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Published: Monday, December 04, 2017 @ 11:31 AM
— The owners of a popular Kettering bar cite “greed” as the reason they will close their bar that dates back to 1964 in its current location.
Jack and Betty Wilderman announced the January 20, 2018 closure of The Phone Booth Lounge, 1554 E. Stroop Road, on Facebook Saturday
They say negotiations with property owners Agust and Lou Ella “Susie” Thorbjornsson have failed.
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Reached by phone Monday, Mrs. Thorbjornsson said the Wildermans offered to pay $278,000 for the building and land, far less than the amount she believes they agreed upon.
The contract the Wildermans signed nearly 5 years ago specifies that the property and building would be purchased for $620,000, she says. She disputes the Wildermans assertion that the sale was optional.
“They notified us the first time in August and they gave us two choices, neither of which we wanted: take what (they) were offering or they would move,” Thorbjornsson said. “I just feel they have not followed the contract to the letter. Maybe I am being a little picky, but a contract is a contract.”
The club has darts and pool tables and features live music Friday and Saturday nights.
Messages were left on Facebook and on Jack Wilderman’s cell phone seeking comment.
The Facebook post from the Wildermans reads:
******* IMPORTANT NOTICE********
As of February 1st it has been 5 years since Betty and I bought the business, The Phone Booth Lounge. When we bought the business, we did so with a 5 year lease with the option to buy the property upon completion of the Lease. We are saddened to report that negotiations with the owners of the property have fallen apart. They are asking 250% more than the appraised value of the property. To meet these demands would be a financial disaster for Betty and me. We are announcing today that the Phone Booth Lounge will close on January 20th, 2018. Betty and I are searching for a new venue to continue the name and second home to so many The Phone Booth Lounge. We have come so far in 5 years, we hate to end it at this location, but greed has over shadowed the success of what Betty and I have built. We have so many people to thank for this success. But just keep in mind, we will prevail and be better than ever. We will post any updates as they arise.
Thank you for your support
Jack and Betty
The tenative value of the land and building is listed as $243,690 on the Montgomery County Auditors website.
The Phone Booth Lounge was founded in 1964 and had multiple owners before the Thorbjornssons purchased it in 1985.
They operated it for 27 years before turning the business over to the Wildermans.
“We really enjoyed the people and we enjoyed making sure everyone was taken care of and had a good time,” Mrs. Thorbjornsson said.
She did not immediately know what will happen to the space if the Wildermans leave.
“I think once you enter into a contract you should honor that contract,” Thorbjornsson said.
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 9:47 PM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 2:18 AM
MIAMI TWP. — A Miami Twp. police officer responding to a series of crashes on Interstate 75 was struck by a drunk driver Saturday evening.
The man who police said struck a Miami Twp. police officer has been identified as Adam Blackmore, 33, of Miamisburg. Blackmore was booked into Montgomery County Jail and faces OVI charges as well as traffic related offenses for the crash, according to Sgt. Matt Robinson of the Dayton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Blackmore was no longer listed as an inmate Monday morning.
The officer, who has not been identified, was thrown 10 to 12 feet when he was struck by a white pickup truck. The officer sustained “soft tissue injuries” and “no broken bones,” said Sgt. Frank Edward Simmons Jr. of the Dayton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The officer was responding to a series of crashes that occurred around 9 p.m.
Everyone involved in the crashes sustained non-life threatening injuries, according to Simmons.
The first crash occurred when a semi and red impala collided, causing the impala to lose control, drive off the roadway and strike a light pole which knocked it into the roadway, Simmons said.
An SUV then braked to avoid hitting the light pole, causing a Mercedes to strike the back of the SUV, according to Simmons.
Simmons said Miami Twp. police then arrived on scene of the crashes and that’s when the officer was struck at the 44 mile marker.
The driver was traveling southbound and drove off the right side of the roadway, striking the officer.
“It kind of hits close to home to let you know that this profession is inherently dangerous. When you throw an impaired driver into the mix, that makes things that much worse,” Simmons said.
Following the crash, a police source at the hospital said the officer, who was not named, “is awake but very sore.”
The officer was likely to spend the night at Kettering Medical Center.
All lanes reopened on southbound I-75 at Ohio 725 just after 2 a.m.
Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 1:18 AM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 7:26 AM
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Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
TODAY: A dry morning with clouds increasing. Showers are expected this afternoon, which means your drive home will likely be a wet one and you’ll want to give yourself some extra time. Temperatures reach around 60 degrees, which is close to normal and it’ll be breezy with off and on showers/downpours through the day and night.
TUESDAY: Rain showers return through the morning. Mostly cloudy and breezy for the day as highs peak in the upper 50s. A stray shower or two linger into the late afternoon and evening.
WEDNESDAY: Any early showers end quickly, so expect dry time for the rest of the day. Broken clouds will allow for some sunshine and highs reach around 60 degrees again.
THURSDAY: A nice day with some sunshine and dry conditions. More sun returns in the afternoon with highs in the low 60s.
FRIDAY: A dry start to the day with plenty of sunshine. It’ll become breezy in the afternoon with highs in the middle 60s. A passing rain shower is possible in the evening as well.
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 3:11 AM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 4:41 AM
UPDATE @ 4 a.m: One person is in police custody after leading police on a pursuit and crashing on Webster Street in Vandalia.
The pursuit started when the suspect fled a traffic stop at Main Street and Maplelawn Drive in Dayton.
“Initial reports indicate he was going 100 plus”, said Sgt. Dallas Root of the Ohio Highway State Patrol.
The OSP trooper initially chose not to pursue the vehicle for safety reasons, however, during a routine patrol the suspect vehicle passed a trooper in the area of Needmore Road and Interstate 75.
A second traffic stop was attempted, and the suspect fled north on Interstate 75. The suspect then got off at Benchwood Road, got on southbound I-75, exited the highway at Wagner Ford Road, got back on northbound I-75, exited the highway at Benchwood Road a second time, then turned east toward Webster Street.
Troopers backed off due to speed and the curvy road.
The vehicle then crashed in the area of Webster Street and Wyse Road around 2:45 a.m.
The suspect, who was described as “extremely intoxicated,” attempted to flee police, but was quickly captured after a perimeter was set up.
He was being examined by medics on scene and was taken to Montgomery County Jail. The driver, who has not been identified, is being detained on charges of fleeing, eluding, OVI and other charges.
No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.