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Published: Thursday, June 16, 2016 @ 8:06 PM
Updated: Friday, June 17, 2016 @ 11:29 AM
SPRINGFIELD — UPDATE @ 8:40 p.m.
Texas Roadhouse will try to reopen by Friday afternoon.
Manager Travis Shearing said the grease fire was contained to one hood over an oven, and that it looked a lot worse than it was.
Crews were called around 6 p.m. to the kitchen fire at the restaurant, 1750 N. Bechtle Ave.
The restaurant was evacuated and no one was hurt. Customers went home, but employees tonight were still inside working so the restaurant can be back open for business Friday.
Springfield Fire Capt. Jeremy Linn said five off-duty firefighters had to be called in to respond to the fire at Texas Roadhouse because of the fires in the afternoon on Gallagher Street, where a vacant house caught fire and flames spread to two other dwellings.
UPDATE @ 8:15 p.m.
The fire was contained to the kitchen tonight at Texas Roadhouse in Springfield, fire officials said.
A fire broke out at dinnertime at Texas Roadhouse.
The fire started around 6 p.m. at the restaurant, 1750 N. Bechtle Ave.
A Home Depot worker said he was on break when he saw a large amount of black smoke pouring out of Texas Roadhouse.
“It was real thick,” Christopher Craft said of the smoke that billowed from the roof for about 20 to 30 seconds. “Right after that it kind of dissipated and was white smoke.”
Craft said he only noticed a small bit of damage to the roof from the fire. He said there were two fire engines and an ambulance that responded, and that he saw the restaurant employees off the the side of the building while firefighters were on scene. He said any diners inside had to leave, and the parking lot was cleared out.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 10:08 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 6:55 PM
— Those ready for spring weather likely won’t like this forecast.
A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for Darke, Preble, Montgomery, Wayne, Randolph, Butler, Warren and Clinton counties from 2 a.m. Saturday through 2 a.m. Sunday. Conditions are expected to be favorable for impactful snow, sleet or ice that can make travel difficult.
A quick-moving low pressure system will spread moisture back into the Miami Valley Saturday and Saturday night, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. A band of snow will be possible that, at times, might mix with rain. The system currently is favoring the southern and western half of the Miami Valley where the watch was issued. This means areas such as Logan, Shelby, Auglaize and Mercer counties could see a sharp cut-off from moisture and possibly very little, if any, snow.
The track and intensity of this system is still in question, and fine-tuning will come together during the end of the work week. Counties under the Winter Storm Watch have the best chance to see sticking snow that will could be more than two inches.
A few factors that could limit impact in the Miami Valley: Warm road temperatures allowing for snow melt, snow falling during the day allowing for a mix with rain, the track shifting and pulling the accumulating snow further south.
A few factors that could increase impact in the Miami Valley: Staying colder than expected, a shift further north could spread more snow across the entire area and the intensity of the system.
Stay with Storm Center 7 for the latest updates to this spring snow storm.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 7:21 PM
— A clipper-type system will push through southwest Ohio this weekend, but it’s too early to tell the storm’s track.
“Here’s the bottom line: It’s an intense system and someone is going to see a lot of snow, we just don’t know where it’s going yet,” Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. “Right now, it looks like either Dayton or Cincinnati will get nailed.”
Areas between Dayton and Cincinnati will see a lot of snow, Elwell said.
“But any small deviation in the track will play a huge role in who sees what,” he said.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 8:13 PM
DAYTON — A Dayton Municipal Court magistrate was appointed Thursday night to fill the Montgomery County Recorder’s Office left vacant with the passing in February of Willis Blackshear Sr.
Brandon McClain will be sworn in on March 28. He is a graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law and has worked in private practice and as an attorney with the Montgomery County Public Defender’s Office. He is a veteran, who achieved the rank of sergeant in the Army National Guard and he mentors local youth and serves on several boards, according to a release from the Montgomery County Democratic Party.
“Whether a soldier, attorney or member of the judiciary, I have embraced my calling as a public servant and remained actively involved in the development of our community and its citizens,” McClain said. “I am humbled to serve Montgomery County and be an extension to the legacy of Willis Blackshear Sr.”
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 4:32 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 7:44 PM
HAMILTON — The Hamilton City Schools board met for 2½ hours in private session Thursday night to review an independent investigator’s report concerning Superintendent Tony Orr, who is on paid leave.
The board held a quick, special meeting this afternoon and then voted to go into private, executive session to hear a presentation on the report concerning allegations Orr violated board policy.
Steve Isgro, board president, declined comment about the report as did other members.
Orr was ordered on paid leave Feb. 5 by the board, whose members hired an independent investigator to look into the allegations.
Hamilton Board of Education members did say they soon will announce a previously unscheduled board meeting for 5 p.m. Monday, and that they intend to also go into executive session at that time to discuss personnel matters, which is allowed under Ohio law. However, any votes by the board must take place in a public meeting.
“We don’t know until we read the report. We are probably going to have to study the report and make a decision from then, whether it be tonight or tomorrow or when,” said Isgro earlier Thursday.
The board’s next regularly scheduled meeting is March 27, though members can schedule an earlier meeting granted they provide the public at least 24-hour notice.
Board members declined further comment.
Besides an initial statement on Feb. 5 – in which Orr said he was unaware of the nature of the allegations but that “I am confident that I will be exonerated at the conclusion of this investigation” – the superintendent has not commented.
Isgro said in his Feb. 5 statement the allegations do not involve students.
This news outlet has checked numerous times with Hamilton police, who said there was not a criminal investigation of Orr.
Hamilton Schools’ Business Manager Larry Knapp has served as interim superintendent for the 10,000-student school system since Orr’s ordered departure.
In 2017, Orr had his contracted extended until 2020 by the board. His annual salary is $156,818.
He was hired in 2015.