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

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 2:12 PM
Updated: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 2:13 PM

Lester Parker and William Tucker Trial - Day 4

A witness who put William “Billy” Tucker near the scene of the fire that killed Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman in December 2015, testified Thursday that she picked him up at a Richmond, Ky., CVS pharmacy and drove him to Hamilton’s East side in exchange for pills.

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 Wolterman on Dec. 28, 2015.

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For $40 in gas and a promise of pain pills, Courtney Basinger said she made the two-hour trip to Richmond on Dec. 27, 2015, with three children and Tucker’s girlfriend to give him a ride to Hamilton.

Once back in Hamilton during the early morning hours of Dec. 28, the Liberty Twp. resident said Tucker told her they were going to “the Knob” and instructed her to drive to and then pull over on Grand Avenue.

“He got out of the car with the bag,” Basinger told the jury during the fourth day of trial in Butler County Common Pleas Court.

“He said he would be back in about 20 minutes, to wait for him,” she said, adding that Tucker walked toward Pater Avenue. “He seemed like he was in a hurry.”

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When Tucker returned to the car, he had a gas can, Basinger said.

“He was out of breath,” she told the jury.

Tucker then unrolled a paper towel and gave her 10 opioid pills that she estimated were worth $30 each.

It was not until a year later that Basinger said she realized Tucker may have been involved in the fatal arson.

“I didn’t realize until the detective knocked on the door,” she said.

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But during cross examination by Tucker’s defense attorney, Basinger admitted that before police questioned her, a friend had told her to go to the authorities with details about the car ride.

The defense also pointed out other contradictions in Basinger’s testimony.

Tucker’s defense attorney, Tamara Sack, played a tape of Basinger telling a detective in November 2017 that Tucker also had a pad lock with him when he returned to the car that night.

Parker’s defense attorney, David Washington, questioned Basinger about her drug use on the night she dropped Tucker off as well as the year that followed.

She admitted she may not have been clear headed at the time, saying that in December 2015 she was addicted to meth and opioids but has been clean for the past 10 months.

“Where you concerned about him spilling gas in your car,” Washington asked Basinger.

She answered, “No, the only thing I cared about was the pills.”

Multiple crashes on I-75 in Miami County causing traffic headaches

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 10:25 AM

OSP Piqua post is investigating a crash involving 2 semis

State troopers and medics have responded to a crash that left a tractor trailer on its side on northbound Interstate 75 north of Troy Friday morning. 

State troopers and medics responded to the highway, about five miles north of Troy around 10:10 a.m. 

The crash in the northbound lanes of I-75 is located near the County Road 25-A exit between Troy and Piqua.  One lane is currently open, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

A second crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 about two miles north of the northbound crash has traffic down to one lane on that side of the highway, the patrol said.

We have a crew on the scene and we’ll update this page as new details become available. 

One ‘hot’ Thanksgiving: Turkeys get Flaming Hot Cheetos makeover

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 12:16 PM

‘Flamin’ Hot Cheetos’ Turkey Is Spicing Up the Holidays

Food mashups can be the perfect answer to the traditional, boring holiday gathering. Reynolds Kitchens, the makers of the aluminum foil and cooking bags that help us create in the kitchen, have come up with some different recipes using popular snack foods to amp up the Thanksgiving turkey.

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They’re called “Flavor Blasted Turkeys” and use spicy cheese puffs (think Flaming Hot Cheetos), ranch-flavored corn chips (Ranch Fritos), or onion-flavored rings (Funyuns) to add an extra kick to Tom Turkey.

You start all three recipes the same. You put your chip of choice into a food processor or blender and crush them. You can also use the old fashioned rolling-pin/zip top bag technique and work out some holiday frustrations. As long as they’re powered, you’re fine.

Brush oil or butter on the bird to help the coating stick and cover the entire turkey, legs and all, with the crushed-up snack food.

This is where the technique changes depending on which chip you choose.

For Flaming Hot Cheetos turkey:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Put covered turkey in cooking bag.
  • Place bag and turkey in 2-inch deep roasting pan.
  • Cut 6 1/2-inch slits into bag and roast until turkey reaches internal temperature of 180 degrees at the thickest part of the thigh not touching a bone.
  • When it reaches temperature, remove the turkey from the oven and let it sit for 15 minutes in the bag, then slice open the bag, remove the turkey and serve.

