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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - June 9, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  Obituaries.....A-5  Albertini, Dallas, Eberlin, Goeman, Herron, Kaus, Self  Scoreboard C-2  Stocks........D-2  Television.....C-7  Area/Illinois .A-3-12 Bulletin Board .A-6  Classifieds C-8  Comics C-6  Editorial ......A-4  Horoscope C-6  Nation/world .D-5-7  Inmate gets 20 years in girl’s  By DENNIS GRUBAUGH  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - A federal prison inmate who last year split a million-dollar settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit was sentenced Tuesday in Madison County Circuit Court to 20 years for shooting an Alton girl in the head.  However, court officials said  Johnny M. Stennis, 28, is not expected to spend additional time in prison. Circuit Judge Charles V. Romani Jr. said the 20-year sentence will run concurrently with the unrelated federal sentence Stennis is serving for illegal sale of  firearms. Stennis’ attorney said the two prison terms will end about the same time — in eight to IO years, depending on credit for good behavior.  It is unknown how much, if any, of the lawsuit money Stennis will have access to  when he gets out of prison. Last year, he and his wife split a $1,125 million settlement against an Alton hospital and one of its doctors for the 1904 death of the couple’s infant daughter.  On Tuesday, Stennis entered  shooting  an Alford plea to a charge of aggravated discharge of a firearm in the shooting of Shaunta L. Floyd, 16. She was a passenger in a vehicle that drove past him in the Belle Manor housing complex in Alton on April 18,1997.  The charge is a Class X felony, for which Stennis could J have been sentenced up to 30 years. The 20-year sentence y was negotiated between Stennis’ attorney, Harry Anderson of Bethalto, and the | Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office.  Stennis told police he thought the car contained rival    I  ■ See WINNER. Page A-11    ,  Leaders fight to keep Scott  By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT  Telegraph staff writer  BELLEVILLE    -  Legislators said they are determined to keep Scott Air Force Base open after $1.5 million was set aside to fight base closings in Illinois.  Lawmakers from several Metro East districts held a news conference Tuesday at the main gate of Scott to announce that the recently passed state budget has money set aside to persuade Congress to keep Scott open.  The base is the largest employer in the Metro East and the seventh largest employer in the St. Louis region, said James Pennekamp, president of the Leadership Council, an economic development organization.  Scott has an economic impact on the region of more than $2 billion, he said.  More than 40,000 people in the Metro East area are  ■ See SCOTT, Page A-11  City will get state loan for waste water updates  By LINDA N. WELLER  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — The state will be lending the city a big hand in bringing its old waste water treatment plant up to date.  Gov. George Ryan announced last week that Alton will get a $1.45 million low-interest loan to buy screens and grit removal technology and to build a structure that will house the new equipment at the plant.  The upgraded equipment will reduce damage as well as wear and tear on sewage processing machinery. It also  promises to make the operations more efficient at the plant, 19 Chessen Lane. The plant was built in 1963.  The state loan, which has an interest rate of 2.625 percent, is part of more than $9.51 million that will be lent to eight communities from the Water Revolving and Wastewater Loan Revolving Funds.  The money is for upgrading water treatment plants, water distribution systems and sewage treatment plants in the eight communities. The improvements are needed to  ■ See LOAN, Page A-11  Alton couple’s i    I    K    MSS    Jersey    hires  ii    |    knf    AWrJ    Unwiirl    WSM**#•’    rn.    «    V  SsZto I New products 6*1 hot trends  Page IM i    Page    B-l  Vol. 164, No. 145 — 50 cents _Wednesday,    June    9,1999  i.    I  :  fife , tu S* UCI OC V IIH Cb  hot and humid. 12k    new Bovs <  »***”* if JiuP KpscLh  Pagein :  Page C-l   www.thetelegraph.com   lawsuit winner sentenced  Back flip  ri!tIn dl T 0n Cou " ty  ^ epu Jy ?l? eriff T U u Se !. the b ! ck of a Geo Metro t0 steady his c, 'P board as he  takes notes Tuesday at the scene of a car that flipped P on?o Its'topo Clifton Terrace Road rn Godfrey. The driver, from the White Hall area, apparently lost control of the car near the top of a hill. Godfrey firefighters said the unident fled man suffered a scraped elbow; the driver and a male passenger refused medical treatment.  The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Erica Mitchell, 11, gets a drink at a water fountain between classes at East Middle School in Alton on Tuesday. In Julie Gonzales’ math class, Shala Ross, 13, and other students suffer through the heat.  Pupils sweating it out in final week  By ANGELA MUELLER  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — The year’s first heat wave made the final days of classes difficult for Alton schools.  East Middle School on Washington Avenue in Alton reported a scorching 88-degree reading on a thermometer in a sixth-grade classroom at 2 p.m. Tuesday  with two fans going and the windows open, an office secretary said.  The National Weather Service in St. Louis said temperatures reached a high of 92 Tuesday afternoon at Lambert-St.    Louis  International Airport.  Several schools do not have air conditioning. The High School Annex, Eunice Smith, Gilson-Brown, J.B Johnson  and the James Education Center are air-conditioned, as are the middle school cafeterias, but the rest of the district’s buildings are not.  Alton schools are operating on a hot weather schedule in the final week of classes, which conclude Thursday, Alton Superintendent Michael Beaber said.  “We have been dismissing early, with the heat. Each  child has to go 300 minutes, or we lose a full day of school aid. We have to inform the parents when we dismiss early.  "Some of our schools are air-conditioned, but the •majority of our schools are not. Normally, our problems with the heat are in the fall, during the first week or so. ”  ■ See SWEAT, Page A-11  TOT " Call Doc or Jason Today!"  5Mantis  m &£X‘ l Bgr  Installation Ava 1,1 drijfrL • PwjIS 466 B 530 I  24' ROUND POOL PACKAGE   $ 1499  Reg. *69“  SALE  $54"  NEW!  Above Ground Pool Steps w/Hand Rail  Reg. *6900  SALE  49"  A  ■JLJUU...IIiin|i> wmrnmnrrffli  I   

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