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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - March 10, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 March Madness Tigers take on MevflleEast in sectional PageCl TODAYS FOOD Independence in the kitchen Occupational therapists can help disabled injured prepare meals PageBl The outlook Partly sunny and cool High 41 low 28 Page 1X8 No 54 50 cents Wednesday March Big future EDM hopes to make a mark for itself in he River Bend PageDl mmammmmmmmmmmm Deaths called murdersuicide Couple had history of domestic disputes The BADMAN Moh Police Detective Mark Dorsey right and Detective Sgt Al Adams back gfouhd carry items from the house Tuesday in which Tonetta Williams 34 was found slain Monday afternoon in the 1800 block of Central Avenue in Alton By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON Police are calling the fatal shootings Monday of a woman in Alton and a man in St Louis a murdersuicide Authorities in both cities said Michael V Ringor 36 apparently shot Tonetta Williams 34 several times in the head before taking Williams car and driving it to St Louis Police said Ringor then shot him self once in the head while sitting in the car near a housing complex There are still some loose ends to be tied up we know what happened but we dont know why it said Detective Sgt Al Adams of the Alton Police Department Adams said the couple had lived together on and off in Williams house in the 1800 block of Central Avenue He said police had been called a couple of times for domestic prob lems between the two Police and emergency medical crews responded to a call at Monday at the house after a family member found Williams body A Madison County Coroners deputy pronounced Williams dead at Autopsies were performed on Williams and Ringors bodies Tuesday Madison County Deputy Coroner Roger Smith declined to say how many times Williams was shot or specify the type of gun that was used Alton police said they do not think any other people were involved in the killing No one else was in the house at the time of Williams shoot See DEATHS Page A7 S to aid KULP FprJThe Tejegraph GODFREY Lewis and Clark Community College is teaching out to help the areas laidoff workers find new jobs fln a report to the Board of Trustees Tuesday night the college estimated that the region has lost between 300 arid 500 jobs in the last six months LCCC has joined fdirces with the Illinois Employment Training Center River Bend Growth AlSijpciation and the Service of Retired Executives to workers reenter force informational meeting is at l Tuesday See LCCC Pa9e Corning Ituarles A5 ic Armstefd icht Floyd Jones ihe Ringor Ropac Williams C2 The BADMAN The funeral procession for veteran Wood River firefighter Tom Amburg including pumper truck No 15 draped in black bunting moves along Homer Adams Parkway to Valhalla Memorial Park in Godfrey Tuesday Amburg was with the department for 25 years including two as the chief He drove the No 15 pumper er eulogized as servant of people By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER Retired Wood River firefighter Thomas Amburg faithfully served his family his commu nity and God the Rev Gary Ballard told a gathering at Amburgs funeral service Tuesday Family friends and fellow firefighters crowded Paynic Home for Funerals to pay tribute to Amburg Amburg was a ser vant of people all of his said Ballard who was Amburgs friend and also the pastor of the Firstf Baptist Church in Hartford He served his country in the Army he served the fire department and his Amburg 58 died Saturday at Saint Anthonys Hospital in Alton He was an outstanding leader as a firefighter during his 25 years on the Wood River Fire Department Wood River Fire Chief Guy Williams said Tom knew his job well as a firefighter and always stayed calm at the scene of a said Williams who wore a black band across his chiefs badge in memory of Amburg Amburg was an excellent teacher of young firefighters said Williams who learned firefighting skills from him As a young firefighter I looked up to Williams said He had a quiet strength in his As a former Wood River fire chief Amburg started the Firefighters Certification Program on the fire depart ment Williams Under the program fire fighters undergo 240 hours of classroom work and practical training to qualify Wood River was the first fire department in Southern Illinois to require firefighters to be certified under the pro Williams said Our department is 100 percent cer tified Were thankful for See FIREFIGHTER Gas prices on the rise The BADMAN Ruth Snyder of Alton fills up her tank Tuesday at the Amocg Food Shop at Washington Avenue and Broadway in Alton By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer The gas price joy ride is over Between yesterday and this morning at some retailers the price per gallon rose 12 cents Michael J Right said Tuesday Right vice president of pub lic affairs at AAA Auto Club of Missouri said the average increase has been a nickel a gallon Fluctuation in the market makes it crazy for anyone to supply situation is not nearly as strong as it once Michael J Right Auto Club of Missouri spokesman predict what might happen in the days ahead he said oil and wholesale prices have been on the rise Crude prices were a barrel Feb 12 and March 5 he said Wholesale prices paid by dealers recently went up 7 to 8 cents a gallon accounting for some of the noticeable effect at the pumps he said The supply situation is not nearly as strong as it once I See GAS Page A7 n up front pricing   

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