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Alton Telegraph Newspaper Archive: April 25, 1999 - Page 1

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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - April 25, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                t I Coupons and special offers I I inside most editions I SPORTS All tied up Blues lose inOT PageRl Making an Investment Robert Wetzel banking on the future of the River Bend region PageDl AnewTypeof car Jaguars new cars lower price compete in new market I Paged The outlook Partly sunny with the high 66 and the Iow53 PageDJ2 Good rV Morning A3J Bulletin Board A1 Classifieds Editorial Horoscope A1 Barry Benton Filardo Hair koughran Mueth Nichols Parsell Scoreboard B2 Stocks SUNDAY Vol 164 No 100 Serving The River Bend Since 1836 April Belle plans changes Argosy will unveil million complex won eaiie casino n By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON Officials from the city and Argosy Gaming Co plan to unveil this week details about a million complex that will be built at the Alton Belle landing A news conference is sched uled for Wednesday at Mikes Marine 3891 Berm Highway in Wood River Plans are to replace the current landing at the entrance to the gambling boat with both a new barge and a renovated barge the Spirit of America That vessel had been docked at Argosys gam bling boat in Lawrenceburg Ind Its going to be a pretty big thing for Downtown Alton its a million said Brenda Bauer general manager of the Alton Belle See BELLE Page A11 Adjusted gross receipts Number of patrons Adjusted gross revenue per patron Total taxes Local share of revenue 1997 million million million million 1998 million million million million SOURCE Illinois Gaming Board Clark is lighting night sky By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer HARTFORD The brighterthanusual flames coming from the Clark refinery in Hartford are burning a hole in the com panys pockets The refinery is in the process of recuperating from a power loss that occurred April 3 which in turn has cost the company at least million in operat ing losses We had a bad lightning storm during the Easter weekend Ameren UE the refinerys utility provider took a couple of hits from the lightning and lost said Forrest Lauher refinery manager for Clark Refining Marketing Inc We lost both of our power lines and lost power to the plant for threeanda half Lauher said problems occurred during the plants startup process thus pro viding the River Bend with a natural night light com ing from its huge flare We started back up the plant and our fluid catalytic cracker or FCC We had startup problems with our big compressor As part of the startup process we had to flare up some The gas burned is butane propane and fuel Lauher said the gases present no health problems for the community The BADMAN The flare at the Clark refinery in Hartford has been burning bright since a power outage April 3 Man denies blame in girls death By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A suspect proclaimed his innocence Saturday in the sexual abuse and death of a Wood River toddler who he says succumbed to a heart defect Kevin J Trimm 29 of Alton said in a telephone interview that he is in no way responsible for the childs death and was floored to find out from authorities last week that the 27monthold child had been a victim of sexual abuse S he died in I before she died Dec 6 Illinois Stajte Police obtained blood from Trimm during a meeting with him at the her like HIV Alton policestation TMJ Friday The blood it sampling had been woo rpallv authorized by a search warrant hard On after laboratory tests confirmed that semen had been found in the childs body an autopsy showed she had been I do know when the DNA comes back its not going to me Im 100 percent sure of Trimm said He contacted The Telegraph Saturday to proclaim his inno cence Trimm is the boyfriend of the childs moth er who lives in the 800 block of Halloran Avenue in Wood River He and the mother were with the child early on the morning of Dec 6 when the girl stopped breathing She was rushed to Wood River Township See GIRL Page A11 Kevin J Trimm boyfriend of childs mother Walk keeps massage therapist busy soothing wornout fee By SANFORD J SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Shannon Cross gave an indi cation of how tired everyone was after Saturdays 29th annual WalkAmerica in Edwardsville Cross a massage therapist said her hands were starting to get tired after all the mas sages she gave Its been good said Cross who works in Swansea Cross was interviewed briefly as she worked on the legs of Kathy Wehling of Edwardsville Im out of Wehling said Cross said she gave about 50 massages to walkers after they toured the course around Edwardsville raising to fight birth defects Jessica Hill this years offi cial March of Dimes WalkAmerica child started off the walk at 9 sharp Walkers toured the course around Edwardsville raising to fight birth defects from Edwardsville Middle School I think everybody had a lot of said Becky Heinen 16 of Columbia She said the checkpoints were manned by volunteers representing businesses and groups They doled out prizes and entertained the walkers as they went The Anderson Hospital checkpoint was best They had clowns and facepainting and they were pretty Heinen said Her father Roy Heinen is a regional chairman for the March of Dimes He said the event is suc cessful each year because it focuses on the health of young people For every healthy child there will be a healthy Businesses are generous with the organization because research into birth defects helps save health care dollars in the long run Heinen said He said the work is espe cially important in Metro East We have one of the highest infant mortality rates in the he said Event chairman Steve Grant said everything went well in the walk Finishers got a lunch provided by Mariott About 300 people participat ed Grant said Sponsors were Charter Communications Target Stores Anderson Hospital Coldwell Banker Brown Annies Custard Bank of Edwardsville and Premier Lincoln Mercury The SMITH Kevin Hill of St Jacob pushes daughter Jessica 18 months Saturday at the annual March of Dimes WalkAmerica in Edwardsville Alongside is Hills niece Becky Heinen of Belleville V Four Flags   

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