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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - March 14, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                On Die Ice Blues beat Oilers 64 PageBl On the rebound MoVers and shakers revitalize WoodEiver PageDl Truly big rig Ford prepares to launch biggest Paged outlook Decreasing clouds ffigh39low35 PageIM2 Goon Morning oscope Archer Bira Caldwell iandreth McBride Mojss Roberson Robison Taylor Scoreboard B2 Vol 164 No 58 Serving the River Bend Since 1836 March Thefts spur rise in crime Alton records 7 hike By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON The city saw a rise in crime of 7 percent last year with property crimes such as theft accounting for the bulk of the increase That area really killed us Alton police Lt William Fitzgerald said of the theft category which rose from in 1997 to in 1998 Besides general thefts retail thefts and items taken during vehicle burglaries are included in that category Alton police Capt Rick McCain said the numbers jump from crime sprees such as when juveniles break into a string of cars in one night The statistics also go up when the young offenders are arrested and admit to break ins that vehicle owners had nt reported to police he said Overall Alton crimes num bered in 1998 up from in 1997 There were crimes reported in Alton in 1996 in 1995 according to Alton police Those numbers reflect a All is 1S crlmos 1998 GrlHHrttf Aggravated Burglaries Retell thefts Motor V assault home thftftt vehicle Murder assault Robbery and battery invasions vehicle burglary theft 3S 20 I 3t 34 24 1998 1997 1996 1995 change rates per 1998 1997 Source Alton Police percent decrease in crimes The crime rate per forwarded to the Illinois State reported from 1996 to 1997 was in 1997 and in Police and will be released and a percent increase 1998 from 1995 to 1996 The Alton statistics were I See CRIME Page A11 i i The SMITH Nick Schaper 10 of Godfrey uses a tamper to restrict flames from spreading too far Saturday at the annual Heartland Prairie burn at the north end of Gordon Moore Park Nick along with his mother Julie Jeffries of Godfrey was one of 62 volunteers with the burn sponsored by The Nature Institute Red buffalo roars in Moore park Youths pitch in for prairie fire to burn off vegetation By SANFORD J SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer ALTON American Indians called a prairie fire the roar of the red but the roar at Saturdays prairie burn at Gordon Moore Park was slightly subdued It burned a lot more slowly this organizer Mark Hall of the Nature Institute said This year it took 20 to 30 minutes but some times it takes only 10 American Indians called prairie fires the red buffalo because the roar of the flames across the prairie sounded like hundreds of buffalo stampeding Nature Institute volunteer Lydia Martin said About 50 volunteers including several Alton High School biology students gathered at the Heartland Prairie on the north side of Gordon Moore Park Saturday morning to burn off the dead vegetation The fire simulates what nature did before the white man came Fires started by lightning burned off huge chunks of prairie grass to make way for new grass each year The fires were a factor that gave the prairies their unique character If we left it go for five years youd be surprised how many See PARK Page A11 For sake of animals Alton officers setting a new standard EDITORS NOTE This is the firstof a three part series about animal safety By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer ALTON An animal control officer is vital to handling the many stray animals on streets playgrounds and alleyways Alton officers Mike Parsons and James Greer make up the department and have taken pride in improving the standards and safety in their domain We took something nobody else wanted and made something of Parsons said We are on call 24 hours a day seven days a week Between May and September we get several calls every night from the police department for legitimate The two have made great progress in improv ing conditions of the pound They have also made strides in keeping records and documen tation of cruelty toward and neglect of animals and attacks by vicious dogs At this point the way our pound is kept the city of Alton could adopt dogs Parsons said I perceive us as being so good at what we do that we educate the public and expand qur v Both said their job warrants training they have been unable to take that would make them more proficient and effective in their jobs Each is often sent alone into situations where he must capture a vicious animal domesticated or not with little training on how to protect himself When they are called into situations involving violent behavior by dog owners or complaining neighbors they have literally feared for their lives We have the power to investigate cases of See ANIMALS Page A11 MRF exhibit stirs up some fond memories The SMITH Lyle Ward concert director of the Mississippi River Festival for most of its nine years with an exhibit of memorabilia from the festival on display at the Morris Center University Gallery at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville By SANFORD J SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE It was perhaps ironic that two of the earliest visitors to the new Mississippi River Festival Retrospective Exhibit at SIUE were business majors when the festival was in its heyday Steve Madson 44 and Al Pauli 37 both of Edwardsville were browsing around the collection of photos cloth ing and trinkets Saturday at the exhib it at the Morris Center University Gallery at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville An opening reception for the exhibit is set for to Wednesday at the gallery in Delyte Morris University Center Madson and Pauli were student workers at the MRF and got to meet some of the stars that shone at the out door festival from 1969 to 1978 It was the greatest student job you could said Madson now a sales representative The festival was often jammed with beaded bearded fringed booted hip pies who looked like anything but future business people But Madson and Pauli also have fond memories of meeting stars like Mary Travers Arlo Guthrie and Jerry Garcia Its a fantastic exhibit and long Pauli said His fondest memory is of Jerry Garcia the late leader of the leg endary Grateful Dead I See MRF Page A11 1999 OLDSMOBILE INTRIGUE GX SEDAN 3800 Pwr wnropf Nf t CUt ft QP much mart tfe prices include all incentives Tax license doc fees extra w Four Flags Motors Inc C3MCI Oldsmoblle 6566340 y ml Carbon Wondering what to yourtax refunc Use it to get a dependable vehicle rebuilt mtt Just call toll Iree ft i   

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