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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - May 25, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 New nets will snare crossing violators Page B-l \6»H Baseball Marquette wins Class A regional Page C-l The outlook Partly sunny today; high near 69, low near 49 Perfect setting Barn finds new life as home to antiques Page im j business TOpllljk Vol. 164, No. 130 —50 cents Page D-l Tuesday, May 25,1999 www.thetelegraph.com Bill could be a Doost for Belle By STEVE WHITWORTH and DAVE WHALEY Telegraph staff writers ALTON — Approval of a bill allowing riverboat casinos to conduct dockside gambling should be a boost for the Alton Belle Casino, city and Snapped water line results in gas leak By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — A snapped water line and subsequent cave-in on Henry Street left Eunice Smith School and the surrounding area without water or gas Monday afternoon. John Vickey, sewer and maintenance operations supervisor for the city of Alton, reported that crews were working to repair a storm sewer line in the 2400 block of Henry Street in front of Eunice Smith School when a main water line under the street snapped around 11:30 a m. The water line break ■ See LEAK, Page A-7 Senators move closer to action on gambling law overhaul State officials said      ^    ° state officials said State senators inched toward action on a major overhaul of Illinois gambling laws Monday, despite warnings of political retribution from opponents. The Senate Executive Committee voted 8-4 to approve the overhaul early in the evening, sending it on to the full chamber for a vote. But Senate leaders, concerned about making sure they had enough support, did not call the bill until late evening. Democrats then immediately called a caucus, holding up action. No vote had been taken at press time. The bill was approved Friday night by the House but must be passed by the Senate before going to Gov. George Ryan’s desk. ■ See BELLE, Page A-7 * — — mm _ Workers with IMinois-American Water Company and AmerenUE. along with members of the Alton Fire DepartmenUMk'at'foflolno hole on Henry Street In front of Eunice Smith School on Monday. A water leak caused a pipe to burst ^nd cSSsed a gas line to teak 9 Telegraph staff report CARPENTER - A 73-year-old Alton man died at the scene of a two-car collision Monday night just north of Illinois Route 140. Madison County Coroner Dallas Burke said Robert Kennedy, of the 200 block of Maurice Street, was riding in the rear seat of a vehicle when it was struck just before 8 p.m. by another car driven by Steven Long, 17, of Edwardsville. Long’s car ran a stop sign as it traveled northbound on Quercus Grove Road. The car the victim was riding in was being driven by Gary Hagen of Dorsey and was traveling ■ See MAN, Page A-7 Collision causes car to take a dive _    ...    _    .    ,    ,    _    ,    ^    The    Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Workers with Trickey s Service Co. remove a 1995 Chevrolet Blazer from a ravine off Seventh Street in Hartford on Monday. The driver of the car, Barbara Cope, was treated for minor injuries at Alton Memorial Hospital and released. By COREY PITT For The Telegraph HARTFORD — A Wood River woman was pulled from her vehicle Monday afternoon after a collision caused the vehicle to slide down an embankment and into a river-water holding area. Barbara Cope, 44, an employee of National Maintenance and Repair in Hartford, was headed out of the facility for lunch at 12:05 p.m. via a service road near Seventh Street when she collided with a Chevrolet Celebrity driven by George Stupperich, who was headed toward National Maintenance. Cope’s 1995 Chevrolet Blazer slid down the embankment alongside the road and into the water below, trapping her in the vehicle. Hartford Fire Department Chief Don Prickett, who helped to get Cope out of her vehicle, said she was lucky the accident was not worse. “The angle of the embankment was steep enough, you would think she would have rolled,” he said. “Instead, she just slid down the bank, so she was lucky.” The narrow gravel service road is used as a route to National Maintenance and Repair because of the closing of the main entrance on Hawthorne Street from high river lev els. The service road is narrow with steep embankments on each side, making it difficult for two vehicles to pass each other. Prickett said the rescue took about 15 minutes, as he and three others helped Cope out of her vehicle. Trickey’s Towing Service of Wood River pulled the vehicle out later. “We took all the normal precautions with (Cope),” Prickett said. “She was scared more than anything because she thought if she moved the car would have rolled over.” Cope was taken to Alton Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and was released. Stupperich was uninjured in the collision. Area/Illinois .....A-3,8 Bulletin Board B-4 Business.........D-1 Classifieds........C-6 Comics...........B-2 Editorial..........A-6 Nation/World D-5 Obituaries ........B-5 Becker, Bunyan, Ford, Harbaugh, Keenan, Moggio, Monroe, Pirok, Price, Twarog Scoreboard.......C-2 Stocks..........D-2-4 Television ........B-3 The sky turnedgreen and black as coal’ Tornado on June 14,1998, leaves path of devastation across area EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the last of a three-part series about violent storms that hit The Telegraph area. By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer Darrell Williams and his wife Jennie were enjoying a peaceful Sunday morning on June 14, 1998, when they heard a violent storm tearing through South Roxana. “The sky turned green and black as coal, and the wind roared like a train through our neighborhood,” said Williams, who saw the blinding storm race toward town. “I saw the winds uproot a giant tree. My wife yelled ‘It’s a tornado. Run for the basement.’” Great Storms Pages A-4,5 A mile away in Hartford, Kelvin Arnold saw a funnel cloud in the sky breaking off trees and power poles. “If the tail of the twister had dropped all the way to the ground, our houses would have been blown away,” Arnold said after the storm. The raging storm struck with winds up to 125 miles an hour and left a devastating path of millions of dollars in damage across Hartford, Godfrey, Alton, South Roxana, Wood River, East Alton, Bethalto and Edwardsville. ■ See TORNADO, Page A-7 Cauk I ..AU i * * ..    , ,    .    .    The    Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Faith Lutheran Church in Godfrey was left with a shell of a building after the June 14,1998 tornado devastated much of The Telegraph area.    ,    ,    v    auu r. 700 Rolls ill stock    ~    ~ • Vinyl from 33 < sq. It. r Carpet from 33 < sq. It.    A Pergo/Mohawk Laminas! Wood Flooring from 5 1 99 se. ft. -        &L    ......... DISCOUNT fStmm CARPET, INC. 9    ALTON 465-2622