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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - May 8, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 E TELECKY He s out I Outdoors Cardinals I House put Osborne I built on on disabled i love of list    I    nature Page B-l I Page C-l The outlook j Becoming partly sunny. I High 75; low 53 Page IK I Time for dessert Annie’s Frozen Custard getting ready for busiest time of the year Page D-lVol. 164, No. 113 — 50 cents Saturday, May 8,1999 www.thetelegraph.comSun may set for SunRise Judge’s ruling leaves nursing home on verge of closing By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A federal judge’s ruling may cause a troubled nursing home to close its doors as early as next month. With limited options remaining, SunRise Care & Rehabilitation, 1095 University Drive in Edwardsville, likely will lose its Medicare and Medicaid benefits June 5. “It’s going to scare (the residents) to death,” said Rob Hoff of Edwardsville, whose father lives at SunRise He said residents hadn’t heard about the judge’s ruling as of late Friday. “If a federal judge can’t make a decision, who can? We’re terribly disappointed,” Hoff said. The home must follow the rules of the health care survey and inspection process and does not fall under the jurisdiction of the courts, ruled U.S. District Judge William I) Stiehl of East St. Louis in his dismissal of the case. “If we want to appeal it, we have to go through the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration process,” said Karen Gilliland, a spokeswoman for Sun Health Care Group, which owns SunRise and about 420 other nursing homes throughout the United States. “The problem is that (process) takes years, so that’s not an option for us,” she said. She said the company had not made a decisions on how to proceed as of late Friday. Meanwhile, Tom Schafer, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Public Health, said the state agency will have ■ See SUNRISE. Page A-7 Man leads police on two chases By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — A 26-year-old man rested in jail after leading police on two foot chases Friday, one after he escaped from the Alton Police Department. The man, who lives in the 2900 block of Werges Avenue, first grabbed the arm of a member of his household and hit her several times, police reported. He then drove off in his car. While at a bank parking lot at Brown Street and Washington Avenue, police said he tried to ram his car into that of a woman who had helped the battered victim. He also tried to force her car off the road. The man then drove to Rock Spring Park, with police in pursuit. Police said he did not ■ See CHASES. Page A-7Hazardous intersection may get temporary signal The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN An Alton police officer, one of many who participated Friday in a search of Downtown for a prisoner who escaped from the police station while being booked, walks East Broadway looking under cars and in trash bins. The suspect, who escaped with his hands cuffed behind him, was captured about 25 minutes later on nearby Front Street. Area/Illinois . .A-3,8 Bulletin Board .A-6 Classifieds C-4 Comics.......D-5 Editorial ......A-4 Nation/world .. .C-2 Obituaries A-5 Barrett, Colley, Fleming, Freeman, Gray, Hutcherson, Mandorca, Pilkington, Recknagel, Reynolds, Robinson, Watson Religion C-3,4 Television C-5 Decision on open/closed campus awaits panel’s word By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — A committee considering the possibility of making Alton High School a closed campus during lunch periods is preparing to make a recommendation to the school board at its May 18 regular meeting. Scott Neudecker, committee chairman, said the committee did not want to reveal its recommendation before the May 18 meeting, but members felt they had researched the issue thoroughly and were prepared to make their recommendation. “We discussed every possible aspect that would be affected by closing the campus or leaving it open.” The committee, which has been meeting weekly since Feb. 25, is made up of teachers, students, parents, administrators and business leaders. Neudecker said 13 of the committee members voted in April on a final recommendation. “It wasn’t a close vote. It was heavily weighted one way.” The committee polled teachers and business leaders for opinions on the issue, and it had two student committee members report after visiting two closed-campus schools, Edwardsville Senior High School and Granite City Senior High School. Representatives from the high school scheduling department and the Alton Police Department also reported about the effects of closing the campus on scheduling and security. Food service managers reported on the feasibility of feeding all 2,000 of the high school students on campus. Superintendent Mike Beaber said about 300 to 400 students can be served in the school cafeteria during a halfhour lunch period. With five lunch periods, starting at 10:30 a.m. and ending at I p.m., the entire student body potentially could be fed in the present cafeteria. “There are issues to consider, such as whether a student has time to walk to the cafeteria, stand in line and eat during a half-hour period,” Beaber said. “Also, some classes would have to ■ See CAMPUS, Page A-7 By STEVE WHITWORTH Telegraph staff writer GODFREY — A compromise worked out by village and state officials could result in a temporary traffic signal and crosswalk at the dangerous intersection of Godfrey Road and Stamper Lane later this year. Godfrey Mayor Michael Campion outlined the idea in a letter released earlier this week. In the letter, he referred to the March incident in which a 14-year-old pupil in the eighth grade at North Middle School was hit by a ear and severely injured while trying to cross Godfrey Road near the school. “Traffic control lights at Godfrey Road and Stamper Lane may prevent such accidents in the future,” Campion wrote in the letter. Stamper Lane borders the school property on the south. Under the current configuration, pupils must walk about IOO yards north from the school to cross Godfrey Road at its intersection with Tolle Lane, where there is a traffic signal and crosswalk. Along with the accident in which the eighth-grader was hit, village officials became con cerned about the potential for accidents involving pedestrians with the recent opening of the new McDonald’s restaurant on Godfrey Road, almost directly across from North Middle School. As Campion noted in his letter, the Illinois Department of Transportation has announced a plan to add a bi-directional left-turn lane on Godfrey Road, which will make it a five-lane highway from Homer Adams Parkway to Village Hall. The IDOT plan calls for traffic control lights and a crosswalk to be installed at the intersec tion of Godfrey and Stamper, but those improvements may not be completed for two or three years. “I don’t believe we can wait that long,” Campion’s letter said. The mayor’s solution was to ask IDOT for permission to install a temporary traffic signal and crosswalk at the intersection. On Tuesday night, the Village Board’s Finance Committee authorized village engineer Dennis Hartman to work with IDOT engineers ■ See SIGNAL, Page A-7 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Alton High School students hang out on the parking lot of Hardee's in upper Alton during their lunch hour. ;

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