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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - April 25, 1999, Alton, Illinois liSCF s ■ ^ ^' 2. ~ ^ • i $269 i I Coupons and special offers I I inside most editions * Sports -== =: SUNDAY THE TELEGRAPH _Serving The River Bend Since 1836 Vol. 164, No. IOO April 25,1099 MI tied up Blues lose inOT Belle plans changes Argosy will unveil $12 million complex     — —— ..* i    in.on    a m h*>pn rfnrked at Argosy s gar Page B-l Making an Investment Robert Wetzel balkily wi the future of the River Bend region Page D-l WheelsJDealk A new Type’of car Jaguar’s new ‘S’ cars lower price, compete in new market Page OI Good :•: Morning Area/Illinois . .A-3-9 Bulletin Board A-10 Classifieds .. .B-12 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope ...B-12 Nation/world . .A-12 Obituaries A-6 Barry, Benton, Filardo, Hair, Loughran, Mueth, Nichols, Parsell Scoreboard ... .B-2 Stocks •_! D’2 uled for 10:30 a rn. Wednesday at Mike’s Marine, 3891 Berm Highway in Wood River. Plans are to replace the entrance to th^gambling tHMrt complex that will be built at with both a new barge and a manager of the Alton Belle. the Alton Belle landing    renovated    barge    the Spirit of ,0^ ami pion A-11 A news conference is ached* America. That vessel had    ■ See BELLE, Page A By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON - Officials from the city and Argosy Gaming Co. plan to unveil this week been docked at Argosy’s gambling boat in Lawrenceburg, Ind. “Ifs going to be a pretty big thing for Downtown Alton; it’s a $12 million project," Alton Belle Casino ll 1997 1998 ■ Adjusted gross receipts I $62.3 million $68.1 million ■ Number of patrons 1.17 million 1.24 million ■ Adjusted gross revenue $53.07 $54.87 per patron ■ Total taxes $16.6 million $17.6 million ■ Local share of revenue $5.2 million $5.6 million SOURCE: Illinois Gaming Board By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer HARTFORD - The brighter-than-usual flames coming from the Clark refinery in Hartford are burning a hole in the company’s pockets. The refinery is in the process of recuperating from a power loss that occurred April 3, which, in turn, has cost the company at least $2 million in operating losses. “We had a bad lightning storm during the Easter weekend. Ameren UE (the refinery’s utility provider) took a couple of hits from the lightning and lost power,” said Forrest Lauher, refinery manager for Clark Refining & Marketing Inc. “We lost both of our power lines and lost power to the plant for three-and-a-half hours.” Lauher said problems occurred during the plant’s start-up process, thus providing the River Bend with a “natural” night light com-: ing from its huge flare. “We started back up the : plant and our fluid catalytic « cracker, or FCC. We had : start-up problems with our • big compressor. As part of *: the start-up process, we had • to flare up some gas " The gas burned is butane, • propane and fuel. Lauher : said the gases present no j health problems for the • community. Man denies blame in girl’s death By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A suspect proclaimed his innocence Saturday in the sexual abuse and death of a Wood River toddler, who he says succumbed to a heart defect. Kevin J. Trimm, 29, of Alton, said in a telephone interview that he is in no way responsible for the child’s death and was floored to find out from authorities last week that the 27-month-old child had been a victim of sexual abuse ——mm^^^m before she died Dec. 6 Illinois State Police obtained “SI he died in my bloixi from Trimm orrnc T InvpH during a meeting P™"; 1 1UVtjU with him at the her like my Alton police station    r.hilri. lf Friday. The blood OWI1 CilllQ, ll sampling had been    really authorized by a    ,    .. search warrant flcUu OII IHG. after laboratory Kevin J. Trimm boyfriend of child’s mother The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN The flare at the Clark refinery in Hartford has been burning bright since a power outage April 3. tests confirmed that semen had been found in the child’s body; an autopsy showed she had been raped.   — “I do know when the DNA comes back, it’s not going to come to me. I’m IOO percent sure of it," Trimm said. He contacted The Telegraph Saturday to proclaim his innocence. Trimm is the boyfriend of the child’s mother, who lives in the 800 block of Halloran Avenue in Wood River. He and the mother were with the child early on the morning of Dec. 6 when the girl stopped breathing. She was rushed to Wood River Township H See GIRL, Page A-11 The outlook Partly sunny with the high 66 and the low 53 Page D*12 Walk keeps massage therapist busy soothing worn-out feet By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Shannon Cross gave an indication of how tired everyone was after Saturday’s 29th annual WalkAmerica in Edwardsville. Cross, a massage therapist, said her hands were starting to get tired after ail the massages she gave. “Ifs been good practice,” said Cross, who works in Swansea. Cross was interviewed briefly as she worked on the legs of Kathy Wehling of Edwardsville. “I’m out of shape,” Wehling said. Cross said she gave about 50 massages to walkers after they toured the 6.2-mile course around Edwardsville, raising $43,000 to fight birth defects. Jessica Hill, this year’s official March of Dimes WalkAmerica child, started off the walk at 9 a m. sharp Walkers toured the 6.2-mile course around Edwardsville, raising $43,000 to fight birth defects. from Edwardsville Middle School. “I think everybody had a lot of fun,” said Becky Heinen, 16, of Columbia. She said the checkpoints were manned by volunteers representing businesses and groups. They doled out prizes and entertained the walkers as they went. “The Anderson (Hospital) checkpoint was best. They had clowns and face-painting and they were pretty rowdy,” Heinen said. Her father, Roy Heinen, is a regional chairman for the March of Dimes. He said the event is successful each year because it focuses on the health of young people. “For every healthy child, there will be a healthy adult.” Businesses are generous with the organization because research into birth defects helps save health care dollars in the long run, Heinen said. He said the work is especially important in Metro East. “We have one of the highest infant mortality rates in the state,” he said. Event chairman Steve Grant said everything went w-ell in the walk. Finishers got a lunch provided by Mariott. About 300 people participated, Grant said. Sponsors were Charter Communications, Ameritech,. Target Stores, Anderson Hospital, Coldwell Banker Brown, Annie’s Custard, Bank of Edwardsville and Premier Lincoln Mercury. The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Kevin Hill of St. Jacob pushes daughter Jessica, 18 months, Saturday at the annual March of Dimes WalkAmerica in Edwardsville. Alongside is Hill s niece, Becky Heinen of Belleville. ;