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Residents who live near Middletown bar take safety precautions

Published: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 2:05 PM
Updated: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 4:09 PM

They say drugs, prostitution common outside bar

Residents who live near a Middletown bar said they want the establishment closed permanently because of safety concerns that lower property values.

They may soon get their wish.

Middletown police and the State Investigative Unit conducted an investigation last week at Bar Boca, Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw told the Journal-News. He said the agencies found six liquor violations, including drug use that led to one arrest, at the downtown bar located at 124 Charles St.

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The bar owners, who live in Hamilton, were also cited for unsanitary conditions, he said.

Police have received complaints about the bar from residents and midnight patrol officers, the chief said.

“We’re working on getting it shut down,” Muterspaw said. “We don’t want it open. The community doesn’t want it open. It’s not fair to the residents who live there. It’s a bad place in that neighborhood. I know that sounds harsh, but I’m tired of being nice to people who don’t care about the city.”

After further investigation this week, Muterspaw said he anticipates additional violations with other agencies.

The owners of Bar Boca could not be reached for comment.

If Bar Boca is closed, it would be the second time a bar in that location was shut down by the city. Miller’s Lounge closed in 2014 after repeated nuisance violations, police said.

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The Ohio Liquor Control Commission upheld a decision by the Division of Liquor Control Commission that rejected the liquor renewal application from Miller’s Lounge.

About 65 residents and business owners in the area have signed a petition asking the city to close Bar Boca. The petition was started by Ronnie Perkins.

Perkins, who lives on Charles Street, said he wants Bar Boca closed permanently. He has installed surveillance cameras that point toward the bar, he said.

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After Bar Boca opened last fall, there was a shooting outside the bar 10 days later, Perkins said.

He said Bar Boca patrons gather outside the bar, attract prostitutes and commit violent crimes.

One female neighbor, who wanted to remain anonymous because she fears for her safety, said after the shooting at the bar, she asked Perkins to install 2-by-4 wooden braces on her front and back doors.

Before she mows the back yard, she racks up used needles and discharged empty liquor bottles that she believes are tossed there by bar patrons, she said.

MORE: Middletown police urge residents to report potential violence

“It’s just horrible over there,” said the woman who used to sit on her porch every night until Bar Boca opened.

Another woman who lives near the bar called it “a war zone” because of the violence and illegal activity.

“I’m petrified,” said the woman, who also asked to remain anonymous because she fears for her safety.

Services today for Springboro soldier killed in West Africa

Published: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 12:59 PM
Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, formerly of Springboro, and three other U.S. soldiers were killed Oct. 4 during an attack in the West African nation of Niger, according to the Defense Department. U.S. ARMY PHOTO
Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, formerly of Springboro, and three other U.S. soldiers were killed Oct. 4 during an attack in the West African nation of Niger, according to the Defense Department. U.S. ARMY PHOTO

UPDATE 10/19/17

Services are today for Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, formerly of Springboro, who was killed Oct. 4 in West Africa.

A wake and memorial service will be held for Johnson at the Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home in Fayetteville, N.C., according to an obituary posted to the funeral home’s website.

A memorial service is set for Nov. 7 at Fort Bragg, N.C.

FIRST REPORT

A memorial service for a soldier formerly from Springboro and three others killed in an ambush in Niger in West Africa is set for Nov. 7 at Fort Bragg, N.C., according to an Army spokesman.

Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, and formerly of Springboro, was among those killed in the Oct. 4 incident, the Defense Department has said. A date for a funeral service was pending Thursday, a spokesman said.

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ISIS-Grand Sahara militants were behind the attack against U.S. soldiers, Maj. Audricia M. Harris, a Pentagon spokeswoman, confirmed to this newspaper Thursday. The attack killed a foreign soldier working with American forces and injured two U.S. soldiers during a reconnaissance patrol, officials have said.

The other Americans killed in the attack were Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, 35, of Puyallup, Wash., Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, 29, of Lyons, Ga., and Sgt. LaDavid Johnson, of Miami Gardens, Fla., the Defense Department reported. Sgt. LaDavid Johnson’s name was released days after the three soldiers were first identified.

They were assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg.

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Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, who was married and had two children, moved to the Springboro area in his 20s to be closer to his mother and stepfather before he enlisted in the Army, friends of the family have told this news outlet.

“This is not another name,” Jeff Baldridge, a Springboro area family friend and Air Force veteran told WHIO-TV last week. “This is a young man who gave his life for his country, and it is hard to wrap your hand around the fact that for us this isn’t just another statistic. For us, every single veteran is precious.”

The soldier was expected to return to the United States in December after a year-long deployment in Africa, friends said. His parents had relocated in recent years to South Carolina.

A time for the memorial service at Fort Bragg had not yet been set, Army Capt. Christopher D. Webb said in an email.

How did DAYTON’S river skyline end up on the label of a MASSACHUSETTS beer?

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Great Miami River overruns River Run in Dayton

We were curious.

How in the WORLD did the Dayton Riverscape fountains, the Great Miami River and the Dayton skyline end up on the label of a beer brewed in Ipswich, Massachusetts?

So we asked — and we got the whole story.

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Here’s the explanation from Bryan Doran, director of sales and development for Clown Shoes Beer in — you guessed it — Ipswich, Massachusetts.

“When we first launched our beers in 2013, the legal alcohol by volume limit in Ohio was 12 percent. We made a beer called ‘Blaecorn Unidragon’ that had 12.5 percent ABV. We re-formulated the beer to be 11.5 percent ABV and released it in 2014 in Ohio as ‘Ohio Unidragon,’” Doran said.

