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Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 8:15 AM
MIDDLETOWN — Middletown’s newest eatery opens on Monday.
Hardee’s will return to Middletown after an absence of more than a decade in the city.
The new restaurant on South Breiel Boulevard opens Monday, said Leslie Young, PRG vice president of operations. It will be the company’s ninth location.
“We’re really excited to open in Middletown,” she said.
Young, who started as a Hardee’s drive-thru cashier 31 years ago, said there was a high demand to bring franchises back to Middletown and Hamilton. She said PRG opened its Hamilton store on Jan. 8 at 1510 S. Erie Blvd. She said the Middletown store will be the third it has opened in the last three months, including a location in Columbus.
“There was a Hardee’s in both towns before, and the company periodically revisits communities where they used to operate in past,” she said. “There was a high demand for these locations.”
According to this new organization’s archives, the previous Hardee’s location in Middletown was located on Towne Boulevard and was razed along with another restaurant in 2006 for the Kroger Marketplace that opened in 2007.
Young said each of the new restaurants represent a $1.7 million investment in the community and will have about 75 full- and part-time employees. She said the general managers for both of the new restaurants are from the area. She said they are still looking to hire more employees and those interested can apply online to prghd.com.
She said people are drawn to Hardee’s because of their thick Angus hamburgers, biscuits made from scratch and chicken tenders that are breaded and battered at each store.
“We have a lot of things that are made from scratch,” Young said.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 8:18 AM
— We’ve had the Tide Pod Challenge, the salt and ice challenge and the cinnamon challenge. It seems like every few weeks there’s a challenge teens are trying out just to become a viral sensation and get their 15 minutes of fame.
The latest challenge, which unlike other viral challenges isn’t dangerous, it is posing a problem for workers at craft store chain, Hobby Lobby.
Teens are heading to the craft store floral aisle to show off their photography skills.
The walls of faux flowers are serving as a backdrop for the glamorous shots.
ABC News said that Kelsey Maggart, a professional photographer, is the one who started the latest challenge in January.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 7:55 AM
— A new and potentially large-scale wine festival is coming to Springfield in May, and its organizers say they’d like to turn it into an annual event.
“Vintage Ohio South” will spotlight Ohio wines and wineries, especially those in the southern half of the state, according to Donniella Winchell, executive director of the Ohio Wine Producers Association (OWPA), which is sponsoring the festival. This year’s event is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at the Clark County Fairgrounds.
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In northeast Ohio, the OWPA has offered the Vintage Ohio Wine Festival for 23 years, and it has attracted thousands from the quadrant of the state that has a larger winemaking and vineyard presence than southern Ohio. The wine producers association has sponsored a wine festival in the Dayton-Springfield region before, but it’s been a while.
From 2003-09, the wine producers association brought an annual Ohio wine festival to what was then the National City 2nd Street Market (now the Five Rivers MetroParks 2nd Street Market) in downtown Dayton. The event fizzled after National City Bank merged with another bank, but after a one-year hiatus, the OWPA brought an outdoor wine festival to the Boonshoft Museum that lasted a couple of years. Bad weather thwarted any chance for success at the outdoor events, but the Clark County Fairgrounds festival will be held indoors, rain or shine, for at least the first year, organizers said.
Winchell said Vintage Ohio South will offer attendees samples of wine from all corners of the state, but the event is designed to showcase the wines of southern Ohio and make consumers aware there is a growing number of wineries in the region.
“We are going to focus on how many new wineries are there in southern Ohio and how many really nice wines are coming from the region that are significantly different from the cool-climate whites up north,” Winchell said.
Organizers chose the Springfield site in part because of its proximity to the Dayton and Columbus markets, Winchell said. They also were impressed with the lake behind the Clark County Fairgrounds that has electricity available nearby, green space and ample parking, with the idea of possibly moving the event outside in subsequent years if it proves to be popular, the OWPA executive director said.
The fairgrounds — which recently re-branded as the Clark County Fairgrounds at Champions Park — will spend about $170,000 this spring to make improvements to its facilities, including installing air conditioning at one of its buildings. County and fairgrounds officials said last week the improvements will help them to more effectively market the site for local and national events.
Organizers expect to have about 15 wineries at the inaugural Vintage Ohio South. Wineries that have signed up already include Valley Vineyards in Warren County, Meranda-Nixon Winery in Adams County, Hanover Winery in Butler County, Old Mason Winery in Miami County, The Winery at Versailles in Darke County, Olde Schoolhouse vineyard & Winery in Preble County, Caesar Creek Vineyards in Greene County, A.R. Winery in Darke County, Brandeberry Winery in Clark County, Meier’s Wine Cellars in Cincinnati, Debonne Vineyards in Madison in northeast Ohio, and TinCap Cidery in Clinton County.
