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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - September 11, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 The outlook    ;    Prop scores Chance of    I    CM 19, Effingham 3 thunderstorms;: Jersey ZI, Mt. Vernon 7 Hights low64    '•    Greenfield 14,Calhoun0 ’    I    EHS 28, Granite City 0 PageClO: .    Page    I Unity's Restaurant iranm gtkM mmm ll good! TX Sammvviosa home runs home runs after 142 games after 140 games www.thetetegraph.c9mSaturday, September 11,1999 50 cents uir,>y ing law in his home county of Jersey in 1976. Pistorius remembered Gisy’s “unique” sense of humor and how the group of friends constantly played practical jokes on each other — all in good fun. “He enjoyed life,” Pistorius said. “It was an excellent game of one-upmanship.” Gisy, a resident of rural Medora in Jersey County, was an all-state basketball and football player at Jersey Community High School. He thoroughly enjoyed the culture of the Old West and American Indians and decorated the state’s attorney’s office in a completely Western motif. Friends said he also loved spending time with his wife, the for- knew him. The flags at historic Jersey County Courthouse in Jerseyville were lowered to half-staff Friday morning in his memory. “The only thing I can say is, he was a doting father, a devoted husband, a wonderful prosecutor and a great friend; he will be missed,” lawyer Erie Pistorius said. Along with Pistorius, Gisy’s many friends included former Jersey County Sheriff Frank Yocom, former Jersey County State’s Attorney Richard Ringhausen, Jersey County Probation Officer Richard Perdun and Jersey County Treasurer Shirley Armstrong. Gisy was elected state’s attorney in 1996 and previously served as public defender of both Jersey and Calhoun counties. He began practic By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer JERSEYVILLE — Friends, coworkers and numerous Jersey County residents are mourning the loss of Gail Gisy, called an honest, devoted family man and public servant. Most county officials, courthouse employees, fellow attorneys and other residents didn’t get the news of the Jersey County state’s attorney’s death until Friday morning. Gisy was killed late Thursday evening in a head-on collision with an alleged drunken driver in northeast Jersey County. Friends and co-workers pointed out that Gisy was very well-liked and respected by virtually everyone who The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Gisy’s Dodge pickup truck was badly crushed on the driver s side in the head-on collision. Generally, litigants who leave a case in mid-trial have either reached an out-of-court settlement or desire to pursue litigation separately, but there was absolutely no indication that either of those alternatives had been taken Three families filed separate lawsuits in the case, which were consolidated into one before trial. Other parties in the case have declined to comment until the trial’s end, which is several days away. Hernandez, 24, was one of three men who died July 3, 1997, when a shell misfired and set off a fire and explosion aboard a barge in the Mississippi River at Alton. Two other men escaped with their lives. All of the men were from Chicago and were hired by a fireworks production company, Fireworks Partners, to stage the city’s Riverfront Blast for the Fourth of July celebration. The departure of the Hernandezes ■ See SUIT, Page A9 By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer GRANITE CITY - One of the families suing the city of Alton over a fatal fireworks explosion has withdrawn from the case without explanation. The parents of Ramon Hernandez withdrew before the start of the fourth day of a civil trial under way in Madison County Circuit Court. Circuit Judge Phillip J. Kardis announced the development in a brief statement to the jury Friday morning. “The estate of Ramon Hernandez is no longer a party to this action,” Kardis said. “You should draw no inference or conclusion from this.” William Gavin of Belleville, the lawyer who represents Gerardo and Juana Hernandez, was in the court building Friday but did not enter court. Contacted at his office afterward, Gavin declined to comment. He echoed only the judge’s statement. “I really can’t say more than that,” he said. Area/Illinois . .A3-3 Bulletin Board .A6 Business  Cl Classifieds ... .06 Comics .......B7 Editorial.......A4 Horoscope ... .B7 Nation/world .. .C5 Obituaries  A5 Brink, Buck, .Carter, Gisy, Hamby, Hubert, Northcutt, Overbeck, Waffensmith, Welch Scoreboard  B2 Stocks ........C2 Television  B8 Weather CIO The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Workers spread an absorbent material around a Mid-West Sanitary Service Inc. truck on Sixth Street at Madison Avenue in Wood River Friday afternoon after the vehicle started leaking a toxic substance on the roadway.Truck spills hazardous coal tar Madison Avenue. About 2:15 p.m., a Mid-West Sanitary Service Inc. slop tank truck stopped for a traffic light and about 15 pounds of coal tar spilled onto Sixth. Wood River police observed the spill, and By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER — A waste truck carrying more than 2,000 pounds of a minimally hazardous substance lost a small portion of its load Friday afternoon on Sixth Street just north of ;

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