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NEW DETAILS: Grind House Coffee shop to open in Huber Heights this week

The Dayton-based coffee brand, The Grind House Coffee and Tea Company, wasted no time moving forward after the abrupt closing this week of its first standalone shop.

In a Facebook post Monday afternoon, Grind House announced it would be closing its Fairborn location on West Main Street just a few months after opening. 

>>Fairborn coffee shop abruptly closes, announces new location in Huber Heights

In a Facebook post Tuesday morning, the business announced the opening of its newest shop inside the Huber Heights Meijer store.  

Only awaiting the building inspectors approval, Grind House president and CEO Bill Miller said he expects to be able to hold a soft opening as early as today, with the grand opening date set for Aug. 1. The shop will be open 6 a.m. through 9 p.m every day, even during the weeks of soft opening.

>>PREVIOUS COVERAGE: New business brewing in downtown Fairborn

Despite the Fairborn shop closing doors, Miller said the Meijer location has been in the plans all along, and that this move with Meijer is in line with goals he has set for Grind House. 

“I’m very excited ... we are hoping that all of my friends from Dayton in my old neighborhood will come out and support us in the Huber Heights location,” Miller said. 

>>Oakwood candy shop hosts blowout sale before it closes

“The plans were to do the Fairborn and Meijer (locations) at the same time,” Miller said. “But basically since Fairborn didn’t work out, we’re just going to move forward and focus on the Meijer location and grow from there ... The vision is to have over 100 stores in five years. You know, it might take eight (years), but that’s the vision.”

Miller is looking ahead to the brand’s next standalone retail shops in West Dayton and Trotwood — specifically, a currently vacant Wendy’s in West Dayton.

Brother of bride swaps places with sister for ‘first look’ photos with groom

A Phoenix bride wanted to calm the nerves of her groom, so she decided to do one thing: skip the first look photos. 

For some couples, the decision for her not to show up for the iconic photos would be a deal breaker, but Heidi Zherelyev figured it would put her groom, Val, more at ease, KPNX reported

Zherelyev sent her brother, complete with wedding gown, in her place.

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Zherelyev’s brother was brave enough to put on her perfume and even her deodorant so he would smell like his sister.

Tucked away inside her room she watched from behind curtains as the swap happened, KPNX reported

Zherelyev said the prank worked and she could see Val become comfortable for the real photo shoot. 

Photographer Nichole Cline said that moments like this are what is important.

“The dress fades, the cake is eaten, the flowers die,” Cine told KPNX. “I love what I do. Those moments are frozen in time and that lasts a lifetime.”

Trump says he accepts that Russia meddled in 2016 election

President Donald Trump accepts the conclusion made by American intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections, the president said Tuesday, one day after telling reporters that he couldn’t see why Moscow would have interfered.

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>> From Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupree: With Putin, Trump calls Russia probe a disaster 

Trump on Monday stood beside Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki and challenged the findings of American intelligence agencies that determined Moscow had interfered.

Trump said he didn’t “see any reason why” Russia would have been involved, despite indictments handed down last week for a dozen of the country’s intelligence officers who are accused of election meddling. The indictments were part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election meddling and its possible ties to Trump and his campaign officials.

>> 12 Russians indicted: Military officials accused of hacking DNC, stealing voter info

On Tuesday, Trump said he misspoke when he said that he didn’t believe Russia meddled in the election.

“In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t,’” Trump told reporters in Washington. “The sentence should have been ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.’”

>> Photos: Trump, Putin meet at Helsinki summit

He said he has “full faith and support for America’s intelligence agencies.”

“Let me be totally clear in saying that ... I accept our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’ meddling in the 2016 election took place,” Trump said. He emphasized that “there was no collusion at all” between Russia and Trump or his campaign officials. 

>> More on Robert Mueller's investigation 

In Helsinki, Trump delivered no condemnation of Russia's interference and refused to say he believes American intelligence agencies over Russia's denials of meddling. His comments drew criticism from both sides of the political aisle.

The special counsel investigation of Russian meddling has led to charges against 32 people accused of crimes ranging from money laundering and falsifying income tax returns to lying to FBI investigators. Five people, including former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn, have pleaded guilty to charges in the investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Delta employees claim they were fired for ‘speaking Korean’

Four former Delta Airlines employees have filed a lawsuit against the airline, claiming they were “singled out and admonished” for speaking Korean.

Ji-Won Kim, Lilian Park, Jean Yi and Jongjin An have a combined total of 50 years of experience working for Delta Airlines at Sea-Tac Airport.

