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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - July 17, 1999, Alton, Illinois MIU Vt HIM' WI it <**■- jVnaVtU SMITH SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 telegrap Public Unkt Students square off for championship Paged The outlook Partly sunny, hot ami humid. High 90; low 72 Page C-12 Senior Ulastyle Checkout some issues that affect all seniors Vol. 164, No. 183 — 50 cents Special, Section ^    --——-:—_   ifwwf.iiicicieytapil.UQH Couple held in bank holdup By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Michelle A. Phillips, 20, and Phillips is susDected of walk- thp hank nnri oslrart In Haft IU... M I at t i .   By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - An Alton couple was arrested Thursday night near Chicago in the Liberty Bank robbery in Godfrey. The woman is accused of holding up the bank Monday while her boyfriend and her baby waited in a car with a juvenile. Michelle A. Phillips, 20 Venson T. Price, 18, were arrested Thursday night on a suppressed warrant obtained Wednesday because of information Phillips developed from an anonymous tip. Phillips is suspected of walk ing into Liberty Bank Monday afternoon, displaying a handgun and demanding cash. Price, the baby and a juvenile were outside in a Ford Taurus while Phillips was taking the money, said Capt. Don Spaul of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. The juvenile may also be charged, officials said. A juvenile who walked into the bank and asked to use the restroom just before the robbery is also suspected of being with the group, Spaul said. It’s not known if that juvenile is the one who was in the car. Phillips and Price formerly lived on Powhattan Street in Alton but most recently were living together on Greenview Avenue in Alton, Spaul said. Authorities had been looking for them since shortly after they fled the bank in a car borrowed from a relative. In the robbery, a woman pointed a pellet gun at the tellers and demanded cash. She was not wearing anything to conceal her identity, and her picture was caught on videotape. Authorities received an anonymous tip shortly after a picture of the woman appeared in local newspapers. The tip referred to a juvenile who was present during the robbery. Deputies interviewed that juvenile and obtained enough information to obtain the warrant, detectives said. After further interviews, deputies found the pellet gun and the clothing worn by the woman during the robbery. “They had been dumped ■ See HOLDUP, Page A-11 Haydn Wakefield of South Africa rises from his cot Friday morning at the River Bend Arena at Lewis and Clark Community Solfege\nUGodfrey! ofhoteTrooms nn ^ers town or 1999 Tennis Association Futures of Godfrey tournament are staying at the arena because of a shortage No room Tennis players forced onto cots as hotels fill up By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY — Two classrooms at Lewis and Clark Community College have been turned into temporary lodgings for more than 40 professional tennis players who were told there is no room in area inns. With the combination of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Spencer T. Olin Golf Course this week and the 1999 U.S. Tennis Association Futures of Godfrey tournament at LCCC beginning Friday, hotels and motels are overflowing “It’s a busy weekend in the area in terms of availability,” said Rob Simp son, organizer of the USTA tournament. “The local hotels were at capacity. ” To accommodate the overflow of visitors, LCCC and the American Red Cross teamed up to house the visitors. Cots, on loan from the Red Cross, were set up in two classrooms in the River Bend Arena on the LCCC campus. About 40 tennis players will be calling these classrooms home until other lodging becomes available. “We realized Wednesday evening it was get-■ See ROOM, Page A-11 Volunteers put their all into Public Links tournament By CORY A. PITT For The Telegraph ALTON — It has taken the dedication of many volunteers to make this week’s U.S. Amateur Public Links golf tournament a success. Ron and Sherry Cowan and their fellow workers have performed better than par for the course. The husband and wife volunteer team from Brighton has put in time and extra effort for the tournament, which wraps up with the finals today at Spencer T. Olin Community Golf Course in Gordon Moore Park. Ron Cowan has worked this week as driver’s chair, coordinating transportation along with his extensive list of volunteer drivers. The team of drivers provided transportation this week, and late last week, for golfers arriving and leaving the area through Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, as well as those in hotels needing transportation to the course and back. Sherry Cowan has worked the giant leader board, communicating with USGA scorekeepers at each hole by wireless radio, tracking the scores of competitors. Ron Cowan, along with Don Huber, host committee chairman of the tournament, compiled a list of people they thought would dedicate time to provide transportation for golfers and their families in the tournament. “We made a list of dedicated drivers, mostly people I’ve known all my life in combination with some people Huber knew,” said Cowan, a Union Electric retiree. “People dedicated their time from every walk of business. They are just a bunch of people dedicated to getting the job done and getting it done right.” See VOLUNTEERS, Page A-11Good:V; Morning Area/Illinois    . .A-3,7 Bulletin Board .A-6 Classifieds____C-8 Comics  ......A-8 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope____A-8 Nation/world    . .A-12 Obituaries.....A-5 Accario, Bagaglio, Bays, Brooks, Griffin, Long, McFerrin, Nichols, Patterson, Rainwater, Ruffner, Woods Religion.....C-7,8 Television.....A-9 Costello to push House vote on steel loan bill By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON — U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello of Illinois .is waging a strong battle in Congress to pass an emergency loan bill to save Laclede Steel Co. in Alton from bankruptcy. “The survival of Laclede Steel and the jobs of the 600-plus    _ , employees    Costello in Alton depends on Congress passing the vital emergency loan legislation,” said Costello, D-Belleville, who is leading a campaign to move the bill to the U.S. House floor for action in the next few weeks. On Friday, the U.S. Senate approved a $1.5 billion loan bill to help ailing oil and steel companies such as Laclede, then sent it to the House. “Laclede is important to the health of the economy of the Alton community, and we must work together to keep the steel plant operating,” said Costello, a co-sponsor of the loan bill. “I’ll ask (House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.) to move the steel loan bill to the House floor for action as soon as possible,” Costello said. The bill would provide loans to Laclede to make more than $40 million in improvements to a 30-year-old furnace in the electric melt shop and machinery in the 14-inch tube mill at the Alton plant. ■ See COSTELLO, Page A-11 The U.S. Senate approved a $1.5 billion loan bill Friday to help ailing oil and steel companies such as Laclede Steel Co. in Alton, then sent it to the House. ;

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