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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - April 6, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 Good: •: Morning     Area/Illinois......    .A-3      Bulletin Board----    .A-6      Business........    .D-1      Classifieds.......    .C-5      Comics..........    .B-2      Editorial.........    .A-4      Nation/World.....    .A-8      Obituaries .......    .A-5      A Ivey, Conlin, Diebold,      Fleming, Harris, Hechler,      Masters, May, Price,          Redolfi, Thielemann          Scoreboard.....    . .C-2      Stocks..........I    D-2-4      Television ......    . .B-3     SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  THE TE  lip again  Dow,  S&P500 both close tile day at new highs  Opening Day  Cards fall to Brewers 10-8  Page C-  Page D-l  GR Al I a  11  The outlook    :    Region  Mosfly.amny,    I    Warehouse  "  #     j    becomes house  near 47    I    of worship  Page (-8 :    p a g e     p_l  Man picks charges at  By DARRYL HOWLETT  Telegraph staff writer  WOOD RIVER — A bizarre trip in a fast food drive-through has landed one man in an area hospital and a Moro man in jail on three counts of attempted first-degree murder.  Charges have been filed against Brett W. Hausman, of the 6900 block of North State Route 159 in Moro, in an altercation Friday morning.  According to Wood River Police Sgt. Otis Steward, Hausman allegedly used his GMC truck to strike Phillip A. Milazzo, causing Milazzo to be thrown through a plate-glass window at the Hardee’s Restaurant located at the intersection of Illinois Route 111 and Edwardsville Road.  “(Hausman) was in front of (Milazzo) in the drive-through at  up murder Hardee’s  Hardee’s,” Steward said. “They got into some kind of argument when (Milazzo) jumped out of his car. The suspect then backed up and hit (Milazzo). As the victim was trying to get away by grabbing at the (Hardee’s) door, the suspect hit him again with his vehicle, knocking (Milazzo) through the window.”  Steward said Hausman then did the unthinkable.  “I guess (Hausman) was trying to finish him off, because he went into the restaurant after (Milazzo),” Steward said. “The people in the restaurant jumped on the suspect and held him down until we arrived.”  Milazzo, of Wood River, suffered a compound fracture and went through surgery at a local hospital.  Madison County Associate Judge James Hackett set Hausman’s bail at $1 million.  Vol. 164, No. 81 — 50 cents     Tuesday,    April    6,1999        www.thetelegraph.com   Mac back at Busch  Fans flood stadium as McGwire mania rules Opening Day  first home run of the season in the fifth inning, lining a David Weathers pitch 402 feet into the right-center field bleachers to trim the Milwaukee Brewers’ lead to 7-2. He walked and struck out and in his first two at-bats (See Page C-l for details).  Before his first at-bat in the first inning, McGwire received a standing ovation as the familiar “Welcome to the Jungle” theme by Guns ‘n’ Roses played over the sound system. McGwire did not swing during the at-bat against Milwaukee left-hander Rafael Roque. He  The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN  St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire waves to a sellout crowd at Busch Stadium in St. Louis Monday night during Opening Day ceremonies.  McGwire launches first home run  By WARREN MAYES  Telegraph sports editor  ST. LOUIS — It rained on the Mark McGwire parade Monday evening, but Cardinal fans saw what they wanted in the fifth inning of the 1999 season opener.  Two rain delays totaling I hour, 57 minutes dampened the enthusiasm a sold-out crowd at Busch Stadium had for McGwire, who set baseball’s home run record with 70 last year.  However, McGwire connected for his  took three consecutive balls. Then he took two called strikes before drawing ball four from home plate umpire Ed Montague.  In the top of the third — after a 68-minute rain delay — McGwire made an outstanding play in the field. Jeff Cirillo smacked a line drive between first and second. McGwire lunged and caught it as he tumbled onto the moist infield.  In his second at-bat in the third inning, after the second rain delay, McGwire  ■ See MCGWIRE, Page A-7  By TRACEY MYERS  Telegraph sports writer  ST. LOUIS — As the scoreboard clock at Busch Stadium flashed 4:15 p.m., the rush was on.  Fans donning the familiar red and white shirts — or more to the point, the Mark McGwire jerseys — flooded the stadium.  Most made their charge toward the first-base area, running to get a prime spot where McGwire can see them and autograph their memorabilia. Children found their place there via two ways — either outrunning their parents or being dragged by them.  It’s official:  Baseball is back in St.  Louis.  All around Busch, the sights    and  smells    of  Opening Day were abundant. Music from bands stationed outside the stadium blared in through the corridors. The scent of freshly-cooked hot dogs could make anybody’s mouth water.  Programs were being bought in mass quantities, as  were other red-and-white trinkets and tokens.  For some fans, the winter layoff seemed like it would never end. For others, it felt like they were just at the ballpark yesterday. No matter how fast or slow the off-season seemed to go, however, the  The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Nikki Bartels, 19, of Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., holds up a sign asking Mark McGwire to marry her before the season opener Monday.  great feeling that comes with the start of the season was universal.  Jim Samel, a St. Louis resi-  ■ See. FANS, Page A-7  County officials continue heated debate over checks  Rudy Papa. Haine was also summoned to the meeting despite being on vacation.  “It erupted into a feud and a disruption because Fred refused to pay the bills,” said Von Nida, D-Granite City.  “I probably should have just signed them and discussed it after the fact,” added Bathon, D-Pontoon Beach. “But government was not disrupted. The checks were issued on Thursday and they went out on Thursday."  Bathon said he wants to “feel comfortable that the checks are safeguarded" and said most Illinois counties store their checks in treasurers offices.  He said department heads  ■ See CHECKS, Page A-7  By PAUL MACKIE  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - Two Democratic officials held their ground Monday in a dispute over where county employee payroll checks should be stored.  Madison County Clerk Mark Von Nida said that County Treasurer Fred Bathon, by asking that the checks be stored in his office, is simply adding to his “history of bureaucratic aggression.”  “It’s in his history as (the county’s) treasurer and auditor,” said Von Nida, whose office has distributed the checks for at least 50 years. “He has continually tried to expand his role.”  Madison County State’s  Von Nida  Attorney William R. Haine said Monday he will probably be ready to offer his interpretation of the law by this afternoon  The disagreement heated up Thursday when Bathon refused, for about six hours, to pay $247,896 worth of claims checks. Bathon and Von Nida discussed the matter heatedly with County Board Chairman  |T RETAIL-WHOLESALE AND COMMERCIA!  sa  CARPETING  OVER 700 ROLLS IN STOCK! PRICES STARTING AT JUST  33'   

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