Jurors set to visit site of Hamilton firefighter’s death

Published: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 5:33 PM

Jury Selection for Two Men charged in arson fire that killed Hamilton Firefighter

A jury is scheduled Tuesday to visit a burned out Hamilton home as part of the trial for two men accused in Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman’s death.

William “Billy” Tucker and his uncle Lester Parker are both charged with two counts of aggravated arson and murder in connection to Wolterman’s death in December 2015.

Wolterman died when he fell through the first floor of the Pater Avenue home while fighting a blaze.

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Prosecutors allege that Parker, 67, solicited Tucker, 46, of Richmond, Ky., to start the fire at his residence. Both men have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Parker and Tucker walked into the largest courtroom in Butler County on Monday for jury selection wearing street clothes. Tucker, whose hair was nearly shoulder length while awaiting trial, had a fresh haircut that defense attorney Tamara Sack said had been cut at the Preble County Jail, where he has been housed since his arrest last winter.

Butler County Common Pleas Judge Greg Stephens requested 125 potential jurors for selection. Eighty showed up for duty, and of those, about a dozen said they would have difficulty serving during a lengthy trial.

Stephens has said the trial could last three weeks.

Some of the potential jurors said they knew a witness likely to be called to testify or one of the attorneys involved in the case.

A woman said she went to school with members of Wolterman’s family and another man said he was a firefighter in the Dayton area and had attended Wolterman’s funeral.

“I would be the worst possible person to be on the jury,” the man told the judge.

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Prosecutors indicated detectives, a travel agent and an insurance expert were among those likely to testify during the trial.

Both Parker and Tucker have declined to attend Tuesday’s scheduled jury view of the home and surrounding area.

Two weeks ago, Sack filed four motions under seal, including one notice of alibi for Tucker.

Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said he could not comment on the sealed motions, including an alleged alibi for Tucker.

But he said he stands by the indictment.

“I plan on proving this case as if (Tucker) was there and set the fire and he did so after being solicited by Lester Parker,” Gmoser said. “I stand by our allegations and we intend to prove every single one of them.”

Other motions filed indicate there is a witness who can place Tucker at or near the scene of the fire.

EXCLUSIVE: Burglar alarm sent police to home where Hamilton firefighter died

Sack and Parker’s attorney David Washington both requested the jury view the scene at 1310 Pater Ave.

Emergency crews were alerted to the Dec. 28 fire by a burglary alarm. When police arrived at Parker’s home, they found heavy smoke pouring out of the two-story building.

Wolterman entered the burning home because he and other firefighters were told an older couple may have been trapped inside.

Parker told this newspaper that he and his wife were in Las Vegas celebrating their wedding anniversary on the night of the fire.

3 connections Charles Manson has to southwest Ohio

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 7:40 AM

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Mass murderer Charles Manson died Sunday night, according to reports.

Here are three connections Manson has to Ohio:

1. Born in Cincinnati. Charles Manson was born “no name Maddox” to 16-year-old Kathleen Maddox in 1934, according to hospital records unearthed for a 1987 Al Schottelkotte News special. He was born at Cincinnati General Hospital, which is where University of Cincinnati Hospital is today, news partner WCPO reported. He was eventually given the surname “Manson” when his mother married William Manson.

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2. Transient childhood. Manson’s childhood was transient, moving to West Virginia with relatives before he turned 6 years old. Then, he lived with his mother in various hotel rooms. “The next couple of years saw us in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, and probably a couple more states, and who knows how many cities,” Manson said in an autobiography. Manson had several run-ins with law enforcement through his childhood and young adulthood. At 9 years old, he was caught stealing and sent to reform school. He was later placed in the Gibault School for Boys in Indiana, but ran away. He spent time in several juvenile detention centers and childcare centers and was placed in the Chillicothe Correctional Facility in Chillicothe, Ohio in 1952.

3. Dayton locations for Manson film. Several films and documentaries have been created about Manson’s cult killings. Jim Van Bebber, an American film director who attended Wright State University, created “The Manson Family” — a cross between a fictional story and a documentary. Scenes for the film, which was released in the early 2000s, were filmed in Dayton.

Cool and sunny today, rain/snow mix possible Tuesday evening

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 3:57 AM

Darke County remains under a flood warning until 8:45 a.m. today.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Frigid morning
  • Few showers Tuesday with rain/snow mix possible
  • Quiet for Thanksgiving

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DETAILED FORECAST

Today: It will be a bitter cold morning with temperatures in the 20s, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Skies will be clear with plenty of sunshine through the afternoon. Highs will climb to the mid-40s, which is a little cooler than normal. It will be clear and chilly tonight with temperatures in the low 30s.

Tuesday: It will be a dry start to the day with sunshine. Clouds will increase into the afternoon and highs will reach around 50. A weak front will pass into the night. Some passing light rain showers are possible for the evening. A rain/snow mix is possible and showers will end quickly overnight.

