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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - December 18, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Dig em Duds Helping toddlers put on the Ritz Page Bl Vol 164 No 337 50 cents Hoops Oilers top Explorers inOT Page Cl The wstSooM Partly sunny High 38 low 29 Page CIO Soecial section Health and Fitness tips Section D Saturday December Maine clears East Alton police I By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer EAST ALTON Madison County States Attorney William Haine declined Friday to ask a grand jury to review the results of the Illinois State polices monthlong investiga tion of several officers from East Alton Police Department No criminal activity found prosecutor says The investigation stemmed from a Nov 11 incident at an East Alton residence one of the occupants filed a formal complaint alleging misconduct on the part of four officers Haine stressed that his review of the State Polices detailed investigation findings contained nothing to prove physical misconduct by any of the officers in question We frankly believe that theres no criminal activity Haine said Friday This does not meet a thresh old that would warrant us referring the case to the grand jury We are referring it to the East Alton Police Department for Chief Richard Brown to conduct his own internal Although Haine did not comment about specifics of the incident he confirmed State Police findings point to an alleged verbal exchange between officers and the resi dent but no physical wrongdo ing The internal review will give Chief Brown an opportu nity to pursue any disciplinary action if theres any warrant Haine said There was no civil rights violation either nor any physical assault nor any battery nor any use of East Alton Mayor Fred Bright said the officers were See POLICE Page A9 Spotlight on Robert Wadlow A camera monitor frames Mary Ann Warmack coordinator of the Alton Museum of History and Art as sfie pre pares for an interview Friday about Robert Wadlow for a segment about the Gentle Giant for the Ripleys Bflieye it or Not television program At right cameraman Rudy Tankersley from Tankersley Productions Inc in St Louis adjusts a light on a bust of Wadlow Cable network to profile Altons Gentle Giant MM A m m WHALEY Telegraph staff writer ALTON The Man of Steel soon will meet the Gentle Thats not a World Championship Wrestling match coming up on payperview Instead it will be part of a new Ripleys Believe It Or Not television series on the TBS network A TBS film crew tapes segments at museum film crew was at the Alton Museum of History and Art on Friday to film a segment about Altons most famous native Robert Wadlow Although he wasnt in town for the taping Dean Cain will be the host of the series which will debut Jan 12 Cain is best known for por traying Superman in the recent The Adventures ofLois and The film crew actually consisted of director Tony Virga whos based in Los Angeles along with a cameraman and sound man from St Louis Mary Ann Warmack coordinator of the Alton Museum was interviewed for the televi sion show along with Dr Joseph Paone and Gene Crivello The story of Robert is a real believe it or not type of Virga said Well try to do it in a way that is respectful of everyone involved One thing we will talk about is why See GIANT Page A9 Mornind Bulletin Board A7 Classifieds C6 C4 Horoscope C4 fibers Bietto Carroll Crake Grafford Graziana Hardesty Keeton Lane Meldrum Rudolph Television Engineering building expected to raise SIUEs profile By DEBORAH L BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE SIUE officials are expecting the newest building on campus to engineer a revival for the school As the new engineering building nears its spring com pletion date Southern Illinois University Edwardsville administrators are looking for ward to higher enrollment and a higher profile for the school I think its going to have a tremendous impact visually to the School of Chancellor David Werner said The school currently is housed in several locations across the campus and has no visibility he said I think it will be a real showcase and should havea real significant impact on enrollment and a spinoff effect tin the university as a See SIUE Page A9 Hepatitis A cases could rise during Christmas holidays By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE The number of hepatitis A cases in Madison County has climbed to 82 for this year and health officials fear the number may increase further during the Christmas holiday If everyone practices excellent hygiene through the holidays it wont affect the said Debra Tscheschlok personal health services manager for the Reported cases of hepatitis A Source Illinois Department of Public Health This number provided by Madison County Health Department Madison County Health increased chance of an individ Department But there is an ual contracting hepatitis A during the holidays because you have people preparing food for large groups of indi viduals in their Eleven of the Madison County cases have been linked to the Market Street Deli in St Louis The cases stemming from the downtown St Louis deli were the latest in a series of reported hepatitis A cases amongst restaurant and bar workers in the St Louis metro politan area I See HEPATITIS Page A9 cowraucnoN V VK rT s   

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