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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - March 26, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  Vol. 164, No. 70 — 50 cents  Friday, March 26,1999   www.thetelegraph.com   Three held in murder plots  By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE Authorities have charged a former Alton man and two Alton women with two murder plots, apparently hatched in the Madison County Jail.  James A. “Raven” Evans, 29, an inmate at the County Jail, was charged Thursday in Madison County Circuit Court  Scheme hatched behind bars, officials say  with two counts of solicitation of murder and one count of murder conspiracy.  The charges state Evans, on March 4, solicited Tommie Rounds of Alton to murder Lester Warr, father of murder victim Eugene B. Warr, and Clifton Wheeler, a reported  friend or former friend of Evans.  Evans also was charged Thursday with conspiracy in the plot to kill Lester Warr.  Lester Warr said Thursday he has no idea why Evans would want to kill him or whether the plot was linked to  the death of his son.  Also charged Thursday were Lakisha R. Steele, 21, of the 2200 block of Humbert Street, and Latosha A White, 26, of the 3000 block of Park Street.  White is charged with first-degree murder conspiracy for allegedly giving Rounds a .25-  caliber automatic pistol and for unlawful sale of firearms in the case.  Steele is charged with first-degree murder conspiracy for allegedly attempting to give Rounds money.  White and Steele were being held Thursday in the Madison  County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail each. Rounds was not in custody.  Madison County State’s Attorney William R. Haine declined to give details until a news conference today.  “We are still tying up some loose ends,” he said.  Officials from the State’s Attorney’s Office, the Alton  ■ See PLOTS. Page A-9  artist finds new uses for recycled materials  Page IM  Fishing report for area lakes and rivers debuts today  PageR4>  In memory  Former Chemetco employee guilty of pollution conspiracy  Business owner built secret discharge pipe at Hartford plant  By STEVE WHITWORTH  Telegraph staff writer  HARTFORD — A former employee of the Chemetco Inc. plant in Hartford pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal charge of conspiring with the company to discharge pollutants into the Mississippi River.  Ira Sidney Campbell, 56, of Brighton, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis to an Information charging him with the felony of conspiring with Chemetco and others to violate the Clean Water Act.  Campbell formerly worked as superintendent of maintenance for Chemetco, which operates a secondary copper smelter near Hartford.  From about September 1986 through Sept. 18, 1996, Chemetco discharged out of a secret pipe water contaminated with pollutants, including zinc, lead and cadmium, a news replease issued by U.S. Attorney W. Charles Grace said. The water was released into Long Lake, a tributary of the Mississippi River.  In about September 1986, Campbell used several employees from his own business, Industrial Fabrication and Repair Inc., to install the secret discharge pipe at Chemetco. prosecutors said.  Even though Campbell left Chemetco in 1988, the plant continued to discharge pollutants into Long Lake from the secret pipe until its discovery Sept. 18, 1996, by inspectors from the Illinois  Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Chemetco officials could not be reached by telephone for comment late Thursday.  Campbell, who failed to return a phone call from The Telegraph seeking comment, is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 20. He faces a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.  The case was investigated under the auspices of the Environmental Task Force for the Southern District of Illinois The investigators included special agents of the Illinois State Police, the FBI, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation.  The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN  An Alton firefighter drapes black bunting over the front of Alton’s Don Twitchell Memorial Firehouse on 20th Street in Alton Thursday in memory of retired Alton fire captain Glenn Walters Sr., who died Tuesday. A ceremonial funeral for Walters, who served on the Local 1255 of the International Association of Firefighters negotiating team for 37 years, will be held Saturday.  By DARRYL HOWLETT  Telegraph staff writer  The River Bend could lose out to other Illinois communities if it fails to build new hotels. That’s what area leaders are stressing.  In recent years, the River Bend has made a strong push in promoting tourism. The naming of the Great River Road as a National Scenic Byway and the approval of the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Hartford are expected to attract thousands of visitors.  The village of Hartford is hoping a hotel can be built in the vicinity of the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center before the bicentennial anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition.  “(The village) is not building ourselves, but we’re interested in developers who could build a hotel in that area,” said Deanne Barnes, administrative assistant for the village of Hartford. “In the proposed budget  ■ See HOTELS. Page A-9  IM  The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Work is progressing on the new Holiday Inn near the intersection of Interstate 270 and Illinois Route 111.  Area/Illinois .A-3-10 Bulletin Board .A-8  Classifieds C-5  Comics.......D-5  Editorial ......A-4  Nation/world .. .C-3  Obituaries A-5  Asselmeier, Bradshaw, Edwards, Ford, Foster, Grant, Grassed Maguire, McNelly, Stavely.  Stewart, Varble, Walters Television D-7  Airports stress safety  The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH St. Louis Regional Airport manager Marion Richardson, right, and Jack Hartley, a firefighter at the airport, next to an emergency firetruck parked on the Tarmac.  By BETHANY BEHRHORST  Telegraph staff writer  BETHALTO — Preparedness at the Metro East’s growing airports is key to keeping pilots and passengers in small planes from meeting disastrous fates when faced with emergency situations.  Guidelines are stringently followed to ensure the safety of those flying the friendly skies on board smaller planes landing at St. Louis Regional Airport in Bethalto and St. Louis Downtown-Parks Airport in Cahokia.  A plane crash involving a flight instructor and his student last week near Parks has airport officials thinking about additional ways to boost their operations’ reactions to emergencies at and around sites.  The death of McDonnell Douglas test pilot Jeffery “Crutch” Crutchfield in the crash of an F/A-18C Hornet near  Bender Avenue in Rosewood Heights June 19, 1996, proved to those at Regional that not all situations are controllable.  The National Transportation Safety Board ruled the crash occurred because Crutchfield did not attain a proper altitude during an aerobatic maneuver. The accident caused airport authority staff to reconsider safety measures at the airport.  “We need to reassess what needs to be done as the airport grows and changes,” said John Roach, director at Parks. “After the investigation, we will know what changes — if any — need to be made.”  The number of accidents involving aircraft, pilots, students and staff at both airports has been small, with less than a handful of incidents combined.  m See AIRPORTS, Page A-9  Area needs new hotels, leaders say   

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