a lifeline to residents who depended on their community store.”

MORE: Dayton grocery fire: Neighbors scramble to find food, way to pay bills

Distributions are open to those impacted by the fire. Clients must meet household eligibility requirements and provide a photo ID and proof of residence.

Michelle L. Riley, CEO of The Foodbank, said partners like Kroger and Laborers’ Local 1410 will help ensure East Dayton residents have access to fresh food while they struggle with the loss of the store.

“Dayton is a town full of generous people who care about community,” she said. “Together, we will make life a little easier for our neighbors impacted by this tremendous loss.”

Because the building was a total loss, it could be some time before the cause of the fire is determined, said Dayton Fire Department spokesman Bryan Adams.

“A lot of damage makes it harder to investigate,” he said.

On Nov. 18, Grace Cares, a ministry of Grace Baptist Church in Kettering, in partnership with Kroger, will begin offering free shuttle transportation from the closed Food For Less store to Kroger at 1024 S. Smithville Road. The service will run on Mondays from 4-5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 12-3 p.m.

Lutfi Hussein, the owner of Food For Less, said the fire was “devastating.”

Hussein, who also owns the People’s Market on North Main Street, said he is determined to rebuild Food For Less, but future plans will be guided by the amount of any insurance settlement.

“It was never in our mind to put the clients or our customers in any hardship,” he said. “We are as much victims as they are and I hope one day we’ll put it back together — and soon — and be able to have them back again. I understand what they are going through and sympathize.”

Food distributions for families impacted by Food For Less fire

- Nov. 21

10-11 a.m.

The Foodbank

56 Armor Place, Dayton

Note: This is distribution is only open to 45403 zip code and the surrounding communities

- Nov. 29th; Dec. 4, 12, 21

11 a.m.-noon

Laborers’ Local 1410

2228 E. Third Street, Dayton

Note: These are open to anyone in need of food assistance