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Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 7:31 AM
— A new restaurant coming to a high-profile space at the main entrance to The Greene Town Center has pushed back its projected opening date by a month or so.
A spokeswoman for Fuzzy’s Taco Shop told this news outlet that the projected opening date for the chain’s first Dayton-area location has been pushed back to early April.
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The spokeswoman said permitting and inspections are taking longer than expected.
When they first announced the least agreement last year, The Greene’s owners had estimated that the restaurant would open in the late fall of 2017. When it does start serving customers this spring, the new restaurant will employ about 35 and will occupy a 3,871 square-foot space in a new building that opened two years ago at The Greene’s front entrance.
The building — which faces Indian Ripple Road — is home to a Mattress Firm store. It was originally going to house the Dayton area’s first World of Beer pub, but World of Beer pulled out of the deal nearly two years ago.
“Fuzzy’s is a first and foremost a fun brand with a great atmosphere that sells large portions of Baja-style Mexican food for a value price,” Fuzzy’s vice president of marketing, Linda Veatch, told this news outlet.
“Dayton was selected by Fuzzy’s as a corporate market for several reasons, including overall market health, restaurant industry-specific successes, and the fact that our market modeling produced multiple local trade areas that project high success potential for a Fuzzy’s Taco Shop. The city also seems to have a great energy that aligns really well with our growing, fast-casual brand,” Veatch said.
Founded in 2003, Fuzzy’s serves authentic Mexican dishes such as Baja-style tacos, white queso, and jumbo burritos in addition to frozen margaritas and beer. The chain operates more than 120 locations across the country, including one in Toledo and one on North High Street in Columbus’ Arena District. And a Cincinnati location at 165 West McMillan St. is listed as “coming soon” on the chain’s web site.
The Fort Worth-based chain has tripled its franchise restaurant openings since February 2016, when Atlanta-based NRD Capital acquired a majority stake in the company, according to Nation’s Restaurant News.
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Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 10:26 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 11:52 AM
— A 17-year-old male accused of fatally shooting a Dayton mother in front of two young children will remain in custody following a detention hearing Saturday morning.
The teen, who was arrested and placed in detention Friday, is suspected of killing 22-year-old Keyona Murray, who was shot in the head in a home on the 100 block of Lorenz Ave. in Dayton on Feb. 16.
Neighbors and a 911 caller who reported Murray’s shooting said the gunfire came from outside the home, in a back alley.
Murray, who died at Miami Valley Hospital, was shot in front of her 2-year-old child and her 2-year-old nephew. A candlelight vigil was held for her earlier this week outside the home where she was wounded.
On Saturday, the teen suspect denied a charge of murder and felony burglary at hearing in Montgomery County Juvenile Court.
The teen will appear in court for a preliminary conference on the morning of March 9 before Juvenile Court Judge Anthony Capizzi. Police said the suspect was taken into custody after being found at a residence on Gard Avenue in Dayton.
The suspect has a fairly lengthy criminal record , according to juvenile court officials.
The suspect successfully completed about three months of probation on about Jan. 25 related to a misdemeanor theft charge in Greene County, juvenile court officials said.
Court officials previously said he had been in trouble before on charges that include delinquency by reason of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
He served probation in 2013 related to an attempted burglary charge. In 2015, he was given probation again, with a suspended commitment to the state juvenile correctional system, after another burglary charge. Both charges were felonies.
In addition to the murder charge, the suspect faces a pending felony-level burglary charge.
Janice Meadows, who has lived on Lorenz Avenue for 30 years, called 911 on Feb. 16 after hearing gunshots outside.
“I knew the gunshots were close from how loud it was,” she said. “I thought someone was shooting toward my house — it sounded that close.”
Meadows lives a couple doors down from where Murray was shot. Murray moved into the rental home around the end of summer, she said.
“We’re really sorry we didn’t have time to get to know them,” she said. “It’s such a tragedy.”
Meadows says it’s a safe neighborhood because the residents know each other and most have lived there for many years.
Sometimes, she said, small groups of people hang out on the streets or corners, but neighbors will call the police if there’s too much activity.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 5:32 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 10:05 PM
— The heavy rain threat will come to an end overnight as the storm system moves to our east, but a few lingering showers will be possible through daybreak Sunday, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures will be steady in the middle to upper 40s overnight.
Sunday: A pre-dawn shower is possible early, but aside from that clouds will decrease to allow for some afternoon sunshine with highs in the lower 50s. It’s also going to be a windy day with winds gusting over 30 mph at times.
Monday: Mostly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 50s.
Tuesday: We get back into the upper 50s with mostly sunny skies.
Wednesday: The chance for rain returns in the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the upper 50s.
Thursday: Rain showers are expected with highs in the middle 50s.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 9:55 PM
— As a Flood Watch remains in effect for the southern Miami Valley counties through Sunday morning, creeks, streams and fields will likely flood, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.
“Creeks and streams, if not already, will likely be out of their banks through the weekend,” she said. “Fields will also be flooded with the heavy rains that arrive Friday and Saturday.”
A Flood Warning is in effect through 5 p.m. Monday along the Little Miami River in parts of Greene and Warren counties. Along the Great Miami River, a Flood Warning goes into affect at 11:18 p.m. and lasts through 7:32 p.m. Monday in Shelby County; and from 4:36 a.m. Sunday to 8:30 p.m Monday in Butler County near Middletown.
There’s a lag between the heavy rain and water levels rising, which is why creeks, streams and rivers won’t recede until the start to the new week, Zontini said.
The Great Miami River is expected to crest, or hit its highest levels, this weekend.
In Troy, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 13.6 feet Sunday, and in Dayton, the river is expected to crest, also Sunday, at 32.3 feet. And in Middletown, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 12.4 feet Sunday.
The Stillwater River in Englewood is expected to crest Monday at 33.6 feet.
When the river does crest, here are the areas that will see flooding, according to the National Weather Service.
ENGLEWOOD (Stillwater River)
DAYTON (Great Miami River)
SIDNEY (Great Miami River)
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 9:47 PM
ALABASTER, Ala. —
Birdwatchers and biologists have been on the lookout for a rare, yellow cardinal that’s been spotted around central Alabama in Shelby County in recent weeks, AL.com reported.
The bird has been getting a lot of attention recently after resident Charlie Stephenson first noticed it at her backyard feeder and posted a picture on social media.
The cardinal’s bright yellow feathers are a result of a genetic mutation, according to scientists, who say it’s the same species as the familiar vivid red cardinal, but carries a mutation that changes its coloring.
The rare cardinal is a different species from the endangered South American yellow cardinal species.
Cardinals are typically known for the iconic red color of their plumes, so why is this one yellow? https://t.co/hpuqqrZ0eQ— National Geographic (@NatGeo) February 24, 2018
The bird in Shelby County is an adult male and Auburn University biology professor and bird expert Geoffrey Hill told AL.com the mutation is so rare that even he’s never seen one in person.
"I've been birdwatching in the range of cardinals for 40 years and I've never seen a yellow bird in the wild," Hill said. He estimated that there are just a few of these yellow cardinals in the U.S. and Canada in any given year.
"There are probably a million bird feeding stations in that area, so very very roughly, yellow cardinals are a one in a million mutation,” Hill said.