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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - May 29, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE EIVER BEND SINCE Bella Donna East Alton native k women ressed for success 601 Motorola 300 runs today at Gateway PageOi The outlook Tech 2000 Sunny topartiy I thenew i millennium Special Section 164 No 134 cents Danger under Saturday May waters was fourth to die at Piasa Creek site By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY The portion of Piasa Creek that meanders along the MadisonJersey county line appears harmless The surface of the water is murky but still and smooth Yet this apparently placid stretch of water has claimed four lives in the past 15 years Eightyear old Andrea Sweeney took one step from the safety of a sandbar into a 15footdeep pool and drowned May 16 while swimming with a baby sitter and seven other children at the portion of the creek near the West Delmar of Godfrey On April 30 1984 two adults and one child drowned when their 14foot boat carrying eight people hit a submerged tree stump and capsized less than a mile downstream from the area bfthe creek where Andrea drowned None of the victims in either case was wearing a life jack et In both of these cases we have a number of children without access to life jackets See DANGER Page A11 Man gets 14 years for sex abuse Madison By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A man who sexually abused his two stepdaughters told them he wished he could change the past before a judge in Madison County Circuit Court sen tenced him Friday to 14 years in prison James Ramsey 26 formerly of Wood River received one year less than the 15year cap agreed to by the Madison County States Attorneys Office in return for his plea It was also three years more than the 11year sentence his wife Lori A Ramsey received Tuesday on related charges Circuit Judge Charles V Roman Jr sentenced James Ramsey to the maximum seven years on one count of criminal sexual abuse and 14 years on a single count of criminal sexual assault with the terms to run concurrently Three other sexrelated counts were dismissed when he entered a plea in March You deprived both of these young girls of a normal child never be able to Romani said What you did is uncon The abuse of the teenage girls took place from September 1995 to December 1996 while they were living in Wood River and was uncov ered only after one of them u deprived X both of these young girls of a normalchildhood something theyll never be able to Circuit Judge Charles V Romani Jr remarks to defendant reported it to a friend whose tip eventually led to an investi gation by the Wood River Police Department What authorities learned was that James Ramsey had been having sexual relations with the girls and his wife did nothing to stop it She claimed on the witness stand that she was unaware of the occur rences but the girls testified that she had actually wit nessed some ofit and threat ened them with physical harm if they told anyone The girls testified that Lori Ramsey 36 was an abusive mother who would scream at them beat them and encour aged them to lie when the police first questioned them during the investigation A social worker testified Tuesday that they lived in fear See ABUSE Page A11 A real morale booster For The KIDWELL 11 In Godfrey as her aner hery wman Is edcme bar spHt by u OWIHB utiiiaiia quill yy a morale boosting activity for employees Friday at Beverly River Road towns seek grants By SUE HURLEY For The Telegraph SPRINGFIELD Communities along the 50mile Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway also known as the Great River Road have put in their bids for improve ment grants Civic leaders are keeping their fingers crossed that their projects will be financed in full About million is up for grabs in areas along Illinois two scenic byways The sec ond is the Ohio River Scenic Route which follows the Ohio River in Southern Illinois con See GRANTS Page A11 Scenic Byway grant proposals Six grant proposals for the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway in order of priority as they will be sent to the Illinois Department of Transportation Godfrey for restroom facitilities at Clifton Terrace Park Jersey County for emergency and agricultural pulloff areas Greater Rivers CVB for a marketing plan Grafton for a riverfront master plan streetscape and lighthouses for Market Street entrance improvements Kampsville for riverfront restrooms Telegraph WHITWORTH Couple awarded million By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A Glen Carbon woman and her husband have been award ed million for nearfatal injuries she suffered when a camper trailer broke away from a passing truck and slammed into her car Jurors in Madison County Circuit Court deliberated seven hours before returning See COUPLE Page A11 Good Morning Bulletin Board A8 Classifieds Editorial Horoscope A6 A9 Bridgewater Cauley Cooper Hefley Hildebrand Slavik Stephenson Stewart Walker Scoreboard C2 Senior Living Apartments and Garden Patio Homes Tours Available Display 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