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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 21, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Tuesday, December 21 , 1999 lf ill 115 Obtain from Page Cl Vol. 164, No. 340 - 50 cents Car enthusiasts me to see from the Page DI www.thetelegraph.com Car thieves pull key switch scam None of stolen cars has been recovered, police lieutenant says By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Two conniving car thieves have been switching keys at car dealers’ lots after taking short test drives, then returning later to steal the vehicles, police warn. The duo has struck three times in about two weeks, said Lt. James Hessel of the Alton Police Department. Tm sure this is not just happening to us," Hessel said about car dealers in other towns around The Telegraph area. The thieves struck most recently last weekend at Quality Pontiac Inc., 1620 Homer Adams Parkway. A car salesman told police that two men — both black, thin and between the heights of 5-feet-5-inches and 5-feet-7-inches — came to the dealership between 5 and 5:30 p.m. Friday. One of the suspects, who had a goatee and called himself “George,” test-drove a white Ford Tempo down the length of the parking lot and back. The second suspect talked to the salesman, while “George" drove the car, then appeared to be inspecting the vehicle. Both men were wearing heavy coats, the report said. The men handed keys to the salesmen and left. Police reports said that the car was missing Saturday morning, and there was some broken glass on the lot where the car had been ■ See SWITCH. Page A7 Mailers scramble to send gifts Rush should slow down Wednesday, postmaster says By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer As last-week shoppers filled the malls Monday, last-minute mailers crowded post offices in The Telegraph area. Area postmasters reported that Monday was the busiest day thus far in the holiday mailing season as holiday procrastinators mailed the cards and packages prepared over the final weekend before ■ See MAILERS, Page A7 Levee residents facing tax increase Public hearing set for Dec. 27 By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER - Citizens who own property within the bounds of the Wood River Drainage and Levee District likely are facing an increase on their 2000 tax bills to keep the levee district solvent, officials said Monday. Board president Leroy Emerick said taxpayers haven’t experienced a levee district tax increase since 1982. More levee operating revenues are essential, he said, just to stay financially afloat. “We have applied for I See TAX, Page A7 These are some of the challenged races facing voters in the March 21 primary D-denotes Democrat; R-denotes Republican AUDITOR: Pete Fields, D-Glen Carbon, vs. Rick Faccin, D-Alton CORONER: Steve % Nonn, D-Granite City, vs. Patricia Earnshaw, D-Alton Ruth Ann Baugh, D-Dorsey, vs. Steven Ruppert, D-Alton, vs. Eugene Frizzo, R-Alton, vs. COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 3: John Fleming, D-Worden COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 4: Fred Stutz, D-Bethalto COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 5: Kevin Botterbush, R-Godfrey COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 9: Jeff Julian, D-Alton, vs. Peggy Voumard, D-Alton COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 16: Helen Hawkins, D-Granite City, vs. Patricia Polley, D-Granite City, and Ron Goode, D-Hartford COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 19: Frank Laub, D-Granite City, vs. Woodrow Moad, D-Granite City COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 25: Randy Presswood, D-Pontoon Beach, vs. Jim Caffrey, D-Granite City, and Carl Macios, D-Granite City, and Linda McKechan, D-Granite City. Handful of hopefuls face opposition in primary By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - Only two countywide officeholders and a handful of Madison County Board hopefuls face opposition in next spring’s primary election. Ten Madison County races materialized with the close of petition filings at 5 p.m. Monday, but just one of those is among Republicans. The race for County Board District 5 in Godfrey pits Eugene Frizzo of Alton against Kevin Botterbush of Godfrey. The winner will challenge Democratic incumbent Jack Orrill in the fall. Democrats dominating spring election Otherwise, Democrats clearly dominate the primary field, as they have historically in Madison County. The key races are for auditor and coroner, where the respective incumbents, H. Jack Frandsen and Dallas Burke, are stepping down. Running for auditor as Democrats are Pete Fields of Glen Carbon and Rick Faccin of Alton. The winner will face Republican Doug Mueller, the Godfrey Township supervisor, in November. Running for Burke’s seat are Democrats Steve Nonn, a lieutenant on the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, and Patricia Earnshaw, an Alton psychotherapist. The winner will face Republican challenger Rich Hampson of Worden in the fall. Incumbent candidates without challenges in March are State’s Attorney William Haine, Recorder of Deeds Dan Donohoo and Circuit Clerk Matt Melucci. Primary races also have developed in County Board Districts 3, 4, 5, 9, 16, 18, 19 and 25, and most of the interest is focused on the three seats being given up by the incumbents. In District 3, incumbent Jim Augustine of Livingston chose not to run for office. He had been appointed to fill the unexpired term of Frandsen, of Alhambra, when Frandsen was appointed county auditor last year. Seeking his seat are Democrats Ruth Ann Baugh of Dorsey and John Fleming of Worden. In District 18, where incumbent Wanda Stille chose not to run, Democratic challengers are Jack Minner and Greg Worthen, both of Edwardsville. In District 25, where incumbent Don Rea of Pontoon ■ See PRIMARY, Page A7 TheTelegraph/RUSS SMITH Mary Middlecoff, a mail clerk at the Godfrey Post Office, tosses parcels into route bins to be delivered by carriers Monday, the busiest mailing day of the year. Good Morning IP f \ Area/Illinois........A3-8 Bridge ..............B3 Bulletin Board........A6 Business ............DI Classifieds ..........C6 Comics .............B2 Editorial.............A4 Horoscope ..........B2 Lotteries.............A7 Ann Landers .........B3 Nationaworld ........C5 Obituaries ...........A5 Bauer, Cooper, Flagg, Hardy, Kodros, Kramer, Maring, Metzger, McCoy, Neunzerling, Pollock, Rawlings, Reichel, Rowland, Schaefer, Schmidt, Shive, Steiner Scoreboard..........C2 Stocks ..............D2 Television ...........B3 Weather.............C8 CONSTaiXTlGNSflifiS.iM' Four Clark stations close By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer Four independently owned Clark gasoline stations in The Telegraph area closed Monday, at least temporarily. The stations include one along Illinois Route 140 in Cottage Halls; one on Central Avenue in Roxana; one at the corner of Wood River Avenue ■ See CLARK, Page A7 The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES The newly remodeled Clark station on Illinois Route 140 in Cottage Hills, purchased by Y’s Choice several months ago, is temporarily closed. F* 700 Relb in slock • Vinyl from 33 < sn. ft. Carpet from 33< $q. It. Pergo/Mohowk Lowingte Wood Flooring from * 99 tp. *