For ranch-flavored turkey:

  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • Put turkey on aluminum foil that’s tow and a half times longer than the turkey.
  • Overlap foil ends and turn up the sides of the foil to seal in juices.
  • Place turkey and foil into 2-inch deep roasting pan.
  • Roast until turkey reaches internal temperature of 180 degrees at the thickest part of the thigh not touching a bone.
  • Add 30 minutes to the time if turkey is stuffed.
  • To brown the turkey and coating, turn back the foil for last 30 minutes of roasting.
  • When it reaches temperature, remove the turkey from the oven and let it sit for 15 minutes in the foil, then remove the turkey and serve.

For onion-flavored turkey:

  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • Lay a sheet of foil under turkey in roasting pan
  • Make a foil tent, leaving an inch between the turkey and the foil for heat circulation. Crimp the tent to bottom foil along the long sides of pan.
  • Roast until turkey reaches internal temperature of 180 degrees at the thickest part of the thigh not touching bone.
  • Add 30 minutes to the time if turkey is stuffed.
  • To brown the turkey, remove foil tent after one hour.
  • When it reaches correct temperature, remove the turkey from the oven and let it sit for 15 minutes covered in foil.

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Professor: Team has performed first successful human head transplant using cadavers

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 7:58 AM

WATCH: Professor Says First Successful Human Head Transplant Using Cadavers Performed

It sounds like something out of a horrible B movie, but a professor in Italy says a team has successfully transplanted a human head in China. It was done on corpses to see if surgeons could reconnect the spine, nerves and blood vessels. 

“The first human transplant on human cadavers has been done,” Sergio Canavero, the director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, said. “A full head swap between brain dead organ donors is the next stage,” the Telegraph reported.

He added that it would be the last step before a full head transplant happens some time before the end of the year, USA Today reported.

A firm date for the living patient surgery has not been released.

Canavero said the procedure happened in China because “the Americans did not understand” and wouldn’t fund the experiments, USA Today reported.

Experts in the medical community said that a procedure like this would not be allowed in either the United States or Europe.

While it’s being called a head transplant, it’s technically a body transplant, where the recipient with a functioning brain will have his head transplanted to a donor’s body who has been declared brain dead, USA Today reported.

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Doctors will fuse the spinal cord and attach blood vessels and muscles then the patient will be kept in a coma for a month as the person heals, Newsweek reported. If it is successful, the patient could walk again, Canavero claims.

Many in the medical community said that not only is it doubtful the procedure will be successful, there also are ethical questions, saying that whoever undergoes the procedure will be in incredible pain, and not able to breathe or control their own heart rate, Newsweek reported.

Canavero cites studies on animals to support his plan, but other doctors say that, ‘You’re not going to jump from rodent to human” and that Canavero’s plan is “criminal,” Newsweek reported.

Woman burned by hot coffee in break room fight

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 11:53 AM

Dayton police are investigating after a woman was severely burned by hot coffee thrown on her by another woman during a break room fight at the YWCA.  STAFF PHOTO ILLUSTRATION
Dayton police are investigating after a woman was severely burned by hot coffee thrown on her by another woman during a break room fight at the YWCA. STAFF PHOTO ILLUSTRATION

A woman suffered significant burns when another woman threw a cup of hot coffee on her in a break room at the YWCA, according to a Dayton Police report.  

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Officers and a medic were dispatched to the YWCA on West Third St. in downtown Dayton at 5:25 p.m. Thursday on a report of an aggravated assault. 

The two women involved in the altercation are residents at the YWCA. The injured woman, 55, told police she was in the break room speaking with another person about a woman who was also in the break room heating up a cup of coffee in the microwave. 

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 The victim told police the woman didn't appreciate what was being said about her, and when the coffee was done in the microwave, the woman removed it and threw the cup of hot coffee on her, then returned to her room. 

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According to the Dayton Police report, the victim had visible severe blistering on her skin from the shoulder down to her left arm and elbow. The skin was peeling off, according to the officer, and he cited significant burn injuries.  

The injured woman refused to go to the hospital.

Dayton police put out a broadcast to arrest the female suspect. She was not identified in the report.

No word is she is in custody.