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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - September 14, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 I ne i eiegrapn/nuoo oivii i n Right: Pallbearers carry the casket of Gail Gisy, Jersey County state’s attorney, down the steps of thejFirst United Methodist Church after his funeral in Jerseyville on Monday. Above: Gisy's wife, Angela, follows the casket holding hands with two of her children, Kayla, 5, left, and Derek, 11. Gisy was killed in an automobile accident Thursday night. THE TEI SERAPH The outlook Partly sunny and pleasant; high near 74, low near 53 PageD4 Grand opening Kitchen and Bath Outlet Center will have something for everyone Page DI Vol. 164, No. 242 — 50 cents     Tuesday,    September    14,1999___  www.thetelegraph.comCommunity says goodbye to GisyFriends and family pay final respects to attorney By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer JERSEYVILLE - Friends remembered Gail Richard Gisy on Monday as a special person who treated everyone fairly and worked to do what was right in his legal career. Relatives, friends, local and area dignitaries, police officers and legal professionals packed into the sanctuary at The First tlnited Methodist Church in Jerseyville to pay tribute to the Jersey County state’s attorney, killed in a two-vehicle wreck Thursday by an alleged drunk driver in northeast Jersey County. Samples of Gisy’s favorite country tunes were played before and in portions of the hushed service, officiated by the Rev. Delbert Pancake. Pictures of Gisy and his family were displayed around the casket, and photos and memorabilia from his high school sports career were hung as well In the service, friends and relatives talked about Gisy’s basic goodness, love for his family and dedication to his profession and the community. A good friend, Jerseyville city attorney George “Butch" Wittman, called Gisy a credit to the legal profession, who worked to help people - either as a private lawyer, public defender or as a prosecutor. “Gail’s goal was never money, prestige or notoriety,” Wittman said. “Gail always ■ See GISY, Page A7 Good Morning Area/Illinois.................A3    Obituaries...................A5 Bulletin Board   D5    Ansell, Baister,    Beck, Business.....................DI    Benton, Downing, Gates, Classifieds..................06    Goforth, Johnson, Long, Comics........................02    Molloy, Oettel,    Roady, Editorial.......................A4    Sheppard Nation/World..............06    Scoreboard.................B2 DISCOUNT CARPET, INC. lastBrCart! P v jlr»>vU5l rnprig* 3475 HUMBERT RD ALTON 465-2622 Property owner does not want to make way for new police station By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Business owner Norman Matsche holds the distinction of being one of the two last property owners who hasn’t sold his land to the city to make way for the new police station. Matsche, of Godfrey, however doesn’t want to be known as a “hold out” who is trying to be stubborn or greedy. Ideally, he said, he would just like to be left alone to continue running his business on the corner of East Broadway and Washington Avenue as he has for about 15 years. Matsche said he does not believe the city needs his property and that the police station project has ample space without taking his corner. “I’m not trying to hold the city up,” he said. “I never put a dollar amount on it until they pressured me. I told Dennis Dugan (director of housing and community development) and Mayor Don Sandidge that my first choice is to stay here.” The question of whether he is going to sell is moot because the city is progressing with quick-take/eminent domain proceedings against his three contiguous properties, which officials say are in Alton’s ■ See OWNER, Page A7 “MYfirst IVlchoice is to stay here.” Norman Matsche property owner Tax reassessment objections ‘par for the course’ By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - The number of objections to tax reassessments is running about normal, despite a spirited outcry from the village of Glen Carbon. The county has received more than 800 objections to reassessments as of the Friday deadline to file objections. Some additional objections are likely to come in by mail, Kerry Miller, chairman of the Board of Review, said at a meeting Monday. “$y the time we receive the objections that were mailed by the Friday deadline, we will probably have received about 1,000, which is par for the course,” Miller told members of the County Board Tax Cycle Committee. “We are now off .and running to process those objections.” People in a concerned citizens group in Glen Carbon have been holding meetings to protest their taxes. “A lot of them are pretty upset,” said Nick Hamilos, the county board member who represents Glen Carbon. Glen Carbon residents are claiming their tax assessments have gone up between 35 percent and 50 percent. “This is a little bit ridiculous,” said ■ See TAX, Page A7 Alton man killed in 1-270 crash By GREG OPTAIN For The Telegraph FLORISSANT, Mo. -Three motorists, including an Alton man and Maryville woman were killed and nine more were injured in a fiery crash involving 13 vehicles Monday morning on a busy stretch of Interstate 270. Michael Trout, 41, of East lith Street in Alton and Billie J. Eldridge, 26, of the 800 block of Patty Dritfe in Maryville were among those killed in the accident. The third motorist killed was an unidentified St. Louis man. Trout was driving a 1.995 Honda, and was stopped in traffic on Interstate 270 when a tractor-trailer hit him, starting the multi-car pileup, according to Ken Tretter, a tele^ommunicator with the Missouri Highway Patrol. The accident happened around 8 a.m. on westbound I-270 between New Florissant and North Hanley roads directly in front of St. Thomas Aquinas-Mercy High School. A total of eight cars, two tractor-trailers, two vans and An accident on westbound Interstate 270 near Florissant, Mo. caused a chain reaction pileup Monday during morning rush he a pick-up truck were involved in the accident. Florissant Police Chief Robert Lowery said the accident was unlike any he had seen in his 38 years in law enforcement. “It was the worse accident I’ve ever seen in the city of Florissant,” he said. The Missouri Highway Patrol believes the impact of the tractor-trailer hitting Trout’s vehicle caused other vehicles to crash into the backs of other vehicles. Police said people from homes and businesses in the immediate area told them at least two explosions followed the accident. Police believe heavy rush hour traffic preparing to exit on to southbound Interstate 170 contributed to the accident. “There’s no doubt in my ■ See 1-270, Page A7 r. 700 Rolls in stock • Vinyl from 334 sq. ft. Carpet from 33 4 sq. ft. Mohawk Laminate Woad flooring from I TRUCKLOAD., CARPET SALE! ;

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