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Published: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 7:21 AM
HAMILTON — William “Billy” Tucker and his uncle Lester Parker were in court Friday for a final hearing before their murder, arson trial begins today in Butler County Common Pleas Court.
Tucker, 46, of Richmond, Ky., is charged with two counts of aggravated arson and murder for allegedly starting a fire at his uncle’s Pater Avenue residence, where firefighter Patrick Wolterman died in December 2015. Parker, the homeowner faces the same charges.
Final motions were hashed out in chambers and briefly put on the record. The use of a nickname of a witness was declared moot apparently resolved by both sides and Judge Greg Stephens overruled a motion filed by Tamara Sack, Tucker’s attorney, to have the defense investigator at the table with her during the trial. The price tag for her services would have been $50 an hour and the trial is scheduled for three weeks.
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 substance of sealed motions, including an alleged alibi for Tucker.
But he said he stands by the indictment.
“I plan on proving this case as if he 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 seem to indicate there is a witness that can put Tucker at or near the scene of the fire.
Last month, in a motion requesting a jury view, Sack indicated there was a witness that could place Tucker at the scene of the fire.
Sack requested Stephens grant a jury view of the scene at 1310 Pater Ave.
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.”
The judge has called for 125 prospective jurors and selection will begin this afternoon in a large courtroom on the second floor of the Butler County Government Services Center. Stephens said a jury will be selected on Monday and the jury will view the scene on Tuesday morning.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 12:20 PM
LOS ANGELES — Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West are parents of three. The TV personality and rapper welcomed a baby girl Monday via surrogate. The couple, married in 2014, are already parents to daughter North, 4, and son Saint, 2.
Kardashian West confirmed the news on her official website.
“Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl. We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care. North and Saint are especially thrilled to welcome their baby sister.”
The baby was born Jan. 15 at 12:47 a.m. PT and weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces, Kardashian West said.
Reports emerged in July that the celebrity pair hired a surrogate to carry their third child. By September, Kardashian West confirmed the news and later revealed to Ellen DeGeneres that they were having a baby girl.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 12:10 PM
— Five Democratic members of Congress have said they will not attend President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address set for the end of the month, boycotting the speech, they say, because of an alleged racial slur over immigration by the president.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), announced Monday she will not attend the speech. Four other Democrats had previously said they will not be attending. When Trump gives the speech in front of a joint session of Congress on Jan. 30 he will see the female Democrats attending the speech, led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.), dressed in black to show solidarity with the “Me Too” movement which gives voice to those who have been sexually harassed or assaulted.
While this will be Trump’s first State of the Union address, it is not the first time he has addressed a joint session of Congress. Trump spoke before Congress last February.
Check back here on Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. for live updates from the speech and reaction afterward.
Here’s how to watch the speech.
When is the speech: Tuesday, Jan. 30
What time: 9 p.m. ET
What channel: The speech will be carried live on all the major cable and news networks.
Livestream: on YouTube from the White House YouTube channel
Where is it taking place: President Trump will deliver the speech from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Why he does it: Article II, Section 3, Clause 1 of the Constitution says, the president “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” The speech was first called the Annual Message, then in the 1940s, the address became known as the “state of the union.” Since 1947, the speech has been known as the “State of the Union Address.”
Firsts for State of the Union speeches
First radio broadcast of the address: President Calvin Coolidge, 1923.
First television broadcast of address: President Harry Truman, 1947.
First televised evening delivery of address: President Lyndon Johnson, 1965.
First live webcast on Internet: President George W. Bush, 2002.
First high definition television broadcast of the address came with President George W. Bush’s State of the Union message in 2004.
Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), said she will give her guest ticket to the speech to a person involved in the “Me Too” movement.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other female Democrats have said they plan to wear black to the speech in solidarity with the “Me Too” movement.
Who is not coming:
More than 60 members of Congress boycotted Trump’s inauguration. So far, five Democrats have said that they will not attend the State of the Union address. They are:
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:57 AM
WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, to testify before a grand jury as part of the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to the Trump campaign, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
SCOOP: Mueller has subpoenaed Steve Bannon to testify before a grand jury as part of the ongoing Russia investigation. First person in Trump's inner circle known to have received a grand jury subpoena. https://t.co/dbKWuDjdMp— Michael S. Schmidt (@nytmike) January 16, 2018
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:56 AM
— Beavercreek residents can expect to see some significant road construction projects this year.
City leaders announced they have budgeted about $5.8 million in road construction improvements for the year.
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Major thoroughfares that are slated to get improvements include National, Indian Ripple, North Fairfield and Shakertown roads.
Work to widen Dayton-Xenia and Shakertown roads is ongoing and expected to be wrapped up by the summer.
In addition, officials said the city is aiming to beat last year’s record total of “16 centerline miles” that were resurfaced.