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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - April 5, 1986, Alton, Illinois Weekend Aiton Telegraph serving Madison Jersey Maco Upin Greer and Calhoun counties vol. Isi no. 70 let. Jan. Is 1836 Sot. April s. 1�8�, Alton i. 16 3� Pogo singly copy 7s< inside fire damages 5 businesses at Alton shopping Center Danny the Dino roams Marshall Mollet really works at giving his fellow Farmers something to think about besides their troubles and he s got everybody thinking about his Dinosaur. Section d. By John Stetson of the Telegraph Alton Plaza shopping a enter in the 1800 Block of East Broadway was scourged by a rampaging fire Friday afternoon. Flames swept through five businesses while threatening the entire Complex. Firemen were summoned at 1 56 ., but flames already had a grip on the Fairfax Mobile Home Delta therm business where three employees fled to escape injury. Fire also damaged a salvation army Thrift store a construction firm office and a couple of other offices not identified by fire chief Donald Twichell. Business at the shopping Center had been on the upswing lately but the fire delivered a major setback Small knots of employees who work in Center businesses watched while nearly 60 Alton firemen using seven fire fighting units battled the Blaze on the front and on the Back sides of the Center which was constructed in 1957. Employees and Many other onlookers pondered whether anything could be saved. Quot i saw that shopping Center fire in Granite City last year and i mean they burned fast Quot one onlooker said. A a flames seem to skim along through that empty attic space above each store and just catch one after another on a look there see the smoke coming from the roof Down the line a smoke was puffing skyward from the roof too feet in each direction from where flames were erupting in addition to firemen Many policemen were on hand for crowd and vehicle control. There were times when traffic was backed up one half mile each Way on Broadway in front of the shopping Center As the billowing Black smoke continued attracting bands of onlookers. To complicate the fire fighting problems Altona a Aerial ladder truck was currently Down for repairs having the transmission replaced. Twichell had his men bring in a second Stringer a 1946 open cab ladder truck which firemen worked into place and then raised the ladder to a level above the shopping Center roof. It Wasny to Long until a fire Hose and pressure head were in operation above the blazing shopping Center facade and roof. A we keep that truck in Reserve just As a backup and As you see it can still do the Job a Twichell said. Meanwhile Glass windows continued popping and the crack of an occasional freon tank in the Fairfax firm was audible. It was thought one fireman capt. Ronald Maher had suffered a heart the Telegraph John badman smoke spirals from Alton Plaza As firefighters contain a major Blaze a picture Page b-8 attack. He was admitted to St. Josephus Hospital but it was decided later that instead of a heart attack Maher had come in Contact with some freon As it erupted at the Fairfax firm a i went up to the Hospital and it looks like capt Maher will be All right a Twichell said late Friday night a couple of firemen received stitches for cuts incurred from breaking window Glass. At 4 15 The fire was brought under control and had been prevented from reaching other businesses in the Center such As Hoffman feed amp Supply and the off Broadway night club. Flames were kept out of aunt Janesz attic an antique store but there was smoke damage smoke entered some of the other businesses also but the Way it looked at first Many were betting the entire Center would be destroyed. A the men did a Good Job of cutting the fire off before it could do More damage than it did and frankly in a proud of them a Twichell said. There has not yet been an official cause of the fire established nor a fire loss total. A just looking at it i would estimate probably close to a Hal million Dollar a Twichell said today. Boot comp for police recruits bomb kills american injures 44 state police Academy East Alton j state police Academy East Alton policeman Scott Middleton plays the Motorist As Alton s Mick Mcnamara practices an arrest. John Stetson and John badman report on training for area police recruits. Bac Page Page c-12 Batter up George Bush leads our All Start team to Salute the baseball season openers monday the Usa s vice president anti a squad of famous fans including David Hartman and Pearl Bailey tip their Caps to the National. Pastime tile veep now a Houston astros fan. S recalls ins own play ing Days and a meeting with the great babe Ruth. And More baseball for baseball is the cover Story of Usa and our to update features the new York mets and pitching sensation Dwight Gooden. And elsewhere inside family reporter Judi Mottaz covers All the details of the visit to the area of Pioneer heart surgeon or. Michael Debakey. Section b editorial .a-4 weather cell should keep land. A ear to partly skies .a-5 Ore forecast in the Teie demur to s Polivi Cai goal amp Mph area tonight. Temper digest .a-2 stores tonight will be in the sports .c-1 kit a to mid 50s. Wind West Marquette suffers first around to Mph. The High sunday will be in the Low to mid 70s. Amusements Section o .a-7 television a-12 -.b-8 fun Pogo b-5 Bua mini Page. B4 Section i obituaries .a-11 Berlin a a bomb exploded Early today in a packed nightclub killing