New Butler County restaurant to serve comfort food

Published: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 5:41 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 4:43 PM


            Wooden Barrel is scheduled to open Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at 9303 Cincinnati-Columbus Road in West Chester Twp. The new restaurant will specialize in homestyle cooking and offer breakfast all day.

A new Butler County restaurant specializing in homestyle cooking is set to make its debut Friday.

Wooden Barrel, 9303 Cincinnati-Columbus Road, will offer comfort food and breakfast all day, according to general manager Robert Combs, of Trenton, who also manages Dad’s Restaurant in Middletown.

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The new restaurant’s menu will feature everything from country fried steak, cheeseburgers, chicken tenders and meatloaf to fried chicken, haddock, pork chops and liver and onions, Combs said.

About 10 people will be employed by the new restaurant, which will open at the former site of the Crooked Nail Pub, he said.

2 arrested for trying to force alligator to drink beer

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 10:20 PM



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Two men who admitted to blowing smoke into a young alligator’s mouth and pouring beer down its throat have been charged with harassing wildlife in Ridgeland, South Carolina.

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State Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Kyndel McConchie said Friday that 20-year-old Joseph Andrew Floyd Jr. and 21-year-old Zachary Lloyd Brown admitted to officers that they picked up the alligator after they saw it crossing the road.

McConchie said the two Ridgeland men also acknowledged posting photos of their actions on social media.

Authorities said Floyd told officers they released the alligator and watched it swim away in a nearby pond.

The misdemeanor charge of harassing wildlife carries a maximum fine of $300.

Troopers: Fenwick HS student, 17, dies in crash with 15-year-old driver

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 8:40 PM
Updated: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 7:45 PM

A Bishop Fenwick High School student died after he was ejected in a crash Thursday night just southeast of Springboro, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.  

Noah J. Theiss, 17, of Franklin Twp., was a passenger in his parents’ car driven by Hosney Mousa, 15, of Washington Twp. in Montgomery County. The car crashed about 8:10 p.m., on Springboro Road near Red Lion-Five Points Road, in Clearcreek Twp., Warren County, according to troopers. 

“He was so young. I don’t think he should have died this way,”Gabe Hoel, a friend of the victim, said Friday. 

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Investigation determined Mousa was driving the 2013 Honda Accord east on Springboro Road when he lost control. The car traveled off the right side of the roadway, striking a utility pole and rolling over several times.  

The crash occurred on a winding section of the road, near the Sycamore Preserve Park southeast of Springboro, according to authorities.  

Theiss, the right front passenger, was partially ejected through a sun roof and pronounced dead at the scene, according reports. 

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A rear passenger, Faith N. Armbuser, 16, of Springboro, was treated and released from Atrium Medical Center in Middletown. 

“He’s 17. He flew through the roof,” according to a call, apparently from Armbruser, to 911.  

Mousa was treated and released from Dayton Children’s Hospital South Campus in Springboro.  

“I don’t know the address. We’re in the middle of nowhere,” the caller told a 911 operator. “Please help me, he’s dead.”  

“Please help me, I’m so scared,” the 911 call continued.  

A woman who saw the crash while visiting a nearby creek at the Sycamore Reserve Park with her husband and two children took over the call and reported the other boy at the scene, apparently Mousa, was walking around “kind of out of it.”  

On Friday, Lt. Chuck O’Bryon of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said there was no indication that alcohol or drug use were involved, but investigators were awaiting toxicology tests.  

O’Bryon said it appeared the crash was the result of a combination of driver inexperience, high speed and failure to wear a seat belt.  

It was unclear why Mousa was driving.  

According to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles’ website, a driver can be issued a temporary instruction permit identification card starting at 15 years and six months. The temporary permit must be held for at least six months, among other requirements that must be completed, before a drivers’ license can be issued.  

Hoel said he was under the impression that Mousa had a temporary permit.  

Mousa was unlicensed, but even with a temporary permit, Mousa was not supposed to have driven as he is alleged to have Thursday night at the time of the crash, O’Bryon said.  

“He has to be with a parent or guardian,” he said.  

Mousa was identified as the driver after conflicting reports at the scene, O’Bryon said. 

“It’s a tragedy,” O’Bryon said.  

O’Bryon said it could be several weeks or longer before the case is presented to Warren County prosecutors.  

Andrew Barczak, principal at Bishop Fenwick High School in Middletown, confirmed Theiss attended the school, in a voice mail left as he headed to graduation.  

Hoel said he thought of Theiss as a brother.  

“I was really good friends with Noah. He was like a bigger brother to me,” said Hoel, recalling he met Theiss through his brothers, Dylan and Tristan Theiss.  

“He would always make everything fun. He was just a positive person,” Hoel said.  

Hoel said he and the Theiss brothers would often drive around together. He recalled Theiss taking him to Kings Island Amusement Park.  

“He just had an outgoing spirit. He was fun to be around,” Hoel added.  

Hoel said he was less familiar with Mousa. He said Mousa and Theiss became friends after Theiss moved to the area from Gratis, a village in Preble County.

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UPDATE @ 11:10 a.m.

