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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 6, 1986, Alton, Illinois                                Serving Oroene and Cathoun Count let 19 Scctloni 363 Single Copy 79 C The BADMAN SUSPECT APPEARS IN COURT Escorted by Alton Police Rick a handcuffed Michael Todd heads for the courtroom in Alton City Hall Friday for an initial hearing to face a charge of murdering Robert Phillips in Accused killer not able to post his bond By JOHN STETSON Of The Telegraph Michael Todd ac cused killer of Robert quietly told a judge in Alton Friday he couldnt meet requirements of a half million bond on the murder Williams was arrested Friday on a warrant charging him with the 29 murder of During Williams initial court ap pearance Friday Associate Judge Jonathan Isbell asked Williams if he could meet the 10 percent cash requirement of his bond of Stating he couldnt make the Williams was told he would subse quently be transferred to the Madi son County Jail at The bond had been set by Asso ciate Judge Charles Romani at the time the warrant was the motive for the slaying remains Police havent pinned down a motive for the Police Chief Donald Sandidge said but we do know that the two men vere together earlier that Relatives of who said hey had been told they couldnt Williams in the Alton isked Isbell Friday why they ouldnt visit the murder suspect yhile he remained in Isbell explained that Alton does not have facilities for visits with felony The judge said that is one reason prisoners are transferred to Ed A prisoner will be more comfortable at the county jail and there are facilites for visitors of prisoners at that Isbell told the who was arrested on the murder warrant shortly before 4 Thursday by Alton detec was taken into custody in the 3200 block of Belle Police said he was arrested without inci Williams is charged with killing Phillips on a parking lot in the 3100 block of Acorn The which Judge Isbell read to accuses Williams of shooting Phillips in the and Police had pre viously indicated Phillips body had multiple gunshot Phillips was found wounded on the parking lot about 3 An Alton Fire Department res cue team worked on Williams and accompanied him in an ambulance to Josephs but Phil lips was pronounced dead on ar Williams remained in the Alton Jail at 8 Barton enters guilty plea By TERRY HILLIG Of The Telegraph James former Madi son County supervisor of assess pleaded guilty Friday to five criminal charges related to assess ment reduction Barton was to have gone on trial Monday morning before Associate Judge Charles Ro man The trial was pected to last about two In return for Bartons guilty Special Prosecutor Bruce Locher irfon agreed to dismiss 32 other charges and to make no recommendations in regard to No sen tencing date was Barton pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit brib ery and four counts of official charges brought against him in Official misconduct is a Class 3 punishable by a sentence of two to five years in Conspir acy to commit bribery is a Class 4 punishable by a sentence of one to three years in of Granite re mains free on Locher said except for sen the pleas mark an end to the Barton He said Barton agreed to dismiss his appeal of convictions on two charges of brib ery earlier this Those charges were brought in Locher said the state agreed not to call Barton as a witness in trials of other defendants and agreed to bring no additional charges against him related to the subject matter of the 1984 Barton pleaded guilty to a charge that he conspired with others in 1983 and 1984 to improperly reduce assessments in exchange for money given him or donated to a fund set up to help defray his expenses in defending himself against the 1962 Allegations in the official miscon duct counts to which Barton pleaded guilty are That Barton and Gerald Bas Mtt reduced the 1983 tax assess ment on a residence owned by William Roberts in That Barton accepted money from Crawford Dave Croft in exchange for the reduction of the 1983 tax assessment of Crofts Col Hnsville car That Barton accepted a payment to his defense fund for reducing the 1983 assessment on property in which lawyer Robert Pat Quinn had an That Barton and Gerald Bas sett reduced the 1983 assessment of property of Wegman Electric in Wood River Barton was indicted in 1984 along with Gerald a former as Merle a lawyer and Gerald Bassetts Fred a former member of the countys Board of Quinn and Beverly who was Quinns A jury in October convicted Ger ald Bassett of conspiracy to commit conspiracy to commit offi cial misconduct and 10 counts of official He is awaiting Merle Bassett is charged with one of conspiracy to commit official conspiracy to commit obstruct ing justice and His trial is set for Quinn is awaiting trial on one count each of conspiracy to commit conspiracy to commit offi cial misconduct bribery and subor nation of Finck was acquitted by Roman in August on charges of conspiracy to commit conspiracy to commit official official misconduct and obstructing Charges of bribery and perjury against Delaney were dismissed by Romani in In the 1982 Barton was accused of accepting from a Madison area land William and giving of the money to Walter Shang Great house to influence actions by Great house in his capacities as president of the Metro East Sanitary District and a member of the Madison County Zoning Board of Greathouse was charged in the but the charges were dis missed by the Greathouse maintained he did not want the money and gave it back to Continued on A7 State offers to buy out Wallace lease By DENNIS McMURRAY Of The Telegraph SPRINGFIELD State officials offered this week to buy out the lease of Pere Marquette State Park Lodge Manager Donald rejected the offer from the Illinois Department of Conservation on the grounds it was not fair to his employees or to the public for him to sell He wants to stay his Lee said DOC Chief Counsel Jack Price said Friday the department had made what it considered a gener ous offer to buy out the remainder of Wallaces lease to settle the court dispute over the states at tempt to close the lodge for at least a year for a million renovation and Wallace speaks out on his Page D4 Neither Price nor Plummer would disclose the amount of the Wallaces 10year lease to operate the lodge and restaurant runs until As a result of