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Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
HAMILTON — A witness in the case of two men charged with arson and murder in the fire that killed Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman says the homeowner had set fire to the Pater Avenue house once before.
Lester Parker, 67, and his nephew William “Billy” Tucker, 46, are on trial for the fire at Parker’s Pater Avenue home that killed Wolterman on Dec. 28, 2015.
James Parker (no relation to Lester Parker), who is the ex-boyfriend of one of Parker’s daughters, told the jury Thursday that Lester Parker had set fire to the Pater Avenue home once before, in the summer of 2015, in order to collect insurance money.
Tucker, he testified, was also a part of that incident.
Defense attorney Tamara Sack questioned James Parker about why he never mentioned Tucker during his written statement to police.
James Parker said he just remembered that detail last week.
Defense attorney David Washington questioned James Parker about having a possible vendetta against Lester Parker because he had once evicted him.
James Parker said he had no ill will toward Lester Parker, but contacted police after learning about the December 2015 fire.
Prosecutors say Lester 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.
Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 12:56 AM
— A rollover crash was reported southbound Interstate 75 just before the Benchwood Road exit around 11:30 p.m. Saturday.
According to Ohio State Patrol, no one was injured.
One man was seen in the back of a police cruiser.
It is not known if any arrests have been made.
Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 3:21 PM
WARREN COUNTY — Two hikers, one of which was injured, have been located and rescued at Caesar Creek State Park in Warren County Saturday, according to dispatchers.
Emergency crews responded to the state park on reports of at least one injured hiker around 1:40 p.m., dispatchers told this news organization.
One hiker was found suffering from a hip injury. One, or both of the hikers were also showing signs of hypothermia, according to officials.
Rescue crews had to use a boat to get the injured hikers to safety. Around 3:15 p.m., scanner traffic from the scene indicated both hikers were off the boat and safely on land at one of the boat ramps with medics tending to them.
Additional details were not available.
Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 8:23 PM
— Jennifer Lawrence plans to take the next year off from acting in order to devote time working with a group trying to limit the influence of money in politics.
Lawrence, 27, is a member of the board of Represent.Us, a group working to pass anti-corruption laws which limit the amount of money that can be used to influence politicians.
"I'm going to take the next year off. I'm going to be working with this organization as a part of Represent.Us ... Trying to get young people engaged politically on a local level,” Lawrence told Entertainment Tonight while promoting the release of her latest movie Red Sparrow. “It doesn't have anything to do with partisan (politics). It's just anti-corruption and stuff trying to pass state by state laws that can help prevent corruption, fix our democracy."
Lawrence, one of the highest-paid actress in the world, has used her position to help causes in the past.
She participated in the Women’s March in January, posting a photo holding protest signs with Cameron Diaz and Adele.
"I stand in solidarity for Women's rights, Equal pay, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program)," she wrote.
Lawrence was also honored with the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at The Hollywood Reporter’s 2017 Women in Entertainment Power 100 breakfast in December.
Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 10:04 PM
— What’s your go-to snack? If it’s yogurt, you may be in luck because it may help lower your risk for cardiovascular disease, according to a new report.
Researchers from Boston University and Harvard University, recently conducted a trial, published in American Journal of Hypertension, to determine how high intake of the food could be associated with lower cardiovascular disease risk among hypertensive people.
"We hypothesized that long-term yogurt intake might reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems since some previous small studies had shown beneficial effects of fermented dairy products," the authors wrote in a statement.
For the assessment, they pulled from a study that examined 55,000 women, aged 30-55, with high blood pressure, and they looked at another that analyzed 18,000 men, aged 40-75. The participants, which were followed for up to 30 years, completed a questionnaire that asked about their diets and any physician-diagnosed events, like strokes or heart attacks, that might have occurred.
After analyzing the results, they found that higher intakes of yogurt were associated with a 30 percent reduction in risk of cardiac arrest for women and a 19 percent decrease for men.
Furthermore, men and women, who ate more than two servings of yogurt a week had about a 20 percent lower risk of major coronary heart disease or stroke.
“Our results provide important new evidence that yogurt may benefit heart health alone or as a consistent part of a diet rich in fiber-rich fruits, vegetables and whole grains," they said.
While they didn’t note whether one type of yogurt was better than the other or why it could be beneficial, they said the treat may help prevent clogging of the heart’s blood vessels.
“In fact, higher dairy consumption has been previously linked to positive effects on “cardiovascular disease-related comorbidities such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and insulin resistance,” they wrote.