Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - July 6, 1999, Alton, Illinois
Gang video may force boycott of Blockbuster, Shimkus says
By PAUL MACKIE
Telegraph staff writer
Editor’s Note: This is the conclusion of a two-part series about the availability of a graphic gang documentary at Blockbuster Video, which has enraged area authorities.
EDWARDSVILLE - Leading officials are at odds over whether Blockbuster Video should carry a controversial film titled “Slob 187 Crab 187.”
Alton and Glen Carbon police officers said the corporation was asked to remove the new gang documentary from its stores, but a Blockbuster spokeswoman said no such complaints have been received.
Meanwhile, the choice of movies carried by Blockbuster should not be regulated by local police, said Ed Yohnka, spokesman
for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.
“If the police want to ensure the widest (viewership for the film), they’re going about publicizing it in the right way,” he said. “If I wanted this to go away, I wouldn’t say a word.”
But U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, said it may be necessary to boycott Blockbuster stores until “Slob 187 Crab 187” is removed. He said he planned to call the chief executive officer of the corporation to express his concerns.
‘ it’s irresponsible and in poor taste. Blockbuster is a corporation that promotes itself as being a family business. I’m aghast they would run a movie like this. I
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Five area intersections placed on dangerous list
By KERRY SMITH
Telegraph staff writer
Five intersections in The Telegraph area are on the list of dangerous intersections selected by the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Traffic Safety.
The unranked list of accident-ridden locales, compiled by IDOT based on frequency and severity of motor vehicle collisions in 1998, includes four well-known spots in the River Bend and one in Edwardsville.
Illinois Route 111 at Illinois Route 140 in Bethalto, within yards of the Holiday Inn, was the
site of 33 accidents last year. IDOT traffic investigation adviser Jim Radden said this juncture is just one of a collection of hazardous crosspoints in District 8 where IDOT plans to install additional traffic control devices.
IDOT District 8 includes a 10-county area.
“Our Division of Traffic Safety comes out with this statewide list of 325-plus dangerous locations every year,” said Radden, “but this is the first year that the division based its list on just one year of accidents. In the past, the division selected dangerous roadway sites based on three years’ worth
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I ne I eiegrapn/MttJtL/V^A MULKINS Little damage was sustained to the motorcycle Mary A. Lee of Florissant, Mo., was riding Monday when she was severely Injured after a collision near Piasa Creek on Illinois Route 3.
Collision could cost motorcyclist her leg
By REBECCA HOPKINS and ANGELA MUELLER
Telegraph staff writers
GODFREY — A Florissant, Mo., woman faces the possibility of losing her lower left leg following a collision Monday on Illinois Route 3 near Piasa Creek.
Mary A. Lee, 46, was appar
ently turning east onto Route 3 from Beltrees Lane when her motorcycle struck the left rear bumper of a vehicle in the opposite lane, causing her to lose control. Trooper Edward Kozicky from the Illinois State Police said the accident was still under investigation and
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Calhoun native killed in Kosovo
Died after being hit by vehicle
By CORY A. PITT
For The Telegraph
Independence Day celebrations turned to sorrow on Sunday for residents of Calhoun County, who mourned the loss of a local Army soldier who died Sunday after being struck by a vehicle in Kosovo.
Anthony Gilman, 22, of Michael, died from injuries after being struck by a vehicle while directing traffic in Kosovo at approximately 3:00 a.m. local time, IO a.m. in Yugoslavia. Gilman, who was just over halfway through his four years of military service, was rushed after the collision to the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia, where he was stabilized. He was then taken to Germany, where he died approximately seven hours later.
Specific details of the incident are unknown at this time.
Gilman’s parents, Fred and Mary Gilman, also of Michael, were notified of the incident by a phone call from Washington, D.C. early Sunday morning. The couple were preparing to fly to Germany to be with their son when an Army representative called a few hours later and told them Gilman had died.
“(The representative) said they normally do not inform families over the phone, but since they had been in contact with us, they called back and told us he had passed away,” Fred Gilman said.
Gilman, a 1994 graduate of Calhoun High School, worked as an engineer with large vehicles such as bulldozers and cranes, and spent most of his military service in Germany. He was sent to Turkey in January 1999 to work near Bulgaria, Macedonia and Yugoslavia.
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Vandals wreck fencing at Community Hope Center
By ANGELA MUELLER
Telegraph staff writer
COTTAGE HILLS -Vandals destroyed more than 430 feet of chain-link fencing at the Community Hope Center, 950 14th St., sometime Sunday night or early Monday morning.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Department took fingerprints and searched for evidence Monday afternoon along the 437-foot length of fencing marking the western boundary of the Hope Center’s property. The long stretch of fencing was lying on the roadway after wires connecting the fencing to metal posts were clipped. More than 50 metal
fence posts were bent toward the ground.
“That’s a lot of work for someone to come out and do all that on a hot night like last night,” said Robert Bethel, a member of the Hope Center’s board of directors, as he looked down the long line of damaged fencing.
Bethel estimated the damages to be close to $6,000. The chain-link fencing can be reused, but all the posts will have to be dug up and replaced.
The Sheriff’s Department is continuing its investigation, said Lt. Donald Bunt.
“They’re following up on
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Above: Madison County Sheriff’s Deputy Carole Fowler and Sgt. Erie Decker survey the damage done to a chain-link fence Monday behind the Community Hope Center at 95014th St. in Cottage Hills. Left: Deputy Fowler interviewed Leameai J. Davis, a volunteer at the Hope Center.