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Published: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 10:47 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 11:18 AM
HAMILTON — 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.
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.
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.
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.
Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 6:48 AM
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.
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:
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Published: Monday, January 08, 2018 @ 7:48 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 6:03 AM
— 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:
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.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 2:50 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 2:50 AM
AUSTIN, 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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Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:20 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 6:48 AM
ENGLEWOOD — UPDATE @6:50 a.m.
The ramp from westbound I-70 to Hoke Road has reopened.
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.
Several crashes and slide-offs have been reported across the area. A Winter Storm Advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. tonight.