Saturday, October 09, 1999


School bus driver cited in crash

        SOUTH BLOOMFIELD, Ohio — The driver of a school bus that crashed and overturned on a rural highway, injuring 38 students, has been cited for failure to control the vehicle, authorities said.

        Beverly Hoover, 41, was trying to pick up a sandwich bag that had slid near her foot when the crash occurred, said Pickaway County sheriff's Lt. J. Phillip Brown. He said Ms. Hoover was cited Friday for failure to maintain reasonable control, a misdemeanor.

        Ms. Hoover was driving seventh-graders from Teays Valley Middle School on a field trip when the bus overturned on Ohio 316, about 20 miles south of Columbus.

        No one was seriously injured in the Sept. 29 crash. Students suffered cuts and bruises.

Subscription scam brings 2 months in jail
        PAINESVILLE, Ohio — A woman who buried enemies under hundreds of unwanted magazine subscriptions has been sentenced to two months in jail for forgery.

        Penny Page, 46, formerly of Willoughby in northeast Ohio, was sentenced Wednesday by Judge Paul Mitrovich of Lake County Common Pleas Court. He also placed her on probation for three years and ordered her to take an anger management class.

        “I don't think you realize the gravity of the situation,” Judge Mitrovich said. “These people would like to see you put away because you're a menace to society and to yourself.”

        She was arrested last spring on charges of taking revenge on enemies, including a job counselor, a landlord and a neighbor, by signing their names to about 350 magazine subscriptions.

        Ms. Page pleaded guilty last month to four felony counts of forgery.

"Midsummer Night' at Bishop Fenwick
        MIDDLETOWN — Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will be presented twice this weekend by students at Bishop Fenwick High School.

        The romantic comedy set in Athens features a cast of 35 students. Performances are set for 7 p.m. today and 6 p.m. Sunday in the high school gymnasium, 3800 Manchester Road.

        Tickets, $5, can be purchased at the door or from cast members. The Sons of Italy will offer a spaghetti dinner in the cafeteria from 4 to 7 p.m. today. The cost is $5, or $3 for children 11 and under.

Water not radioactive after water line break
        PIKETON, Ohio — A break in a water line sent about 1.5 million gallons of water from a uranium-enrichment plant into a creek, plant operators said.

        There was no radioactive contamination in the water from the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, the U.S. Enrichment Corp. said. The company said fish in Little Beaver Creek died because of a sudden change in water temperature and loss of oxygen.

        The 6-inch temporary water line ruptured Wednesday during main tenance at the recirculating water pump at the plant. The water is used as a coolant for equipment.

        Jim Lynch, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, said Friday it appears more than 3,000 fish were killed in two miles of the creek.

        He said the state was investigating and still tallying the number of dead fish.

        The fish included mainly minnows, bullhead, rock bass and largemouth bass, Mr. Lynch said.

        The water leak did not interrupt plant operations, USEC said.

Bolting horse blamed in truck-buggy crash
        MILLERSBURG, Ohio — A truck-buggy collision that killed an Amish couple occurred when the horse bolted into a rural intersection, the sheriff said Friday.

        Holmes County Sheriff Tim Zimmerly said the buggy stopped at the intersection but the horse bolted forward, sending the buggy into the path of the truck.

        Abe L. Troyer, 63, of Dundee, was pronounced dead at Joel Pomeraine Hospital in Millersburg, and his wife, Mary Troyer, 60, was flown by helicopter to Akron City Hospital and died there Thursday night.

        The truck driver, Clinton R. Troyer, 21, of Dundee, who was not related to the victims, was not hurt in the accident Thursday afternoon.

        The truck hit the side of the buggy and pushed it into a guardrail along Ohio 39 east of Walnut Creek, about 70 miles south of Cleveland. No charges were filed.

        The horse wasn't hurt, Sheriff Zimmerly said.

Rain forecast brings end to burning ban
        INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Frank O'Bannon put an end to confusion Friday by lifting a ban on open burning that seemed to change almost daily.

        At the peak of the ban, 64 counties and all state parks fell under the governor's executive order or under state agency mandates, but over the course of the 22-day ban, counties and parks were frequently added and removed.

        Officials with the Department of Natural Resources, State Fire Marshal's Office and the State Emergency Management Agency concluded that Friday's rains and more rain forecast this weekend should reduce the risk of wildfires.


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