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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - October 9, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 team)j Collinsville 35 Alton 21 THE TE LEG RA I* I J, Prep scores Jersey 57 Triad 20 EA-WR 13 Southwestern 12 Roxana 14 Marquette 0 Page Cl! GPM firm Tennikait joins Scheffel and Company Page Bl m •rm The outlook Showers and thunderstorms; High 71, low 53 Page C14 Car care tad Special section Page DI Vol. 164, No. 265 - 50 centswww.thetelegraph.com Man gets probation for role in lake’s pollution By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer EAST ST. LOUIS -Former Chemetco employee Ira Sidney Campbell, 56, of Brighton, was sentenced Friday to nine months of home confinement probation and a $2,000 fine for his role in copper smelter Chemetco Inc s 10-year active pollution of Long Lake. Campbell pleaded guilty March 25 to an information charging him with the felony of conspiring with Chemetco and others to violate the Clean Water Act. Campbell admitted he used several employees from his own shop business, Industrial Fabrication and Repair Inc., to install a secret discharge pipe at Chemetco’s plant, near Hartford, in September 1986. Chemetco officials are charged with using the pipe to dispose of various pollutants, including zinc, lead and cadmium into Long Lake, a tributary of the Mississippi River. The standard sentencing for the felony of conspiring to violate the Clean Water Act includes a maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and three years’ supervised release. But U S. District Judge David R. Herndon agreed with the recommendation by attorneys from both sides and reduced the sentence in light of Campbell’s “full cooperation" with federal investigators in the case “Mr. Campbell’s characteristics, in terms of his life activities prior to this incident, suggest he has never committed a crime,” Herndon said “Mr. Campbell, you took part in something that was a serious crime indeed. You were the very first person we counted on to stop this from happening I think the people who worked for you were very minor participants, but I don’t view your role as that." When asked by Herndon before the sentencing whether he had anything to say, Campbell said, “I’d just like to say I’m sorry for any participation. I made a bad choice. And most of all, I’m sorry for the embarrassment I’ve caused my family.” Along with home confinement, Campbell’s sentence includes having to wear an electronic monitoring device at all times and to pay the cost of that device. Campbell is required to pay the $2,000 fine immediately, along with a $50 special assessment. Herndon said Campbell will be subjected to two unannounced drug tests during his nine months of confinement. He is allowed to appeal his sentence. Even though Campbell left his job at Chemetco in 1988, he continued to take part in the The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN The Chemetco plant on Illinois Route 3 at Chemetco Lane, just south of Hartford. discharging of pollutants into Long Lake as owner of his company, IFR Inc. Attorney David Helfrey represented Campbell. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael A matter of time New scheduling system making the grade with teachers, administrators By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO - Some Bethalto School District parents had some initial trepidation about a change in the elementary school day schedule. The change is now receiving high praise from teachers and administrators. The district elementary pupil day now begins at 8 a m. and ends at 2:15 p.m. The teachers’ day ends at 3:30 p.m., providing them with a 75-minute planning period at the end of each school day. The Bethalto School Board voted in May to alter the school day to the current schedule from the former 8:30 a m. to 3:15 p.m. pupil school day, shortening the pupils’ attendance time by 30 minutes. Fifteen minutes of the time reduction came from an afternoon recess, and 15 minutes came from regular class time. Now, nearly six weeks into the school year, teachers are saying the increased preparation time more than compensates for the lost 15 minutes of class time. “With more prep time, you’re better prepared for the day," said Molly Elliott, a first-grade teacher at Bethalto East Elementary. “Things run smoother during the day and you accomplish more.” Teachers use the planning period to make phone calls to parents, schedule parent-teacher conferences, prepare lesson plans, tutor children, grade papers, monitor afterschool detentions and complete technology training. Teachers also use the 75 minutes to meet with other teachers in their own buildings and across the district to plan lessons and swap ideas. ■ See SYSTEM, Page A13 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN At right: Pupils at Bethalto West Elementary School head out the door Friday at 2:15 p.m. as part of a new, earlier dis-misal this year. Above: After the pupils are gone and the chairs are on the desks, teachers like Karen Harris, right, and Jennifer Laue, both fifth-grade teachers, work together on their class plans. Quinley and Liam Coonan represented the government. The trial of five former Chemetco plant foremen and the company itself will begin Jan ll in U.S. District Judge William Stiehl’s courtroom. Arson Racial firebombing suspect sentenced to four-year term By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - An arson charge has been dropped against a second suspect in a racial firebombing case from the Maryville area, but authorities are using other means to send him to prison. William R. Hunter, 29, of Collinsville, pleaded guilty in Madison County Circuit Court to unrelated driving felonies and was sentenced this week to four years in prison by Circuit Judge Charles V. Romani Jr. In return for the plea, the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office dropped a host of other pending cases, including an aggravated arson charge stemming from Hunter’s connection to the firebombing of an interracial couple’s home outside Maryville on Aug. 29,1996 A second defendant, Billy J. Hayes, 30, of Collinsville, was found guilty of the crime by a jury in March. He was sentenced last month to 25 years in prison by Associate Judge James Hackett. Authorities said it was Hayes who tossed a gasoline-filled bottle into the lower-level bedroom window of Joseph Groce and his wife Harriet Cannida-Croce shortly after I a.m. See ARSON, Page A13 Police locking down gun safety for children’s sake ii * *    .    n__uAnnn if c%f\c\c KpViinH fthp trifJ0prl it is By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Children of city police officers are safer in their homes these days, now that the Alton Police Department has issued bright red trigger locks for their parents’ guns. Through the efforts of Officer Mike Gordon, the department recently issued tiny “Law Loks” for all the officers’ 40-caliber Glock pistols. The intent is to provide a simple way for the officer to lock up the gun at home when he or she is off duty.    .    ,, “It is a fairly inexpensive way for the city to provide for the safety of the children,” said Gordon, the father of two daughters. “You can’t hide a gun from a kid, no matter where you put it.” The trigger locks cost less than $10 each, he said. The red locks are about the size of a thumbnail. The locking plate detaches from the main housing of the lock, which first is placed behind the gun’s trigger. The officer then snaps on the locking plate, and the gun locks. It takes a long, skinny handcuff key to unlock the device. Gordon said it is not likely that a child could jimmy open the lock with a wire or pin. “Once it goes behind (the trigger), it is locked,” he said. “The lock is red to make it obvious. The kids can’t pull the trigger, and they can’t pull it off.” Officers also are advised to unload the gun and store the ammunition separately from the gun as an additional precaution. Gordon said he got the idea to promote use of the trigger locks from reading a magazine article about keeping children safe from guns. The article said that 1,500 Americans die every year from firearm-related accidents, he said. 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