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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - October 2, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 THE TELEGRAPH HEAD to HEAD - AGAIN Mark McGwire 63 homo runs 2 games to go White Hall man hem. ™n, j fj^g Eden at home I Page Cl I 2 games to go The outlook Increasing clouds and mild; Highs near 70, low 48 Page D6 Kick-start Nautilus users get leg up on weight loss Page DI Vol. 164, No. 260 - 50 cents www.thetelegraph.com Inmate pegged for murder DNA evidence links prisoner to rape, death of area woman By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - An Oklahoma prison inmate linked to six other slayings was charged Friday with the rape and killing of a waitress he allegedly abducted outside    an Edwardsville bar    in December 1977. Herman E. Lamb Jr., 53, always has been the prime suspect in the strangulation of Denise K Berlemann Stahlhut, but until DNA test results came back Thursday, authorities lacked the evi- J9 Stahlhut dence to charge him, Madison County State’s Attorney William Maine said. Lamb was charged in Madison County Circuit Court with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual |_ am b Jr assault. He is incarcerated at the Correction Corporation of America, Cimarron, in Cushing, Okla., serving a term for the 1987 death of a barmaid in Gainesville, Fla., a case that was eerily similar to the Stahlhut slaying, police said. Lamb also was a suspect — but eventually was acquitted — in the slayings of his exwife, their son and three of her children in Sequoyah County, Okla. The victims were killed in June or July 1985, with the skeletal remains found in woods the following December. Authorities took the case to trial, but a jury acquitted Lamb of murder charges. A turning point in the Edwardsville case came several months ago, when a Stahlhut family member approached First Assistant State’s Attorney Susan Jensen about the status of the case Among other things, the family had heard that Lamb had died in prison, Jensen said. After that contact, Jensen H See MURDER, Page A7 The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Madison County State’s Attorney William Haine, right, and Sgt. Scott Evers, chief investigator for the Edwardsville Police Department, discuss murder charges filed Thursday in the 1977 slaying of Denise Stahlhut of Edwardsville. Herman Lamb, who currently is serving a sentence for murder in Oklahoma, was charged with first-degree murder in Madison County Circuit Court. The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Nature's show this year. Bicyclist is struck, killed by tractor-trailer driver By BARBARA M. COPE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A 26-year-old woman riding a bicycle was struck by a tractor-trailer and killed on Illinois Route 159 in Edwardsville during rush hour Friday afternoon. The victim’s name was not being released, pending notification of her family, but Director of Police Bennett W. Dickmann said she was not a native Edwardsville resident He described her as a student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a local address on her identification; later, Dickmann confirmed the victim was from Canada. Sgt. Jeff Mills of the Edwardsville Police Department, who was traveling several car lengths behind the tractor-trailer, reported the accident at 4:53 p.m., Dickmann said The accident occurred on South Buchanan Street, the stretch of Route 159 just north of the railroad tracks by the Leclaire water tower. “Traffic was heavy but relatively slow. It was typical for a late Friday alternoon,’ Dickmann said. “We believe, for whatever reason, the victim lost her balance. She was traveling southbound and was struck by the right rear dual tires of the trailer. She died instant- ly L, H See BICYCLIST, Page A7 Alton board moves forward with search School Board to interview potential superintendents ANGELA MUELLER graph staff writer iLTON — The Alton School ird will move forward in search for a replacement retiring Superintendent hael Beaber when it inter-ws representatives from ee superintendent search os Monday. Board members will meet j p.m. Monday with repre-itatives from the Illinois ioeiation of School Boards, locally operated Consulting I Resource Group, and Ventures in Excellence, a search firm from Missouri. The board plans to choose one of the three groups to help the district seek suitable superintendent candidates. The board voted at its last regular meeting to employ a search firm to aid in the process of seeking Beaber’s successor. Beaber, 60, will be retiring at the end of the 1999-2000 school year after six years as superintendent. “You’re going to have a bet- See SEARCH, Page A7 Good Sill) Area & Illinois........A3 Bulletin Board........A6 Business............DI Classifieds..........C5 Comics.............D5 Editorial..............A4 Nation & World........A8 Obituaries............A5 Gordon, Mazenko, Mitchell Perrings Scoreboard..........A5 Television...........C4 Weather.............D6 Principals nonplussed over home-run duel By WARREN MAYES Telegraph sports editor ST. LOUIS — Everyone was excited about this weekend’s home-run duel between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa except the principals involved. “I can’t tell you how uninterested I am in all of this,” Cubs Manager Jim Riggleman said Friday afternoon. “Sammy’s a big reason we win ballgames, like Mark is a big reason they win ballgames. But somebody’s going to have to tell me how many home runs they end with. You want to win the ballgame. That’s the issue. “A Chicago-St. Louis series is always a big series. But these games mean nothing. We’re both buried in the standings.” St. Louis Manager Tony La Russa con curred. “The bottom line is, we’ve had losing seasons,” La Russa said. “No matter how many home runs Mac or Sammy hits, that’s not going to change.” Nonetheless, a sold-out crowd U of 49,085, the largest of the sea- McGuiire son, showed up Friday night at Busch Stadium to witness some magic from McGwire and Sosa. They went away disappointed, as neither man was able to produce a home run during Chicago’s 3-2 victory. McGwire, who celebrated his 36th birthday Friday, is seeking to be the first man to win back-to-back home run titles in the National League since Dale Murphy did it in 1984-85. “I’ve very relaxed,” McGwire said. “But it’s H See DUEL, Page A7