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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 23, 1999, Alton, Illinois Hot under the hood Above: An Alton firefighter works to pry open the hood of an Oldsmobile '98 Monday as smoke pours from the engine compartment and flames drip under the car on Ridge Street near Broadway. Firefighters extinguished the blaze, which extensively damaged the vehicle, but struggled with an unusually strong hood latch. Right: Firefighter Tom Mussier takes a turn with a pry bar on the hood. The cause of the fire was undetermined. The car engine was destroyed and there were no injuries, said Assistant Fire Chief Stephen Mikoff. The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Tuesda^February 23,1999     www.thetelegraph.com 17-year-old charged in shooting By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON - A 17-year-old is charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of an Alton man early Sunday. On Monday, the Madison County State’s _ Attorney’s office charged Michael F. Gomez of the 300 block of Dooley «lg very body in the incident. He was in fair condition Monday afternoon in an area hospital. Police still are investigating circumstances surrounding the shootings of both men. "Wb are still talking to people and the suspect has talked _ to    us,”    said    Lt. James Hessel, Alton chief of detectives. Hessel said there was a large was having Drive in Alton with a good time, and the offense. Gomez 0 n A f Q C nHHon un number of people will bl' 18 years old 31101 3 suaaen an at thc t and on Mar 2.    argument Started things had gone a judge set and someone “ThoTting flashed gang happened during a Signs. party at 2:48 a m. Sunday in the KXM) block of Elliott Street. Alden E. ___________ Berry, 23, of Alton, died at 3:08 a rn of a gunshot wound to the abdomen Berry died at Alton Memorial Hospital. Another man, a 25-year-old Alton resident, was wounded well until an argument erupted. “Everybody was having a good time, and all of a sudden an argued of detectives ment started and someone flashed gang signs,” he said, precipitating an Lf. James Hessel exchange of punches, then the shootings. As of Monday, only Gomez had been taken into custody in the incident Residents will cast council votes today By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER - City residents will cast their votes in today’s primary election for City Council seats. Two seats are up for election with seven candidates running. The top four vote-getters in today’s election will face off in the general election to be held April 13. The seven candidates running for election are: incumbent Scott Levan, Dr. David Ayres, Robert Ell gen, Fred Ufert, Mike Trgovich, Judy Beckham and Allen Gaines. With significant amounts of snow in the forecast for early today, voter turnout could be lighter than usual. Madison County Clerk Mark Von Nida said votes should be counted within a short time. “We have a primary may-oral and council election in Collinsville,” Von Nida said. “The elections in Wood River and Collinsville are the only ■ See VOTE. Page A-5 Finance River Bend has more than its share of banks Special Section - E Vol. 164, No. 39 — 50 cents SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Tourism Scenic Byway designation a boon to tourism Special Section - F The outlook Cloudy with a chance of snow ; high near 36, low near 27 Page IM Sports Lady Hawks win ; flying to state Page B-l iii Mornirig Area/Illinois.......A-3 Bulletin Board A-6 Classifieds........C-5 Editorial..........C-2 Nation/World .... ...D-5 Obituaries ........A-4 Blackard, Budde, Denother, Dunston, Eller, Eskra, Hansel, Heneck, Hicks, Knight, Mellenthin, Raymer, Reynolds, Schleeper, Sillivan, Snyder, Swiecizki, Theivagt, Waggoner Scoreboard.......B-2 Jury finds man guilty of strangling By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - Dennis Robinson was found guilty Monday of the 1997 strangulation murder of a woman whose body he dumped along Interstate 270. A jury of five women and seven men took less than two hours to return the verdict read by Circuit Judge Charles V Romani Jr. Robinson, 32, of St. Louis, hung his head, but otherwise showed little emotion. As he left the courtroom he proclaimed his innocence to a reporter. “I didn’t kill nobody,” Robinson said. “The people had me convicted before it began.” ■ See GUILTY, Page A-5 W retail-wholesale and commercial CARPETING a ER 700 ROUS IN STOCKI CIS STARTING AT JUST 33Q Students’ knowledge blooming Third-graders learn lessons from plants By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO - Twenty-seven Amaryllis plants helped 27 third-graders at Parkside Elementary in Bethalto learn lessons in science, math, art and language arts on Monday. Each pupil in Ann Scates’ third-grade class planted an Amaryllis bulb in early January, then carefully watched it grow. “It made them want to come to school because they had such direct involvement,” Scates said of her pupils during the project. “They also had such a feeling of ownership watching their The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Parkside Elementary School students in the third-grade classroom of teacher Ann Scates measure and water Amaryllis plants that were part of a science project. own plant.” Each pupil was responsible for their own Amaryllis, watering the plant each day as well as measuring the plant’s growth, and recording and graphing the results. Scates’ class has done a similar project for the past few years This year the project was sponsored by Elias- ■ See PLANTS, Page A-5 DISCOUNT - ^mi - M    3475    HUMBERT    RD CARPET    ALTON 465-2622