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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - September 23, 1999, Alton, Illinois HEAD to HEAD-AGAIN Continued j Senior vice mostly sunny, president High 80; low 51 retires after |W i 52 years mBS Page D6 :    Page    DI www.thetelegraph Sarmny^/Sosa 59 homers homers After 152 games SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 THE TELEGRAPH After 152 games Vol. 164, No. 251 - 50 cents I nursaay, oepiemuci .comStep forward tor police station ®       .    -M«ioar- - '-^naMar^annHH a nfii/lit 4 crv»»i n rf Ka O TIArchitects’ study ‘springboard 'or beginning of the design' By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Architects presented the longawaited “needs assessment study’’ for the new police station at Wednesday night s (ity Council meeting, the last step before preparation of the final design plans. “This is the culmination of an 18-month effort,” said Calvin Morris, principal with AAIC Incorporated Architects and Engineers of Collinsville. “This is the springboard for the beginning of the design ” Morris described how the 40,OOO-square-foot station would be built at Broadway and Washington Avenue at a projected cost of $9.3 million, including property purchases, site work and environmental cleanup. The new police station, part of which will have two stories, will slope up the hill from Broadway. The first floor will contain a courtroom, police command center, administrative offices H See STATION, Page A9 the nearby Head Start program got to watch some of the demolition    _ Seven are arrested in theft ring By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Madison County sheriff’s deputies said Wednesday they have cleared about a dozen felony cases with the arrests of seven suspects on charges ranging from vehicle theft to arson. Detective Marc McLemore of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department said the arrests started with Michael D. Brown, 19, of the 700 block of Ridge Lane in East Alton, who implicated some of his companions, some of whom implicated others. “It kind of snowballed,” McLemore said. He said he has obtained admissions of guilt on theft cases, some of them theft on order, in Madison and Macoupin counties, along with Staunton, Wood River, East Alton, Rosewood Heights and Bethalto. The suspects were stealing vehicles, including a personal STRIKE ON STRIKE I See RING, Page A9 _____ _ The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN A will wa,KS in Iron. o, a ga«e to the Bever* Fan.    n on Hubert Road In Ood,rey Wednesday w«h a clipboard lo UK. down the license plate numbers of people crossing the picket line.    t    •    • P    J    9 Union says Bev Farm resident has E. coli intection ii    onH “ctrnn0 odor O By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY Administrators and state health officials said Wednesday they have no knowledge of union allegations that a resident of Beverly Farm Foundation may have contracted an E. coli bacterial infection, but they nevertheless are investigating the claim. The officials from the Illinois Department of Public Health also said there are many strains of E. coli bacteria, and the strains most commonly found in nursing home patients are not the fatal variety prominent in recent news reports. “There is nothing to it, as far as I know,” said Steve Patsaros, director of human resources at Beverly Farm, 6301 Humbert Road in Godfrey. Patsaros said it is possible that a resident might have been tested for the infection, prompting the allegation. “I would know if anyone had E. coli; this would have to be reported.” On Wednesday, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 released a letter to the media that its executive director Henry Bayer sent to state public health director Dr. John Lumpkin, making the allegation. It also said the woman was released from a hospital under the condition that she would be isolated from other residents. “As an outbreak of E. coli would put Beverly Farm residents, their family members and the remaining staff and temporary workers at risk, we want to make you aware of two issues that might contribute to the spread of the bacteria; inability of the facility to follow the isolation protocol and unsanitary conditions recently reported at the facility by a state monitor,” the letter stated. The letter continues, listing alleged plumbing problems, trash and “strong odor of urine” in the Hillier building that state inspectors reportedly had discovered in August. AFSCME Council 31 has been on strike against the home for developmentally disabled adults since July 9. AFSCME spokesman Andy English said “a source inside Beverly Farm reported to us what had happened.” English said the source did not specify which strain of E. coli the res- H See INFECTION, Page A9 Good Morning Area/Illinois.........A3"8 Bulletin Board........A7 Business.............01 Classifieds...........C6 Comics..............CJS Editorial.............A4 Horoscope...........C5 Nation&world........AIQ ll __ i Obituaries............A5 Absher, Corbin, Gillespie, King, Kolk, Malloy, McCawley, Sciranko, Switzer, Wright Scoreboard...........B2 Stocks...............D2 Television............C4 Weather..............D6 ICC votes today on Ameritech, SBC merger By DEBORAH L. BATES Telegraph staff writer The fate of thousands of employees and phone service rates for consumers could be decided today in a vote on the pending merger between two giant telephone service providers. The Illinois Commerce Commission is expected to vote on the merger of SBC Communications    and Ameritech after postponing it for a day while the commissioners finalize documents. “They are approving the merger with attached conditions, some of which the companies have agreed to and some of which are new,” said Beth Bosch, a spokesperson for the ICC. The majority of the commissioners are considering approval, Bosch said. I he merger could affect as many as 203,000 employees and 69 million customers with the combined companies. “SBC has committed to making sure that the [number of] employees at Ameritech remain the same or increase after the merger,” said Ed Presberg, a spokesman for SBC. “This is a commitment that SBC takes very seriously. We think this merger is very much about opportunity to grow.” Presberg said customers would benefit from the enhanced service and the company’s opportunity to develop H See SBO, Page A9 ;