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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 18, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 the telegraph Dig'em Duds Helping toddlers ‘put on the Ritz’ £ Page Bl Hoops Oilers top Explorers in OT Page Cl The outlook Partly sunny. High 38; low 29 Page CIO ASnlW Special section    J Health and    £: i Fitness tips * jap apl HW*. Section D rf Vol. 164, No. 337 - 50 cents Saturday, December 18, 1999 www.thetelegraph.comHaine clears East Alton police By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer EAST ALTON - Madison County State’s Attortiey William Haine declined Friday to ask a grand jury to review the results of the Illinois State Police’s month-long investigation of several officers from the East Alton Police Department. No criminal activity found, prosecutor says The investigation stemmed from a Nov. ll incident at an East Alton residence; one of the occupants filed a formal complaint alleging misconduct on the part of four officers. Haine stressed that his review of the State Police’s detailed investigation findings contained nothing to prove physical misconduct by any of the officers in question. “We frankly believe that there’s no criminal activity here,” Haine said Friday. “This does not meet a thresh old that would warrant us referring the case to the grand jury. We are referring it to the East Alton Police Department for Chief (Richard) Brown to conduct his own internal review.” Although Haine did not comment about specifics of the incident, he confirmed State Police findings point to an alleged verbal exchange between officers and the resident, but no physical wrongdoing. “The internal review will give Chief Brown an opportunity to pursue any disciplinary action if there’s any warranted,” Haine said. “There was no civil rights violation either, nor any physical assault, nor any battery, nor any use of violence.” East Alton Mayor Fred Bright said the officers were ■ See POLICE, Page A9Gi _ Morning Area/Illinois .........A3 Bulletin Board........A7 Business............Bl Classifieds ..........C6 Comics .............C4 Editorial.............A4 Horoscope ..........C4 Nation/world.........A8 Obituaries...........A5 Albers, Bietto, Carroll, Crake, Grafford, Graziana, Hardesty, Keeton, Lane, Meldrum, Pendelton, Rudolph Scoreboard..........C2 Stocks..............B2 Television ...........CSSpotlight on Robert Wadlow The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN A camera monitor frames Mary Ann Warmack, coordinator of the Alton Museum of History and Art, as she prepares for an interview Friday about Robert Wadlow for a segment about the ‘Gentle Giant’ for the ‘Ripley’s Believe it or Not’ television program. At right, cameraman Rudy Tankersley, from Tankersley Productions Inc. in St. Louis, adjusts a light on a bust of Wadlow.Cable network to profile Alton’s ‘Gentle Giant’ By DAVE WHALEY Telegraph staff writer ALTON — The Man of Steel soon will meet the “Gentle Giant.” That’s not a World Championship Wrestling match coming up on pay-per-view. Instead, it will be part of a new “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” television series on the TBS network. A TBS film crew tapes segments at museum film crew was at the Alton Museum of History and Art on Friday to film a segment about Alton’s most famous native, Robert Wadlow. Although he wasn’t in town for the taping, Dean Cain will be the host of the series, which will debut Jan. 12. Cain is best known for por traying Superman in the recent “The Adventures of Lois and Clark.” The film crew actually consisted of director Tony Virga, who’s based in Los Angeles, along with a cameraman and sound man from St. Louis. Mary Ann Warmack, coordinator of the Alton Museum, was interviewed for the television show, along with Dr. Joseph Paone and Gene Crivello. “The story of Robert is a real ‘believe it or not’ type of thing,” Virga said. “We’ll try to do it in a way that is respectful of everyone involved. One thing we will talk about is why See GIANT, Page A9 Engineering building expected to raise SIUE’s profile By DEBORAH L. BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - SIUE officials are expecting the newest building on campus to engineer a revival for the school. As the new engineering building nears its spring completion date, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville administrators are looking forward to higher enrollment and a higher profile for the school. “I think it’s going to have a tremendous impact visually to the School of Engineering,” Chancellor David Werner said. The school currently is housed in several locations across the campus and has no visibility, he said. “I think it will be a real showcase and should have a real significant impact on enrollment and a spin-off effect on the university as a ■ See SIUE, Page A9 Hepatitis A cases could rise during Christmas holidays By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - The number of hepatitis A cases in Madison County has climbed to 82 for this year, and health officials fear the number may increase further during the Christmas holiday. “If everyone practices excellent hygiene through the holidays, it won’t affect the numbers,” said Debra Tscheschlok, personal health services manager for theReported cases of hepatitis A Madison county    Statewide 1999    *82    694 1998 17 821 1997 51 868 1996 12 1,961 1995 9 663 Source: Illinois Department of Public Health * This number provided by Madison County Health Department Madison County Health increased chance of an individ-Department. “But there is an ual contracting hepatitis A during the holidays because you have people preparing food for large groups of individuals in their homes.” Eleven of the Madison County cases have been linked to the Market Street Deli in St. Louis. The cases stemming from the downtown St. Louis deli were the latest in a series of reported hepatitis A cases amongst restaurant and bar workers in the St. Louis metropolitan area. ■ See HEPATITIS, Page A9 Hew Cor <mn3rtOR: coNSntixntw services. we ;

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