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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - November 30, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 THETELEGRA SWOOSll Southwestern upends EA I i xi PageBl fi ocMstmastree Retailers stock up on different varieties PageCl The outlook Mostly sunny skies and cooler High 46 Low 27 Page D6 319 50 cents November Tasty f reefs Swiss Farms serves up famous fudge Page Dl Couple found dead in home Deaths apparent murdersuicide couple had been separated By SANFORD SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer COTTAGE HILLS Detectives from the Madison County Sheriffs Department are investigating the and had been in the of a nroppss of a rpponrilin Cottage Hills man and his estranged a i whose bodies were found at the JOR family home by their son during the Tina and William Bill both were found shot to death in a bed room of their home Sunday after The couple had been separated and had been in the process of a rec a detective A pre liminary investigation would indicate Madison County detective on circumstances surrounding deaths that this is a possible homicidesui Officials with the Madison County Coroners Office conducted autopsies Monday afternoon and Further details will be released after the autopsies are authori ties The Mastersons were living at 1110 East Cottage when the deaths Their Corey forced his way into the home after he received a telephone call from a sister who said that the mother had failed to show up at work Sunday in Tina Masterson worked at Genos 140 The son entered the home and found the bodies in the He called the Madison County Sheriffs Department The investigation is authorities Visitation for Tina Masterson will be from 5 to 9 at EliasSmith Funeral Home in where services will be at 11 Thursday with the Dick Murray Crime scene tape still was up Monday at 1110 East Drive in Cottage Hills the home of William and Tina who were found shot to Investigators believe the deaths resulted from a Fire destroys popular restaurant By THOMAS WR AUSMANN Telegraph staff writer GRAFTON A fire that gutted the Loading Dock Bar and Restaurant late Sunday was labeled suspicious by authorities The popular Grafton estab which features scenic outdoor seating along the Mississippi has been closed temporarily for the colder months since last The owners planned to open the restaurant again in the and no one from the business was supposed to be authorities Officials from the Quarry See Page A9 Chief Bob Rawson of the OEM Fire Department looks Monday at the damage and Restaurant in was gutted by fire late Sunday Chief Warrant B n Perkms a marine safety officer with the Coast videotapes the vvarrant unicer mil a Several police officers suspended during probe Suspensions result of citizens complaints By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer EAST ALTON Several members of the East Alton Police Department were sus pended last week in connection with an Illinois State Police authorities con firmed but one since has returned to Although East Alton Police Chief Richard Brown would not disclose the names of the officers who were he did report that the suspen sions came as a result of citi zens complaints concerning a 11 So there have been no conclusions reached by the Illinois State the agency that is handling the Brown said I wont deny that I have suspended some of our My goal is to assure the integrity of this investiga as well as the integrity of these Robyn Blaha of the State Police District 11 in Collinsville said the investiga tion could wrap up as soon as the end of this Weve been asked by the East Alton Police Department and the Madison County States Attorneys Office to take on this Blaha I am not able to comment on any specifics until the investi gation has but were optimistic it wont take much Sources have told The Telegraph that the crux of the investigation involves four East Alton police all See Page A9 A39 Bulletin Ann Vahl Fallen car crushes man to death Victim probably killed authorities say ttTTis grandfather thought everything was ilfine and Walls was back at work on his By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER The body of a 25yearold man was found Monday morning beneath the car he had been working which fell on him Madison County Chief Deputy Coroner Ralph Baahlmann said Wood River resident William Walls of the 200 block of Elbe Street was probably killed nearly instantly as he worked beneath his compact car to change the oil Sunday Walls grandfather found him beneath tHe automobile about 9 police They said he cranked the car up and off of the young but Walls already was Walls lived with his grandparents at the time of the said Detective Otis Steward of the Wood River Detective Otis Steward Wood River Police Department Police The last time his grandpar ents saw him alive was at about 10 They went to bed and said their grandson was still in the process of working on his vehi Steward said Walls had been working on his car most of the day At about Walls grandfather said Walls legs were visible from under neath the Honda and the younger man still was lying on the wheeled repairmans cart commonly used by mechanics during maintenance or repair of His grandfather thought everything was fine and Walls was back at work on his Steward But at we got the emergency call that Walls had definitely been pinned down by his Baahlmann said time4 of death was between and midnight The cause of death traumatic asphyxiation due chest Baahlmann 700 Rolls in stock Vinyl from 33 Carpot from 33 C Laminate Wood Flooring from 1 IN 3473 hUMBERY RD ALTON
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