Meet the new Daytonian who is really spicing things up at local cafes

Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

One of Dayton’s newest residents is shaking up the Chai latte scene in coffee shops around the area, and she’s just getting started. 

Kendra Kallhoff moved to Dayton with her husband, Anthony, for his work in the Air Force after graduating from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania in May 2017. 

Shortly after moving to the Gem City, Kallhoff quickly found herself helping a friend develop a chai recipe for Xenia’s newest coffee stop, the Coffee Hub. Turns out, she had quite the knack for dreaming up different combinations of spices, brown sugar and honey to make one memorable mug. 

(Kendra Kallhoff)

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“I was often disappointed with the chais I would get from cafes,” Kallhoff said. “It was often just like a sweet cinnamon milk. It’s not something that has a lot of depth or complexity; it’s just sort of one note and it’s yummy. It does the job but there’s not a lot of creativity out there.” 

An opportunity to work at Ghostlight Coffee gave Kallhoff the push to take her chai qualms into her own hands. In late 2017, the Ghostlight barista started her very own business, Nectarie Chai, and production was underway in a fully functioning licensed kitchen. 

Only a month and a half later, her concentrate products are now featured in three decadent menu options at Ghostlight — the Fireside Chai, the Golden Chai and the Black Market Chai. And although her business is still very young, Kallhoff is determined to see Nectarie spicing things up in coffee shops all around. 

(Kendra Kallhoff)

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“I think it would be cool to work with a store and let them tell me, ‘Hey our customers love our vanilla!’ So OK, let’s do like a vanilla cardamom,” Kallhoff said. “Let’s put something together that works for your demographic but is also unique and doesn’t just settle.” 

As for a long-term business plan, Kallhoff said Nectarie Chai needs to be able to move around and “survive the Air Force,” as her husband could be moving around for the military. For now, however, she’s pulling inspiration from her new roots in Dayton. 

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“Dayton’s been awesome. I grew up kind of in the Philly area, never really had it super great. My mom was a single mom and after putting myself through school, I’ve always just been kind of chugging along and trying to carve out my piece of everything, and I feel like Dayton is very much the same way … Around here there are so many hard-working people, so many creative people who are really just trying their best to find their place … that feeling of growth is really inspiring to me.”

(Kendra Kallhoff)

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Tyra Patterson: Life after two decades in prison

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 10:59 AM

Tyra Patterson talks about being released from prison after more than two decades.

The one-bedroom apartment Tyra Patterson must return to each night as part of her probation curfew sits above a Jamaican natural foods store on a bustling street in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

Family and friends donated furniture, lamps and paintings. A pair of running shoes sits next to the door, waffles from Taste of Belgium are tossed on top of the refrigerator and a journal is placed on a wooden kitchen table.

Little hints of her incarceration show through her habits, when she rolls her clothes into tight, little balls before putting them away in a drawer or when she reaches for a prison-issued bar of soap to wash her face.

Patterson, who grew up in east Dayton, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison at age 19 for the murder and robbery of 15-year-old Michelle Lai on Sept. 20, 1994.

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Now 42, Patterson was paroled on Christmas Day after Lai’s sister — Holly Lai Holbrook — wrote a letter to Ohio Gov. John Kasich in 2016 vouching for her innocence.

Lai Holbrook, who watched her sister get shot that night, told Kasich: “I no longer believe that Tyra participated in the robbery that led to Michelle’s murder. I believe it is wrong for Tyra to stay locked up.”

Various politicians and celebrities — including the documentary filmmaker Ken Burns — got behind Patterson’s innocence claims. Burns posted a Facebook video in 2016 while holding a sign that says “I am Tyra Patterson.”

Just a little more than a month into her new freedom, Patterson — like the thousands of inmates who get paroled from Ohio prisons each year — is transitioning to life on the outside. In 2015, approximately 9,386 inmates were paroled from the prison system and 21,343 were released, according to the latest data from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction.

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For many, that freedom will be short-lived. A 2012 study showed an overall three-year recidivism rate for inmates released from Ohio prison was about 30 percent.

Patterson has had some struggles since getting out — Fifth Third Bank, for example, first denied a request to open a bank account because she had only her state-issued ID — but in most respects her story bears little resemblance to the bulk of Ohio’s imprisoned population.

Patterson had prominent people fighting for her release. Most inmates don’t.

In prison, she earned her GED, paralegal certificate, furthered her education through several programs and even learned a little Spanish and Arabic. Before prison, she had a limited ability to read or write after dropping out of school.

And when she left prison she had a good job waiting for her: as a paralegal for the Ohio Justice & Policy Center in Cincinnati, which works to protect the rights of prisoners and those who leave prison.