>> County-by-County Weather

Wednesday: It will be cold again with temperatures in the morning in the 20s. A slick spot or two on bridges and overpasses can’t be ruled out where there were showers. There will be sunshine and a few clouds. Highs will only reach the upper 30s, which is about 10 degrees colder than normal.

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Thanksgiving: We’ll have beautiful weather for Thanksgiving this year. It will be cool and sunny with highs in the low 40s and dry from start to finish.

Friday: It will be a frigid morning for Black Friday shoppers as temperatures will start in the upper 20s. Skies will be sunny, so it will warm to the mid-40s. It will stay dry.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 2:33 AM
Updated: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 2:33 AM

South 75 at Grand Ave Crash

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Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents to report

Surface Street Incidents

  • Rip Rap Road is closed due to high water. 
  • Crews are responding to a crash on Ballinger Road near Old Springfield Road in Union. The crash was reported shortly after 2 a.m.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Alex-Bell Road will be closed for work on the Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek until Nov. 30. More information, including detour information, is available here.
  • A half-mile of Stroop Road in Kettering between Woodman Drive and Glenheath/Braddox intersection will be closed until the end of the year so a bridge can be replaced. .
  • SR 48 Ramp to I-70 west, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. - Nov. 18 at 12 p.m. The official detour is: SR 48 to US 40 east to SR 49 to I-70 west.
  • SR 48 Ramp to I-70 east, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. - Nov. 19 at 12 p.m. The official detour is SR 48 to US 40 east to Airport Access Road to I-70 east.
  • US 35 east Ramp to I-75 north, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE, Nov. 16 at 10 p.m. - Nov. 17 at 6 a.m. The official detour is: US 35 east to I-75 south to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east

CLARK COUNTY  

  • SR 4 between I-70 and Enon Road, Lane closures Oct. 26 - Nov. 17. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • Enon Road Ramp to SR 4 south, RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 26 - Nov. 17. The official detour is: SR 4 north to SR 369 to SR 4 south
  • SR 4 north Ramp to Enon Road, Intermittent RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 26 - Nov. 17. The official detour is: SR 4 north to SR 369 to SR 4 south to Enon Road

DARKE COUNTY 

  • SR 705 near Groff Road, Daily lane closures Nov. 27 - Dec. 11 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
SHELBY COUNTY  
  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, shoulder closures through Nov. 17. *There could be intermittent lane closures in this area between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • SR 705 between Holthaus Road and Baumer Brandewie Road, ROAD CLOSURE Nov. 8 - 22. The official detour is: SR 66 to SR 119 to SR 364

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch sits for U.S. national anthem, stands for Mexico's

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 4:45 AM

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Star NFL running back Marshawn Lynch of the Oakland Raiders was spotted sitting on the sidelines as the U.S. national anthem played before a Sunday afternoon game in Mexico against the New England Patriots.

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Lynch appeared to take his demonstration a step further by standing during the Mexican national anthem, according to reporters at the game:

Some social media users responded, claiming that this was “false news" and that Lynch was sitting because his equipment was being worked on.

According to Sports Illustrated, it’s not the first time Lynch chose to sit during the anthem. In fact, he’s been doing it all season.

 The Bleacher Report said over the summer that Lynch claimed he had been sitting during the anthem for 11 years, and his coach, Jack Del Rio, responded to that by saying, “It’s a non-issue for me.”

“On Marshawn, talked to Marshawn trying to make sure we’re on the same page,” Del Rio said. “He said, ‘This is something I’ve done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being myself.’ I said, ‘So you understand how I feel, I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem. But I’m going to respect you as a man, you do your thing. We’ll do ours.’ It’s a non-issue for me.”

Earlier on Sunday, Rare covered a retired NFL running back who strongly disagrees with the protests occurring during the national anthem.

Former NFL stand-out Herschel Walker blamed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for allowing protests during the national anthem to become routine occurrences during the 2017 season and potentially beyond.

Walker said that he finds the protests “upsetting” and that they should have been stopped when they started.

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“I absolutely think the protests are so upsetting, and I blame the commissioner,” he said, according to the New York Post. “I know people are going to be angry when I say it, but he should have stopped the protests at the very beginning.”

Walker said that if people want to protest they should do so in Washington, D.C.

“Our flag is very special, and black lives matter, but what we should do is go to Washington after the season and protest there instead. We have young men and women fighting for the flag. And we have to respect the White House,” he added.

Previously, Walker said that the NFL should make a rule that says players can only protest while “off the job.”

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“I do, I think it means making a league-wide rule that if you want to protest, protest off the job. One of the things I want to say about the protests, where was everyone before the season started?” he asked. “I didn’t see anyone protesting in front of the White House, protesting in front of Congress or protesting in front of police officers. Why did we wait until football season started to start this again?”

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