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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - October 9, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Collinsville 35 Alton 21 Jersey 57 Triad 20 Prep scores EAWR 13 Southwestern 12 Roxana 14 Marquette 0 Page Cl CM firm j Tennikait joins I Scheffeland j Company j PageBlj The outlook Showers and thunderstorms High 71 low 53 i Page C14 Car care tab j Special i section Page Dl Vol 164 No 265 50 cents Saturday October txcnemetco worker sentenced flan gets probation for role in lakes pollution By KERRY SMITH Te1figVaph staff writer EAST ST LOUIS Former Chemetco employee Ira Sidney Campbell 56 of Brighton was sentenced Friday to nine months of home confinement probation and a fine for his role in cop per smelter Chemetco 10year active pollution of Long Lake Campbell pleaded guilty March 25 to an information charging him with the felony of conspiring with Chemetco and others to violate the Clean Water Act Campbell admitted he used several employees from his own shop business Industrial Fabrication and Repair to install a secret discharge pipe at Chemetcos plant near Hartford in September 1986 Chemetco officials are charged with using the pipe to dispose of various pollutants including zinc lead and cad mium into Long Lake a tribu tary of the Mississippi River The standard sentencing for the felony of conspiring to vio late the Clean Water Act includes a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment a fine and three years supervised release But District Judge David R Herndon agreed with the rec ommendation by attorneys from both sides and reduced the sentence in light of Campbells full cooperation with federal investigators in the case Mr Campbells character istics in terms of his life activities prior to this incident suggest he has never commit ted a Herndon said Mr Campbell you took part in something that was a seri ous crime indeed You were the very first person we count ed on to stop this happen ing I think the people who worked for you were very minor participants but I dont view your role as When asked by Herndon before the sentencing whether he had anything to say Campbell said Id just like to say Im sorry for any partici pation I made a bad choice And most of all Im sorry for the embarrassment Ive caused my Along with home confine ment Campbells sentence includes having to wear an electronic monitoring device at all times and to pay the cost of that device Campbell is required to pay the fine immediately along with a special assessment Herndon said Campbell will be subject ed to two unannounced drug tests during his nine months of confinement He is allowed to appeal his sentence Even though Campbell left his job at Chemetco in 1988 he continued to take part in the The BADMAty The Chemetco plant on Illinois Route 3 at Chemetco just south of Hartford discharging of pollutants into Long Lake as owner of his company IFR Inc Attorney David Helfrey rep resented Campbell Assistant Attorneys Michael A matter of time New scheduling system making the grade with teachers administrators By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO Some Bethalto School District par eats had some initial trepida tion abouf cHange in thVele mentary school day schedule The change is now receiving high praise from teachers and administrators The district elementary pupil day now begins at 8 and ends at The teachers day ends at providing them with a 75minute planning period at the end of each school day The Bethalto School Board voted in May to alter the school day to the current schedule from the former to pupil school day shortening the pupils attendance time by 30 min utes Fifteen minutes of the time reduction came from an afternoon recess and 15 min utes came from regular class time Now nearly six weeks into the school year teachers are saying the increased prepara tion time more than compen sates for the lost 15 minutes of class time With more prep time youre better prepared for the said MollyElliott a firstgrade teacher at Bethalto East Elementary Things run smoother during the day and you accomplish Teachers use the planning period to make phone calls to parents schedule parent teacher conferences prepare lesson plans tutor children grade papers school detentions and com plete technology training Teachers also use the 75 min utes to meet with other teach ers in their own buildings and across the district to plan lessons and swap ideas See SYSTEM Page A13 The BADMAN At right Pupils at Bethalto West Elementary School head out the door Friday at as part of a new earlier dis mlsal this year Above After the pupils are gone and the chairs are on the desks teachers like Karen Harris right and Jennifer Laue both fifthgrade teachers work together on their class plans I See ARSON Page A1JJ Police locking down gun safety for childrens sake By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON Children of city police offi cers are safer in their homes these days now that the Alton Police Department has issued bright red trigger locks for their parents guns Through the efforts of Officer Mike Gordon the department recently issued tiny Law Loks for all the officers 40 caliber Clock pistols The intent is to pro vide a simple way for the officer to lock up the gun at home when he or she is off duty It is a fairly inexpensive way for the city to provide for the safety of the chil said Gordon the father of two daughters You cant hide a gun from a kid no matter where you put The trigger locks cost less than each he said The red locks are about the size of a thumbnail The locking plate detaches from the main housing of the lock which first is placed behind the guns trigger The officer then snaps on the locking plate and the gun locks It takes a long skinny handcuff key to unlock the device Gordon said it is hot likely that a child could jimmy open the lock with a wire or pin Once it goes behind the it is he said The lock is red to make it obvious The kids cant pull the trigger and they cant pull it Officers also are advised to unload the gun and store the ammunition separately from the gun as an additional precaution Gordon said he got the idea to promote use of the trigger locks from reading a magazine article about keeping children safe from guns The article said that Americans die every year from firearm related accidents he said Gordon also speaks to local elementary school classes about gun safety and what to do if they See GUN Page A13 Good Morning Area Bulletin Nation Dowdy Dunnagan Henry i Kasalko Lankford Smith Southard Stanley Quinley and Liam Coonan repi resented the government The trial of five formef Chemetco plant foremen and the company itself will begin Jan 11 in District Judge William Stiehls courtroom Arson charge dropped Racial firebombing suspect sentenced to fouryear term By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE An arson charge has been dropped against a second sus pect in a racial firebombing case from the Maryville area but authorities are using other means to send him to prison William R Hunter 29 of Collinsville pleaded guilty in Madison County Circuit Court j to unrelated driving felonies and was sentenced this week j to four years in prison by Circuit Judge Charles V Roman Jr I In return for the plea the Madison County States i Attorneys Office dropped a host of other pending cases including an aggravated arson charge stemming from Hunters connection to the firebombing of an interracial couples home outside Maryville on Aug A second defendant Billy J Hayes 30 of was found guilty of the crime by a jury in March He was sentenced last month years in prison by Judge James Hackett Authorities said it was Hayes who tossed a gasoline filled bottle into the loweir level bedroom windowof Joseph Groce and his wife Harriet CannidaGroce shqftjy after 1 a 1   

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