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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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