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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - July 21, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 THE TlILKCt it A Wmn arrive to mint smoothies for Kennedy l drinks offer cool plane Promiseonhotday PageA12 PageB1 The outlook Same old refrain Partly sunny hot and humid High 95 low 76 PageD8 Tennis Pro visits Edwardsville camp PageCl Vol 164 No 18750 cents Wednesday July By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer JERSEYVILLE Surviving victims and other witnesses Tuesday described in detail a stabbing spree in a Jerseyville bar in December 1997 that led to one death The oftdelayed jury trial of Ricky E Callahan 23 of Jerseyville started Tuesday in Jersey County Circuit Court A long line of eyewitnesses res recall s Defendant killing one wounding four others recalled the night when Callahan allegedly stabbed five patrons in Lortons Bar in Jerseyville The witnesses were called by Jersey County States Attorney Gail Gisy Assisting Gisy is Keith Jensen a parttime assistant with the office of Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan Callahan is charged with firstdegree murder in the killing of Ronald E Haenitch of rural Jerseyville who was stabbed with a pocket knife which pierced his heart Two other men suffered internal abdominal injuries while a woman was stabbed in the back and another man was cut on the neck Callahan also faces attempt ed murder and armed violence charges for the injuries to the four surviving victims He had no previous connection to any of the victims The incident apparently fol lowed a womans refusal to dance with Callahan Stephen Garrett of Carrollton testified about how he politely asked Callahan to leave his sister alone Callahan then walked calmly away to another part of the bar I thought everything was Garrett said Then Garrett having a drink alone at the bar said he saw Callahan approaching and thought the defendant was going to say something into his City reduces nuisance building to rubble By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON Bulldozers plowed through a former tav ern Tuesday demolishing wljat had been a magnet for loiterers and streetside drinkers and gamblers A pile of bricks some still cemented together in small sections and pieces of steel timber and old signage are all that remain of the former Charlies Lounge 1001 Highland Ave Stutz Service Inc of Alton did the demolition work Some neighbors helped kick off the cleanup process by scurrying away with bricks for souvenirs and other uses The lounge had closed earli er this year Years agp the building had housed The Plantation bar We are trying to improve the neighborhood by eliminate ing that said Dennis Dugan director of housing and community development for the city of Alton He said the former bar at the corner of Highland and Gold Street was detrimental to the surrounding residential area The former bar also had been costly to the city because of the numerous police calls to the area People are trying to live there and maintain their homes in the neighborhood Dugan said The city bought the building for about last month from Esther Jackson using city and federal Community Development funds Dugan said Mayor Don Sandidge had said the city would clear away the razed buildings to create See NUISANCE Page A11 the formw Charires GOP panel seeks to head off EPA action on ethanol By SANFORD J SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Farmers and petroleum mar keters will be talking about ethanol at a meeting this week Rep John Shimkus said ethanol which is made from corn will be the main topic at a Republican Policy Committee hearing at 2 Friday in Springfield Shimkus RCollinsville said Jie and other Illinois law makers are trying to head off a severe restriction on the use of ethanol by the Environmental Protection Agency He said the EPA is basing its proposal to restrict the mixing of ethanol in gaso line on rules arising from the Clean Air Act The head of the EPA Carol Browner has said her hands are tied by the Clean Air Shimkus said Our response to that is that the agency is not considering the benefits to the environment of ethanol along with the disad EPA officials said they may restrict the use of ethanol in reformulated gasoline The mixture has worked well in large cities with severe pollu tion problems ethanol back ers say Shimkus said the effort he and other Illinois lawmakers from both parties are making is to convince their col leagues as well as the EPA that the benefits of ethanol outweigh the disadvantages Illinois is the leading ethanolproducing state Environmentalists have expressed concern that ethanol pollutes the air through evaporation rather than from being burned in automobiles That problem may be addressed by a pro posed new experimental ethanol research center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Shimkus said The Policy Committee will meet in room 400 at the State House in Springfield said Rep Jerry Weller RMorris vice chairman The committee has invited witnesses including Gov George H Ryan Joseph Hampton Illinois director of agriculture and Thomas Skinner Illinois EPA direc tor Weller said The findings from the hearing will go to the full House Policy Committee for further consid eration and possible action Shimkus also announced a series of town hall meetings to discuss agricultural issues in general A hearing is set for Thursday Aug 19 in the University Center at SIUE Hearings are also set for Friday Aug 20 at the Macoupin County Courthouse in Carlinville for Wednesday Aug 25 at the Jersey County Courthouse in Jerseyville and for Aug 25 at the Greene County Farm Bureau in Carrollton ear in the noisy establishment However he said Callahan cut the side of his neck with a knife Garrett said he pushed the attacker away and Callahan tried to cut him again While Garretts injuries were being tended to the bartenders asked two patrons to escort Callahan out of the bar which since has been closed See SPREE Page A11 Scenic land may be turned into park Group Godfrey seeking to buy Route 3 property By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer GODFREY The Great Rivers Land Trust and the vil lage of Godfrey are teaming up to acquire 96 acres of scenic land for a park and nature hiking trails Great Rivers has initiated a contract with Illinois American Water Co to buy the land off Illinois Route 3 along the old Lavista Road to the Oblate Fathers a Catholic religious order Great Rivers executive director of Godfrey has applied for a state grant of as its half share to help Great Rivers buy the land for a village recreational park hiking and nature trails If the grant is successful the village will get 96 acres of prime parkland at no cost to the local Godfrey Mayor Michael Campion said Great Rivers has started a capital campaign to raise about as its share to buy the land from Illinois American by July 1 2000 Its beautiful land for a Campion said It would be a big step forward for Godfrey for future devel opment of The 96 acres of land border Route 3 on the north and on the south connect to a hiking leading through woods to the Great River Road See LAND Page A11 Goorl Morning A311 Bulletin Board A6 Classifieds C7 Comics Editorial Horoscope D6 A12D5 Bishop Griffin Rice Schuette Wilson ScoreboardC2 Television D7   

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