The event will include local craft artisans, restaurant vendors and food trucks, as well as live music, cooking demonstrations and wine-education events. Pre-sale tickets, which include 12 wine-sampling tickets, are $25 and will be $30 at door.
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Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 7:18 PM
TOLEDO, Ohio — A church pastor, his wife and 19-year-old daughter are accused of robbing a Sunday school teacher minutes before a Sunday’s service at the St. Paul Zion Church in Toledo, Ohio.
Police in Toledo said that Nickema Turner, 39, was grabbed from behind by her hair by the daughter of the pastor, Kamali Morris. She then punched Turner and the pastor, Anthony Morris, 49, pushed the victim to the ground, police said.
The wife of the pastor, Zelda Morris, 46, allegedly emptied the purse belonging to Turner and grabbed the victim’s iPhone, according to WTVG.
According to the Toledo Blade, Turner attempted to get her belongings back from Zelda Morris when Anthony Morris pulled out a gun and pointed it at Turner. She also told police that he threatened to kill her.
According to WTVG, the police report included that Zelda Morris stated to Turner’s daughter following the attack:
"You wanna know why this happened? It happened because your mom slept with my husband."
The Morris family fled the scene before police arrived.
Anthony Morris with his wife Zelda were later arrested but their daughter, Kamali had not been located as of Monday afternoon according to the Toledo Blade.
The police report indicates that in addition to the cellphone, a Taser and prescription medication were taken from her purse. The iPhone was later recovered but the screen was broken.
Zelda Morris and her daughter Kamali Morris are charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, a first degree felony.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 2:31 PM
Carlton Nebergall Jr., 61, was arrested early Monday on a first-degree murder charge in the death of Jacob Lodge, 36, who was in divorce proceedings with Nebergall’s daughter, court records show. Nebergall appeared Monday morning with his attorney, Michael Salnick, in front of Judge Ted Booras. Booras recused himself from the case, though, saying, “I’ve known the defendant for too many years.”
Nebergall will remain in the Palm Beach County Jail until at least Wednesday, when another judge can rule on his bond requirements.
Nebergall was taken into custody late Sunday after deputies responded to a home on the far east end of Mellow Court, near the Pond Cypress Natural Area, following a shooting. Authorities found Lodge fatally shot at about 8:30 that night. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.
Sheriff’s authorities have not commented on what may have motivated the retired deputy to shoot Lodge. Court records indicate Nebergall’s daughter filed for a divorce from Lodge last month.
Lodge’s younger brother, Clint, said Monday that Nebergall’s daughter and Lodge had an “off-and-on, love-hate relationship” for about a decade. They had two boys, ages 9 and 5, according to Clint Lodge. They had been living separately prior to Lodge’s death, his brother said.
He said Lodge and Nebergall had argued before over Nebergall’s daughter. He wasn’t sure what led up to his brother’s killing.
“He was far from perfect, but he didn’t deserve that,” Clint Lodge said about his brother, calling him “one of the best, just somebody you could really look up to.” Records indicate Jacob Lodge was scheduled to be on probation until May 2019 in a theft-related case. He had another open theft case in which he was accused of stealing from his former employer, an air-conditioning company. He pleaded not guilty to those charges.
His in-laws’ law enforcement backgrounds led to conflict about being on “the right side of the law,” Clint Lodge said.
Nebergall worked at the Lantana Police Department from 1981 to 1985, when he joined the sheriff’s office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement records state. He worked at the sheriff’s office until his retirement in 2012.
His son, Jason Nebergall, joined him at the sheriff’s office in 2007, state records show. However, during his nine years on the job, the younger Nebergall was accused of being overly aggressive, pulling a gun on a fellow deputy and engaging in sexual misconduct at a West Palm Beach-area nightclub while on duty and in full uniform.
In December 2016, Jason Nebergall, a U.S. Air Force member, was arrested after a then-26-year-old woman accused him of sexually battering her. He had responded to the woman’s home earlier that night for a disturbance call and returned to “check in” on her, he said. He denied inappropriately touching her, though his DNA was found on her breasts.
He was placed on paid administrative leave when the sheriff’s office was alerted to the allegations in July 2016. It was not immediately known whether he is still on the sheriff’s office’s payroll.