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Evacuees head back home after Ohio floods

By TIMES WIRES
Published July 30, 2006


EASTLAKE, Ohio - Many residents began returning to their homes Saturday as floodwaters began receding in suburban Cleveland. Two shelters remained open for people with power outages or sanitation problems, police dispatcher Wendy Loomis said.

On Friday, 10 inches of rain raised the river 11 feet above flood level, sending water pouring into homes and chasing people to rooftops to await boat rescues. An estimated 600 people were evacuated. One man died, authorities said.

Gov. Bob Taft declared a state of emergency in Lake County on Friday, allowing the state to assist with recovery.

An autopsy was conducted Saturday to determine the cause of death of Stephen Rihaly, 51, of Eastlake, whose body was found nine hours after he fell into the water at a marina in Eastlake, Lake County Coroner Salvatore Rizzo said.

Seattle shooting suspect held on $50-million bail

SEATTLE - The man suspected in a fatal shooting rampage hid behind a potted plant in a Jewish charity's foyer and forced his way through a security door by holding a gun to a 13-year-old girl's head, authorities said Saturday.

Once inside, police say, Naveed Afzal Haq opened fire with two semiautomatic pistols. One woman, Pam Waechter, 58, of Seattle was killed. Five more women were wounded.

Haq, 30, was ordered held on $50-million bail pending formal charges of murder and attempted murder.

Haq, a Muslim, told authorities he was angered by the war in Iraq and U.S. military cooperation with Israel.

"He pointedly blamed Jewish people for all of these problems," Seattle police Chief Gil Kerlikowske said at a news conference Saturday.

According to a statement of probable cause, Haq told a 911 dispatcher: "These are Jews and I'm tired of getting pushed around and our people getting pushed around by the situation in the Middle East."

Dayna Klein, one of the women wounded in the shooting helped bring the crisis to an end by crawling into her office, calling 911, and convincing her assailant to talk to dispatchers. Klein, 37, who is pregnant, was hospitalized at Harborview Medical Center along with the four others wounded.

Elsewhere ...

Airplane crash: A small plane carrying skydivers crashed shortly after takeoff Saturday in Sullivan, Mo., killing six people on board and injuring two others, authorities and witnesses said. Officials said the extent of the survivors' injuries was unknown. The plane was making a skydiving flight for Quantum Leap Skydiving Inc., and had eight people aboard. None of the victims' names were released.

Philanthropist released: Millionaire philanthropist Brooke Astor was released from a hospital Saturday, several days after being admitted amid a family dispute over whether she was being neglected by her son. Astor, 104, left Lennox Hill Hospital shortly after 1 p.m. Annette de la Renta, wife of designer Oscar de la Renta, has been appointed Astor's temporary legal guardian. Astor's grandson, Philip Marshall, filed court papers asking that his father, Anthony Marshall, be removed as her guardian.

CRUISE SHIP ILLNESS: About 230 people aboard a cruise ship fell ill with a gastrointestinal illness during a Caribbean voyage, Royal Caribbean cruise lines said Saturday. The illness, believed to be a norovirus, struck 221 of the Mariner of the Seas 3,660 passengers and six crew members. Most of the ill would likely be recovered by the time the ship docked today in Port Canaveral as scheduled, the cruise line said.

[Last modified July 30, 2006, 01:28:36]


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