Say it ain’t so: This LEGENDARY late-night Ohio eatery may close 

Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 1:36 PM

The Dayton Beer Company hosted the Greater Dayton Chapter Ohio University Alumni Association “Athens Invasion in Dayton” on Tuesday, Nov. 10,  2015. The event brought out a sizeable crowd that was craving the famous burritos, tacos, nachos and taco salads of Athens-based Burrito Buggy. (AMELIA ROBINSON/STAFF)
The Dayton Beer Company hosted the Greater Dayton Chapter Ohio University Alumni Association “Athens Invasion in Dayton” on Tuesday, Nov. 10,  2015. The event brought out a sizeable crowd that was craving the famous burritos, tacos, nachos and taco salads of Athens-based Burrito Buggy. (AMELIA ROBINSON/STAFF)

We have a spot of good news and a spot of bad news for fans of late night eats.

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The bad-ish news: one of Ohio’s most important (in our Ohio University grads’ humble opinions) eateries is on the market, and will close if new owners are not found.

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The good news: there is a lot of interest from those who would take it over. 

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Marla Rutter, the co-owner of The Burrito Buggy in Athens, Ohio with her husband Jimmy, said interest has been strong since she announced the business is up for sale. 

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“I don’t think it going to be a problem,” she said of finding a buyer. “Our Facebook page is blowing up.”

The Rutters bought the buggy in 2010 from Paul Wildeck, a Burrito Buggy original owner. 

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Now the owner of two OMG! Rotisserie restaurants in Athens and The Madison on Paint in Chillicothe, Rutter said she and her family are stretched. 

Plans for a fourth restaurant to be located in Chillicothe complicate things even more. 

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The decision was made to concentrate on the restaurants which are in fixed spots, Rutter said. It wasn’t an easy call.  

“The Burrito Buggy is extremely successful. That’s what got us started in our restaurants,” Rutter said. “It is like putting my first born up for sale.”  

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 The buggy sells some of the world’s tastiest burritos (a biased opinion from OU grads) and other late-night grub near the corner of Court and Union Streets in Athens. 

In recent years, its spot was moved to a side of the street that makes it harder to park. 

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An Ohio University student rite of passage since 1984,  Rutter said she started eating at the Burrito Buggy her freshman year of college at OU and loved it. 

Some prospective buyers have expressed interest in  moving the buggy to Columbus and elsewhere. Rutter said she would hate to see that happen.   

“Athens would not be the same without the Burrito Buggy,” she said. “I would really be happy if an alum got it, someone who has as much passion as we have.”

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The buggy has a large Dayton following. It has “invaded” Dayton the past three years as part of events at Dayton Beer Company in support of Ohio University Alumni Greater Dayton Chapter’s scholarship fund.

As part of the sale, the new owner would get the business name, website, social media accounts, equipment, recipe, a 1984 Otterbacher Custom Concession Trailer, a 1999 Ford Econoline E350 and 40 hours of training. 

The asking price is $65,000 cash, in addition to a $72,000 land contract option. 

The Burrito Buggy on Friday disputed rumors that it would close in a now-removed Facebook post. 

Screen grab of a seemingly removed Facebook post from the Burrito Buggy. The message was posted on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018.(Screen grab)

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WATCH: 13-year-old leads deputies on 100 MPH chase in Houston 

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 6:16 AM

A 13-year-old boy was arrested after leading Houston deputies on a high-speed chase that lasted more than 20 miles in a stolen vehicle.

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It was not until the teenager crashed the vehicle that officials discovered he was only in the sixth grade, Houston-based television station KTRK reports.

The chase began after the teen was spotted going 60 mph in a 35 mph zone. Refusing to stop, he jumped on and off several Houston highways reaching speeds up to 100 miles per hour. He eventually made his way downtown, where he crashed.

