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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - June 23, 1994, Alton, Illinois                                INSIDE No bloody mask found A3 Koreans agree to demands A3 Cardinals lose to Expos C1 NBA crowns champions C1 Train crashes into truck D1 Kudos and brtckbats Town rallies to fire victims family By MAUREEN HEGARTY Telegraph staff writer ROXANA Police church members and neighbors are working to help a family re build its life after a house fire killed a 3yearold boy Joshua Ray Patterson appar ently died while playing with a disposable lighter fire fighters said And a counselor warns keeping small children from playing with fire is often eas ier said than done Talking with children about the dangers and trying to keep the items out of reach could be the most effective tools but they are not foolproof Parents best efforts to keep the deadly items out of young sters reach often fail to over come the curiosity of young children You can try with all your might to keep these items away from children and these tragedies can still said Mike Homan program di rector for counseling for Fam ily Service and Visiting Nurse Association The boy was found dead in his bedroom closet where he had pulled a pile of clothing over himself to hide from the smoke and flames His mother Theresa Nance 32 told investigators she had recently caught him playing with a disposable lighter All of her lighters were thrown away and she did not allow any more in her home She did everything she D See FAMILY Page A2 Charges are filed against SIUE official By JOE CARROLL Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE An SIUE administrator is facing felony hitandrun and drunken driv ing charges for allegedly running down boys riding a bike James M Krawisz was charged Wednesday in the accident that left a 15yearold boy with a broken back and broken knee and a 16year old boy with a fractured arm But the mother of one of the victims said she is angry that police waited two days before pressing charges I feel let down by the police I think they are being lazy and I feel we were devalued throughout this whole said Denise Hug hes whose son Kwane Jackson suffered the broken arm Jackson and his friend Torrence Johnson were riding a bicycle across the parking lot of a convenience store near Edwardsville High School Mondaymorning when a pickup truck allegedly driven by Krawisz rammed the boys Krawisz who is assistant coordinator of aca demic computing at Southern Illinois Univer sity at Edwardsville allegedly sped away after the accident dragging the with the truck Krawisz was charged Wednesday with two counts of driving under the influence and one count of leaving the scene of an accident all of which are felonies Bail was set at D See SIUE Page A2 Three hurt as car rams into truck By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph Staff Writer The BADMAN Joseph Boccaleoni the driver of a Keller Truck Service Inc truck that pulled out in front of another vehicle at New Poag and Wanda roads Wednesday hangs his head in grief SOUTH ROXANA Paramedics battled time and 100degree heat Wednesday to save three people pinned in a car at Wanda and New Poag roads It was a race against the clock to keep the injured people out of shock and fly them to a said nurse Julie Childers who landed in an ARCH helicopter at the crash scene The drama unfolded after a car driven by Russell E King 21 of Edwardsville slammed into the side of a truck that appar ently rolled through a stop sign on Wanda Road Joseph Boccaleoni 32 of Edwardsville driver of the truck for Keller Truck Service Edwardsvillc told Illinois State Police that he rolled through the sign at 5 mph The driver was hauling a load of dirt along Wanda to the construction site of a bridge for the new Alton Bypass at Old Poag Road trucking company owner Jim Keller said King who was driving west on New Poag Road and two passengers Cory J Phillips 20 and Jennifer L Anderson 18 both of Edwardsville were injured when the car jammed under the rear of the 10wheel D See TRUCK Page A2 Coming showers may bring relief to River Bend Cooler and wet is on the way at least for a day After a dozen straight days of temperatures topping 90 degrees a cool front fueled by thunderstorms may be struggling south toward the River Bend Its not real strong but it may be enough to trigger some storms and a little meteorologist Chris Albers of the National Weath er Service said Forecasters are predicting a 60 percent chance of show ers and thunderstorms early today with a high in the mid 80s The front is coming directly out of the north and northeast and will slide down over the whole state Every body should get some Albers said The thunderstorms will be spotty and are not likely to appreciably add to rainfall that is running about 2 inches below Junes normal inch es Were still behind in moisture from Albers said noting the area had inches of rain last month compared with the normal 4 inches for May Summer will return with a vengeance Friday with hot and humid highs in the 90s and chances of late afternoon thunderstorms through the weekend We had a taste of this last week before we hit the first day of We will get more of the same with no change in the pattern next she said Long range all we see is more of the she add ed The continuing heat has also caused a dramatic drop in blood supplies Computer glitch at Telegraph Things may look a little different in todays Tele graph because of computer problems A glitch in the editorial departments computer pre vented us from publishing the daily stock listings In some cases the type faces may appear a little out of the ordinary We are happy to say that nearly all of our regular fea tures are in todays paper as well as the latest local news and sports and all the adver tising We regret any inconve nience to our readers Ann Bulletin Fun Ahlmeyer Bahr Be rnardlni Chapman Coch ran Doyle Houchins Mar shall Patterson Slifka Talley Wallace 4 Sections 24 Pages TODAY Rain likely high in the mid80s Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph Tonight Thunder storms likely low in the mid 60s Friday Mostly cloudy with chance of rain high around 80 Saturday through Monday Dry highs in 90s and lows in 70s Extended forecast and current statistics Page D6 Folks carry torch for Festival By SUE HURLEY For The Telegraph Andrea Festival River BADMAN Jones 10 of Wood River carries the Olympic Torch Wednesday down Ferguson Avenue In Wood ALTON More than 85 River Bend residents held their heads and the Olympic torch high as they took their place in the history books Theres a lot of patrio tism involved in this How often will these people get a chance to carry the Olympic torch Theyre taking part in said organizer Lee Osborn deputy director of the Alton Parks and Rec reation Department About 40 torchbearers gathered at 8 Wed nesday at Haskell House on Henry Street to begin this areas segment of the relay that will end July 1 in a ceremony beneath the Gate way Arch Osborn as he signed up and handed out re lay Tshirts said he was glad to see the enthusiasm in all the runners The relay began at Pikes Peak in Colorado and goes to Waterloo Columbia Belleville and other cities in the metropolitan St Louis area today It lands in St Louis July 1 where it D See TORCH Page A2 Were in desperate need of said Barb Van Walleghen director of the AltonWood River Chapter of the American Red Cross When the weather heats up blood donors drop off People feel giving blood is a threat to their health in hot D See SHOWERS Page A2 Carpenters moving to Wood River By MARY BRASE Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER Carpenters Union Local 377 is setting up shop in town The union has bought five city lots along Madison Ave nue to build a Hew headquar ters and future training cen ter We want to make it a show Local 377 President Rolland Wood said We want a maintenance free outside probably brick with a display of the carpen ters craft inside so people can see what we he said The City Council approved the land sale Monday for a lot The property is part of a city block cleared for development between Second and Third streets City Manager Joey Tolbert said the city has plans to de velop the site to improve the tax base in the downtown area The properly was ac quired several years ago in connection with the widening IJ See CARPENTERS Page A2   

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