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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - July 14, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Bigger spaces County Furniture and Appliance expands to larger location PageDl Railroad killer Resendez Ramirez surrenders atborder PageA16 The outlook Mostly sunny and warm high near 89 low near 72 PagelW Match play begins at Spencer T Olin today PageCl No 180 50 cents Wednesday July Calhoun remembers a hero Friends and family say goodbye to Anthony Tony Gilman By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer MICHAEL Flags throughout Calhoun County flew at halfstaff Tuesday in memory of a young man who gave his life preserving peace and serving his country in a faraway land Family friends and neighbors affec tionately remembered Anthony Tony Gilman 23 of Michael in a funeral Mass celebrated Tuesday at St Michael Church in Michael five miles north of Hardin on the Great River Road Gilman a specialist in the Army died on the Fourth of July in Kosovo after being struck by a vehicle while directing traffic Gilman became the first American killed in Kosovo after the peacekeeping mission began Two other Americans previously had died in a helicopter crash during the bombing campaign against Yugoslavia A crowd of more than 500 people attended the service many standing along the walls and in the hallway to the sanctuary The son of Fred and Mary Gilman was buried with full military See HERO Page A15 The SMITH tbpve Class Hank Kohler presents the flag that covered pecialist Anthony Gilmans casket to Gilmans parents Fred and Mary Gilman at his funeral Tuesday Right After the funeral ceremo ny Gilmans squad leader Sgt Chad Blansett and his friend Specialist Christine McCroskey say a final goodbye Governors give park plan top billing By SANFORD J SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer MADISON Backers of a linear park said they are hoping the voters will get fired upioyer the plan now that gov erjigrs from two states have signed a bill to make it possi bler governors Mel Carnahan of Missouri and George Ryan of Illinois met Tuesday morning on the old Chain of Rocks Bridge right at the state line to sign legislation authorizing the nations first local bistate park and recre ation project We want to bring the citi zerts into the planning said Bob Hall exec utive director of Gateway and Trails 2004 the prime backer of the plan What we would like to see is fpr the citizens to put together a plan in a way that will work for The legislation was signed as bicyclists made their way over the bridge and through the crowd of onlookers The bridge is expected to be an important part of a sys tem of parks and trails Stretching from Jersey County through Alton St Louis and five other Missouri counties The district will include five counties in Illinois Madison St Clair Jersey Monroe and Clinton Each county board will be asked to put a referendum on the bal lot The referendum must pass for each county to participate Ryan said and would ask the voters to approve a onetenth cent sales tax increase to fund a metropolitan park district The money would be used for trails to link the parks in a chain along the local rivers and for upkeep within the parks themselves Ryan said he hopes the voters will approve the tax See PARK Page A15 The M BARNES Illinois Gov George Ryan left and Missouri Gov Mel Carnahan right along with other local digni taries appeared Tuesday at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge across the Mississippi River near Granite City to sign legislation authorizing the nations first local bistate park recreation project Gun used in murder was bought with crack By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A 410gauge shotgun used to kill an Alton man last year was purchased with crack cocaine before the slaying and sold the same way a day later wit nesses testified Tuesday Drugdealing allegations are at the core of the first degree murder trial being heard in Madison County Circuit Court Corey Bell 19 of St Louis is accused of killing Troy E Slack 30 ing a dispute in the Belle Manor housing project in Alton Bell was a backseat pas senger in a Pontiac Bonneville See GUN Page A15 Good Morning 0oier Campbell Chase QhUlick Corner DeMunbrun Elliott Navllle Scott Collision on River Road injures seven By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ELSAH Seven people were injured in a twovehicle collision Tuesday on the Great River Road near Elsah An Oldsmpbile Cutlass dri ven by Barbara Zimmerman 40 of Godfrey was eastbound on the River Road when it col lided with an eastbound Dodge Caravan driven by James Hammond 67 of Wood River causing the van to overturn said Trooper Dennis Russell of the Illinois State Police Three saw Zimmerman driving errati cally going off the road onto the bike path before the acci dent Russell said The witnesses were motorists in other eastbound vehicles The motorists lost sight of Zimmerman as she proceeded around a bend in the road then came upon the accident scene two miles east of Elsah Road the trooper said They lost sight of her but about a mile up the road she apparently plowed into the Dodge Russell said Charges were pending See COLLISION Page A15 The SMITH Paramedics place Barbara Zimmerman 40 of Godfrey the driver of an Oldsmoblle Cutlass onto a stretcher for transport to a hospital following a collision Tuesday between the Oldsmobile and a Dodge Caravan on the Great River Road near Elsah fi V   

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