Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - October 5, 1999, Alton, Illinois
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Tuesday, October 5, 1999
Police seek bank bandit
First National Bank of Holiday Shores is robbed
By DEBORAH L. BATES
Telegraph staff writer
EDWARDSVILLE - Police are on the lookout for a man who robbed the First National Bank of Holiday Shores in Edwardsville on Monday morning
When Robert Behme, owner of Behme’s Market at 7180 St. James Road, parked his car just before ll a m. he noticed a man wearing a ski mask sitting in a car that was backed up to the store. Behme said the man looked as if he had just robbed a bank. The man was bent over and looked like he was trying to hide something in the car.
“The man sat in the parking lot for a minute and a half,” Behme said.
After Behme got the license plate number the man sped off. Behme drove after the man but when he couldn’t keep up with the car, he came back to the market only to discover the man had robbed the bank, which is located inside Behme’s Market.
“They knew what they were doing" Behme said. “They got tapes on him. They got everything.”
The suspect escaped in a gold 1996 Ford Taurus that was reported stolen on Saturday in Edwardsville. The suspect entered the building at 10:42 a m. wearing a camouflage ski mask and a green, hooded sweatshirt, police said.
The Madison County Sheriffs Department and the FBI are looking for a suspect described as a white male, about 25 years old. He is about 6 feet tall and weighs about 120 pounds, police said.
Minutes after the crime occurred, police were led to a white 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe in the 6500 block of Yorkville Road. A farmer had seen it drive on his property and alerted a detective after hearing of the robbery.
Police said the Tahoe had also been reported stolen on Saturday. There were 800 rounds of shotgun shells in it at the time it had been stolen, police said, but they declined to say what was in the vehicle when it was
Patching along road under way
By BETHANY BEHRHORST
Telegraph staff writer
GODFREY — Street patching along a quarter-mile stretch on Taylor Avenue will have some Godfrey residents searching for an alternate route to exit Glazebrook Subdivision.
Road construction efforts began Monday. Employees through the street department are hard at work to bring the project to completion within two weeks.
“We hope to have the south side and the eastbound lane finished this week and then we’ll turn around and fix
■ See PATCHING, Page A7
The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN
Two Madison County deputy sheriffs confer in the doorway of Behme’s Market at 7182 St. James Road in Holiday Shores on Monday after a man robbed the First National Bank of Holiday Shores housed inside the market and fled in a car stolen from Edwardsville. Within minutes, Sheriff’s Department detectives located another stolen vehicle, a Chevy Tahoe, also stolen from Edwardsville, just a few miles away. At the time the Tahoe was stolen it had 800 rounds of shotgun shells inside and police were investigating a possible connection with the crimes.
found Monday. They do not know if the Tahoe is involved with the bank robbery, nor do they know if there is another person involved. The vehicle was towed for processing.
The Chevrolet Tahoe, owned by Mark Dowdy, was stolen outside the owner’s home in the first block of Meadow Rue. The keys were reported to be in the vehicle. The owner of the Taurus is Leo B. Gieszelmann, owner of Annie’s Frozen Custard in Edwardsville. The Taurus was parked outside the Gieszelmann home Friday night with the doors unlocked and the keys on the floorboard, police said.
Bank officials declined comment. The amount of money taken in the robbery is not being released.
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Pupils get a Head Start on fire safety
By ANGELA MUELLER
Telegraph staff writer
ALTON — Alton firefighters made two non-emergency calls Monday that could potentially save numerous young lives.
The firefighters made fire safety presentations to morning and afternoon classes at the Alton Head Start program as part of Fire Prevention Week, which continues through Sunday. Firefighters will make similar presentations to many area schools this week.
“We have quite a few of these presentations scheduled,” said Fire Chief Donald Dugan. “We do these presentations annually during this time of year to make kids aware of the fire department and that we’re here to help them.”
Firefighters reviewed basic fire safety measures with the children, instructing them to immediately leave and never reenter a burning building and to call 911 in case of emergency. They also urged children to plan their “Great Escape” by identifying a primary and a secondary
■ See FIRE, Page A7
By LINDA N. WELLER
Telegraph staff writer
ALTON — The Madison County State’s Attorney’s office filed three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of armed robbery Monday against a suspect in Saturday’s fatal shooting of a 41-year-old city man.
Charged is Valdez Lamont Jordan, 22, of the ‘2300 block of Locust Street in Alton. The murder charges allege that Jordan shot Kenny Wayne Spann in the left side or kidney area; that Jordan knew such action would result in Spann’s death; and that Jordan murdered Spann while he was committing another felony.
The two counts of armed robbery allege that Jordan robbed two men inside the Chess Club, 1009 Belle St., before shooting Spann around 6:35 a m. outside the front door of the private club. One of the robbery victims reportedly is the son of a local tavern owner and the other man is the son of an Alton alderman, sources confirmed.
Circuit Judge Charles Romani signed the warrants for Jordan’s arrest; he set no bond for Jordan.
Shortly after the shooting, emergency medical personnel took Spann, who was a doorman at the Chess Club, to Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Alton, where he died at 7:17 am.
Spann’s murder is the fourth this year in Alton. In January a man was shot to death inside a home on Main Street; in February a fight between rival gang members led to the shooting death of a 23-year-old Terre Haute, Ind., man who was not a gang member; in March a man shot his former girlfriend, 34, several times in the head at her home in the 18(H) block of Central Avenue, then drove to St. Louis in her car where he fatally shot himself in the head.
■ See SHOOTING, Page A7
The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Mark Harris and other firefighters showed the children of the Head Start program their firetrucks as part of Fire Prevention Week. The youngsters learned about smoke detectors, what to do in a fire and when to call 911.
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