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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - December 30, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Sood grief So long Charlie Brown Charles Schulz retires Paged Basketball Alton wins to advance at Centralia Page Bl Mostly sunny and mild High 49 low 30 Page C8 Vol 164 No 349 50 cents Thursday December Step back f t j pi into time into a disco Page Dl fr The BADMAN Grace M Caswell of East Alton comforts her friend Patricia N Kimmell of Elkville as they wait for a second ambulance to arrive on the scene of Wednesdays crash on the Great River Roacl near the IllinoisAmerican Water Co plant in Alton A motorcycle driven by Mark Louis Anderson of East Alton apparently went out of control and crashed killing Anderson and seriously injuring Kimmell his passenger Caswell had been riding near the victims on a separate motor cycle Below an Alton police officer looks over the crashed HarleyDavidson otorcyclist killed passenger injured River Road crash Woman suffers serious head injuries By DAVE WHALEY and KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff ALTON An East Alton man died and his passenger suffered serious head injuries in a motorcycle crash Wednesday afternoon on the Great River Road in Alton Mark Louis Anderson 43 was pronounced dead at in the emergency room at Saint Anthonys Medical Center said Ralph Baahlmann investigator for the Madison County Coroners Office He succumbed to massive aahlmaTm said Andersons livein girl friend Grace M Caswell 38 also of East Alton was driving a separate HarleyDavidson motorcycle and was uninjured Riding with Anderson was the couples friend Patricia N Kimmell 43 of Elkville near Murphysboro Officer Al See CRASH Page A7 Senators r elect gun bill Legislation would have made illegal possession a felony By DEBORAH L BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Gov George Ryan was defeated Wednesday when Illinois sena tors struck down legislation that would have made illegal possession of a weapon a felony Ryan campaigned across the state Tuesday to influence senators to pass the legisla tion a goal he thought he had accomplished If the Senate calls this tomorrow it will passy because I have been assured that there are at least seven or eight more people who will vote for this to give it the 36 needed Ryan said Tuesday The Safe Neighborhoods Act received only 31 votes in favor with 17 senators voting no and two voting present The compromise voted down Wednesday would have allowed felony charges against gang members and other criminals but it would have provided for other violators such as hunters who improper ly stored their weapons to get probation and eventually have their records cleared State Sen Evelyn Bowles DEdwardsville said she voted against the gun law because she received faxes letters and telephone calls from constituents speaking out against the proposed law I can understand the need in the Chicago area Obviously theres crime prob lems up there but even the constitutionality of this call was she said The House was not called back to session Wednesday which Sen Edward PetkaR Plainfield said may be uncon stitutional Its been a difficult situa tion and its beenextremely difficult for people andthe way they Bowles said Im sure that there will be something that will come in January wfreri weTgo back to regular Despite the difficulties she described she kept her sense of humor The lights went out for one hour I said I can see the headlines now Senate stillin the Ryan called the legislators into special session Dec 13 See GUN Page A7 Iputing ends in tragedy Baby sitter convicted in girls drowning By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer group outing at Piasa Creek in May ended in tragedy when 8yearold Andrea Sweeney drowned in the murky waters bringing the issue of care givers liability to the forefront in 1999 A baby sit ter who could not swim took Andrea and seven other chil dren swimming on May 17 in thef portion of Piasa Creek just north of Godfrey near the West Delmar overpass Nancy E Ash 32 formerly of the 1200 block of Rixon Street in Alton was the only adult in the group that included two of her own children Andrea Andreas brother and sister and three other children Andrea the daughter of See TRAGEDY Page A7 W k Good Morning Bulletin Business Comics Bates Boucher Farmer Harmon Horn Johnson Kaufman Kralnz Lord McQoyern Morrow Pace Rawe Schrumpf Sievers Vanqll Young Scoreboard B2 D2 Television C3 When America went to war Two world conflicts changed lives at home and abroad By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO Sgt Maj Leslie Prehn Sr and his com rades came home from the battlefields of World War I to parade and a heros welcome from residents of Bethalto Bethalto was a patriotic town and many of our home town boys answered the call to fight for their country in World War said historian Arvel Fowler who displays a 1919 home coming pho tograph of the World War I vets in their uni forms at the Bethalto Historical Museum Twentyfive years after the war ended in 1918 sons of World War I veterans followed their fathers footsteps and went to fight in the battlefields of World War II in France Germany and the South Pacific Young boys who were only 17 and 18 years old left high Till school and their jobs to go fight for their World War II hero Russell Dunham of rural Jerseyville said Dunham was a young man who left his familys Brighton farm to go to war and was honored with the Medal of Honor for saving the lives of soldiers on a snowy bat tlefield in France Jan Across the area the two world wars had an impact on the lives of thousands of peo ple Area Scenes frcm WWII days T Servicemens Center Wii The war changed the lives of the young men who fought on the said Rosewood Heights World War II veteran Robert Robinson a machine gunner on a tank in the fierce battles across France and Germany Many of the young soldiers came back home suffering from wounds of the The war also changed the lives of families who lost sons and daughters on the battle fields Young soldiers died in battle and never came back home to their said Robinson who fought in the devastating Battle of the Bulge Robinson and his old Wprld See WAR
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