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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 6, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 HI* 1 TP Country prays Jordan’s King Hussein lies near death PageC-2 • ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■ Prop hoops Eastside tops Tigers inOT Page B-l GRAPH The outlook ; Tho stun of memories Partly sunny and j House reminded mild; high near j Broome family 53, low near 34 j ^ I the South Page IM j    PageC-1 Vol. 164, No. 22 — 50 cents SaturdayJFebruary 6 L 1999 www.thetelegraph.com Video poker ban ruled illegal By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A coun-tywide ban on video poker machines was shot down by a judge Friday. In a six-page ruling, Madison County Associate Judge Lewis Mallott deemed the state’s attorney’s gambling protocol “legally deficient.” 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 State’s Attorney William Haine by Bojac’s Inc., a Wood River tavern that voluntarily removed a video poker machine last year in the wake of Haine’s crackdown on the devices. Bojac’s owner James Robert “Bob" Oiler said his machine was used for amusement 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 complimented Haine’s effort to tackle gambling, but he said the protocol was incomplete. “The problem with the protocol is that, though it gives defi The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Chris Dunbar, left, owner.of 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 community businesses at the 1999 River Bend Showcase. The companies demonstrated, 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 IO am. to 5 pm. today Organizers say they expect the two-day event to draw 4,000 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 feeling,” said Martha Morse, director of membership services with RBGA She said the event is offering 'something new with Kid’s Corner and business seminars Trudy Jennings, of Saint Anthony’s Health Center, offered therapeutic massages while explaining the hospital’s services. “We’re representing all the services offered by Saint Anthony’s,” she said. “It’s a way to meet the community and offer our services and to inform the public that health services have expanded." Mary Runde, co-owner of Mainstream Computers Inc. in Wood River, answered questions about the year 2000 computer problems. “We provide sales representatives 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 prepared for the year 2000." Residents took the opportunity to gather information concerning the businesses. “This time we’re out here getting ideas for remodeling and health,” Debbie Jones of Bethalto said. The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Amy Davis, a massage therapist at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Alton, works on Trudy Davis’ neck Friday in the hospital’s massage chair at the River Bend Showcase. 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 player. A gambling machine, on the other hand, is defined in part as “every device designed for gambling which is incapable of lawful use.” See VIDEO, Page A-7 Man indicted in ’96 slaying on tavern lot By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - For years, 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 a suppressed grand jury indictment charging Ewing, 33, with murder and two other felonies in the death of Dwight D. Riddlespriger on 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 IO shots at Riddlespriger. Alton Police Detective Scott Golike said Ewing has long been suspected of supplying the gun used on the lot of Pete’s Lounge, IOO 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. U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert, from Yorkville in suburban Chicago, is married to the former 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 brother, Allen Kahl. Her mother is remarried and living in Staunton. Attempts to reach the Hasterts were unsuccessful. Robert Kahl, 80, and his brother George Kahl, 89, are retired farm partners who live on family farmland in Shipman ■ See SPEAKER, Page A-7 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 Judge Charles Romani. Romani set Ewing's bond at* $350,000. Ewing’s attorney then escorted him to Madison County Jail, where he turned himself in. Ewing’s bond is conditional on his not contacting any witnesses in the case, should he come up with the $35,000 bail, Romani said Ewing has been charged with one count of first-degree murder, which alleges that he was responsible for Riddlespriger’s death; one count of armed violence; and one count of not having a valid firearm owner’s identification card. The man who actually did ■ See SLAYING, Page A-7 Good -Morning Area/Illinois . .A-3,8 Bulletin Board .A-6 Business......D-1 Classifieds C-6 Comics   .....C-4 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope ... .C-4 Nation/world .. .C-2 Obituaries.....A-5 Aughenbaugh, Bagaglio, Dunham, Henderson, Henson, Holliday, Marberry, Moran, Siemer Scoreboard B-2 Stocks........D-2 Television.....C-5 Weather.......D-6