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 beavercreek.fusian.com.

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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.

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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.

2 dead, 2 hurt in 3-vehicle, wrong-way driver crash on I-675 in Centerville

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 9:55 PM
Updated: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 11:18 PM

From the scene: I-675 double fatal crash

Two people have been killed and two people have been injured in a three-vehicle, wrong-way driver accident on I-675 South in Centerville: 

  • One of the fatalities was the wrong-way driver 
  • The second fatality was in one of the vehicles hit by the wrong-way driver 
  • A third victim, taken to a hospital, was reported to be alert 
  • A fourth victim suffered minor injuries  
  • Southbound I-675 reopened around 3 a.m.

UPDATE @3:10 a.m.: Southbound I-675 has reopened. The highway was closed for nearly six hours.

UPDATE @ 11:07 p.m.: The wrong-way vehicle headed north on southbound I-675 at Far Hills Avenue glanced off one vehicle and hit a second vehicle head on, Centerville Police Officer John Davis said. 

Both fatalities are male, he said. The genders of the other two victims are not known.

The second victim was in one of the southbound vehicles, he said. A third victim taken to a hospital was alert. A fourth victim suffered minor injuries, Davis said.

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Police are speaking with that fourth victim for a witness statement. 

No names are being released until the family members of the victims can be notified, Davis said. 

It's too early to speculate whether alcohol or drugs played a role in the accident. 

The first calls about the wrong-way driver began coming into police dispatch about 9:20 p.m. 

A Montgomery County coroner's investigator is on scene and a Centerville Police Department traffic accident reconstruction team will be on scene for most of the night, he said. 

Southbound I-675 remains shut down at Wilmington Pike. Drivers are encouraged to avoid I-675 South.

UPDATE @ 10:50 p.m.: 

This incident on I-675 South has been confirmed by police as a wrong-way crash and the  driver of the offending vehicle is one of the fatalities.

UPDATE @ 10:26 p.m.: 

Two are confirmed dead and at least one person has been taken to a hospital from the multiple-vehicle accident on I-675 South, Centerville police and a Montgomery County sheriff’s sergeant are telling us.

The fatalities are from separate vehicles, we’re told. The condition of the person taken to a hospital is not known.

I 675 crash Video

INITIAL REPORT

Police and medic units are on the scene of a multiple-vehicle injury accident on I-675 South at Far Hills Avenue in Centerville.

We’re hearing the accident could involve at least one probable fatality, as many as four people injured, at least three vehicles and a reported wrong-way driver. 

We’re working to confirm those details.

Police have decided to shut down all southbound lanes, south of Wilmington Pike, because of the accident. 

The accident was reported just before 9:30 p.m. 

We have a crew on the way.

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2 creating YouTube video survive close call with train, Fairborn fire official says

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 7:36 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 2:43 AM

Two escape injury when recording YouTube stunt on railroad tracks

Two people videotaping for the purpose of posting their exploits to YouTube escaped injury Monday night when one of them rolled off the tracks as a train approached, officials said.

The second person apparently standing too close to the tracks was thrown to the ground when the train hit the backpack the first person was holding, according to the early assessment from witnesses, Fairborn fire Battalion Chief Laura Kerr said.

"We highly recommend that you not do that," she said. 

RELATED: Young person doing YouTube stunt hit, killed by train

Police and medic units were originally dispatched on a report of a pedestrian hit by a train in the area of Kauffman Avenue and South Central Avenue in Fairborn around 7:15 p.m.

The train conductors are extremely upset because of what happened, Kerr said, noting that such incidents can trigger post traumatic stress for train engineers and conductors. 

"Do not play on the tracks. It's not a play area. Its not an adventure. Its not a story. It's not a good video," she said.

The investigation is continuing, but Kerr said witnesses have told authorities that one of the people involved laid down on the tracks and rolled off at the very last second as the freight train approached. 

The second person, apparently wearing a back pack or book bag, was too close to the tracks, Kerr said. The train hit the back pack or bag, which was ripped off the person. 

"Luckily, no one was pulled under the train," she said, noting the investigation is still so new that she's not sure of the ages or genders of the people involved. 

No word yet on whether police or fire officials will pursue charges against the two people involved in the incident.

In September, 16-year-old Joseph Fernandez was struck and killed by a train in Miamisburg when he tried to perform a stunt. 

“All these videos on YouTube of people doing this exact same stunt and not dying is what encouraged these kids to do this,” Joseph’s uncle Joshua Fernandez said following his death. “People should stop posting this stuff.”

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Reward offered in search for man suspected of raping, killing baby

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 2:20 AM

Joshua Gurto
Conneaut Police Department
Joshua Gurto(Conneaut Police Department)

Police in eastern Ohio are looking for a man suspected of raping and killing a baby girl.

According to WFMJ, the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest of Joshua Gurto.

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Gurto is accused of raping and killing a 13-month-old girl in Ashtabula County. He is wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Conneaut Police Department on aggravated murder and rape charges, WFMJ reported.

Police said he has ties to western Pennsylvania.

Gurto is described as:

  • 37 years old
  • 5 feet, 10 inches tall
  • 145 pounds
  • Deformed right year
  • Misaligned jaw
  • Tattoos on right forearm

Anyone with information on Gurto’s whereabouts is asked to call the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 866-4WANTED or text keyword WANTED and the information to 84711.

Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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Kate Middleton debuts tiny baby bump in first public outing since pregnancy announcement

Published: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 6:39 AM

Third Child Coming for Prince William, Kate Middleton

Duchess Catherine made her first public appearance since announcing her third pregnancy in honor of World Mental Health Day alongside Prince Harry and Prince William on Tuesday.

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The duchess wore a blue frock and black heels as she attended a reception at St. James Palace, her tiny baby bump on display. The reception marks the first time Catherine has been seen in public since announcing her pregnancy in early September.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 10: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge support World Mental Health Day at Buckingham Palace on 10, October 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Heathcliff O'Malley - WPA Pool/Getty Images)(WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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The mother of two suffers from hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness in her pregnancies, and it forced her to miss several engagements, including Prince George’s first day of school.

“The duchess’ condition is improving but she’s still suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum,” a royal aide told E! News. “She’s delighted to be here tonight.”

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She is reportedly less than 12 weeks into her pregnancy.

The royals celebrated the impact of their Heads Together Charity that encourages people to speak out about their struggles with mental health.

Prince William reportedly spoke about how “proud” he was to be involved and credited his wife for coming up with the idea.

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“It was Catherine who first realized that all three of us were working on mental health in our individual areas of focus,” he said. “She had seen that at the core of adult issues like addiction and family breakdown, unresolved childhood mental health issues were often part of the problem.”