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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - January 6, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Vol 163 No 356 50 cents Achange Restaurant leaves Shoe Factory name behind PageDl TELEGRAPH Inesday anuary 6 1999 i ffiore than delicious I Sweet goodtasting foods can be healthy too PageB1 The outlook i On the court 15729 PageEW I PageC1 The SMITH A firefighter with the Godfrey Fire Department puts out flames at a cottage off Shady Oaks Lane near Piasa Tuesday Fire destroys cottage By DARffYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer GODFREY An afternoon firedestroyed a family cot tage Tuesday near Lockhaven Country Club No one was at the cottage 30 Shady Oak Lane when it caught on fire sometime after fire officials said Firefighters from the QuarryElsahMississippi and Godfrey fire departments fought the blaze amid freezing temperatures Firefighters also had to get trucks and equipment past an unpaved winding road next to Piasa Creek A firetruck from See FIRE Page A9 The SMITH Firetrucks from Godfrey and Jerseyville were delayed because of icy roads leading to the cabin off Lockhaven Road Deal to pump million into Laclede By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON Laclede Steel Co has signed a loan agreement with a California bank to pump an additional million into the company to pay for daytoday operations at Alton and five other plants Bankruptcy Court Judge Barry Schermer of St Louis has approved Lacledes agreement for up to mil lion in financing from BankAmerica Business Credit Inc in Pasadena said Michael Lane vice president of finance at Laclede About million of the million 12month bank financ ing agreement is an outstand ing loan that Laclede has with BankAmerica Lane said In the agreement with BankAmerica Laclede will receive approximately mil lion in new money to pay for daytoday operations in Alton and other Lane said Laclede operates plants in Alton Vandalia Fairless Fremont Maryville and Portland Ore Laclede Steel filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Nov 30 in St Louis in a move to reor ganize the company and keep the Alton plant and five others in operation Our No 1 priority is to reorganize Laclede and to keep the Alton plant See LACLEDE Page A9 Business owner pleads guilty to arson charge By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer JERSEYVILLE After a drawnout court battle Clifford Maxon pleaded guilty in a fire that destroyed his Jerseyville auto body shop Maxon was sentenced to two years probation on charges of conspiracy to commit arson and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud Jersey County Circuit Court officials said Tuesday He also must pay more than in restitution fines and fees not live or work in Jersey County court offi cials said Maxon has left the county officials said The former Fieldon resident was arrested Feb 13 1998 after the fire A lengthy inves tigation by the Jersey County Sheriffs Department and the Jerseyville Police Department found he conspired with an employee to claim insurance coverage for firedamaged tools Part of the bail posted for Maxon will be used to pay restitution of to Western State Insurance Co and to Jersey County It will also be used for a fine probation fee and attorney costs officials aaid Officials said Maxon avoid ed a state prison sentence of three to seven years because he had no criminal history He was found not guilty in July 1998 of stealing an air compressor from a Jerseyville resident Because of the plea agreement other charges of unlawful sale of collateral and several thefts all felonies were dropped officials said His former employee George Schlotler of rural Jerseyville is charged with conspiracy to commit insur ance fraud with Maxon Schlotters jury trial is set for Jan 19 at the Jersey County Courthouse in Jerseyville Mornirii A310 Bulletin Board A7 QlassifledsC7 C6 Christian Eggers Harvick ffiqners Johnson Karr Xlotz Knoll Lambert McAdams Pitchford Wills Winkler Zimmerman www tlintolodrnnli com Storm aftermath keeps tow trucks busy By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer GODFREY Todd Bowers and his tow truck crews have been busy pulling vehicles out of snow drifts since the winter storm blew across the River Bend on New Years Day We haveseven tow trucks on the road day and night winching cars out of deep snow in driveways and road side said Bowers mother Ruth Guntren of Bowers Towing and Repair at 6204 Godfrey Road in Godfrey Nearly 8 inches of snow and sleet glazed streets and driveways Friday and Saturday said Thomas Spriggs a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in St Louis Freezing rain and sleet fell on top of the snow creating an icy crust on the roads driveways and Spriggs said Bowers his wife Kathy and his mother have been busy answering hun dreds of telephone calls from motorists to pull cars out of snow drifts and to jumpstart vehicles Weve been towing a lot of stalled Guntren said Weve pulled 30 vehicles out of the snow in Light snow may fall today with a high temperature near 35 degrees Spriggs said The temperature will drop back down to the 20s on Wednesday after noon with a low of 15 degrees on Thursday he said State highway crews have worked 12 hour shifts since noon on New Years Day plowing tons of snow and ice from roadways said Kent Muskopf opera tions engineer of the Illinois Department of Transportation in Collinsville Our crews have plowed snow for 96 hours straight on miles in a 10 county Muskopf said Were still cleaning up some thick spots of ice and snow on Illinois Routes 111 and 3 and Interstate Crews and 147 trucks have spread tons of salt on highways he said See TOW Page A9 The SMITH Bob Lawrence left of Wood River paused to help Louie Donoho of Centralia jump the battery in his car Tuesday off of Acton Avenue in Wood River Donoho was in the area to help his daughter Jennifer Donoho a student at SIUE who was stranded because of the weather Was NOW Four Flags 4 Door 4 wheel drive Was   

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