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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - April 28, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  TIIE TELEGRAPH  _ i    LWn    I    The    outlook    I    Raising«me    J  Another win  Lankford homers as Cards beat Rockies 7-5  Page C-l  Vol. 164, No. 103 — 50 cents  Today's Food  I Decisions, decisions  I Coming up with ideas is I sometimes the hardest part  Page B-l  Tho outlook Chance of showers and storms. High 64; low 48  Page I>8  Jersey County Auction moves to new home  Page D-l  ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■DBDBOiWOPraOODSWD  Wednesday, April 28,1999   www.thetelegraph.com   EPA studying water for Chemetco pollution  By DARRYL HOWLETT  Telegraph staff writer  HARTFORD - The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is analyzing samples taken from Long Lake to determine the effects, if any, from pollutants allegedly discharged by Chemetco Inc., state officials said Tuesday.  The company operates a secondary copper smelter just south of Hartford.  Last week, W. Charles Grace, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced the indictments of Chemetco president Denis  Feron of Belgium; George J. Boud Jr. of East Alton; Gary L. Reed of Collinsville; Roger K. Copeland of Cottage Hills; Kevin A. Youngman of Highland; and Bruce W. Hendrickson of Granite City.  The indictments charge the defendants conspired from 1986 to 1996 to violate the Clean Water Act by discharging pollutants — including lead, cadmium and zinc — through a secret pipe into Long Lake and adjacent wetlands.  Ira Sidney Campbell of ■ See WATER, Page A-9  Good Morning     Area/Illinois A-3,6,8    Bohlmeyer, Clouatre,      Bulletin Board    .A-7    Hall, Hull, Hyde, Malin,      Business----    . .D-1    Malone, Opperman,      Classifieds ..    . .C-6    Parker, Rapp, Smith,      Comics.....    . .D-6    Terneus      Editorial ----    . .A-4    Scoreboard----C-2      Horoscope ..    ..D-6    Stocks........D-2      Nation/workf.    .A-10    Television .... .D-7      Obituaries ...    . .A-5    Weather.......D-8     Appeal gets robber longer term  By DENNIS GRUBAUGH  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - A convicted armed robber appealed for a reduction of his 45-year sentence. Instead, he got a natural life sentence.  Alton police officers were scratching their heads in amazement Tuesday after learning that Isaac I. Douglas’ gamble had drastically backfired when an appeals court  Sentenced under habitual offender rule  determined that his criminal record qualified him for life in prison.  "Usually it works the other way around,” said Alton Detective Scott Golike, who investigated the case.  Douglas, 37, was resentenced Tuesday to life by Circuit  Judge Charles V. Romani Jr., the same judge who sentenced him to 45 years behind bars in 1997.  Romani acted in response to a mandate from the 5th District Appellate Court in Mount Vernon, which vacated Douglas’ sentence Dec. 3 after  determining that he fit the state’s habitual offender rule.  The law requires a felon with three Class X convictions to be sentenced to natural life, provided the crimes are committed subsequent to the conviction in each previous crime and are committed in a 20-  year period.  Douglas was convicted of armed robbery for robbing and attacking a woman with a razor knife July 15,1995, at the Alton Currency Exchange in the 1800 block of Broadway. A second charge of vehicular invasion was dismissed as part  of a plea. The woman suffered a slight wound to the torso, police said.  Douglas had also been convicted of two other armed robberies in Madison County In 1980, he was sentenced to eight years in prison for a robbery of a taxi driver in Alton. In 1988, he got 14 years in prison for robbing an East Alton convenience store  ■ See ROBBER, Page A-9  Man gets 18 years in child’s scalding  By DENNIS GRUBAUGH  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - The family of an Alton man tearfully pleaded on his behalf Tuesday before a Madison County judge sentenced him to prison for 18 years for scalding a toddler.  “I love children,” Jimmy E. Hendrix, 23, told Circuit Judge Charles V. Romani Jr. “I don’t deserve to be maxed out (on the sentence).”  Hendrix entered an Alford plea in January to a charge of aggravated battery of a child. He was accused of dunking a 14-month-old girl’s hands into a pot of boiling water when  ■ See SCALDING, Page A-9  Schools will share liaison officer  Another rainy day  More storm clouds roll into Alton Tuesday behind the Clark Bridge on the Alton riverfront, and Kevisha Lovett, 2, opens her front door in the 700 block of Central Avenue in Alton only to realize it will be another day indoors. Still more rain is in the forecast for today. See weather map, Page D-8.  By LINDA N. WELLER  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — A $125,000 federal grant will allow East and West middle schools to share a police liaison officer for the next three years.  The yet-unnamed officer will undergo special training in coming months then split his or her days at the schools, beginning next fall, Alton police Lt. James Hessel said.  The grant is from the U.S. Justice Department’s Community Oriented Policing Services in Schools Program. The program was created through the 1994 crime bill in an effort to put additional police officers in neighborhoods and communities.  Hessel said the money will be used for salary and equipment costs, probably including lease of a vehicle for the officer.  The liaison officer probably will be a current Alton police officer; another officer then will be hired to take the liaison’s place on the police force, Hessel said.  Details of the arrangement have to be worked out between school and police officials, he said.  “It’s another link between the school system and the police department,” Alton Police Chief Don Lovell said. “The officer updates the school on laws that come  West Middle School Principal Sandra Bolen has a chat Tuesday with a few of her pupils classes. The boys are, from left, Drew Rynders, 12, Lorenzo Taylor, H, Chris Mendenhall, 12, and John Barnes, 12.  down, and he helps them interpret policies.”  The liaison officer will perform many of the same functions as police officers who, for decades, have had offices at Alton High School. The officers serve as additional authoritative “eyes and ears” on campus, help prevent problems and make arrests for thefts, drug possession or  fighting, among other crimes that may occur.  The Police Department also has a Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer who conducts a program on building self-esteem while resisting use of drugs and alcohol.  Philip Robbins, principal of Alton High, said there has been a liaison officer at the school “for 35 or 40 years.” He  said the officers have proven to be valuable over the decades.  “Since most of our negative activity at the high school is an overflow from the neighborhoods ’on Friday and Saturday nights, we can have a police officer here who can tell us what happened.”  ■ See LIAISON, Page A-9   

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