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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - March 18, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  Good Morning ii     Area/Illinois . .A-3,8    Close, Grob, Harp,      Bulletin Board    .A-6    Keenan, Marmino,      Business----    D-1    McLaughlin, Milazzo,      Classifieds ..    . .C-5    Moulton, Nelson,      Comics.....    D-5    Pontius, Schnaare,      Editorial ----    . .A-4    Stone, Tandy, Verigan,      Horoscope ..    ..D-5    Waggoner, Waters      Nation/world    C-4,5    Scoreboard----B-2      Obituaries ...    .A-5    Stocks........D-2      Branham, Clark,    Television.....C-3     CM players to serve spring suspensions  By ANGELA MUELLER and STEVE WHITWORTH  Telegraph staff writers  BETHALTO - The nine Civic Memorial High School football players accused last fall of violating the district’s zero-tolerance alcohol use policy will serve their suspensions this spring, school district officials said Wednesday.  Tom Beiermann, board president for the Bethalto School District, issued a news release late Wednesday announcing the implementation of the suspensions.  The release said the dis  District suspends students from 23 percent of their spring sports schedules in baseball and track.  trict was notified March IO by the Illinois 5th District Appellate Court that its mandate had been filed in the case involving the athletes.  With the arrival of the mandate,    Beiermann  announced the district “was moving forward with disciplinary action against the athletes by suspending them from 23 percent of their  spring sports schedules in baseball and track.”  Civic Memorial athletic director Steve Carey met Wednesday with the athletes and their parents to discuss the exact terms of the suspensions, Beiermann said.  All of the students involved in the violation of the district’s athletic code are spring athletes: seven are  baseball players and two are on the track team.  The suspensions mean the students who are on the Civic Memorial baseball team will miss its first six games this season and the first four innings of the seventh game, while those who are on the track team will miss the first three meets, Beiermann said.  However, Gary Bruening, varsity baseball coach, said one of the seven baseball players had told him he wouldn’t go out for the team this season.  “I think it’s going to slow us  ■ See PLAYERS, Page A-7  Thursday, MAR. 18  ‘STONEBRAKER!  ^eppiES  n   weekend 6iftb$  Friday, MAR. 19  ‘SOUL REUNION”  Saturday & Sunday MAR. 20 & 21  ‘JULES BINTNER”  JI  Crash injures pickup driver  By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT  Telegraph staff writer  MITCHELL - A motorist was injured Wednesday when his pickup truck smashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer on Interstate 270, flipped three times and landed upside down.  The driver of the pickup was rushed to Anderson Hospital in Maryville. A spokeswoman there identified him as Roy Taylor but couldn’t provide information about his age or place of residence.  Taylor was admitted to the hospital Wednesday night and was listed in stable condition, the spokeswoman said.  “I felt a thump and looked in my rearview mirror and saw the pickup flip three times," said Gary Shriner of Eldon, Mo., the driver of the tractor-trailer.  Both the pickup and the tractor-trailer were westbound when the crash occurred just before 5 p.m. on 1-270 between Interstate 255 and Illinois Route 111, Illinois State Police said.  Shriner said he was traveling at the 55 mph speed limit when he felt the impact.  “You can imagine how fast he was going if you saw that truck,” Shriner said.    «  The cab of the pickup was destroyed. Taylor was ejected and had to be extricated from beneath the driver’s side door.  “He was pinned underneath,” Mitchell Fire Chief Eddie Lee said.  The crew from the Mitchell Fire Department cut Taylor from the wreckage.  Taylor was conscious when he was carried from the scene, Lee said.  Play balli •Q    F Cougars split   N     double-header  ' with Central Missouri  Page B-l  Evlta  Classic musical comes to the Fox  Page C-l  UStSMfc  The outlook I  Mostly sunny ; and cooler, highnear50, i low near 30  Page IWS i  Familiar name Newly opened restaurant hopes to cater to lunch crowd  Page D-l  Vol. 164, No. 62 — 50 cents  Thursday, March 18,1999   www.thetelegraph.com   Laclede to delay closing mills  By ANDE YAKSTIS  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — Laclede Steel Co. and the Steelworkers union have agreed to postpone closing the tube mill and 22-inch mill and explore a plan for $30 million to $40 million in improvements at the Alton plant.  “If the plan succeeds, we’ll be securing the future and jobs at Laclede Steel Co. in Alton for many years ahead,” said Terry Wooden, president of United Steelworkers Local 3643.  The agreement was hammered out after four days of negotiations and signed Monday by a union official and Thomas E. Brew Jr., chief operating officer at Laclede.  Wooden complimented Laclede officials for their “good faith negotiations" with the union to reach an agreement to help keep the Alton plant open.  “There were many hours of discussion between the union and company to reach the  ■ See LACLEDE, Page A-7  Fire leads to evacuation  Chemicals force out residents  The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN  An Illinois State Trooper, left, stands by a smashed Ford F-150 pickup that apparently collided with a tractor semi-trailer Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 270 near Interstate 255, flipping over and pinning the driver underneath.  By REBECCA HOPKINS  Telegraph staff writer  I I IO I    WUV    «> ^ unu/i*irvn  Firefighters use a scrub brush and hose to wash down fellow firefighter Erie Dilks of Meadowbrook at Dugan Tool & Die, background, in Bethalto Wednesday after a fire that was believed to have involved hazardous materials..  BETHALTO - A long-time business was heavily damaged in a fire Wednesday morning, and the possibility of hazardous materials at the site prompted firefighters to evacuate nearby residents.  The Bethalto Police Department received an alarm call to Dugan Tool & Die, 41 E. MacArthur Drive, at 3:04  a. m . ■ More photos  report-    Page    B-5  i n g -  that fire and smoke were coming through the roof of the building housing the manufacturing works. Owner Joe Muscarella indicated to firefighters that there were several types of chemicals stored in barrels in the building.  Those chemicals were determined to be chromic acid, alkaline cleaner, black oxidizing solution, kerosene, niklad and. ammonium hydroxide.  Assistant Fire Chief Mike Lehnen said the evacuation was precautionary in case any of the barrels had leaked dur* ing the fire.  “The exact types of chemicals were not known at the time,” Lehnen said. “We took  ■ See FIRE. Page A-7   

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