Monday, August 4, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Honduran accused of attack with ax

A Honduran man was charged with felonious assault after police said he attacked another person with an ax Sunday morning.

Shortly after 3 a.m., police said, Rigoberto Manchame Lopez, 25, who lives in the 1200 block of Dewey Avenue had an argument with the victim, then used a small ax to bludgeon the person on the back of the head and the left forearm.

The attack occurred at 724 Delhi Ave., near Mount Echo Park. The victim, whom police did not identify, was cut in both spots.

Police arrested Lopez around 4 a.m. near the Delhi Avenue address.

Fire destroys South Fairmount home

A fire destroyed a two-family home Saturday evening in South Fairmount but nobody was hurt, Cincinnati fire officials said.

The fire at the three-story home at 1566 Tremont Ave. started around 6:30 p.m. with a stove on the second floor, said District Chief Ron Davis.

Two fire trucks were called to the scene. Although firefighters quickly extinguished the main fire, it took more than two hours to put out subsequent fires in the roof and walls of the building, Davis said.

Water boiling urged after pipe break

TAYLOR MILL, Ky. - More than 1,100 residents in the Hands Pike area of this city's water district are urged to boil their drinking water.

A water main break Sunday caused a loss of pressure and possible disruption in service. As repairs continued, water samples were taken to check for coliform bacteria.

Residents are advised to continue boiling their water until Tuesday, when the lab test results are expected back.

Sherwin-Williams to hold paint programs

CLEVELAND - Cleveland-based Sherwin-Williams Co. will sponsor a program for reducing lead paint hazards in some of the nation's most severely affected cities.

The project, which could begin this summer, will teach families how to keep their homes safe from lead and offer discounted paint for use in some of the cities' oldest and poorest housing units.

Cleveland - where the company was founded 137 years ago - is not among the five cities in which the program will be tested. The cities were chosen by several national groups interested in low-income public and private housing.

"Once we have determined the program to be effective through these pilot programs, we will obviously bring the program to Cleveland and other cities," company spokeswoman Conway Ivy said.

Cuyahoga County Commissioner Tim McCormack asked Sherwin-Williams to reconsider, saying Cleveland has the highest childhood lead-poisoning rate in Ohio.

Sherwin-Williams declined to name the cities until the project begins.

One killed, 14 hurt in van rollover on I-75

BEAVERDAM, Ohio - A van swerved to avoid a car and rolled over on Interstate 75 Saturday, killing a 10-year-old girl who was ejected from the vehicle and injuring 14 others, officials said.

Ioulia Derboucheva died at Lima Memorial Hospital about an hour after the 10:35 a.m. accident, the State Highway Patrol said.

The other 13 children in the 15-passenger van were treated for bumps and bruises at the hospital and released Saturday afternoon.

The driver, Judy Bivens, 41, of Lima, was in stable condition at the hospital Saturday.

The van was one of several taking vacation Bible school students from Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church to a picnic at Riverside Park in nearby Findlay.

The patrol said that Bivens was driving northbound when she attempted a lane change, nearly striking another vehicle, and swerved to avoid a collision. No information about the other vehicle was provided by the patrol.

Scholars program asked to track alumni

LEXINGTON - The Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program has tripled in size since its inception 20 years ago, but observers think the program should do a better job of tracking its alumni to gauge its success.

The five-week program is intended to nurture Kentucky's future leaders.

This year, it drew 1,017 participants. That's triple the number of high school seniors who participated during the program's inaugural summer in 1983.

The program has produced about 14,000 alumni, but it has just begun to obtain accurate addresses for them.

About 83 percent of the 13,000 scholars with known addresses are Kentucky residents.

However program directors won't know whether the addresses are accurate or what alumni are doing until mailings are sent in the fall.

"If the interest and the goal is improving the image of Kentucky nationally and improving our quality of life and keeping those students who would leave here, then staying in touch with them is critically important," said Mason Rummel, executive director of the James Graham Brown Foundation, which has contributed to the program since it began.

- Compiled from staff and wire reports

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