breaking news

severe weather

Text allegedly sent by Hamilton arson suspect on morning of fatal blaze: ‘Done with the job’

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 5:53 PM
Updated: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 5:56 PM

Lester Parker and William Tucker Trial - Day 4

A text message allegedly sent by the Kentucky man charged with arson and murder in a fire that killed a Hamilton firefighter was shown in court Thursday.

William “Billy” Tucker, 46, and his uncle Lester Parker, 67, are both charged with arson and murder in the fire at Parker’s Pater Avenue home that killed Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman on Dec. 28, 2015.

MORE: Woman tells jury she gave ride to Hamilton arson suspect for $300 in pills

Linda Rose, a former girlfriend of Tucker’s, traveled from Berea, Ky., to testify Thursday about a text message she received from Tucker at 3:17 a.m. on Dec. 28, 2015.

The text message to Rose, allegedly sent from Tucker, said: “Babydoll, done with the job. Got to get some rest and call you tomorrow. Love you.”

The text message to Linda Rose, allegedly sent by Billy Tucker, said: “Babydoll, done with the job. Got to get some rest and call you tomorrow. Love you.”(NICK GRAHAM/STAFF)

MORE: Prosecutor: Hamilton man planned to burn home for insurance money

Rose said she didn’t know where Tucker was at the time the message was sent and she likely did not read it until the next morning.

Prosecutors say Parker was “under water” financially in December 2015 and hatched a plan to have the house set on fire for insurance money while he and his wife were in Las Vegas.

According to prosecutors, Tucker agreed to light the fire in exchange for payment in pills.

California artist creates "positive" street signs

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 3:05 AM

Scott Froschauer's positive street signs have been placed in parks around Glendale, California.
Scott Froschauer's positive street signs have been placed in parks around Glendale, California.

A California street artist has produced a new kind of peace sign. When you’re driving around town, simply relax when you see them.

>> Read more trending news

Instead of familiar street signs that order drivers to “stop,” “yield,” or “do not enter,” Scott Froschauer’s signs urge drivers to “relax,” “do your best,” or “breathe.”

The Glendale Library launched Froschauer’s “Word on the Street” art works last week, placing 20 of his signs at parks throughout the city, KABC reported. Froschauer’s website has a map that shows where the signs are located.

“There’s nothing more mundane than, like, a stop sign, because you just see it every day and you start to blur them out,” Froschauer told KABC. 

His street signs convey positive messages, he said. Instead of “Stop,” his octagonal sign reads “Start.”

The signs will be on display for one year, KABC reported.

SR-741 to be closed for at least 6 hours following crash

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 3:43 PM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 4:45 PM

UPDATE @ 4:45 p.m.

Those headed to the 5:30 p.m. Springboro High School boys basketball scrimmage, coming from south of Ohio 741 and Red Lion-Five Points Road, should use Interstate 75 to get to the game.

On northbound I-75, get off at the East Fourth Street exit and go right on West Lower Springboro Road. Turn right on South Main Street (Ohio 741). Springboro High School will be on the right at 1675 S. Main St.

RELATED: See more trending stories on

For the latest traffic information, tune in to AM 1290 or News 95.7, or visit the WHIO traffic page.

UPDATE @ 4:17 p.m.

The Ohio Department of Transportation said state Route 741 will be shut down for 6 to 7 hours near Red Lion-Five Points Road. Duke Energy is on scene repairing a pole and said the damages will take an extended time to fix. The driver was an man and not a student, according to authorities. 

The Springboro boys basketball team has a scrimmage scheduled tonight and drivers will need to find an alternate route to Springboro High School. 


State Route 741 is currently closed due to a one car accident near Red Lion-Five Points Road just south of Springboro High School.

RELATED: See more trending stories on

The crash reportedly happened around 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon when a driver hit an electric pole. The driver was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries according to the Clearcreek Township Fire Department. 


The pole was reportedly ripped in half and Duke Energy is on scene working to repair the damages. We will bring you the latest developments in this story. 

Butler County Donut Trail makes international ‘best of’ list

Published: Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 11:59 AM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 5:05 PM

Butler County Donut Trail

The Butler County Donut Trail is going worldwide.

CNN recently spotlighted the trail as one of 12 of the world’s most enticing food and drink trails, along with trails featuring dumplings, beer cheese, apple pie, malt whisky, hot tamales, German wine, French cheese, Swiss fondue and other regional delights.

MORE: 5 reasons to visit — or re-visit — the Butler County Donut Trail

The doughnut trail’s 10 featured locations represent a combined 306 years of doughnut-making experience and previously have been featured in publications nationwide, including NBC News, Country Living and USA Today, according to the Butler County Visitors Bureau.

Completing all 10 stops on the official doughnut trail passport earns participants a free Butler County Donut Trail T-shirt.

More than 8,400 visitors from 43 states and nine countries have completed all stops on the Donut Trail since it was founded in early 2016, according to the latest statistics provided by the visitors bureau. Those numbers do not include partial completions, bureau officials said.

MORE: Butler County Donut Trail adds new shop

“We’re very excited to have the Donut Trail included such a major international travel story through CNN,” said Mark Hecquet, executive director of the Butler County Visitors Bureau. “It puts an incredible spotlight on Butler County as a travel destination at both a national and international level.

“Ultimately, this feature will drive increased national and international visitation to our community as people come to explore the Donut Trail, as well as everything else Butler County has to offer.”

The Butler County Donut Trail includes:
  • Central Pastry Shop, 1518 Central Ave., Middletown
  • Jupiter Coffee & Donuts, 5353 Dixie Highway, Fairfield
  • Kelly’s Bakery, 1335 Main St., Hamilton
  • Martin’s Donuts, 4 W. State St., Trenton
  • Milton’s Donuts, 3533 Roosevelt Blvd., Middletown
  • Mimi’s Donuts & Bakery, 2267 Millvile Ave., Hamilton
  • Oxford Doughnut Shoppe, 120 S. Locust St., Oxford
  • Ross Bakery, 1051 Eaton Ave., Hamilton or 4421 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton
  • Stan the Donut Man, 7967 Cincinnati Dayton Road, West Chester Twp.
  • The Donut Spot, 5148 Pleasant Ave., Fairfield

K99.1 FM fundraiser draws generous donation from Garth Brooks and others

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 11:26 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 1:07 PM

Credit: Getty Images
Credit: Getty Images

Garth Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood made a contribution of close to $50K during K99.1 FM’s yearly Dayton Children’s radio-thon Thursday morning.

This is the second straight year that Brooks has called into K99 to make a personal donation to Dayton Children’s. During a dollar for dollar match hour by McAfee Air, Brooks said he would match all donations and also added that his wife Trisha Yearwood would match all donations as well. This generous act allowed all contributions during that time to be quadrupled from $1 to $4.

RELATED: See more trending stories on

Last year when Garth was in Cincinnati, he met privately with Nancy, Frye and Nick Roberts of K99 and discussed again his passion for Dayton and Children’s Hospital. 

“He’s been very good to our station and to the hospital. It’s kind of mind blowing to think that one of the biggest entertainers in music history has that kind of connection to Dayton.” Said Nick Roberts, VP Marketing for Cox Media Group. 

Many other generous donations have been given via the Radiothon including a signed guitar from Ketih Urban. Urban called into K99 to express his support for the fundraiser and while talking with Nancy and Frye informed that he would be sending in the guitar. 

K99.1 FM Online

This is the 20th year of the Children’s Hospital of Dayton radio-thon and K99 has raised almost $4 million dollars in that time.