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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - October 26, 1999, Alton, Illinois .THE TEI.EG 11 APII SERVING THE RIVERBEND SINCE 1836 lust say no Students get anti-drug message Page Cl MASINA Debut Marina taxicab begins operation soon Page DI Tho outlook    ;    tatai cfosn Mostly sunny    i    1999 U S Open - and mild; High    i    champ Payne 66, low 42    ;    stewart dies Page D6 Vol. 164, No. 284 - 50 cents Tuesday, October 26, 1999 Page Bl www.thetelegraph.com charged in teen’s death By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER - Quick action and quality fieldwork on the part of Wood River and East Alton police nabbed two Jacksonville offenders suspected of being connected to last week’s death of a Washington Park teen Andrew Jackson, 53, of Jacksonville and Charles M Gatlin, 39, of St. Louis, were charged Monday afternoon on several counts specific to traffic offenses and unlawful possession of drugs and firearms. But the pair is also being investigated by the Illinois State Police for their alleged connection to the Oct. 21 death of a 16-year-old girl who was struck by stray gunfire as she stood on her Washington Park porch. Wood River Deputy Chief William Webber said that ■ See MURDER, Page A7 Hepatitis A scare remains quiet By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer Madison County has mailed an informative letter to the more tnan 700 restaurants in the county, reminding them to caution their employees to always wash their hands while on duty. The hepatitis A scare has quieted since the incident at the St. Louis Hard Rock Cafe between Sept. 13 and Oct. 9, when a Hard Rock kitchen employee worked there while suffering from the disease. But the county wants restaurant owners to know that low-cost immunizations are available on a walk-in basis several days a week for those who have a need. I — -——. I Infiamation of the liver B Fatigue I Loss of appetite K Vomiting I Dark urine I Yellow skin I Yellowish eyes “Hepatitis A is spread through fecal and oral transmission,” said Debra Tscheschlok, personal health ■ See HEPATITIS, Page A7 The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH White Castle operator Savannah Leverett prepares hamburgers for the lunch crowd as Darrel Pilsing, store manager, helps out at the grand opening of the restaurant on Homer Adams Parkway on Monday. Cars lined up around the building to place their orders at the drive-through for hours at lunchtime Monday. ‘Successful’ White Castle opening feeds hundreds By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — The new Alton White Castle sold close to 400 of the restaurant’s well-known small, square burgers .in its first 30 minutes of operation Friday morning, and business has been steady since. City officials and restaurant management gathered at Alton’s newest fast food restaurant Monday morning to celebrate its successful opening weekend and to participate in the restaurant’s official grand opening ceremony. “We had a really, really* appreciative of the response successful weekend,” said we received over the week-Gloria Hollingsworth, White end.” Castle’s St. Louis area super- Hollingsworth said the visor. “We were a little over- restaurant initially opened at whelmed, but we’re very 8:35 a m. Friday, and by 9 a m. employees had sold more than 360 burgers. “And from 9 a.m. on, it was non-stop,” Hollingsworth said. “We never got caught up.” ■ See CASTLE, Page A7 DISCOUNT CARPET, INC. “ Department demolishes neighborhood nuisance central, offering city workers and neighbors bratwurst, pork and beans, potato salad, cole slaw and desserts as the building came tumbling down. Assistant city attorney Allan Napp put in time grilling the meat as onlookers celebrated the building’s demise. The rickety, two-story frame structure reportedly had housed prostitutes and drug users illegally after it was condemned, even in the past two months after the city took ownership. Vandals also had damaged the building. The Hunterstown property came down after the city for years had battled its former By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Residents of the East Fifth and Spring streets area roasted bratwurst and cheered crews from the Alton Public Works Department as they crunched down a longtime neighborhood nuisance Monday. “I was cheering when it came down,” said Sue Wuellner, who lives across from the condemned boarding house at 731 E. Fifth St. that the crews tore down. “We had been waiting for this day for five years. It was a long time coming, but it was worth it once it was gone.” Wuellner’s home was party Area.............A3,6 Bulletin Board........A8 Business.............DI Classifieds...........C6 Comics..............C4 Editorial.............A4 Horoscope...........CA Nation/world.........D5 Obituaries...........Af Austin, Beilsmith, Budde, Cole, Dalton, Finan, Gallet, Hughes, Kutrip, Langreder, Leggett, Martin, McLaughin Nurnberger, Smith t Stepanick, Valdes. -----    The    Telegraph/RUSS    SMITH Jerry Malone, safety director at Riverbend Contractors Inc. of South Roxana, checks over playground equipment installed by his company in Riverfront Park on Monday. The new playground, which will be open in about two weeks, is part of phase 2 of the Riverfront Park improvements. ■ See NUISANCE, Page A7 ffTr » 700 Rolls In stock ■lr • Vinyl from 331 sq. ft. ^ • Carpet from 331 sq. ft. Pergo/Mohawk lommale Wood flooring from