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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - April 7, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  RAPH  On lier own  Cathy Williams opens doors on new business  Page D-l  Todays Food  Worlds Hnost Chocolate 50th anniversary perfect time for sweet confection  Page B-l  The outlook Mostly sunny and warmer. Hid! 73; low 55  Page IM  No match  Alton tennis loses  Vol. 164, No. 82 — 50 cents  Wednesday, April 7,1999   www.thetelegraph.com   Bike crash kills officer  Patrolman was in first year on job  By LINDA N. WELLER  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — A first-year Alton police officer died early Tuesday from massive abdom-inal injuries he suffered when he lost control of his motorcycle, sliding into a  BHHHR Taylor. :>I had  finished his shift  Ta y |or  as a field train  ing officer and was headed east in the 1300 block of East Broadway about 6:20 a m. when he lost control of his 1981 Yamaha 400 motorcycle.  A police report said Taylor, of the 1000 block of Washington Avenue, was in  The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN A concrete block in the 1300 block of East Broadway, near the Clark Bridge, stopped the out-of-control slide of Alton patrolman Travis Taylor on his motorcycle early Tuesday. Taylor was pronounced dead at Alton Memorial Hospital.  the right-hand lane and left Broadway a few feet past the Broadway Connector intersection.  The motorcycle entered a parking lot, skidded to the east, hit a “no parking” sign,  ■ See OFFICER. Page A-7  Bethalto School Board candidates face questions  By ANGELA MUELLER  Telegraph staff writer  BETHALTO - The eight candidates for the three open positions on the Bethalto School Board answered questions during a community forum Tuesday evening.  A panel consisting of community members and members of the Bethalto Education Association and the Bethalto Educational    Support  Personnel Association posed a variety of questions.  They asked the five non-incumbent candidates whether they agreed or disagreed with the position taken by the board last fall on the suspensions of nine football players for alcohol consumption.  Candidate Jerry Lepchenske expressed strong support of the school board’s stance during the controversy, saying the scents and parents involved had read the athletic policy and knew the consequences of  violating it.  “I strongly agree with the school board’s stance. It goes beyond the issue of student drinking. It deals with individual and personal commitment to accept the consequences of their actions.”  Both Debbie Gerber and Jane Unsell declined to agree or disagree, stating they did not know all the facts. Unsell expressed concern that the athletic policy did not specify a method for determining guilt in cases such as the football suspensions.  “Once they had determined they were guilty, they stood behind their decision, and they should have,” Unsell said. “But I believe there should be a specific procedure for determining guilt in the handbook.”  Candidate John Walker also questioned the board’s method of determining guilt in the case.  See CANDIDATES, Page A-7  Good Morning  w  *  •' ^ IHF ■. rf#  i> \ a#  Area/Illinois . .A-3,8    Autery, Brazier,  Bulletin Board .A-6    Diebold, Harris,  Business......D-1    Huddleston, Jacobson,  Classifieds C-5    Mitchell, Monks,  Comics.......D-6    Moore, Ross, Smith,  Editorial ......A-4    Williams  Horoscope D-6    Scoreboard----C-2  Nation/world .. .D-5    Stocks........D-2  Obituaries A-5    Television.....D-7  The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN  Alton police traffic officer Al Womack examines the Yamaha motorcycle that Taylor was riding before he slid out of contol.  Endangered  The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN  Robert Mullen, of Phoenix Magic in Marietta, Ohio, holds up one of the many animals that were the stars of a performance Tuesday for children at South Roxana Elementary School. The daylong program, called ‘Our Fragile Earth,’ taught pupils about endangered species and their environments. Story, Page A-8  Congressmen  urge caution in Yugoslavia  By BARBARA M. COPE  Telegraph staff writer  COLLINSVILLE - U.S. Reps. John Shimkus and Jerry Costello agreed Tuesday that NATO should be cautious about sending ground troops to Yugoslavia.  The area congressmen appeared Tuesday at the Gateway Center to promote the first Congressional Prayer Breakfast.  They also answered questions about local and national events. Shimkus, R-Collinsville, serves the 20th Congressional District. Costello, D-Belleville, serves the 12th District.  “I don’t think that air power alone will bring (Yugoslavian President Slobodan) Milosevic to his knees,” said Shimkus, who holds the rank of major in the U.S. Army Reserves. “I  Costello  Truce called sham  D-5  think we missed a great opportunity to debate our goals — our mission — on the floor. Reality is that (President Clinton) deployed the troops. There should not be a decision to deploy ground forces unless there is a debate on the floor.”  In a show of bipartisan agreement, Costello agreed that ground forces should not be deployed until Congress had a full opportunity to debate the issue.  “There has always been and will always be questions about presidential authority to deploy troops,” Costello said. “It would have been wise of  ■ See CAUTION, Page A-7  Shimkus  Forum to outline ‘tax cap’ proposal  By PAUL MACKIE  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - Voters will have a last chance to educate themselves about “tax caps” when the Madison County Board sponsors a forum Thursday night.  Although public turnout at previous forums has been slim, officials hope the proposal on Tuesday’s ballot will create interest.  “The forum will provide voters with information before the April 13th election on how the Property Tax Extension  Limitation Law will work and what effect it would have on their property tax bills,” said Rudy Papa, chairman of the County Board.  The forum will begin at 7 p.m. in the County Board Room at the Administration Building, 157 N. Main St., in  Edwardsville.  Jackie Monroe of the Alton Taxpayers Association and County Board members Steve Stobbs, R-Godfrey, and Wayne Bridgewater, D-Roxana, will speak in favor of tax caps    ’  ■ See FORUM, Page A-7  Great Buick  REBATE  $1.000 BACK  *99 Century  The All New  2000 LeSabre  Now on Display in our  Showroom  $2,000 BACK  ‘99 LeSabre  927 E. Broadway, Alton   

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