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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: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 5:18 PM
BEAVERCREEK — Beavercreek police took to social media to help identify two theft suspects who make off with more than $4,000 in merchandise from an AT&T store.
The two men entered the store at approximately 6:15 p.m. March 21 and stole iPhones and notepads, according to a Facebook post.
Both suspects are described as men in their early 20s wearing black hooded sweatshirts. One was wearing black jeans as well, and the second man had a hoodie with the letters “LB” on the back who also was wearing red Jordan shoes and khakis, police said.
Anyone with information is urged to contact detective John Bondy at 937-427-5520.
Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 6:47 PM
NEW YORK — A Chinese food delivery man fought off a gun-wielding attacker who tried to rob him on Monday in an apartment building’s stairway landing, according to police.
Police are still searching for the suspects who placed a fake $31.85 order from Peking Kitchen to lure the deliverer to the building, according to the New York Daily News.
“I was about to go downstairs and he pointed the gun at me, and he said, ‘Give us the money. I’m going to shoot you,’” deliveryman Saikou Tambajang, 56, told the Daily News. “He pointed the gun at my head. I threw a forearm into him so he wouldn’t shoot me.”
Tambajang, who makes deliveries to send money home to his family in Gambia, fought off the attackers, who fled without food or money.
Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 6:23 PM
CENTERVILLE — More than 100 faith leaders gathered Saturday at the Normandy United Methodist Church for a safety and security seminar.
The Ohio Crime Prevention Association led the program focusing on the proactive steps houses of worship can take for their protection.
“It’s kind of an all hazards program, to give them a view of things we can consider, what can we improve upon. Then we give them the knowledge and resources for these plans to be better secure and make it safer,” said John Davis, a Centerville police officer who also serves as vice president of the Ohio Crime Prevention Association.
The seminar focused on all kinds of crimes, from an active-shooter situation to burglaries and break-ins.
Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 5:37 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 4:05 PM
— A Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 11 p.m. in Butler County.
Tonight: Snow will continue to fall southwest of the Dayton area this evening. Butler County, especially, could see heavy snowfall, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. A couple of inches of snow accumulation will be possible by the time all is said and done this evening. Overnight clouds will begin to break as temperatures drop into the middle 20s.
Sunday: Mostly sunny skies return to finish the weekend. It’ll be a nicer day but still a little cool with highs in the middle, maybe upper 40s.
Monday: We get back into the lower to middle 50s with a few more clouds expected.
Tuesday: The chance for rain returns under cloudy skies. Highs will be in the middle to upper 50s.
Wednesday: A few more showers are possible with highs near 60 degrees.