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Photographer accused of scamming a dozen brides also ripped off school, woman claims

Less than 24 hours after a dozen brides came forward and said they had lost thousands of dollars to Alphonso Morris, with A&T Enterprise, for wedding photography they never got, the founder of Academy of Scholars, a private school in Arlington, Florida, claimed Morris also ripped her off.

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“At this time, it needs to be stopped. There’s too many people that trust him,” Shevonica Howell said.

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Howell said she hired Morris in 2016 to be the band director at her school.

“I did see some red flags, I’ll be honest, on the background check, but things happen,” Howell said.

But she said that after he didn’t show up to work for 19 of the 44 instructional days, he was fired.

“He probably had about 10 kids based on how many times there was a birth or a death. I just couldn’t understand that,” Howell said.

When he left, she said, he took all the band equipment that was donated to the school.

She said she then found out he created a GoFundMe account with the school’s logo asking for donations.

“To scam the community, kids that look up to him – I don’t understand that,” Howell said.

Howell said she went to police and never heard from Morris again.

The Better Business Bureau has created a file on Morris’ businesses to help warn others.

“To hear that there were dozens of people scammed by this company and we weren’t reflecting that was disheartening,” said Shannon Nelson with the Better Business Bureau.

ActionNewsJax also found Morris was connected to another business called Snap It Photography.

A lawsuit was filed that claims Morris didn’t show up to photograph an event and it states, “This young man turned out to be a con artist."

The BBB wants people to contact the agency with complaints against Morris.

ActionNewsJax tried to contact Morris again but couldn’t get in touch with him.

High-swinging Kettering gym named Dayton’s best is moving

A high swinging local studio is moving.

Femme Fatale Fitness is transiting to a larger space in Kettering, Cassandra Guard, the fitness center’s owner, said.  

At 4623 Gateway Circle, the center will have 5,000 square feet more than it had at its former location, 4049 Marshall Road in Kettering, she said. 

>> RELATED: Femme Fatale voted best gym in Dayton. Who else won? 

“We basically ran out of room where we were kicking each other,” Guard said.

Femme Fatale was voted best gym in’s 2017 Best of Dayton people’s choice contest. 

It specializes in pole, aerial hoops, dance, burlesque, aerial silks and other similar aerobic classes. 

Students and instructors routinely perform at local events and shows. 

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Guard is awaiting final inspections for the building and plans to invite the public to a grand opening in the near future.

Classrooms will be larger and able to accommodate more students at the new location. 

“New customers were starting to get frustrated,” she said.  “Now we can take them.” 

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The new studio is located in a former industrial building. It  has a larger student lounge, more restrooms and updated equipment. 

The ceilings are 14 feet high. The old location’s ceilings were 9 or 10 feet tall. 

“Being in the aerial arts, height is a big part of it,” she said. “We can do more tricks. We can do more choreography.”

Founded by Jacqueline Allen, Femme Fatale opened to the public on May 27, 2009. 

Guard purchased Femme Fatale in 2011. 

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Photos: Inside Oprah’s new $8.2M home on Orcas Island

Oprah Winfrey purchased a 43-acre estate on Orcas Island in Washington for $8.275 million.

Frosé at Taco Bell? Restaurant tries to lure millennials with frozen rosé wine

Say hello to the Berry Frosé Twisted Freeze, Taco Bell’s new frozen rosé wine now available at select cantina-style restaurants.

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The California-based fast-food chain announced the millennial-friendly boozy drink as part of a limited test launch this summer.

Taco Bell’s $7.99 16-ounce frosé is made with a couple of ounces of Charles & Charles rosé wine blended with a combination of berry flavors for “a tasty, strawberry-forward, easy-to-sip summer treat” as “refreshing as it is fabulous,” the restaurant told Thrillist.

>> Taco Bell announces new tortilla chips based on its sauces

As of Wednesday, the new Instagram-worthy drink is only available at the Chicago Loop and Newport Beach Cantina locations. But there’s a chance the company will roll out the new item to more restaurants in the coming months.

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Last year, Taco Bell announced an expansion of 300-350 new cantina-style locations between 2017 and 2022. The restaurants are known for selling margaritas, sangria, beer and other alcohol-infused concoctions in addition to Taco Bell’s popular late-night food options.

A total of 2,000 new locations are slated for Taco Bell by 2022, according to the company website.

