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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - November 19, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Display at Bethalto Art Cafe slips past Gallery in Edwardsville Alton Page Cl Page Bl 41 Morning showers High school and High basketball 58 low 35 teams pagecs Previewed Page Dl 308 50 cents November 1999 New spirit of Belle docks The BADMAN The new landing facility for the Alton Belle Casino moves away from the Melvin Price Locks and Dam early Thursday on its way to the Alton Barge to house grill By LINDA WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON A brilliantly col ored barge in attentiongrab bing shades of yellow and tangerine cruised through Locks and Dam 26 Thursday to reach its new home near the Alton Belle The former Spirit of America renovated to resemble a splashy whimsi cal left Mikes Marina in Wood River and headed miles up the Mississippi The multi colored barge slowly entered the smaller of the dams two locks around With the barges width of 78 the 110footwide lock proved a simple passage for navigators from Massman Construction of Kansas Tugboats Jess Wooldridge and Wright of Louis provided the necessary push and guidance for the engine less which completed its trip through the lock at We couldnt be happier to get our new facility to come up the said Doug director of mar keting for the Alton Belle The facility is looking See Page A7 Driver gets four years in death of motorcyclist By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE An East Alton woman with a his tory of driving and drug prob lems is scheduled to head to prison today for killing a motorcyclist outside Hamel last Elizabeth was sentenced Thursday in Madison County Circuit Court to four years in the Department of Corrections for the 27 reckless homicide death of Thomas of During an emo tional sentencing Assistant States Attorney Keith Jensen said Inman had four pages of listed driving infractions in Madison and Macoupin including 17 tickets issued since the fatal Those infractions occurred despite the fact that she lost her drivers license years She is a potential loaded weapon for every person on the roadway in the state of Jensen told Circuit Qhe is a potential loaded weapon for Oevery person on the roadway in the state of Keith Jensen assistant states attorney Judge Charles Roman Inman claims to have been abused by her boyfriend at her Bethalto residence shortly before packing up her belong ings and two children and leaving for her grandmothers house in Mount She said she was scared and wanted to be with her family rather than report the incident to Inman was headed east on Illinois Route 140 near Staunton Road when she crossed the centerline and hit Lands in the opposite She said she was distracted by one of her childrens unbuckling a seat She did not have a drivers license or insurance and was under the influence of a medication given by a drug clinic for a long addiction to Jensen She also had a component of in her The victim was riding just Closing of trial delayed Attorneys wrangle over jury instructions By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Drafting of complex jury instructions forced the early departure of a jury in an Alton murder trial Jurors considering the case of Gregory were dismissed at midday and will return to Madison County Circuit Court Friday morning for closing Prosecutor Don Weber and defense attorney Ted Barylske of Alton spent most of the day Thursday on the which Associate Judge Ann Callis must read to jurors before they begin their expect ed deliberations around mid day Greer is accused in the shooting death of Courtney of dur ing an alleged dispute over drugs and Also See Page A7 Bulletin Classifieds Comics Horoscope Zimmerman Television Repaying Belle The er Thursday to pour a lane 01 repaving of a section of Belle been raised to make it safer Workers took advantage of the continued good concrete on Belle Street in Alton near 20th Strec is part of the overall work being donp on for crosstown ahead of a Darrell Null of Wood who was on a second Null told The Telegraph that Inman tried to flee the scene after the She rolled up her car win dow and locked the I had to break out the glass to take her keys to keep her from Null Among those in court Thursday were Lands Michelle Lands of and his mother and Charles See Page A7 Wood River cleaning up derelict units Loan helps buyouts By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer WOOD R1VEH A lowinter est loan from Madison County Community Development is enabling the city of Wood River to buy out and clean DJ derelict rental properly in the 100 and 200 blocks of Lorena and Acton Armed with from the county and matching this loan with in city dol Wood River is langibly improving the appearance of an area directly adjacent to the downtown business City Manager Thomas Christie said the process of eliminating derelict rental property could produce multi ple benefits for Wood River res both present and Generally these are rental properties in need of major Christie We are See Page A7
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