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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - June 23, 1994, Alton, Illinois THURSDAY ALTON, ILLINOIS INSIDE ' Kudos ^ and brickbats ■ No bloody mask found A-3 ■ Koreans agree to demands A-3 ■ Cardinals lose to Expos C-1 ■ NBA crowns champions C-1 ■ Train crashes into truck D-1 See Sports See Opinions tam Mrs Telegraph See Lifestyles Town rallies to fire victim’s family By MAUREEN HEGARTY Telegraph staff writer_ ROXANA -- Police, church members and neighbors are working to help a family rebuild its life after a house fire killed a 3-year-old boy. Joshua Ray Patterson appar ently died while playing with a disposable lighter, firefighters said. And, a counselor warns, keeping small children from playing with fire is often easier 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 youngsters’ 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 happen." said Mike Homan, program director 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 □ See FAMILY, Page A^2 Charges are filed against SIUE official By JOE CARROLL Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - An SIUE administrator is facing felony hit-and-run and drunken driving charges for allegedly running down two boys riding a bike. James M. Krawisz was charged Wednesday in the accident that left a 15-year-old boy with a broken back and broken knee and a 16-year-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 thing, said Denise Hughes, 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 Hi’gh School Monday morning when a pickup truck allegedly driven by Krawisz rammed the boys. Krawisz, who is assistant coordinator of academic computing at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, allegedly sped away after the accident, dragging the bicycle 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 $30,000. Three hurt as car rams into truck By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph Staff Writer rn The Telegraph/JOHN 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 100-degree 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 hospital,” said nurse Julie Childers, who landed in an ARCH helicopter at the c ra sh scene. The drama unfolded after a car driven by Russell E. King, 21, of Edwardsville, slammed into the side of a truck that apparently rolled through a stop sign on Wanda Hoad. „ Joseph Boccaleoni, 32. of Edwardsville, driver of the truck for Keller Truck Service Inc., Edwardsville, 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 A XT r. - King, who was driving west on New I oag 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 10-wheel ■ □ See TRUCK, Page A-2 □ See SIUE, Page A-2 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. “It’s not real strong, but it may be enough to trigger some storms and a little relief,” meteorologist Chris Albers of the National Weather Service said. Forecasters are predicting a 60 percent chance of showers 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. Everybody should get some relief,” Albers said. The thunderstorms will be spotty and are not likely to appreciably add to rainfall that is running about 2 inches below June’s normal 3.7 inch- GS. “We’re still behind in moisture from May,” Albers said, noting the area had 1.7 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 summer. We will get more of the same with no change in the pattern next week,” she said. “Long range, all we see is more of the same,” she added. The continuing heat has also caused a dramatic drop in blood supplies. Computer glitch at Telegraph Things may look a little different in today’s Telegraph because of computer problems. A glitch in the editorial department’s computer prevented 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 features are in today’s paper as well as the latest local news and sports and all the advertising. We regret any inconvenience to our readers. INDEX WEATHER B-5 B-1 , A-3 . A-5 Ann Landers..................B-3 Area/Illinois...................jj-i Bridge............................ Bulletin Board............... Classifieds..................... Fun Page................. Lifestyles/Leisure.. Nation/world........... Obituaries............... Ahlmeyer, Bahr, b .‘ rnardini, Chapman, Cochran, Doyle, Houchlns, Marshall, Patterson, Slifka, Talley, Wallace. Sports............................ Television.............••••••••; D *~ Vol. 159 4 Sections No.159 24 Pages Mid-80s/Mid-60s TODAY: Rain likely; high in the mid-80s. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Tonight: Thunderstorms 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 D-6. Folks carry torch for Festival By SUE HURLEY For The Telegraph Andrea Jones, 10, of Wood River, carries the U.S. Olympic Festival Torch Wednesday down Ferguson Avenue in Wood River. _ ALTON - More than 85 River Bend residents held their heads and the Olympic torch high as they took their place in the history books. “There’s a lot of patriotism involved in this. How often will these people get a chance to carry the Olympic torch? They’re taking part in history,” said organizer Lee Osborn, deputy director of the Alton Parks and Recreation Department. About 40 torchbearers gathered at 8 a.m. Wednesday at Haskell House on Henry Street to begin, this area’s segment of the relay that will end July I in a ceremony beneath the Gateway Arch. Osborn, as he signed up runnels and handed out relay T-shirts, said he was glad to see the enthusiasm in all the runners. The relay began at Pike’s 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 I, where it □ See TORCH, Page A^2 “We’re in desperate need of blood,” said Barb Van Walleghen, director of the Alton-Wood 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 □ See SHOWERS, Page A-2 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 Avenue to build a hew headquarters and future training center. “We want to make it a showplace,” Local 377 President Rolland Wood said. “We want a maintenance-free outside, probably brick, with a display of the carpenter’s craft inside so people can see what we do,” he said. The City Council approved the land sale Monday for $3,000 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 develop the site to improve the tax base in the downtown area. The property was acquired several years ago in connection with the widening I i See CARPENTERS, Page A-2
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