Arby’s fires manager who escaped armed robber

Published: Friday, October 19, 2012 @ 1:28 AM
Updated: Saturday, October 20, 2012 @ 1:16 PM

An assistant manager at an Arby’s, who slipped out of a drive-thru window to get away from an armed robber who invaded the store early Friday, has been fired.

Mary Archer learned of her fate less than 24 hours after a man with a knife slipped into the business, 1130 E. Dayton Yellow Springs Road, at about 12:45 a.m.

She signed the paperwork her supervisor gave her, which stated that she had broken the corporation’s safety and security policy because she was alone in the fast food business when it was robbed.

Archer, 56, told News Center 7’s Layron Livingston, in an exclusive interview Friday night, that she was closing the business for the day and a co-worker had just left when she heard the doorbell to the business.

Archer said she thought it was the co-worker, who perhaps had forgotten something.

To her horror, it was the robber.

“He held up a knife and kept saying ‘give me the money,’ ” she said.

The man had her cornered in the office, Archer said, but she shoved him out of the way and made her way to the drive-thru window, where she screamed for help. She then climbed through the window.

A customer at a nearby Circle K store heard her, alerted someone in the convenience store, and police were called.

“I had pushed him away…because I’m like, ‘I’m not going to die in Arby’s tonight…I’m just not,’ ” she said.

In the initial hours after the incident, the manager’s daughter told News Center 7 that the robbery was the third at that restaurant in six months.

“She was able to get away, slipped out the drive-thru window and yelled for help,” Archer’s daughter said, referring to Friday’s robbery. She said her mother was the manager on duty each time the store was robbed.

According to the daughter, robbers tried unsuccessfully to take the safe the first time.

Suspects reportedly got away with a safe the second time, she said.

Friday morning, the suspect ran off empty-handed.

Archer told police he was about 5-foot-10, 150 pounds and wore a dark colored hoodie, dark pants and a dark wool stocking cap.

He had not been caught Friday night, according to Fairborn police. The department is asking anyone who might have information about the incident to call them at (937) 754-3000.

As for Archer’s immediate future with the restaurant/fast food eatery?

Arby’s, an affiliate of the Atlanta-based Roark Capital Group, said violations of its safety and security policy mean termination of employment without exception.

A Vice President of Arby’s Human Resources contacted WHIO TV and says he says he feels bad that Ms. Archer had to go through this, but that she knowingly violated the company’s safety and security policy, and had been warned before.

“I don’t want my job back,” she said, noting that January would mark her 23rd year with Arby’s.

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Thousands without power along U.S. 35 in western Montgomery County

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:23 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:33 AM

UPDATE @ 12:35 a.m.: The number of reported outages now stands at 2,101, according to the DP&L online outage map.


More than 4,000 Dayton Power & Light customers in New Lebanon, along U.S. 35, are without power and we're working to find out why. 

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: All eyes on Tropics, Alberto

According to the DP&L outage map, the outage is affecting 4,013 in the area of the Voyager Village Trailer Park and the Snickers Bar & Restaurant, between North Lutheran Church and Diamond Mill roads. 

An email to our newsroom describes a "complete power outage, lots of emergency vehicles" near the trailer park and the bar/restaurant. 

We will update this developing report as information becomes available. 

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All eyes on the Tropics and Alberto; remnants could reach Miami Valley

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 10:36 PM

Subtropical Storm Alberto formed in the Caribbean Sea near Cancun Mexico Friday morning. The system is forecast to slowly strengthen as it moves into the Gulf Of Mexico, perhaps threatening the northern Gulf Coast around Memorial Day. There is also some potential it could influence the weather in the Miami Valley late next week.

Alberto, the first named storm of the Atlantic Ocean season, is forecast to strengthen as it emerges into the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center brings the system to strong tropical storm strength before making landfall somewhere along the Louisiana to Florida coastlines, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.

Long range model tracks show that the remnants of Alberto could influence the weather here in the middle or later half of next week. The main threat for this area would be significant rain.

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There is still a lot to keep an eye on through the holiday weekend, Elwell said.

It also is important to note that your WHIO Weather App may alert you if the Miami Valley is placed within the uncertainty cone issued by the National Hurricane Center sometime this weekend. If you get that alert, it doesn’t mean to expect a tropical storm … but that there is an increased possibility of some influence of the storm.

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Fire causes ‘significant damage’ to farmhouse south of West Milton

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 8:51 PM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 11:55 PM

RAW FOOTAGE: Fire engulfs back of farmhouse south of West Milton

UPDATE @ 11:55 p.m.

Fire crews are expected to remain on scene into the early morning hours Saturday after a fire broke out Friday night at a Frederick Garland Road farmhouse south of West Milton.

“We were dispatched out to a structure fire fully engulfed,” said Ken Saunders of the Laura Fire Department.

Nobody was home at the time of the fire reported around 8:30 p.m., but the American Red Cross chapter will be contacted to assist the residents, he said.


The cause of the fire and estimated losses to the structure and contents are not determined.

“The damage is substantial,” Saunders said.

Although the department was able to maintain a steady water supply through tanker trucks and mutual aid from area departments, including Pleasant Hill, Ludlow Falls and West Milton, the age of the house posed a challenge, he said.

“Anytime that you’ve got an old farmhouse you’ve got repairs and updates that’s went on over time, so you’ve got ceilings over ceilings, plaster lathe ... that’s all worked against us.”

There were reports of pets inside the home, but Saunders said he was unable to confirm. 

UPDATE @ 9:30 p.m.

Family members were all able to escape a fire that broke out tonight inside a two-story farmhouse south of West Milton.

An hour later, the home was still burning with heavy smoke billowing into the sky, and crews were called from Arcanum to the scene to provide extra manpower.


Crews were called tonight to a fire that broke out at a two-story farmhouse.

The fire was reported around 8:30 p.m. in the 11100 block of West Frederick Garland Road, according to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

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According to initial reports, the back of the home was engulfed when firefighters arrived.

Mutual aid was requested from area fire departments, including Pitsburg, to assist crews at the scene.

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Boil advisory issued for Franklin Twp.

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 5:57 PM

A boil advisory has been issued for some residents of this Warren County township.

The affected areas include Pekin Road addresses 2895-3209 and all of Honeytree Lane. 

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Residents in these areas are advised to boil water for two minutes over the next 24 hours.

Anyone affected can call Warren County Water & Sewer for further details at (513) 695-1377. 


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