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New restaurant to open May 6 at Fairfield Commons mall

Published: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 7:08 AM

            Fusian will open its 12th restaurant in Ohio on May 6 at the Mall at Fairfield Commons. Photo from Fusian Facebook page
Fusian will open its 12th restaurant in Ohio on May 6 at the Mall at Fairfield Commons. Photo from Fusian Facebook page

The latest in a surge of new-restaurant openings in and around the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek will open to the public on May 6 with a special fund-raiser event benefitting Five Rivers Metroparks.

Fusian — the budding sushi chain founded by three Oakwood natives —is poised to open its third Dayton-area location at 2733 Fairfield Commons Blvd., in a space that is connected to the Mall at Fairfield Commons and adjacent to BRAVO Cucina Italiana.

The grand opening scheduled for 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 will benefit the Five Rivers Metroparks Foundation. Fusian’s founders said that 100 percent of the profits that day will benefit the MetroParks Foundation, which supports the Five Rivers MetroParks and its mission to protect the region’s natural heritage and provide outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature. MetroParks currently protects nearly 16,000 acres of land, – 90 percent of it in its natural state.

And on May 5, the day before the grand opening, the new Beavercreek Fusian will host “Neighborhood Day” that will allow diners who register in advance, and their guest, to obtain a free meal. Those interested must register by May 1 at

RELATED: Oakwood natives add another sushi restaurant in Columbus (January 2016)

The Beavercreek opening will come less than two months after Fusian expanded its statewide footprint with the opening of its first Toledo-area restaurant.

As of May 6, Fusian will operate 12 restaurants in the Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Toledo areas, including a location on Brown Street near the University of Dayton and in Washington Twp. next to Whole Foods.

Fusian Sushi was launched in Cincinnati in 2010 by Zach and Josh Weprin and Stephan Harman, who attended Oakwood’s Harman Elementary School. The trio had talked as kids of going into business together, Stephan Harman told this news outlet in 2011.

RELATED: New Fusian Sushi restaurant coming to Beavercreek sets target date (March 2017)

After a relatively deliberate approach to growing the chain in its first four years, the trio doubled the number of locations in recent years as it expand into new markets of Cleveland and Toledo.

RELATED: New store, restaurant to open at Mall at Fairfield Commons (August 2016)

In Beavercreek, Fusian joins a dining scene in and around the Fairfield Commons mall that has been quite active in the last two-plus years. Melt Bar & Grilled is building a free-standing restaurant just outside the mall. Gyro King recently opened in the mall’s food court. And BRAVO Cucina Italiano, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse and Chuy’s Tex Mex all have opened on mall property, and Primanti Bros. and IHOP are among the restaurants that have opened along North Fairfield Road near the mall.

Along Colonel Glenn Highway just west of the mall, the Wandering Griffin brewpub, Chipotle and Rapid Fired Pizza restaurants have opened.

The area also has seen some restaurant closings that have included Logan’s Roadhouse, Don Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant, Designer Dogs and Dolce Mio.

Fla. lawmaker wants to ban soft drink purchases with food stamps

Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 8:48 AM

Lawmaker Wants To Ban Using Food Stamps to Buy Soft Drinks

A Florida lawmaker wants to take a look at what is allowed to be purchased when it comes to using government assistance.

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Rep. Ralph Massullo, (R-34th District), proposed HB47, which will allow the state’s Department of Children and Families to ask the federal government for a waiver. The waiver would allow the state to ban the use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to buy soft drinks, WTVT reported.

If the federal government denies the waiver, the bill allows for the request to be resubmitted each year until it is granted.

The bill will be part of the the 2018 legislative session starting in January.

The proposal was filed on Friday, and if passed would be put in effect on July 1.

Taylor Swift’s new album title, release date announced

Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 1:35 PM

Taylor Swift speaks onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images
Taylor Swift speaks onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)(Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

The wait is over for Swifties -- Taylor Swift has announced details of her new album.

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“Reputation,” Swift’s sixth album, will be released Nov. 10.

The title of the first single hasn’t been revealed, but the song will arrive Thursday evening.

Swift decorated her Instagram page Wednesday with a few glimpses of the black-and-white cover, which features a stark image of the singer next to several newspaper clippings.

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Throughout the week, Swift teased fans with an announcement by erasing all of her social media accounts and then returning with a cryptic image of a slithering snake.

“Reputation” is Swift’s first full album since her Grammy-winning “1989” in 2014.

While she’s co-written songs for Little Big Town and Calvin Harris since then, and last year hit the charts with “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” her duet with Zayn Malik on the “Fifty Shades Darker” soundtrack, Swift has mostly remained quiet musically.

Prior to the Super Bowl in February, Swift performed at a DirecTV-sponsored concert in Houston and told the crowd it would be her only live show of 2017.

Teacher accused of sex with students in cemetery sentenced

Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 5:38 AM

Teacher Who Had Sex With Students In Cemetery Sentenced To 12 Years

A former Alabama private school teacher accused of having sex with two students is going to prison. According to court papers, at least four of her encounters with the teens occurred in a local cemetery.

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On Monday, 31-year-old Charli Jones Parker was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to one charge of having sex with a student under the age of 19, reports. Parker was arrested in March; a few days later, her husband, Jamie, was taken in on nine counts of the same charge.

>> Alabama's teacher-student sex law is unconstitutional, judge rules

At the time of her arrest, Parker was still a gym teacher and head girls’ basketball coach at Pickens Academy in Carrollton. She faced 13 charges and was able to enter a plea deal to bring it down to one charge.

>> Teacher accused of sex with student, having child with him

While Parker was sentenced to 12 years in prison, she reportedly will only have to serve three years, followed by a five-year probation. She was ordered not to have any contact with the students, the New York Daily News reported.

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Court papers allege that Parker had sex with the male students “at least 11 times” from October 2014 and March 2016. A deposition in the case accused her of “deviant sexual intercourse” and oral sex. Some of the encounters reportedly occurred at Graham Cemetery in Reform, Alabama.

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Parker’s lawyer pushed for the postponement of the sentencing until after an appeal of Alabama’s teacher-student sex law. In early August, a judge in northern Alabama ruled the law unconstitutional — a ruling that led to the dismissal of charges against two employees caught having sex with students. Parker entered her plea on Aug. 15 but did reserve her right to appeal if the constitutionality of her case should be overturned. Her husband’s trial is set for Nov. 27.

Huber Police believe no one home at hostage situation

Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 12:41 PM
Updated: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 1:17 PM

UPDATE @ 1:17 p.m.:

Huber Heights police say they are now not sure if there’s anyone inside a home where a woman reported a hostage situation. A woman came into police station and claimed there was a hostage situation.

Police made contact with the male resident, who was at work, and he’s now on the way home. Police will still do a sweep of the house.

UPDATE @ 12:56 p.m.:

Police are investigating a reported hostage situation at a home in the area of Endicott and Powell roads, however officers are still trying to verify the report, investigators said.

Police said a woman came into the Huber Heights police station reporting that a man at the house was holding someone inside hostage.

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Police are unsure if anyone is inside the residence, however are treating it as an active situation, officers said.

At least seven police cruisers are on the scene.


We’re working to learn more about police activity reported in the area of Endicott and Powell roads in Huber Heights Wednesday afternoon. 

Dispatchers confirm multiple officers have responded to the area, but details of their investigation were not available. Initial reports indicate the investigation centers around a home near that intersection.

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more.