Bonn Here are some news briefs for you for the weekend, April 2 - 3.
Merkel to speak at funeral: Former foreign minister Guido Westerwelle will be buried on Saturday in Cologne. A memorial service will be held for him in the St. Apostles Church and Chancellor Merkel is expected to speak at the service. It is not open to the public but is being televised on local channel WDR at 10:45 a.m. Westerwelle passed away on March 18 at the age of 54 from complications of leukemia.
Flooding: Heavy rains in the past days have caused some overflow from streams and rivers in the region. Particularly affected are Swisttal, Rheinbach and Altenahr. The L492 road between Rheinbach and Todenfeld had to be closed on Friday and it is expected to remain so for the weekend. On Monday, police say the road will be evaluated to see if any kind of clean-up is needed.
Koblenzer Straße bus sign: Riders who board buses in Bad Godesberg on Koblenzer Straße will have noticed that the electronic sign posting bus arrival times has not worked for about a week now. Bonn city works (SWB) says it has been turned off because of an IT problem. An error in data transmission means wrong bus arrival times were being transmitted to the sign. It is proving more difficult to resolve than expected and SWB cannot yet say when it will be working again.
Attempted mugging: On the way to his car parked on “Im Gries” in Lannesdorf Thursday evening, a 36-year-old man was threatened by three young men with a gun and a knife. It was 9:00 p.m. in the evening and the men demanded money. Because the 36-year-old had no cash on him, the trio fled. Two of the suspects are described as 18 to 23-years-old, one of them 1.8 meters tall, slim, wearing blue jeans, dark hooded sweatshirt, black sneakers and a brown-checkered scarf. A second suspect is described as 1.75 meters tall, slim, wearing a black bomber jacket, dark pants, shoes and a dark scarf. Anyone having information should call police at (0228) 15 0.
(Orig. text: dpa, Hans-Peter Fuß, Günther Schmidt, job, ga)