Tuesday, February 20, 2001

Local Digest

One of 2 engineers improving after crash

        FRANKLIN TWP. — One of two engineers seriously injured in the crash of two CSX trains in Warren County was improving, officials at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton said Monday.

        Terry Grover, 45, of Columbus, was upgraded Monday afternoon from critical to serious condition, while Harry Everingham, 46, of Dublin, Ohio, remained in critical condition.

        The two were riding with a third engineer when their engine, pulling 47 carloads of automobiles, slammed into the back of a stopped CSX train hauling iron ore pellets at about 2 a.m. Saturday.

        The third engineer, David Wund, 35, of Cincinnati, was killed. CSX officials said he was familiarizing the other two men with the route at the time of the crash.

        It was still unclear Monday which of the three was operating the engine.

        An investigator with the National Transportation Board said Sunday that he intended to interview the surviving engineers to determine the cause of the wreck, which derailed two locomotives and three rail cars.

        The investigator could not be reached Monday because of the Presidents Day holiday. Earlier information suggested that the red light on the rear of the train that was hit had malfunctioned, and engineers in the locomotives may not have seen the train.

Catholic education fund raises $1.15 M

               The Catholic Inner-City Schools Education Fund raised $1.15 million in its 2000 effort, an increase of 12 percent over the 1999 campaign, said Will Matthews, program coordinator.

        The fund supports eight schools and 1,400 students with scholarships. The schools that benefit are St. Boniface in Northside, Corryville Catholic, St. Francis De Sales in Walnut Hills, St. Francis Seraph in Over-the-Rhine, Holy Family in East Price Hill, St. Joseph in the West End, St. Mark in Evanston and Resurrection in Price Hill.

        Of the students at these schools, 70 percent live at or below the poverty level, 67 percent are non-Catholic and 71 percent are minorities.

        The fund drive involved contributions from 455 businesses, foundations and individuals.

Report Thursday on 6-mill schools levy

               What's happened since passage of the 6-mill levy for Cincinnati Public Schools?

        School board member John Gilligan will give a progress report on new programs and policies designed to improve education in the schools Thursday at a community issues forum sponsored by the Cathedral Outreach Committee.

        Mr. Gilligan will speak at noon in the Christ Church Cathedral Undercroft, 318 E. Fourth St., downtown.

        Mr. Gilligan will answer such questions about the district's facilities plans, community schools, high school restructuring and plans to reduce class sizes.

Slide closes part of Mauds Hughes Road

               LIBERTY TOWNSHIP — Sliding top soil has indefinitely closed Mauds Hughes Road between Princeton and Millikin Road, said officials from the Butler County Engineer's Office (BCEO).

        The slippage areas are about 0.2 mile north of Princeton Road and 0.4 mile south of the railroad overpass. Officials said the emergency closing is effective indefinitely while engineers assess the extent of the slippage and possible solutions.

        Motorists are encouraged to check the BCEO's Web site at www.bceo.org for updates.

Man accused in fatal bar shooting arrested

               HAMILTON — A 21-year-old Hamilton man wanted for a fatal shooting that occurred early Fri day at the Mahogany Lounge on Front Street, was arrested Monday night, Hamilton police said.

        Keyawn Jackson is charged with murder and felonious assault in the shooting death of 25-year-old Damon Collier, of the 1700 block of Northwest Washington Boulevard, and the wounding of another man. Mr. Collier, who was shot in the mouth, died Friday evening in University Hospital in Cincinnati.

        Police said the shooting occurred about 1 a.m at the bar located at 588 S. Front Street, two blocks from the police station. Police did not say where Mr. Jackson was arrested.

Woman charged after toddler wanders away

               A 37-year-old North Fairmount woman was arrested Monday after police say a 2-year-old child under her supervision wandered out of the house and was almost struck by a bus.

        Police charged Lisa Chambers, of the 1900 block of Sutter Avenue, with endangering children in the incident, which occurred about 6:15 p.m. near the Sutter Avenue residence.

        According to police, Ms. Chambers was watching television when the 2-year-old wandered outside and was found by neighbors, who called authorities.

        Police located Ms. Chambers about 45 minutes later, and they said she told them it was too much for her to watch three children at the same time.

Two dead in fire now homicide probe

               GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — The deaths of two people found in a house fire near this southeast Ohio town are being investigated as a possible homicide, the sheriff's office said.

        The bodies of Jennifer Guzman, 36, and Elmer Young, 37, were found by firefighters responding to the fire Saturday night in Huntington Township.

        The cause of the fire has not been determined, Gallia County Sheriff David Martin said.

        Gallipolis is about 90 miles southeast of Columbus.

Dead geese prompts closing Canton park

               CANTON, Ohio — Residents were warned to avoid using a spring located in a park where about 30 Canada geese convulsed and died during the weekend.

        Mark H. Adams, community services supervisor for the Canton City Health Department, said the cause was under investigation. He said carcass samples would be sent to Columbus for testing.

        Veterinarian Melanie Butera with the Stark County Emergency Veterinarians Clinic said possible causes include waterborne botulism, deliberate poisoning, or mold on stale bread and corn fed to the geese.

        Mr. Adams ordered the shutdown of Stadium Park, which connects the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the McKinley National Monument. The dead and dying geese were discovered in the park Sunday evening by a motorist.

        Mr. Adams warned people to avoid taking spring water available in the park.

Once polluted river center of festival

               CLEVELAND — The burning river that made Cleveland the butt of jokes and a symbol of urban decline will be highlighted in a June 23 environmental festival.

        The Great Lakes Brewing Co., which has sold a Burning River Pale Ale since it opened here 13 years ago, will host the Burning River Festival to raise money to clean up the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie.

        A spark from a train ignited industrial debris and oil floating on the river on June 22, 1969, and two wooden train trestles caught fire. The fire helped prompt the 1972 passage of the federal Clean Water Act, which restricted dumping of industrial waste into waterways.


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