A 17-year-old Springboro boy who died in a crash Thursday night was identified as Noah J. Theiss. He was a passenger in a Honda Accord driven by Hosney Mousa, 15, of Centerville, that crashed about 8:10 p.m., on Springboro Road near Red Lion-Five Points Road, in Clearcreek Twp. A rear passenger was identified as Faith N. Armbuser, 16, of Springboro, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

UPDATE @ 2:25 a.m. (May 26) 

A 15-year-old was driving a car that crashed in Clearcreek Twp. and resulted in the death of a 17-year-old boy from Springboro Thursday night. 

Around 8:10 p.m. Thursday, state troopers and medics were dispatched to a single-vehicle, rollover crash on Springboro Road near Red Lion-Five Points Road. 

A 2013 Honda sedan, driven by a 15-year-old male from Centerville, was traveling east on Springboro Road when the driver lost control, struck a utility pole and overturned several times, state troopers said. 

The crash ejected the front-seat passenger who was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers identified the victim as 17-year-old Noah Theiss of Springboro. 

The driver was treated and released from to Dayton Children’s Hospital South Campus in Springboro. A back-seat passenger, a 16-year-old Springboro girl, was treated and released from Atrium Medical Center in Middletown.

UPDATE @ 10 p.m. (May 25)

One juvenile was killed and two others injured tonight in a rollover crash on Springboro Road in Clearcreek Twp.

“Upon arrival there was one fatality,” Sgt. Bryan Cook of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lebanon Post said.

There were three youths in the car. The other two were taken to local hospitals with injuries described as not life-threatening, Cook said.

>>VIDEO: Trooper gives update on crash

UPDATE @ 9:25 p.m.

A crash with ejection tonight on Springboro Road turned deadly.

The Warren County Coroner’s Office is on scene.

There was at least one other injury reported in the crash.

FIRST REPORT

Crews were called to a serious injury crash tonight in Clearcreek Twp. in Warren County.

The crash was reported around 8:15 p.m. on Springboro Road near Red Lion 5 Points Road. The road is closed in the area of the crash.

One person was reported ejected, and there was at least one other injury, with CareFlight initially placed on standby.

We have crews on the way and will update this report.

5th tornado confirmed in neighboring Miami Valley county

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 9:53 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 7:22 AM

A fifth tornado touched down Wednesday in Warren, in addition to the two that hit in Clark County, one in Fayette County and one in Miami County.

Tornadoes were confirmed in the following locations:

  • EF-1 confirmed in Park Layne
  • EF-0 confirmed near Medway
  • EF-1 confirmed near Piqua
  • EF-0 confirmed in Fayette County

UPDATE @ 2:52 p.m.:

A fifth tornado is reported to have touched down in the region during Wednesday night’s storm, according to the National Weather Service. 

An EF0 tornado briefly touched down in Warren County, in a field four miles north of Harveysburg, according to the NWS.

UPDATE @ 1:30 p.m. (May 26)

In addition to three tornadoes that hit the Miami Valley on Wednesday, a fourth tornado touched down in neighboring Fayette County, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

The EF-0 tornado touched down in the extreme western portion of Fayette County, based on radar data, video evidence and eyewitness reports, according to the weather service.

The tornado had wind gusts of 50 mph, was 25 yards wide and traveled approximately three miles, according to the weather service. it dissipated about four miles southeast of Jamestown.

The tornado traveled primarily through empty farm fields and did not left little damage, according to the weather service.

EARLIER

The National Weather Service has confirmed a third tornado touched down near Medway in Clark County.

Maximum sustained winds for the tornado were 75 mph and it was said to be on the ground for 500 yards, the weather service said.

The tornado touched down on Lower Valley Pike near Princeton Drive, just southwest of the I-70 and Ohio 235 interchange.

Several manufactured homes sustained roof and siding damage and two large trees fell on and destroyed homes on Cordova Drive at McMahan’s Fairview Terrace Mobile Home Park.

RELATED: Multiple mobile homes damaged by downed trees in Clark County

Several homes on Wellington Avenue had mud splattered on the north or east side of the homes, showing evidence of rotation, the weather service said.

According to the weather service, carports and awnings also were destroyed.

The damage quickly lessened in strength further to the northwest with minimal damage along Jason Drive and no evidence of damage by Amy Dee Lane, NWS said.

UPDATE @ 3:46 p.m.:

A second tornado was confirmed by the National Weather Service approximately five miles southeast of Piqua.

The weather service said the maximum winds for the tornado near Piqua were estimated at 90 mph.

UPDATE @ 3:36 p.m.:

A tornado that caused damage in Park Layne and southeast Miami County had maximum sustained winds of 100 mph and was on the ground for nearly four miles, the National Weather Service said.

Officials said the tornado first touched down in the western side of Park Layne as an EF-1 tornado, where damage occurred to some commercial buildings and trees.

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The maximum width of the tornado was 300 yards.

Additional tree damage and minor roof damage occurred along Bellefontaine Road to the northwest, the weather service said.

Sporadic damage, primarily to trees, was found farther to the northwest, ultimately ending along Ohio 201 north of Studebaker Road.

