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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - December 8, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 TODAYS SifjaTOtiSyiilJisig Chocolate chips flour and sugar pave path to glory Page Bl Partly sunny High 52 low 39 Page D8 New health options for women Page Dl Vol 164 No 327 50 cents Wednesday December Officers suspension urged By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer SOUTH ROXANA A majority of the 25 residents who attended South Roxanas village board meeting Tuesday night called for the suspension of an officer accused of mis conduct in a case of mistaken identity Nov 24 Policeman accused of misconduct in mistaken identity case Some of them brought their own examples of police misbe havior Others attended the vil lage session in support of resi dent Darrell Williams 61 who is accusing Sgt Robert Cole 27 of misconduct in an incident that occurred shortly after 10 Thanksgiving eve According to Williams the South Roxana officer stopped him as he was parking in front of his daughters home in the 1000 block of Park Street Williams alleges that Cole and two other officers pushed him to the ground held a gun to his head and said he was being arrested for aggravated home invasion At the same moment nearly three blocks away the actual burglary suspect 41 yearold Darrell F Ralston returned to a residence in the The BADMAN Wind blows flags along the Avenue of Flags at Alton VFW Post 1308 Tuesday on the anniversary of the date that will live in when the Japanese attacked American naval forces at Pearl Harbor in 1941 Veteran recalls date of infamy By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON World War II veteran Lou Landre longed to fight for his country after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor Dec It broke my heart to hear that thousands of our Flags fly in memory of Pearl Harbor sailors died in their ships sunk by Japanese fighter planes in the sneak attack on Pearl said the 74 yearold Landre who was wounded twice on the battle fields of World War II On Tuesday Landre and his buddies at Alton VFW Post 1308 on Alby Street flew their Avenue of Flags in front of the post as a memorial to the Navy men who died in the flames of their sinking ships 58 years ago at Pearl Harbor We flew 58 large flags in front of the VFW one flag for each year since the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec 7 VFW Post Commander Floyd Fessler said Landre was 16 years old on Dec when he listened i See VETERAN Page A9 Former barge official found guilty of theft Exexec enters plea in scheme to cheat company xtrtl in ijti i IflTQ Ql ithnritlOC CQlH By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE An area barge line executive was convicted Tuesday of conspir ing with representatives of at least three businesses to cheat his company out of possibly hundreds of thousands of dol lars authorities said Dennis L Dorris 47 of Holiday Shores was found guilty of a single count of theft over after he entered an Alford plea Tuesday in Madison County Circuit Court He faces up to three years in See THEFT Page A9 Good Mornirig A37 Bulletin A8 C6 Comics A10 Buchanan Burch Ernst Leuty Miller Noble Oliver Petersen Watts Weishaupt Whitaker Zerwas Television 200 block of Illinois Avenue to conduct his second armed bur glary of the evening authori ties said Williams also alleges that Cole turned the gun on Williams daughter Tammy Williams and his granddaugh ter 15yearold Andrea West when they tried to convince Cole of Williams identity I felt like my father was going to Williams daugh ter said Tuesday night while village police committee mem bers met in closed session He Cole was out of control My See OFFICER Page A9 Two tell of seeing defendant give pistol to killer Testimony comes in second attempt at murder trial By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Two witnesses recalled Tuesday how they watched one man hand a pistol to another moments before the weapon was used to fire nine shots into a third nian outside an Alton tavern in December 1996 Testimony began Tuesday in Madison County Circuit Court in the firstdegree mur der trial of Jeffrey Ewing 34 of Alton who is accused of supplying the 9mm semiauto matic pistol used to kill Dwight Eggie Riddlespriger 34 of Alton on the parking lot of Petes Lounge 100 Big Arch Road It is the second attempt at a trial in the case The first ended in a mistrial last week after potentially prejudicial statements regarding the motive were made to the jury by Assistant States Attorney Keith Jensen Jensen chose his words carefully Tuesday telling the jury that the killing stemmed in part from a restroom gam bling quarrel involving Riddlespriger that carried onto the Ewing used the dispute tunity tyo eriacT revenge against Riddlespriger who allegedly had struck Ewings father in a separate past quarrel Jensen said Jensen said he does not have to prove motive but he does have to prove that Ewing See KILLER Page A9 Belle tower The BADMAN Employees of Jansco Steel Inc in East Alton erect a huge tower Tuesday that will be the main entrance to the new landing facility for the Alton Belle Casino on the Alton river front The work is part of the multimillion dollar improve ments being made to the casinos Alton operation   

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