New restaurant to open May 6 at Fairfield Commons mall

Published: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 7:08 AM


            Fusian will open its 12th restaurant in Ohio on May 6 at the Mall at Fairfield Commons. Photo from Fusian Facebook page
Fusian will open its 12th restaurant in Ohio on May 6 at the Mall at Fairfield Commons. Photo from Fusian Facebook page

The latest in a surge of new-restaurant openings in and around the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek will open to the public on May 6 with a special fund-raiser event benefitting Five Rivers Metroparks.

Fusian — the budding sushi chain founded by three Oakwood natives —is poised to open its third Dayton-area location at 2733 Fairfield Commons Blvd., in a space that is connected to the Mall at Fairfield Commons and adjacent to BRAVO Cucina Italiana.

The grand opening scheduled for 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 will benefit the Five Rivers Metroparks Foundation. Fusian’s founders said that 100 percent of the profits that day will benefit the MetroParks Foundation, which supports the Five Rivers MetroParks and its mission to protect the region’s natural heritage and provide outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature. MetroParks currently protects nearly 16,000 acres of land, – 90 percent of it in its natural state.

And on May 5, the day before the grand opening, the new Beavercreek Fusian will host “Neighborhood Day” that will allow diners who register in advance, and their guest, to obtain a free meal. Those interested must register by May 1 at beavercreek.fusian.com.

RELATED: Oakwood natives add another sushi restaurant in Columbus (January 2016)

The Beavercreek opening will come less than two months after Fusian expanded its statewide footprint with the opening of its first Toledo-area restaurant.

As of May 6, Fusian will operate 12 restaurants in the Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Toledo areas, including a location on Brown Street near the University of Dayton and in Washington Twp. next to Whole Foods.

Fusian Sushi was launched in Cincinnati in 2010 by Zach and Josh Weprin and Stephan Harman, who attended Oakwood’s Harman Elementary School. The trio had talked as kids of going into business together, Stephan Harman told this news outlet in 2011.

RELATED: New Fusian Sushi restaurant coming to Beavercreek sets target date (March 2017)

After a relatively deliberate approach to growing the chain in its first four years, the trio doubled the number of locations in recent years as it expand into new markets of Cleveland and Toledo.

RELATED: New store, restaurant to open at Mall at Fairfield Commons (August 2016)

In Beavercreek, Fusian joins a dining scene in and around the Fairfield Commons mall that has been quite active in the last two-plus years. Melt Bar & Grilled is building a free-standing restaurant just outside the mall. Gyro King recently opened in the mall’s food court. And BRAVO Cucina Italiano, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse and Chuy’s Tex Mex all have opened on mall property, and Primanti Bros. and IHOP are among the restaurants that have opened along North Fairfield Road near the mall.

Along Colonel Glenn Highway just west of the mall, the Wandering Griffin brewpub, Chipotle and Rapid Fired Pizza restaurants have opened.

The area also has seen some restaurant closings that have included Logan’s Roadhouse, Don Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant, Designer Dogs and Dolce Mio.

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WHIO Reports: Human trafficking

Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 9:34 AM

Sign of Human Trafficking

This edition of WHIO Reports will focus on human trafficking. It sounds like the kind of crime that happens somewhere else around the country. But, in fact, it’s happening in the Miami Valley. It’s a combination of a lot of crimes, often times it involves drugs, prostitution, organized crime, forced labor – some of them or all of the above. 

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Guests include: Tonya Folks, Trafficking Liaison with Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department; Susan Gruenberg, Human Trafficking Awareness Advocate and Amy Wilhelm, Safe Harbor House (Springfield).

WHIO Reports airs Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

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Hot with the slight chance for rain for the rest of the holiday weekend

Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 3:49 AM
Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 10:35 AM

It's going to be hot today and Monday, with the slight chance for rain each day.

Lots of sunshine is expected today with highs in the upper 80s to near 90 degrees. With the daytime heat, there may be an isolated shower or storm, but it looks like most will stay dry. Don’t cancel your outdoor plans, but have a backup plan indoors, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. 

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST: 

  • Hot and humid today through Tuesday
  • Slight chance for an isolated shower or storm today and Monday
  • Better chance for rain Wednesday and Thursday

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Tonight: A mild night is expected again with temperatures dropping into the middle to upper 60s.