an american Soldier and West German woman and injuring More than 150 people including at least 44 americans . And West German officials said West German police identified the dead Only As a . Soldier and a Young West German woman withholding their names until their relatives could be notified. The . Army said earlier in a statement one of those killed a is Berlin nightclub ripped apart As terrorists strike believed to be an american but that is not yet positively the blast at 1 50 a m. Devastated the la Belle discotheque in the West German sector of the divided City. Police said at least 500 people were in the nightclub at the time and that the blast partially collapsed the ceiling shattered the facade and caused its Walls to buckle. Witnesses said a Small fire broke out but was quickly put out two claims of responsibility for the attack were made later by Anonymous Telephone callers. Nei ther could be independently confirmed. In Washington a defense department spokesman it. Cmdr Ross Kudrick said the Pentagon has not been Able to confirm whether the injured americans were . Servicemen but said he believes a some percentage will be is service the disco was popular with . Soldiers. The statement released by the army Europe Headquarters in Heidelberg West Germany said 44 americans injured in the explosion were treated Ai local . Military facilities. Natural life in prison for generally by Terry Hillig of the Telegraph eighteen year old Garnell generally of Rural Alton was sentenced Friday to natural life in prison for murder in the brutal beating death last August of Harold Wayne Staton of Jersey county. In pronouncing sentence in Edwardsville circuit judge of Neill said he found generally a prospects for rehabilitation to be the natural life sentence allows no possibility of parole. Generally was not eligible for the death pen Alty because he was 17 when the crime occurred. Generally was sentenced to a concurrent seven year term for robbery of Neill also expressed concern regarding generally a history of unprovoked violence against strangers. A the danger you present to society is so great that it outweighs any rehabilitation potential you May have a of Neill said. Two men called to the witness stand by assistant states attorney Susan Jensen testified they had been beaten by generally in unprovoked attacks last year generally had pleaded guilty to aggravated Battery in one of those cases and was on probation when Staton was killed Staton 18, was found beaten to death along Wood station Road near Alton on aug 18, 1985 testimony presented during generally a trial in february indicated that he and three friends approached Staton in Rock Springs Park in Alton then drove to the Rural location where Staton was beaten by generally Joseph Ewing and Almondo a a Monty Mcgowen. After Mcgowen and Ewing stopped beating Staton generally took a Jack stand from his car and struck Staton several times on the head according to testimony Jensen recommended a natural life sentence because of the planned and unprovoked nature of the attack on Staton and the earlier instances of unprovoked violence by generally. She said generally had it unturned on a-2 people want to help area boy see the West by Mary Ann Mazenko of the Telegraph an outpouring of caring and concern has come in the Wake of the Story of an area boy who suffers from of the disease which afflicted the famous elephant Man. Steven Coley 6, is the son of the Rev. Tim and Leesa Coley of Woodburn near Bunker Hill. His parents told Stevens Story to the Telegraph family Section saturday March 29 in Hopes they could spare others the frustration they experienced in trying to find out what was wrong with Steven. Although the coleus said a we done to want the Light to Shine on us we just want others to know what symptoms to look for so they wont go through what we did a people have asked if there is some Way they can help. Some wanted to give funds to help the coleus take Steven out West to see the grand Canyon and mount Rushmere before the disease destroys his eyesight. A Brighton Man called to say he believed Charity begins at Home and wanted in some Way to help Steven store up memories while he can still see. A Godfrey woman an Alton Man and a Roxana woman were among those who wanted to help Carl Stanton editor publisher of the Bunker Hill Gazette news wrote in his column in wednesdays edition that such articles As the telegraphs help people realize whatever their problems others have greater ones he suggested the Bunker Hill Wood bum Community find a Way to help the coleus. A i appreciate that concern very much a said mrs. Coley about the encouraging Calls they have received. They be heard from other parents with children with and have been contacted by parents who suspect the disease in their child a one couple from Springfield had a child with cafe a Lait spots one of the symptoms they re getting the Ball rolling there and will pursue it a she said such Calls she said make them feel they be done what they wanted to do in making others aware of the dread disease. And we re heard from people with children who have of. They were reaching out and giving us help it was a great Comfort to one Call was from parents who told the coleus of a support group for of victims which meets at Barnes Hospital a we did no to know of it and were so glad to hear there was one Well Start a it s just been real encouraging to us a the Young Mother said

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