“I treated all Delta passengers as my family -- brothers and sisters, parents,” Park told KIRO 7.

“Everything came from the heart.”

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All four women were born in Korea. Park, Yi and An are now U.S. citizens. Kim expects to be one soon.

All four women believe their fluency in the Korean language was one of the reasons they were all hired by Delta, which flies daily between Sea-Tac and South Korea.

According to Yi, Korean-speaking passengers “were so glad to see me. They say, ‘Oh I feel so comfortable. You know, they don’t speak English.’”

All worked in customer service as desk and gate agents, “helping people, helping passengers” An said.

However, all of them were fired by Delta in May 2017.

According to a lawsuit filed recently in King County Superior Court, “Though assigned to work flights to and from Korea, composed of many Korean-speaking passengers, they were singled out and admonished for speaking Korean.”

An said she was told by her Delta manager there were complaints “from the other non-Korean-speaking agents. They feel uncomfortable, so please limit speaking Korean.” But the women -- who are all over 40 and all plaintiffs in the lawsuit -- claim other foreign language-speaking Delta employees were never told to limit their speech and that only the Korean speakers were.

Kim, Park, Yi and An also claim to have been sexually harassed by the same Delta employee, numerous times, on the job.

“I tried to avoid touching,” Yi told KIRO 7. “So when he came to the gate, I just moved out of sight. I didn’t want to deal with him touching, whispering.” “It was a daily thing” for the agent to touch her, Park said. She and Kim reported the unwanted touching to Delta supervisors and said they were promised another incident would get the male gate agent fired.

“That agent is still working there and the touching has not stopped,” their attorney, Jennifer Song, said.

“We also suspect that their termination is related to the reporting of sexual harassment.”

According to Song, who works at the Law Offices of Judith A. Lonnquist in Seattle, “I thought this was a pretty clear case of discrimination.” 

The lawsuit alleges “race and national origin discrimination and retaliation.”

The complaint for damages also reveals the women “were suspended and ultimately terminated for allegedly offering unauthorized upgrades.” The woman said those upgrades are standard.

“Offering free upgrades, especially on an oversold flight, is a common practice, but suddenly, it became a reason to be terminated, just for us, for Korean women,” Kim said.

Song described the behavior for which the women were terminated as “a common occurrence on over-sold flights. Other agents do it, on a daily basis.”

However, only the four Korean-born women were fired by Delta Airlines, according to their lawsuit.

It’s not the treatment Park expected in this country, at a company that caters to international clients.

“No, not at all. Country of freedom, and this is what I got from the company,” Park said. “This is United States. Everybody should be treated equally.”

Delta Air Lines spokesman Morgan Durrant declined KIRO 7’s request for an on-camera interview and instead emailed the following statement:

“Delta does not tolerate workplace discrimination or harassment of any kind. Such behavior runs counter to our core values of diversity and inclusion and our mission of connecting the world. “We take allegations of workplace harassment and discrimination very seriously and our investigations into allegations made by these former employees were found to be without merit. “These former employees were unfortunately but appropriately terminated because the company determined they violated ticketing and fare rules.  “Delta is confident that these claims will ultimately be determined to be without merit.”

Suspect captured in Houston ‘rampage’ shootings that left 3 people dead, officials say

A registered sex offender wanted in three separate Houston-area slayings since Friday was caught early Tuesday morning following a brief police chase not far from where authorities say his alleged crime spree began.

Jose Gilberto Rodriguez, 46, of Houston, was taken into custody while driving a gray 2017 Nissan Sentra that law enforcement officials said was stolen from one of the victims. 

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said during a media briefing Tuesday morning that an observant citizen called authorities shortly after 6 a.m. to report seeing the vehicle in Cypress, an unincorporated community northwest of Houston. 

“It’s possible that he was casing the area in search of his next victim,” Gonzalez said during the briefing, which was attended and recorded by the Houston Chronicle

A deputy in the area spotted the car and a 14-minute pursuit ensued. Rodriguez was taken into custody just before 7 a.m.

A pistol was recovered from the stolen car, the sheriff said. 

“We’re very relieved this morning,” Gonzalez said about Rodriguez’s capture. 

>> Related story: Shooting deaths at mattress stores in Houston are linked, police say

The sheriff said his agency had deputies positioned in the Cypress area before the suspect was spotted because the first crime attributed to Rodriguez, a July 9 home invasion and robbery, took place less than half a mile from where he was ultimately captured. 

Rodriguez’s parents also live in the area and he grew up there, the sheriff confirmed. 

The first homicide that Rodriguez is suspected of committing also took place in Cypress. Pamela Johnson, 62, was found shot to death in her home there Friday evening. 

