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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - April 24, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 On ice Blues seek to take lead PageBl deal honored 6y Vol 164 No 99 50 cents TBBrflBRr Above average AlbrechtHamlin The outlook Mostly cloudy and mild High 59 and low 45 PageD12 Senior Living The spotlight shines on the best of the golden years Special Section Saturday April Fear walks halls of schools It makes us look at each other differently By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer Students are considering their own safety at school in light of Tuesdays killings at Columbine High School in Littleton Colo Amy Hill a 17yearold junior at East AltonWood River High School said even though the killing spree hap pened hundreds of miles away from Wood River she was hesitant about going to school I was Hill said I didnt want to come to school because you never know whats going to INSIDE Tapes may reveal accomplice 911 tapes released First funeral service held Victim released from hospital Page C8 Talk of the Town What makes a teen do violence Page A4 Hill and many of her friends received an additional scare when they arrived at school Thursday morning Hill is part of a group of about 30 students sometimes referred to as gaters because they stand outside a gate next to the school on Whitelaw Avenue before school and during their lunch period On Wednesday night van dals spraypainted the words Die Gators on the pavement next to the gate It freaked me out when I saw it because I saw two guys down the sidewalk who were wearing black said 19 yearold Brook Hedge refer ring to the Trench Coat Mafia group to which the See FEAR Page A11 L i BADMAN East AltonWood River High School students part of a clique called gaters who hang out togeth er by a roadway gate mill around during lunch on Whitelaw Avenue T The BADMAN Traffic speeds along Godfrey Road at Stamper Lane on Friday near the site of the new McDonalds restaurant background in Godfrey s Godfrey traffic signal project on yellow By STEVE WHITWORTH Telegraph staff writer GODFREY Village offi cials hope the Illinois Department of Transportation will be able to start work next year on a stoplight and cross walk at the intersection of Godfrey Road and Stamper Lane Although Godfrey Mayor Mike Campion and others say they previously were given assurances that the work would begin next year IDOT rpheyre talking about the stoplight 1 being two years away or Don Miller president of RBGA officials warn they cant guarantee that will happen The project is in the five year plan for IDOTs District 8 which includes Madison County said Mary Lamie program development engi neer for the district Were planning on includ ing traffic signals and a pedestrian crosswalk on Godfrey Road at Stamper Lamie said However she acknowledged she could not be specific about a date when the project would begin We consider that a high priority she said Were going to try to get out there as soon as we IDOT plans to install the traffic signal and crosswalk as part of the project to con struct a bidirectional turn lane on Godfrey Road which carries 67 out of Alton from its intersection with Illinois Route 111 north to the See SIGNAL Page A11 Toddlers death under Postmortem showed baby was sexually abused mothers boyfriend is target By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE The death of a Wood River toddler who wks found through post mortejn tests to have been sexually abused is under investigation by state and local authorities The Telegrpph has learned A search warrant was exe cuted Friday for police to obtain j a blood sample from a man was with the 27 monthfpld girl the night before she died The man is a boyfriend of the girls mother according to the search war rant I The man is 29 years old and most recently has lived at addresses in Alton and Bethalto records show He has n6t been charged in the case The investigation is being handled by the Illinois State Police Investigators from that agency and from the Wood Rivei Police Department could not be reached for com ment late Friday A spokesman for the Madipon County Coroners Office confirmed an investiga tion was being conducted We can confirm this depart ment investigated the death and we are aware of an ongo ing investigation by authori but were not in a posi tion to say anything about chief deputy coroner Ralph Baahlmann Jr said Friday evening He said no inquest has been held into the cause of death According to the search war rant the child was pronounced dead at Dec 6 at Wood River Township Hospital where she had been taken about after she had stopped breathing at her home in the 800 block of Halloran Avenue An autopsy conducted Dec 7 by Dr Raj Nanduri a coro ners pathologist revealed that the girl had been sexually assaulted the search warrant said The warrant makes no mention of other injuries Testing of the evidence took several months Detective William Wheeler of the Wood River Police Department received a call April 16 from the Illinois State Police Crime See TODDLER Page A11 Good Morning Bulletin Board A6 Editorial Horoscope Allen Borchers Filardo Flaugher Frazer Hedgecock Lane McDonald Rook Religion Scoreboard B2 Television A10 Musicians dust off unusual instruments By SANFORD J SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO Kindergarten pupil Alex Hobick became an aficionado of the washboard during a performance Friday by a group of musicians at Zion Lutheran School Alex said she might want to take up the washboard some day Its she said Maybe that is because one of the teachers Sandra Ballsters was drafted to play along with the group members of Musicians Local 98 who were St the school trying to spark the childrens interest in music The local represents mem bers of the Edwardsville Municipal Band of which all the musicians who performed at Zion Lutheran are mem bers The leaders of the group did not say whether washboard is one of the instruments they had in mind when they explained the purpose of their visit Nether was garden hose an instrument that comes to mindp but there was a demon stration of the garden hose along with the more standard variety flute piccolo clarinet tuba trumpet and trombone Wp want to demonstrate the instruments and try to interest students in said Marion Strohman a trombone player Thp group devotes one week each year to visiting schools demonstrating instruments and the ways they produce sound The garden hose was used by tuba player Lyman Zeke Holden He said the hose along with a funnel and a mouthpiece can produce a sound by buzzing the lips and blowing into a column of air The hose however produces I See MUSICIANS Page A11 KEV COR CONtTKUCTION HKVICM INC 112 W Homer Adams Pkwy Alton 6184076370 Thinking About Building Professional disbursement of funds duri construction protects of all types new hon commercial blags remodeling and home improvement ng es   

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