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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - September 3, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE The outlook Mostly sunny and very warm high near 91 low near 67 PageDS Getaway Omni Travel provides link to destinations around the globe PageDl Vol 164 No 331 50 cents Friday September Sentence life in Jail Murderer going to prison jfor stabbing spree in bar By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer JERSEYVILLE A local man was sen tenced to life in state prison Thursday for killing one man and seriously injuring four other bar patrons in a December 1997 stab bing spree Circuit Judge Ronald Robinson sentenced E Callahan 23 to a term of life in without parole during Thursdays sen tencing hearing in Jersey County Circuit in Jerseyville Callahan was convicted by a jury July 22 for his actions at Lortons Bar oCallahan was found guilty of killing vgonald E of rural Jerseyville jury also found Callahan of armed v i p 1 e n c e against other patrons attacks lowed woman refusal four to Haenltch victims mother Tm extremely lhappy with the sentence He wont get a chance to walk out and hurt somebody which later was closed On top of the life sen tence for the murder conviction Robinson sentenced Callahan to 30 years in prison for each of the four attacks The four set to IfoFpVactTcai pur poses the sentence of life in prison without parole is enough to keep him behind bars court officials said The murder victims parents Ron and Mary Haenitch reacted with emotion when Robinson pronounced the sentence They said it wont bring their son back but that they believed Callahan needed to be punished and kept from hurting other people This gives us some Mary Haenitch said when leaving the Jersey County Courthouse See SENTENCE Page A7 Teacher admits to affair with girl Authorities lead convicted murderer Ricky Callahan to a sentencing hearing prison without a chance for parole for his actions in a December 1997 stabbing spree in a Jerseyville bar Ryan Costello to visit locks By KEflRY SMITH telegraph staff writer Gov George and Rep Jerry Costello will be in Alton this morning to visit the newly repaired Melvin Price Locks and Dam and to check on the status of the National Great Rivers Museum and Visitors Center At 9 Ryan and Gostello DBelleville are expected to officiate at a brief reopening ceremony at the lock The lock under went more than in repairs after a towboat and barge backed into it Feb 2 After the ceremony about Ryan and Costello will tour the National Great Rivers Museum and Visitors Center Doug Arnold a member of the National Great Rivers Museum Foundation said the foundation and the Army Corps of Engineers are work ing to secure funding for the exhibits that will be housed in the museum Costello played an instru mental role in obtaining million in federal funding for construction of the museum and visitors center adjacent to the Melvin Price Locks and Dam Congressional aide Brian Lott said money to build the center came from the Congressional Appropriations Bill and that the corps made a contribution toward the million construction cost Lott said state and local funding are being sought to attract and house items in the museum Good Morning Bulletin Dunham Goetten Hppkins Johnson Martin Nichols Stratford celebrating 90 years preparing for its rebirthday By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON With a rebirth on the horizon the Hotel Stratford is celebrating its 90th anniversary this weekend complete with champagne We will decorate a little bit and have fliers with a brief history of the hotel and what we hope it will be like by January owner Bill Moyer said The Hotel Stratford has probably set a record for continuous operation over any other hotel in the state of The celebration will be held from to during the weekly Sunday brunch in the Hunters Room restaurant 229 Market St The brick hotel opened as the Illini Hotel with a flurry of preparations and expectations Sept The building reportedly cost to build News accounts touted the Illini as being the first expensive enter prise ever carried out in Alton by Alton people in the spirit of trying to boost the city along without any immediate prospect of getting good financial The description was printed in the Alton Evening Telegraph as The Telegraph was called then The article proclaimed the new hotel as a promising symbol of Altons future It is a handsome addition to Altons real estate an ornament to See STRATFORD Page A7 f Becker Becker told Edward C By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A teacher at Edwardsville High School apologized tearfully to his family friends colleagues and community Thursday in Madison County Circuit Court before plead ing guilty to having a six month affair with a 17 yearold stu dent I stand before you completely humble and Jonathan B Circuit Judge Ferguson Becker 32 of Glen Carbon was sentenced by Ferguson to six months in the Madison County Jail With credit for four days served he should be out in 86 days said his attor ney John Rekowski of Collinsville His term starts Sunday Under conditions of the plea Becker must sacrifice his Illinois teaching certifi cate Once he is out of jail he will be on probation for anoth er 30 months and will not be able to set foot onto the high school campus uninvited The Edwardsville School Board is expected to meet today to accept his resigna tion Thursdays developments See A7 Chef Johnny Mac Donlow Is Inviting every one to a brunch at the Hunters Room restaurant Sunday to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Hotel Stratford The SMITH Left An artists rendering of what the renovated hotel will look like In January 2001
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