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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - March 26, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Alton artist finds new uses for recycled materials PageDl report for area lakes and rivers debuts today Vol 164 No 70 50 cents Mostiy sunny and warmer High 54 low M Alton loses opener to Triad PageBl 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 LakishaR 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 bail each Rounds was not in custody Madison County States Attorney William R Maine declined to give details until a news conference today We are still tying up some loose he said Officials from the States Attorneys Office the Alton I See PLOTS Page A9 In memory The BADMAN An Alton firefighter drapes black bunting over the front of Altons Don Twitched Memorial Firehouse on 20th Street in Alton Thursday in memory of retired Alton fire captain Glenn Walters 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 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 dis charge pollutants into the Mississippi River Ira Sidney Campbell 56 of Brighton pleaded guilty in 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 sec ondary copper smelter near Hartford From about September 1986 through Sept 18 1996 Chemetco discharged out of a secret pipe water contaminated with pollu tants including zinc lead and cad mium a news replease issued by Attorney W 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 to install the secret discharge pipe at Chemetco prosecutors said Even though Campbell left Chemetco in 1988 the plant contin ued 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 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 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 investiga tors included special agents of the Illinois State Police the FBI the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation Area needs new hotels leaders say By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer The River Bend could lose out to other Illinois communities if it fails to build new hotels Thats what area leaders are stress ing 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 bicen tennial anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition village is not building ourselves but were interested in developers who could build a hotel in that said Deanne Barnes administrative assistant for the vil lageof Hartford In the proposed budget See HOTELS Page A9 The SMITH Work is progressing on the new Holiday Inn near the intersec tion of Interstate 270 and Illinois Route 111 Good Morning A310 Bulletin Board A8 Classifieds 05 Editorial C3 Asselmeier Bradshaw Edwards Ford Foster Grant Grassel Maguire McNelly Stavely Stewart Varble Walters Airports stress safety t The 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 Easts 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 lo 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 think ing about additional ways to boost their operations reactions to emergencies at and around sites The death of McDonnell Douglas test pilot Jeifery Crutch Crutchfield in the crash of an Hornet near Bender Avenue in Rosewood Heights June 19 1996 proved to those at Regional that not all situations are con trollable The National Transportation Safety Board ruled the crash occurred because Crutchfield did not attain a proper altitude during an acrobatic 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 said John Roach director at Parks After the investigation we will know what changes if any need to be The number of accidents involving aircraft pilots students and staff at both airports has been small with less than a handful of incidents combined II See AIRPORTS 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