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Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 5:53 PM
Updated: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 5:56 PM
HAMILTON — A text message allegedly sent by the Kentucky man charged with arson and murder in a fire that killed a Hamilton firefighter was shown in court Thursday.
William “Billy” 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 Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman on Dec. 28, 2015.
Linda Rose, a former girlfriend of Tucker’s, traveled from Berea, Ky., to testify Thursday about a text message she received from Tucker at 3:17 a.m. on Dec. 28, 2015.
The text message to Rose, allegedly sent from Tucker, said: “Babydoll, done with the job. Got to get some rest and call you tomorrow. Love you.”
Rose said she didn’t know where Tucker was at the time the message was sent and she likely did not read it until the next morning.
Prosecutors say 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: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 1:18 AM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 12:43 AM
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Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 11:19 PM
KETTERING — A service dog is missing after he ran off when the vehicle his owner was driving became involved in a crash in Kettering Friday morning.
Officials say Zeus the dog, and his owner, a Special Forces veteran, were involved in a two-vehicle crash that ended with their vehicle into a pole at the intersection of East Dorothy Lane and Shroyer Road.
Zeus ran from the crash that occurred just after 11 a.m. and has not been seen since.
His owner reportedly suffered a broken jaw as a result of the crash and allegedly will not seek medical treatment until his dog is found, community members said.
Signs about Zeus being missing, as well as articles of clothing, have been placed all around the Oakwood, Far Hills and Oak Knoll areas where he was last seen.
Community members looking for the missing dog urge others not to chase Zeus if you locate him, but rather call the local police department.
Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 12:44 PM
NORTH HAMPTON — A boil advisory is in effect for the village of North Hampton in Clark County, according to Jeff Clevenger, operator of record of the North Hampton Water Treatment Plant.
The tower pressure dropped under 20 psi, and residents need to boil water for three minutes.
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Residents should bring water to a roiling boil for at least three minutes before using it for drinking, cooking or brushing teeth.
Bacteria samples will be collected on Monday, and testing takes 24 hours.
The boil advisory will be in effect until at least Tuesday.
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 12:08 AM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A mother said her 2-year-old was pelted nine times with paintballs while they were outside their west Charlotte home.
The 2-year-old had marks all over her body after someone shot paint at her.
Paintball wars have been gaining national traction since the beginning of the year.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said it has received more than 150 calls since the beginning of the year involving complaints about paintball gun.
The mother, who didn’t want to be identified, said it was a traumatizing moment for her and her daughter.
"She was screaming so bad. She said, 'Mommy, help me. Mommy, help me,’” she said. “That killed me. When I saw her with paint all over her shirt and her pants, my heart dropped."
The mother said she found welts on her daughter’s chest, back, knees and legs.
The mother told Channel 9 that a group of men were shooting each other on her property earlier this past week.
“I heard one of them say that's their way to, instead of attacking themselves with guns, they're going to do it like that because that's how they get the anger out of them,” the mother said.
The mother said she's not against people using paintball guns to settle their differences, but it shouldn’t jeopardize anyone else's safety.
She filed a police report and days later, she said her car was hit twice with paintballs.
The police department investigated the incident and arrested 17-year-old Keon Jaquez Broughton, who is facing charges for causing a disturbance, assaulting a child and resisting an officer.
The number of complaints the police department has received involving paintball guns is growing.
Meanwhile, local paintball gun stores are seeing a rise in sales.
David Veldof, who owns a paintball gun store, believes some people are having a good time at the wrong place.
He's educating customers on smarter options, including regulated fields.
"Over the past three to four weeks, we've had a substantial increase in sales,” Veldof said. "And believe it or not, a lot of people have been going to these fields and staying off these streets."
The mother said her 2-year-old has been seeing a counselor to get over the fear of being outside she developed since the paintball incident.