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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 30, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 THE TELEGRAPH Good grief! So long, Charlie Brown! : Charles Schulz retires ; Page Cl : Basketball Alton wins to advance at Centralia Page Bl The outlook    ;    Glow    bowl Mostly sunny and I    Step back mild. High 49;    I    into time low 30    I    into    a disco Page C8 Page DI ~>mvw Vol. 164, No. 349 - 50 centsThursday, December 30, 1999 www.thetelegraph.com Th* Telegraph/JOHN 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 Wednesday’s crash on the Great River Road near the lllinois-American 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 motorcycle. Below, an Alton police officer looks over the crashed Harley-Davidson. Motorcyclist killed, passenger injured in River Road crash Woman suffers serious head injuries By DAVE WHALEY and KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer 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 3:35 p.m. in the emergency room at Saint Anthony’s Medical Center, said Ralph Baahlmann Jr., supervisory investigator for the Madison County Coroner’s Office. “He succumbed to massive head injuries,” Baahlmann said. Anderson’s live-in girlfriend, Grace M. Caswell, 38, also of East Alton, was driving a separate Harley-Davidson motorcycle and was uninjured. Riding with Anderson was the couple’s friend, Patricia N. Kimmell, 43, of Elkville, near Murphysboro. Officer Al H See CRASH, Page A7 Senators reject 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 senators 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 legislation, a goal he thought he had accomplished. “If the Senate calls this tomorrow, it will pass, 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 votes,” 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 improperly stored their weapons — to get probation and eventually have their records cleared. State Sen. Evelyn Bowles, D-Edwardsville, 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, there’s crime problems up there, but even the constitutionality of fhis call was questioned,” she said. The House was not called back to session Wednesday, which Sen. Edward Petka, R-Plainfield, said may be unconstitutional. “Ifs been a difficult situation, and ifs been extremely difficult for people and the way they voted,” Bowles said. “I’m sure that there will be something that will come in January, when we go back to regular session.” 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 still in the dark.’” Ryan called the legislators into special session Dec. 13 ■ See GUN, Page A7 Outing ends in tragedy Baby sitter convicted in girl’s drowning By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer A group outing at Piasa Creek in May ended in tragedy when 8-year-old Andrea Sweeney drowned in the murky waters, ©bringing the issue of caregivers’ liability to the forefront in 1999. A baby sitter, who could not swim, took Andrea and seven other children swimming on May 17 in the portion of Piasa Creek just north of Godfrey near the Twi: TM, HW* II 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, Andrea’s brother and sister and three other children. Andrea, the daughter of H See TRAGEDY, Page A7 Area/Illinois .. ......A3,8 Harmon, Horn, Johnson, Bulletin Board ........A6 Kaufman, Krainz, Lord, Business .... ........DI McGovern, Morrow, Pace, Classifieds .. Rawe, Schrumpf, Sievers, Comics..... Stone, Thompson, Vancil, Editorial..... Young Horoscope . . ........C4 Scoreboard.......... B2 Nation/world . ........C5 Stocks .............. D2 Obituaries ... Television ........... C3 Bates, Boucher, Farmer, Weather............. C8 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 comrades came home from the battlefields of World War I to parade and a hero’s welcome from residents of Bethalto. “Bethalto was a patriotic town, and many of our hometown boys answered the call to fight for their country in World War I,” said historian Arvel Fowler, who displays a 1919 homecoming photograph of the World War I vets in their uniforms at the Bethalto Historical Museum. Twenty-five years after the war ended in 1918, sons of World War I veterans followed their father’s 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 'TilJE THLEfl R /IPU £ tidies uiHm school and their jobs to go fight for their country,” World War II hero Russell Dunham of rural Jerseyville said. Dunham was a young man who left his family’s Brighton farm to go to war and was honored with the Medal of Honor for saving the lives of U.S. soldiers on a snowy battlefield in France Jan. 8, 1945. Across the area, the two world wars had an impact on the lives of thousands of people. Area Scenes frau MVI I days I FTi First Alton casualty returns 1945 GI returns alive ms Join WAVES Navy 194 4 “The war changed the lives of the young men who fought on the battlefields,” 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 war.” The war also changed the Servicemen’s Center 1944 lives of families who lo and daughters on the fields. “Young soldiers c battle and never cam home to their families Robinson, who fought devastating Battle i Bulge. Robinson and his old See WAR, Page A7 TT ;

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