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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - July 7, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE lone Card starter McGwire earns spot on NLAlUStar squad PageGl Vol 164 No 173 50 cents The outlook Partly to mostly sunny and hot high near 90 low near 70 PageDS j lionsshare j Truckparts j supplier I opensshopin j Jerseyville i PageDl Wednesday July Vehicles hit boy 11 and woman 57 By ANGELA MUELLERS Telegraph staff writer ALTON Emergency crews responded to two separate incidents late Tuesday afternoon involving vehicle accidents An 11yearold boy who was struck by a car while crossing Washington Avenue around suffered from a fractured left leg Sebastian Johnson of Cahokia was crossing Washington Avenue near the Broadway intersection when he was struck by a car travel ing south on Washington the car saw him andj tried to said Tom Chappell assistant fire chief It didh t run him over or Johnson was transported to Alton Memorial Hospital with a compound fracture to the femur in his left thigh He probably had some bone fragments in Chappell said Thats a very painful injury but he 1 9S help Memorial was a real trooper After we put him in traction he wasnt in as much In a separate incident Tuesday afternoon an Alton woman was struck by a vehicle while riding her bicycle in the 3300 block of Belle Street in Alton Alma Hart 57 of the 3300 block of Belle Street was knocked off her bicycle when she was struck by a car traveling on Belle during Tuesday afternoons heavy rain storm The Alton Fire Department received a call to the scene at Hart was transported to Saint Anthonys Hospital where she was treated for minor injuries and released City rounding up properties Plans for new police station progressing By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON The city has purchased six of 30 properties it needs to clear away for a new law enforcement facil ity in the Washington Avenue Broadway area In addition officials have sales con tracts on 10 more proper ties The remaining 14 properties are being appraised to determine fair prices for them Were just taking it day by said Dennis Dugan the citys direc tor of hous erties Dugan said an environmental study found no significant cleanups are needed While Dugan is negotiating sales contracts on the houses and business es other officials in Alton City Hall are working on planning the structure Last week architects AAIC Inc of Collinsville met with Mayor Don Sandidge and members of a police sta tion planning committee to refine the design rela tive to the site traffic circulation issues park ing and secu rity mat said The BADMAN J six of the 30 properties it anH ing and com needs including this one at 1710 E Broadway in e c o n o m o m u n i t y order to build a police station at Broadway and develoornlnt development Washington Avenue The structures are slated for demolition Were trying to get these at fair market value and city and police officials TrlP nnoc uratra Ant TJ j t i A On the committee are aldermen The ones weve entered into contract with are fair njiunbers We are trying to be fair to the taxpayers and fair to the property The city plans to demolish the prop Roggio said architects have pro posed a couple of concepts for designing the sta See CITY Page A9 Family suing again over fireworks death By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A family that already has a lawsuit pending over a fireworksrelated death in Alton two years ago is suing again Gerardo and Juana Hernandez administrators of the estate of their son Ramon Hernandez of Chicago have named a new line of defendants in the latest suit filed Tuesday in Madison County Circuit Court Hernandez and two Chicago area men died July 3 1997 when a shell misfired and set off a chain reaction explosion and fire aboard a barge moored in the Mississippi River dur ing the annual Riverfront Blast fire works show This lawsuit focuses on product lia bility on the part of several fireworks manufacturers as well as the purport ed lack of seaworthiness of the barge aboard which Hernandez was working Named as defendants are Limited Leasing Co and St Charles Sand the alleged owners of the barge and Sunny International Glorious Company S Mantsuna Yung Feng Firecracker Co Independent Professional Fireworks See FAMILY Page A9 elief from heat lowing this way Af 3561air showers should break heat wave YAKSTIS andSANFORD J SCHMIDT TiegTfiSph staff writers Cooler air from Canada will pfoVide some relief to people sweltering in a heat wave hanging over The Telegraph air out of the north west will give us a little relief ftom the severe humidity said Vince Acquaviva of the St Louis National Weather Service looking for showers oyernight TJje temperature will hover around 90 degrees today a drop fif five degrees from the hpkjjjjmid 95degree Fourth of weekend Acquaviva said the temperature stayed above 90 degrees from Saturday through Monday with high he said The heat index reached 108 degrees on Heavy thunderstorms rum bled through the area Tuesday afternoon with an inch of rain falling in some communities of Madison and Jersey counties Were keeping a close watch on the thunderstorms on said Bill Bryant a meteorologist at the weather service in St Louis The afternoon rain soaked fields of growing corn and soy beans on farms throughout the area The shower of rain will help the soil after the hot humid said Ray Gvillo of the Madison County Farm Service Agency in Edwardsville The rain will replenish the subsoil mois Spring and summer show ers have been a big boost to thejsrowing corn and soy See HEAT Page Wheelchairs will roll out to support homes By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Wheelchairs will roll Saturday in the courtyard of the Madison County Administration Building 157 N Main St in Edwardsville The County Homes Action Committee will host its 2nd Annual Wheelchair Ramble at in support of two care homes which some coun ty officials claim dont have enough operating funds to remain open We invite everyone who supports keeping the homes open to come said Debbie Groeteka of Collinsville a co chair of the CHAC We know so much more about this issue now than we did one year agp when a divided County Board See HOMES Page A9 The SMITH Jack Wlckenhauser owner of Jack Wlckennauser Construction waters the lawn of a home he built in Godfrey in sweltering heat Tuesday as storm clouds promising cooler temperatures roll In behind him Good Morning Bulletin Editorial Bauer Campbell Finke 3edda Hill Hofmeister Norise Novotny Roper Ross v Schreiber Steele Thornburgh   

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