New restaurant opens today at Mall at Fairfield Commons

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 3:17 PM
Updated: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 6:57 AM

Restaurant closes inside the Mall at Fairfield Commons

A new-to-the-market restaurant concept opens its doors today, Monday Nov. 20, at the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek.

The former Max & Erma’s restaurant in front of the mall, which shut down in April, will be reborn today as MacKenzie River Pizza Grill Pub.

“It has been a long road with construction, but we have weathered it and are excited to welcome the community,” James Blystone, vice president of franchising and communication for Glacier Restaurant Group, told this news outlet today, Friday, Nov. 17.

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The restaurant seats about 220 and employs between 80 and 90 people, Blystone said. That’s about double the number of employees Max & Erma’s had when it shut down in April. MacKenzie River will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week.

MacKenzie River Pizza Grill Pub will open Monday at the Mall at Fairfield Commons. This photo shows the MacKenzie River restaurant that opened earlier this year at the Polaris Center in Columbus. FILE(Staff Writer)

The Max & Erma’s restaurant in that space at 2739 Fairfield Commons Blvd. shut down 16 months after the entire Max & Erma’s chain was bought out by Montana-based Glacier Restaurant Group.

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While the chain’s new owners are keeping some Max & Erma’s open, Glacier Restaurant Group is converting others to its MacKenzie River concept. It recently completed just such a re-branding and renovation at a former Max & Erma’s in the Polaris retail center in north Columbus.

The MacKenzie River Pizza Grill Pub “is all about fresh ingredients, scratch kitchens, creative cocktails, and a diverse beer section in our casual rustic Montana atmosphere that depicts the heart and soul of the Rocky Mountains,” Blystone said in April.

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“We wanted to give the Beavercreek community a new exciting dining option,” Blystone said. “This location worked fine for Max & Erma’s, but as we continue to expand the MacKenzie River Pizza Grill Pub, we look for opportunities that we feel are a great fit for this brand.

“We are confident the Beavercreek location and the community will embrace MacKenzie River’s scratch kitchen, extraordinary service and mountain ambience.”

The Mall at Fairfield Commons area has been a hotbed of restaurant activity this year. Melt Bar & Grilled and Fusian are among those restaurants that have opened, and a Flyboys Deli is just a couple of weeks away from its grand opening.

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Feedwire Road crash victim ‘brought people together’

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 4:51 PM

Evan Henry-Singleton and his dog, Ralph
Evan Henry-Singleton and his dog, Ralph(Contributed)

The 22-year-old victim of a Feedwire Road fatal accident was “a real good kid” who “everybody loved” according to the mother of a close friend.

Tracey Hogan, mother of Josh Hogan, recalled Evan Henry-Singleton’s positive nature and constant smile.

The Centerville man’s life was cut short early Monday morning after he drove into a tree and ended up in a culvert.

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“It’s hitting hard,” said Hogan. “It’s hitting all the kids hard.”

Hogan’s son knew Henry-Singleton from high school, and she described him as “a very loyal friend.”

“He never met a stranger ... He was good to everyone and he introduced a lot of people,” she said. “He brought people together.”

Evan Henry-Singleton at his Centerville High School graduation.

Hogan called Henry-Singleton’s death a “tragedy.”

“They’re just 22. Their life is just beginning and it’s so full of promise,” she explained. “To have it cut short like that, it’s a tragedy. You don’t know what to say. It’s hard.”

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Hogan said she talked to her son about mourning and how to cope with the loss of a friend.

“He’s gotten together with friends,” she added. “I know that a lot of them are trying to get together and maybe put together a memorial. Something where they can come together, honor [Henry-Singleton] and grieve together.”

Evan Henry-Singleton with a group of friends. Submitted photo

Sugarcreek Twp. police are reportedly exploring all factors that might have played a role in the crash, but haven’t released any information yet.

“The kids seem to think he had a problem with his brakes; the brakes locked up,” said Hogan. “It was a tragic accident.”

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Hogan said her heart goes out to Henry-Singleton’s entire family.

“When something like this happens, it just brings it home,” she said.

“Just cherish your children, every moment you have with them, because you don’ t know. We’re not promised tomorrow. We all think we have a long life, but you never know.”

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Family of boy who drowned in Dayton pool hires civil rights attorney Ben Crump

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 11:03 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 6:06 PM

The family of a 6-year-old boy who died after drowning in a Dayton city-owned swimming pool wants answers about how long the boy was under water and why lifeguards were allegedly not watching the boy more closely.

