1. Cat in tree caused fire fighter to break leg.
A calico cat was reported stuck in a tree at 102 11th Ave. The cat belonged to the twin daughters of Charlie and Kim Decker. Fire fighter Bob Harwood climbed 50 feet up to rescue the cat.
When descending the tree a dead limb broke causing Harwood to drop 15 feet and breaking his left leg. Bob Harwood is reported as doing “just fine” at St. Luke’s Hospital. Also the cat is doing fine also.
2. Students suspended near the end of the school year.
Five students were caught smoking marijuana in the school’s parking lot on Monday were suspended. Ten upperclassmen started a food fight causing the cafeteria to be closed on Tuesday. Then on Wednesday the same students set off the alarms three times. The students said they were in protest, because of the five students who were caught smoking marijuana. They were suspended for one week. Principal Laura Vibelius of North East High commented there was general unrest, “Not so much unrest because of suspensions, but because of summer vacation being so near.” She sees no continuation of these “incidents” to happen in the near future.
3. A Texaco gasoline truck overturned causing flooding in sewer lines for two blocks around the accident.
The gasoline truck caused two blocks around 48th Street and Correctionville Road to shut down. This included streets and ditches. Cars were rerouted through side streets. Four families had to be evacuated because of the sewer-line gas. The accident was labeled serious for two hours until the gas was flushed away. Fire fighters were on scene in case the gas were to be lighted. Fire Chief Charles Hochandel says, “The firemen followed catastrophe and hazmat procedures set up beforehand for just such an occurrence.”