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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - January 4, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                163 354 50 SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 TELES Monday January j 1999 j tony years of work Hausman share in success of Saint Anthonys Pavilion PageRl NFL action 49ersover Packers I PageCl Thedutlook MoMy cloudy and cold high low 2 PagelM Eye on the birdie iGet help seeing eaglesatPere Marquette PageDl Felony cases hit record EDITORS NOTE This is the first of two parts on the surge in felonies in Madison By Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE If Madison Countys 1998 felony filings were baseball career States Attorney Bill Maines staff would be des tined for the Hall of The last of cases were filed in the Circuit Clerks Felony Division at Thursdays bringing an end to a record Never has there been a time in the countys history when so many people have been charged with a police are more 1 there are more of them and they are better William Maine Madison County states attorney crime in a single 365day Just ask the Haine We are a prosecutionoriented Bethalto Chief of Police Tony Sammis couldnt agree I think Bill Haine is doing a fantastic job over Whenever there is a problem with a a phone call has usually taken care of he Haine took over as states attorney in Between then and the number of felony filings increased 153 from 989 to In other urban areas outside of Cook the felony fil ing rate increased only 48 per cent during that same according to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information which tracks such Madison County reached felonies in 1997 and in Criminal misdemeanors fil ings have likewise skyrocket So what has caused this rapid increase Haine credits his staff and the work of police but he cant credit crime State fig ures show crime has been on a steady decline the last few For the first 11 months of this Madison County I See F Page A7 o The BARNES Madison County prisoners line up for preliminary B M The BARNES Bobby Newberry of Roxana drives a snowmobile down Poag Avenue in South giving rides to Joshua and Jacob Morten of ing snow By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer Although not quite a the sun was a welcome sight Sunday morn ing as many people began milling about at the end of this snowy holiday weekend to dig vehicles out of the white Most people said they had watched the forecasts and fairly well prepared for the snowstorm that dumped up to 16 inches of snow in some Godfrey residents Larry and Linda Hosteller said they had nt left their home since the New Years Eve First Night We knew what was coming and had plenty of food Linda My husband See Page A7 fi v Mfchael and Phillip both South on as their sied is Check it out Officials seek to educate check scofflaws By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Merchants say theres nothing good about bad and they wel come a plan by two states attorneys to thwart the Top law enforcement officials from Madison and Clair counties have launched a pro gram to assist victimized The key components are increasing the administrative capacity of the prosecutors starting a public outreach campaign for merchants wanting and setting up a mandatory educational class for bad check of it can local merchants court systems have become so cumber sgme that in many cases the person who writes the bad check knows its not worth your time to go after They just dont m See Page A7 Moiiiimi TheMusicMan came to Brighton BulletinBoard Editorial Watson Television yuvuvu Ihotolouianli i mil By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer BRIGHTON Townspeople remember when famous composer Meredith Wilson led the Brighton band in the show tune Six Trombones from his hit musical The Music People crowded around the Brighton bandstand to Wilson cheer Wilson who proudly waved the baton for a rousing rendition of his popular tune from The Music Meredith Wilson told the people that it was his life ambition to lead the band in Seventy Six said June The YAKSTIS June Wilderman stands at the 1860 Germanmade square grand piano displayed at the Brighton Heritage curator of the Brighton Heritage The internationally acclaimed music writer came to Brighton in 1969 to be grand marshal of the centennial parade through the streets of He rode in a horse drawn carriage at the head of the parade and the marching Wilderman Thousands of people lined the streets to applaud Wilson who smiled and waved at the Telegraph Towns Wilsons roots were in Brighton where his moth Rose grew up and starred in a theater company in Wilson followed his mothers footsteps on the stage and made a name for himself writing and producing plays on the stage and in the Wilderman Wilsons heritage in Brighton is shown in the music and characters in his Broadway hit The Music Wilsons aunt was named Lida and his mqth See Page FAST EDDIES BON AIR BROADWAY AT PEARL Thursday Jan 7 STONEBRAKER SOUL REUNION Jan 9 jan FLUID DRIVE   

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