Where did IHOP get its original name? Restaurant announces name change

The International House of Pancakes, better known as IHOP, is officially changing its name to IHOb next week.

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And what exactly the “b” represents remains a mystery. (Breakfast? Bacon? Biscuits? Best breakfast, bacon and biscuits?) We’ll find out Tuesday, June 11.

But before the IHOP we know and love is no more, here’s an ode to the original moniker and its history.

On July 7, 1958, Jerry Lapin, Al Lapin and Albert Kallis founded the first International House of Pancakes restaurant in Burbank, California. The acronym wouldn’t become popular for another 15 years.

>> IHOP to become IHOB, but what does the ‘B’ stand for?

But what was so “international” about the chain? Some say it’s because the restaurant served items considered exotic to Americans at the time, such as French toast and Swedish crepes.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Lapin brothers also hired a Le Cordon Bleu chef for the original “unusual” pancakes, such as Tahitian orange pineapple and Kauai coconut.

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The restaurant also expanded globally. Today, the chain has more than 70 locations in Bahrain, Canada, Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Guatemala, Kuwait, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In 1973, thanks to a winning marketing campaign, the chain name was shortened to IHOP, quickly popularized by the public and favored by the company.

Contrary to what some parishioners may believe, IHOP has no affiliation with the evangelical church the International House of Prayer, which originated much later.

According to CNN, the restaurant chain ultimately sued the church in 2010 for illegally using its acronym and settled out of court.

Learn more about the history of IHOP at

Blue Bell's Southern Blackberry Cobbler ice cream flavor hits stores for limited time

Just as temperatures are starting to soar, Blue Bell is bringing back another limited-edition ice cream flavor to help you cool down.

According to KDFW, the Brenham, Texas-based creamery announced the return of its Southern Blackberry Cobbler flavor Monday.

>> PREVIOUSLY: Blue Bell unveils Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough ice cream

"Ring the dessert bell!" the company tweeted Monday morning. "Southern Blackberry Cobbler is a creamy ice cream with a luscious blackberry flavor combined with flaky pie crust pieces and a blackberry sauce swirl. In stores beginning today!"

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Ice cream lovers can can get the flavor by the pint or half-gallon, the Houston Chronicle reported. A half-cup serving has 180 calories, 9 grams of fat and 17 grams of sugar, according to the Blue Bell website.

Learn more here.

Need a job? Rusty Bucket restaurant is hosting another 3-day hiring fair

The Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern in front of the Dayton Mall will host a hiring fair from Tuesday, July 10  through Thursday, July 12 at 2812 Miamisburg-Centerville Road. 

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 Available positions include full-time and part-time line cooks and dishwashers. 

Interested candidates are invited to visit the restaurant from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for open interviews.

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Headquartered in Columbus, Rusty Bucket operates 23 locations in Ohio, Michigan, Florida, Indiana, North Carolina and Colorado. All Rusty Bucket restaurant locations are open for lunch and dinner daily, as well as for weekend brunch. 

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Earlier this year, Rusty Bucket launched online ordering at all its restaurants, providing customers the option to place their orders and pay ahead of time online for pick-up in the restaurant. In addition, the restaurant chain also has introduced the Rusty Bucket mobile app, which allows guests to place orders directly from their smartphones.

>>RELATED: Rusty Bucket wins 2 national awards for its drinks

For more information, please visit or call the Dayton-area restaurant at 937.436.2426.

DENIED: No new liquor store coming to Miami County after all, state says

One of the three new liquor stores that were supposed to be coming to the Dayton area will not be happening after all because state officials  have rejected applications for it.

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A spokeswoman for the Ohio Division of Liquor Control has confirmed to this news outlet that no contract will be awarded for what had been envisioned as a new liquor store in Piqua. 

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The division of liquor control received three applications for the new Piqua store, which was to be located within a two-mile radius of a location on East Ash Street (Ohio 36) in the city. Two applications were evaluated and rejected because they did not meet minimum requirements, the spokeswoman said, while a third applicant withdrew an application because the applicant was awarded a contract in a different region. 

