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Wendy’s at Dayton Mall reopens more than 3 weeks after fire

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 11:45 AM
Updated: Friday, July 07, 2017 @ 9:54 AM

The Wendy’s near the Dayton Mall at Ohio 725 and Ohio 741 has reopened more than three weeks after a fire. JIM NOELKER/STAFF
The Wendy’s near the Dayton Mall at Ohio 725 and Ohio 741 has reopened more than three weeks after a fire. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

The Wendy’s restaurant near the Dayton Mall has reopened more than three weeks after a fire traced to a thermostat damaged a wall and part of the restaurant’s floor.

>> EARLIER THIS WEEK: Big changes coming to Dayton-area Wendy’s restaurants 

>> ALSO TODAY: Brand new Oregon District restaurant now open

The restaurant at 2948 Miamisburg-Centerville Road (Ohio 725) reopened yesterday, Thursday July 6,  Kevin Morris — director of operations for MUY! Hamburger Partners, the franchise group that operates 31 Wendy’s restaurants across the Miami Valley — told this news outlet this morning, July 7.

>> EARLIER: Small fire shuts down Wendy’s near Dayton Mall

Miami Twp. Fire District crews were dispatched to the Wendy’s just after 8 p.m. on June 12. There were no injuries reported, and the employees were able to get out of the building, a fire official said.

Big changes coming to Dayton-area Wendy's restaurants

Damage to the wall and floor were considered minimal, the fire official said. The floor was damaged when the remains of the melted thermostat began to drip.

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California teacher fired after saying military members are ‘lowest of our low’

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 10:59 AM

Gregory Salcido has bee fired from his position as a history teacher at El Rancho High School  in Pico Rivera, California, after video surfaced of him making disparaging remarks about members of the military.
Image capture: Google
Gregory Salcido has bee fired from his position as a history teacher at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, California, after video surfaced of him making disparaging remarks about members of the military.(Image capture: Google)

A California history teacher who was seen on video making disparaging remarks about members of the military has been fired.

The Los Angles Times reported that the El Rancho Unified School District unanimously voted on Tuesday to remove Gregory Salcido from his post at El Rancho High School  in Pico Rivera, California.

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported that, pending any appeals, Salcido will stay on unpaid leave.

In January, Salcido was investigated by the board after video was released of him telling a class of students that people in the military are “not intellectual people” and “the freaking lowest of our low.” The video, in which Salcido appeared to be reacting to a student wearing a Marines shirt, surfaced on Jan. 26.

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“We’ve got a bunch of dumb (expletive) over there,” Salcido says in the video. “Think about the people who you know who are over there – your freaking stupid Uncle Louie or whatever – they’re dumb (expletive). They’re not like high-level thinkers, they’re not academic people, they're not intellectual people; they’re the freaking lowest of our low.”

The history teacher also appeared to make insensitive remarks about people in Asia.

“We couldn’t beat the Vietnamese – they’re a bunch of people this freaking big throwing rice at us.”

KCBS reported that Salcido defended his comments at a Feb. 13 city council meeting.

“My goal, as it relates to my students, related to the military, is to get them to do everything to get to college,” Salcido said. “It’s not just the military, I don’t want them working at a fast food restaurant either. And any comment related to, is out of context. I’m talking about their academic standing. I don’t think it’s at all a revelation to anybody that those who aren’t stellar students usually find the military a better option.”

The video prompted White House Chief Of Staff John Kelly, a former Marine Corps general, to say, “I think the guy ought to go to hell.”

The Los Angeles Times reported that Salcido, 49, was with his wife visiting family in New York and headed home “under the circumstances,” according to an email from Salcido.

“Because of the many vulgar and violent threats against my family, I do not have any comment on the situation at this time,” Salcido told the LA Times.

Salcido has 30 days to appeal the board’s decision.

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NEW DETAILS: Police report Fuyao worker killed after cutting strap holding glass

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 8:47 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 12:20 PM

911 call: Fuyao death

UPDATE, 12:19 p.m.: The Fuyao Glass America Inc. employee killed Tuesday in a workplace accident at the Moraine plant was crushed by a ton of glass after he cut a strap, freeing the product to fall on him, police records show.

