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Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 1:27 PM
Updated: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 2:06 PM
HAMILTON — The daughter of a man on trial for arson and the murder of a Hamilton firefighter testified today that she noticed things missing from her parent’s home before they left on a trip to Las Vegas.
Lester Parker, 67, and his nephew, William “Billy” Tucker, 46, are both charged with arson and murder in the fire at Parker’s Pater Avenue home that killed firefighter Patrick Wolterman on Dec. 28, 2015.
MORE: Daughter told police family may have been part of fatal Hamilton arson
Prosecutors say Parker was “under water” financially in the winter of 2015 and hatched a plan to burn the house and collect insurance money. His nephew, they said, agreed to light the fire for payment in pills.
Cheryl Sullivan, Parker’s daughter, testified Wednesday during the third day of the trial.
Sullivan drove her parents to the airport on Dec. 27, 2015, for the couple’s trip to Las Vegas.
She testified that she noticed things missing from the house that had been there on Christmas Eve.
“Some things were moved around, some things not where they were supposed to be,” Sullivan said, adding that angel figurines had replaced family photos in the living room and a “butler” statue was gone.
Prosecutors say Parker packed up items he held dear, including pictures of his two daughters, and removed them from the house before the fire.
Sullivan testified that her father handed her four envelopes with bills in them, including the mortgage and insurance, and told her to “hold them.”
Before boarding the plane, Sullivan said her father called her and told her: “The important papers are in the garage if something happens.”
After the fire, Sullivan said she called her father in Las Vegas. He said he couldn’t comeback right away because it would be too expensive, she testified.
Weeks later, when her parents moved to another home in Hamilton, Sullivan said she found a bag that her parents had taken to Las Vegas and in it were several framed family photos, including those that she and her sister had noticed missing from the Pater Avenue home’s living room.
“He (Parker) said they had been out in the garage and the detectives said he could get them when he was over there with them,” Sullivan said.
During cross examination by the defense, Sullivan said it was not unusual for her mother to move things around because she liked to clean.
Parker’s attorney David Washington asked her if she was aware the angel figurines that had replaced the photos were Christmas gifts from Parker to his wife. Cheryl said she was not aware.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 4:22 AM
OYMYAKON, Russia — As Americans continue to brave the winter weather, photos from a remote village in Russia might make them count their blessings that it’s not worse.
According to the experts, Oymyakon in Siberia is the world’s coldest permanently inhabited area. Recent temperatures came in at a bone-chilling -62°C, or -79.6°F.
Oymyakon bottoms out at -62C or -80F. Now that is cold https://t.co/WY9OQvcwVY— Jim Edds (@ExtremeStorms) January 15, 2018
Bit colder than usual in Siberia over next few days. Watch some stations like Oymyakon for -70°F pic.twitter.com/nt9PUa5WUo— Ryan Maue | weather.us (@RyanMaue) January 14, 2018
In fact, it was so cold that the town’s thermometer broke.
That's what happens when the temperature reaches -79°F in Oymyakon, Russia. pic.twitter.com/pXR1Z7NKtI— Dose (@dose) January 15, 2018
A few pictures have indicated that bundling up is no match for the weather.
Anyone moaning about the weather...could be worse, this is village of Oymyakon in Russia where it is currently -62c!!!! pic.twitter.com/6RONaURGSh— Greigsy (@Greigsy) January 16, 2018
Despite this, the weather certainly hasn’t deterred the adventurous.
As temperatures sink to -60C in Yakutia, heroic Chinese tourists take a swim!— The Siberian Times (@siberian_times) January 15, 2018
Amazing scenes as Russia’s iciest region of Yakutia plunges to near record lows, and even the thermometer in the world’s coldest village breaks downhttps://t.co/UpCiM5WIZg pic.twitter.com/1lpqOgEFu8
It would seem that besides the thermometer, schools are the only other thing truly feeling the effects of the cold temperatures.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 3:51 AM
— QUICK-LOOK FORECAST
Today: It’s still very cold this morning with temperatures in the single digits, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Wind chills will be below zero again with some passing flurries possible early. Clouds will decrease through the day. There will be some sunshine this afternoon as highs reach around 20.
