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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - March 9, 1999, Alton, Illinois ft*SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Second time around: Michelle’s Resale j and Treasures promises a little of everything Pi ’age D-l • Fair fun Seniors swing at SIUE Page B-l The outlook Mostly cloudy, snow aiding early; high near 36, low near 28 Page Mi Legend dies Joltin’ Joe loses battle with cancer Page C-lVol. 164, No. 53 — 50 cents Tuesday, March 9,1999 By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - Larry and Nita Duncan watched helplessly Monday as a fire, fanned by a bitter cold wind destroyed the home of 26 years. The couple fought back tears but promised to build again on the farm on Lanterman Road near Buchta Road. Heavy smoke and flames licked through the roof, and each time firefighters doused the blaze in one area, it sprung up in another. “I’m just glad no one was hurt. Houses can be rebuilt,” Nita Duncan, 57, said. Larry Duncan said the fire, which ■ Photo Page C-8 apparently broke out around the metal chimney of a wood stove, was too big by the time it was discovered for he and a neighbor to put out the blaze. “We got fire extinguishers, but it was just too far‘along," Larry Duncan said. He said a stiff wind out of the north lifted the smoke out of range for them to notice. “The wind was terrible,” Meadowbrook Fire Chief Cory Bowen said. The pelting sleet and cold also made the job difficult, he said. ■ See FIRE, Page A-7* Woman found dead in Alton City records third homicide of 1999 By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — The city recorded its third homicide of 1999 late Monday afternoon with the death of a woman in the 1800 block of Central Avenue. Police and emergency medical crews responded to a call at 4:52 p m. at the home concerning an “unresponsive female,” said Sgt.-Det. Mike McNamara. • When the police and fire crews arrived, they found a woman believed to be in her 30s dead inside the home. A Madison County Coroner’s deputy pronounced the woman dead at 7:05 p m. McNamara said the woman “suffered injuries" leading to her death, but would not specify what those injuries were. A source close to the case said she was shot. McNamara said an autopsy is scheduled for today. Police were withholding the woman’s identity Monday until her relatives could be notified. McNamara also confirmed that police were investigating the possibility that the woman’s homicide may be connected to a body apparently found in a car in the Cochran Gardens housing complex in St. Louis. The car reportedly matched the description of a vehicle seen in the vicinity of the Alton woman’s slaying. McNamara said no one was in custody in the shooting Monday night. The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Above: A firefighter moves a hose into position on the roof of a house on Lanterman Road near Buchta Road in Meadowbrook Monday as flames leap from a higher section of roof behind him. Below: Homeowner Larry Duncan, who escaped the house unharmed with his wife, watches as flames consume the upstairs of his two-story house. Fire destroys couple’s home Jersey mourns loss of girl killed by train They reported her missing to the Jerseyville Police Department and she was later identified as the victim. The Jersey County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating the collision. Authorities reported that the train conductor and engineer said Banach tried to get out of the way of the train. The engineer said the train could not stop. “She was on the tracks running north and had looked back in trying to get away from the train,” Cunningham said. He said it appears she didn’t simply jump to the side because the tracks are on a raised surface surrounded by gravel and woods, and it was very dark. In the dark, the cleared crossing at Sunderland Road appears much closer than it really is, Cunningham said. “I’m sure she thought she could make it to the crossing,” he said. However, she was still about 735 feet from the eross- ■ See LOSS, Page A-7 By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer JERSEYVILLE - Students and staff at Jersey Community High School are mourning the loss of junior Michelle “Shelley” Banach, who was struck by a freight train while walking on tracks early Sunday morning. Banach, 16, was pronounced dead at Banach the scene at 3:58 a.m., just south of the Sunderland Road crossing near the south edge of Jerseyville, said Jersey County    Coroner    Larry Alexander. Her parents thought she had gone to sleep at their Jerseyville residence, but discovered she was not there at about 5:30 a m., said Jersey County    Sheriff    Paul Cunningham. ■TOV * PRI W RETAIL-WHOLESALE AND COMMERCIAL CARPETING OVER 700 ROLLS IN STOCKI PRICES STARTING AT JUST SQ.FT. Good* Morality Area/Illinois.......A-3 Bulletin Board A-6 Classified.........C-5 Nation/World......B-3 Obituaries........A-5 Bentley, Bowes, Chumley, Hellmuth, Hill, Kerman, Pear, Poos, Ridenhower, Robings, Stott Ie r, Trotter, Tucker, Weiss, West Scoreboard.......C-2 Television ........B-5 Late winter storm causes flurry of minor accidents By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON — A late winter storm spread a glaze of sleet on highways and sidewalks Monday, causing a flurry of minor vehicle accidents. “More than a xk inch of sleet and rain fell on the Alton area but the big snow storm blew to the north toward the Quincy area,” said Bill Bryant of the St. Louis National Weather Service. Warm moisture out of the Gulf of Mexico and cold air from the north collided and created the snow and sleet across the area, Bryant said. State and city road crews spread salt on slippery bridges and highway overpasses after wind gusts up to 25 mph blew snow and sleet across the pavement. “The wind was strong and the roads are extremely wet but traffic is moving steady,” said Kent Muskopf, operations engineer of the Illinois Department of Transportation. Road crews and their trucks were out early Monday on highways after a winter advisory was issued Sunday night, Muskopf said. “There were slick spots on the highways but all of the roads are passable,” he said. ■ See STORM, Page A-7 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Alton firefighters walk around a car that slid out of control on sleet covered Belle Street near 16th Street Monday, slid up a utility pole guide wire and overturned. ;