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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - July 8, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  THE' 'ELEGRA  tim,  Cards top Reds I Wood wonders  Bragg wins    I Business  game with    I honored for  two-run    I its attention  ^ homer    ; to detail  Page B-I  Page IM  Tho outlook  Mostly sunny and hot . High 92 ; low 73  Page IM  Vol. 164, No. 174 —50 cents  Thursday, July 8,1999   www.thetelegraph.com   The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN  An Alton firefighter cleans up broken glass Wednesday outside the Alton Wendy’s restaurant as Assistant Fire Chief Stephen Mikoff, inside on ladder, inspects the estimated $30,000 in damages to the building.  Car smashes into Wendy’s  By ANGELA MUELLER  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — An Alton woman drove her car into the southeast corner of Wendy’s restaurant Wednesday evening, causing major structural damage that forced the restaurant to close for the night and possibly for several days.  Debbie Ewing, 32, of the 1200 block of East Seventh Street, had just gone through the Wendy’s drive-through at the corner of Washington Avenue and Homer Adams Parkway when her bag of food fell to the floor of her car. Ewing apparently reached for the food and lost control of her car, witnesses said.  “I saw her head go down, then she made a big ol’ turn, and she cut too sharp and hit the wall,” said Karl  inc i cicjy i cijji i/own im Dr\L-/iviniN  Debbie R. Ewing of Alton, who was driving the car that hit the building, weeps outside the restaurant after the crash.  Dziurowitz, a Wendy’s employee who saw the crash.  The impact shattered an 8-foot by 8-foot plate glass window and caused major struc  tural damage to the corner of the building. Assistant Chief Stephen Mikoff of the Alton  ■ See CAR, Page A-7  Park renewal mires into Phase Three  By LINDA N. WELLER  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — Within days of completion of the new Alton Marina pier, crews started work nearby on Phase Three of Riverfront Park improvements.  “Today is Day One,” Phil Roggio, the city’s director of business and economic development, said Tuesday.  “They began digging holes today and brought in rock. They will be working on Henry Street and expansion of the parking lot. Today, they cut back the levee where the sidewalks will go in.”  On Wednesday, workers from River Bend Contractors Inc. of South Roxana were digging trenches into which they will lay huge, gray concrete sections of storm sewer pipe. John Nichols, project superintendent from the construction company, said 700 feet of the pipe will be Installed in coming weeks throughout the park.  The construction crew has shaved some sod off the park’s berm. Sidewalks will be built on both sides of the berm, leading from the parking lot on the north side of the hill down to the park itself. A lower area parking lot will be constructed next to the future amphitheater, which will have 3,000 to 4,000 seats.  Nichols said his company’s  ■ See PARK, Page A-7  The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH  Workers with River Bend Contractors Inc. of Roxana began Wednesday laying the storm sewers that will be under new parking areas at Riverfront Park. Sheppard, Morgan and Schwaab Inc. of Alton are engineers for the project.  Franchisees sue over hiring  By DENNIS GRUBAUGH  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - A national doughnut chain hurt the investment of an area couple by using illegal aliens to run businesses that later were closed by immigration authorities, court papers say.  A lawsuit was filed this week in Madison County Circuit  Court on behalf of Richard S. and Ralona J. Wittels against Allied Domecq Retailing USA, doing business as Dunkin’ Donuts Inc.  The Alton area couple were owners and sole shareholders of Riverbend Bakeries, a Missouri corporation that ran Dunkin’ Donuts franchises in Alton and Wood River, as well as in Dellwood, Mo.  The stores closed suddenly in December 1996 when officials from    the U.S.  Immigration    and  Naturalization Service raided and shut down operation of the Wittelses’ businesses after discovering illegal Indian aliens, hired by two managers.  “They lost everything,” said  ■ See HIRING, Page A-7  Royal production  SIUE brings ‘The King andl’to theatergoers  Page OI  !i00d >;  Morning  Area/Illinois . .A-3,8 Bulletin Board .A-6 Classifieds ... .0-6  Comics.......D-5  Editorial ......A-4  Horoscope D-5  Nation/world .. .C-5;D-7  Obituaries A-5  Allen, Bush, Cobeck, Darr, Gillman, Hill, Novotny, Porchie, Stermon, Susnig, Thomas, Winterberger Television C-3  Banks flourishing throughout area  By KERRY SMITH  Telegraph staff writer  Mayors and bankers agree that Alton, Godfrey and Edwardsville have not yet reached the saturation point in banks.  Although higher interest rates may have caused the demise of several mortgage banking firms, the array of locally owned, full-service banks seems to be thriving with both residential and commercial clients.  Godfrey Mayor Mike Campion says there’s no sign the village can’t keep the lobbies of its banks busy. With the promised extension of Interstate 255 over the next  five years, Campion said Godfrey continues to be more reachable. He said that translates into more retail customers who need somewhere to bank.  “I look forward to the boom with the Illinois FIRST program,” Campion said. “It spells great news for the banks in our village. Godfrey continues to grow steadily, and its population is roughly 17,500 now. If the banks are looking at the same research we are, they’ll definitely see demographics that prove we’re on the verge of booming.”  Four to five subdivisions are  See BANKS, Page A-7  The Bank of Edwardsville teller Charlotte Franke helps customer Lois Mansker of Edwardsville with a deposit Tuesday at the bank’s branch on West Center Drive in Alton.  I, ■■ .;.T ' _   

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