Monday, February 12, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Overturned truck slows I-71 traffic

        SPARTA, Ky. — Traffic on northbound Interstate 71 was reduced to one lane for more than 10 hours Sunday after a tanker carrying a flammable chemical struck a guardrail and overturned.

        Kentucky State Police said the about 20 gallons of cyclopolydimethysiloxane, a flammable, silicone-based liquid substance, leaked from the tanker following the crash.

        There was no evacuation. Cleanup was expected to be completed by 1 a.m. today.

[photo] A TREAT TO EAT: Joey Fisher, 6, of Montgomery uses a lollipop and paper petals to create an edible valentine during a program Sunday at Zany Brainy in Rockwood Commons.
(Gary Landers photo)
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        The liquid was being pumped into another tanker.

        The crash occurred about 3:20 p.m. when driver Kevin L. Stevens, 42, of Radcliff, Ky., lost control of the tanker. He suffered minor injuries.


Governor to have tumor removed today
        CLEVELAND — Gov. Bob Taft will undergo minor surgery this morning to remove a small, noncancerous tumor just below his left ear, his office said Sunday.

        Dr. Marshal Strome will perform the surgery about 7:30 a.m. at the Cleveland Clinic. The growth in a salivary gland was detected during a routine annual checkup last fall.

        Mr. Taft, 59, is scheduled to be released as early as Tuesday and is expected to be back in the office a couple of days later, said Kevin Kellems, Mr. Taft's press secretary.

Crash victim was native of Hamilton

        SPRINGFIELD TWP. — The man killed in a single-vehicle crash here Saturday night was identified Sunday as Hamilton native Christopher Matthews.

        Mr. Matthews, 32, was traveling east in the 2200 block of West Kemper Road at 8:35 p.m. when his 1999 Chevrolet went off the right side of the road and overturned, Springfield Police said.

        Mr. Matthews, whose most recent address was unavailable, was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Money available for waste reduction

        The Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services is seeking applicants for its District Residential Reduction Assistance Grant program.

        The grant is designed to pro vide funds for innovative waste reduction, reuse or recycling programs.

        Any nonprofit organization, school or local government is eligible to apply for the grant funding totaling $100,000.

        For information and applications, call 946-7705.

Homeless man stable after train accident

        COVINGTON — A 43-year-old homeless man was in stable condition with a broken leg Sunday night at University Hospital after being run over by a train Saturday.

        Stephen Gjertsen was airlifted about 1:15 p.m. Saturday to the hospital after a train ran over him at the corner of Eighth and Russell streets in Covington, said Covington Police Sgt. Rob Irvin.

        “Apparently, he laid down in the tracks instead of across them. A train came down, roughed him up and went over him,“ Sgt. Irvin said.

Cincinnati State has 7,000 enrolled

        Enrollment at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College reached the 7,000 mark for the college's winter classes, which began last week.

        Registration for winter term will continue until Friday. The term ends April 9.

Group to present scholarship banquet

        The Cincinnati chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) will hold its annual scholarship banquet March 3 at the Madison in Covington.

        The event is from 6 to 11 p.m. and is the primary fund-raising event for the scholarship program. Each year scholarships are awarded to gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered students in Greater Cincinnati.

        For information: call June Delph, 241-8291.

Lecture to discuss ancient Egypt

        The University of Cincinnati's Department of Classics will present a lecture by Joseph G. Manning of Hoover Institution and Stanford University, called “Twilight of the Gods, Economic Power and the Land Tenure Regime in Ptolemaic Egypt.”

        The lecture, free and open to the public, will be at 3 p.m., today in 214 Carl Blegan Library Building, University of Cincinnati.


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- Tristate A.M. Report