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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - September 24, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 The outlook Sunny to partly High 78 low 54 Convenience Clark station in Wood River gets new look larkMeGwire 252 50 cents September Tearful defendant gets probation in fatal traffic crash By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A judge granted a defendants sobbing plea for leniency placing him on pro bation for being under the influence of alcohol and mari juana when his vehicle hit and killed a 15yearold This is a time for In this proceeding are no Madison County Circuit Judge Lawrence Keshner He was addressing the fam ilies of the James and the Shawna of the first block of East Maple Street in cried throughout the 45minute sentencing as did most members of the two Colborn had been smoking marijuana and drinking in the hours before he hit and killed of on a dark stretch of State Aid Road just inside the Wood River city limits about 8 The road is a frontage road just east of Illinois Route Colborn said on the stand that there was no way to avoid He had swerved slightly to avoid two of her friends on the shoulder and hit who was stand ing in the oncoming traffic There isnt a minute in the day goes by that I dont think about I didnt mean Im so Colborn He asked to be spared prison See Page A9 Hazardous dry dock blamed in drowning By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE The July drowning of an Alton Belle Casino security guard might have been prevented had he understood the haz ardous dry dock conditions around which he was a police detective said Charles Roades a moonlighting Alton died when he apparently fell through an 18to 24inch gap at the top of stairs leading to the Alton Belle Casino which in dry dqcjk for The dry dock is near theinter section of Illinois Routes 3 and about five miles downriv er from the boats normal mooring Detective Otis Stewart of the Wood River Police Department said the top of the staircase and the dry dock normally are at the same level when no boat is on the work See Page A9 Heritage Days The BADMAN Jim Parks of Brighton stretches the canvas around his teepee Thursday on the grounds of Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey as he sets up for this week ends annual Heritage Days on the Goshen Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 10 and the event runs through Sunday Page C1 The BADMAN Jana of covers her face as she cries in her car Thursday after hitting a 63yearold man who was in or near the crosswalk at Brown Street and Washington Avenue in Car hits pedestrian Man suffers head injuries The BADMAN An ambulance technician wraps gauze around the head of Larry who suffered a head injury in the acci By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer ALTON Traffic Brown Street between the intersections of Washington Avenue and Main Street was shut down for more than an hour during the morning rush when a pedestrian was hit by a car about 8 Police said Larry appeared to be walking north bound at the intersection of Brown and Washington when he was hit by a motorist tak ing her children to Gray suffered head injuries and was rushed to Alton Memorial Hospital via ambu lance about Gray was listed in satisfac tory condition later Thursday at Alton where he was being treated for cuts and a mild a spokesman He said Gray probably would be held overnight for Right were still try ing to said Doug head of the traffic division with the Alton Police Authorities said Gray tried to get up and continue walking but was He didnt know he was at or said Officer Shane Gibbs of the Alton Police He was very The portion of Brown was closed for nearly an hour while police Members of the Alton Fire Department responded to the The driver of the white fourdoor Mazda that hit Jana of sat hunched over in the drivers seat of her The impact from the accident caused some damage to the front end of Woodies car and cracked the I hope the man is said retired Alton police officer Walt Woodies She said she did not see Im glad that she and the grandchildren are Im hoping the best for the Officers from the police departments traffic division handled the Police said late Thursday the report on the acccident was State OKs SBC merger By DEBORAH BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A vote Thursday approving the merger of two major tele phone companies could affect service rates in The Illinois Commerce Commission approved a reported billion merger between SBC Communications and Ameritech in a 32 vote Thursday The merg er of the two companies would create the nations largest local telephone com Illinois consumers said Jim general coun sel of We appreciate the confidence the ICC has shown in our company by approving this We have said from the beginning that this merger would be good for our U OBC and Ameritech are ready to pmeet increasing customer expec tations through growth and innovation in the 21st Douglas Whitley president of Ameritech Illinois employees and and we look forward to mak ing these predictions a reality in The companies said they merged to provide enhanced service and new products to SBC and Ameritech will combine efforts to provide new tech such as highspeed Internet service and Todays vote by the ICC ensures that consumers will reap the benefits of this merg said Douglas president of Ameritech SBC and Ameritech are ready to meet increasing customer expectations through growth and innova tion in the 21st The next step is for the Federal Commerce Commission to approve the and that is expected to occur After the board of directors of both companies will have to finalize the trans said Ed a spokesman for I would anticipate that would happen very quickly after the final With this Ameritech will become one of the operating companies of The transaction between the two companies allows for an exchange of stock so that Ameritech stockholders will hold shares of SBC These stockholders will receive a billion premium for approving the Commissioner Ruth who voted against the said she believes the benefits also should go to The slated goal of the joint applicants merger is to increase shareholder she The petitioners See Page A9
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