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Published: Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 3:59 PM
BUTLER COUNTY — Hope Dudley’s son was killed in a drive-by shooting in Hamilton County 10 years ago. On Friday, the 66-year-old marked her son’s unsolved homicide by helping grieving families in Butler County.
“Helping them helps me,” Dudley said standing in the lobby of the Butler County Sheriff’s office preparing to hang a poster titled “Butler County Unsolved Homicides: Can you help find who killed me?”
Dudley became an activist for her son’s death as well as others in Hamilton County, founding the group U-Can-Speak-For-Me. The group uses posters, flyers and playing cards depicting victims that are distributed in prisons and jails, along with any public location that might catch the eye of someone with information.
This year, after meeting victim’s families at a Butler County candlelight memorial, Dudley decided to develop a poster featuring unsolved cases in the county.
The poster features 20 Butler County cases, but Dudley said there is room for more if police agencies or family members want to call her to be included.
About 20 family members of victims gathered at the the sheriff’s office Friday to see the posters.
“Everybody in this room, you have my compassion and my prayers are with you. … I think it is a brilliant idea to put these posters up and have them up in the jail,” Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones told those gathered.
There are about 1,000 prisoners in the Butler County Jail, according to Jones, and “everyone is connected to everyone …. people in jails and prisons know lots of things, they know lots of people and people talk. Anywhere we can put these posters up we will. And if it helps with one (unsolved homicide), we have done wonderfully.”
Dudley said she is hopeful someone will come forward in all the Butler County cases featured on the poster.
Cases included on Butler County unsolved homicide poster:
Anyone with information call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-352-3040. or text “cintip” plus your message to “274637.” All callers remain anonymous.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 6:41 PM
Cocoa, Fla. — Four teenagers and one adult who recorded a man’s drowning and laughed as it happened will not be criminally charged, the State Attorney’s Office announced Friday.
Jamal Dunn, 31, of Cocoa, Florida, died in July 2017.
A passerby found Dunn’s body in a pond at Bracco Pond Park days after he died, investigators said.
Teens who laughed, did nothing as they recorded Cocoa man's drowning death won't be charged https://t.co/PbN1G9NA0n— WFTV Eyewitness News (@WFTV) June 22, 2018
In the two-and-a-half-minute video, the teenage boys can be heard yelling, “We’re not going to help you and you never should have gotten in there.”
There is no Florida law that requires a person to provide emergency assistance.
Prosecutors had considered charging the group with failing to notify a medical examiner of a death, but said they could not appropriately apply it in Dunn’s case without new legislation.
At the time the video was taken, the group ranged in age from 14 to 18.
After the incident, a Florida state legislator crafted a good Samaritan bill that would have made it a crime not to assist someone in need, but lawmakers rejected it.
“I know that everyone was sickened by the callous disregard for human life exhibited by these young people. We can only hope that this was an isolated and rare circumstance that will never happen again,” State Attorney Phil Archer said.
“Unfortunately, Florida law does not address this behavior and we are ethically restrained from pursuing criminal charges without a reasonable belief of proving a crime beyond and to the exclusion of every reasonable doubt.”
Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 7:33 AM
— With temperatures consistently reaching over 100 degrees, snakes in Arizona may try to find respite from the heat in any way possible. A family in Buckeye, Arizona are now warning pool users to check their noodles before jumping into the water.
According to the Buckeye Fire Department, the unidentified family left two noodles against a wall and found rattlesnakes inside them. The fire department posted the warning over the weekend on Facebook, but did not say when the homeowners found the snakes.
But they said that it is not uncommon. They have found other reports of snakes that lay eggs, depositing the eggs in pool noodles that have been left outside.
A snake expert told KNXV that the snakes are looking for a hiding place because of the high summer temperatures and the best way not to be surprised by a snake in pool toys is to not leave them out.
“Anything that a snake or a rodent can hide under, try to eliminate it,” Greyson Getty, a snake relocater told KNXV. “Try to keep everything neat and tidy.”
He added that snakes are looking for dark areas, so keep pool toys in a container that can close or on a shelf, KNXV reported.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:53 AM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 7:27 AM
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Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 9:56 PM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 5:28 AM
HIGHLAND COUNTY — UPDATE @ 5:45 a.m: The Paint Creek firefighter killed after a tragic accident that occurred while at the district’s station has been identified as Joe Patterson.
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The Paint Creek Joint EMS & Fire District posted the message to their Facebook page: “It is our sad duty to report the Line of Duty Death of Fire Fighter Joe Patterson of the Paint Creek Fire District in Highland County Ohio. Fire Fighter Patterson lost his life in a tragic accident at the fire house on the afternoon of June 24, 2018. Memorial details will be announced as they are finalized.”
Patterson was working with compressed air cylinders when he was critically injured by one of the them. He was then air lifted by a MedFlight helicopter to Kettering Medical Center, where he later died.
Local police and firefighters helped escort the fallen firefighter to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
An autopsy is scheduled to be performed later today, according to the coroner’s.
Local Dayton police and fire departments helped escort a fallen firefighter/EMT from Kettering Medical Center to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office Sunday night.
The firefighter died early Sunday, according to officials.
He was a firefighter/EMT with the Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District and lost his life after an accident at the district’s station near Rainsboro, according to a local news journal.
The firefighter was working with compressed air cylinders when he was critically injured by one of the cylinders. He was then air lifted by a MedFlight helicopter to Kettering Medical Center, where he later died.