OPENING TODAY: Victor’s Taco Shop’s 3rd Dayton-area restaurant

Published: Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 6:55 AM

            A new Victor’s Taco Shop opens today in Xenia, offering a variety of Mexican specialties, including tacos, enchiladas, burritos, taquitos and tostadas, as well as omelets and breakfast burritos. MARK FISHER/STAFF

Victor’s Taco Shop will open its third Dayton-area location today in Xenia.

The new restaurant is located at 483 W. Main St. in Xenia, in space that previously housed a Rally’s restaurant. It will open at 8 a.m. today, March 16, according to the Victor’s Taco Shop Facebook page.

“The wait is over,” Victor’s says in its announcement. “We apologize for the delay, we want to thank you for all the support these past two years … (It’s) been a pleasure opening five restaurants all over Ohio and witnessing our food bring so much joy to everyone!”

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The taco-and-burrito carry-out chain operates restaurants at 1002 N. Broad St. in Fairborn and at 1438 N. Keowee St. in Dayton, along with locations in Delaware north of Columbus, and in Marion

Victor’s Taco Shop’s menu features a variety of Mexican specialties, including tacos, enchiladas, burritos, taquitos and tostadas, as well as omelets and breakfast burritos.

Troopers: 15-year-old driving at time of crash that killed 17-year-old

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 8:40 PM
Updated: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 2:27 AM

UPDATE @ 1:20 p.m. (May 26)

From the 9-1-1 call

“He's 17. He flew through the roof," according to a 911 caller. 

The driver, 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 9-1-1 operator. "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."  

From the Ohio Highway Patrol

On Friday, Lt. Chuck O'Bryon of the Ohio 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 seatbelt.

It was unclear why Mousa was driving. "It's a tragedy," O'Bryon said.

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

O'Bryon said the case will be presented to the Warren County prosecutors and that could take several weeks.

UPDATE@11:10 a.m.

A 17-year-old Springboro boy died in a crash Thursday night in Warren County, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Noah J. Theiss, 17, of Springboro, was a passenger in a car 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 Township, according to a press release.

Preliminary investigation determined Mousa was driving a 2013 Honda Accord eastbound on Springboro Road, when he lost control, traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a utility pole and overturned several times. 

The accident occurred on a very winding section of the road, just south of Springboro, according to authorities. The car’s speed at the time of the crash is undetermined, but speed and no seatbelt are listed as contributing factors.

Theiss, the right front passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene. A rear passenger, Faith N. Armbuser, 16, of Springboro, was treated and released from Atrium Medical Center.

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

It was unclear if Mousa had been charged.

UPDATE @ 2:25 a.m. (May 26) 

A 15-year-old was driving a vehicle that crashed in Clearcreek Twp., Warren County and resulted in the death of a 17-year-old male from Springboro Thursday night, according to state troopers. 

Around 8:10 p.m. Thursday, state troopers and medics were dispatched to a reported 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 car, lost control, struck a utility pole, and overturned several times, state troopers said in a media release. 

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

The driver was transported to Dayton Children’s Hospital South Campus and was treated and released. 

A back-seat passenger, a 16-year-old female from Springboro, was also injured and transported to Atrium Hospital where she was also treated and released.  

State troopers said speed and no seat belt use are contributing factors in the crash. 

Investigators did not indicate if the 15-year-old driver was licensed with a temporary permit. 

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

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

The age and identity of the juvenile killed has not been released.

“We’re in the process of notification of next of kin,” the sergeant said.

The names and ages of the two injured juveniles also were not released.

The crash happened just east of Red Lion Five Points Road, Cook said.

A crash reconstruction team is investigating the crash, which appears to be a single-vehicle crash. It is not clear whether speed or alcohol were factors, Cook said.

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.


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.

Q&A forum scheduled for police chief candidates

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 9:44 AM

The Village of Yellow Springs will give the public an opportunity to meet and question the three finalists being considered for police chief.

Candidates are Brian Carlson, David Meister, and William “Tim” Spradlin. 

A forum will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, in council chambers at the John Bryan Community Center, 100 Dayton Street.

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The public forum will be followed immediately by a meet-and-greet session with candidates in Rooms A and B,

Comment cards will be available for completion at the forum. 

