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Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 1:27 PM
Updated: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 2:06 PM
HAMILTON — The daughter of a man on trial for arson and the murder of a Hamilton firefighter testified today that she noticed things missing from her parent’s home before they left on a trip to Las Vegas.
Lester Parker, 67, and his nephew, William “Billy” Tucker, 46, are both charged with arson and murder in the fire at Parker’s Pater Avenue home that killed firefighter Patrick Wolterman on Dec. 28, 2015.
MORE: Daughter told police family may have been part of fatal Hamilton arson
Prosecutors say Parker was “under water” financially in the winter of 2015 and hatched a plan to burn the house and collect insurance money. His nephew, they said, agreed to light the fire for payment in pills.
Cheryl Sullivan, Parker’s daughter, testified Wednesday during the third day of the trial.
Sullivan drove her parents to the airport on Dec. 27, 2015, for the couple’s trip to Las Vegas.
She testified that she noticed things missing from the house that had been there on Christmas Eve.
“Some things were moved around, some things not where they were supposed to be,” Sullivan said, adding that angel figurines had replaced family photos in the living room and a “butler” statue was gone.
Prosecutors say Parker packed up items he held dear, including pictures of his two daughters, and removed them from the house before the fire.
Sullivan testified that her father handed her four envelopes with bills in them, including the mortgage and insurance, and told her to “hold them.”
Before boarding the plane, Sullivan said her father called her and told her: “The important papers are in the garage if something happens.”
After the fire, Sullivan said she called her father in Las Vegas. He said he couldn’t comeback right away because it would be too expensive, she testified.
Weeks later, when her parents moved to another home in Hamilton, Sullivan said she found a bag that her parents had taken to Las Vegas and in it were several framed family photos, including those that she and her sister had noticed missing from the Pater Avenue home’s living room.
“He (Parker) said they had been out in the garage and the detectives said he could get them when he was over there with them,” Sullivan said.
During cross examination by the defense, Sullivan said it was not unusual for her mother to move things around because she liked to clean.
Parker’s attorney David Washington asked her if she was aware the angel figurines that had replaced the photos were Christmas gifts from Parker to his wife. Cheryl said she was not aware.
Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 3:17 AM
SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — A west Tennessee husband and wife are accused of committing sex crimes against children over a 10-year span.
John and Dava Henley are charged with two counts of rape and four counts of aggravated sexual battery.
John Henley is also charged with aggravated rape of a child and rape of a child, according to the indictments.
Investigators said in one charge, the couple verbally directed a child to have sex with another child.
The charges stem from incidents that spanned from 2006 to 2016, the indictments said.
The children were between the ages of 3 and 13 when the crimes occurred, according to investigators.
Shelby County court records show the Henleys' home address to be in Drummonds.
While the crimes happened in Shelby County, WHBQ uncovered the investigation likely originated there.
The Tipton County Sheriff’s Office took an incident report regarding the Henleys in June 2017. It listed two juvenile victims, and the investigation was looking into allegations of forcible fondling and sexual battery.
A spokesperson with the Tipton County Sheriff's Office told WHBQ that the couple was never arrested there because authorities discovered the incidents happened in Shelby County and passed over the case.
Right now, Dava Henley has a $500,000 bond.
John Henley has an $850,000 bond.
Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 2:24 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 3:11 AM
SOUTH VIENNA, CLARK COUNTY — UPDATE @ 3:15 a.m: One person was transported to an area hospital after a fire occurred at a mobile home in South Vienna early Thursday morning.
Fire crews responded to the 10000 block of Buena Vista Road just after 2 a.m. on a fully involved trailer fire, according to initial reports.
Damage estimates were not immediately available, however, officials said damage to the inside of the trailer was severe.
The occupant that was able to escape the fire was sent to the hospital for observational purposes, officials confirmed.
The fire remains under investigation.
Crews are responding to the 1000 block of Buena Vista Road on a mobile home fire that occurred early Thursday morning.
Initial reports indicate the trailer was fully involved just after 2 a.m.
Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 2:44 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 2:44 AM
FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. — More than 20 people were injured late Wednesday when a tent collapsed at Fort Hunter Liggett in California, officials said.
Accident on post but no reported fatalities. A helicopter landing kicked up wind that caused a tent structure to collapse. More to follow as we assess situation.— Fort Hunter Liggett (@FtHunterLiggett) July 19, 2018
Here is the latest information:
Update 2:26 a.m. EDT July 19: According to the military base’s official Twitter account, 22 soldiers were hurt when “a U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter landing’s rotor wash blew over a tent structure” in a “remote training area.” Officials said four soldiers were taken to area hospitals for treatment.
Contrary to earlier media reports, nobody was killed in the incident, officials said.
“This incident occurred during an annual U.S. Army Reserve exercise, Combat Support Training Exercise (CSTX) that trains Army Reserve and Army National Guard Soldiers,” the base tweeted.
Re: Training accident tonight. During a landing in a remote training area during the CSTX, an Army helicopter stirred up wind and blew over a tent structure. There are no reported fatalities. We will continue to post information here and on FaceBook as we confirm details.— Fort Hunter Liggett (@FtHunterLiggett) July 19, 2018
Approx. 9:30 pm, a U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter landing’s rotor wash blew over a tent structure and injured a number Soldiers. There are NO FATALITES reported at this time. First responders on site report there are 22 injuries. 1/3— Fort Hunter Liggett (@FtHunterLiggett) July 19, 2018
The majority of injuries are minor and are being treated on site. Two of the injured were evacuated by air to Fresno, CA and two were evacuated by ground to Twin Cites Medical Center in Templeton, CA. 2/3— Fort Hunter Liggett (@FtHunterLiggett) July 19, 2018
This incident occurred during an annual U.S. Army Reserve exercise, Combat Support Training Exercise (CSTX) that trains Army Reserve and Army National Guard Soldiers. 3/3— Fort Hunter Liggett (@FtHunterLiggett) July 19, 2018
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Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 3:37 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 2:21 AM
THURSDAY: Butler and Warren counties are under a Air Quality Alert from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. Mostly sunny skies are expected with some increase in clouds late in the day and evening. It will be warmer with highs reaching into the middle 80s. There is a chance showers could arrive overnight.
FRIDAY: Expect a chance for showers and storms, especially by afternoon. There is a chance for one or two stronger storms, especially southwest of Dayton by evening. Highs will be in the middle 80s.
SATURDAY: Numerous showers and storms are expected scattered throughout the day. Outside of storms, skies will be partly to mostly cloudy with temperatures holding in the lower 80s.
SUNDAY: Expect lots of clouds with occasional showers and storms. Highs will be near 80 degrees.
MONDAY: Partly sunny skies will start the week with a lingering chance for passing showers and storms. Highs will be in the lower 80s.