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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - May 21, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1830 By the seashore Shfcleys Sieils and Novelties brinp the beach toBrighton 1 PagelM Vol 164 No 12650 cents Regional soccer Martptte i shuts out Alton PageB4 The outlook i Bank at School i Ycamgstem learn howtohandle possible High 80 low imoney PageDs j PageOl Friday May Tax credit bill passes Parents of students in private schools would get break Pollution test of trucks OKd By SANFORD J SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer Truckers who may be hard hit by an increase in state license plate fees now may have to start visiting testing stations for pollution tests Where is it all going to end asked Terry Miller vice president of Trans Petro of South Roxana a fuel snip ping business The increased plate fees were part of a revenue pack age announced by Gov George Ryan and legislative leaders Tuesday Operators may have to pay as much as more per truck per year if the bill passes On Wednesday the House passed and sent to Ryan a bill to begin testing diesel trucks for pollution in the Metro East area The legislation which passed on an 8332 vote would require diesel trucks weighing more than See TRUCKS Page A9 By SANFORD Telegraph staff writer Supporters of parochial schools are delighted but face a possible court challenge to the Illinois Legislatures passage of a bill giving parents a tax credit Gov George Ryan is expected to sign the legislation which gives parents of the states children in private schools a tax credit of up to a year The plan provides that parents who spend a minimum of on tuition and other school costs qualify for a tax credit Parents who spend or more on school expenses would get a maximum credit of Opponents said they are gearing up for a court challenge We will be a party to a suit along with a number of other said George King spokesman for the Illinois Education Association We will be opposing it for basically the same reasons we were against the bill in the first King said The American Civil Liberties Union also is evaluating the bill for a possible court challenge said Lauren Raphael a staff attorney for the ACLU of Illinois It has the effect of advancing reli she said Opponents say themeasure is uncon stitutional because it amounts to public subsidization of religion See CREDIT Page A9 The SMITH Students at St Boniface School from left John Caulk 12 Zach McNelly 13 Patick Gleason 14 and Dustin Maguire 11 play hoops at lunchtime Thursday on the school playground in Edwardsville Trouble on the roads A traffic light at the corner of Washington Avenue and East Broadway in Alton was knocked down Thursday by the rear wheels of a tractor trailer truck that couldnt make the turn The light was down but still functioning No injuries were reported In Roxana a firefighter hoses down about 15 gallons of weed killer that spilled on Interstate 255 just south of Madison Avenue after the truck trailer hauling it flipped over No injuries were report ed The BADMAN Suspect guilty of sex abuse Prosecutors may seek near maximum in assault of child By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A Troy man convicted Thursday of molesting a 6yearold girl may face maximum prison time in the case which has revived questions about his criminal past Terry C Martin 24 now of Troy and formerly of Wood River was found guilty by a jury in Madison County Circuit Court of predatory criminal sexual abuse Prosecutors say they will use Martins previous convic tions including burglary and robbery to argue for the max imum sentence Sixty years is the maxi mum Ill probably ask close to Assistant States Attorney Kyle Napp said Authorities also said they may use Martins impending sentence as leverage to try to persuade him to cooperate in their investigation into the dis appearance some eight years ago of a 15yearold boy Officials with the Marion See GUILTY Page A9 Fire chief calls it quits after three decades A310C2 Bulletin Board A7 Business D1 Classifieds C4 Comics D5 Editorial A4 Horoscope D5 C4 Obituaries A5 Beets Bensman Boljo Brown Morrison Row Jcjjilllnger Stills 01 telf vision By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ROXANA Mauri Hasting has fought fires for nearly three decades and has headed the Roxana Fire Departments threeman force for the last 12 years When Hasting 50 leaves his fire chief post today he says he will make room for a new breed of I love the fire service Ive lived and breathed it Im one of the fortunate few who has actually made a living at something I Fighting fires remains Hastings true passion His memories include the biggest toughest blaze during his career Sept 15 1989 at Piasa Motor Fuels in Hartford a wholesale storage operation More photos C3 We assisted Hartford on that one along with at least four other area fire Hasting said The fire was blamed on a coffee maker and it took two entire days to put out the flames We fought it for nearly 12 hours just to get it under Only one fatal fire occurred in Roxana during Hastings tenure with the department Several years ago he said a child playing with matches started a fire that took his life But that was one fatality too Hasting said He has done it all including rescuing a cat from a tree was my day off and I See CHIEF Page A9 The BADMAN longtime Roxana Fire Chief Mauri Hasting stands in front of the departments newest pumper truck Hasting a strong advocate for fire training retires today after 27 years with the department including 12 as chief   

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