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Monday (Memorial Day): Should be a dry day, but once again an isolated shower or storm can’t be ruled out. It will be a hot day with highs near 90 degrees.

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Tuesday: Another hot day is expected with highs near 90 under mostly sunny skies.

Wednesday: Remnants of Subtropical Storm Alberto could bring a chance for rain, maybe storms with highs in the middle 80s. 

Thursday: Remnants of Alberto will give us more rain, highs in the middle 80s.

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Family sues district after daughter, 5, sexually assaulted on bus by fifth grade student

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 9:02 PM

Family Sues District After 5-Year-Old Daughter Sexually Assaulted on Bus by Fifth Grade Student

A family is suing the Jackson Local School District in federal court for a 2016 incident in which their 5-year-old daughter was sexually abused by a fifth grade student on a bus, according to the lawsuit.

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The 11-year-old boy had been disciplined for throwing a lit match on the bus and was supposed to sit in the front right seat alone, the family’s attorney told WJW.

But that didn’t happen.

“The driver is unable to see the seat right behind him,” Mills told WJW. “So then over a period of a couple weeks, the kindergartner is subjected to sexual assaults. It is horrific. It is one of the most horrifying cases I have ever handled.”

The boy was charged with gross sexual imposition, according to WJW. A police report indicated video on the school bus showed the sexual assaults.

The Jackson Schools superintendent would not comment because it is an active lawsuit, according to WJW. The boy and his family have since moved out of the district.

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Arrest made at scene where multiple vehicles were hit by rocks on WB U.S. 35 in Dayton

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 10:44 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 9:49 AM

Multiple vehicles hit by rocks on WB U.S. 35 in Dayton

UPDATE @ 9:37 a.m.:

Police arrested one male juvenile at the scene where rocks were being thrown onto vehicles traveling westbound on U.S. 35.

The juvenile was taken to the Juvenile Justice Center where he was booked on several counts of vandalism, according to a Dayton police report.

According to a report, the suspect admitted to throwing rocks at vehicles on U.S. 35.

It was not confirmed if anyone else was involved but the suspect told police another male juvenile threw rocks as well.

FIRST REPORT (May 26):

Nearly 20 motorists pulled over Saturday night after their vehicles were struck by someone throwing rocks while they were traveling west on U.S. 35.

Thomas Acco of Jefferson Twp. and his girlfriend had just dropped off their children and were headed home when a rock came through the front of the windshield.

“I was in shock that someone would play with someone’s life like this,” he said.

“Glass just flew everywhere. We had a little swerve contest with the car in front of us — their windshield got hit also. We just pulled to the side and it was like 15, 20 cars lined up to the side all with damage.”

Motorists line up along westbound U.S. 35 May 26, 2018, just before the South Smithville Road exit after their vehicles were struck by rocks.(JAMES BUECHELE / STAFF)

Dayton police Lt. Chris Malson said there are no suspects, but plenty of victims.

“We got a report of multiple cars, approximately 18 of them, that were hit with rocks as they were driving westbound on U.S. 35 near Woodman (Drive),” he said. “All the calls came within about five minutes of each other.

The Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center said they received starting at 10 p.m. The last one received was at 10:29 p.m.

One of the victims was Susan Myers of Lima who was headed back home with her husband, riding in the front passenger seat.

“We heard a loud bang and looked up and saw the damage on the windshield,” she said. “We immediately pulled over and noticed that there were several cars ahead of us also pulled over with their hazard lights on.”

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There are no reports of injuries, but Myers said they were shaken and now have to deal with broken glass inside the car and their insurance company.

Tony Gerardi of Xenia said he was driving home from visiting friends in Dayton when his car was struck.

“I hope police get them. I’m safe, thank God,” said Gerardi, “I don’t know why someone would do something like that.”

Earlier Saturday, around 4:45 p.m., another two motorists, one from Illinois and one from Dayton, reported their windshields were struck by rocks. At least one of the windshields shattered just when they went under a bridge. They told police the rocks appeared to come from the north side of the highway but were not able to see the culprits. Police officers found a pile of rocks laying on the side of the highway before the South Smithville Road exit, according to a Dayton police report.

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