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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - January 5, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 Safety of schoolchildren is high priority when temperatures are low  By LINDA N. WELLER  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — Most area children got another extension today to their already long Christmas break from school.  As they did Monday, some parents once  again had to H Lottof arrange for  carriers  another day ,  of child make their  care. Other appointed  parents  roun( js resigned    _    _ .  themselves    Page B-1  to amusing  their children one more day in their warm homes.  With bitterly cold temperatures lodged in the area, and sub-zero wind chills predicted  it.”  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 schools,” said Ed Gray, the Alton district’s plant, facilities  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 State’s Attorney’s 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.  and maintenance administrator.  “The wind chill is the biggest concern as far as (today) goes. The temperature may go as low as minus-5 (Monday) evening and the wind chill could be minus-20 to minus-25. When the wind chill starts to get to minus-20, we become concerned about the safety of kids walking to school or waiting at the bus stop."  Vince Acquaviva, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in St. Louis, said today will be slightly warmer than Monday’s high of ll degrees.  The high today should “rise into the teens,” he said, hitting between 15 and 20 degrees.  See LOW, Page A-7  Tim Mueller, 16, of Godfrey, operates a snow blower Monday as he cleans up a sidewalk on McKinley Street In Alton.    /  IWF?  Morning  Public defenders struggle with caseload of felonies  A judge set bond for both suspects at $500,000 The Greers were arrested following the 2 pm 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 arguing over money.  The altercation escalated, with Stevenson being shot several times.  When police arrived minutes later, Stevenson was dead and  Area...........A-3,    6  Business.........D-1  Classifieds........C-6  Comics..........iB-2  Editorial..........A-4  Horoscope........B-2  Nation/World ... .C-5, 6  Obituaries........A-5  Arterberry, Berghofi, Devening, Drew, Haun, Hearn, Kessinger,  Manley, Marcolina,  Moran, Morrill, Niemeier, Spernoga, Stevenson, Watson, Weiss  Region...........B-1  Scoreboard.......C-2  Stocks  .........D-2  Television ........B-3  EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of two parts on the increase in -felonies in Madison County.  By DENNIS GRUBAUGH  Telegraph staff writer  wwwitieteleDrapli.com  ■ See MURDER, Page A-7  EDWARDSVILLE - On a single day next month, the Madison County Circuit Court criminal docket includes at least five homicides, one reckless homicide, two robberies, two child sex assault cases and a high-profile 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 suspects serve sentences not in prison, but in County Jail while awaiting trial.  The situation won’t 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 3,051 felony cases.  There are so many cases that it’s hard to keep track “I fear the impact on the  court system is the serious stuff is getting lost,” Madison County Public Defender John Rekowski said Rekowski’s 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 fulltime and three' part-time assistant public defenders. Today, he has five full-time and six part-time assistants and a fulltime investigator.  However, while his staff doubled in number the caseload tripled. It is a challenge to keep up, he said.  See FELONIES, Page A-7  ■ -■   ■ ’*  ;  • ■■ ■  TRUCKLOAD CARPET SALE!  RETAIL-WHOLESALE AND COMMERCIAL  CARPETING*'^  700 ROLLS IN STOCKI m1«A^ « MA STING AT JUST  OVER  .  PRICES STARTING AT JUST  Bf** CT  DISCOUNT  CARPET  ^ ‘ll  3475 HUMBERT RO ALTOM  465-2622  SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  Vol. 163 No. 355 50 cents  RAP  Tuesday  ice  Path to Lewis and Clark  Gomes followed ,  n  tough road from    JU  Brazil to ICCC  PageC-l'  - k»-......  j Building on talent I Owner of Mayberry j Construction takes I pride in a job well j done  Page D-1  Papal parade  St. Louis prepares for pope’s visit; Popemobile’s path planned  Page B-1  Snow  scuttle marina  Boats damaged when roof caves in at Harbor Point  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 $3 million to $4 million in damage.  Approximately 36 pleasure boats, some 50 feet long, were damaged when the snow- and ice-packed 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 ice,” yacht club harbor master Gary Kuncar said.  The popular 52-year-old 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. Ixjuis 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 pleasure boats are 50 feet long and valued at $500,000 each.  The big storm struck New Year’s 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 ground,” Bechtold said  On Saturday, Kuncar discovered that one roof of the marina had collapsed under the heavy snow and ice. “Three more roofs also caved in under the weight of the snow and ice,” he said.  The marina owner plans to bring in large cranes to lift the broken roofs off the boats, Kuncar said. “We have posted 24-hour security guards to watch the marina,” he said.  The outlook  Warming 15), but mostly cloudy; high 31, low 26  Page C-8  The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES  Mark Barrow, left, and Rob Dexter, right, employees of Harbor Point Yacht Club In West Alton attempt to remove snow and ice which caused the slips to collapse and destroy many of the yachts at the harbor.   

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