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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - November 4, 1999, Alton, Illinois Boycott of BelleplannedMinister says Gregory, Sharpton to join in effort By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — A St. Louis minister says civil rights activists Dick Gregory and the Rev. Al Sharpton will come to the city later this month to aid in his boycott against the Alton Belle Casino, The Rev. Cleo Willis, 46, said he is leading the boycott in an effort to "free the Alton ll" prisoners who are facing charges or who have been convicted in the fatal beating of Richard Skelton in Alton in August 1998. The defendants are black; Skelton, 48, was white. The victim died of a heart attack after the beating on Seventh Street; Skelton and some relatives had been looking for a television set that allegedly had been stolen. Witnesses dif fered about whether Skelton had used racial epithets. “They have committed to me that all they need is an airline ticket,” said Willis, an official with the Congress On Racial Equality, about Gregory and Sharpton. Willis’ group attracted Sharpton to St. Louis last summer to protest the lack of minority construction workers hired for improvements on Interstate 70. The protesters blocked the highway. The minister said he is targeting the Alton Belle Casino for a boycott because it generates tax revenues for the city and some of those monies will be used to build Alton's new law enforcement facility. So far, a date has not been set for the visits by Gregory and Sharpton. On Saturday, Willis and his supporters plan to hold a one hour demonstration, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Lincoln-Douglas Square. He said the group will hold 30-minute protests every subsequent Saturday against what he says is the lack of justice in the Skelton case and improper police actions against the defendants. Willis said he also intends to chain himself to machinery at the new police station site at Broadway and Washington Avenue in the near future so ■ See BOYCOTT, Page A9 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Alton High School student Tamara Young, 17, right, hugs a friend Wednesday after her car hit two fellow students on College Avenue at Humbert Street smashing in the windshield, background, of her Pontiac 6000. Car hits two AHS students Teens slightly injured after youth pushes girl out of path of vehicle KTF The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Alton police, firefighters and ambulance technicians huddle around 16-year-old Trenton Lorch as he lays in the roadway.. By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ALTON — A teen-ager pushed a fellow Alton High School student out of the path of an oncoming car Wednesday afternoon, preventing her from being hit directly, and both are recovering from minor injuries suffered when they were hit. Trenton Lorch and Diana Bryant, both 16, were hit in the 2300 block of College Avenue at I p.m. Wednesday as they tried to cross the street in front of the school, just east of its intersection with Humbert Street. Driver Tamara Young, 17, also a student at Alton High, said she was driving east on College when she saw Lorch and Bryant run across the street. She said she tried to stop her car, but it was too late. “They weren’t in the crosswalk,” Young said tearfully, minutes after the accident. “He didn’t look before he headed out, but at the last second, he must have heard or seen me, because he pushed the girl he was with out of the way.” Lorch and Bryant were taken by ambulance to Alton Memorial Hospital. Hospital spokesman Rob Shelton said Bryant was treated for minor cuts and bruises. Lorch, whose 16th birthday was Wednesday, suffered a broken forearm and facial cuts. Shelton said Lorch was admitted to the hospital so that a pin could be surgically inserted to heal the break. Ixirch also suffered bruises to the back of his head. “He’s a lucky young man,” said Officer Marcus Patterson of the Alton Police Department. “He hit the vehicle’s windshield, cracked it and bounced back off onto the street. I spoke to Mr. Lorch at the scene, and he was able to describe his injuries to me just after the accident occurred." Patterson said Lorch’s quick actions prevented his friend from more serious injuries. • He pushed (Bryant) out of the way, and she just got sideswiped by the vehicle,” the officer said. Young was not cited in the accident. Authorities said the accident occurred about 20 feet east of the crosswalk at the Humbert-College intersection. Henry Street repairs to be completed soon By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Improvements at the Henry Street entrance to Riverfront Park should be completed within two weeks, opening up easier access to the park and the Alton Marina. Crews have poured concrete on the west lane of Henry south of Landmarks Boulevard. Once that side has cured — probably next week — the workers will pour concrete on the east lane, resulting in a smoother, straighter street. Sidewalks also have been installed along Henry and from the parking lot up over the levee to Riverfront Park. “We hope to have everything open by mid-November,” said Phil Roggio, Alton’s director of business and economic development. One lane of Henry has been kept open to allow access to a large parking lot used mainly by Alton Belle Casino patrons. At the top of the levee, a large concrete wall with directional signs will welcome visitors. Arrows will point to the marina, public dock and park. The gray wall resembles limestone but is molded concrete, which is cheaper, Roggio said. “They used the same procedure that was used at Lincoln-Douglas Square,” he said of the wall at Broadway and ■ See REPAIRS, Page A9Momma Area/Illinois.....A3-7 Bulletin Board----A8 Classifieds.......C7 Comics.........D5 Editorial.........A4 Horoscope.......D5 Nation/world ... C5,6 Obituaries.......A5 douser, Coontz, Ditrich, Dykeman, Epps, Kreuiter, McMurray, Schallenberg, Williams Scoreboard......B2 Stocks..........D2 Television.......C4 Alderman calls for change in sewer maintenance policy By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A yearlong battle over a sewer lateral has an Alton alderman calling for a change in city policy. Alderman Fred Young said it is time the city considers taking over the expense of maintaining sewer laterals. Young has advocated the city taking over the potentially expensive work in the past, but a recent case involving a former police officer adds weight to his argument, he said. The legal battle involves Patterson Warlick, of 920 Tremont St., who last year received tickets from the Public Works Department charging him with improper maintenance of the lateral and digging in the street without the proper permit. The department charged the leaking lateral was causing the street near the curb in front of his house to collapse. Warlick hired a lawyer to fight the charges, which were eventually dismissed, City Attorney Alan Knapp said. “It came to my attention that nobody actually saw him digging the hole without the proper permit,” Knapp said. The judge also ruled that Warlick had been charged under an inappropriate section of the city code. Knapp said the city now intends to repair the damage, fill the hole and recover the cost from Warlick, taking him to court again, if necessary. One of the maintenance charges could be ■ See SEWER, Page A9SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Time togo Cards send Osborne packing Page Bl • Vol. 164, No. 292 - 50 cents Woman's Night Bountiful Harvest is the theme of shopping and eating venture Page DI The outlook Sunny and warmer. High 65; low 46 PageD6 Throa-rlng circus Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey soar into St. Louis Page ClThursday, November 4, 1999 www.thetelegraph.com ;

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