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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - June 24, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Flavorful mm figi Acoustic Internote j Bombers bringsnew iheadto combination of i Normal sounds to life jtoday PageBl i Morning showers j Celebrate changing to partly the season High 86 j fnr 1 nn UUUjlUUl i activities PageD14 Special Section 160 50 cents June Charges dropped in 78 case By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Prosecutors dismissed charges Wednesday against David Gray of saying they no longer can prove the attempted murder case that sent him to prison for 20 was convicted DNA evidence freed man after 20 years in prison by a Madison County Circuit Court jury in 1978 and sentenced to 60 years in prison on charges of attempted armed robbery and rape involving an assault on a woman in her home on Belle Street in Alton in March of that He stayed in prison until last when Madison County Associate Judge Ann Callis ordered a new trial for him after DNA tests excluded him from evidence recovered at the crime This the Illinois 5th District Appellate Court in Mount Vernon affirmed the lower court paving the way for a crucial decision by The Madison County States Attorneys Office that the charges had been dropped through a news States Attorney William who was out of authorized the Assistant States Attorney Don the original trial issued the which reads The decision to not retry David Gray was based on the factors enumerated in the peoples dismissal which include the Anna being deceased and the neigh Lyman being Both individuals testified at Grays two of which ended in a hung identified Gray as the man who had stabbed and raped while Wallendorf identified him as the man who had come to the house on an I See Page A13 The BADMAN 1 ruxst to a waiting ambulance Wednesday after she was stabbed in the head by another woman in the 1100 block of East 7th Street in Alton police officer Sue Williams moves her hand in a stabbing motion as she questions a witness for details after the Alton woman stabbed in head By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON An Alton woman was stabbed in the head Wednesday morning at a house in the 1100 block of East Seventh police Police responded to a report of a distur bance at the house about The vic a 38yearold resident of the 400 block of Jefferson suffered cuts near her eye from an apparent knife paramedics with the Alton Fire Department The victim was taken to Saint Anthonys where she was treated for bruises and cuts and No one was in custody Wednesday The incident occurred in the same block where Richard of Wood was killed during a mob beating in Christmas light display receives Hometown Award a Tts an honor Ifor the entire By BARBARA COPE Telegraph staff writer SPRINGFIELD Four community projects won either first or second prizes as the 1999 Governors Hometown Awards were announced Wednesday night in Wood Staunton and Edwardsville all received honors for projects that improved economic develop volunteer efforts and general ijity Alton received secondplace honors for eco nomic developCltlZenShlD Of ment for the annual Celebration of Christmas light display in Rock Spring Sponsored by the notforprofit Community Celebrations which donates proceeds to the 1998 display featured a mile drive through the More than 700 volunteers donated their time to string and remove as well as to staff a gift Santas House and a petting Last Alton also won a secondplace prize for its Bucket Brigade in which volunteers paint the houses of elderly and disabled Greg chairman of Celebration of pointed with pride to the citys recognition for two projects in as many It says a lot about the vol unteer spirit in our communi Gelzinnis Both the Bucket Brigade and Celebration of Christmas depend heavily on Weve seen our volunteers go from 25 to 700 just to do our Its an honor for the entire citizenship of Wood River took second place for senior involvement for towns in the to population A new muse um on Ferguson housed in a building renovated by the Wood River Heritage has met the challenge of attracting volunteers to staff the muse um and keep records and exhibits up to the awards announcement Im proud the people who spent thousands of hours on Wood River Mayor Lon Smith Our museum is staffed by and it is a beauti ful attribute to the Im just Staunton also was honored for volunteer win ning first place for youth The town was honored for a Home Town Web Page that has given the town a new marketing as well as developing new respect between students and the announcement Its a big honor for us to be especially when you look at how many communities are said Gail a teacher in the citys schools whose students were involved See Page A13 Greg Gelzinnis chairman of Celebration of Christmas Good Mornirfd Bulletin Board A12 Classifieds Editorial Horoscope Shewmake Eagle One offers hope to laidoff Boeing workers By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer River Bend employees hit hard by the Boeing layoffs might find solace closer to home in Until last Steve Bivens of Bethalto was one of more than people from the River Bend employed at who had been with Boeing since went under with the first wave of job cuts at the Louis aviation It was no he Its the trend of the Bivens keeps an updated resume ready at all times and said he sets aside money to prepare for just such an Being laid off ior a time in 1992 made him painfully aware of the need to tuck some money away and plan for the Ive learned all too well that theres no such thing as a job Bivens Those days are But Im quite confident that some thing will turn When youve been around the block a time or you realize God has a plan for all of us he just guides us But you have to participate in the Last Fort Texasbased Eagle One Aviation an air craft modification firm specializing in converting Booing 727 passenger jetlin ers into cargo announced ten tative plans land at Louis Regional Airport in Bethalto and bring 350 jobs to the area in When he heard the Bivens said See Page A13 Two injured The SMITH An ambulance emergency crew and paramedics of the Wood River Fire Department move an injured woman to an ambulance from the scene of a twocar accident at Wednesday at Sixth Street and Edwardsville Road in Wood Two people were taken to hospitals with No further information was
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