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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - July 31, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 THE TELEGRAPH Homefront Couple makes smart use of small space Page C-l Growing practice Orthopedic . \ ara! sports ^►.medicine / dime moves PageD-l The oudook Partly sunny with late thunderstorms. High 98; low 72 Page IX MIC biti 38 McGwire five home runs away from 500 PageB-l 164, No. 197 — 50 cents Saturday, July 31,1999 www.thetelegraph.comFirefighter’s body found me Teiegrapn/JOMN badman Alton firefighter Dennis Parker, right, and Capt. Mike Porter, who worked with firefighter Charlie Roades on Engine 73, hang black bunting on the front of Alton Fire Station No. 2 Friday morning after learning that Roades’ body had been found in the Mississippi River.Autopsy finds guard died by drowning By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER - The body of longtime Alton firefighter Charlie Roades was recovered rn    t Vin AA VAIA    VII V murky waters of    the Mississippi River early Friday morning. Employees of    the Economy Boat Store _ spotted the Roades body near their business off the Amoco Cutoff Road, just west of Illinois Route 3. Roades, 49, an Alton firefighter since 1974, last was seen alive at 2 a m. Thursday at the dry-docked old Alton Belle Casino, near the inter- H See BODY, Page A-7 Good Morning J Area/Illinois .. .A-3 Bast, Busby, Eggley, Bulletin Board .A-6 Roades, Schultz, Classifieds ... .C-5 Sparks Editorial ..... .A-4 Religion.......C-4 Horoscope ... .C-2 Scoreboard----B-2 Nation---- A-8 Stocks........D-2 Obituaries---- A-5 Television.....C-3 Robber hits Hamel bank, then flees By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer HAMEL — Authorities are looking for a robber who quietly walked into Hamel State Bank at 10:38 a.m. Friday, displayed a note and got away on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. As in a similar robbery recently at Liberty Bank in Godfrey, the robber made no attempt to hide his identity and was caught on video, deputies said. The robber attracted little attention from customers inside the bank. “I didn’t see a thing,” said a manager from a nearby Shell station who was in the bank at 105 E. State St. at the time of the robbery. Authorities released a description of the robber after a search of the area turned up nothing. The robber was described as a white man in his mid-20s; 5 feet, 7 inches to 5 feet, 9 inches tall ; thin; light-colored baseball hat; unshaven face; wearing a black T-shirt with the name Reebok in light-colored letters; and possibly wearing Shorts. He had dirty-looking hair that stuck out from beneath the cap. Capt. Don Spaul, chief of detectives for the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, said the robber displayed a threatening note but did not display a weapon. He said an audit is being conducted and the amount taken is not known. The robber reportedly fled east toward Interstate 55, but no vehicle was seen. Police did a search of the area and-the interstate looking for the robber or for witnesses but turned up nothing. A clerk at the Shell station said she saw a man in the store that fit the description of the robber. She said she may be able to identify him if she sees a picture from the tape. Spaul said Hamel police, the sheriff’s office and the FBI are investigating the case. People with information are urged to call 692-4422, 692-1140 (the anonymous tip line) or 692-0871. Bank officials had no comment after the robbery. Customers who came to the bank on business said they were shocked such a thing could happen in a quiet- town like Hamel. "You might expect that kind of thing in Alton, but not in Hamel,” said Debbie Griffin, 34, of Cottage Hills. Godfrey cleaners ends 95 years in business By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY - The staff at Joe Stork Cleaners turned off the steam presses and flipped over the closed sign for the final time Friday evening, ending 95 years of keeping the garments of customers clean and pressed. Owner Nell Stork and her daughter Sandy Goeken, general manager, have decided to close the doors of the full-service dry cleaning business that has been in their family for three generations in Alton and Godfrey. “We decided it was retirement time,” Goeken, 59, said. “Mom and I are getting older, and we decided it would be good for all of us.” Pending offers on the Stork family’s property at 2705 Godfrey Road prompted the family to make this summer the last for the business. Goeken said several parties ■ See CLEANERS, Page Ar7Relief is in sightThunderstorms expected to bring in cooler air By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer The National Weather Service has encouraging news. Residents can cross their fingers and hope for a break in the scorching temperatures by Sunday — and even cooler weather by Monday. “If our forecasts are right, the excessive heat and humidity should be over with by Sunday, with a high around 90 degrees,” said Scott Truett of the Weather Service. “It looks like we are going to be getting some relief as we head into the weekend with a front coming down that will bring thunderstorms with it. Temperatures will remain fairly hot (today) but should be noticeably better on Sunday and in the 80s by Monday.” A heat advisory will remain in effect today, Truett said. Prolonged intense heat was likely the catalyst behind a power outage from 11:30 a.m. to about 1:30 p.m. Friday in the 1000 and HOO blocks of Washington Avenue in Alton, said Tim Fox, AmerenUE corporate communications supervisor. “Approximately 170 of our customers were affected, but all of them were back with service within that two-hour period,” Fox said. “We’ve been extremely busy with the heat in terms of load capacity, but so far we’ve been in pretty good shape.” ■ See RELIEF, PageA-T’ a week BCA DVD’s $4**9 a week REGISTER TO WIN! a FULL SIZED WASHER & DRYER •Drawing to be held Pct. 1,1999 wki/$3,*30l6 *DVD-78wRs/$779.22 ,Computei^4^»^^ Pat O’Brien from Barrett Heating and Cooling Inc. replaces air-conditioning units Friday at 12th Street Presbyterian Church in Alton. 46” ROA BSQ SCREEN ;

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