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Alton Telegraph Newspaper Archive: March 9, 1999 - Page 1

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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - March 9, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Second time around Michelles Resale and Treasures promises a little of everything PageDl VoU 53 50 cents Fair fun Seniors swing at SIDE PageBl The outlook Mostly snow ending early high near low near 28 PagelM March Legend dies Joltin Joe loses battle with cancer a the roof of a house on Lanterman Road near BuchodnMeawrook Monday as fames leap from a higher section of roof behind Below Homeowner Larrv DuncanwhcT escaoed thP unharmed with his watches as flames consume the upstairs of his twostory house who escaped the house Fire destroys couples home By SANFORD SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Larry and Nita Duncan watched helplessly Monday as a fanned by a bitter cold wind destroyed the home of 26 The couple fought back tears but promised to build again on the farm on Lanterman Road near Buchta Heavy smoke and flames licked through the and each time firefighters doused the blaze in one it sprung up in Im just glad no one was Houses can be Nita Larry Duncan said the which Photo Page C8 apparently broke out around the metal chimney of a wood was too big by the time it was discovered for he and a neighbor to put out the We got fire but it was just too Larry Duncan said a stiff wind out of the north lifted the smoke out of range for them to The wind was Meadowbrook Fire Chief Cory Bowen The pelting sleet and cold also made the job he See Page A7 Woman found dead in Alton City records third homicide of 1999 By LINDA WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON The city recorded its third homicide of 1999 late Monday afternoon with the death of a woman in the 1800 block of Central Police and emergency med ical crews responded to a call at at the home con cerning an unresponsive said Mike When the police and fire crews they found a woman believed to be in her 30s dead inside the A Madison County Coroners deputy pronounced the woman dead at McNamara said the woman suffered injuries leading to her but would not speci fy what those injuries A source close to the case said she was McNamara said an autopsy is scheduled for Police were withholding the womans identity Monday until her relatives could be McNamara also confirmed that police were investigating the possibility that the womans homicide may be connected to a body apparently found in a car in the Cochran Gardens housing complex in The car reportedly matched the description of a vehicle seen in the vicinity of the Alton womans McNamara said no one was in custody in the shooting Monday Jersey mourns loss of girl killed by train By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer JERSEYVILLE Students and staff at Jersey Community High School are mourning the loss of junior Michelle Shelley who was struck by a freight train while walking on tracks early Sunday was pro nounced dead at Banach the scene at just south of the Sunderland Road crossing near the south edge of said Jersey County Coroner Larry Her parents thought she had gone to sleep at their Jerseyville but dis covered she was not there at about said Jersey County Sheriff Paul They reported her missing to the Jerseyville Police Department and she identified as the The Jersey County Sheriffs Department is still investigat ing the Authorities reported that the train conductor and engi neer said Banach tried to get out of the way of the The engineer said the train could not She was on the tracks run ning north and had looked back in trying to get away from the Cunningham He said it appears she did nt simply jump to the side because the tracks are on a raised surface surrounded by gravel and and it was very In the the cleared crossing at Sunderland Road appears much closer than it really Cunningham Im sure she thought she could make it to the he she was still about 735 feet from the cross See Page A7 Morniiid Bulletin Board West Television Late winter storm causes flurry of minor accidents By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON A late winter storm spread a glaze of sleet on highways and sidewalks causing a flurry of minor vehicle More than a V2 inch of sleet and rain fell on the Alton area but the big snow storm blew to the north toward the Quincy said Bill Bryant of the Louis National Weather Warm moisture out of the Gulf of Mexico and cold air from the north collided and created the snow and sleet across the Bryant State and city road crews spread salt on slippery bridges and highway overpasses after wind gusts up to 25 mph blew snow and sleet across the The wind was strong and the roads are extremely wet but traffic is moving said Kent operations engineer of the Illinois Department of Road crews and their trucks were out early Monday on highways after a winter advisory was issued Sunday Muskopf There were slick spots on the highways but all of the roads are he See Page A7 The BADMAN Alton firefighters walk around a car that slid out of control on sleet covered Belle Street near 16th Street slid up a utility pole guide wire and TRUCKLOAD CARPET SALE RITAILWHOLESAIE AND COMMERCIAL CARPETING DISCOUNT CARPET 3475 HUMBERT RD ALTON   

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