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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - April 28, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Another win Lankford homers as Cards beat Rockies 75 PageCl Vol 164 No 103 50 cents TODAYS FOOD Decisions decisions I Coming up with ideas is i sometimes the hardest part j PageBl The ouliooH Chance of showers and storms High 64 low 48 PageDS Jersey County Auction moves to new home PageDl Wednesday April Appeal gets robber longer term By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A con victed armed robber appealed for a reduction of his 45year 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 back fired 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 said Alton Detective Scott Golike who investigated the case Douglas 37 was resentenced Tuesday to life by Circuit Judge Charles V Romani 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 states habitual offender rule The law requires a felon with three Class X convictions to be sentenced to natural life provided the crimes are com mitted subsequent to the con viction 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 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 con victed of two other armed rob beries 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 con venience store Another rainy day The BADMAN 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 D8 m See ROBBER Man gets 18 years in childs scalding By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE The family of an Alton man tear fully pleaded on his behalf Tuesday before a Madison County judge sentenced him to prison for 18 years for scald ing a toddler I love Jimmy E Hendrix 23 told Circuit Judge Charles V Romani Jr I dont deserve to be maxed out on the Hendrix entered an Alford plea in January to a charge of aggravated battery of a child He was accused of dunking a 14monthold girls hands into a pot of boiling water when See SCALDING Page A9 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 dis charged by Chemetco state officials said Tuesday The company operates a sec ondary copper smelter just south of Hartford Last week W Charles Grace attorney for the Southern District of Illinois announced the indictments of Ghemetco 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 discharg ing pollutants including lead cadmium and zinc through a secret pipe into Long Lake and adjacent wet lands Ira Sidney Campbell of See WATER Page A9 Good Morning Bulletin Board A7 Business Classifieds C6 Editorial HoroscopeD6 A10 Bohlmeyer Clouatre Hall Hull Hyde Malin Malone Opperman Parker Rapp Smith Terneus Scoreboard C2 Schools will share liaison officer By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON A feder al grant will allow East and West middle schools to share a police liaison officer for the next three years The yetunnamed 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 Justice Departments 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 neighbor hoods and communities Hessel said the money will be used for salary and equip ment costs probably includ ing 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 liai sons place on the police force Hessel said Details of the arrangement have to be worked out between school and police officials he said Its another link between the school system and the police Alton Police Chief Don Lovell said The officer updates the school on laws that come The SMITH West Middle School Principal Sandra Bolen has a chat Tuesday with a few of her pupils between classes The boys are from left Drew Rynders 12 Lorenzo Taylor Chris Mendenhall 12 and John Barnes 12 down and he helps them interpret The liaison officer will per form many of the same func tions as police officers who for decades have had offices at Alton High offi cers 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 con ducts a program on building selfesteem 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 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 neigh borhoods on Friday and Saturday nights we can have a police officer here who can tell us what See LIAISON Page A9   

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