The damage near Studebaker Road was consistent with wind speeds of an EF-0 tornado, the weather service said.

Officials are expected to release additional details later this afternoon.

An EF-1 tornado is classified with wind speeds between 86 to 110 mph and an EF-0 tornado has wind speeds of 65 to 85 mph.

UPDATE @ 2:56 p.m. 

Bethel Twp. fire department official gave an update on the damage at Sunoco gas station. The hazard has been secured and no fuel was lost. The fuel tank valves have been secured.

Also, there are six families being assisted in this area of Park Layne.

There has been extensive damage to roofs on homes along Osborne Road, according to Bethel Twp. fire. The department was able to use a drone in the daylight to get a clearer picture of the damage. 

Clark County EMA is handling the damage assessment. 

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

The Mel-O-Dee restaurant could be closed for up to three weeks due to broken air conditioning units and a structural truss damaged. The Family Dollar that was damaged will also remain closed. 

Tom Hale, Clark County building official, said several businesses remain without power. 

UPDATE @ 10:06 a.m.

The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado hit Park Layne Wednesday night.

The weather service estimated maximum winds for the tornado at 100 mph.

Additional details, including the path length and width on the Park Layne tornado will be released later today, NWS said.

UPDATE @ 9:49 a.m.:

The National Weather Service storm survey teams have arrived in Park Layne and are beginning their surveys of suspected tornado damage in Clark, Greene and Miami counties.

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The National Weather Service will be out today to survey damage in Greene, Clark and Miami counties to determine the number, strength and exact locations of tornado touchdowns.

Two survey teams will begin today in Park Layne and then those teams will split up, with one going to Miami County and the other going to Greene County.

>>VIDEO: Funnel cloud over Fairborn

In a statement issued early this morning, weather service officials in Wilmington said some of these damage reports, reported by whio.com and News Center 7, include:  

  • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base security forces are checking for damage. “At this time, we do not know if a tornado touched down or not” on the base, spokeswoman Marie Vanover said. WPAFB weather casters issued a tornado warning at 8:33 p.m., which was extended twice more. An “all clear” has since been issued, she said.
  • In Greene County, several trees and power lines were reported down near Dayton Xenia and Trebein roads in the Xenia area.
  • In Miami County, a tornado may be responsible for barn debris, trees and wires in the street the 8000 block of Bellefontaine Road, according to the National Weather Service. The road is closed, according to the Miami County Sheriff’s Dispatch.
  • In Miami County, trees and power lines down in Bethel Twp. at Bellefontaine Road, between U.S. 40 and Palmer Road.
  • In Beavercreek, a tornado may be possible for several trees and power lines reported down near Dayton Xenia and Trebein roads, according to the National Weather Service.
  • In Beavercreek, a tornado may be responsible for several trees down along Dayton Yellow Springs Road near Fairborn. 
  • In Miami County, two homes with structural damage near highway 201 at Studebaker Road.
  • In Miami County, Deweese Road at Peterson, closed because of power lines and trees down.
  • In Montgomery County, trees were reported down in the 8300 block of National Road

It is believed that a tornado or multiple tornadoes were responsible for the damage in certain locations in these 

counties, weather service officials said.  

There may be additional locations that require damage surveys that aren't listed above, weather service officials said. 

“We will be in contact with emergency managers from the affected counties to determine a specific plan for damage surveys, as well as assess the need for additional surveys in other locations,” weather service officials said in the statement.

INITIAL REPORT

Several tornadoes are being reported in Greene County tonight.

Here are some of the reports (all of these reports have to be verified by the National Weather Service):

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  • One has been reported in Fairborn, reported by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • One has been reported, by weather spotters to the National Weather Service, in southwest Miami County
  • Another in the area of U.S. 35 at the split with the U.S. 35 Business Route near Xenia
  • Near Jeffersonville and the Jackson Twp. line in eastern Greene County

Jason Slyger, of Sabina, said he saw a tornado touch down near Jeffersonville and the Jackson Twp. line about 8:30 p.m. 

"You see the storm, you see a V and all of a sudden you see debris in the air," he said. 

We are hearing no reports of damage of injuries. 

We have been fielding reports of funnel and other threatening clouds. 

We will continue to update this report as warranted. 

Joe Straus, Dan Patrick snipe on bathroom bill, special session

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 7:42 PM


            Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus oversees the debate of the Texas Budget bill, HB 1, during chambers Thursday April 6, 2017. The Texas House of Representatives braced for an extremely long day as they debated House Bill 1, voting on hundreds of amendments to the proposed Texas budget bill. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Speaker Joe Straus said the House will budge no further on transgender bathroom legislation and that the Senate can take the measure the House passed Sunday, which Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick did not feel went far enough, or leave it.

“The House approved language last Sunday night that required schools to make private accommodations for students who want them,” Straus said Friday at a brief press conference after the House adjourned for the day. “It gave local educators room to handle these issues.”

“For many of us, and especially for me, this was a compromise. As far as I’m concerned, it will go no further,” Straus said. “It is the right thing to protect our economy from billions of dollars in losses and, more importantly, to protect the safety of some very vulnerable Texans.”