Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - September 1, 1999, Alton, Illinois - HEAD to HEAD-AGAIN Board allows member to continue double duty By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER - Fred Ufert will maintain his seats on both the East Alton-Wood River Community High School Board and the Wood River City Council, thanks to a decision made Tuesday evening by the School Board during an executive session. Ufert’s seat on the School Board was brought into question when other board members expressed concern about the possible conflict of interest posed by Ufert serving on both governmental bodies. Two board members sought the opinion of Madison County State’s Attorney William Haine. Haine met individually with the two board members, then wrote a letter to the entire board to explain his opinion. After reviewing Haine’s letter and discussing the issue, the board came to a consensus, without taking a vote, that Ufert’s two positions would not conflict. “They were afraid there might be a conflict of interest, but Mr. Haine said he didn’t believe there would be, and that was pretty much the end ■ See MEMBER, Page A9 Good Morning Area/Jllinois ..... -A3,7 Bulletin Board A6 Business..........DI Classifieds........C6 Comics ...........D5 Editorial ..........A4 Nation/World ... A8,10 Obituaries ...... A5 Aman, Davis, Jarman, Johnson, Kennedy, Lyons, Mason, Mawhee, Whisman, Winchester Scoreboard........C2 Stocks $....... D2 Television.........C5 Weather...........D6 Taking a shot at bar hours SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 W «art w w - I mm -ti ma.Mfg SUI ..ma* .rnrn* .im. iii iGbinre 51 home runs after 133 games home runs after 129 games TCMLW'K l OOII Give it an accent Chicken flavorful however it’s dressed Page Bl The outlook Mostly sunny and warm; high near 86, low near 65 PageD6 % ame Sect aroint Resale shop fills need for families Pag*IM Vol. 164, No. 229 — 50 cents Wednesday, September 1.1999 www.thetelegraph.com Man who planned murders gets life By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - For the second time, a Venice man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for masterminding the killings of five people in the Eagle Park area of Madison County in 1993 Michael Coleman, 27, I received the sentence mandated by law for his part in s the execution-style slayings of five people in neighboring trailers in Eagle Park, thought to be the worst mass • homicide in the county’s history. During Tuesday’s sentenc mg hearing in Madison County Circuit Court, where i a jury convicted him July 15 of five counts of first-degree , murder, Coleman told Associate Judge James Hackett that he is innocent and will appeal the case again. “I’m sorry for what happened to the victims, but I can’t bring them back," he said. “(The state) can’t sustain no conviction. I don’t know why they keep pushing it. I’ll just keep coming back." It was Coleman’s second go-round in Madison ^ minty • Circuit Court. He was Convicted in 1994 along v.ith Remon Williams and Sherrell Towns, both of Washington Park, on five counts of first-degree murder. The convictions of both Williams and Coleman were reversed on appeal but for different reasons. Coleman’s first trial attorney was said to have represented previously some of the witnesses who were used against him in the trial. ■ See MURDERS Page A9 Pastor collecting signatures to keep closing time as is By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — A pastor said he thinks most Altonians don’t want city taverns to serve liquor an hour or two later every night, and he is collecting the signatures to try to prove it. The Rev. Roger Bruce of First Baptist Church of Alton, 1145 College Ave., has been knocking on doors and approaching citizens and representatives from organizations and churches to sign his two petitions. The petitions protest a proposed city ordinance change that would allow taverns to serve alcohol until 2 a m. weekdays and 3 a m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The petitions state: “I am opposed to the Alton City Council passing an ordinance that will extend the hours of Alton bar establishments to 3 am” “I will not continue to support or vote for any alderman who supports or votes in favor of the ordinance that will extend the hours of Alton bar establishments to 3 am.” The city’s taverns are now open until lam. Bruce said the ordinance should not be changed just because a handful of tavern owners wish to better compete with the Alton Belle Casino; the general public’s wishes should prevail, he said. “It’s not based on religion or morality," he said. “It’s st* idly based on representative government. If the City Council is accurately representing the citizens of Alton, they should pass on it. But if their votes are representing only the owners of taverns, that’s — in my opinion —not a sufficient basis for passing it.” On Aug. ll, aldermen approved a resolution by a 4-3 vote that would change the hours taverns can serve alcohol under the city’s liquor ordinance. The aldermen agreed by another 4-3 vote to tack on an amendment requiring a review of the impact of the later liquor hours one year after the change goes into effect. Alderman Fred Young, 4th Ward, introduced the amendment. Aldermen Phil Hanrahan, 2nd Ward, Joe Maher Jr., 3rd Ward, and Gary Fleming, 6th Ward, voted against the resolution. Fleming, Hanrahan and Alderman ■ See HOURS, Page A9 «Tt’s not Ibased on religion or morality. It’s strictly based on representative government.” Rev. Roger Bruce First Baptist Church The Telegraph/RUSS'SMITH The Rev. Roger Bruce of the First Baptist Church of Alton is collecting signatures on petitions that oppose the extension of late-night liquor sales in Alton. Residents take a stand for the disabled By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Some 29 residents have literally taken a stand for those who cannot. As of midday Tuesday, seven of the 29 were still standing as participants in the 2nd annual Charity Stand-a-Thon, sponsored by First Stop Mobilehome Supercenter Inc. The event, which began at 7 p.m. Friday with 182 standers in three Missouri locations and at Alton Square, is a fund-rriser for Gateway to a Cure, the organization led by actor Christopher Reeve that funds research for victims of spinal cord injuries. With the exception of four 15-minute breaks in a 24-hour period, Stand-a-Thon participants have been standing beneath a portable tent roof on the west side of the mall. First Stop owner Dan Smithson said the event raises * money through a $50 entry fee per stander and through raffle tickets sold at the standing locations. “We’re so appreciative of the number of people who have chosen to participate this year, at our one Illinois location here in Alton and at our three Missouri event sites in Warrenton, Festus and Cape Girardeau,” Smithson said. “Last year, our first-ever Stand-a-Thon benefited Cardinal Care and the American Cancer Society. This year, all proceeds from the event will go to research conducted at Washington University.” Daniel Kirkpatrick, 26, finished as runner-up in the 1998 Stand-a-Thon in Alton. This year, Kirkpatrick remains as one of the final standers and ■ See STAND, Page A9 «T ast year I ljcame and stood for First Stop’s charities as well as for a youth mission I was part of. I guess staying flexible during the break times is a key part of being able to do this.” Daniel Kirkpatrick remains standing The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Crandall Olsen of Honolulu cuts off his sweatpants as things heat up Tuesday during the Gateway to a Cure annual Charity Stand-a-Thon at Alton Square. Seven contestants remained in Alton after 89 hours of the competition.