Ohio authorities announce arrest in firefighter’s 2015 death


HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio authorities say they have arrested a man on charges of murder and aggravated arson in the house blaze that led to a firefighter’s death nearly one year ago.

Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit (BOO’-keyet) says the investigation continues and he expects more arrests. The city’s police and fire departments were joined by state and federal investigators.

Twenty-eight-year-old Patrick Wolterman (WOHL’-tur-man) died Dec. 28 after crashing through a floor after responding to the house fire. Authorities announced Jan. 4 that the house fire had been ruled as arson and that Wolterman’s death was being investigated as a homicide.

Bucheit identified the man arrested as the property’s owner, 66-year-old Lester Parker. He was in custody Monday afternoon, and no attorney information was available immediately.

Bucheit declined Monday to discuss possible motive.