Officials taking second look at fatal Fairfield fire

Published: Friday, June 28, 2013 @ 5:15 PM
Updated: Friday, June 28, 2013 @ 5:15 PM

The investigation results are not yet complete, but Fairfield investigators know the fire that killed Joshua Hoskins at a Brittany Lane apartment April 29 is suspicious.

In fact, a sign placed on the burned out building about two weeks ago by state fire officials says arson.

Four months before, the 37-year-old father of three had narrowly escaped a fire at his home on Morningside Drive that was set by his wife, Randi.

Just a few weeks after setting the fire, Randi Hoskins admitted to setting the blaze by lighting clothing and pizza boxes on fire. She was convicted of aggravated arson and sentenced to jail.

Fairfield Police Chief Mike Dickey told the JournalNews Joshua Hoskins’ death is the same as all others investigated by his department.

“We investigate any death until we are satisfied as to how it occurred,” Dickey said. That includes a second look at the Morningside Drive fire.

“We reopened it because he died in a fire four months after almost dying in a fire,” Dickey said. He declined any further comment.

Randi Hoskins’ attorney, Mark Krumbein, was vocal about any connection his client could have to the Brittany Lane fire.

“She was in jail at that time,” Krumbein said, noting it’s a “pretty good” alibi. “When Sheriff Jones has you, you’re not going anywhere.”

Randi Hoskins was booked into the Butler County Jail on Dec. 12 and she was released on June 9, according to jail records.

Krumbein said Randi Hoskins is devastated by the lost of her husband. She is currently on supervised community control through the county’s SAMI court (Substance Abuse and Mental Illness court).

On the night she set the Morningside Drive house on fire, “she was angry with her husband because he would not pick up pizza boxes, dirty clothes and beer bottles,” Krumbein said.

“She just took a match and lit the things she couldn’t stand anymore,” the attorney said. “She hadn’t thought out anything.”

The family escaped safely, but Joshua Hoskins went back into the smoke and flames to get the cat.

“Randi physically pulled him out of the building,” Krumbein said. “She saved his life. She created the danger, but she also saved her husband.”

Fairfield Fire Chief Don Bennett said he expects the investigation to be complete in the next two weeks.

Meijer recalls vegetables for potential Listeria contamination

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 2:24 PM

Possible Listeria Contamination Behind Meijer Recall Of Vegetables

Meijer has recalled several vegetable products for a potential contamination.

Officials for Meijer, a retailer based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, announced the company has recalled various packaged Meijer-brand produce items due to a potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause fatal infections in young children and elderly people.

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The recall affects products sold in Meijer stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin purchased Sept. 27 through Oct. 20. The items will be in plastic containers or foam trays with printed labels with various sizes and weights.

Meijer received notice of a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination from Mann Packing, a Meijer supplier based in Salinas, California, that sources the Meijer branded produce items. Mann Packing officials told Meijer that evidence of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination had been identified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

No illnesses have been reported to date. View the full list of impacted products here.

Man ends up behind bars after slapping Florida police horse

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 5:27 PM

Casey Martin Waldner. Image from the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
Orange County Sheriff's Office
Casey Martin Waldner. Image from the Orange County Sheriff's Office.(Orange County Sheriff's Office)

A man found himself behind bars Sunday after he slapped a police horse. 

An officer was patrolling downtown Orlando on his horse, Izzy, when Casey Martin Waldner, 29, of California, came up behind them. Waldner allegedly slapped Izzy’s rear and startled her, WKMG reported. 

Waldner took off on foot, but police was asked to keep a look out for the man. Officer Rine, who saw the incident, spotted Waldner and arrested him, according to WKMG. 

Waldner was charged with injuring a police horse, resisting officer without violence and possession of cocaine.

Read more at WKMG

Men accused of pouring insecticide in Walmart toy department

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 4:03 PM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 5:13 PM

Two men are seen in surveillance footage at a Walmart in Millington, Tennessee, after police say they intentionally poured insecticide in the children's toy department of a Walmart on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017.
Millington Police Department
Two men are seen in surveillance footage at a Walmart in Millington, Tennessee, after police say they intentionally poured insecticide in the children's toy department of a Walmart on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017.(Millington Police Department)

Two men are accused of pouring insecticide in the children's toy department of a Tennessee Walmart over the weekend, according to authorities.

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Millington police said the incident happened Sunday. 

The men were seen on video "vandalizing property and intentionally spilling insecticide chemicals in the children's toy department," according to a news release.

Officers said the men left the scene in a white pick-up truck that had two stripes down the center.

Both men were identified Monday afternoon, police said.

UPDATE: Both suspects have been identified in the Wal-Mart vandalism case (1710000198MI). Thank you to everyone who...

Posted by Millington Tennessee Police Department on Monday, October 23, 2017
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Woman says scammer cleared out her bank account using Venmo

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 5:15 PM

Venmo is now accepted at more than 2 million U.S. merchants.
Business Wire via AP
Venmo is now accepted at more than 2 million U.S. merchants.(Business Wire via AP)

An Atlanta woman said she feels like she’s been “robbed three times” after someone hacked her bank account.

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Pam Clay told WSB-TV someone named “Sally Frazier” transferred thousands of dollars to their account from her account using the popular mobile banking app, Venmo.

Clay said the scammer cleared out her account and when she told Venmo officials what happened, a representative told her it was a problem she had to address with her bank.

Clay said she uses the app through her Wells Fargo account to send money to her son from time to time. 

WSB-TV reached out to Venmo for comment but have yet to hear a response.