UPDATE @ 5:53 p.m. (July 17): Niguel Hamilton’s family has retained the services of civil right attorney Ben Crump.

Crump, who has represented the family of Trayvon Martin and taken on other high profile cases, was retained by the Hamilton family to “pursue justice,” according to a statement issued Tuesday. 

“They don't understand how you have three certified swimming instructors and only four children in the pool, and yet you lose one of them,” Crump said of the family. “They're heartbroken, and they just are searching for answers.”

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The Hamilton family was paying for swimming lessons a Lohrey Recreation Center to prevent exactly this kind of tragedy, Crump said. 

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The attorney was in town Tuesday and he said he’s helping the Hamilton family plan Niguel’s home-going celebrations this weekend. He said he also plans to push the city for an explanation of how the boy could have died. 

“The family has gotten no answers at this point,” Crump said. 

Niguel’s parents released a statement for the first time Tuesday: “No parent should ever have to endure such a preventable loss, and we want to make sure no other parents suffer a loss like this."

Crump added: "He had his whole life ahead of him. He never ever, ever, ever should have been taken this soon."

Services for Niguel are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Timothy Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton.

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The 6-year-old pulled from a Dayton pool last week has died, according to the coroner’s office.

Niguel Hamilton died at the hospital Sunday night, officials said.

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Hamilton was pulled from the indoor pool at Lohrey Recreation Center in Dayton on July 12.

The city released a statement Friday afternoon: “A thorough investigation is underway. Out of respect for the family involved, we will not be making additional comments at this time.”

A Dayton Police Department detective also has been assigned to the case.

Niguel Hamilton was one of about four children in the indoor pool for swim lessons at the center, the boy’s grandfather, Willie Hamilton said. 

“He’s happy, full of life, loving, smart,” his grandfather said Friday. “Niguel is a good kid. He is a loving kid. Everybody who meets Niguel loves him.”

The last thing Hamilton remembers of Niguel’s swim lesson is that he saw him with his class in the deep end, and that Niguel, who is 6 but small for his age, had just gone off the diving board with his instructor’s assistance.

Shortly after that, a lifeguard said they didn’t see Niguel in the water and asked if he had seen him, whether he had gone to the restroom.

“I got up, went to the bathroom and looked around and couldn’t find him,” Hamilton said.

The lifeguards then got everyone out of the pool and searched again, in vain.

Hamilton said he went outside to check for him, but when he returned he learned they found him at the bottom of the pool.

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Crews rescue 2, dogs, 2 cats and 5 kittens from Moraine house fire

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 4:21 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 6:35 PM

Firefighters managed to save several kittens from a house fire in Moraine on Tuesday afternoon.

UPDATE @ 6 p.m.

A neighbor spotted a fire coming from a garage and alerted a man and his grandson to get out of the house.

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The occupants had to rush out and leave their pets behind, but Moraine firefighters were able to rescue two dogs, two cats and five kittens.

Damages were extensive to the home and garage.

UPDATE @ 4:50 p.m.

Moraine fire crews rescued kittens from a house fire and reunited them with a little girl.


Fire and heavy smoke are reportedly coming through the roof this afternoon of an attached garage.

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Crews were called around 4:15 p.m. to a single-story home the 5000 block of Lauderdale Drive in Moraine.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.

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‘Deadliest Catch’ co-star pleads guilty to sexually assaulting teen

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 5:25 PM

Edgar Hansen (L) and Matt Bradley of
Edgar Hansen (L) and Matt Bradley of "Dealiest Catch" participate in the 2nd Annual Boot Ride And Rally to benefit U.S. Soldiers on August 26, 2012 in Hollywood. This week, Hansen pleaded guilty to fourth-degree sexual assault of a teenage girl at a home near Seattle.(Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

“Deadliest Catch” reality TV fisherman Edgar Hansen pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teenage girl at a home near Seattle, but isn’t expected to serve any jail time.

Hansen, 47, received a 364-day suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to  fourth degree sexual assault with sexual motivation, the Associated Press reported. He was also ordered to undergo a sexual deviancy evaluation and give a DNA sample to authorities. 

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According to court documents obtained by KIRO 7, a 16-year-old girl told her therapist that Hansen sexually assaulted her at a Montlake Terrace home in September.

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A detective contacted Hansen’s wife, who confronted her husband about the allegations, court documents show. She told police that he denied the accusations at first, but eventually admitted to touching the girl inappropriately.

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Hansen is deck boss and crew member of the Seattle-based crabbing boat featured on the Discovery Channel show “Deadliest Catch.”

The boat’s captain, Sig Hansen, is Edgar Hansen’s brother.

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