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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - July 7, 1999, Alton, Illinois Wheelchairs will roll out to support homes By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE -Wheelchairs will roll Saturday in the courtyard of the Madison    County Administration Building, 157 N. Main St. in Edwardsville. The County Homes Action Committee will host its 2nd Annual Wheelchair Ramble at 9:30 a.m. in support of two care homes, which some county officials claim don’t have enough operating funds to remain open. “We invite everyone who supports keeping the homes open to come out,” said Debbie Groeteka of Collinsville, a cochair of the CHAC. “We know so much more about this issue now than we did one year ago when a divided County Board See HOMES, Page A-9 I Good Morning ! • Area/Illinois ... . .A-3,7 Bauer, Campbell, Cobeck, Bulletin Board . .. .A-6 Finke, Gedda, Hill, Classifieds____ .. .C-7 Hofmeister, Norise Editorial____ .. .A-4 Novotny, Roper, Ross, Food......... .. .B-1 Schreiber, Steele, Nation/World .. ,. .D-5 Thornburgh Obituaries ..... .. .A-5 Scoreboard ...____C-2 THE TELEG ism Card starter McGwire earns spot ai NL All-Star squad PageC-l Vol. 164, No. 173 — 50 cents The outlook Partly to mostly sunny and hot; high near 90, low near 70 Page IM lyons’share Truck parts supplier opens shop in Jerseyville Page D-l Wednesday, July 7,1999 .    mu    *    ciuyiapii/mrknvjiic: rn. Dnni^co Sebastian Johnson, 11, of Cahokia, gets help from Alton Memorial Hospital paramedics after he was hit by a car crossing Washington Avenue by Broadway on Tuesday afternoon. He was taken to Alton Memorial Hospital with a compound fracture to his left leg. Below: Johnson’s mother, Veretta, center, watches aa paramedics assist her son.Vehicles hit boy, ll, and woman, 57 By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer City rounding up properties Plans for new police station progressing By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — The city has purchased six of 30 properties it needs to clear away for a new law enforcement facility in the Washington Avenue-Broadway area. In addition, officials have sales contracts on IO more properties. The remaining 14 properties are being appraised to determine fair prices for them. “We’re just taking it day by day,” said Dennis Dugan, the city’s director of housing and cornin u n i t y development. “We’re trying to get these purchased at fair market value. The ones we’ve entered into contract with are fair numbers. We are trying to be fair to the taxpayers and fair to the property owners.” The city plans to demolish the prop- The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN The city has purchased six of the 30 properties it needs, including this one at 1710 E. Broadway, in order to build a police station at Broadway and Washington Avenue. The structures are slated for demolition. erties. Dugan said an environmental study found no significant cleanups are needed. While Dugan is negotiating sales contracts on the houses and businesses, other officials in Alton City Hall are working on planning the structure. Last week, architects AAIC Inc. of Collinsville met with Mayor Don Sandidge and members of a police station planning committee to “refine the design relative to the site, traffic circulation issues, parking and security matters,” said Phil Roggio, director of business and economic development. On the committee are aldermen and city and police officials. Roggio said architects have proposed a “couple of concepts” for designing the 40,000-square-foot sta- ■ See CITY, Page A-9 ..........  I'l"1-!"1    " ■ ...............SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 ALTON — Emergency crews responded to two separate incidents late Tuesday afternoon involving vehicle accidents. An 11-year-old boy who was struck by a car while crossing Washington Avenue around 6:15 p.m. suffered from a fractured left leg. Sebastian Johnson, of Cahokia, was crossing Washington Avenue near the Broadway intersection when he was struck by a car traveling south on Washington. “Apparently, the car saw him and tried to stop,” said Tom Chappell, assistant fire chief. “It didn’t run him over or anything.” Johnson was transported to Alton Memorial Hospital with a compound fracture to the femur in his left thigh. “He probably had some bone fragments in there,” Chappell said. “That’s a very painful injury, but he Family suing again over fireworks death moored in the Mississippi River during the annual Riverfront Blast fireworks show. This lawsuit focuses on product liability on the part of several fireworks manufacturers, as well as the purported lack of seaworthiness of the barge aboard which Hernandez was working. Named as defendants are Limited Leasing Co. and St. Charles Sand Co., the alleged owners of the barge; and Sunny International, Glorious Company, S. Mantsuna Co., Yung Feng Firecracker Co. Ltd., Independent Professional Fireworks ■ See FAMILY, Page A-9 ielief from heat (owing this way Cool air, showers should break heat wave By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer By ANDE YAKSTIS and SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writers Cooler air from Canada will provide some relief to people sweltering in a heat wave hanging over The Telegraph area. “Cool air out of the northwest will give us a little relief from the severe humidity (today),” said Vince Acquaviva, of the St. Louis National Weather Service. “We’re looking for showers overnight Tuesday.” The temperature will hover around 90 degrees today, a drop of five degrees from the hot, humid 95-degree Fourth of July weekend, Acquaviva said. “The temperature stayed above 90 degrees from Saturday through Monday with high humidity,” he said. “The heat index reached 108 degrees on Saturday.” Heavy thunderstorms rumbled through the area Tuesday afternoon, with an inch of rain falling in some communities of Madison and Jersey counties. “We’re keeping a close watch on the thunderstorms on radar,” said Bill Bryant, a meteorologist at the weather service in St. Louis. The afternoon rain soaked fields of growing corn and soybeans on farms throughout the area. “The shower of rain will help the soil after the hot, humid weekend,” said Ray Gvillo, of the Madison County* Farm Service Agency in Edwardsville. “The rain will replenish the subsoil moisture. ” Spring and summer showers have been a big boost to the growing corn and soy- ■ See HEAT, Page A-9 Jack Wickenhauser, owner of Jack Wickenhauser Construction Co., waters the lawn of a home he built in Godfrey in sweltering heat Tuesday, as storm clouds promising cooler temperatures roll in behind him. was a real trooper. After we put him in traction, he wasn’t in as much pain.” In a separate incident Tuesday afternoon, an Alton woman was struck by a vehicle while riding her bicycle in the 3300 block of Belle Street in Alton. Alma Hart, 57, of the 3300 block of Belle Street, was knocked off her bicycle when she was struck by a car traveling on Belie during Tuesday afternoon’s heavy rainstorm. The Alton Fire Department received a call to the scene at 4:44 p.m. Hart was transported to Saint Anthony’s Hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries and released. EDWARDSVILLE - A family that already has a lawsuit pending over a fireworks-related death in Alton two years ago is suing again. Gerardo and Juana Hernandez, administrators of the estate of their son, Ramon Hernandez of Chicago, have named a new line of defendants in the latest suit, filed Tuesday in Madison County Circuit Court. Hernandez and two Chicago area men died July 3, 1997, when a shell misfired and set off a chain reaction explosion and fire aboard a barge ;