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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - June 15, 1999, Alton, Illinois Lawsuit rutality By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A man is claiming the Alton police applied some rough justice against him. Charles L. Harter filed suit in circuit court Friday claiming some unnamed Alton officers roughed him up during a June 13, 1998, arrest. Harter claimed the officer or officers “viciously attacked and severely beat” the plaintiff, inflicting “serious bodily injuries.” Police Chief Don Lovell said he is unaware of the incident and declined to comment. The suit claims Harter was stopped by an officer in the 1600 block of East Broadway, but the plaintiff fled on foot. After fleeing, Harter then surrendered by dropping to his knees and placing his hands and arms above his head in full view of the officer or officers. The suit claims that after severely beating and subduing the plaintiff, the officer or officers continued to strike, kick, hit, punch and otherwise batter the plaintiff for no purpose. Harter’s attorney, Jeffery C. Weishaupt of East Alton, could not be reached for comment. The suit claims damages in excess of $50,000 from the city, the Fire and Police Commission, and Lovell on the basis that they deprived Harter of the “privileges and immunities of these guaranteed to the plaintiff as a citizen of the United States.” Good J*: Morning Area/Illinois .....A-3,8 Bulletin Board A-6 Business.........D-1 Classifieds........C-6 Comics...........C-4 Editorial..........A-4 Nation/World . .C-6,D-5 Obituaries........A-5 Agee, Berry, Crivello, Crane, Emery, Herring, Ott, Pennifold, Seiferman, Stewart, Weber, White Scoreboard.......B-2 SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Sports Tigers’ Semith leads All-Area girls ; track Page B-l Vol. 164, No. 151 — 50 cents i UW perfect | ‘Stitchery' : business is i tailor-made j for success Page D-1 mmmrn*    -rn-    mmmm>    -mmmm-    I The outl Partly sunny j Veterans SK j lead wa y Ss I to honoring our page im j nation’s symbol Page C-l Tuesday, June 15,1999 www.thetelegraph.com Ryan’s visit to celebrate 67 funds By THOMAS WRAUSMANN ■[ Telegraph staff writer JERSEYVILLE — Gov. George Ryan is scheduled to fly into Jerseyville on Wednesday to celebrate recent state approval of money to begin the long-awaited jGodfrey-to-Jerseyville portion of the Corridor 67 expressway. Ryan’s entourage plans to land The governor will arrive at the Jerseyville Airport Wednesday morning its helicopter at 10:40 a m. at the Jerseyville Airport off of Illinois Route 267 on the city’s south side. Ryan and his staff are to be met by local and area dignitaries and residents, said a spokesman from state Rep Tom Ryder’s office. The Illinois General Assembly recently approved $76.3 million to begin the projected $80.8 million project, which is now in the Illinois Department of Transportation’s key five-year funding plan. Construction of the 10.6 miles of new four-lane pavement is supposed to start near the junction of Route 267 and U S Highway 67 in Godfrey. The first segment of improvements extends three miles north into Jersey County at a cost of about $12 million, officials said. IDOT officials said they preferred to wait until Ryan’s visit to comment on a possible timetable for construction. Supporters of the project have pointed to the large number of serious wrecks on the busy stretch of Route 267 between Godfrey and Jerseyville. They also point to recent and projected increases in population in Jersey County. The legislature approved most of Ryan’s proposed multibillion ■ See RYAN, Page A-7 Alton man wants to block demolition of Wood River property By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER - Several area residents in the process of remodeling homes on Lorena Avenue are learning that the city is serious when it notifies them about sticking to their renovation projects in a timely manner. James Storm, an Alton resident who has owned property at 127 Lorena Ave. for years, filed a request last week at the Madison County Courthouse for a hearing to block the city’s planned demolition of the house. According to Storm, who has remodeled 14 homes in area communities since 1983, his court filing has temporarily taken the residence off of Wood River’s demolition roster. “Including the purchase price of the home plus my remodeling efforts so far, I’ve poured $23,000 into this property,” said Storm. “In my estimation, the renovation could be complete within a six- month period. I’ve seen the city of Alton tear down a lot of houses, but never like this. My goal is to turn this Lorena property into a nice, one-unit home for rent.” ■ See PROPERTY, Page A-7 e *• ais    a    j    ut    jj    i» «    „    ^    ,    -     The    Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Sentimental Journey, a restored World War ii era B-17 Flying Fortress, banks into a turn Monday over St. Louis Regional Airport in Bethalto before landing. Richard Keith and his wife, Sharon, of Alton, get a close-up look inside the bomb bay of the B-17 which will be on display again today from 9 a.m. until dusk. Additional photos on Region, Page C-1. Take off on a Sentimental Journey through history Classic warplanes are on display this week in Bethalto By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO — Visitors to St. Louis Regional Airport on Monday gazed up at the glistening silver wings of a piece of world history. The iron wings and body of Sentimental Journey, a fully restored B-17 — Flying Fortress, shined in the afternoon sun as children, adults and senior citizens alike had a hands-on experience with history. The Sentimental Journey, along with a German Heinkel HE-111, were part of the “Sentimental Journey” display at the airport. The display is presented by the Confederate Air Force Arizona Wing, which is based at Falcon Field in Mesa, Ariz. Sentimental Journey was - built at the end of World War II and was used for rescue missions to the South Pacific. “This is one of the IO flying B-17s left in the country,” said Charles Harley, a colonel with ttTt’s neat because lif you do social studies, you read about stuff like this, and now we can see what it’s really like.” Pattie Howard 11-year-old visitor Edwardsville, Pattie’s father me Lomeaerate Air boree, “it is rn the original configuration that it was delived to the Army in 1945. It looks just like it would have when the Army used it.” The HE-111 was a German bomber used during World War II. It is the only flying airplane of its type in the world. I The two planes will be on display at the Bethalto airport from 9 a.m. until dusk the rest of this week. Tours of the inside of the planes are $4 to tour the B-17 and $3 to tour the HE-111. Visitors at the display Monday ranged from children who had read about the planes in a history book to seniors for whom the planes were a more personal piece of history. Pattie Howard, ll, of St. Louis, and her friend Sarah Gerstenecker, ll, of were visiting the display with The girls described the planes ■ See JOURNEY, Page A-7 TRUCKLOAD. CARPET J a LE! DISCOUNT CARPET, INC. 3475 HUMBERT RD ALTON 465-2622