Dayton-area company to open 60 restaurants in California 

Published: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 1:47 PM

Pizza wars rage on throughout the Miami Valley

A locally-based restaurant is preparing to open 60 stores in the Golden State.

Ray Wiley, the entrepreneur behind Hot Head Burritos and Sumera Sushi, said California has been added to the long list of states where his Rapid Fired Pizza will open. 

As food writer Mark Fisher first reported on July 5, the company recently signed a 

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deal with David Perez of San Antonio, Texas that indicates plans to open 44 stores in the Lone Star state. 

>> MORE: Local pizza chain to open 44 new locations in Texas

The Kettering-based pizza business and a developer plan to open 60 franchise stores in California as part of a 10 years deal, Wiley said. 

He said five or so stores will be open in the middle of the state within the year. 

Ray Wiley is co-founder of Rapid Fired Pizza. File photo by LISA POWELL / STAFF(Staff Writer)

He said he could not disclose the developer’s name because the contract is under negotiation. 

Rapid Fired signed agreements in April with two developers to add as many as 175 new locations in Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina and South Carolina.

>> MORE : Kettering-based Rapid Fired Pizza to expand with 175 new locations

The pizza restaurant has opened 16 new restaurants in 18 months, and has another 13 under construction.

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Wiley said as many as 30 new restaurants are expected to be open this year. Another 25 are expected to be added in 2018. 

“We have just tons of activity going on right now,” Wiley said. 

He said franchisees are looking for Rapid Fired locations in several states.     

Rapid Fired uses a quick-service concept, featuring a serving line in which customers pick out the toppings for their 11-inch thin-crust or 9-inch pan pizza. 

“We have really good food,” Wiley said. “It is a really good concept.” 

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The newest Rapid Fired Pizza has opened in Hilliard. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

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Dayton to host future International Police Mountain Bike Association Conference

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 7:02 PM

Dayton was awarded the 2020 International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) Conference last June during the 2018 IPMBA event in St. Louis, MO.

The City of Dayton and the Dayton Police Department, in conjunction with the University of Dayton and Five Rivers Metro Parks, have announced that the Gem City will host the 30th Annual International Police Mountain Bike Association Conference in 2020, according to a release from Police Information Specialist Cara Zinski-Neace.

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This organization was created with assistance of retired Dayton Police Sergeant Allan Howard, and the a previous IPMBA conference was also held in Dayton in 2006.

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“We are honored to be able to once again host the International Police Mountain Bike Association Conference as it comes home to Dayton in 2020 for its 30th year,” said Chief Richard Biehl. “Our department takes great pride in our bike patrol and the fact that we have numerous officers who are also IPMBA instructors. This will be the second international policing conference Dayton has hosted in the past eight years. In 2013, we welcomed the International Problem Oriented Policing conference.”

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This conference is expected to bring at least 500 law enforcement officers from around the world to Dayton. 

“We’re excited that the International Police Mountain Bike Association chose our city to host their 2020 conference,” said Mayor Nan Whaley. “Dayton is a perfect fit for this event, with our rich history involving the Wright Brothers’ bicycle shop, our bike-friendly downtown, and miles of bike paths throughout the region.”

Anyone with additional questions about the conference, please contact Sgt. Gordon Cairns at

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Funeral held today for boy who drowned, ‘We never know what he would grow up to be,’ cousin says

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 6:19 PM

NIguel Hamilton, 6
NIguel Hamilton, 6

A funeral was held Saturday afternoon for Niguel Hamilton, the six-year-old boy who was pulled from the bottom of a Dayton pool, at St. Timothy Missionary Baptist Church located at 4466 Free Pike.

Hamilton drowned at the Lohrey Recreation Center last Thursday, but was pronounced dead last Sunday.

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Keith Rippley, Hamilton’s older cousin, said today is a “celebration of a early life. We’re all mourning, but celebrating the best six years he lived.”

When describing Hamilton, Rippley said, “He was the life of the crowd of all the kids. He was the kid you seen either ahead of the pack or the loudest in the pack, but he was very respectful, very kind, loving, smart, very energetic.”

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“We never know what he would grow up to be,” said Rippley. “You never expect nothing like this, you gotta make everything count.”

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Part of road closes after car crash in Beavercreek

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 4:12 PM

UPDATE @4:08 p.m.The middle lane is now open in the 3300 block of Pentagon Boulevard after a two-vehicle accident in Beavercreek.

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The right lane and left turn lane remain closed at the intersection of Pentagon Boulevard and the entrance to The Mall at Fairfield Commons.

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Police on scene were unable to tell us what caused the crash.


A part of Pentagon Boulevard is closed after a vehicle crash in Beavercreek Saturday, according to Beavercreek dispatchers.

Emergency crews were called to the scene in the 3300 block of Pentagon Boulevard around 3: 40 p.m. 

Initial reports indicate that at least two vehicles were involved and two people were transported to a hospital.

We are working to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available.

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National Museum of the U.S. Air force open after reported evacuation

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 1:51 PM
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 3:02 PM


UPDATE @ 3 p.m.:

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is open after an evacuation earlier that day.

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No one from the museum able to comment on the incident was available. 

It’s unknown why the evacuation happened at this time.


We are working to learn more about a reported evacuation at the National Museum of the United States Air Force Saturday.

Witnesses are telling us the guests were evacuated around 12:40 p.m.

People were seen waiting outside while several left the museum completely.

We are working to learn more about why the evacuation happened. 

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