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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - February 6, 1999, Alton, Illinois it SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Country prays Jordans King Hussein lies near death PageC2 Prep hoops East Side tops Tigers inOT PageBl The outlook the stuff of memories Partly sunny and j House reminded mild high near Broome family itheSouth PageM i pageC4 Vol 164 No 22 cents Saturday February Video poker ban ruled illegal By DENNIS GRUBAUGH t Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A coun tywide ban on video poker machines was shot down by a judge Friday In a sixpage ruling Madison County Associate 1 Judge Lewis Mallott deemed the states attorneys gambling protocol legally The protocol a series of Haine loses lawsuit by tavern owner guidelines for law enforcement that included the ban was the subject of a lawsuit filed against States Attorney William Haine by Bojacs a Wood River tavern that vol untarily removed a video poker machine last year in the wake of Maines crackdown on the devices Bojacs owner James Robert Bob Oiler said his machine was used for amuse ment only not gambling a point echoed by poker machine owners throughout the county since the crack down Oiler contended the ban was unconstitutional In his order Mallott compli mented Haines effort to tackle gambling but he said the pro tocol was incomplete The problem with the proto col is that though it gives defi nition and guidance as to what a gambling machine might be it completely fails to mention or give guidance as to what a gambling device is not as set forth in statutes Mallott wrote State law says that devices are not for gambling if they are played for amusement do not reward the player with money or property and depend in part on the skill of the play er A gambling machine on the other hand is defined in part as every device designed for gambling which is incapable of lawful See VIDEO Page SMITH Chris Dunbar left Decor Outlet at Alton Square and Courtney Neal a salesperson at the store prepare their booth with balloons Friday at the River Bend Showcase on the Lewis and Clark Community College campus 50 area businesses showcase their wares By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer GODFREY River Bend Arena turned into a hub Friday for more than 50 com munity businesses at the 1999 River Bend Showcase The companies demonstrat ed discussed and showcased their goods and services in the arena on the campus of Lewis and Clark Community College The showcase sponsored by the River Bend Growth Association will run from 10 to 5 today Organizers say they expect the twoday event to draw people The showcase was formerly called the Home and Business Expo We retitled it because we wanted to give it a new face and new said Martha Morse director of member ship services with RBGA She said the event is offering something new with Kids Corner and business seminars Trudy Jennings of Saint Anthonys Health Center offered therapeutic massages while explaining the hospitals services Were representing all the services offered by Saint she said Its a way to meet the community and offer our services and to inform the public that health services have Mary Runde coowner of Mainstream Computers Inc in Wood River answered ques tions about the year 2000 com puter problems We provide sales represen tatives to assist in all home and business computer needs We also stay informed to assure the highest quality of components and services available in the market We are trained and pre pared for the year Residents took the opportu nity to gather information con cerning the businesses This time were out here getting ideas for remodeling and Debbie Jones of Bethalto said The SMITH Amy Davis a massage therapist at St Anthonys Hospital in Alton works on Trudy Davis neck Friday in the hospitals massage chair at the River Bend Showcase Man indicted in 96 slaying on tavern lot By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE For yearsf Jeffrey A Ewing was just a face in the crowd at a murder scene On Friday he was charged in the murder Authorities pulled the wraps off grand jury indictment charging Ewing 33 with murder and two other of Dwight D an Alton tavern parking lot Dec 15 1996 Police say Ewing is the one who handed a 9 mm handgun to a man who moments later used it to fire 10 at Riddlespriger Alton Police Detective Scott Golike said Ewing has long been suspected of supplying the gun used on the lot of Petes Lounge 100 Big Arch Road The grand jury returned an indictment a few weeks ago New House speaker has local ties By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer SHIPMAN Many Shipman residents are excited about having a local connection to the new speaker of the House Rep Dennis Hastert from Yorkville in suburban Chicagb is married to the for mer Jean Kahl a Shipman native with many relatives and old friends remaining in the Macoupin County town of 600 residents Her uncle Robert H Kahl of Shipman said Jean Hastert is the daughter of his late broth er Allen Kahl Her mother is remarried and living in Staunton Attempts to reach the Hasterts were unsuccess ful Robert Kahl 80 and his brother George Kahl 89 are retired farm partners who live on family farmland in Shipman See SPEAKER Page A7 but the charges were not made public until Friday morning when Ewing appeared with his attorney Ted Barylske of Alton for a bond reduction hearing before Circuit Jjadge Charles Romani Romani set Ewings bond at Ewings attorney then escorted him to Madlsbn County Jail where he himself in ur bond is conduioftal on his not contacting any wit nesses in the case should he come up with the bail Romani said Ewing has been charged with one count of firstdegree murder which alleges that he was responsible for Riddlesprigers death one count of armed violence and one count of not having a valid firearm owners identification card The man who actually did See SLAYING Page A7 Morning Wi A38 Bulletin Board Ar Business r Classifieds C6 Horoscope Aughenbaugh Bagaglio Dunham Henderson Holliday v Moran Siemer Scoreboard New 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