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Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 7:05 AM
— 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.
The restaurant’s new name, Jackson said Wednesday night, is “Ms. Pam’s Old Dayton Style Golden Fried Chicken.”
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 DaytonHistoryBooks.com.
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.
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.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 1:06 AM
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Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 8:47 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 12:25 AM
OHIO — UPDATE @ 12:26 a.m. (April 26): The Amber Alert has ended. Authorities located and arrested Neil Perin in Cleveland, near Shaker Square. His three children have been found safe.
UPDATE @ 9:49 p.m. (April 25)
An Amber Alert has been issued for three children from Athens, Ohio, authorities believe have been taken today by their father following a domestic dispute.
According to Athens police, the incident took place at a home in the 100 block of East State Street, where the children live.
If you see the group, you are asked to approach with caution because the suspect has a history of violence.
They may be traveling in a gray Dodge Journey, Ohio license plate GJG 8892.
The children are:
* Lilly Dudas, 4 years old. She is 3 foot 6, 44 pounds, is a blonde and has brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a blue top and purple skirt with blue pants
* Olive Perin, 2 years old. She is 2 foot, 24 pounds, has brown hair and eyes.
* Henry Perin, 6 months and 1 pounds, is blond and has blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a onesie with a hoodie. The color is not known.
They are believed to have been taken by Neil Perin, 34. He is described as 6 foot 1, about 190 pounds. He has black hair and hazel eyes, according to authorities.
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If you have information about Perin or the children, or believe you have seen them, you are asked to contact the Athens Police Department, 740-592-3313.
You may also call 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST), 1-877-AMBER-OH (1-877-262-3764) or 9-1-1 to be transferred directly to the investigating agency or to hear the alert information.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 12:17 AM
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Residents of a Seminole County, Florida, neighborhood were on high alert Wednesday because of an aggressive bear that killed one dog and seriously injured another one in recent days.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission set traps in The Estates at Springs Landing subdivision along Markham Woods Road near Longwood to try to catch the bear, which killed a dog late Tuesday, days after injuring another.
The bear tore through a pool screen Tuesday and grabbed Maggie, Russell Nusynowitz's 15-year-old poodle.
His wife ran into the home as the bear killed the family dog and took her into the yard.
The attack came two days after Rick Mann encountered a bear and two yearlings in his garage. FWC believes the same bear was involved in both attacks.
When his 5-year-old Maltese-Yorkie mix, Reese, barked, the bear attacked, clamping down on the dog twice.
"When she came back the second time, I grabbed whatever I could," Mann said. "There was a vacuum cleaner there. I started swinging at her."
Reese underwent five hours of surgery.
"He's got seven puncture wounds, a bruised liver, a bruised kidney, numerous lacerations," said Roxane Mann, Rick Mann's wife. "Just a lot of issues. But he's hanging tough."
Roxanne Mann said the bear opened the refrigerator in the garage and helped herself to the food it contained, showing no fear of humans.
"The fact that she was starting to leave the garage and then came back to attack for the second time was very uncommon for a bear," Rick Mann said.
Word is spreading about the brave dog that stood up to the bear to protect his owner. The veterinarian who has been treating Reese has collected more than $1,000 in donations to help pay the vet bills.
Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 12:35 PM
STREETSBORO, Ohio — An Ohio teen has been charged with aggravated murder in the fatal shooting of his 11-year-old brother, an act that police officials said was premeditated.
Streetsboro Police Department officials said that officers and city fire medics responded just after 9:30 p.m. Monday to the boys’ home, where they found the 11-year-old with a single gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died.
“The victim’s 13-year-old brother was taken into custody in what appears to be a premeditated shooting,” police officials said in a statement.
Police and Streetsboro school officials identified the victim as Caleb Lishing. The older brother has been identified as Elijah Lishing, a student at Bio-Med Science Academy in Rootstown.
News 5 in Cleveland reported that the Elijah Lishing fled the scene on foot, but was found nearby. He was arrested and booked into the Portage County Juvenile Detention Center.
The boys’ were with a babysitter when the shooting took place. News 5 reported that the sitter frantically called 911 to get help.
“Something terrible has happened,” the woman said in the call, which the news station obtained. “I’m babysitting two kids. There’s blood everywhere.”
The caller told police that Caleb Lishing went to bed around 8:30 p.m. and his brother, a short time later. When she heard a ‘pop,” she ran into the younger boy’s bedroom.
“The other boy came out and said, ‘What was that?’ and I ran in here,” the babysitter said.
Caleb Lishing had a hole in his neck and the room smelled of gunpowder, News 5 reported.
“He’s got blood just pouring out of his mouth,” the caller said. “I don’t think he’s breathing.”
The babysitter did CPR on the victim until paramedics arrived. The Record-Courier in Kent reported that the woman screamed for Elijah Lishing, but he didn’t respond.
“He’s 11 years old and I don’t know where his brother went,” the woman said of Caleb Lishing. “I heard a pop and there’s blood in his chest.”
Elijah Lishing is accused of shooting his brother with a .357 Magnum stolen from his grandfather’s home. The Record-Courier reported that the teen had to break into a locked gun cabinet to get the weapon.
He is accused of taking apart part of the cabinet when he couldn’t find the key, which the grandfather kept at a different home, the newspaper reported.
Monday’s shooting isn’t the first time police were called to the Lishing home. Police reports indicate that officers were called to the house four days before the homicide after Elijah Lishing’s stepmother reported that he was being “unruly.”
The teen, who expressed thoughts of harming himself, was taken to a behavioral health center for evaluation, News 5 reported. It was unclear what treatment he may have received.
The boys’ parents were out of the country at the time of the shooting, but were on their way home after being contacted by investigators, the Record-Courier said.
Caleb Lishing’s slaying is the first homicide in Streetsboro in nearly 20 years.
“It doesn’t happen here,” Lt. Patricia Wain, a police department spokeswoman, told News 5. “It’s traumatizing. A lot of our officers here have kids that age, so to have to walk into that and see that and take that call, it’s very difficult.”
A statement from Streetsboro City Schools administrators said that the school community was “shocked and saddened” by the death of Caleb Lishing, who was in the fifth grade.
“Caleb was a well-liked student by his peers and teachers, and (he) loved coming to school each day,” the statement said. “He was a gentle soul who loved to read and talk to the adults around him.”
More than 20 grief counselors were on hand Tuesday to talk with students, faculty, staff members and parents about the loss. The counselors were also offering advice on how to recognize warning signs of potential trouble in children.
Last night we lost one of our 5th graders in a tragic incident. Grief counselors will be available at Henry Defer Intermediate and the Middle School. State testing at those buildings is cancelled for today.— Streetsboro Schools (@StreetsboroSD) April 24, 2018
Counselors will be available tonight at Henry Defer Intermediate School from 4-8 to talk with students and will have informational packets for parents about how to talk to their children about this loss and how to recognize warning signs in children.— Streetsboro Schools (@StreetsboroSD) April 24, 2018
Children who are depressed may complain of feeling sick, refuse to go to school, cling to a parent or caregiver or worry excessively that a parent may die,” officials said on the district website. “Older children may sulk, get into trouble, be negative or grouchy or feel misunderstood. Youth are more likely to respond to treatment if they receive it early in the course of their illness.”
Police officials asked for respect and kindness toward the family in a statement on the department’s Facebook page.
“We ask that you keep the family in your thoughts during this difficult time,” the police statement said. “While we respect that everyone may have strong feelings about the incident, we request that you keep your comments positive with respect to the family and our community as they grieve their loss.”