Alton Telegraph, March 10, 1999

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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - March 10, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 THE TELEGRAM March Madness Tigers take on Belleville East in sectional PageC-1 I Today s Food ; Independence in the kitchen I Occupational therapists can help I disabled, injured prepare meals PageB-l The outlook Partly sunny and cool. High 41; low 28 Page IM! Vol. 164, No. 54 — 50 cents Wednesday, March 10,1999 Bigiuture EOM hopes to make a mark for itself in the River Bend Page D-l www.thetelegraph.com Deaths called murder-suicide Couple had history of domestic disputes The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Alton Police Detective Mark Dorsey, right, and Detective Sgt. Al Adams, background, 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 murder-suicide. 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 himself 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 don’t know why it happened," 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 problems between the two. Police and emergency medical crews responded to a call at 4:52 p.m. Monday at the house after a family member found Williams’ body. A Madison County Coroner’s deputy pronounced Williams dead at 7:05 p.m. Autopsies were performed on Williams’ and Ringor’s 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 A-7 LCCC to aid jobless if&M KULP For The Telegraph GODFREY — Lewis and Clark Community College is reaching out to help the area’s laid-off workers find new jobs. In a report to the Board of Trustees Tuesday night, the college estimated that the region has lost between 300 and 500 jobs in the last six months. LCCC has joined forces with the Illinois Employment & Training Center, River Bend Growth Association and the Service Corps of Retired Executives to help laid-off workers re-enter the work force. An informational meeting is scheduled at I p.m. Tuesday — —*—      —-— ■ See LCCC, Page A-7 Good borning Area/Illinois . .A-3,8 Bulletin Board .A-6 Classifieds C-4 Comics.......D-6 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope D-6 Nation/world .. .D-5 Obituaries A-5 Altic, Armstead, Brecht, Floyd, Fudurich, Jones, Kline, Ringor, Ropac, Street, Williams Scoreboard ... .C-2 Television D-7 The Telegraph/JOHN 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. Firefighter eulogized as ‘servant of people’ By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER - Retired Wood River firefighter Thomas Amburg faithfully served his family, his community and God, the Rev. Gary Ballard told a gathering at Amburg’s funeral service Tuesday. Family, friends and fellow firefighters crowded Paynic Home for Funerals to pay tribute to Amburg. “Tom Amburg was a servant of people all of his life," said Ballard, who was Amburg’s friend and also the pastor of the Firsl^ Baptist Church in Hartford. “He served his country in the Army, he served the fire department and his family.” Amburg, 58, died Saturday at Saint Anthony’s 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 fire,” said Williams, who wore a black band across his chief’s 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 Tom,” Williams said. “He had a quiet strength in his personality.” As a former Wood River fire chief, Amburg started the Firefighters Certification Program on the fire department, Williams said.- Under the program, .firefighters 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 program,” Williams said. “Our department is IOO percent certified. We’re thankful for it.” ■ See FIREFIGHTER, Page A-7 Gas prices on the rise The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Ruth Snyder of Alton fills up her tank Tuesday at the Amoco 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 overnight,” Michael J. Right said Tuesday. Right, vice president of public 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 H rphe supply situation is not nearly as I strong as it once was.” Michael J. Right Auto Club of Missouri spokesman predict what might happen in the days ahead, he said. Crude* oil and wholesale prices have been on the rise. Crude prices were $12.88 a barrel Feb. 12 and $13.30 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 ■ See GAS, Page A-7 ip p ■> rf rn HlfHlHlf Al J SERVICES dip lith coupon -This coupon may be redeemed for 10% off any mechanical service repair of $100 or more. 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