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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - March 27, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Working together Girls soccer Students j Alton blanks newspaper j Metro East and businesses i Lutheran teamup I Spwdal Section PageB1 Vol 164 No 71 50 cents JHLrlkJrJNi Saturday March The outlook Mostly sunny and warmer high near 63 low near 42 Serving customers Sales and service j are key at Bobs I Lawn and I Garden j PageOl Second murder plot revealed By SANFORD J SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A sec ond murder plot hatched in the Madison County Jail and revealed Friday by authorities may help solve four murders and other crimes spanning several years and other states These cases are a result of personal feuds and differences and attempts to silence wit Two cases may help solve four slayings T1PCCOC wrVl 11 to en ft i nesses who will Madison County States Attorney William Haine said The two cases almost mir ror each said Brad Wells a detective with the Madison County Sheriffs Department Charges were filed Thursday in Madison County Circuit Court against three people sus pected of hatching a plot to kill witnesses in a murder case against James A Raven Evans 29 an inmate at the Madison County Jail Alton police filed charges Friday against three addition al suspects in a similar plot to kill witnesses Charged Friday were Jeffrey Ewing 34 an inmate at the jail already suspected of murder Tiffany L Ewing 24 of Alton Jeffrey Ewings wife and Kevin L Koontz 32 of Alton Jeffrey Ewing a suspect in the murder of Dwight Riddlesprigger of Alton and reputed member of the Gangsta Disciples gang was accused of a March 18 solicita tion to murder Clifton Wheeler who is in the custody of the Illinois Department of Injury confirms parents fears By STEVE WHITWORTH Telegraph staff writer GODFREY The worst fears of many parents whose children attend North Middle School materialized this week On Wednesday eighthgrad er John Johnson 14 of Godfrey was hit by a car and critically injured after leaving school for the day The youth was hit while try ing to cross Godfrey Road near the school He remained in critical condition Friday night at Cardinal Glennon Childrens Hospital in St Louis Despite the best efforts of school officials and parents to keep children from trying to cross the busy road the situa tion was an accident waiting to happen I watch children jump across the road there all the time Its said Steve Grummel 36 of Godfrey Im surprised there are not more kids Grummel owns a lawn care business Steves Lawn Service and frequently drives up and down Godfrey Road He said children from North Middle School often cross the heavily traveled road I get them cutting in front of me all the he said Trying to stop with a trailer in back of my truck is pretty hard If they get in front of a tractortrailer it isnt going to be able to Grummel has two sons who attend the school one in the sixth grade and one in eighth grade He said he frequently reminds them they should cross Godfrey only at the lighted crosswalk at Tolle Lane about 100 yards north of the campus I just keep preaching to my See FEARS Page A7 The 8ADMAN A warning sign attached to pole on Godfrey Road near the school Property owner defends American Boatworks By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON An aldermans campaign to eradicate a boat repair yard along the Great River Road isnt fazing the property owner We had a big hoopdeloo1 in 1993 but the corps agreed with me that the permit should have been said William S Abbott of Godfrey owner of the 920foot strip of land in the 700 block of West Broadway American Boatworks owner David Jump of Cahokia who has a fiveyear lease on the property is meeting require ments in the permit from the Army Corps of Engineers Abbott said The permit allows mooring of the commercial marine sal vage and transportation busi ness in the Mississippi River on a 900foot segment along the Great River Road First Ward Alderman Tom Hoechst last week said he con tacted and Illinois legisla tors to investigate if American Boatworks is following the pro visions of the permit in an attempt to get it revoked Hoechst had said the boat yard area at the east end of See BOATWORKS Page A7 Corrections Wheeler was convicted of fatally shooting Riddlesprigger and Ewing allegedly handed Wheeler the gun Ewing also is charged with solicitation to murder Angela Jirden a possible witness in Ewings case Ewing also was charged See PLOT Page A7 Hospital sale may be near Telegraph staff report WOOD RIVER The sale of Wood River Township Hospital may be near Officials announced Friday they will enter into exclusive negotiations with Western Illinois Physicians and Surgeons Group for the possi ble sale of the hospitals assets As stewards of the hospi tal assets it is prudent that we pursue this very promising opportunity for the hospital and township Brad Pulaski board chairman said in a press release We believe this sale will represent the best and most desirable alter native to achieve our goals for the Pulaski named four goals Minimize and ultimately eliminate hospital taxes Provide quality patient care within the township Maintain employment and support union relationships Support and enhance the townships economic vitality Western Illinois Physicians and Surgeons Group is a newly formed limited liability company with the business purpose of owning and operat ing a hospital Its membership is comprised of physicians from Madison County and the St Louis metropolitan area We believe that the addi tion of physician ownership and the introduction of new physician leadership will dra matically improve health care delivery in the said Dr Pamella Gronemeyer repre sentative for the group Morning Bulletin Board A6 ClassifiedsB4 Editorial A8 Beluinas Brant BrownKelsay Free Hester Maguire Schmitt Smith Hours Mon Fri 96 Sat94 Moving The store that does more than all occasions gill wrapping buy your own   

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