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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - April 8, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Tradition Fiddler plays this weekend atMarquette High School PageCl Softball Jersey falls to EdwarxJsvflle PageB1 83 cents The outlook Chance of a few thundeistorms Iownear53 PageM up and away 500 again marcito newhighs 999 Sims loses appeal Youve had your day in judge says The BARNES Paula Sims walks out of the courtroom Wednesday after Circuit Judge John DeLaurenti denied her bid for a new Regional buildings on selling block By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO Expansion efforts spearhead ed by the Louis Regional Airport Authority have attracted a handful of companies to the bargaining table to get a slice of the bestkept secret in the Despite widespread rumors circulated last the airport is not being Only two hangars and a building complex owned by a group of investors from Louis are on the Six companies are while an air line maintenance company has presented a written offer for the Louis Regional is probably the bestkept secret in the said Richard president of Erzinger Investment based in this will bring a lot of jobs to the Erzinger is one of four owners of the build ings that are for The two hangars and the building complex are part of a conglomeration of The hangars could be used for aircraft maintenance an air cargo company and an air plane repair Most of the companies involved in negotiations plan to use the busi ness complex as a Erzinger said information about the buildings was sent to more than companies and that the response has been Were talking to a number of he The aviation industry is just booming right I think were pretty close to getting it who bought the property last May ajong with his father and two said he hopes the transaction is complete next month but that there are no See Page A7 Good Morning Bulletin A6 Business Classifieds Comics Horoscope Penrose Scoreboard By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Paula Sims headed back to prison Wednesday when a Madison County circuit judge shot down her latest appeal of her 1990 murder I feel Miss that youve had your day in Circuit Judge John DeLaurenti He ruled that Sims former trial Don did not rep resent her ineffectively when he opted against pursuing an insanity defense based on her contention that she was suffering postpartum depression when she killed her two infant daughters in 1986 and The judge said he reviewed her previous trial testimony and found she was adamant about not being There was nothing to justify her attorney selecting a postpartum defense over the defense that he ijhose guilty beyond reasonable he DeLaurenti said he wasnt a mindreader but that he found it more than a coincidence that claimed to be suffering from mental illness after giving birth to daughters Loralei in 1986 and Heather in 1989 but showed no such problem when she gave birth to a who was born in 1988 and never was not the end of it on for a Neil Hawkins Madison County assistant public defender Im not but thats my DeLaurenti The prosecutors theory from the start was that Sims was influenced to commit the killings because of her husbands dislike for Madison County Assistant Public Defender Neil Hawkins has repre sented Sims during her quest for a new trial the last few He plans an immediate We thought we had a good case and hope the appellate court agrees with Its not the end of it it will go on for a few more See Page A7 Spring spruceup The BADMAN Charles Butch a retired carpenter and installs a trellis Wednesday at the entrance to the Nan Elliott Memorial Rose Garden in Altons Gordon Moore The entrance to the garden is getting a face which includes several new police to resume pact talks By LINDA WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON City and police union officials plan to resume contract talks May 4 since the union rejected the citys final The talks will be held at Haskell House in The 4725 rejection vote was March the day the previous police contract Police are continuing to work under provisions of that The citys offer was similar to what three other city employee unions had approved this year five percent pay raises during each of the first three years and provisions for reopening salary talks for the final two years of the After the officials with the Alton Police Benevolent and Protective Association Unit 14 said the main reason the membership rejected the offer was length of the The state Policemens Benevolent and Protective Association Labor Committee in Springfield released a twopage statement detailing why it believes a fiveyear contract is too The committee wrote Unit 14 never has had a contract longer than three years with the city of The Illinois Public Labor Relations Act does not protect contracts that last longer than three More than new pieces of legislation are pending before the Illinois General with 10 percent of them related to law At that some pieces of legislation affecting law enforcement could be proposed to the Legislature in the next five the release Unit 14 simply cannot predict what issues might arise during the term of a fiveyear con said Eric chief labor repre sentative for the labor Ses Page A7 TCI teams on lookout for cable thieves By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer EAST ALTON Residents who get cable television illegally should beware The cats are Throughout the month of Tele Communications will be sending cable audit teams out into Those teams made up of one to two people will conduct visual and electronic exterior inspec tions of residential cable lines to identify people who are receiving cable TV and not paying for The Congress has passed laws about cable TV which affect residents who currently are not cable particularly those receiving cable TV and not paying for said Ken TCI general People who hook themselves up to cable usu ally ruin or degrade the picture quality for other paying Cable theft costs including local Smith said TCI is offering an amnesty pro gram for noncable subscribers through the month of The April cable audit program is just a time to highlight those who may be hooked up to cable he This month is the only time we offer an amnesty It gives residents a chance to become paid sub Industry estimates project 10 percent to 12 percent of noncable subscribers may be con See Page A7 8 STONiBWKER FRIDAY APRIL 9th BANDS SATURDAY SUNDAY APRIL 10th 11th   

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