There will be child care available for anyone wanting to attend but must bring their children. Space is limited. To reserve space, call the Youth Center at 937- 767-7209. 

Citizens who are unable to attend the open forum may submit questions in advance to the Village Manager at the John Bryan Community Center via mail or email at The forum will be telecast live and will also be available the next day on the Village You-Tube channel. 

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Comment cards are available in the first floor lobby of the John Bryan Community Center until the beginning of the public forum. Citizens may submit comments regarding the candidates to the Village Manager no later than close of business Friday, June 2.

Muslims in America, by the numbers

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. In fact, if current trends continue, Muslims will surpass Christians as the world’s largest religious group in the second half of this century, according to the Pew Research Center.

As of 2010, there were an estimated 1.6 billion Muslims around the world, making up the majority of the population in 49 countries.

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And only 0.2 percent of the global Muslim population reportedly lived in North America.

In the U.S., the latest Pew numbers from 2015 show the country is home to an estimated 3.3 million Muslims of all ages — about 1 percent of the total U.S. population.

But by 2050, Pew researchers estimate Islam will supplant Judaism as the second-most popular religion in the U.S. with Muslims ultimately making up 2.1 percent of the future population.

Why is the group growing so fast?

According to researchers, it’s primarily about simple demographics.

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Muslim women on average have more children than women of the seven other major religious groups analyzed in Pew’s global landscape study.

Between 2010 and 2015, 31 percent of all babies born around the world were born to Muslims.

Muslims also have the youngest average age of all the major religious groups, Pew researches noted. In 2015, the median age of Muslims around the globe was 24 whereas the median age of non-Muslims was 32.

Those factors coupled together have led to the population projections in the second half of this century.

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How many Muslim immigrants have come to the U.S.?

Between 1992 and 2012, approximately 1.7 million Muslims entered the U.S. as legal permanent residents, jumping from about 50,000 in 1992 to 100,000 in 2012, Pew research found.

The data shows most Muslims that immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1990s came from countries in Asia and the Pacific or Middle East/North Africa.

By 2012, most Muslim immigrants to the U.S. came from Pakistan, Iran, Bangladesh and Iraq.

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Where do Muslims in America live?

The state-by-state map above shows the percentage of adult populations identifying as Muslims, according to Pew Research Center’s 2014 Religious Landscape Study.

Of all adult populations in the 50 states and District of Columbia, New Jersey reported the highest percentage of Muslim residents at 3 percent.

Data for the report came from telephone interviews with more than 35,000 Americans from all 50 states.

More information about Muslims in America at Pew Research Center.


Melynda Cook Howard appointed to Middletown judge seat

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 1:45 PM
Updated: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 2:30 PM

            Defense attorney Melynda Cook Howard was appointed on Friday by Ohio Gov. John Kasich to be the next Middletown Municipal Court judge, succeeding the late municipal court judge Mark Wall. Cook Howard will still have to run for election to fill the remaining two years on Wall’s term. GREG LYNCH/FILE

The next Middletown Municipal Court judge — at least until November — is local defense attorney Melynda Cook Howard, she told the Journal-News this afternoon.

The appointment comes 3-½ months after the death of the late Middletown Municipal Judge Mark Wall, who died on Feb. 11 at his Middletown home following a cardiovascular event.

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“I’m honored and humbled and very excited to be taking over the Middletown Municipal Court judge seat,” Cook Howard said. “I want to honor Judge Wall.”

This news outlet is working to confirm the appointment with the office of Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who made the appointment.

Cook Howard is one of five people who have been certified by the Butler County Board of Elections to be a candidate for the remaining two years on Wall’s six-year term. She would serve on the bench until a new judge is elected.

Others who have been certified to be on the November ballot in the non-partisan race include, local attorneys Beth Yauch Joseph, Terri King, Jeff Milbauer and James Sherron. Sherron was actually the recommended pick by the Butler County Republican Party’s Central Committee, though only 30 people voted in that recommendation.

“It certainly wasn’t an endorsement,” Cook Howard said. “(Kasich) looked at the qualifications of the candidates, and I’m sure he chose the most qualified person.”

When Cook Howard is sworn-in, which is set for June 16, she and her husband, Butler County Common Pleas Court Judge Greg Howard, will be the first husband-and-wife judicial couple in the county.