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Alton Telegraph Newspaper Archive: July 31, 1999 - Page 1

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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - July 31, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 TELEGRAPH MMMW Jwt Homefrom Couple makes smart use of small space Page Cl Vol 164 No 197 50 cents Growing practice Orthopedic and sports medicine clinic moves PageDl The outlook late thunderstorms PagelH Mac hits 38 McGwire five PageB1 Saturday July Firefighters body found The BADMAN Alton firefighter Dennis Parker right and Capt Mike Porter who worked with firefighter Charlie Roades on Engine 73 hang black bunting on the front of Alton Fire Station No 2 Friday morning after learning that Roadesbody had been found in the Mississippi River Autopsy finds guard died by drowning By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER The body of longtime Alton firefighter Charlie Roades was recovered from the murky waters of the Mississippi River early Friday morn ing Employees of the Economy Boat Store spotted the body near their business off the Amoco Cutoff Road just west of Illinois Route 3 Roades 49 an Altonfire fighter since 1974 last was seen alive at 2 Thursday at the drydocked old Alton Belle Casino near the inter See BODY Page A7 Roades Robber hits Hamel bank then flees By SANFORD J SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer HAMEL Authorities are looking for a robber who quiet ly walked into Hamel State Bank at Friday displayed a note and got away on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash As in a similar robbery recently at Liberty Bank in Godfrey the robber made no attempt to hide his identity and was caught on video deputies said The robber attracted little attention from customers inside the bank I didnt see a said a manager from a nearby Shell station who was in the bank at 10J E State St at the time of the robbery Authorities released a description of the robber after a search of the area turned up nothing The robber was described as awhite man in his mid20s 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tSUf thin lightcolored base BfflRiat unshaven face wear black Tshirt with the ffiSttliS Reebok in lightcolored and possibly wearing He had dirtylooking that stuck out from the cap Capt Don Spaul chief of detectives for the Madison County Sheriffs Office said the robber displayed a threat ening note but did not display a weapon He said an audit is being conducted and the amount taken is not known The robber reportedly fled east toward Interstate 55 but no vehicle was seen Police did a search of the area andthe interstate looking for the rob ber or for witnesses but turned up nothing A clerk at the Shell station said she saw a man in the store that fit the description of the robber She said she may be able to identify him if she sees a picture from the tape Spaul said Hamel police the sheriffs office and the FBI are investigating the case People with information are urged to call 6924422 6921140 the anonymous tip line or 6920871 Bank officials had no com ment after the robbery Customers who came to the bank on business said they were shocked such a thing could happen in a quiettown like Hamel You might expect that kind of thing in Alton but not in said Debbie Griffin 34 of Cottage Hills Good Morning Bulletin Board A6 Classifieds HIcMprlal Horoscope Nation Bast Busby Eggley Roades Schultz Sparks Scoreboard B2 For The KIDWELL Pat OBrien from Barrett Heating and Cooling Inc replaces airconditioning units Friday at 12th Street Presbyterian Church In Alton Relief is in sight Thunderstorms expected to bring in cooler air By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer The National Weather Service has encouraging news Residents can cross their fingers and hope for a break in the scorching temperatures by Sunday and even cooler weather by Monday If our forecasts are right the excessive heat and humidity should be over with by Sunday with a high around 90 said Scott Truett of the Weather It looks like we are going to be getting some relief as we head into the weekend with a front coming down that will bring thunderstorms with it Temperatures will remain fairly hot today but should be noticeably better on Sunday and in the 80s by A heat advisory will remain in effect today Truett said Prolonged intense heat was likely the cat alyst behind a power outage from to about Friday in the 1000 and 1100 blocks of Washington Avenue in Alton said Tim Fox AmerenUE corporate communications supervisor Approximately 170 of our customers were affected but all of them were back with service within that twohour Fox said Weve been extremely busy with the heat in terms of load capacity but so far weve been in pretty good See RELIEF Page A7 Godfrey cleaners ends 95 years in business By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY The staff at Joe Stork Cleaners turned off the steam presses and flipped over the closed sign for the final time Friday evening ending 95 years of keeping the garments of customers clean and pressed Owner Nell Stork and her daughter Sandy Goeken gen eral manager have decided to close the doors of the fullser vice dry cleaning business that has been in their family for three generations in Alton and Godfrey We decided it was retire ment Goeken 59 said Mom and I are getting older and we decided it would be good for all of Pending offers on the Stork familys property at 2705 Godfrey Road prompted the family to make this summer the last for the business Goeken said several parties I See CLEANERS Page Ar7 fCOLORTYME 2801 Homer Adams MF107 Sat 95 46 ROA BIG SCREEN RCA DVDs Mlfrac ffi a week pr REGISTER TO WtWm 9 A FULL SIZED if WASHER DRYER Drawing to b hM Qct 1 IMj   

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