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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - April 16, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Winter storm damage doesnt stop Dads Club members PageCl Rams get Colts Marshall Faulk PageBl Cloudy and cold with showers likely SpajOfflS i Salon 140 PageDS PageD1 164 No 91 SOcents Friday ApriM Man gets life In killing of boy By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer GREENVILLE Jennie Hudson embraced her sons portrait and sobbed bitterly Thursday as she offered a courtroom condemnation of the man who murdered her 12 yearold boy I will never forgive what you did to my she told DeAngelo Jones I hope you see this little boy every day in your Jones 29 was sentenced to natural life in prison without parole by Circuit Judge Charles V Romani Jr after defense attorneys struck a deal with prosecutors to drop the death penalty in return for a guilty plea Jones was charged with firstdegree murder for the Aug 12 1997 sexual assault u Thope you see this little boy every Iday in your Jennie Hudson mother of 12yearold victim and beating death of Justin Hudson whose body was found not far from his bicycle in a wooded area on the eastern edge of the Bond County Fairgrounds in Greenville The murder occurred six weeks after Jones a registered sex offender was paroled from prison By entering the plea Jones avoided a minimum twoweek trial that was to start May 30 in Bond County Circuit Court in Greenville Both Bond and Madison counties are part of Illinois 3rd Judicial Circuit Justins parents Jennie and Doug Hudson and his 17year old brother Jeremy were allowed by the judge to address Jones individually after the sentencing Doug Hudson suggested that Jones should use his long prison stretch to change his life I hope when your day comes that youve taken that chance to change so that maybe God will forgive you Right now I See KILLING Page A9 While many were visiting the Downtown Alton Post Office to mail their taxes by the midnight Thursday deadline Mary Simpklns of Alton was pick ing up forms to start her taxes She said finishing by the deadline would be no problem Residents get IRS forms in the mail for Uncle Sam By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer Residents made one last dash to post offices Thursday to turn in tax returns before the midnight deadline At the Edwardsville Post Office on Kansas Street postal clerks started handling tax forms Wednesday with the pace picking up throughout the day Thursday Our windows have three people all Mitch Mead supervisor of customer service said Thursday We also have one person at our drivethrough The post office was to remain open until midnight We will be tapping the mailboxes every 20 Mead said Were the only post office in the area with a drivethrough win dow With the rain it should be very In Wood River postal officials said more residents were using certified mail to send off their tax information was steady with every now and then a rush of said Wood River postmaster Bob Farris This year was unusually slow for the tax season Weve also had a lot of customers using certified mail for I See IRS Page A9 Firefighters families lose in high court Insurer does not have to pay judgments in arson deaths By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that State Farm Insurance Co does not have to pay multimil liondollar judgments to the estates of two Alton firefighters killed in an arson fire in 1992 In reversing lower court decisions the Supreme Court said the coverage was preclud ed by a policy exclusion for personal injuries that were the result of willful and malicious acts of the insured meaning the landlord who paid to have the building set on fire The ruling stems from wrongful death cases filed in 1993 in Madison County Circuit Court on behalf of the executors of the estates of Tim Lewis and Gary Porter The two men died as they were fighting a house fire that later was determined to be an arson The buildings owner Gregory Martin a State Farm client was convicted of paying another man to set the fire The trial court and later the Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court ruled that State Farm had a duty to defend and indemnify Martin which would have required the insur ance company to pay the firefighters sur vivors State Farms attorneys argued that Martins actions in hiring a tenant to set fire to his building were outside the scope of its coverage on rental dwellings Alton lawyer Joe Hoefert represented Ethelyn Gorham executrix of the Porter estate He said the parties were disappointed by Thursdays developments Weve got until May 6 to file a petition to reconsider which we plan to do If we lose the petition the case is Collecting money directly from Martin is unlikely unless Martin would win the Hoefert said Martin was convicted of arson and sentenced See COURT Page A9 Good ill Mornirio Bulletin Board A8 ClassifiedsC4 Editorial D6 Costello Dick Helenthal Johnson Johnson Kortkamp Shaw Stewart Stille Traylor Turpin Valenti New Roxana board plans to bring back police union By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer ROXANA The results from Tuesdays election in Roxana may cause sweeping changes in village policies toward the police department and services to residents Village Trustee Fred Hubbard who has served on the board for 20 years said the new board members Nick Adams Felix Floyd Jr and Jim Loyd will look to change some of the villages policies We ran our campaign on the basis that we supported a police union and to establish and recognize the United Steelworkers of America rep resenting them I think thats what the people said they want although the mayor is still against Hubbard said village will have the police union back most defi nitely It probably will happen on the first meeting we take office in On Feb 16 1998 the Village Board voted 41 to stop recog nizing the United Steelworkers as representatives of Roxanas police officers Hubbard was the only trustee who voted against the resolution The village stated it did not have to recognize the police union because the Illinois Public Employee Labor Relations Act did not apply to municipalities with fewer than 35 employees As of Friday the village was awaiting a decision by the Illinois State Labor Relations Board on whether the United Steelworkers can represent the police If the Illinois Labor Relations Board rules in favor of the village we will dismiss that We will reinstate the Hubbard said We have the right not to recognize the union because the village doesnt have 35 employees but we do want the police union We want to go into negotiations on a contract with the police officers We want to rewrite the Hubbard also referred to another issue affecting the police department Arbitrator David A Loebach ruled in See ROXANA Page A9 This is spring The BADMAN Tommy Taylor 12 found a way to cope with the wind and rain Thursday as he walked home from East Middle School along the 500 block of Washington Avenue in Alton The forecast today calls for more rain possibly mixed with wet snow   

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