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The chase took a turn when a pursuing deputy crashed into another vehicle. The deputy and driver of the other vehicle were taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

The 13-year-old driver, who was not cooperative with detectives in telling them where he got the stolen car, was arrested and faces felony charges.

His name was not released because he is a juvenile.

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Air Pollution Advisory in effect today

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:40 PM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:29 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about what this is and who is at risk!

An Air Pollution Advisory is in effect today for Butler, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties for smog.

With temperatures expected in the upper 80s with abundant sunshine and light southerly winds, conditions will be conducive for the formation of ground-level ozone, or smog, and may lead to elevated air pollution levels, according to the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency.

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Children, the elderly and people with respiratory diseases should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. Symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, or unusual fatigue may indicate a serious problem. Residents should contact their health care provider if any of these symptoms occur. The general public is not likely to be affected, according to the agency.

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To reduce smog, particularly on Air Pollution Advisory days: 

  • AVOID DRIVING IF POSSIBLE. Carpool or take the bus, or for short trips, walk or ride a bike. 
  • REFUEL YOUR VEHICLE AFTER 8 P.M., or if possible, don’t refuel at all when Air Pollution Advisory notices have been issued. Also, make sure your gas cap fits tightly. 
  • IF YOU MUST DRIVE, combine errands or delay them until the Air Pollution Advisory is lifted. 
  • DRIVE A CAR THAT IS WELL-TUNED. Avoid “jackrabbit” acceleration and excessive idling, especially at drive-through windows. 
  • AROUND THE HOME, limit use of small gasoline-powered equipment such as lawn mowers and trimmers. 
  • MOW YOUR LAWN AFTER 6 P.M. when the sunlight is not as strong and smog is less likely to form. 

For more information about air pollution, visit www.miamivalleyair.org for details and to register to receive “Air Pollution Advisories” via email.

In Butler and Warren counties, the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency monitors and reports air quality data as a public service.

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Man fights, pepper sprays Dayton police officer prompting ‘signal 99’ call

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 1:47 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 5:39 AM

A man got into a physical altercation with at least one Dayton police officer and pepper sprayed the official, prompting a ‘Signal 99’ officer assistance call early Friday morning. 

A police report states officials arrested Aaron Goings, 26, in the 100 block of N. Wright Avenue after being dispatched on a suspicious circumstance call around 1 a.m.

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Goings, who was reportedly injured as a result of the fight, was transported to Grandview Medical Center.

No word on his condition.

He is not currently listed on the Montgomery County Jail website at this time, but the report states his charges include assault, obstructing official business, resisting arrest, possession of drugs, and possessing a drug abuse instrument. 

Officials from several jurisdictions in Montgomery County responded to the assistance call. 

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Heat, humidity, possible storms through Memorial Day

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:39 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 5:13 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini breaks down your Friday forecast

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Warm and dry day
  • Few storms over the weekend
  • Hot and humid through Memorial Day

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DETAILED FORECAST:

TODAY: Clear skies this morning, and expect highs to soar into the mid-80s. Sunshine and a few clouds for the day with a very high UV Index with elevated tree and grass pollen counts. A Air Pollution Advisory is in effect today for Butler, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties. Overall dry day and night.

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SATURDAY: Some passing clouds with it being very warm and muggy. Highs peak in the upper 80s with a heat index around 90 degrees. Expect sunshine and a few clouds, but we could see a passing shower or storm during the day.

SUNDAY: A mostly dry day with sunshine and a few clouds. Warmer and still muggy with a heat index reaching the low 90s as the actual air temperature peaks around 90 degrees.  

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MEMORIAL DAY: Sunny and very warm and muggy with highs around 90 degrees. The heat index value reaches in the mid 90s. There’s a very low chance for a shower or storm with most areas being dry. Fun fact: The warmest Memorial Day on record is 95 degrees from 1895!

TUESDAY: A dry start with highs well above normal again. Highs reach in the upper 80s with sun and clouds. There’s a chance for an afternoon pop up storm. 

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