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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - November 24, 1999, Alton, Illinois Good j* Morning Area/Illinois A3-10 Bulletin Board........A8 Business............DI Classifieds ..........C6 Comics.............D6 Editorial.............A4 Horoscope ..........D6 Nation/world  ........D5 Obituaries ..........A5 Bahr, Baker, Losch, McDaniel, Ramseier, Ridder, Schlechte, Searles, Voss Scoreboard..........C2 Stocks..............D2 Television ...........D7 Weather.............D8SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 g TELEGRAPH Jersey*    I TODAY'S FOOD cruises past : boiiwIib*? Alton    j Big bird spreads flavors ; to savor in lucky encores • Page B1 I    Page    Cl tub outlook    ;    Attention, Kmart MopiiBrs Mostly sunny    j    New computer-based and cooler.    I    system can _. g High 50; low 32 I be a big help o PageD8 j    Page    DI Vol. 164, No. 313 - 50 cents Wednesday, November 24, 1999 www.thetelegraph.comBey Farm workers straggle back show up first day after end of strike By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY - With AFSCME’s four-month strike ended, it was supposed to be “back to work" Tuesday for former strikers at Beverly Farm Foundation. But instead of the expected 75 workers returning, administrators were dismayed to seeOnly 15 only about 15 former strikers clock in at the home for developmentally disabled adults, 6301 Humbert Road. “I wish they were in here; we’ve got work to do,” said Steve Patsaros, director of human resources. “All we want to do is get them trained and get them started back at their jobs.” The workers must attend daylong training sessions before returning to their jobs because they were away from Beverly Farm for more than 30 days. The sessions refresh the workers about job responsibilities and apprise them of changes made at the home during the strike, which began July 9 and ended when AFSCME union members voted Sunday to approve the union’s first contract with Beverly Farm Foundation's board Patsaros said supervisors had called some of the workers; representatives from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 were contacting the rest of the employees to pin down when they would return topwork. Peggy Zimmerman, an AFSCME representative, said there were “logistics problems" for some workers with the short notice between the end of the strike and the plan ■ See FARM, Page A9Two-car crash causes minor injuries Both victims of a two-vehicle collision Tuesday afternoon in Hartford were treated for minor injuries and released. Officials with the Hartford Police Department said the crash occurred about 12:20 p.m. Tuesday when Hallett Hassinger, 64, of Webster Groves, Mo., failed to yield to oncoming traffic when he turned left from Illinois Route 3 onto Hawthorne Street. The car collided with one driven by Melissa Benedict, 28, of Wood River. The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Law firms exchange accusations ■! r.     __ By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A I phone lease lawsuit affecting Illinois residents may turn on j a question of whether a whistleblower leaked a law firm’s internal documents to the opposing counsel. Madison County Circuit Judge P.J. O’Neill heard testimony in the case Monday and Tuesday and is expected to take the motions under advisement. The St. Louis law firm of Bryan Cave, which represents AT&T, is asking O’Neill to dis- ■ See FIRMS, Page A9 State Police probe East Alton officers Resident alleges use of ‘excessive force’ By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer EAST ALTON --- Officials with the Illinois State Police confirmed Tuesday that they are heading an investigation into accusations by an East Alton resident that several village police officers used “excessive force.” The investigation reportedly focuses on two incidents that occurred about four weeks ago. State Police Master Sgt. Robyn Blaha said details of the investigation will not be released until it has been concluded but confirmed the allegations concern “several members” of the East Alton Police Department. “We’ve been asked by (East Alton Police) Chief (Richard) Brown and the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office and have agreed to take on the case,” Blaha said. He said State Police officials met Monday with Brown and representatives of the State’s Attorney’s Office to discuss the handling of the investigation. “How long this investigation takes will depend on how quickly we can talk to people, but I don’t anticipate it going longer than a week,” Blaha said. Brown said he would not reveal the names of the officers because the investigation is based on an “unsubstantiated allegation" “At this point, I’m withholding the names of those East Alton Police Department members who are being investigated in order to maintain and preserve their integrity," Brown said. “There has been an unsubstantiated allegation made against some of our officers that does not include any violence. As we would with any complaint, we’ve taken the information, evaluated it carefully and have turned it over to the Illinois State Police." East Alton Mayor Fred Bright said that if the allegations are found to contain any substance, it would be the responsibility of the village’s Fire and Police Commission, a group comprised of citizens, to decide how to handle disciplinary measures, such as suspension of the officers. “Right now, these are simply allegations,” the mayor said. “There have been no incidents in the past involving any of these officers, and we’re hoping that the Illinois State Police will be able to quickly resolve this.” Turkey, ham and chitlins selling well for holiday By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Bud Schwegel will sell more than 500 turkeys this Thanksgiving. The owner of Schwegel’s grocery store said if you haven’t chosen a bird by today, consider a ham instead. “We typically sell about 1,000 pounds of ham for this holiday,” Schwegel said. “Thanksgiving in Alton is a major turkey holiday, but hams are also really big around here.” Even as late as the day before Thanksgiving, cooks can go to one of two Schwegel’s Alton locations — one on Alby Street and the other at Washington Avenue and Edwards Street — and order a cooked, sliced ham to be served for Thursday’s meal. “Our top-of-the-line, super-trim hams are selling really well," Schwegel said. “For about $3.39 a pound, we’ll cook it and slice it for you. This may be an ideal solution for those who still need to pull off their Thanksgiving dinner at the last minute.” To put the 500 turkeys sold at Schwegel’s this Thanksgiving week into perspective, the grocery store’s two locations will probably sell another 40 to 50 turkeys the rest of the year. “We probably ordered some 120 cases of turkeys for Thanksgiving meals this year,” Schwegel said. “But we prepare more and more hams each year, too, and also during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.” Schnucks grocery store on Homer Adams Parkway in Godfrey is doing a ■ See HOLIDAY, Page A9 The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Bud Schwegel, owner of Schwegel’s Grocery on Washington Avenue in Alton, stocks turkeys in the meat department freezer Tuesday morning. ;

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