Forklift operator Ricky Patterson of Dayton died within minutes shortly after 5 a.m. after he was trapped between his machine and a pallet holding more than 2,000 pounds of glass, according to Moraine Police Division records.

EARLIER: Fuyao plant workers consider union

Police records indicate the moments leading to death of Patterson, 57, were captured on company video at the Chinese automobile glass manufacturing plant, Moraine’s largest employer with about 2,000 jobs.

“The video shows the pallet of glass shifted forward,” according to Moraine police records. “Patterson then walks in between the forklift and the glass, grabs a strip cutter, and cuts the west side strap, causing the glass to crush him in the forklift.”

The police report said the footage seen on the video, with time codes, is as follows:

“-5:10,16: Patterson cuts straps on glass, causing it to crush him.

-5:14.57: Lawson sees Patterson wedged between forklift and glass;

-5:15.10: A second forklift and safety officer arrive;

RELATED: Fuyao spent $800K for consultant skilled in ‘union avoidance’

-5:16.10: Multiple employees check on Patterson;

-5:22.10: Second forklift is tied to glass;

-5:23.54: Second forklift attempts to pull glass from Patterson.”

RELATED: Fuyao set to double hiring at Moraine plant

EARLIERREPORT: A 911 caller from Fuyao Glass America Inc. told dispatchers early in the conversation Tuesday morning that he thought a forklift operator had died.

The 10-minute call at 5:13 a.m. from the Chinese automobile glass manufacturing plant on Stroop Road in Moraine indicates that when Ricky Patterson of Dayton was discovered, it was too late to save him, records show.

RELATED: Fuyao vows to work closely with investigators after worker crushed

“I think this guy might be dead,” the caller told a dispatcher.

The caller later added to others in the vicinity “I think the guy’s dead….I think the glass fell on him.”

RELATED: Fuyao worker dies in accident: What we know now

The 57-year-old Patterson died after being crushed between a forklift and more than a ton of glass, Moraine police records show.

The accident that killed Patterson was captured on video by the company that supplies about 2,000 jobs in the city, the Moraine Police Division incident report states.

RELATED: Fuyao production ramps up, customer orders grow

Patterson was found “wedged in between” the industrial machine and a pallet of glass, which had a tag indicating it weighed 2,097 pounds, the report states.

Patterson died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck in what was ruled an accident, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the issue.

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Who is Mark Anthony Conditt, the suspected Austin bomber?

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 9:57 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 12:07 PM

Austin Package Explosions: Suspect Dead

The suspected Austin serial bomber who apparently killed himself early Wednesday as authorities closed in on him was Pflugerville resident Mark A. Conditt, local and federal law enforcement sources told the American-Statesman and KVUE.


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TIMELAPSE: Snowy morning commute; how much snow did you get?

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:49 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 9:32 AM

Hyper-lapse: Morning drive from Miami to Montgomery county

The morning commute was snow filled across the region.There were dozens of slide offs but no life threatening injury accidents.

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Check out the timelapse of our Breaking News Team Storm Tracker vehicle’s trek to work this morning from Englewood to Dayton.

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Overall snow totals are expected to be between 3 and 5 inches, with some areas seeing closer to 6 inches. Butler and Warren counties are under a Winter Storm Warning, while the rest of the area is under a Winter Weather Advisory.

>> Winter Weather Advisory in effect; 3-5 inches of snow expected as gusts cause blowing, drifting

Here are current snow totals received by this news organization from NWS trained spotters:


Oxford:  4 inches

Fairfield: 1.9 inches


St. Paris: 5 inches


Springfield: 1.2 inches


Arcanum: 3.5 inches

Greenville: 5 inches

Bradford: 3.4 inches


Bellbrook: 2.5 inches

Fairborn: 2.5 inches


Bellefontaine: 3.3 inches


Celina: 3 inches


Troy: 5.5 inches

Piqua: 1.5 inches


Dayton Airport: 1.7 inches

Centerville: 2.5 inches

Kettering: 2.2 inches

Miamisburg: 2.5 inches


West Alexandria: 4.5 inches


Sidney: 7 inches

Botkins: 3.3 inches


Lebanon: 2 inches

Maineville: 2.9 inches


Richmond: 2 inches


>> How the winter storm will continue to impact travel plans

>> Crashes reported as snow, wind cause slick roads, poor visibility 

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