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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 4, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 labor of love Residents open their homes for visitors Page Cl telegraph Prep hoops Tigers lose season opener to Granite City r*t Tm Page Bl ; Chance of rain and mild. High 63; low 44 Page D6 Vol. 164, No. 323 - 50 cents Unusual variety btu Get pampered! close to home Page DI Saturday, December 4, 1999 www.thetelegraph.com Hepatitis A cases hit 68 for year By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - The Madison County Health Department announced Friday it has identified a fifth county resident who was infected with hepatitis A because of dining at the Market Street Deli in Downtown St. Louis, raising the total number of hepatitis A Fifth county resident infected at St. Louis deli cases in the county this year to 68. The latest five county hepatitis A cases apparently are linked to several other people who reportedly contracted the disease by eating at the St. Louis restaurant between Oct. 15 and Nov. 15. The 68 cases in Madison County this year represent an increase from the 1998 total of 20 reported cases. According to data provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health, 51 cases were reported in Madison County in 1997, 12 in 1996, and nine in 1995. Carl Langkop, chief of communicable disease control for the state department, said the dramatic rise and fall of the number of cases from year to year is not uncommon for hepatitis A reports. “There is probably one major factor that causes hepatitis A to occur in a cyclical manner,” Langkop said. “Once a person is infected with hepatitis A, it provides lifelong immunity. When a population is exposed to hepatitis A, a number of people become immune, and the number of susceptible people drops below the normal level.” When a large section of the population builds up immunity, the number of cases of infection decreases. As new members are added to the ■ See HEPATITIS, Page A7 Good Morning rn Area/Illinois .. ____A3 Obituaries....... A5 Bulletin Board ____A6 Baker-Clemons, Dillman, Business .... ____DI Held, Hill, Ivers, McMillen, Classifieds... ____C5 Mendenhall, White Comics ..... ____D5 Scoreboard......B2 Editorial..... ____A4 Stocks..........D2 Horoscope .. ____D5 Television .......C4 Nation/world . ____C5 Weather.........D6 Guilty plea brings nine-year sentence By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer JERSEYVILLE - One of two men arrested in March for bringing drugs from Mexico into the area pleaded guilty Friday and was sentenced to Mexico native brought drugs into area nine years in prison. Maximino Diaz, a native of Mexico, pleaded guilty in Jersey County Circuit Court to unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and traffick ing of a controlled substance, plus criminal drug conspiracy. Jersey County State’s Attorney Richard Ringhausen said Diaz was sentenced to nine years in state prison by Jersey County Circuit Judge Thomas Russell. Diaz was arrested with Travis Mayes of Granite City in the Jersey County town of Delhi, south of Jerseyville. ■ See SENTENCE, Page A7 Pokemon leading the way Retailers report business is good Murder-suicide confirmed in death of man, ex-wife Documents support theory, officer says By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Deputies with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department said further investigation confirms their original theory that William Masterson, 48, killed his former wife, then took his own life. Tina Masterson was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds, and William Masterson was found dead of a single gunshot wound to the head, Sunday afternoon in the estranged couple’s house at HIO East Drive in Cottage Hills. Madison County Coroner Dallas Burke said autopsies confirmed gunshot wounds as the cause of death of both victims. An inquest will be scheduled next month, she said. Other evidence gathered at the house confirms the murder-suicide theory, said Capt. Don Spaul of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. “We found documents that are consistent with the theory,” Spaul said. The Mastersons had been divorced for several years but were attempting to reconcile, authorities said. Their son, Corey S. Masterson, 17, forced his way into the house Sunday after he received a telephone call from a sister who said that Tina Masterson, 48, had failed to show up at work. The son entered the house and found the bodies in the bedroom. By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer Yhe Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN The Spirit of America, the second of two floating entertainment centers for the Alton Belle Casino’s new landing facility, was moved into place Friday on the Alton riverfront, where it will serve customers of the casino. Some people have complained about the brightly colored structures, which draw the attention of people crossing into Alton on the Clark Bridge. The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Pokemon trading cards, which are extremely popular with grade school-age children, are at the heart of the Pokemon frenzy in retail sales across the area. The cards feature children’s favorite Pokemon characters from the popular television cartoon series and recently released movie. It’s no secret to most Christmas-shopping parents that anything Pokemon is extremely hard to come by. Whether you’re searching for Pokemon packs of ll cards or single Pokemon cards recognized as uncommon or rare, retailers are echoing Hue same message: be persistent, check often, and you still may be able to locate cards or accessories decorated by these wildly popular animated creatures. Retailers say that if the Pokemon craze is any indication of this year’s overall retail shopping season, it looks good for major department ■ See POKEMON, Page A7 Colorful attraction
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