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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - September 7, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 The outlook  Mostly sunny and warm; high near 84, low near 63  PageC8  No dead days  life is never dull around the Madison County Coroner’s Office  Page Cl     -    - -      - '    4droned  Uh Suppo*      ■    (Mf  IWM****#      mm W  jfr '    WflMMiiiiiar i f  f  ' Urn      rn a . • ft          f  i  a WH%         Tuesday, September 7,1999   www.thetelegraph.com   The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN The rides at the annual Bethalto Homecoming were specially priced for Labor Day but Kaleigh Bassett, 14, of Bethalto, left, and Erin Carter, 13, of East Alton seemed to have had as much of the fast-moving Star Trooper ride as they cared for.  DUI-related deaths rise despite stricter standard  By STEVE WHITWORTH  Telegraph staff writer  More people died in alcohol-related traffic crashes in Illinois last year than in 1997, despite the state’s stricter standard for drunken driving and increased enforcement of the DUI law.  But officials with the Illinois State Police say they still support the tougher standard that makes it a crime to drive  with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more. Last year was the first full year that state ldw made 0.08 the threshold for the DUI charge. Previously, a blood-alcohol content of 0.10 percent was needed to prove intoxication.  Supporters of the tougher standard had argued that it would keep more drunken drivers off the roa’ds and save as many as 60 to 65 lives per year. But the statistics failed to bear those claims out in 1998,  The Illinois Department of Transportation compiled figures that showed there were 472 alcohol-related highway deaths around the state in 1998, a 3 percent increase over the 457 drinking-related traffic fatalities in 1997. The number of alcohol-related fatal crashes remained about the same, with 408 in 1998 compared to 404 in 1997, reports show.  The increase in deaths was recorded  ■ See DUI, Page A?  SIUE beefs up space for students to work out  By DEBORAH L. BATES  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - The Student Fitness Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has expanded its weight room, giving students more room to stretch out and more equipment to use.  The new section more than doubles the space for the weight room of the Student Fitness Center. The original half of the room was about 4,000 square feet and was becoming too crowded. The new addition  adds 4,100 square feet, allowing the university to add more free equipment.  “Everybody is very excited about it,” said Aimee Knitter, fitness coordinator for SIUE. “They think ifs very nice.” Knitter said campus recreation officials began keeping statistics on the use of the center a few years ago. The statistics showed that of the 500 people each day who use the facility, 40 percent were using the weight room.  The university also added free weights and cardiovascular equipment. There is a  line of Hammer Strength machines and Flex machines that were added. The weight room also offers treadmills, exercise bikes, stair steppers and rowing machines.  The entire project cost $600,000. When the university closed out the account for the construction of the fitness center, there was money left over that had to be spent on the recreation center. The rest of the money came from the RRR fund - the  See SPACE, Page A7     Area.......................    .......A3    Obituaries .............    ........AS      Bulletin Board......    ........A6    Foster, Howard,          Classifieds............    .......C6    Miller,Wedding          Comics..................    .......C4    Region...................    ......Cl      Editorial................    ........A4    Scoreboard..........          Horoscope ...........    ........C4    Television.............          Nation/World........    ........A8    Weather................          ,    -  *     r     f    WSB'-  TRUCKLOAD CARPET  SALE!  r* 700 Rolls In Mock • Vinyl from 33 < aq. ll.  r  • Carpet from 331 aq. It. Perga/Mohawk laminal# Woad Hawing tram * I  99   SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  TFM ii 1  TF WI IM^It I mm  Un % Iim .LUI.II  spokeswoman    Julie  Neposchlan. “An ozone level anywhere above 120 parts per billion can cause health problems for some people, especially those with existing heart or respiratory conditions. We really urge these people to avoid outdoor activities until the ozone concentrations have decreased.”  Asthma symptoms begin to be triggered at roughly 80 parts per billion or higher, said John Thompson, director of clean air programs for the Illinois Environmental Council.  “Roughly one out of every  ■ See OZONE, Page A7  Taking a spin  I ne I eiegraprvjuriN daummin  Above: Emissions pour from two stacks of the Wood River Refining Company late Sunday night and drift into the air over the sprawling complex in Roxana. Below: The headlights of traffic passing along Hawthorne Street in Hartford pass the steam and emissions rising from the Clark Refinery.  Ozone piling up in Jerseyville and Wood River  58  home runs  after 136 games  Vol. 164, No. 235 — 50 cents  By KERRY SMITH  Telegraph staff writer  The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has rated Jerseyville as having the highest ozone concentration of any city in Illinois and Wood River as a close second.  On Sept. 2 and again on Sept. 4, the IEPA issued regional ozone advisories for the Metro East area, and through the Labor Day weekend the agency said ozone concentrations remained high.  “At 3 p.m. Saturday, we recorded an ozone concentration of 125 parts per billion in Wood River and 127 in Jerseyville,” said IEPA  Dentist vs. driveway  Businesses’ border war continues as woman is set to return to court  By DENNIS GRUBAUGH  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - A Godfrey dentist is scheduled to return to court today to face sentencing for a contempt charge stemming from a dispute over a driveway.  Ten years ago, a Dr. Shahrenas Ghoneim returned from a long stay in Chicago to find that a neighboring businesswoman had laid a rock driveway on a strip of land between their commercial properties on Godfrey Road.  Ghoneim said the driveway was partially on her land. She felt neighbor Lois C. Lamere’s actions were insulting, as well as illegal.  The driveway, however, was only the first of many insults. Later, a business sign was placed on the property, then came a trench to route electric wiring to the sign. The dentist said she  watched as, year by year, more of her land was encroached upon by her neighbor.  Lamere, however, tells a different story. She says she initially believed the land was hers, having been told so by a previous owner. She needed the driveway to better serve her business, Classic Nails, 5214 Godfrey Road  The border war continued into 1997, when Ghoneim decided to sell her property at 5212 Godfrey Road and pressed Lamere about vacating the strip, which is at most about IO feet wide and 75 feet long.  Immediately, Lamere filed suit, asking the court to grant her ownership of the land through the right of adverse possession. Not having it would hurt her business, she said. A judge eventually entered an order  ■ See DENTIST. Page A7   

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