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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - May 4, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE Star Wars j Track and Field iJersey finishes 2nd pravestotea PageDi Vol 164 No 10950 cents The outlook Celebrate jManygearing ifl5 ofiiear58 j fiesta PagelW i Paged Tuesday May omb threat at AHS By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON A bomb threat called into Alton High School Monday morning cleared class rooms for approximately an hour while officers from Alton police and fire departments searched the buildings A young male called the high school attendance office around and indicated that a bomb was going to explode somewhere in the school Superintendent Mike Beaber reported The AHS school day at 8 The caller didnt indicate what exact time the bomb would go off or what building it was said The decision was made to evacuate the build More than students and 180 high school staff members remained hi the student parking area until when offi cials completed the search which uncoverednothing suspicious nature police author The perpetrator could also be Alton Police blocked to all of the high school complex including the entrance to the Pit threat forced the evacuation of the school for more than an hour Alton High School senior Keith Freeman below was qrowinq tired of his wait to return to classes Page C1 y a recommend the strictest possible disciplinary actions be taken If it is a student the recom mendation will be made that the student be expelled from school for the maximum amount of time allowed by law which is up ties repdrted We sent officers from the police and fire ments but we exact time the bomb arrested and 11 11 j iIA charged by the ihe caller didnt Alton police indicate what md saaTd would go off or what bdlU Tony building it was sgt Ventimiglia of the Alton Pol i c e Department Students were readmitted to class and the school day was completed Ventimiglia reported that police do have a lead as to the identity of the caller and will Continue their investigation Beaber said that if the perpe trator is apprehended and if he issistudent administrators will There is a specific statute for bomb threats or false Ventimiglia said We take Mike Beaber these threats superintendent seriously Monday s bomb threat three similar threats made last week at East Alton Wood River Community High School Three suspects all stu dents at the school were appre hended Friday in connection with these threats See BOMB Page A7 Officials gather at 3rayer Breakfast By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer COLLINSVILLE One thousand business and ment leaders delayed the start of their work week Monday to focus on the power of prayer This is a day we put aside our differences geographic political and Rep Jerry Costello DBelleville told a full house gath ered for the First Annual Congressional Prayer Breakfast Costello and House com rade John Shimkus R Collinsville were hosts for the 90minute event at the Gateway Convention Center We gather together to ask for Gods con tinued blessings on us Shimkus said But more importantly we seek his guid ance nr facing the challenges of the The solemn salute to God began with a presentation of colors by the Scott Air Force Base Color Guard which placed flags behind the raised speakers platform as The Battle Hymn of the Republic was sung by businessman Ted Prehn of Bethalto Prayer was the prime rea son people attended and there was plenty of it with entreaties by Madison County States Attorney William Haine Alton police officer David Goins Richard Mark an executive with St Marys Hospital in East St Louis and Deborah Moore of the Institute for Policy Leadership at the University of Missouri Shimkus I See PRAYER Page A7 lew board i plants wish or union By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer ROXANA The newly elected Village of Trustees wasted no time in granting the wishes of some residents at Monday nights meet Loyd Nick Adams and Fred Hubbard took their place as village trustees inside the council chambers board after being sworn in approved the recognition of the United Steelworkers of America as bargaining agents for the police offi cers of the village The decision repealed a resolution that previously terminated the agreement between and the Steelworkers See BOARD Page A7 Morning Crane causes power outage traffic delays Bulletin Board Business C7 W i Obituaries Cummings Dalton Katauskl Scyoc Simmons Smith Scoreboard B2 Stocks D24 Television C3 Weather D6 By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer EAST ALTON A power outage Monday morning caused traffic delays and became the topic of conversations near a busy intersection in East Alton A crane owned by Waggoner Equipment Co out of Wood River became entangled in some power lines causing the outage According to the company the crane had been sent out to a wrong location along Dry Street The outage affected 43 customers for four hours and 37 said Rich Conner with Illinois Power Eightyfour addi tionalcustomers were out for two hours and 27 min utes while repairs were I See A7 The BADMAN An Illinois Power Co lineman walks away from a utility pole broken Monday by a crane from Waggoner Equipment Co in Wood River The break occurred on Dry Street in East Alton near Shamrock Avenue which is the primary entrance to Olin main plant Shamrock Avenue was closed for several hours while repairs were made and power to some parts of East Alton was restored THUCKLOAD CARPET t 70Q Rolls in stock t Vinyl from 33 f r Iqminant Wood Flooring from 1   

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