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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - May 18, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE BIVH BEND SINCE 1836 Diamond action i baseball rails j overMarquette Organisations help oe Nan Mott Memorial Rose Garten warn high near 123SO cents May Sweet girl is remembered Sweeney pupils recall drowning pctim fondly By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer Teachers and administrators at the three schools Andrea Sweeney attended in her short life all used one word when describing the 8yearold who drowned in PiasaCreek Sunday afternoon She was really a sweet little said Mae Andreas first grade teacher at Eastwood School in East She was very pleasant to have in the daughter of Martisha Whitlock of East Alton and William apparently stepped into a deep pool with a swift cur rent around 4 Sunday at Piasa Creek near the West Delmar She had apparently been swimming with a baby sit brother and sister and five other Her body recovered from the creek later Sunday The time of her death been set at Andrea had been IsllOCked attending in OnA TTrtVTT the EaSt Alt011 ana Very Elementary District SflHHpYlpH for only two months after moving firstgrade teacher Hasten said she heard a televised newscast about drowning before school Monday but was uncertain if the victim mentioned was Andrea because an incorrect first name was She said her fears were confirmed when she saw The Telegraph article Monday about the I was shocked and very Hasten jri her 22 years of teaching in East this is the first death of a current student for along with school social worker explained to the class of 6 See Page A7 By SANFORD SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSyiLLE Authorities may go before a grand jury May 27 in the case of a baby sitter who was in charge of eight children when one of them drowned Sunday in Piasa We are going to investigate the case and the circumstances under which she was babysitting these Don Spaul of the Madison County Sheriffs Department said Andrea drowned after stepping off a sandbar deep water in Piasa The Madison County Coroners Officeconducted an autopsy Monday and confirmed the cause of death as Andrea and her two brothers were with baby sitter Nancy Ash and five other children about 4 Spaul said Ash recently moved from the 300 block of Ohio Street in East where the Sweeney family Andrea is the daughter of Martisha of the 300 block of Ohio Street and William who is being held in the Madison County Jail on an April 18 charge of attempted Ash had moved to Alton Spaul She took her own two Andreas two brothers and three other children from Alton on the swimming Spaul said Ash has cooperated with authorities and is apparently extremely upset over the death of the He said taking eight children in that area was a very risky thing to but Ash has not explained why she did I dont know why people do the things they Spaul Passersby said Sunday that some of the chil dren appeared out of and Ash appeared to be hysterical while Andrea was beneath the surface of the Witnesses described the creek as a deep current carrying lots of Roger of and Blake and Devon both of said they entered the water to search for the children after Ash told them she could not LINDA WELLER Telegraph staff writer Demolition of one citys oddly shaped buildings began crews began tearing down the former 1510 to make way for parking and green said pwner Ed Sholar It will make more parking said There is a parking lot behind We will building down and njjike a parking That will open it up for people to see the BonAir a lot easier from who bought the prop in December from Mike MoUoy of owns the larFast Eddies BonAir tay erh 1530 Fourth which Firefighters rescue man from barge hole By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer HARTFORD Thanks to the expertise of five dedicated Hartford Fire Department vol unteer East Alton resident Shawn Burns is safe at survived a fall into a barge compartment at National Maintenance and Repair on Monday morn He underwent extensive tests for possible back other injuries after he was extricated from a 18inchwide hole withina barge that he was repairing at the Hartford Fire John Grigg said he and four other See Page A7 A demolition crew from Midwest Tavern at the intersection of East is across the street from the demolition He said he expects togain 10 to 15 additionalparking spaces from the Sholar saici he plans to plant grass and shrubs on some of the particularly on the which juts out where Fourth Street runs into Last winter Sholar had said The BADMAN Grinding and Recycling In Alton made quick work of the Wedge Broadway and East Fourth Street in Alton on he was not sure what he was going to do with the Wedge It was too small to operate a so I decided to tear it he said Sholar said he sold the bar furnishings another tavern owner in Sholar said no notable relics have turned up during the demolition of the old which is expected to last only a few Sholar said he is negotiating with the city of Alton to swap a 14foot wide segment of land in the middle of the property the site of the old city scales with a nearby easement he A Fast Eddies sign sits on the He said the city wants to use the space to erect a Welcome to Alton Good Morning Bulletin Hildebrand I Woodeard IHUCKLOAD CARPET SALE 700RollsJn stock DISCOUNT 3475 HUMBERT RD ALTON   

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