Thursday: It will be a quiet, but cold morning. There will be sunshine at times throughout the day as highs climb to the low 30s.
Friday: Morning temperatures will be a little warmer, and we’ll start the day out of the single digits. Temperatures in the afternoon will climb to the upper 30s to around 40. It will be a pleasant end to the work week and day.
Saturday: This will be the best day of the weekend as highs reach the mid-40s. The day looks to be dry with clouds increasing. It will feel nice in the afternoon.
Sunday: Clouds will thicken up through the day. Moisture from the next system will bring breezy conditions and the chance for rain or drizzle later into the night.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 10:31 PM
KINGS MILLS, Warren County — Changes are being promised for Kings Schools in the wake of last week’s racist incident that drew national attention, but Tuesday evening district officials said details about those changes will come later.
That was the message from Kings’ leader and school board members, who took the resignation of their board vice president in the wake of some white, local teens wearing basketball jerseys that displayed racist slurs.
The Kings Board of Education voted 4-0 to formally accept the resignation of member Kerry McKiernan, who previously cited his own failure in stopping some of the boys on the recreational league basketball team – not affiliated with Kings -- from wearing jerseys with names that appeared to slur African-Americans.
The names on the backs of the jerseys included "Knee Grow" and "Coon." The team played in the Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League.
McKiernan, whose son played on the now banned team that used Kings’ facilities, did not attend Tuesday’s board meeting and has not responded to requests for comment.
Last week McKiernan emotionally announced his intentions to resign, citing his failure to stop the team from wearing the jerseys during its first four games.
Superintendent Tim Ackermann told this news outlet he will soon be proposing systemic changes design to raise student, school staffers and community members’ awareness of the importance of racial and other diversity for the predominately white Warren County district.
“It’s really important to move forward and sustainable change is extremely important to us so that we can work to create a more loving, acceptable tolerant society,” said Ackermann. “We believe this is a community and societal issue around racism … intolerance, hate and bigotry and we all need to work together to make Kings the best place for all of our kids.”
He declined, however, to give details as to what district efforts are coming, saying the changes are still being studied.
“I don’t want to create something just to create something. Sustainable change doesn’t happen overnight,” said Ackermann.
Tom Squires, an African-American parent at Kings, was among the more than a dozen residents who attended the board meeting.
Afterward, Squires said the jersey incident, which has drawn national media attention, was “unfortunate.”
“We didn’t pay that close of attention as parents and we should have. We have to react swiftly and we have to make sure that people understand that this is not a district that condones that kind of thing,” said Squires, who has lived in the Deerfield Twp. school community for more than a decade.
“When you make a mistake you have to make sure you correct that mistake. Sometimes it’s not always fast but we have to make sure we make the right correction,” he said.
“This thing (reaction to the incident) is still evolving so it’s kind of hard for me to be critical of the district. They are still trying to make the correction and I think we should give them the opportunity to do so,” said Squires.
Under Ohio school law, the board now has until Feb. 9 to appoint a new board member and agreed during its meeting to accept applications until 4 p.m. on Jan. 24.
Applications will soon be available on the Kings Schools website.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:40 AM
SPRINGFIELD — A Springfield man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly whipped a pregnant woman with a belt.
Ethan S. Gavin, 20, is facing one count each of domestic violence, resisting arrest and obstructing official business. He’s expected to appear in court at 10:30 a.m. today.
The Springfield Police Division was called to the 2600 block of Lagonda Avenue at about 10 a.m. Monday morning about an argument between a man and a woman, according to a police report.
A police officer took the victim to a back bedroom to get more information about the situation, the report said. Gavin then went outside, but later back inside and attempted to enter the bedroom. A police officer had to stop him with his hand, but he refused to leave the room.
Gavin was then placed under arrest, but refused to cooperate. He then began wrestling with officers and was eventually tased by officers.
Gavin allegedly choked the victim with both hands, punched her in the head and whipped her with a belt on the arms, legs and stomach, the report said. The victim also told police she is eight weeks pregnant.
Gavin was placed in the Clark County Jail.
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