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This drag racer wants to teach Butler County teens about safe driving

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 7:00 AM

            Doug Herbert’s two sons died in a car accident in 2008. The champion drag racer launched the BRAKES program after their deaths to teach safer driving to teens. CONTRIBUTED
Doug Herbert’s two sons died in a car accident in 2008. The champion drag racer launched the BRAKES program after their deaths to teach safer driving to teens. CONTRIBUTED(Contributed)

Drag racing champion Doug Herbert has cruised past 300 mph on the track and has received accolades for his prowess as a driver. But none of that prepared him for the call he received telling him that his two sons had been killed in an auto accident involving a high rate of speed.

Car crashes remain a leading cause of death for teens. In 2016, more than 49,100 teens ages 15-19 experienced crashes in Ohio, resulting in nearly 14,000 injuries and 127 teen deaths, according to the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

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For Herbert, 49, those stats were a reality in January 2008 when his two sons — Jon, 17, and James, 12 — died instantly around 10 a.m. on a four-lane road in Cornelius, N.C.

According to police reports, Jon was driving at a high rate of speed and tried to pass another vehicle but then lost control of his car and was struck by a Hummer.

“I didn’t know when my boys were in the crash that car crashes are the number one thing that kills teenagers,” Herbert told the Journal-News.

Following the tragedy, he wanted to do something to help others from experiencing his horror and started BRAKES — “Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe” — which has evolved into a large non-profit charity that teaches safe driving skills to teens around the country.

“The initial goal was to teach my sons’ friends about being safer and more responsible drivers,” Herbert said. “Over the last nine years we have taught over 30,000 teenagers from 43 states around the country.”

BRAKES will makes its first ever stop in Butler County this month.

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“We are excited to bring the program to the area and we hope to make it an annual thing,” Herbert said. “What we are not is driver’s education. We require teenagers to actually have a learner’s permit or a valid driver’s license and at least 30 hours of behind-the-wheel driving experience before they come to our class because what we are going to teach them is life-saving skills. Skills that will likely keep them out of an accident.”

He added, “we are going to teach them to deal with emergency situations that they will likely run into on the road at one point or another. Instead of panicking and not knowing what to do, we are going to teach them how to deal with that.”

BRAKES has received numerous federal safety grants and corporate sponsorships from companies like KIA, who is providing vehicles for the event, according to Herbert.

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Parents can also participate and receive some up-to-date training behind the wheel.

“The teens and their parents learning together is a good thing,” Herbert said.

But for Herbert, the bottom line is to make sure that safe, effective driving skill are taught to teen so that their parents don’t ever have to experience what he went through.

“I want to make sure parents don’t get the phone call that I got saying your kids aren’t coming home,” Herbert said.


WHAT: The national teen defensive driving program B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe)

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22

WHERE: Manheim Auto Auction, 4939 Muhlhauser Road, West Chester Twp.

COST: Free, but registration is required. Register online at

Local police meet with religious groups after Texas church shooting

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 7:14 AM

Couple with local ties dies in Texas church shooting

Springboro Police met with local church pastors to discuss any potential safety issues surrounding the local faith community after a recent church shooting in Texas left 26 people dead.

Springboro Police Chief Jeff Kruithoff hosted a meeting of local church pastors to discuss “the concept of church security and safety,” the city posted on its Facebook page. “With the recent church shooting in Texas, the chief felt it was a good time to gather the pastors to discuss the issue of keeping people safe while attending services and also wanted to take the time to discuss the role of the churches when a tragedy strikes a community,” the post stated. 

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The shooting at a church in Sutherland, Texas left 26 dead including several children. Authorities say Devin Patrick Kelley entered the Texas church and killed members of the congregation in the attack, including the unborn baby of one of the women slain.

Springboro police said they are willing to meet with any local groups that might have concerns about safety. Read the post below:

JUST IN: New Dayton eatery’s ‘Parkmoor’ name triggers trademark dispute

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 7:05 AM

New restaurant triggers trademark dispute with 'Parkmoor' name

A new Dayton chicken restaurant ran afoul of another restaurant’s trademark just as it was opening its doors for the first time this week.

Owners of the restaurant that WAS to be called “Ms. Pam’s Parkmoor Style Dixie Fried Chicken” say they received a “cease-and-desist” order from an attorney representing Fricker’s, the local restaurant and pub chain that has taken steps to register and protect the Parkmoor chicken name.

As a result, Ms. Pam’s owners Gary Keller and Pam Jackson have capitulated by covering up, with duct tape, the “Parkmoor” and “Dixie” on the sign in front of their new restaurant at 2920 Wayne Ave. near Belmont High School.

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The restaurant’s new name, Jackson said Wednesday night, is “Ms. Pam’s Old Dayton Style Golden Fried Chicken.”