>> EARLIER COVERAGE: 3 new liquor stores coming to the Miami Valley

The Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control had announced in November that it was seeking to add 20 new liquor-agency stores statewide, including three in the greater Dayton area, and invited entrepreneurs and potential store owners to submit applications to be awarded those state liquor agencies. The state does not mandate a specific location for the new stores, but instead identifies points on a map in areas its research suggests are under-served, and invites potential applicants to pitch business plans for stores within a two-mile radius of that spot.

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Last week, liquor-control officials confirmed that a contract for a new Mason location had been awarded to Arrow Wine & Spirits, which operates two Dayton-area stores in Kettering and Washington Twp. The contract award recipient for a new state liquor agency in south Centerville has not been announced.

>> Arrow Wine & Spirits will head south to open its 3rd store

The applications are evaluated and scored based on several criteria. Applicants must have experience operating a retail business or equivalent experience, and must have sufficient financial resources to establish and manage a retail business, according to the division of liquor control’s web site.

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Last year, attempts to add a state liquor store in Fairborn fizzled when liquor-control officials determined none of applications met the standards. 

>> SWING & A MISS: No new liquor store after all for Fairborn, state says 

Jim Canepa, superintendent of the Ohio Division of Liquor Control, told this news outlet last year that there had been “no thoughtful strategy” in recent years of how to grow the liquor business that the state essentially owns and operates. 

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“We will look for spaces to tap into revenue,” he said. Under Canepa’s leadership, the division of liquor control will attempt to demystify spirits and focus on the stories behind some of the craft spirits available — and being produced — in the state, much as Ohio craft breweries and wineries have done, the superintendent said.

>> RELATED: Local distilleries get green light to offer food, drinks (May 2016)

“We want to develop a new customer experience,” while also promoting responsible consumption, Canepa said.

Vermont wants remote workers, will pay $10,000 to move

If you ever thought working from your home in the middle of Vermont, your dream may soon come true thanks to a new law in the Green Mountain State. And the state will pay you to move there. 

If eligible, workers who relocate can get up to $5,000 a year over two years, with a $10,000 maximum because of the state’s new remote worker grant program, CNN Money reported.

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But if you live in Vermont, then you’re not eligible, Burlington Free Press reported.

“We think Vermont is well-positioned to capitalize on the increase in the availability of remote work,” Michael Schirling said.

Schirling is the state’s Agency of Commerce and Community Development secretary.

He says the state thinks that it will be a good offer for couples where one member has a more traditional job offer in Vermont while the second can work remotely, the Free Press reported

Here’s how to qualify:

  • Must work in a home office or a co-working space
  • Full-time employee of a company based outside Vermont
  • Full-time Vermont residents after Jan. 1, 2019.

What is covered by the $5,000-$10,000 grant:

  • Moving expenses
  • Membership fees for co-working spaces,
  • Computer software
  • Computer hardware
  • Broadband

Money will distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and there are limits each year for the total amount of money available, CNN Money reported.

This restaurant chain just awarded $2,500 scholarships to 37 Dayton-area crew members

More than three dozen crew members of Chick-fil-A restaurants throughout the Dayton area have been awarded $2,500 each in scholarship money from the chain’s franchise owners.

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The 37 recipients range from 2018 high school graduates to college students already enrolled in master's-degree programs, Marla Davis, franchise owner of Chick-fil-A restaurants in the Cornerstone of Centerville development and on Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Washington Twp., told this news outlet. 

>> RELATED: Chick-fil-A is testing out a new sandwich that's a hybrid of two of their classics

The $92,500 awarded to local employees is part of Chick-fil-A’s “Remarkable Futures” education initiative that this year awarded a total of $14.5 million in scholarships to more than 5,700 Chick-fil-A employees nationwide. The scholarships can be applied to any area of study at any accredited institution, including two- or four-year colleges and universities, online programs, or technical/vocational schools, Chick-fil-A officials said in a release. 

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Chick-fil-A began awarding scholarships in 1973, when Founder S. Truett Cathy sought a way to encourage his crew members to further their education.

Scholarships are awarded based on crew members’ leadership, academic achievement and community involvement.

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 Here is a breakdown of the Dayton-area stores and the number of scholarship recipients. Applicants are nominated by local store operators, and final selections are made by a national panel.


Cornerstone of Centerville — 13 


Beavercreek — 12 

Washington Twp. (Miamisburg-Centerville Road)— 6 


Mall at Fairfield Commons — 4 

Dayton Mall — 1 


Troy — 1 


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