Gonzalez said during a news conference over the weekend that Johnson’s family became worried when no one could get in touch with her. The last time family members spoke to Johnson was around noon on July 10, the day after the home invasion about two and a half miles away. 

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Detectives investigating Johnson’s slaying found that personal property was stolen, including Johnson’s maroon 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser, the sheriff said. The PT Cruiser was found Saturday evening at Willowbrook Mall after a citizen reported seeing the vehicle aedbandoned in the parking lot.

Mall surveillance video footage showed a man -- later identified by investigators as Rodriguez -- park the vehicle around 11 a.m. that morning. The man was seen on video walking through the mall and exiting the building on the opposite side from where he abandoned the victim’s car. 

Around 7 p.m. that same night, the body of Mattress Firm manager Allie Barrow, 28, was found by a fellow employee, stuffed between two mattresses in the back of the store. The Mattress Firm store where Barrow was slain is in a strip mall across the street from Willowbrook Mall. 

Barrow had been shot in the head, investigators said. 

Gonzalez and Houston police Chief Art Acevedo, who held a joint news conference Monday afternoon to identify Rodriguez as a person of “strong interest” and ask for the public’s help in tracking him down, reported that a third homicide took place that morning at a Mattress One store in Houston, where a man was found shot to death. 

The Nissan Rodriguez was driving when captured was taken from the scene of the Mattress One homicide, officials said. KPRC in Houston identified the victim of that killing as Edward Magana, 57. 

A fourth person, a 22-year-old Metro Lift driver, was also shot in the abdomen and robbed Monday morning in Houston. Acevedo said that the bus driver was expected to survive. 

The motive for the crimes was not known, Gonzalez said Tuesday morning. Neither he nor Acevedo detailed how Rodriguez was tied to all the crimes. 

Rodriguez was released from prison in September, the Chronicle reported. Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jeremy Desel told the newspaper that his release was mandated by law, due to the amount of time he’d already served.

Rodriguez, whose violent criminal history dates back to at least 1989, was on parole and was supposed to be on supervised release until 2023. He was ordered to wear an ankle monitor, but the Chronicle reported that he had tampered with it in the days before police and sheriff’s deputies began searching for him in connection with the homicides. 

It was unclear if he was still wearing the disabled device when he was arrested. 

Records accessed by the Chronicle showed that Rodriguez was sent to prison for attempted sex abuse, burglary and auto theft charges in 1989. Then 17, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

While in prison, he was charged in a theft case out of Montgomery County, for which he was sentenced to 10 years, with that time to run concurrently with his sentence on the previous charges. 

Rodriguez was also found with a weapon while serving time, the Chronicle reported. Another 10 years was added to his sentence. 

He served 28 years in prison before his release on parole last fall. Texas’ sex offender registry shows that Rodriguez was classified as high risk. 

IHOP partners with DoorDash for pancake delivery

IHOP has joined food delivery service DoorDash to launch a delivery service of its own.

The restaurant chain, which recently admitted its pivot to burgers and name change to IHOb was a PR stunt, announced the delivery program Tuesday.

Select U.S. IHOP restaurants are introducing the service through a partnership with DoorDash.

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“As a leading delivery provider with extensive national reach and a focus on strategically – and rapidly – expanding, DoorDash is an ideal partner to help us kick off the next phase of IHOP ‘N GO,” IHOP President Darren Rebelez said in a statement. “Right now, about 300 IHOP restaurants are signed up with DoorDash with more coming online every day. Given the national matchup between where there's an IHOP and DoorDash's current and anticipated service areas, I expect to have close to 1,000 restaurants added to the DoorDash platform before the end of the year.”

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Some IHOP locations have previously participated in delivery through UberEats or another food delivery service. It is not clear if those will end as the DoorDash partnership expands.

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The timing of the service coincides with the restaurant's 60th birthday. Participating locations are offering short stacks of pancakes for 60 cents from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. In addition to the short stacks offer, DoorDash customers can get free delivery on IHOP orders totaling $10 or more from July 18 to July 22 at participating restaurants.

Missing teen linked to site of Rainbow Family gathering found in South Carolina

A missing teen whose cellphone was found at the site of the Rainbow Family counterculture gathering in Georgia is safe, according to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office.

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Williams Johnson, 18, was found in Ridgeville, South Carolina, alive and well, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday in a Facebook post.

Johnson was the second missing person case connected to the recent Rainbow Family gathering at the Chattahoochee National Forest in Lumpkin County. Last Tuesday, 20-year-old Curtis Jay “CJ” Elliott was reported missing after attending the gathering.