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“The original label was Cleveland-centric with elements from the rest of Ohio. I have family in Ohio — my wife is from Cleveland — so it was something that I am sensitive to in that Ohio is a big state with strong regional loyalties. We have fans across the state, so we wanted to make sure to provide them with new labels that represent them.”

“So for the 2015 Ohio Unidragon, our label was Columbus-centric with elements from all over Ohio. And in 2016, our version was a great view of Cincinnati from the bluff of Price Hill.”

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“For this year’s version, we wanted to represent Dayton, because we have a lot of loyal fans there. When I am in town, I often stay in the Oregon District and take runs along the RiverScape Metropark.”

Lee Wolf of Dayton took this photo near RiverScape MetroPark in downtown Dayton. He said, "We were hiking along the river when my wife and I saw this rainbow magic over the fountain." CONTRIBUTED(HANDOUT)

“In talking with people, there was an understanding that the fountains were something very recognizable as Dayton. So it seemed like a great image for the label. Our artist, Michael Axt, then translates our thoughts into an image. He typically presents us with multiple sketches and we pick the one we like best. We really enjoyed the idea of the Unidragon playing in the fountain, so it made the label.”

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“We keep doing the project once a year because it is a fun beer that we really enjoy, and Ohio is a great state — and it’s a great state for Clown Shoes sales, too. We do a lot of state-specific beers basically because after doing the Ohio Unidragon, other states said, ‘Where is our special beer?’ So it makes sense to continue doing the beer since it was our first state-specific project.”

Dayton Riverscape fountains, the Great Miami River and the Dayton skyline appear on this Clown Shoes beer label. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

And THAT’S how the Dayton Riverscape fountains, the Great Miami River, and the Dayton skyline ended up on the label of a beer brewed in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

The beer is available at multiple retail shops around town that specialize in craft beers.

Just look for the dragon playing in the fountains.

Trip to pumpkin patch leaves woman with painful infection from tick bite

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 8:15 AM

FILE PHOTO - Pumpkins are seen at Petaluma Pumpkin Patch on  in Petaluma, California.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
FILE PHOTO - Pumpkins are seen at Petaluma Pumpkin Patch on in Petaluma, California.(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A California woman is recovering after she got a bad bacterial infection when she was bitten by a tick during a trip to a pumpkin patch.

Jennifer Velasquez said she was wearing flip-flops and shorts to a pumpkin patch when she was bitten by a tick two years ago, The Sacramento Bee reported. The tick was infected by Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

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She posted a photo of the rash to her Facebook page last week, saying that, “I couldn’t walk, my whole body was in pain, my hair fell out, and I almost died.”

And while the bite and the infection that followed happened two years ago, she posted the photo this month after seeing photos of families going to fall activities to remind them to cover up during outings and do a tick check after the trip, The Bee reported.

So what should people look for when it comes to Rocky Mountain spotted fever?

The Mayo Clinic says symptoms include:

  • High fever
  • Chills
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle aches
  • nausea and vomiting
  • Confusion or other neurological changes
  • Distinctive rash

And while Velasquez said to be careful and don’t repeat the mistake she made by wearing flip flops to a pumpkin patch, she said not to avoid going just to prevent a tick bite, The Bee reported.

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JUST IN: Local BBQ restaurant to add 2 new locations

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 7:46 AM

OinkADoodleMoo will add locations in Kettering, WPAFB

A local barbecue restaurant will add two locations, one of them a return engagement in Kettering.

OinkADoodleMoo Barbecue will open a restaurant at 912 E. Dorothy Lane at Ackerman Boulevard, in space that previously housed the original Dayton Beer Company taproom until it shut down two months ago. And after operating out of a mobile trailer since 2010 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OinkADoodleMoo has signed a lease contract to operate out of a facility near the food court in Area A.

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Steven Meyer, owner of OinkADoodleMoo, told this news outlet this morning that the new Kettering location will seat 35 to 40 inside and is projected to open in early 2018. The new WPAFB location will seat 15 to 20, although customers will also be able to take their food to the nearby food court. That location is expected to open in February, Meyer said.

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OinkADoodleMoo previously operated a restaurant at 3910 Far Hills Ave. in Kettering which developed a loyal following, but shut down in August 2015 after failing to re-negotiate its lease, Meyer said.

OinkADoodleMoo will expand in the weeks ahead, adding locations in Kettering and WPAFB. Photo from OinkADoodleMoo Facebook page.(Staff Writer)

Meyer went on to open a new location in Miamisburg, but always had an eye toward returning to Kettering. He said he was attracted to the strong traffic flow and visibility of the former brewery space on East Dorothy Lane. Renovations are already underway in the space, the OinkADoodleMoo owner said.

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OinkADoodleMoo was founded in 2009 with the opening of an Englewood restaurant that later relocated to the Randolph Plaza. In addition to the Miamisburg and Randolph Plaza/Clayton restaurants, OinkADoodleMoo operates a location in the KeyBank Tower lobby in downtown Dayton.

Meyer has a wealth of restaurant experience. He was one of the first franchisees of Penn Station East Coast Subs, has served as managing partner of Longhorn Steakhouse, and as area developer and operating partner for Cici’s Pizza.

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“Barbecue is definitely a niche, and we are proud that we are locally owned and operated, and focused on growing in the region where we are from,” Meyer said in a release. His children work at the restaurant and graduated from Miamisburg High School.