Low Resolution Image: Become a member to access this full resolution image at 375% higher quality.

OCR Text

Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - September 8, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 HEAD to HEAD-AGAIN Mark McG win: k'<* 54 home runs Sosa 58 home runs after 138 games Vol. 164, No. 236 — 50 cents Good Morning Area/Illinois .A3-12 Bulletin Board . .A7 Business  DI Classifieds C8 Comics........Cl Editorial.......A4 Horoscope Cl Nation/world .. .D5 Obituaries  AS Austin, Boal, Braundmeier, Crook, Dunn, Egelhoff, Gibson, Gorman, Hanks, Hickman, Jarrett, Ketchum, Kilmer, Knight, Moore, Travis, Walker Scoreboard ... .C2 Stocks ..... .    .D2 Television C6 Weather .......D8 Shimkus, Hulshof show support for farmers By DEBORAH L. BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - U.S. representatives John Shimkus and Kenny Hulshof expressed their support of tax relief for working Americans and support for farmers at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. “We want to give income tax relief to people who pay income taxes,” said Hulshof, R-Missouri. The congressional tax cut plan calls for a return of part of the projected surplus during the next IO years. Taxpayers would receive one dollar out of every four dollars of the surplus. The House and the Senate have each passed the bill, but President Clinton is expected to veto it. “The president is pretty assertive and will not pass that bill,” Shimkus said. A spokesperson for Shimkus ■ See FARMERS, Page A11 lr JJU 'J £ J .JJGllfc Ail* tin ...............» Jury chosen to hear civil case involving the deaths of 3 By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A civil case resulting from a deadly fireworks explosion in Alton more than two years ago will begin unfolding today in a Granite City courtroom. Jury selection was completed late Tuesday afternoon in Madison County Circuit Court. Circuit Judge Phillip Kardis will hear the case at 9 a m. in the satellite courtroom on the second floor of Granite City City Hall. The case will take at least two weeks, Kardis said. Terese A. Drew, of the St. Louis firm of Hinshaw and Culbertson, is representing all of the defendants, among them the city of Alton and Fireworks Partners, a Crown Point, Ind.-based company that was doing business as the Mad Bomber the night of July 3, 1997. That night, three Chicago area men died when a fireworks shell misfired and set off a chain reaction on the main fireworks barge during the city’s annual fireworks display. One of the men burned to death ; the other two drowned in the Mississippi River. The three resulting civil cases were consolidated into one for the trial. The plaintiffs, all from Chicago, are: ■ Marionete Duty, the widow of Marvin James Lafromboise Jr., 45, also known as Rick Cisneros. He was in charge of lighting the pyrotechnics and was burned to death in the explo sion and fire. ■ Gerardo and Juana Hernandez, parents of Ramon Hernandez, age unknown. He was a “ready box" attendant who stood by during ignitions He drowned after jumping or being thrown overboard by the blast ■ Rosemary Duty, widow of Ralph Duty, 46, the crew chief, who also drowned According to the case file, dozens of witnesses, exhibits and a minute-long videotape are among the possible evidence to be presented to the jury by ■ See TRIAL, Page A11 New judge appointed to circuit court Harrison to fill seat once held by Meehan By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE — One judicial career began and another one ended Tuesday with the appointment of Clarence W Harrison II to an associate judgeship in Madison County Circuit Court. Harrison, 35, of Collinsville Township, will take over the seat vacated by Michael Meehan,-.oj Edwardsville, who was ousted without explanation by circuit judges when his term expired at the end of June. Harrison is the son of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Moses Harrison of Collinsville and will become the youngest male judge in the 3rd Judicial Circuit. His swearing in has not yet been scheduled. Harrison acknowledged comments others have made about his father’s position of influence, but does not think it affected the end result. “I don’t know that it did,” Harrison said. “In some ways, the associate’s bench is at one end of the spectrum and the Supreme Court is at the opposite end. Interaction is pretty minimal.” The bottom line, he said, is his hope that he can bring as much integrity to the bench as his father, who was a circuit judge and appellate judge before his current position. None of the nine circuit judges has commented on the votes. The vote is done in secret, and only the names of winners are announced after a review by the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, a division of the state Supreme Court. The field of candidates for two vacant associate judgeships began with 14 individuals. After Ellar ■ See JUDGE, Page A11 Harrison is the son of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Moses Harrison of Collinsville and will become the youngest male judge in the 3rd Judicial Circuit. Sold sign goes up at old YMCA building Developer plans apartments By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ALTON — The former YMCA building dominating the corner of Third and Market streets has been sold and will be converted into executive apartment units. Wooff Better Homes & Gardens agent Duke Harris said the sale, which was made final Sept. 3, transfers ownership to the ICN Corp., a development firm with headquarters in Delaware and Mexico City. The sale price was not disclosed. ICN began renovation work Monday to transform the stately brick building into a yet-unspeci-fied number of units. Harris said Edgar Lopez, ICN’s vice president, is heading the project from an office in Alton. Since the building has no electricity, subcontractors’ first step Tuesday was to pry wooden boards off the windows to shed light on their work. “The renovation of this building will mean great things for Downtown Alton,” Harris said. “The apartment units will be more deluxe than anything in existence so far in our community. This development is definitely going to be a premier addition to our city.” Original plans for the building, under previous owners, called for executive apartment units, too, but the high cost of the project proved to be too prohibitive for those owners. Harris said ICN will probably head the renovation effort as both developer and general contractor. “The old Y building has been on the market before, was condemned and, with a* lot of effort from our commercial division, has now been sold to a corporation that is going to make it into an impressive historical landmark,” Harris said. Architectural blueprints also call for orie floor of the stately building to be dedicated to executive offices, Harris said. “I think the renovation and redevelopment of this building is just another start in attracting developers to invest their money in the Metroplex,” Harris said. “These types of projects have a way of motivating local money to act. It can be a snowball effect, if we all push the positive.” Dennis Dugan, the city of Alton’s director of community development, said Alton is working hard to attract similar developers and interest them in taking on this kind of renovation of upper-story residential units ■ See YMCA, Page A11 For The Telegraph/CURTISS A. HARTLEY U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof, R-Missouri, left, and U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-lllinois, during a press conference Tuesday at the Madison County Courthouse Plaza. They spoke about a tax relief bill and emergency agricultural legislation. The outlook Partly sunny, thunderstorms early; high near 84, low near 56 Page 1)8 Same as always New owners keep tradition of Hartmann’s alive Page DI www.thetelegraph.com ‘Steel' under construction The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Mark Springer, an employee of Arning Industries Inc., places bolts Tuesday for the steel framework of a canopy at the new Casey’s General Store under construction on Washington Avenue in Alton just south of the Homer Adams Parkway. The convenience-type store and gas station, one of several erected across the River Bend in recent months, is nearing completion. Today s Food Changing ol Hie guard Summer meals start to give way to fall favorites Page BlWednesday, September 8,1999 ;

Clippings and Obituaries for the Alton Telegraph