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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - March 23, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 The mats best All-area wrestling team named Page B-l Vol. 164, No. 67 — 50 cents Climbing the ladder Student to attend i business con- j ference PageB-8 : 111 ^ *1 'n- -’Em! 4 I | The outlook Lifetime of work Partly cloudy Alt, and warmer ;    V high near 53,    eel low near 36    ;    years of Page IM i lusiness Page IM Tuesday, March 23,1999 Ex-Beverly Farm worker indicted Woman dropped dumbbell on resident’s foot By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - An Alton woman has been indicted on a battery charge accusing her of dropping a dumbbell on the foot of a Beverly Farm resident. Prosecutors handling the case said they do not know why Porchia Allen, 24, would have dropped the object on the foot of the resident. “Ifs hard to figure,” said Tom Nevins, a prosecutor who took the case before a Madison County Grand Jury. He said the indictment is partly based on a statement that Allen, a former employee, made to another employee. Madison County Deputy Sheriff Scott Sandidge said the indictment arises from among several incidents that occurred at the Godfrey home for people with mental and physical disabilities. He said the investigation into the other incidents continues. Five residents suffered broken big toes last November. All five were middle-aged men who lived in the same building and cannot speak effectively. A new staff member told administrators last November that a female staff member had admitted to him that she had dropped a weight on one ■ See WORKER. Page A-7Deconstruction The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Workers were tearing down the fire-ravaged portion of Dugan Tool & Die on Monday on Route 140 in Bethalto. The building was the scene of a fire last Wednesday that forced the evacuation of nearby residents when it was feared that chemicals, used inside the business, may have been involved in the fire. rea/Illinois .....A-3,8 ulletin Board A-6 usiness.........D-1 lassifieds........C-6 omics...........C-4 ditorial..........A-4 attery...........A-7 ation/World......C-2 bituaries.......A-5 arnabe, Budde, Carlton, hinkar Coif? Clonk Cummings, Edwards, Fox, Friedrich, Gillingham, Kelley, Krueger, Phillips, Pollard, Robertson, Ruehrup, Strunk, Todd, Unterbrink Region.......;.. .C-1 Scoreboard.......B-2 Stocks ...........D-2 Television ........C-5 Weather..........D-6 Kidnapping still haunts families one year later By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer ALTON — The families involved will always remember March 3, 1998. On that day, a 57-year-old school teacher from California turned a peaceful Tuesday morning into every parent’s nightmare. Now, a year has passed since four Alton girls — Shairetha Allison, now 13, Whitney Allison, 9, Shaquecia Hill, ll, and Celsey Carman, ll, were taken by Alvina Sheeley Riley while the children were at a bus stop on the corner of Central and Pearl streets, waiting to go to Lovejoy Elementary School. Riley, under a plea agreement reached between her public defender and the U.S. Attorney’s office, is currently in a mental institution in California. During a November hearing, Riley pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Two mothers involved in the kidnapping spoke with The Telegraph on Monday morning on the changes within the family since the incident. “If my daughter is five ■ See KIDNAP. Page A-7 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Diana Copenhaver, left, and Felecia Spiller, right, both parents of children abducted a year ago from the intersection of Central Avenue and Pearl Street, background, stand at the site Monday with Lee Barham. Costello fighting to save Laclede Trade restriction, loans part of plan to keep company alive By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON — There’s a new boy in town — and he’s serving hamburgers, pork chops, seafood and fresh strawberry pies to hungry diners. The new Big Boy Restaurant opened on Homer Adams Parkway in Alton Monday with their “world-renowned” double decker hamburgers and famous hand-dipped milkshakes in 20 flavors. “Welcome to the new Big Boy in Alton,” employee Stacy Robinson said with a smile to the first diners who walked into the restaurant at 181 E. Homer Adams Parkway. Customers stopped outside to look at the familiar Big Boy statue carrying a ■ See BIG BOY, Page A-7 John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Springfield, to pass a bill restricting steel imports. With strong support from Costello and Shimkus, the steel bill passed the House on Thursday and now heads for the Senate where Durbin will urge semi-tors to pass the restrictions on steel imports. “Laclede Steel Co. is facing bankruptcy and efforts are under way just to keep the plant open," Costello said in a strong speech on the House floor Thursday. “I urge Congress and the Clinton Administration to take immediate action to end illegal foreign imports of steel.” Costello, Shimkus and Durbin are pushing a second bill in the U.S. Senate for emergency loans to save Laclede and other floundering U.S. steel companies. The emergency loan bill could help Laclede obtain an estimated $50 million in financing to begin major capital improvements at the Alton plant, said Michael Lane, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Laclede. The multimillion dollar improvements would help “ensure the future success of ■ See LACLEDE, Page A-7 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN The trademark figure of Big Boy stands outside the restaurant Monday where customers were leaving after breakfast on opening day. Big Boy is in the same building that was once a Shoney’s restaurant on the Homer Adams Parkway in Alton. Big Boy opens arms to hungry public By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO - U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello is teaming up with congressional leaders to pass bills to restrict steel imports and offer loans to save Laclede Steel Co. in Alton. “The survival of Laclede and other steel companies — and thousands of jobs — depends on s ' 0 P P 1    «    Costello cheap foreign steel imports that are glutting the U.S. market,” Costello said. Costello pledged his support to help keep Laclede Steel Co, open Monday at a meeting of mayors and business leaders at Geno’s 140 Club in Bethalto. Laclede officials and United Steelworkers Union leaders are attempting to work out a financing plan to save Laclede from bankruptcy. Laclede filed for Chapter ll bankruptcy Nov. 30 in St. Louis in a move to reorganize the company and keep the Alton plant and five others operating. Costello, D-Belleville, is joining forces with U.S. Rep. RETAIL-WHOLESALE AND COMMERCIA! CARPETING OVER 700 ROUS IN STOCK! PRICES STARTING AT JUST ;