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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - March 31, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Sports Alton beats Belleville in SWC opener PageCl Foon I Easter perfect time to bring i treats to the table PageBl The outlook Partly sunny and mild high near low near 54 PagelW 75 cents March Service for seniors and hospice patients Moi Star with Home healthcare Attorney testifies in Sims case Says the best defense was pleading not guilty By SANFORD SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer Paula Sims atlorney testified Tuesday he did not assert an insanity defense in her murder trial because she continually insisted she was innocent and there wasiio evidence that she Don who represent during her mur der said best defense seemed to be that Sims was not making an insanity defense Sims Groshong testified during a hearing in Madison County Circuit Court to deter mine whether Sims should get a new based on Groshongs including the fact that he failed to assert an insanity Sims is serving a life sentence for the 1989 murder of her 6weekold daughter Heather in Alton and for concealment and obstruction of justice in the 1986 death of her 13dayold daughter Loralei in Jersey Two other both expert psychologists also testified there was no evidence to support Sims contention that she was suffering from postpartum psychosis or depression at the time of the murders of her two A state witness testified there was no validity to tests entered as evidence a week ago that supported the insanity The hearing continues today with testi mony from Chris an attorney who did research for the defense on possible conflict of interest in having Groshong represent both Paula and Robert her estranged Groshong said he was well aware of the possibility of postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis shortly after he took the A lot of people were sending me let ters and calling me about he there was nothing on record to indicate postpartum and it appeared to Groshong that the circum stantial case against her was he testified I didnt think it the insanity claim was She told me she didnt do Thats what she told and thats what her defense Groshong I dont necessarily believe that post partum depression equals he He said his first inkling that Paula in killed her children was after she was convicted in 1990 of Heathers mur Sims acknowledged to Groshong that she had committed the but there See Page A11 The BAflNES Donald left and Donald outside of the Madison County Tuesday before testifying in the Paula Sims Vandal guns down Habitats hard work By LINDA Telegraph staff writer ALTON Someone with a pellet gun has tarnished the efforts of 400 hardworking volunteers who have spent months building a home for someone less vJThe shooter fired off at least 14 pellets destroying two doublepaned Windows and several strips of vinyl siding on two sides of the 221 Allen The house is the first new one that Piasa Area Habitat for Humanity has built in Its owner tobe hopes to move in April We are going to be scram blingto get everything done in said Al Hoppe of one of the volunteers from Trinity Lutheran 801 Blair The national Aid Association for Lutherans donated last May to begin the and pledged another to complete the AAL is a beneficial society of Lutherans that also affords members opportunities for volunteer See Page A11 Al Hoppe of Alton points out holes made by a pellet gun In the siding of a Habitat for Humanity home at 221hAllen new owners are planning to move in April whether or not repairs are protest sixtwo schedule By LINDA WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON Some 100 patient care workers at Alton Mental Health Center spent two lunch shifts Tuesday protesting a proposed switch to a sixtwo work The members of Local 124 of the American Federation of and Municipal Employees carried signs on both sides of busy Illinois Route 140 oufc side the mental health 4500 College Messages ranged We we no to Save Employees Mental They want to to six days two days off for con tinuity of said John president of Local Officials say the proposed I See Page A1 f Good Morning Hospital sale would mean more less taxes f M f Wheeler i Scoreboard C2 By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER The possible sale of Wood River Township Hospital could mean more doctors and less taxes paid by area resi Officials with the hospital announced Friday they had agreed to enter into exclusive negotiations with Western Illinois Physicians and Surgeons Group in performing due diligence in pursuing the pos sible of the hospitals Wood River Township Supervisor Greg Kuehnel said closing the hos pital is not a I think with the past history over the last five the hospi tal board is pursuing whatever options they can to help the hospi We cannot allow the hospital to It must be he Kuehnel said if the hospital the bond indebtedness would come due immediately in the amount of millions of It would be devastating to the local he I have to commend the hospital board for looking at any option they More than residents from East Wood Rosewood Forest Homes and Cottage Hills pay annual taxes in support of the hospi The hospital and the physicians group hope to minimize and ulti mately eliminate hospital Wood River Mayor Lon Smith said the potential sale could usher See Page A11 Which holiday is it anyway The SMITH The Santa Glaus that remains on the roof of a procrastinating owner on Logan Street in Alton has been decorated with bunny ears just in time for clip his eoupon eems o This couponmay be redeemed for 10 off eny mechanical wrytee repair of or May notWeppWWW service Not dealer for write Sea fne pj   

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