>> Related: Man reported missing after attending Rainbow gathering is found

The sheriff announced Saturday that Ellliott was found in Minnesota. No other details were released.

And an 18-year-old woman identified as Amber Robinson was allegedly killed by a man she met at the gathering, authorities said.

Joseph Bryan Capstraw, 20, of Jacksonville, Florida, confessed to killing Robinson in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, authorities said. However, he does not recall the incident, according to police.

>> Related: Woman ID’d who was allegedly killed by man she met at Rainbow gathering

Capstraw has been charged with murder in connection with Robinson’s death.

Mother charged in baby’s death after feeding him breast milk laced with drugs

A Pennsylvania woman who is addicted to painkillers is facing charges of allegedly killing her 11-week-old son with a lethal mix of drugs in her breast milk.

Samantha Jones, 30, was charged Friday with homicide in the April 2 death of her baby, according to The Associated Press.

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The boy died from a mixture of methadone, amphetamine and methamphetamine, the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office said.

Jones told police she decided to breastfeed her son around 3 a.m. that morning after she was too tired to prepare a bottle, Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

A couple of hours later, she told police he turned pale and had bloody mucus coming out of his nose, the Associated Press reports.

Jones’ mother began CPR on the child after calling 911, court documents state. When police arrived, the child was in cardiac arrest and he later died at a nearby hospital.

Jones told police she had been primarily breastfeeding the child but switched to formula a few days before his death.

Jones told police she had been prescribed methadone because of an addiction to painkillers.

She told police she took methadone during her pregnancy and was taking it when the baby died.

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'The Cider House Rules' author John Irving wins 2018 lifetime literary peace prize award, coming to Dayton 

An author praised as a champion of the outsider is coming to Dayton to be honored for a lifetime of work.

John Irving the writer of a long list of classics that include "The World According to Garp," "The Cider House Rules," and "A Prayer for Owen Meany," has been named the 2018 winner of the Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award by the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

>> Winners of the 2017 Dayton Literary Peace Prize announced

"We were looking at the body of his work," said Sharon Rab, the founder and chair of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation. "The things that stand out to me are his empathy with all of humanity."

Irving will attend the Dayton Literary Peace Prize gala set for Oct. 28 at the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton.

>> Dayton is the setting of new Stephen King novel about ‘the mind of evil

Details about the gala have not been finalized, but tickets are on sale now for a discussion with Irving set for 9:30 a.m. at Sinclair Community College, 444 W. Third St. in downtown Dayton. Admission for the Sinclair event will be $15. Reservations can be made by sending an email to

Established in 2006 as an offshoot of the Dayton Peace Prize, The Dayton Literary Peace Prize awards a $10,000 cash prize each year to one fiction and one nonfiction author "whose work advances peace as a solution to conflict, and leads readers to a better understanding of other cultures, peoples, religions and political points of view."

The Holbrooke award is named for Richard Holbrooke, an American diplomat credited with brokering the 1995 Dayton Peace Accord that stopped the war between Bosnian, Croat and Serb forces in the Balkans.

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That award is given to an author whose body of work reflects the Prize's mission.

Born in 1942, Irving won an O. Henry Award in 1981 for his short story “Interior Space.” He collected the 2000 Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for his novel “The Cider House Rules.” That story tackles the complex issues of abortion, racism and addiction.

Irving won the 2012 Lambda Literary Award for his novel "In One Person." The coming of age story is centered around a bisexual man grappling with his sexual identity.

In winning the lifetime achievement award, Irving will join a list of writers that include Studs Terkel (2006), Elie Wiesel (2007), Taylor Branch (2008), Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (2009), Geraldine Brooks (2010), Barbara Kingsolver (2011), Tim O'Brien (2012), Wendell Berry (2013), Louise Erdrich (2014), Gloria Steinem (2015) and Marilynne Robinson (2016).

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He will be introduced by Colm Tóibín, the winner of the 2017 Holbrooke award.

Rab said Irving had her hooked with his first novel, 1968's "Setting Free the Bears."

"(He has a way) to making the most marginalized people human and accessible to the reader," she said. "The things that strike me through his books is his ability to capture the preciousness of life and the joy that can come despite the sorrow that comes with life."

Through his quirky characters, Irving makes readers realize that we all live with quirky lives, Rab said.

"We should celebrate the quirkiness in the world," she said.

A panel of about 20 people, among them authors, editors and college professors, select Dayton Literary Peace Prize winners, Rab said.

"He has this wonderful mixture of things that make life worth living," Rab  said or Irving.

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