the rejection of the Price said he regarded out ofcourt negotiations as Plum mer confirmed he had received a letter from Price Friday stating that Plummer said he went to Spring field Tuesday and discussed the issue with DOC officials and took the buyout offer to who rejected A hearing is scheduled for Mon day afternoon in Jerseyville before Circuit Judge Claude Davis on a preliminary injunction Davis issued The injunction blocked DOC from proceeding with its plans to begin moving out furniture and equipment from the lodge in prepa ration for As a result of the the lodge continues to be open for The lodge has about 60 employees who would be put out of work if the DOC plan goes Wallace has also contended such a long closing period would result in a loss of many regular He has also questioned changing the rustic character of the historic lodge to include a modern pool Paralyzed man discovers computer world By SANFORD SCHMIDT i Of The Telegraph It is perhaps fitting that the the the reporter and the people from the college arrived at the modest home of Lillie Lacey almost ex actly three years after the shoot ing which left Her son Despite the Lacey remained She proudly displayed pictures of her when he was in the One shows a lean Lacey in a bright red Army track crossing a finish hand helds high in I was so proud when they sent me this she said William Bill Lacey of Alton will never run but he may soar to new vocational heights if a new Lewis and Clark Commu nity College homebound project works for It was exactly three years ago today that the former cross coun try runner for Alton High School was shot in the back of the neck just two blocks from his home during a He has since been paralyzed from the waist down and has limited use of his hands and But he may become a computer programmer some Lacey lives with his mother in a modest home in the 2500 block of Clawson in access to a video cassette recorder and mailbox may open a whole new world for Lacey has been unable to but job placement is a big part of LCCC teacher is innovator with Page A3 the LCCC homebound Our ultimate objective is to make these students marketa said Bill head of LCCCs data processing depart The job possibilities are limit according to Nick director of the colleges Human Resources It is entirely possible that a graduate who is confined to his or her home could do data process ing work for a company as far away as Fink The loaned under a special federal grant was delivered to Laceys home this and Lacey made his first attempts to operate the Despite a slow Fink said Lacey was an ideal candidate for the who pioneered the pro said Lacey came highly recommended from Project a center to help the based in Lacey also had signed up for a computer programming course at the University of Col but learned that it would cost him to for a 10month If I had the Id go he Tuition at LCCC is much more The only real physical test is Laceys ability to press a control button with one hand while de Continued on A7 Foi Tlio VOORHEES COMPUTER STUDENT Special hoadgoar helps Bill paralyzed from the waist use the computer on which hell study computer Lacoy of Alton is among the first students in a new Lewis and Clark Community College computer training program for the Pearl Harbor survivors recall attack 45 years ago A A rnif TOO i A TV v il m ABOARD THE USS BOONE AP Fourteen survivors of Pearl Har took part in a memorial service board this guided missile frigate the Florida while ations were made for ceremonies J n Hawaii on the 45th anniversary f the Japanese About 150 other veterans joined in the service Friday a few miles off They cast wreaths into the Atlantic Ocean as Navy jets flew overhead in the missing man On three ceremonies are planned at the USS Arizona Memo rial at the Pearl Harbor Naval Base in Hawaii to commemorate the attack and pay tribute to the including the still entombed in the Arizonas sunken The Navys annual tribute will include a moment of silence throughout the Pearl Harbor Naval Base at the time the attack Later in the Arizona survivors will hold a serv and the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association will hold an annual sunset We are here to honor those who gaves their lives and those who survived that heinous event that occurred 45 years Admiral Michael Kalleres told the gathering aboard the USS We shall not forget We will never forget The survivors who took part in the service recalled the attack viv Everywhere you looked there were ships said Harry Smith of Jacksonville Smith said he and his shipmates aboard the USS San which was docked for were playing cards when we heard these I thought they were said adding he looked out and saw the red rising sun symbol on the planes Pearl Harbor vei prefers quiet remembrance Howard Imel of Wood River may go to the Pearl Harbor observance iunday in but he doesnt like to talk much about the Youre bound to remember things like but I dont like to talk ibout it Imel He was on one of the craft which escaped the We were able to get up and get out to It was over All I emember is black smoke from the burning Alton VFW Post 4445 will commemorate the 45th auuversary of Pearl Harbor with a ceremony at 10 Chicago theater group to perform at area schools The Illustrated Theater of a touring group sponsored by the Artist Program of the Madison County Arts will lerform Tuesday at Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Wood Svangelical School in Godfrey and Cottage Hills Elementary lembers of the Iroup are professional educators as well as Planning starts for 1987 deer season Now that the first portion of Illinois 1986 firearm deer season is and archery season is twothirds some are already dreaming and planning for the 1987 Outdoor B7 Racing package divides area legislators Area senators and representatives were split on the hone racing legislative package which passed both the Illinois Senate and House State Woman keeps track of costs of war After 11 years of toting up the costs of war and comparing the huge sums to the more modest amounts the world spends on social Ruth Sivard thinks Americans are getting the Features Amusements E Alton police have banner digest regulates smoking in govern merit Obituaries A7 Rain b in tgMroph Of ma tor tonight and SundayT Iqw tonight M to wind 10 High 40 for 10   

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