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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - July 9, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Rate hike Wood River OKs trash collection pact Bombers win Bluff Qty beats Decatur54 PageRl The outlook Partly cloudy hot and humid High 91 low 69 PageDS Buffet bash Chinese restaurant celebrates anniversary PageDl Vol 164 No 175 50 cents Friday July Monitor urged for Bev Farm Lawmaker calls for state to put home in receivership By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY A state representative Thursday called for Beverly Farm Foundation to be placed in receivership citing a recently released state report that lists 16 alleged viola tions of federal regulations Just one day before a strike is scheduled to begin by employees at the home for develop mentally disabled adults 6301 Humbert Road state Rep Louis Lang DSkokie held a news conference recommending that the state place a monitor at the home to oversee its opera tions The monitors duties would include visiting the home five days per week reviewing all Strike set for tonight Page A3 records of why patients were placed at the home and providing weekly written reports and daily telephone reports about the homes condi tions Lang said The state would pay the salary of the moni tor he said This is not because of the impending strike at the end of the Lang said standing under a grove of trees across from the home This is a real serious indictment of what goes on across the street at Beverly Farm The abuse and neglect is not just there though it is across the state Many facilities such as the one across the street do not toe the Lang chairman of the Illinois House Mental Health and Patient Abuse Committee said he had read the report last week listing results of an Illinois Department of Public Health investi gation His visit one day before workers plan to strike is a Im not here to protect the he said noting that he invited several members and staff of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Council 31 to his news conference AFSCME issued an intenttostrike notice June 29 the walkout is set for 10 tonight When you have 85 pages of alleged abuse all See FARM Page A9 Fire leaves family homeless By CORY A PITT For The Telegraph i ALTON An earlymorning fire Thursday left an Alton family of five home less v The fire destroyed the home of Thomas and Deb Whitehead 2315 Brandt about A neighbor called the Alton Fire Department after the family escaped from the house and screamed for help one was injured The cause of the blaze is unknown but is termed suspicious The Alton Police Department is investigat ing The Whtteheads have an 8yearold daugh ter twosons Tom anto Aaron 20 months The family had no insur ance on the house and is left with little We have no home no clothes everything is said Deb Whitehead who is six months pregnant You see it on TV and read about it in the newspapers but I never thought in a million years my house would burn The fire began in a rear bedroom in the southeast corner of the house according to See FIRE Page A9 The BADMAN Deb Whitehead examines the extensive damage to the rear of her house in the 2300 block of Brandt Avenue in Alton She escaped with her family early Thursday as fire ripped through the house Intense heat in one room melted family photos off the wall charring it black but spared a picture of Christ on the cross The BADMAN State Rep Louis Lang from Skokie chairman of the Mental Health and Patient Abuse Committee talks to the press Thursday in Godfrey about allegations against Beverly Farm Foundation Officials seek center for sex abuse victims By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A state agency is work ing to restore services for sexual assault vic tims in Madison County but the process will take time its director said Thursday Polly Poskin of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault in Springfield said a meeting will be held Thursday to devise proposals to establish a new victims center serving the area after last months closure of a center in Collinsville There will be services in Madison Poskin said but it may be oneandahalf to two Her comments would seem to reassure local officials who called a news conference earli er Thursday to announce a coor dinated push to return a victims center to the county as soon as possible Last month the coalition declined to renew grant funding to Sexual Assault Victims First in Collinsville after problems involving the agencys grant application The agency closed June 30 ending free services to victims that had existed through various agencies in Madison County for more than 20 years Attending Thursdays news conference were state Rep Jay Hoffman DCollinsville Madison County States Attorney William Haine and members of his staff and represen tatives of local domestic and sexual abuse agencies Haine said justice in sex abuse cases involves not only prosecution but tending to the victim The latter requires immediate counsel 1 ing close to home he said This is something the coalition must do to fulfill their mission with Assistant States Attorney Kyle Napp who handles many sex cases for the office said prosecution is improved by the communication lines that are opened by locally based counsel ing Local authorities now are referring victims to Call for Help Inc in Belleville the closest agency However everyone agreed that a cen sphere will be 1 services in Madison Polly Poskin of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault I See CENTER Page A9 Good Mnrninn A310 Bulletin Board A6 Classifieds Editorial Horoscope Obituaries A5 Bush Hill Klemme Koenig Lichtenberg Schlemer Schulte Suhling Winterberger Scoreboard B2 Television D7 Chemetco sued over secret pipeline By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE As many as 600 landowners along an allegedly contaminated tributary of the Mississippi River could be parties to a suit filed against Chemetco Inc of Hartford Company officers facing fed eral conspiracy charges were named as defendants in the lawsuit filed this week in Madison County Circuit Court The lawsuit accuses the company and seven of its offi cials of installing a secret discharge pipe leading from the plant to a nearby ditch that drained into neighboring Long Lake and its adjacent wetland The pipe allegedly was in place from September 1986 to September 1996 Chemetco operates a foundry on the east side of Illinois Route 3 south of the Cahokia Canal for the purpose of smelting copperbearing scrap and other materials The pipe was used to dis charge large amounts of excess wastewater that had collected within the plant and was contaminated with sub stantial amounts of zinc lead cadmium and other pollutants the lawsuit says Attorney Stephen M Tillery of Belleville is representing the lone plaintiff property owner Elroy Paschedag Jr of Granite City If the lawsuit is certified as a class action which should take about six months Paschedag could be joined by between 400 and 600 other own ers of property contiguous to Long Lake Tillery said The lake basically is a branch of the Mississippi River that meanders for miles See CHEMETCO Page A9   

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