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KFC is back in Middletown! New restaurant rises from rubble of demolished eatery

Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 2:05 PM


            A new KFC opened June 13 at 2211 N. Verity Parkway in Middletown. The restaurant is on the same site of a KFC that closed in early 2017. RICK McCRABB/STAFF
A new KFC opened June 13 at 2211 N. Verity Parkway in Middletown. The restaurant is on the same site of a KFC that closed in early 2017. RICK McCRABB/STAFF

A new KFC opened today at 2211 N. Verity Parkway in Middletown on the site of one that closed there in early 2017.

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The restaurant, which has hired more than 30 employees, is still accepting applications for new hires, according to Matt Saunders, director of development/construction for RGT Management Inc., a Memphis, Tenn.-based food service company.

KFC’s previous location was built in 1971, according to Butler County Auditor’s Office records. It was demolished in January, Saunders said.

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“KFC brand is doing a nationwide reimage to old assets, and we felt like the city of Middletown deserved an upgrade to the old asset,” he said.

The new building features a dining room that can accommodate more than 30 people. The former restaurant only had a seating capacity for eight customers. The new layout of the building will also improve flow through the drive through, according to Saunders.

RGT manages more than 70 restaurants — including Taco Bell, Long John Silver’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut — in Tennessee, Missouri, Ohio, Mississippi, Alabama, Illinois and Kentucky.

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Officers respond to shooting, stabbing in Fairfield

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:16 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 7:11 AM

Contributed Photo/WCPO-TV
Contributed Photo/WCPO-TV

Officers are on the scene of a shooting and stabbing that occurred in Fairfield Friday morning.

The incident was reported around 6 a.m. in the 1500 block of Gelhot Drive. 

A medical helicopter was requested to the scene, but was unable to fly.

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Officers were reportedly on scene when the shooting happened. No officers were injured, according to initial reports.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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North Carolina toddler battling rare Sly syndrome condition

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:12 AM

A toddler in Charlotte is battling a rare disease known as Sly Syndrome.
Sean Gallup/Getty Images
A toddler in Charlotte is battling a rare disease known as Sly Syndrome.(Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Skylar Rodriguez was born three months early on Nov. 22, 2017, and only given 24 hours to live.

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"Her kidney wasn't working. Her liver's enlarged. She couldn't breathe on her own," her grandmother, Cindy Washington, said Wednesday.

The newborn was diagnosed with an extremely rare disease known as mucopolysaccharidosis type VII.

Her mother, Hunter Howard, said they are one of the first cases in this part of the United States.

"They told us there are only 150 people in the whole world that have this," Howard said.

The disease is also known as MPS7 or Sly syndrome. Patients with it are missing a key enzyme needed for healthy body function.

Body tissue and organs are damaged because of the disease. The result is a very short life expectancy for the now 7-month-old.

"At this point, they're saying that she won't live a year," Washington said.

Skylar's family said they have received world-class care at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center while coming to grips with their new reality.

"I'm thankful, there couldn't have been a better team to take care of Skylar," Washington told us.

But the clock is ticking with no cure for MPS7.

Late last year, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first-ever treatment for MPS7. It's an enzyme therapy drug.

However, the family's being told it will cost them $200,000 per year.

That's money they don't have, and the family is left hoping Medicaid will agree to cover the cost of treatment.

"Skylar needs it now, 'cause that medicine just might save her," Washington said.

They are left to wait for an answer about treatment and said they'll cherish every moment they have for now with Skylar.

"She's the light of my life, and I would never want that to dim," her mother said.

Doctors are allowing Skylar to leave the hospital on July 5.

Her condition will be closely monitored from home.

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Patchy fog this morning; showers, storms return for the morning and afternoon 

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:57 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini tracks the chance for more storms Friday.

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  • Patchy fog this morning
  • Few downpours early
  • More storms in the afternoon & evening

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DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: Some passing downpours and patchy fog this morning with a little dry time later in the morning into lunchtime. It’ll be partly to mostly cloudy today and mild with highs around 80 degrees. We’ll see isolated storms redevelop in the afternoon hours as we heat up. Localized heavy rain and strong winds are the main weather threats. Activity for the early evening will then taper off. 

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SATURDAY: A stray shower or two early on. We’ll see broken clouds into the afternoon as highs peak around 80 degrees again. A few showers or storms pop into the afternoon, but expect it to dry out later in the day into the night. 

SUNDAY: It’ll feel muggy with sunshine, scattered clouds, and highs in the low 80s. We can’t rule out a stray shower, but most will stay dry. 

>> County-by-County Weather 

MONDAY: Quiet to start the work week with highs in the low 80s. Expect sunshine. 

TUESDAY: Sunshine and a few clouds for the day. It still feels muggy with highs peaking in the middle 80s. 

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2 arrested after child falls out of moving car, slides across Idaho road

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 5:30 AM

Cesar Cabana Ripoyla, left, and  Ashley Pantoja were arrested by police.
Ada County Sheriff's Office
Cesar Cabana Ripoyla, left, and Ashley Pantoja were arrested by police.(Ada County Sheriff's Office)

Two people were arrested in Idaho after a toddler who was unrestrained in a car seat fell out of a moving car -- and the driver did not stop his vehicle, KTVB reported.

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Police in Boise said they received a call at 7:53 p.m. on June 15. According to witnesses, the car’s back seat flew open as the driver made a right turn. The 2-year-old child and the car seat spilled onto the road, KTVB reported.

A witness retrieved the boy -- who was not buckled into the seat -- off the road. The child suffered bruises to his left cheek and was taken to a hospital, the television station reported.

Moments later the driver of the car -- Cesar Cabana Ripoyla, 57, of Boise, returned to the scene and dropped off the boy’s mother, Ashley Pantoja, 25, also of Boise -- and drove away, police said. 

Officers later discovered that two other children were in the car and were not properly restrained, KTVB reported.

Pantoja was arrested and three felony injury to a child charges were filed against her on Wednesday. She is being held without bail at the Ada County Jail. Ripoyla is also being held on three felony injury to a child charges and one felony count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury or death. He is also being held without bond, KTVB reported.

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