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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - May 12, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING HE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Vtflpeout Ton To Market Farms and orchards provide alternative to stores PageBi The outlook Chance of storms witii the high 76 and the low 58 PagelW Wednesday May lace and More WoodBiver craft shop has everything for the seamstress PagelM I will Patients rally behind doctor By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY Patients rallied Tuesday night ardimd their beloved physician who found her self suddenly without a medical practice because of a court order Some 125 patients and employees of Dr Vera CarterShields a Godfrey family practice physician gathered at Unity Fellowship Church 1301 W Delmar to show support for her and to find out what they should do to obtain health care in coming months Godfrey looks to bright future Meeting outlines development plans By TONY D MASINELLI For The Telegraph GODFREY The future of Godfrey was on display Tuesday evening during a special pub lic information meeting sponsored by the Godfrey Planning and Economic Development Committee Several large drawings and maps provided detailed views of the Illinois Route 255 exten sion new village roads and proposed residen tial industrial and commercial development Court order leaves physician without practice Some clamored for the group to circulate petitions in her behalf others urged supporters to picket Saint Anthonys Medical Center and its other facilities with whom she is in litiga tion Every time I look out and I see people who have loved me for a long time I love you CarterShields told the crowd many elderly which had spilled into the church foyer In a public meeting lasting two hours Carter Shields detailed how she had come to Alton in 1995 and joined the Alton Health Institute 815 E Fifth which is part of the Saint Anthonys system Last year she opened her Guardian Angels Healthcare practice at Third and Henry streets later moving to 1354 DAdrian Professional Park in Godfrey The litigation with Saint Anthonys arose after her break with the medical center a key point being a honcompeting clause in her contract The medical center filed the law suit Jan 15 1998 in Madison County Circuit Court On April 28 Associate Judge Lewis Mallott issued an injunc tion that halts CarterShields from practicing medicine with in a 20mile radius of St Clares Hospital in Alton until See DOCTOR Page A11 Carter Shields TI7eneedto W be pre pared so we can make the best use of our zones Were still in the conceptual stage but we feel we already have a good plan that will help growth and pro ceed in alogicaT said Bob Koeller cochair man of the com mittee We need to be prepared so we can make the best use of our Bob Koeller cochairman of the UCDL uec Godfrey Planning and resources Economic According Development Committee to Koeller thousands of manhours of hard work have gone into the devel opment of master plans that will enhance eco nomic growth by guiding the commercial development that will accompany the Route 255 extension What gives Godfrey such an advantage is the doublediamond were going to have Koeller said Growth can occur at both inter Parks and Recreation director George Bryant unveiled a revised plan for Glazebrook Park Tuesday night The new plan calls for four soccer fields instead of three The fourth See GODFREY Page A11 u The SMITH Gary Hickerson a shift manager at Eastgate Cinema in East Alton looks over the poster for Star Wars Episode I The Phantom which will open May 19 The Force now is with theaters Tickets on sale today for new Star Wars film By BARBARA M COPE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Not so long ago in a galaxy not so far away movie theaters began planning for crowds for Star Wars Episode I The Phantom The longawaited prequel to the Star Wars epic opens in theaters May 19 but in response to public demand theaters will begin selling the tickets for the first weeks shows at 2 today We expectsellout crowds for said Gary Hickerson shift manager at Eastgate Cinema in East Alton Other than staffing heavily theres not a lot we can do to get ready Weve hired and trained a dozen people in the last few Eastgate is not alone in providing heavy staffing In Edwardsville the movie has created all but an employment explosion at the new Kerasotes Showplace 12 The theater which employs 80 people during the winter began hir ing its larger summer staff weeks ago in antici pation of this event Weve raised the staff level to 175 said Tim Johnson director of operations for Kerasotes Theatres Both theaters also are playing the film on multiple screens Showplace will have Phantom on three screens with seating for almost 400 in each auditorium Eastgate has seating for 300 in each of two separate auditori ums where the film will be shown Johnson said the film has generated unprece dented excitement Summer is usually our busy season The See FORCE Page A39 Bulletin Board A10 Classifieds C7 Comics D5 Editorial Belden Dyer Freeman Gearing Gettings Oschmann Pilkington Slifka Tovo Pathologist reportedly quit over inquiry in babys death By SANFORD J SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Officials said Tuesday they will be able to keep up the pace in the Madison County Coroners Office despite the abrupt res ignation last month of Dr Raj Nanduri the forensic pathologist Nanduri apparently was miffed because the States Attorneys Office asked Dr Mary Case the St Louis County medical examiner to review Nanduris work in the investigation of a Wood River toddlers death a source in Madison County government said Nanduri has not given a public expla nation for her resignation but Coroner Dallas Burke said she believed Nanduri was angry with her v She has not spoken to Burke said she has had several pathologists on staff since well before Nanduri became the forensic patholo gist who performed about 75 percent of the autopsies for the office Madison County States Attorney William R Haine said Nanduri was a good pathologist he said he does not know why she resigned I hope she comes Nanduri of OFallon quit April 27 She handdelivered to Burke a letter that said only her resignation was effective that day and gave no reason why she was leaving the job after more than 10 years Burke estimated Nanduri performed about 75 percent of the 100 to 120 autop sies in Madison County each year Nanduri could not be reached for com ment See QUIT Page A11 Restaurant gone The SMITH A worker seems to get caught in the backhoe Tuesday at the demolition of the old Lewis and Clark Restaurant on Illinois Route 3 in East Alton Story PageA7 i   

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