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3 presidents you'll see honored around Dayton

Published: Monday, September 19, 2016 @ 2:53 PM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 10:02 AM

Sculptor Michael Major of Urbana created this bronze sculpture of President Abraham Lincoln as he looked in 1859 when he spoke on the steps of Montgomery County’s Old Court House. The sculpture was unveiled Saturday at Courthouse Square in front of the historic courthouse downtown Dayton. LYNN HULSEY / STAFF
Sculptor Michael Major of Urbana created this bronze sculpture of President Abraham Lincoln as he looked in 1859 when he spoke on the steps of Montgomery County’s Old Court House. The sculpture was unveiled Saturday at Courthouse Square in front of the historic courthouse downtown Dayton. LYNN HULSEY / STAFF

An 11-foot-tall Abraham Lincoln made of bronze now looks over Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton.

Here are some other presidents you'll find honored with a statue around Dayton:


Abraham Lincoln 

Courthouse Square, Dayton



The monument, created by Urbana artist Mike Major, was commissioned to commemorate Abraham Lincoln’s visit to Dayton on Sept. 17, 1859. That day, Lincoln reportedly stood on a box on the curb facing the steps of the Old Courthouse and spoke to the crowd for close to two hours.


President William McKinley


Cooper Park



This statue, located in Cooper Park next to the Dayton Metro Library’s main branch, was dedicated to his memory Sept. 17, 1910.


McKinley was also the governor of Ohio, an Ohio representative in Congress and a soldier in the Union Army.


A plaque on the monument reads, “This monument is a tribute by the citizens of Dayton and the children of its schools.”


President John F. Kennedy


University of Dayton



“Kennedy’s Eternal Flame” is located outside of the Kennedy Union on the University of Dayton campus.


The full-length portrait, which is abstract at the bottom but becomes detailed at the head, is over 8 feet tall.

The original sculpture was made of cement and marble by William Joseph Thompson in 1964 and was recast in bronze by John Leon in 1998.

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Eliminations and changes to RTA routes go into effect

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 5:23 AM

Big changes to Dayton RTA start on Sunday

The Greater Dayton RTA’s route changes, eliminations, and fare adjustments went into effect Sunday.

RTA had a recent sales tax revenue loss that reduced its annual revenues by $4.6 million, according to Greater Dayton RTA’s Communications Manager Jessica Olson.

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According to Olson, the sales tax losses were a result of a federally-mandated change to Ohio’s taxation of Managed Care Organizations in Ohio.

Minor adjustments were also made to improve the agency’s quality of service for its customers, communities, and businesses, Olson said.

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Below is a list of changes made to RTA routes, according to Olson:

Eliminated Routes: X1A, X1B, 40, 41 and 61. 

RTA Connect service additions: The RTA Connect on Demand service will now encompass areas previously serviced by Routes X1A, X1B, 40 and 41. Maps of these new RTA Connect on Demand stops can be found at 

Eliminated Saturday and Sunday service: Routes 23 and 60 will no longer have Saturday or Sunday service. 

Eliminated Sunday service: Routes 11 and 22 will no longer have Sunday service. 

Route 1: The weekday eastbound trip from Wright Stop Plaza at 4:21 has been eliminated. The westbound weekday trip from the Student Union to Wright Stop Plaza (WSP) at 4:57 a.m. has been eliminated and will now start at WSP at 5:18 a.m. 

Route 4: The weekday eastbound trip from Gunther at Hoover to Wright Stop Plaza at 3:54 p.m. has been eliminated. A new weekday eastbound trip from Gunther at Hoover to WSP will be at 3:08 p.m. 

Route 8: The time point that was previously Germantown at Edwin C. Moses on all service days in both directions will now be moved to the Mound St. at Germantown stop. 

Route 9: Time adjusted by 1 to 3 minutes on multiple weekday trips in both directions between 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Time adjusted by 1 to 2 minutes on multiple Saturday and Sunday trips in both directions between 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The weekday southbound trip from Free Pike at Arlene to Germantown at Derby previously at 7:46 a.m. will now be at 6:46 a.m., and the return northbound trip from Germantown at Derby to Wright Stop Plaza previously at 8:50 a.m. will now be at 7:50 a.m. 

Route 12: The weekday southbound trips from Wright Stop Plaza at 4:38 a.m. and Benson at Fairview at 5:36 a.m. have been eliminated. A weekday southbound trip from WSP at 5:56 a.m. has been added.

The weekday northbound trips from WSP at 4:58 a.m. and Woodman Center to WSP at 5:22 a.m. have been eliminated. A weekday northbound trip from WSP at 5:49 a.m. has been added. 

Route 16: The following departure times for weekday northbound trips have been changed: Main at Franklin from 5:08 a.m. to 5:06 a.m.; Costco at Feedwire from 7:33 a.m. to 7:31 a.m.; Wilmington at Smithville from 8:59 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The weekday southbound trip time from Sheets/Montgomery changed from 5:53 a.m. to 5:51 a.m. 

Route 18: The times of trips in both directions have been adjusted by 1 to 3 minutes between 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, and between 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. on Saturdays. The times of all Sunday trips in both directions are moved forward 1 minute between 6:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m. 

