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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 17, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Prep wrestling Tigers win two more in Imped ity does not top her from assisting others Page Cl The outlook Partly cloudy and seasonable High 37, low 22 Angela’s rebuilds m Burned    % restaurant returns as banquet facility Vol. 164, No. 336 - 50 cents Friday, December 17,1999 www.thetelegraph.com By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - An 87-year-old woman from Collinsville was awarded almost $2 million in damages Thursday for a 1996 pedestri-an-car accident that left her with both legs amputated. The jury verdict in Madison Slick roads give way to pileups Pickup truck overturns in two-vehicle collision By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer A pickup truck overturned in a two-vehicle collision on Homer Adams Parkway in Godfrey, blocking westbound traffic on the thoroughfare for more than 30 minutes Thursday afternoon. The truck driven by David Ingold, 41, of the 1200 block of Price Lane in Godfrey, flipped over onto the driver’s side after being hit from behind by a Pontiac Firebird driven by Joseph F. Frasier, 18. of the 300 block of Jefferson Avenue in Alton, authorities said. The collision occurred about 3:10 p.m. as both vehicles were westbound on the parkway near Gerson Avenue. Ingold apparently had just entered the parkway from Gerson when his truck was hit, officials with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department said. “Some of the information gathered at the scene is conflicting, and it is all still under investigation right now,” said Deputy Jim Goeken of the Sheriff’s Department Frasier’s passenger, Kali Tegel, 14, of the 500 block of Tremont in Godfrey, and Ingold ■ See PILEUPS, Page A7 Woman also left brain damaged after crash County Circuit Court came after a four-day trial in the courtroom of Chief Associate Judge Randall Bono. Family members said Anna Belle Crumer suffered brain damage and may not remem ber or be able to fully understand the significance of Thursday’s verdict. She is confined to a wheelchair and has difficulty communicating. The suit was filed on Crumer’s behalf by her sons, Larry and Reggie Crumer of Collinsville, who also are her legal guardians. The jury arrived at $2.4 million in damages against the defendant, Steven C. Riddle, 21, also of Collinsville, but reduced the amount by 20 percent because it felt Crumer was partly negligent by wearing dark clothing that night. The final amount was $1.97 million. The victim was walking with another son, Robert, along a hilly stretch of Summit Street in Collinsville at 6:06 p.m. Dec. 13, 1996, when they were hit by a northbound 1993 Toyota Camry driven by Riddle. Witnesses said the car was traveling at 40 mph in a 25 ■ See AMPUTEE, Page A7 r* -I* Mt rn.    rn.rn ^    .    The    Telegraph/RUSS    SMITH Godfrey firefighter Matt Rassler struggles to lift David Ingold from his pickup truck after a collision Thursday afternoon on the Homer Adams Parkway. Firefighters from Alton and Godfrey responded to the collision, as well as officers from the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. Tile makers may close business Future of Envirotech plant called uncertain By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER - A board member at Environmentally Correct Products Inc. says the Florida-based firm is seriously considering abandoning the tile-making business in Wood River and concentrating fully on commercial real estate. Days after an open house celebrating ECP’s new office complex in Envirotech Business Park, board member Jerry Swanson said Thursday that the future of the company’s 5-month-old tile factory is uncertain. Swanson said that within a few weeks of the glass-to-tile plant’s grand opening in August, the tile product was found to be defective. Since that time, an independent firm from Great Britain has been troubleshooting the plant, Swanson said. The ECP board fired the company’s president, Terry Pinto, in July. Swanson said Pinto had spearheaded the initiative to develop an environmentally friendly tile factory in Wood River. Since July, ■ See TILE, Page A7 Thomas Chapman, 32, becomes youngest judge in circuit Alton attorney named associate judge in 3rd judicial circuit court Icy snowman By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Attorney Thomas Chapman was recovering from a bout of pneumonia this week when he learned he’d been appointed a judge. The news, he said, made him feel IOO percent better. Chapman, 32, of Alton, was named late Wednesday as an associate judge in the 3rd Judicial Circuit, defeating fellow candidate Ralph Mendelsohn of Glen Carbon in a third runoff election. “I’m very happy about the announcement and looking forward to starting my job in January,” Chapman s< Thursday morning. He is a partner in the I firm of Calvo and Mateyka Granite City and the son of another prominent jurist, Charles Chapman, a judge on the 5th District Appellate Court in J* 0 u n 1 Chapma Vernon. Thomas Chapman \ inherit the job of Associ Judge Wendell Durr Edwardsville, who is retir at year’s end. For weeks now, Chapman and Mendelsohn have been tied in the balloting of eight circuit judges. The subsequent appointment of Ann Callis to fill the circuit court vacancy left by the death last month of Lawrence Keshner brought the vote total back to nine. The vote is conducted in secret, so there is no way to know if Callis cast a deciding vote or if other judges may have changed their votes, court officials said. Chapman will become the youngest judge in the circuit. Most of his experience is with ■ See JUDGE, Page A7 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Rick Kern, executive chef and director of food services at the Methodist Village in Godfrey, carves an ice sculpture of a snowman Thursday. The ice sculpture will be the centerpiece of a spread for an open house at the village today. Graziana, Grizzle, Hardesty, Hendrix, Houser, Hutcherson, Kluthe, Lacey, Lane, Madden, Narup, Ord, Pendleton Scoreboard..........C2 Stocks ..............D2 Television ...........C3 Area/Illinois Bulletin Board Classifieds ... Comics..... Editorial..... Horoscope .. Nation/world . Obituaries .. ■ AS C4 C2 A4 C2 A8 A5