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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 28, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836'WI Ufil Ak BillIi •«.' ?. m4 8-4™ P 8 rnrn ™ home runs after 127 games The outlook Mostly sunny and continued hot; high near 91, low near 68 Page C-8 CM-15 Collinsville-0 Page C-l Mater Dei-31 Marquette-6 Page 05 Jersey-14 Jacksonville-6 Page C-l Authorities fear alcohol, lack of life jacket may have led to drowning By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writerVol. 164, No. 225 — 50 cents    Saturday,    August^,    1999    www.thetelegraph.com GODFREY — Rescue workers will resume their search today for a Wood River man who reportedly fell from a houseboat and may have drowned at the confluence of the mouth of Piasa Creek and the Mississippi River. The missing man, Randall K. Flowers, 43, had been fishing Thursday with a friend, John Gentry of East Alton. Gentry’s 35-foot boat was entering Piasa Harbor shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday when Flowers apparently fell from the rear of the vessel. Flowers’ sister, Lisa Ryan of Fosterburg, spent a nervous Thursday night and Friday worrying about her brother. “If they could find. him, it would put our minds to rest,” she said about Flowers. She said the men had planned on going to a local tavern after fishing. ■ See DROWNING, Page A7 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN A diver from Bubbiemasters Underwater Recovery Team in Granite City slowly moves into position Friday to search Piasa Creek near the twin bridges that carry Great River Road traffic across the creek. Rescue workers intensified their search for Randall Kent Flowers of Wood River who was reported to have fallen from a houseboat into the creek late Thursday near the confluence with the Mississippi River. At right, Quinn, a search dog from Riverbend Search & Rescue Dog Association Inc. in Brighton, works the shoreline near the public boat access area. Good 7*: Morning Area/Illinois----A3 Bulletin Board . .A6 Classifieds  B4 Comics  D5 Editorial.......A4 Horoscope.....D6 Nation/world .. .C7 Obituaries  A5 Barnett, Davis, Eyer, Gibson, Isenberg, Mason, Pruett, Schneider, Seymour, Wilson Religion .....B2,3 Television .. ■. .D6 COLORTYME Ryan signs drug bills By DEBORAH L. BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - State Sen. Evelyn Bowles’ efforts to strengthen Illinois’ drug laws paid off when Gov. George Ryan signed two of her bills. The new laws will help stop the manufacture and possession of methamphetamine, which have become increasingly common in Illinois. Bowles, D-Edwardsville, sponsored another bill about a year ago that was not signed into law, but her battle didn’t end there. “We had (a bill) about a year ago, but it didn’t fly,” Bowles said. “For some reason or other, there was something they didn’t agree with, so we came back this year. I think the fact that the people were more aware helped. Mostly, the legislators were more aware of the problem of methamphetamine. And it was probably more of a problem in their districts. “It has developed into quite a problem. We felt it was necessary to address this, and I’m very pleased the governor signed the bills.” When law enforcement in Missouri, which had more production labs than almost any other state, began to crack down on methamphetamine labs, the manufacturers of it crossed the state line into Illinois. Bowles said she became aware of the problem of methamphetamine production after reading about it in the newspapers and hearing ■ See BILLS, Page A7 State Police to mark dangerous highways By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer The Illinois State Police kicked off part of a safety program Friday that will alert motorists to the most dangerous stretches of highway in. The Telegraph area. The plan calls for electronic signs to mark dangerous areas throughout the State Police’s District ll, which includes Madison and four other counties. The first sign in Madison County was put up Friday on westbound Interstate 270 at its intersection with Illinois Route 111 in Pontoon Beach. State Police officials said there were more crashes during the first three months of 1999 along 1-270 between Route 111 and milepost 2, near the Chain of Rocks Canal, than along any other stretch of highway in Madison County. That particular stretch of roadway generated a total of 29 traffic crashes during January, February and March, state troopers said. They said most of the crashes along the strip occurred between 6 and 9 a.m. on Wednesdays. “The high volume of commuter traffic, drivers hurrying to work and speeding violations are significant contributing factors to the reason for the high number of traffic crashes, ’ said Capt. Diana Sievers, commander of ■ See DANGER, Page A7 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Several employees of the Alton-Wood River Sportsmen’s Club, at 3109 Godfrey Road in Godfrey, were waving at traffic Friday morning to get attention as they worked a picket line at the entrance to the popular club. Union sets up pickets outside Sportsmen’s Club The pickets arrived between 7 and 7:30 a.m. Friday to protest what they feel is an injustice by the business regarding contract negotiations between the club’s board and Hotel Employees Restaurant Employees International Union Local 74, AFL-CIO, which represents about 2,250 hotel and restaurant workers in St. Louis and the Metro East. ■ See PICKET, Page A7 BY BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer GODFREY — Two-year-old Ryan Harang stood outside with his mother, Chrissy Harang, and others to brave the heat Friday at the entrance of the Alton-Wood River Sportsmen’s Club in Godfrey, where union workers are protesting the club’s decision to impose a new contract on them. 46” ROA BIG SCREEN week RCA DVD’s $A99* a week MiTac Computer $ REGISTER TO WIN! a FULL SIZED WASHER & DRYER ‘Drawing to be held Oct. 1,1999 0 TV-104 wks/$3,430,96 • DVD-78wks/S779.22 • Computer-104wks/$3,534.96^)1 —  - 2801 Homer Adams 465-8293 Hours: M-F10-7 Sat. 9-5 ,,, t ;

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