Haitian Children, Mother Reunited

MIAMI--A mother separated from her son and daughter after a boat packed with 411 mostly Haitian passengers ran aground New Year's Day was reunited with her children yesterday.

Marc Yvens Dieubon, 9, and Germanie, 8, embraced their mother, Yvena Rhinvil, 33, after Rep. Carrie P. Meek (D-Fla.) and others traveled to Haiti to bring the children to the United States.

Rhinvil, who is pregnant, was one of four people brought ashore for medical treatment Jan. 1 from the ship that got stuck off South Florida. Her children were left on the boat, and were among the 407 people who were then returned to Haiti. After protests by Haitian Americans in Miami, the Immigration and Naturalization Service granted the children humanitarian parole so they could join their mother while she pursues a claim for political asylum.

* ATLANTA--A 72-year-old man with heart problems and pneumonia will be returned to Georgia to face charges that he walked away from an inmate work detail 37 years ago, authorities said. Giles Hannah had served about one month of a one-year sentence for abandonment when he escaped from a work farm south of Atlanta in 1962. If convicted, he could be sentenced to 10 more years in prison.

* HERSHEY, Pa.--Gov. Tom Ridge (R) might remain hospitalized for three to five days with an inflammation of the pancreas, his doctor said yesterday. Ridge was admitted Friday night.

* FOWLER, Colo.--A van crowded with 17 people crashed on a rural highway in southeastern Colorado, killing three passengers and sending the rest to the hospital. Eight were in critical condition. Most of the passengers were Mexican nationals, and immigration officials were trying to determine their status.

* TIFFIN, Ohio--A fire on the top floor of a dormitory at Heidelberg College forced the evacuation of dozens of students. No injuries were reported from the fire that was confined to the third floor of Williard Hall, which houses 70 students, officials said.

* DENVER--A scrap metal company stopped processing empty nerve-gas shells from an Army depot after a former depot employee warned that they could contain dangerous sarin residue. No trace of sarin has been found at the DuWald Steel Corp. processing plant, and there have been no accidents or unusual illnesses in the 2 1/2 years the plant has handled the shells, a company official said. But processing was halted earlier this month.

* ROCKFORD, Ill.--A 14-year-old boy is facing murder and sexual assault charges in adult court for allegedly feeding windshield washer fluid to his 13-month-old niece after the toddler scratched him. If convicted, Braxton Bowers could be sent to a juvenile facility until age 17 and could then spend the rest of his life in an adult prison.

* LAS VEGAS--Two teenagers used Pokemon trading cards to lure at least eight young boys to a mobile home for sex, police said Friday. Garrett Kelly, 18, and a 16-year-old boy, whose name was not released because of his age, were arrested on charges that included sexual assault. Police said the assaults on boys age 8 to 11 apparently had been going on for several months before they were tipped off by a parent.