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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - March 29, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  Two Alton men honored withKimmel award  Page Bl j  Blues lose in Chicago 3-1  Page Cl  Mostly sunny and warmer: high near 63, low near 42  PageB8  Alton to have banner year  Vol. 164, No. 73 — 50 cents  Monday, March 29,1999  Page DI   www.thetelegraph.com   One dead after car accident  By REBECCA HOPKINS  Telegraph staff writer  MEADOWBROOK - A Staunton man was killed early Sunday morning in a one-car accident east of Meadowbrook on Illinois Route 140.  Ronald M. Gilleland, 51, was pronounced dead at the scene by Madison County Coroner Dallas Burke at 1:55 am.  Illinois State Police responded to the scene following an anonymous 911 call to the Madison County Sheriffs department at 1:10 am.  “Gilleland was alone in his vehicle driving east on Illinois Route 140 when he lost control of his car,” said Master Sgt. Steven Brazier. “The car left the roadway and struck a tree on the driver’s side door then overturned.”  Burke said Gilleland died from massive head and chest injuries.  Brazier said the Illinois State Police were investigating the cause of the accident and that there were no known witnesses.  AIDS deaths  on decline  Official says numbers could be misleading  By PAUL MACKIE  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE — New drugs and continued prevention efforts contributed to a decrease last year in deaths among people with AIDS, both locally and throughout the state of Illinois.  However, experts warn that the cases of HIV infections are not necessarily declining and an individual’s key defense is prevention.  “Protease inhibitors that have been introduced over the last two or three years are more effective in combating the virus for many, but they don’t work for everyone,” said Lynn Croxton, outreach specialist for the Madison County AIDS Program.  Experts agree that the early use of the word “cure” after the invention of new combatants was misleading. The drugs are a form of treat  ment, and viruses can return immediately once use is discontinued, they said.  In Madison County, only four new cases of AIDS were diagnosed last year. That number was down from 12 new cases in 1996 However, those numbers could be misleading because 1998 reports are premature, said Tom Schaeffer, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Public Health.  In Illinois, 577 new cases of AIDS were diagnosed in 1998, but Schaeffer said that number could increase by as much as 800 later this year, when all physicians have made their reports to the state.  He said a more accurate reading is the 1,305 diagnosed cases of AIDS in Illinois in 1997. However, a good sign was that the numbers had decreased from 1,800 in 1996, 2,181 in 1995  ■ See AIDS, Page A-7  The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Debra Tscheschlok is health services manager for the Madison County Public Health Department, which has an AIDS program that works with HIV-positive patients.  Area/Illinois A-3  Bulletin Board .A-6, B-2  Classifieds........C-4  Comics...........D-2  Editorial..........A-4  Nation/World B-3  Obituaries........A-5  Brown-Kelsay, Bull, Cox, Gardner, Gilleland,  Glover, Kinder, Koening, . Lenglet, Roth, Spudich,  Wise  Scoreboard C-2  Television ........D-3  Weather...........D-4  The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH  Wood River City Treasurer Nancy Schneider works on the city budget in her office.  Communities coping with revenue losses  Leaders looking for ways to cut back while providing vital services  EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part of a series about the economic impact of industries — particularly oil refineries — on area communities.  By DARRYL HOWLETT  Telegraph staff writer  Four communities in the River Bend are trying to provide basic services to their residents in light of receiving less revenues from industries.  The oil refineries and the Olin Corp. continue to make up a large percentage of tax revenues to city and village coffers. However, Hartford, East Alton, Roxana and Wood River leaders said they’re  learning to keep a closer eye on spending habits.  “Our city is doing a couple of things,” said Wood River Mayor Lon Smith. “We’re trying to bring in more sales taxes,   u "Wf' re tryin £ to   bring in more  while cutting sales taxes, while  back on  u .    ;  spending cutting back on  We re trying spending.” to add more industries to our area, such as the  have to cut back on anything you can while providing (the vital services). I think we’re doing a responsible job of that.”  Smith said that although the city feels the effects of the revenue losses, the library districts and school boards  environmen- _  tai (business)  park — anything we can do to build our property tax. You  Lon Smith  real| y  can   ™  w     a    iii    /»•  feel the finan-Wood River mayor  C ial squeeze.  The Wood River Public  Library is asking voters to support a tax increase in part  to offset an anticipated $44,000 loss in revenue from Amoco’s reduction in its tax assessment.  A tax referendum has been placed on the April 13 ballot to approve a tax rate increase of 30 cents for each $100 of assessed valuation. Residents currently pay 15 cents for each $100 of assessed valuation.  The library also is looking at other areas to offset losses from Amoco.  “For the last three years, (the library board) has gone out to the public and businesses to ask for donations to the library,” said library director  ■ See REVENUE, Page A-7  Kampsville museum to re-open soon  By ANDE YAKSTIS  Telegraph staff writer  KAMPSVILLE - Visitors to the Kampsville museum can look back 12,000 years ago, when Paleo Indians settled in the bluff country around     —■■■■—  county 6 n 6  Telegraph  TORRIS  you can  travel back thousands of years, when Paleo Indians lived here and hunted mastodons for food and clothing,” said Catherine Mauch, outreach program assistant at the museum of the Center for American Archeology at Kampsville.  ■ See MUSEUM, Page A-7  CLOSEOUT SALI OF ALL ABOVE GROUND POOLS (1998 models in sto«k) limited quantity  LAYAWAY NOW FOR SPRING  Convicted rapist’s new trial facing state challenge  By DENNIS GRUBAUGH  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - Long-forgotten details from a 21-year-old crime are being revisited in the state’s attempt to keep a convicted rapist from getting a new trial.  The Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office has filed a legal brief with the Illinois ^ray 5th District Appellate Court in Mount Vernon, challenging a local judge’s decision to give David A. Gray of Alton a new trial.  In the brief obtained by The  Telegraph, the state challenges Gray’s notion that he is entitled to a new trial because DNA testing excluded him from evidence obtained at the scene of a rape, armed robbery and attempted murder on Belle Street in Alton on March 29, 1978.  The more pertinent issues, the state says, are that the victim and her neighbor placed Gray at the scene, and that a fellow inmate testified that Gray admitted the crime to him while behind bars.  Gray was sentenced to 60 years in prison. He served more than 20 years and faced another IO years when Associate Judge Ann Cadis of Madison County Circuit Court  ■ See TRIAL, Page A-7  I -  SP  110 H. Adams Parkway Alton, IL 62002  466-5301   

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