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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - June 28, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Santa Clans to some helping residents live independent lives PageBl Racing to a close 16th Annual Prairie State Games comes toanend PageCl Partly sunny withtstorms late high near low near 64 PagelH asiil m Green thumbs put gardens on display during tour PageDl 164 cents June Gray finally free to begin again By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE There was no no offer of com no finding of inno In the all David Gray had was his attorneys assurance that he was finally free to start a new life 21 years after going to prison for a brutal crime hed always Man jailed for 20 years considering malicious prosecution suit Last the Madison County States Attorneys Office dismissed attempted mur der and robbery charges filed in The office said it no longer had the evidence to sustain a new of said he was surprised only by the I expected it to turn out like but I thought Id have to wait a few more months for the appeals he He doesnt hide the bitterness he feels toward prosecutor Don Weber and Alton police officers who he said conspired to build a case that did nbt He said he is considering a federal lawsuit for malicious was convicted in the second of two trials in 1978 for the assault on Anna in her Belle Street He served 20 years of a 60year prison sentence before DNA tests excluded him from evidence left at the Madison County Associate Judge Ann Callis ordered a new trial in and Gray was freed from jail as the states attorney appealed the Last the case was dropped just two weeks after the Illinois 5th District Appellate Court affirmed the local judges States Attorney William Haine issued a press release say ing the case was hampered by lack of See Page A7 The SMITH Alton Public Works Department employees with the PACA program use weed trimmers to clean up the house at 1421 Monroe in the birthplace of Robert A production crew from England is coming to Alton to film a documentary about New post office thrills residents By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer HAMBURG Residents of this scenic river town are happy to see a new post office built in town to replace the old building washed out in the record Flood of Were overjoyed to see our brand new post Postmaster Carol Hirschfeld Weve waited six years since our old post office was lost to the big The new post u office stands on a S1HC6 OW Old hill below the tall bluffs of a historic town along the Mississippi River in western Calhoun Its a W Ieve waited six years post office lost to For the people of its been a sixyear a long wait to finally get their new post Kelly and other residents courageously battled the Flood of 1993 to keep the raging river out of their People stood shoulder to shoulder on the riverfront in the summer of 1993 to pile sandbags 10 feet high to save their community from the flooding Residents were heartbroken when the floodwater raced through the post office on the main street of H a m b u r g Carol Hirschfeld exciting moment in the history of our town to see our new post said Hamburg Mayor Donna who loves Hamburg and its history as a steamboat Hirschfeld admired the new post which has just been completed on State Ill raise the Stars and Stripes on the new flagpole in front of the post office on July 2 and open the door to our cus tomers for the first she Hirschfeld She waded postmaster through waistdeep floodwater to carry postal supplies out of the old post office to higher ground after the flood raged through the It was sad when the flood water washed out our post she After the big Flood of the Postal Service hired a con tractor to build a new post The contractor went bank I See Page A7 A monumental honor The BARNES Compatriot William Scoggins unveils the memorial to Reuben a Patriot of the American at Lusk Memorial Cemetery in See Page TV helps save Wadlow house Childrens special to focus on local icon By LINDA WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON An English film crews interest in taping the birthplace of Altons gentle Robert means the house is getting sprucedup instead of Officials learned late last week that members of Wall to Wall TV of London will arrive soon in Alton possibly this week to film a childrens television special on the life of the worlds tallest The film reportedly will be called In Search of the Tall Mayor Don Sandidge said the English filmmakers described the Wadlow sites they plan to among them Wadlows birthplace at 1421 Monroe who grew to 8 inches was born in the house and lived there three Wadlow died in Sandidge said the which has been vacant for about two was on the citys demolition We found out in the nick of he said of the homes historical Officials immediately removed the property from the demolition he The former owners of the house are leaving the propertys ownership held in an Sandidge said the late owners survivors are not interested in keeping the house and may transfer ownership to See Page A7 County health official is hunting mosquitoes By SANFORD SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE While most people are going to try to avoid mosquitoes this Toni Corona of the Madison Country Health Department will be out try ing to find Corona is an environmen tal health services manager who will be looking for Asian tiger which can cause Louis according to Don administrator of the depart The mosquitoes pick up the virus by biting infected then can spread it to the humans they Brannon We look for mosquitoes primarily in illegal tire Brannon The discarded tires catch and standing water is a prime breeding place for mosquitoes of all Corona sets traps in areas where mosquitoes are likely to then sends samples to a state laboratory in Many mosquito types look the and it takes an expert to tell an Asian tiger from Brannon Last the department identified six Asian tiger mosquito breeding The mosquito seeking pro gram is being pursued under a grant from the Illinois Department of Public This is the second year of the grant program in Madison The Asian tiger mosquito See Page A7 Good Morning Bulletin Search July STONEBRAKER WEEKEND BANDS July 2 P July 3 July T J FLUID DRIVE   

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