- Staff Staff Writer
Here are 5 local crime stories you may have missed this week:
1. SUSPECT ROBS 2 HAMILTON BANKS IN 1 DAY
A suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash from the Fifth Third Bank at 902 NW Washington Blvd. and the US Bank at 540 Main St. on Thursday afternoon.
According to police reports, the man passed a note to tellers at both locations demanding money and then fled on foot.
2. OOPS — MIDDLETOWN MAN LEADS COPS TO DRUGS
Charles Hogg, 61, of Middletown, is facing drug charges after police discovered drug paraphernalia in his apartment — that he led them to.
When Hogg was told police were at his apartment because he owed city income taxes, he told them he had a receipt and that officers could look for it in a nearby drawer.
Instead, officers found a set of digital scales and a glass pipe used for smoking crystal meth, police said.
3. FEDERAL MARSHALS SURROUND HAMILTON HOME
Federal marshals took a Hamilton man into custody Wednesday morning for a probation violation.
The Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Team surrounded a house in the 500 block of Lawn Avenue and arrested Sebastian Crooker at about 8 a.m., according to Deputy U.S. Marshal Charles Sanso.
4. DID WITNESS SEE ARSON THAT KILLED HAMILTON FIREFIGHTER?
A motion filed Monday by the attorney for one of two men charged in the arson fire that killed a Hamilton firefighter indicates a witness may place William “Billy” Tucker at the scene.
Tucker, 46, of Richmond, Ky., is charged with two counts of aggravated arson and murder for allegedly starting a fire at his uncle’s Pater Avenue residence, where firefighter Patrick Wolterman died in December 2015.
The uncle, 66-year-old Lester Parker, who is the home’s owner, also faces the same charges.
5. HUSBAND, WIFE DIE IN MURDER-SUICIDE
An elderly Hamilton husband and wife died in a murder-suicide Tuesday, according to autopsies conducted by the Butler County Coroner’s Office.
Police responded to the 7600 block of Mourning Dove Lane at about 4 p.m. Tuesday on a report of a deceased person.
John and Donna Witters were found dead in a bedroom of their house by their daughter, who was visiting from out of town, according to Hamilton police Sgt. Brian Robinson.