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All samples and evidence taken tested positive for gasoline, and subsequently, a suspect was charged with two counts of aggravated arson.
“K9 Scottie was an incredibly valuable asset in leading investigators to locations where gasoline had been applied and determining that the suspect had at some time come in contact with gasoline and then touched his backpack," according to the nomination. “It is this unique case, his hard-diligent work in locating evidence that we feel K9 Scottie should be nominated for Hometown Hero of the month.”
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Participating in the joint investigation were the Hamilton County Fire Investigation, the Evendale Fire Department, Evendale police, the FBI, and the Middletown Arson Task Force with Klug and Scottie.
In Scottie’s two years of service, he has assisted in many fire investigations in Middletown and the surrounding area. He is able to detect more than 15 types of petroleum/accelerants that he learned and trained for over a three-month period.
Scottie is a resource that is unique to the area as the next closest Accelerant Detection K9 is in Columbus.