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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - May 4, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 itll WfliS III Toys popularity    i Jersey finishes 2nd proves to be a    I at Roxana Relays powerful ‘Force’ i Pagel>l ; Page B-l | Ji Ii it APU* it A Isolated showers and thun-derstorms-■is< high near 78, — low near 58 Page IMI Many gearing up for annual fiesta Page C lVol. 164, No. 109 —50 cents Tuesday, May 4,1999 www.thetelegraph.com Officials gather at prayer breakfast Bomb threat at AHS Building search uncovers nothing By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — A bomb threat called into Alton High School Monday morning cleared classrooms for approximately an hour while officers from Alton police and fire departments searched the buildings. A young male called the high school attendance office around 7:50 a.m. and indicated that a bomb was going to explode somewhere in the school, Superintendent Mike Beaber reported. The AHS school day begins at 8 a rn. “The caller didn’t indicate what exact time the bomb would go off or what building it was in,” Beaber said. “The decision was made to evacuate the buildings.*’ More than 2,000 students and 180 high school staff members remained in the student parking area until 8:58 a m., when officials completed the search which uncovered nothing of a suspicious nature, police authorities reported. mmmmmmmmammmmmm. , The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Alton Police blocked the entrances to all of the high school complex, including the entrance to the Pit Monday morning after a bomb threat forced the evacuation of the school for more than an hour. Alton High School senior Keith Freeman, below, was growing tired of his wait to return to classes. More.Photos, Page Ct recommend the strictest possible disciplinary actions be taken. “If it is a student, the recommendation will be made that the student lie expelled from school Tor the maximum amount of time allowed by law, which is up to two years," Beaber said. The perpetrator could also be arrested and «rpi I i “We sent officers from the police and fire departments, but we didn’t find anything,” said Sgt.    Tony Ventimiglia of the    Alton Police Department. Students --- were readmitted to class, and the school day was completed. Ventimiglia reported that police do have a lead as to the identity of the caller and will continue their investigation. Beaber said that if the perpetrator is apprehended and if he is a student, administrators will he caller didn’t indicate what exact time the bomb would go off or what building it was in.” Mike Beaber superintendent charged by the Alton police. “There is a specific statute for bomb threats or false threats,” Ventimiglia said. “We take these threats seriously.” Monday’s --bomb    threat follows three similar threats made last week at East Alton-Wood River Community High School. Three suspects, all students at the school, were apprehended Friday in connection with these threats. ■ See BOMB, Page A-7 By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer COLLINSVILLE - One thousand business and government leaders delayed the start of their work week Monday to focus on the power of prayer “This is a day we put aside our differences — geographic, political and philosophical,” U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, told a full house gathered for the First Annual Congressional Prayer Breakfast. Costello and his U S. House comrade, John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, were hosts for the 90-minute event at the Gateway Convention Center. “We gather together to ask for God’s continued blessings on us all,” Shimkus said. “But more importantly, we seek his guidance in facing the challenges of the future.” The solemn salute to God began with a presentation of colors by the Scott Air Force Base Color Guard, which placed flags behind the raised speakers’ platform as “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” was sung by businessman Ted Prehn of Bethalto. Prayer was the prime reason people attended, and there was plenty of it, with entreaties by Madison County State’s Attorney William Haine; Alton police officer David Goins; Richard Mark, an executive with St. Mary’s Hospital in East St. Louis; and Deborah Moore of the Institute for Policy Leadership at the University of Missouri. ■ See PRAYER, Page A-7 New board grants wish for union By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer ROXANA — The newly elected Village Board of Trustees wasted no time in granting the wishes of some residents at Monday night’s meeting Felix Floyd, Jim Loyd, Nick Adams and Fred Hubbard took their place as village trustees inside the council chambers. The board, after being sworn in, approved the recognition of the United Steelworkers of America as bargaining agents for the police officers of the village. The decision repealed a resolution that previously terminated the agreement between the village and the Steelworkers. ■ See BOARD, Page A-7 Morniii 6 ... . Area/Illinois............A-3,8 Bulletin Board..........A-6 Business...................D-1 Classifieds................C-7 Comics......................C-2 Editorial.....................A-4 Nation/World.............C-6 Obituaries.................A-5 Cummings, Dalton, Katauski, Scyoc, Simmons, Smith Scoreboard...............B-2 Stocks....................D-2-4 Television.................C-3 Weather.....................D-6 Crane causes power outage, traffic delays By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer EAST ALTON - A power outage Monday morning caused traffic delays and became the topic of conversations near a busy intersection in East Alton. A' crane, owned by Waggoner Equipment Co. out of Wood River, became entangled in some power lines, causing the outage. According to the company, the crane had been sent out to a wrong location along Dry Street. “The outage affected 43 customers for four hours and 37 minutes,” said Rich Conner with Illinois Power. “Eighty-four additional customers were out for two hours and 27 minutes while repairs were ■ See CRANE, Page A-7 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN An Illinois Power Co. lineman walks away from a utility pole broken Monday by a crane from Waggoner Equipment Co. in Wood River. The break occurred on Dry Street in East Alton near Shamrock Avenue, which is the primary entrance to Olin Corp.’s main plant. Shamrock Avenue was closed for several hours while repairs were made and power to some parts of East Alton was restored. 700 Rolls in stock • Vinyl from 33 4 sq. lf. • Carpet from 334 sq. ft. Perga/Mohawk Lominant Wood Flooring from * pC ;

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