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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - January 3, 1999, Alton, Illinois ITOOTMrtm mm I Coupons and special offers I * inside most editions 1 iWkfel* Sports Division ll upset Cougars knock off No.l-ranked Kentucky Wesleyan Page R-l Happy Birthday Altai Square, longtime employees cedrate 20 years PageD-1 WntmDKAiii Road hog GMO Yukon Denali takes command of the road with luxury and style Page GI The outlook Chance of flurries; higJil9,low9 PageIWi Good I*': Morning Anniversaries .... .D-6 Area/liiinois .. .A-3,6, 8 Bulletin Board A-7 Classifieds........C-3 Editorial..........A-4 Engagaments D-6 Horoscope........B-8 Landers..........B-7 Nation/World A-10 Obituaries    -A-6 Arterberry, Bonner,    Clark, Bevaring, Guarino, Harper, Hearn, Karr, Lemons, McCulloch, Patterson, Raski, Rogers, Tucker, Warner, Watson Scoreboard.......B-2 Stocks...........D-2 Viewpoints........A-5 Wheels & Deals----C-1 | Weddings ........D-6 THE TELEGRAPH ’ Vo. 163, No. 353 Serving The River Bend Since 1836 January 3,1999 $1.50 Godfrey man shot, killed By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON - A shooting Saturday afternoon shattered the New Year’s quiet, claiming the life of a 29-year-old Godfrey man. Police said Courtney J. Stevenson, 29, of the 5000 block of Staten Drive died of multiple gunshot wounds after being shot around 2 p.m. in the 300 block of Main Street. Madison County Coroner’s deputies pronounced Stevenson dead at 3:51 p.m. Lt. James Hessel, Alton chief of detectives, said Stevenson had spent the night with friends at the home on Main Street. Two suspects in the shooting, one of whom is a juvenile, came to the home Saturday afternoon. Hessel said the visi- Snow tors reportedly began arguing with Stevenson over money. “There was a scuffle and shots were fired,” Hessel said. When police and Alton emergency technicians arrived, Stevenson was dead. The juvenile suspect suffered an undisclosed injury in the altercation. Both suspects fled the house after the shooting, Sciid Hessel When the bleeding youth returned to his home in the 600 block of Joesting Terrace, his mother called authorities to send an ambulance. Hessel said the youth suffered “non-life threatening” injuries ana was taken to an area hospital. The adult suspect was in police custody Saturday. Formal charges are expected next week, Hessel said. Both suspects are well-known to police, he said. The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Alton Police Detective John Frankie places markers in the snow to locate blood drops behind a house at the corner of Main Street and Yager Avenue where a man was apparently shot and killed Saturday. job Region digs out after major storm By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON - With plenty of warning for the Friday and Saturday’s ice and snow storms, area residents apparently took heed and hunkered down inside their warm homes. Area police, fire and sheriff departments and Illinois State Police reported no serious traffic accidents and few calls for assistance. “The main roads are cleared off but they may freeze over tonight,” said Bethalto police officer James Caldwell. “If you have no reason to get out, don’t." Towns in the area reportedly had cleared major roads. Highways remained slick and dangerous, though, throughout Madison, Greene, Macoupin, Jersey and Calhoun counties. “The roads are in fairly bad shape,” said Don Wilson, a telecommunicator for the Jersey County Sheriff’s Department. He said there was IO inches of snow in Jersey County. Wilson, Alton police and other law enforcement officials said they received few calls for help. But some residents did call to check on road conditions. “We have had very little activity, but the roads obviously are treacherous," said Lt. Don Bunt of the j Madison    County    Sheriff’s : Department. “It’s been real quiet :    today."__ ■ See SNOW, Page A-9 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Travis Fulks of Alton makes his way Saturday up the 2800 block of East Broadway in Alton past a frowning snowflake, which was part of a winter clothing billboard nearby. in blaze By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer BRIGHTON — The father of two young sons died Friday afternoon in a garage fire, which officials say was caused by a wood-burning stove. Jersey County Coroner Larry Alexander said an autopsy will be performed Monday on the body of Brett Allen Watson, 27, of the 400 block of Anna Street to determine cause of death. Alexander pronounced Watson dead at 3:40 p.m. after firefighters discovered Watson’s body inside his charred garage. Jason Unverzagt, a spokesman tor the Brighton Fire Department, said Watson and his wife-were in their home around 2 p.m. when they noticed smoke coming from the detached structure. Unverzagt said Trisha Watson called the Brighton Fire Department while her husband went to the garage. The stove, which contained a wood fire, ignited the nearby rear garage wall. The flames then traveled upward toward the roof, eventually rendering the garage a total loss, said Unverzagt He said the victim’s family and firefighters did not know Watson still was inside the structure during the 30 minutes it took for crews to put out the flames. Unverzagt said the bitter cold and high winds made extinguishing the fire more difficult. “It was also hard because the door to the garage was closed,” said Unverzagt Firefighters discovered Watson’s body when they backed a pickup truck out of the garage Unverzagt said he knew Watson from high school. “He was a good catcher when Southwestern High School went to state,” said Unverzagt. “Everybody knew him and liked him.” Fosterburg and Shipman fire departments assisted. Union, management work to forge future at Laclede .    a    I    t.....* .. l ., *    n-.ii : By PAUL BRINKMANN Telegraph staff writer ALTON — With a Chapter ll bankruptcy hanging over Laclede Steel Co., life and hard work continue at the company’s facility on Cut Street near Broadway. Laclede, ranked 19th in size among the nation’s steel companies, once touted its Alton works as its largest and most modern. After years of minimal investment in the Alton works, however, the facility is now one of the company’s smallest. Union and management officials in Alton have said they are striving to cooperate to ensure the survival of local steel-making. “It will take a lot of a lot of hard work and cooperation between labor and management,” said plant manager Steve Blair. “We have tried to bury the hatchet over past disagreements.” Laclede bought Alton Steel Co. in 1915 Up until the 1970s, The Telegraph’s library is stuffed with clips about expansion and modernization of the Alton works. In recent times, the only mention of major investment has been a $25 million purchase of a zinc-dust collection furnace in 1989 and the 1996 acquisition of a new $7 million ladle furnace in 1996 ■ See LACLEDE, Page A-9 The Telegraph^ARGIE M BARNES Thick steel strands are rolled into 1.5-inch bars at Laclede Steel’s bar mill. tlanth 110 H. Adams Parkway Alton, ll 62002 5301 HUGE SAVINGS ON ALI SPAS Nordic Hoi Tubs SALK PRICED PROIA ;