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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - July 15, 1999, Alton, Illinois 'I HBI B SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Helping Investors I Money Concepts helpsplan I for the futureI Page D-l : ELEG RAPH Publlnx Upsets matchplay Page B-l The outlook Mostly sunny and hot. High 90; low 73 Page DB A‘Celebration' Concert gives 1 young singers chance to show their talents PageC-l Vol. 164, No. 181—50 cents Thursday, July 15,1999 www.thetelegraph.com Family sues over woman’s death By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - The man who stopped to help a Godfrey woman hit by his car and then another last January in the 6500 block of Godfrey Road is being sued in connection with her death. The estate of Stephanie Sproull, who was killed just after she ran into traffic, is Driver hit, helped woman before second car killed her suing Thomas C. Williams, 26, of Cottage Hills, claiming Williams failed to use reasonable care and caution when driving just before his car hit her. A grand jury in Madison County declined to indict Williams in the accident. Authorities said his blood-alco-hol level did not support a dri ving under the influence charge and that he was traveling under the speed limit. Williams was driving north as Sproull ran in front of his car, and he swerved in an attempt to avoid hitting her, authorities said. She was hit and knocked into the southbound lanes, where she was hit again. Authorities are looking for the second car and its driver. The suit was filed in Madison County Circuit Court by Sprouts mother, Katherine McDonald of Godfrey. Sproull is survived by her mother; a son, Kenneth Holloway ; a sister, Jessica McDonald; and a brother, David McDonald. Witnesses said Sproull was conscious and speaking to them just before she was hit the second time. Assistant State’s Attorney James Buckley previously said the second impact caused her death. Friends said Sproull jumped out of the car in which she had been riding after arguing with the driver. She was riding home from her job as a bartender at a tavern in Delhi. Deputies with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department have said Williams stopped to help Sproull and that witnesses saw a second, southbound, car hit her. The suit claims Williams was driving at a speed that was greater than was prudent, failed to keep a proper look- ■ See DEATH, Page A-7 Wrong turn The Teiegraph/HfcbtuuA hukmno A steel support beam for the new bridges on Illinois Route 3 lies In a ditch Wednesday after a Flatbed Express truck out of Omaha, Neb., missed a sharp turn onto the road leading to the Lewis and Clark Memorial State Park. Truck, 42,000 pounds of steel go into ditch I By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer HARTFORD — A tractor-trailer driver delivering a main support beam for the new bridge construction at the Cahokia Diversion Canal missed his turn Wednesday morning, landing his trailer loaded with 42,000 pounds of steel in a ditch. The driver, Dustin Foster from Flatbed Express out of Omaha, Neb., said he didn’t realize the trailer was too long to make the turn. “Nobody told me the last guy who delivered here came in from the south. That’s one expensive trailer, and I hope nothing happened to it.” The steel was intended for the construction project to replace the twin bridges that carry Illinois Route 3 across the canal, just north of the highway’s intersection with New Poag Road. Foster apparently was trying to make a sharp right turn from southbound Route 3 onto the road leading into the Lewis and Clark Memorial State Park, just south of the canal, when the 81-foot trailer was unable to make the turn and slid from the road into the ditch. No one was injured. RCS Construction, contractors for the bridge project, had no comment about whether the accident would delay construction. Steve Kainz of Trickey’s Service in Wood River said an additional wrecker was needed to remove the trailer from the ditch. “I can’t say if getting the trailer out of there will cause any damage to it,” Kainz said before the operation began. “We’ll get a second wrecker down here, and one of us will pick and the other will pull. We’ll go back and forth and get the trailer back up on the road. It may take a while, but we’ll get it out of there.” Police said the tractor-trail-er was removed from the scene without incident several hours after the accident. The accident caused no traffic delays other than drivers who slowed down to look. City Council approves 5-year ponce contract By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Union officers with the Alton Police Department, who have been working for more than three months under conditions of an expired contract, got a five-year pact Wednesday night. Members of the Alton City Council suspended the rules and approved the agreement with the Alton Police Benevolent and Protective Association Unit 14 by a 5-2 vote on the first reading. Aldermen Joe Maher Jr., 3rd Ward, and Fred Young, 4th Ward, cast the “no” votes. The contract is retroactive to April I — the previous contract expired March 31 — and runs until March 31, 2004. As with the city’s five-year contracts with Local 1255 of the International Association of Firefighters and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31, the members get 3.5 percent raises in each of the first three years of the agreement. Salary talks will reopen for the fourth and fifth years. Also, longtime police officers will get their 0.5 percent longevity raises, as they have for years, said Dave Miles, the ■ See CONTRACT, Page A-7 Doctor wins round in feud with hospital By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A judge said Wednesday he would not let a fraction of a mile stand between a Godfrey physician and her livelihood. Dr. Vera Carter-Shields won the latest round in her long legal skirmish with Saint Anthony’s Health Center in Carter-Shields Alton when Associate Judge Lewis Mallott agreed to let her establish a medical practice in Jerseyville. Attorneys for the two sides clashed for more than three hours during a hearing in Madison County Circuit Court, disputing the distance between Alton and Jerseyville. The doctor has opened an office in Jerseyville and wants to get privileges at Jersey Community Hospital, which Saint Anthony’s maintains is a violation of the 20-mile noncompete clause in the former contract she held with the hospital’s Alton Health Institute. See DOCTOR, Page A-7 Good r#t Morning Area/Illinois . .A-3,8 Bulletin Board .A-6 Classifieds C-5 Comics D-5 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope D-5 Nation/world .. .C-4 Obituaries A-5 Colston, Kincade, Link, Naville, Parnell, Patterson, Reynolds, Woods Scoreboard B-2 Stocks........D-2 Television C-3 All eyes and ears Institute for Deaf opens hearing clinic at Crown Optical J By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Through an innovative partnership, customers now can take care of their eye and ear care needs at one convenient stop on Broadway. On Wednesday, Central Institute for the Deaf of St. Louis opened its first hearing clinic inside a Crown Optical shop at 406 E. Broadway in Alton. “It is symbolic for us to start where Crown started,” said Donald Nielsen, executive director of the institute. “The demographics here are good for us, and we are excited about the opportunity,” he said. Nielsen said the Alton clinic is the first of a half-dozen such outlets planned for the St. Louis area that will meet the growing needs of aging baby boomers. Plans are to open two more cooperative clinics soon in Fairview Heights and Oakville, Mo. Charles “Matt” Matthews, president of Alton-based Crown Optical, also praised the cooperative effort between his company and the nonprofit institute. “This is a partnership that is going to be expanded, both within and to the outside community, as well,” Matthews said. “The market is looking up for both services.” Matthews said he is pleased the institute chose Crown Optical in which to place its clinics. “We are happy that a very respected and well-known institution has chosen us as a partner to reach out into the community,” Matthews said. “With the aging of the population, the demand for both eye care and hearing services will increase,” he said. “The one-stop operation convenience is a real plus for our organization. By virtue of our partnership, we will be able to find larger offices in which ta operate, which will provide better visibility for patients,” Matthews said. Both operations stand to gain financially by sharing space and staff. Earlier estimates were that ■ See CLINIC, Page A-7 The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Julian Crosson, an audiologist at Crown Optical in Alton, adjusts the headphones Wednesday for a hearing test on Marti Keller of Alton. ................ .....