Route 19: The times of trips in both directions have been adjusted by 1 to 3 minutes between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on weekdays, and between 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. on Saturdays. The times of all Sunday trips in both directions are moved forward 1 minute between 6:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m. 

Route 22: All Sunday service has been eliminated. The weekday northbound trip from Main at Franklin at 4:14 a.m. and the return trip from Town Center at York Commons has been eliminated. The weekday northbound trip time from Main at Franklin changed from 5:24 a.m. to 5:22 a.m. 

Route X5: All Saturday and Sunday northbound trips will now service Austin Landing. The Saturday southbound trip at 7:32 a.m. from 3rd Street at Perry will now begin at Wright Stop Plaza at 7:32 a.m. The Saturday southbound trip time from WSP changed from 8:35 a.m. to 8:31 a.m. Changed the Saturday northbound trips from the South Transit Center at 8:15 a.m. to 8:03 a.m. and 9:10 a.m. to 9:02 a.m. New Sunday southbound trips from WSP have been added at 7:50 p.m., 9:05 p.m. and 10:20 p.m. New Sunday northbound trips from the South Transit Center have been added at 8:32 p.m., 9:47 p.m. and 10:59 p.m. All departure times for Sunday northbound trips from the South Transit Center between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. have been changed by 2 to 7 minutes. 

Route 43: The weekday northbound trips from Wright Stop Plaza at 8:55 p.m. and from Northwest Transit Center at 6:16 p.m. have been eliminated. The weekday northbound trips from WSP at 6:00 a.m. and 6:50 a.m. no longer service Spectrum Brands and Dayton International Airport. The weekday northbound trip from WSP at 6:00 a.m. now services Peter's Pike, N. Dixie and Crossroads Court at Falls Creek and the southbound return trips departs at 6:46 a.m. The weekday northbound trip from WSP at 6:20 a.m. now services Spectrum Brands and ends at Dayton Airport with the southbound return trip departing from Dayton Airport at 7:04 a.m. The weekday southbound trips from the Dayton Airport at 6:36 a.m. and 9:15 p.m., from Procter & Gamble at 6:51 p.m. and from Crossroads Court at Falls Creek at 7:16 a.m. have all been eliminated. All Saturday evening service after 7:30 p.m. has been eliminated. The departure time of the Saturday southbound trip from the Dayton Airport has been changed from 6:49 a.m. to 6:36 a.m. The Sunday northbound trips from WSP at 6:30 a.m., 10:50 a.m., 3:50 p.m. and 10:32 p.m. have been eliminated. Sunday southbound trips from the Dayton Airport at 7:01 a.m., 11:13 a.m., 4:13 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. have been eliminated. 

LS Routes: Limited Service (LS) routes for P.L Dunbar and Thurgood Marshall high schools have been adjusted to match the bell times for the schools.

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Below is a list of fare changes, according to Olson:

Cash Fares: Cash fares for adults (age 13 and up) will increase from $1.75 to $2 per boarding. Senior and disabled fare* will increase from $0.85 to $1 per boarding. Children age 12 and under and 60 inches tall and under will ride free.**

Tokens: Tokens will be eliminated and will not be sold by the RTA or any sales outlet providers. *** For those who currently have tokens, the RTA will continue to accept tokens in its fare boxes through the end of 2018.

Paratransit Services: No changes to cash and ticket prices ($3.50 per boarding) or countywide service prices ($5 per boarding.)

Passes: The weekend and family passes will be eliminated. The day pass has been reduced from $5 to $4. A reduced-fare day pass will now be offered for qualifying customers for $2*. Both day passes can be purchased when boarding the bus by telling the driver you wish to purchase the pass before inserting money into the fare box. There are no changes to the prices of the monthly, monthly senior or disabled, weekly or red and gray school passes.

Transfers: Transfers will be eliminated. Customers who previously rode two trips with transfers (a cash cost of $4) can now buy the day pass for $4 and ride unlimited the day of the pass purchase.

Change Cards: No changes to the current system of providing a RTA change card to customers paying with cash.

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Funerals held for Westerville, Ohio officers shot

Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 8:41 AM

Westerville Police Department is escorted to the funeral service.

A funeral procession and service are planned for two Ohio police officers fatally shot while responding to a 911 hang-up call in the Columbus suburb of Westerville.

A viewing is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Friday for officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Westerville, followed by a funeral starting at 1 p.m.

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A procession through the city will follow the funeral. Schools are closed for the day.

The lights are on in preparation to go to Westerville

The two veteran officers were shot after entering a residence early Saturday afternoon. The officers returned fire, wounding 30-year-old Quentin Smith.

Smith has been charged with aggravated murder. He remains hospitalized.

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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, who is in Dayton today, said the “entire state” mourns the loss of Morelli and Joering.

“In the days since their passing, we’ve heard stories of their incredible service to their community, their fellow officers and their families. We can never repay them or their loved ones for their service and sacrifice, but today we honor their memory and lift up the entire Westerville community and all those who knew them,” he said.

News Center 7 will have a crew in Westerville and will have the latest online and on News Center 7.

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