Pam Jackson and Gary Keller are owners of the Wayne Avenue restaurant that was quickly forced to drop the term “Parkmoor” from its name after a “cease-and-desist” letter from another restaurant. It will now be called “Ms. Pam’s Old Dayton Style Golden Fried Chicken,” the owners said Wednesday night. This photo was taken Nov. 29, before the owners learned of the trademark dispute. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Staff Writer)

Keller made it clear he still believes his fried chicken tastes better — and more true to the flavor of the original recipe served at the Dayton-area Parkmoor restaurant chain that reached its peak of popularity in the 1960s — than any other version that he has tasted. But he said he will do as the cease-and-desist letter demands, to avoid a legal battle.

“I didn’t want to spend $60,000 in court and lose,” Keller said. “They have the rights to the name, and there’s nothing we can do about it.”

RELATED: ‘Chicken Wars’ break out in Dayton area with opening of several new restaurants (January 2017)

In its heyday in the 1960s, Parkmoor operated more than a half-dozen restaurants in the Dayton area, and at least 10 more elsewhere in Ohio and in Michigan and Indiana. The fond memories of Parkmoor chicken is evident in a long, nostalgia-filled thread of comments on

The Frickers restaurant in Huber Heights started serving Parkmoor Chicken in 2009, according to a Dayton Daily News column by Dale Huffman published in August of that year. And it still does, as a weekly special: just four days ago, on Dec. 10, the same Huber Heights Fricker’s touted its Parkmoor Dixie Fried Chicken Sunday special on its Facebook page: “It’s Sunday, and that means time for Parkmoor Chicken at Fricker’s!”

RELATED: Famous Parkmoor chicken on the menu of local restaurant (August 2009 Dale Huffman column)

The new Ms. Pam’s Old Dayton Style Golden Fried Chicken restaurant opened Tuesday, and Keller and Jackson said they got very positive customer feedback about the quality and taste of their fried chicken, which helps take the sting about the forced name change.

“It’s a shame, and it will hurt our startup, but this product will sell on its own, it’s so good,” Keller said.

RELATED: Church’s Chicken shuts down 2 Dayton-area restaurants (December 2016)

Keller said he has always been an avid fan of good fried chicken.

“If I was on death row, my last-meal request would be fried chicken and two cans of Coke,” he said.

Chicken in the fryer at “Ms. Pam’s Old Dayton Style Golden Fried Chicken” on Wayne Avenue near Belmont High School. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Staff Writer)

Keller befriended Pam Jackson years ago when she was working for the Church’s Fried Chicken chain in the Dayton area. After Jackson left Church’s Chicken, the two hatched a plan to open their own restaurant.

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“This has always been on my bucket list. I’m 64 years old, so it’s time to do it,” Keller said.

The 2,000-square-foot space — across the street from Belmont High School and what will soon be a new public library — previously housed Oaked and Smoked, a deli that specialized in smoked salmon; a New York Pizza shop; and Tony’s Italian Sausage. The new restaurant seats 38 and will employ about 8 once it gets fully up and running, Keller said.

The Ms. Pam’s menu includes fried chicken pieces, chicken tenders, chicken livers and gizzards and boneless chicken. Sides include fried green tomatoes, fried broccoli-and-cheese bites, okra, cole slaw, green beans and macaroni & cheese. The restaurant offers a two-piece leg-and-thigh special on Tuesdays and Thursdays for $1.99.

“We want to offer customers a nice, healthy meal for a good price,” Jackson said. Plans call for adding equipment to offer fresh-baked cookies soon, she said.

Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (937) 496-5064.

Newtown marks fifth anniversary of deadly Sandy Hook shooting

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 7:12 AM

Thursday marks the five-year anniversary of the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza, 20, first shot and killed his mother, then went to the school, opened fire and killed 20 children and six staff members before killing himself.

>> PHOTOS: Scenes from Sandy Hook

According to the Hartford Courant, the town is paying tribute to the victims this year with a temporary exhibit featuring photos of the students and educators who were killed in the shooting.

“We ask that you spend a few minutes in quiet reflection as we remember the lives of these vibrant young children and caring adults who were part of the essence of this community as students, educators and friends,” reads a sign at the exhibit. “All of those so tragically killed on that day were greatly loved by their families and friends and they continue to be loved and missed every day.”

The exhibit will be on display through Friday, WTIC reported.

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Additionally, town offices will closed for a moment of silent reflection from 9:30 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday. Trinity Church will also host an interfaith service at 7 p.m., and St. Rose Church will hold a mass at 7:30 p.m., according to WTIC.

Earlier this week, Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit group created by parents of two of the victims, released a public service announcement urging people to become familiar with the warning signs leading up to mass shootings.

>> Watch the PSA here

DP&L, Duke customers reporting power outages; Winds to blame?

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 11:04 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 7:49 AM

As of 7:50 a.m., Thursday,  Dayton Power and Light is reporting the following outages:

Miami: 11

Montgomery: 53

As of 3:10 a.m. Thursday, Dayton Power and Light is reporting the following outages:

Miami: 177

Darke: 60

Montgomery: 138

Greene: 2

Clinton: 63

Duke Energy is reporting the following outages:

Butler: 17

Warren: 2

Nearly 1,600 customers were without power in Miami County Wednesday evening, but power has since been restored to hundreds.