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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - January 5, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Vol 163 No 355 50 cents Path to lewis and Clark Gomes followed tough road from BraziltoLCCC Tuesday January 5 1999 Building on talent Owner of Mayberry i Construction takes I pride in a job well done PageD1 The outlook Warming up but mostly cloudy high 31 low 26 PageC8 St Louis prepares for popes visit Popemobiles path planned PageBl Snow ice scuttle mari Boats damaged when roof caves in at Harbor Point Mark Barrow left and Rob Dexter right employees of Harbor Point Yacht Club in West Alton attempt caused the slips to collapse and destroy many of the yachts at the harbor Safety of schoolchildren is high priority when temperatures are low By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer WEST ALTON Mo Roofs collapsed under tons of snow and ice on top of expensive cabin cruisers at Harbor Point Yacht Club causing an estimated million to million in damage Approximately 36 pleasure boats some 50 feet long were damaged when the snowand icepacked roofs came crashing down on the marina at West Alton after a big weekend snow storm Four roofs caved in under the weight of the heavy snow and yacht club harbor master Gary Kuncar said The popular 52yearold sailing and yacht club is nestled along the Mississippi River in Missouri a mile across the river channel from Alton The historic boat club is also known as the St Louis Sailing and Yacht Club The marina suffered heavy damage after a winter storm spread a glaze of snow and sleet across the West Alton area on Friday and Saturday Winds up to 30 mph created a blizzard of snow sleet and ice which covered the roofs of the yacht club marina along the shore of the river Some of the damaged plea sure boats are 50 feet long and valued at each The big storm struck New Years Day with 8 inches of snow and heavy sleet said Dale Bechtold a meteorologist at the St Louis National Weather Service More snow fell on top of the sleet and put a crust of ice across the snow on the Bechtold said On Saturday Kuncar discov ered that one root of the marina had collapsed under the heavy snow and ice Three more roofs also caved in under the weight of the snow and he said The marina owner plans to bring in large cranes to lift the broken roofs off the boats Kuncar said We have posted 24hour security guards to watch the said By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON Most area chil dren got another extension today to their already long Christmas break from school As they did Monday some parents once again had to arrange for another day of child I I ts cold no doubt about Letter carriers make their appointed rounds Page B1 care Other parents resigned themselves to amusing their children one more day in their warm homes With bitterly cold tempera tures lodged in the area and subzero wind chills predicted Vince Acquaviva National Weather Service for today superintendents said they called off classes out of concern for pupils safety Also some streets still are not cleared they said It is a combination there still are some roads that are not in great shape and we still have some plowing to do at the said Ed Gray the Alton districts plant facilities and maintenance administra tor The wind chill is the biggest concern as far as today goes The temperature may go as low as minus5 Monday evening and the wind chill could be minus20 to minus25 When the wind chill starts to get to minus20 we become concerned about the safety of kids walking to school or wait ing at the bus Vince Acquaviva meteorolo gist for the National Weather Service in St Louis said today will be slightly warmer than Mondays high of 11 degrees The high today should rise into the he said hitting between 15 and 20 degrees See LOW Page A7 Cousins facing murder charges in weekend shooting By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON Two cousins one 16 years old are facing first degree murder charges in the shooting death Saturday of a Godfrey man Charged Monday was Gregory A Greer 16 and Jerry D Greer 21 both of the 2600 block of Powhattan Street The Madison County States Attorneys office certified Gregory Greer to be charged as an adult Jerry Greer also is facing charges of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon A judge set bond for both suspects at The Greers were arrested following the 2 shooting Saturday in the kitchen of a home in the 300 block of Main Street in Alton Killed was Courtney J Stevenson 29 of Godfrey Police said the Greers had come to the home where the victim had spent the night with friends and began argu ing over money The altercation escalated with Stevenson being shot sev eral times When police arrived minutes later Stevenson was dead and See MURDER Page A7 Good Morniift 6 ClassifiedsC6 Arterberry Berghoff Devening Drew Haun Hearn Kessinger Manley Marcollna Moran Morrill Niemeier Spernoga Stevenson Watson Weiss Television The M BARNES Tim Mueller 16 of Godfrey operates a snow blower Monday as he cleans up a sidewalk on McKinley Street In Alton Public defenders struggle with caseload of felonies EDITORS NOTE This is the second of two parts on the increase in felonies in Madison County By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE On a single day next month the Madison County Circuit Court criminal docket includes at least five homicides one reck less homicide two robberies two child sex assault cases and a highprofile theft And those are just the cases the public will hear about There is also a score of drug burglary driving and weapons cases penciled in for action the same day Courthouse observers say the chances are great that the majority of the cases set for Feb 8 will either be continued or pleas will be entered by the suspects to avoid a trial Such is the way of life in Madison County courts where case files cramp chambers and continuances keep cases alive so long that many sus pects serve sentences not in prison but in County Jail while awaiting trial The situation wont get any easier during the rest of 1999 when many of the cases left over from 1998 and before will be heard Last year saw a record filing of felony cases There are so many cases that its hard to keep track I fear the impact on the court system is the serious stuff is getting Madison County Public Defender John Rekowski said Rekowskis office handles indigent clients who cannot afford a private attorney Many cases are handed to his office with little notice in advance of court dates Rekowski took over the office in 1987 with three full time and threeparttime assis tant public defenders Today he has five fulltime and six parttime assistants and a full time investigator However while his staff doubled in number the case load tripled ft is a challenge to keep up he said See FELONIES Page A7 TfcUCKLOAD CARPET J SALE RETAILWHOLESALE AND COMMERCIAL TOO ROLLS IN STOCK I OVER 700 ROLLS IN STOCK PRICES STARTINO AT JUST DISCOUNT 3475 HUMBERT RD   

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