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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - July 1, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Outdoor enjoyment i CICl baseball Tuesday Tea i Bombers beat and Talenta IQuincyGems favorite summer ibyascoreof 34 activity I PageCl j PageB1 Vol 164 No 167 cents The outlook Swing shot Families now of thunderstorms ihavpanhpp ffigh83iow72 i togofor Quality Ttarf Thursday July Body found on West Alton farm a command center set Unidentified mans death suspicious Telegraph staff writer WEST ALTON Mo An Alton woman found the body of a homicide victim Wednesday on a friends farm in West Alton just a mileand ahalf from the Clark Bridge across the Mississippi River The Greater St Louis Major Case Squad was activated to help the St Charles County Sheriffs Department investi gate the case in which the body apparently was dumped along a rural road off 67 Detectives with the squad issued a brief statement late Wednesday night It said they were investigating a suspi cious The statement described the victim as an unidentified fully clothed black male indi vidual between 1840 years of age wearing blue jeans blue and white tennis shoes and T shirt having the words Chick Clinic imprinted in orange on the front and also picturing a Investigators said they were I See BODY Page A9 The M BARNES Joanne Berry left executive administrator for Sexual Assault Victims First helps Carolyn Burden right executive director for Phoenix Crisis Center in Granite City move a cabinet out of the building that formerly housed SAV1 st SAVlst closes its doors By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer COLLINSVILLE Emotions ran high Wednesday morning during the final hours that the doors remained open at Sexual Assault Victims First in Collinsville Im amazed at how much stuff weve said Christina Taylor a coun selor at the agency Things happen for a Staff and volunteers cleared out desks and packed papers while reminiscing about old times and thinking about the future for sexual assault victims in Madison County SAVlst was the only agency in the county provid ing free services to rape incest and sexual assault vic tims and their families Taylor said she felt sad that she would be unable to provide services for victims in Madison County until another agency opens SAVlst recently ended its fiveyear affiliation with the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault a state agency based in Springfield that provided 90 percent of its funding The relationship dis solved after problems erupt ed regarding an application for grant money that was rejected by the state board in April See SAV1ST Page A9 Drinkers rush to stores to head off tax increase By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer With the state tax on liquor wine and beer increasing today some buyers made last minute trips to their local bev erage vendors Wednesday to stock up before price stickers changed Today is the day Senate Bill 1066 takes effect The multi faceted legislation passed May 15 as a key funding source for Gov George Ryans Illinois FIRST roads and infrastruc ture plan It is expected to generate some million statewide through increased taxes on alcoholic beverages The biggest tax increase is attached to hard liquor The pergallon tax on distilled spir its jumps from to The tax on highalcohol wines those containing more than a 14 percent alcohol content but less than 20 percent increases from 60 cents to 73 cents per gallon The tax on lowalcohol wines defined as those containing up to 14 per cent alcohol climbs from 23 cents per gallon to 73 cents The excise tax on beer increases from 7 cents per gal lon to cents John Pizzini owner of Pizzini Distributing Co of Edwardsville said todays new tax was noticeable in terms of the enlarged retailer The SMITH Shamekra Womack right and Lafondria Booth employees of Central Liquors in Alton check out purchases Wednesday for Glenn Moore of Alton orders his AnheuserBusch dis tributorship handled the past three days Were in the middle of a twoweek promotion and what were seeing is that retail cus tomers are buying two weeks worth of beer this week to try and stock up before the tax forces prices Pizzini said the states tax increase on beer equates to 25 cents more per case or about 6 cents more per sixpack Corral Liquors manager Sonny Elias said the Wood River store saw a huge increase in shoppers Wednesday Our customer count proba bly increased by about 100 cus tomers Elias said He said many of the customers were people who are stocking their liquor pantries now before they have to pay more for the same He said Corral Liquors plans to raise prices next week holding prices on liquor wines and beer constant through the Fourth of July weekend I See DRINKERS Page A9 Good Morning A310 Bulletin Board A6 Classifieds Editorial Horoscope D5 Obituaries Bowen Brunettp Davis Fillback Holtmann Sabolo Staats Scoreboard 82 NAACP supports two ousted associate judges By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE NAACP officials Wednesday intensified efforts to reinstate two judges including the only black member of the 3rd Judicial Circuit The ouster Wednesday of Associate Judge Ellar Duff leaves the circuit without a black jurist for the first time in 25 years said James Gray president of the Alton Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People The organization came out in support of Duff and fellow Associate Judge Michael Meehan who were voted off the bench two weeks ago by at least four of the nine circuit judges without explanation Their terms expired at days end Wednesday I dont think that nine peo ple should hold the fate of oth ers in their hands like Gray said during a news con ference outside the Madison County Courthouse He called the ouster an Duff 50 of Alton was on the bench for more than 11 years Meehan 48 of Edwardsville was on the bench for 13 years It is expected to be August before they will know the results of balloting for replace ments in the 3rd Circuit which includes Madison and Bond counties Both said they are reapply ing and are grateful for the support they are receiving Duff said the bench must mirror the population at large 1 think its important that the judiciary reflect the people it serves because regardless of how fair it is its peoples perception that becomes a See JUDGES Page A9
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