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Jury to view house where Hamilton firefighter died in fire

Published: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 10:47 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 11:18 AM

            William “Billy” Tucker is charged with two counts of aggravated arson and murder for allegedly starting the fire at his uncle’s residence at 1310 Pater Ave., where Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman died. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
William “Billy” Tucker is charged with two counts of aggravated arson and murder for allegedly starting the fire at his uncle’s residence at 1310 Pater Ave., where Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman died. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Jurors will view the Pater Avenue residence where Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman died in 2015 during the trial next month for the two men charged in connection with the fatal arson fire.

Last month the defense attorney for William “Billy” Tucker filed a motion for a jury view.

Tucker, 46, of Richmond, Ky., is charged with two counts of aggravated arson and murder for allegedly starting the fire at his uncle’s residence at 1310 Pater Ave., where Wolterman died.

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

The uncle, 66-year-old Lester Parker, who is the home’s owner, is facing the same charges.

Prosecutors say Parker solicited Tucker to light the fire. Parker and his wife were in Las Vegas when the fire broke out during the early morning hours.

In the motion, defense attorney Tamara Sack indicated there may be a witness who can place Tucker near the scene before the fire.

CLOSER LOOK: Why 2 men charged in firefighter’s death aren’t in Butler County Jail

In the motion, Sack said jury view of the scene is material to facts of the indictment specifically “regarding the location of the fire … leading to Grand Avenue at the location where the State’s witness alleges the defendant (Tucker) left the vehicle and headed on foot to the 1310 Pater Ave. location.”

During a hearing Wednesday, Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said the state did not oppose the jury viewing the scene.

MORE: Attempt to move Hamilton firefighter death trial fails

A three-week trial for both Tucker and Parker is scheduled to begin Nov. 6 in Butler County Common Pleas Court. Both men have court-appointed attorneys.

Wolterman died when he fell through the home’s first floor while fighting the blaze on Dec. 28, 2015.

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Crashes reported as snow, wind cause slick roads, poor visibility

Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 6:48 AM

Munger road has been closed while DP&L crews repair lines and road crews salt the road.

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect as a possible 3 to 5 inches of snow is expected through the morning. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Butler and Warren counties until 8 p.m.

Snow is falling steady, and drifting will be a problem with gusts reaching 25 to 35 mph.

>> How the winter storm will impact your morning commute, travel plans

>> AAA wants you to remember these 4 things when driving in the snow

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

The following is a list of crashes being reported across the area:

  • On I-75 between Piqua and Sidney, multiple slide-offs reported between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m.
  • On US-42 in Lebanon, vehicle rollover reported around 6:40 a.m.
  • On Eaton Pike in New Lebanon, minor crash reported around 6:35 a.m.
  • In Darke County on SR 705, west of Osgood, a semi into a ditch around 6:25 a.m.
  • In Clay Twp., on Diamond Mill Road, crash reported around 6:12 a.m. Medics requested. 
  • In Vandalia, on Dog Leg Rd, vehicle slide-off reported around 6:05 a.m.
  • In Lebanon, on Greentree Road, a vehicle slide-off reported around 5:47 a.m.
  • In Beavercreek on N. Fairfield Rd, road is closed between Suburban Dr and Lawson for a disabled salt truck reported around 5:45 a.m.
  • In Miami Twp., on Munger Road, crews were repairing utility lines around 5:30 a.m.  Police reported slick conditions causing issues for crews working in the area.
  • In Butler County, on northbound I-75, north of OH-129, vehicle slide-off reported around 5:15 a.m.
  • In Miamisburg, on Sherwood Forest Drive, vehicle crashed into a house around 4:40 a.m.
  • In Beavercreek, on northbound I-675 at the U.S. 35 exit, vehicle slide-off reported at 4 a.m.
  • In the Englewood area, on westbound I-70 at the 26 milemarker, overturned FedEx truck reported at 2:30 a.m.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 


  • Arlington Road between Pleasant Plain and Upper Lewisburg Salem Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE, March 5 - Sept. 30. All ramps for I-70 will remain open. 
  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • 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.
  • SR 48 between First Street and Riverdale Street, Lane closures March 19 - April 1. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, RAMP CLOSURE, March 12 - Sept. 30. The official detour is: I-75 north to US 35 east to Jefferson/Main Street to Ludlow Street to US 35 west. 
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.


  • N. Market Street between Foss Way/Kirk Lane and Stonyridge Avenue, ROAD CLOSURE March 5 at 7 a.m. - Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. 


  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 


  • SR 121 between Washington Street and Fairview Street, ROAD CLOSURE Mar. 12 - April 13. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503. 
  • SR 121 between Arnold Street and Harter Road, ROAD CLOSURE Mar. 12 - April 13. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503. 


  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE March 15 - Aug. 15. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north


  • US 68 between SR 508 and Township Road 310, ROAD CLOSURE April 23 - 27. The official detour is: US 68 to SR 296 to SR 29 to SR 235 to SR 47 to US 68. 

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Snow emergencies: What do the levels mean?

Published: Monday, January 08, 2018 @ 7:48 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 6:03 AM

Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell explains the different criteria involved in issuing Winter Weather advisories, watches, or warnings

Sheriff’s offices and departments collaborate with county emergency managers to determine whether current conditions with the weather and roadways constitute issuing a snow emergency level.

As of 6 a.m:

  • Augalize: Advisory 1
  • Champaign: Level 1

>> Live Doppler 7 Radar

Snow emergency definitions:

LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.

LEVEL 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.

LEVEL 3: All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.

>> School business closings and delays


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Austin package explosions: Parts of downtown Pflugerville shut down due to suspicious package report

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 2:50 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 2:50 AM

Package Explodes At FedEx Facility In Shertz,Texas

Police have shut down parts of downtown Pflugerville, an Austin suburb, due to a report of a suspicious package, the city’s police chief said early Wednesday. It is not yet known whether the incident is related to the Austin bombings.

The news came the day after investigators linked a fifth bomb blast at a FedEx ground delivery facility northeast of San Antonio to the deadly package bombs in Austin. A sixth blast at a south Austin Goodwill store was not related to the bombings, investigators said.

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Slick roads cause FedEx truck to crash on westbound I-70

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:20 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 6:48 AM

SCENE: FedEx truck jackknifes on I-70 near Hoke Road

UPDATE @6:50 a.m.

The ramp from westbound I-70 to Hoke Road has reopened.

>> RELATED: Crashes reported as snow, wind cause slick roads, poor visibility 

UPDATE @5:44 a.m.

The ramp from westbound I-70 to Hoke Road remains closed. All lanes of westbound I-70 are open.


A FedEx truck crashed off westbound Interstate 70 during snowy conditions early Wednesday morning.

The crash happened around 2:30 a.m. on westbound I-70 near the Hoke Road exit in Englewood.

The semi appears to have been hauling two trailers. The semi is in the ditch, and the exit ramp onto Hoke Road is blocked.

>> How the winter storm will impact your morning commute, travel plans

Several crashes and slide-offs have been reported across the area. A Winter Storm Advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. tonight.

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