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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - March 8, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 THE TEL EGR ZI P 11 -HRr -GRS HH GHmG -NRB- ’GRSqRpJRHGLRRLH ^ 9* HRrYilp-# HrHr -H-Hr Tbn time AARP offers assistance to those 60 and over Page B-l I Region I Awareness i Seekers hold I reception Page D-l ■ rn Tho outlook Snow possibly mixing with f ice; high near 37, low near 31 Page IM Road lo Final Four Bracket for NCAA tournament Page C-3 ARCH Vol. 164, No. 52 — 50 cents Monday, March 8,1999 www.thetelegraph.com The science of justice Winter storm Lawyers learn to use DNA evidence in the courtroom EDITOR S NOTE: This is the second of a three-part series on how DNA has changed prosecution of criminal cases heading this way By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer ST. LOUIS - Officials from the National Weather Service have issued a winter storm warning for northern Missouri and west central Illinois for Monday in anticipation of a system developing in the Rockies. Meteorologist Dale Bechtold said that Monday might be a good day to stay in bed if you have the day off. “Depending on the direction the storm turns, we could see mostly sleet and rain or a large accumulation of snow," Bechtold said. “Right now we’re on the southern edge and it looks more likely that we’ll have a mature of rain and snow. If it turns more southerly, we stand a chance of quite a bit of snow accumulation.” The storm is expected to produce eight to 12 inches of snow in the Quincy area and possibly up to four inches in the Alton area if the storm stays on its present track. Bechtold said the latest information would not be available until midnight Sunday or later. “The storm should reach Alton by daylight and will begin with snow turning to a mixture of rain, sleet and snow all day,” Bechtold said. By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE — Lawyers who for years watched criminal cases turn on the word of an eyewitness are slowly becoming professors of science. In today’s court, the standard of justice is frequently borne out by laboratory researchers who painstakingly analyze DNA — life’s ultimate fingerprint. It is not an easy process to understand, nor is it simple to explain to a jury. But the results are undeniable, according to the jurists who praise the new technology. “There is no guarantee, but DNA is powerful evidence,” says Billy Hahs, an assistant public deftnder in Madison County. “The biggest mistake a defense lawyer can make is to say, ‘I don’t know anything about this.’ You just have to jump in qnd make yourself understand it.” Hahs’ co-workers admire his knowledge of the subject, frequently turning to him to help prepare a case. One wall of Hahs’ office is lined with notebooks compiled since his first big DNA case in 1993. That case came while he was still a public defender in Spartanburg, S.C. A young man in his early 20s had been accused in a string of rapes, and the public defender needed someone to take the time to learn the subject of DNA to prepare a defense. Hahs got the job, but ultimately lost the case. Still, he said he gained important insight into the future of courtroom proceedings. DNA — deoxyribonucleic acid — is the information storage molecule of the human cell. It contains the genetic material that defines who we are and what we look like. DNA evidence includes saliva, blood, semen and hair roots. Profile the DNA correctly, experts say, and the ■ See SCIENCE, Page A-7 I ne i eiegrapn/juni\ Scientist Michael Brown prepares to separate DNA fragments by filtering evidence through a gelatin-like wash at the State Police Metro-East Forensic Science Laboratory in Fairview Heights. Alcohol 101 teaches dangers of drinking By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A computer course at SIUE called Alcohol 101 is teaching students who have firsthand experience with alcohol about the dangers of using it. The course, contained on a CD-ROM, teaches students the facts about alcohol through Good Morning rea/llllnois...............A-3 ulletln Board..........A-6 lasslfied..................C-6 omics......................D-2 ditorial.....................A-4 ation/World.............B-4 eighbors.................B-1 bituaries.................A-5 Itic, Amburg, Armstead, aldridge, Banach, 'entley, Bowles, Haar, lellmuth, Huffman, Pape, 'arsons, Pear, Reels coreboard...............C-2 elevision.................B-3 lively images, both still and on video, snappy one-liners and some of their own input. Students who get in trouble using alcohol in the dorms are required to take the course as part of their probation, said Mary Byron, wellness coordinator at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. ■ See ALCOHOL, Page A-7 The Telegraph/PAUL MACKIE Mary Byron explains the Alcohol 101 program to a visitor at the Wellness Center at SIUE. Benefit being planned for area girl with lupus By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Doctors plan an extensive study of a set of 8-year-old triplet girls, one of whom has developed lupus and is the subject of a community fundraiser. A benefit is being planned March 20 for Caille Rickard, the daughter of Randy Rickard and Michelle Vieth, both of Edwardsville. She is suffering from systemic lupus, a disease that is taking its toll on her kidneys. “It started out as a rash on her face that wouldn’t go away,” her father said. “They did a blood test and found a lot of protein in her blood. One thing led to another and they See BENEFIT, Page A-7 Congregation continues tradition St. Peter’s Episcopal Church has held services for 140 years By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer CHESTERFIELD Worshippers gather at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Sunday to sing and praise the Lord just like their ancestors did 140 years ago. The Rev. Paul Dicks stands in the ornate old pulpit and preaches the gospel like the first pastor, the Rev. David Dresser, did in 1860. “We worship in the same beautiful frame church built in 1859,” said Beulah Barr, who has been a member of the church for 50 years. The historic St. Peter’s is close to the hearts of Barr, her twin sister, Eula Ornellas, and other members of the congregation. “We love our little church in the countryside,” Beulah Barr said. TBlegraph Towns The majestic, little colonial church is nestled in the country at the edge of Chesterfield on Illinois Route 111 in western Macoupin County. The snow white church, with an English belfry and Gothic stained glass windows, looks like an old picture from a Currier and Ives Christmas card. “The first worship service was held in the little church on Christmas Eve in 1859,” said the Rev. Wayne S. Shipley, who plays the antique foot-pump organ at the Sunday morning worship at 8:45 a.m. Shipley sits at the beautiful cherry wood organ and pumps the pedals with his feet to force air into the organ to sound the notes. He caresses the old ivory keys with his fingers and the" beautiful notes of the old hymn “Lead Kindly Light” resounds through the little church. “If you get tired of pumping air into the organ with your feet, the notes of the organ will fade out in the middle of a hymn,” Shipley said with a laugh. A walk through the old church is like stepping back into history to the kind of churches seen in the countryside of England in the early 1800s. Church members love to tell the story of Roger Oliver, a famous builder, who came from England in 1855 to design and help build the Episcopal church in Chesterfield. “He did work on the House of Parliament in London,” Beulah Barr said. “He showed his arch see CHURCH, Page A-7 The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Eula Ornellas, left, and her twin sister, Beulah Barr, are longtime members of the 140-year-old St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Chesterfield. Mantis BBBB HOH. Adams Parkway Alton, IL 62002 466-5301 CLOSEOUT SALE OF ALL ABOVE GROUND POOLS (1998 models in stock) limited quantity LAYAWAY NOV/ FOR SPRING SALE PRICED 24' ROUND POOl PACKAGE