Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 9, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 American made Les Reader makes music for the heartland I Tradition I Dick’s Flowers, i a colorful I holiday stop Page Cl - Vol. 164, No. 328- 50 cents The outlook Cloudy with occasional rain; High 49, low 36 Page D6 Bruce OK after car accident Page Bl Thursday, December 9, 1999 www.thetelegraph.com Ray s brother calls for inquiry By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON — An independent counsel should be appointed to investigate the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the wake of a jury’s verdict that the civil rights leader was the victim of a vast assassination conspiracy, Jerry Ray, brother of convicted assassin James King killing ruled conspiracy Page C6 Earl Ray, told The Telegraph in an exclusive interview Wednesday. “The jury’s verdict upholds my late brother, James’, 30-year claim in prison that he did not shoot Dr. King,” Jerry Ray said. “King died from a conspiracy of assassins and was not killed by my brother.” Ray, 70, died of liver disease on April 21, 1998, in a Nashville prison hospital where he was serving a 99-year sentence as the lone convicted killer of King The notorious convicted murderer of the famous civil rights leader grew up in Alton, where he started his life of crime as a teen-ager, robbing Wegener’s Food Market on Alby Street. Jerry Ray was happy with the conspiracy verdict returned Wednesday by a Memphis civil jury in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by King’s family against ■ See RAY, Page A9 a mhe jury’s verdict upholds I my late brother, James’, 30-year claim in prison that he did not shoot Dr. King.” Jerry Ray brother of James Earl Ray, at right The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Police vehicles and officers meet on the parking lot of East Alton-Wood River High School Wednesday where an extensive drug search was conducted by canine officers from Wood River, Bethalto, Collinsville and the Illinois State Police. Below, Collinsville patrolman Curtis Jackson and his partner, Zack, walk around every car on the parking lot as Zack sniffs for drugs, none of which were found. School searched for drugs One ‘hit’ comes up empty at EA-WR By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER - Law enforcement agencies assisted the Wood River Police Department in a drug search of East Alton Wood River Community High School Wednesday morning. Wood River Deputy Police Chief William Webber said the unannounced search, which began at 8;30 a rn. and concluded about 90 minutes later, resulted in one “hit” by a dog but no discovery of controlled substances. A “hit” is an indication by a trained, drug-detecting dog that drugs may be present in a specific location. “We got one hit in the welding shop,” Webber said, “but when we checked out the locker, there were no drugs present.” The first step of the search, Webber said, involved securing the high school campus and telling teachers and the 750 students to remain in their classrooms. Next, the Wood River, Bethalto and Collinsville police departments and the Illinois State Police conducted hallway searches of lockers and later moved outside and hunted for any scent of drugs in the parking lot. Sgt. Mark Ringering, Wood River canine officer, guided his dog, Buck, in the search. Bethalto canine officer Todd Lindsay and his dog searched the premises, as did the dogs belonging to State Police Officer Fred Scholl and Collinsville canine officer Curt Jackson. “We hadn’t conducted a drug search on this campus for several years, and we had requests from the school board and school administration to do so,” Webber said. “Both the school board and administration have been very supportive of this effort. It’s been high on the school board’s priority list.” One dozen police officers and four dogs assisted in the ■ See DRUGS, Page A9 Area/Illinois.......A3-10 Bulletin Board........A7 Classifieds ..........C7 Comics .............C4 Editorial.............A4 Horoscope ..........C4 Nation/world.........C6 Obituaries...........A5 Anderson, Bartels, Black, Hawes, H. Jones, M. Jones, Lutz, Moore, Noble Scoreboard..........B2 Stocks..............02 Television ...........C5 Husband suspect in Carlinville woman’s killing ■ Woman was reported missing day before her body was found along a road near Litchfield By DONNA J. NOLAN Telegraph staff writer HILLSBORO - A Montgomery County man was held Wednesday pending charges of first-degree murder in the death of his wife, a Carlinville woman who had been reported missing the day before her body was found along a road near Litchfield. Jennifer Reisinger, 30, was four-wheeler. Montgomery County Coroner Rick Broaddus pronounced Reisinger dead at the scene at 4:35 p.m. Monday. A coroner’s inquest is pending. Reisinger had been listed as missing Sunday by the Carlinville Police Department. Carlinville Police Chief Steve Stone said a friend who had been watching Reisinger’s children for her reported her as having been missing since 2 p m. Saturday. Upon further investigation by the Illinois State Police, Reisinger’s husband, Charles H. Reisinger Jr., 33, of Irving, was taken into custody. He was held at the Montgomery ■ See KILLING, Page A9 The Telegraph/GEORGIA SHRIMPTON found Monday afternoon along and deputies from the a rural Montgomery County Montgomery County Sheriff’s road five miles north of Department responded to the Litchfield. Troopers from scene when the body was Illinois State Police District 18 found by a resident riding a # 5 miles north of Litchfield along a rural county road In Montgomery County City has plans for gaming money Council OKs using revenue to pay off debt By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — The city is planning to use future gaming revenue windfalls to pay off an old bond debt and to reduce future indebtedness Alton will incur during construction of the new police station. The Alton City Council approved the plan Wednesday bv a 6-0 vote on a related resolution. The action means revenues from the Alton Belle Casino that exceed the $5.5 million in this fiscal year’s budget will bt' earmarked for use in one or both of those areas in next fiscal year’s budget. Alderman Fred Young, 4th Ward, who is recovering from surgery, was absent. The resolution requires the city treasurer and comptroller to report the amount of the excess gaming revenues to the mayor and City Council by April 28, with the money to be used by July 31. “We are anticipating $6.2 million in gaming revenues,” said Alderman Tom Hoechst, 1st Ward, who proposed the resolution. “I don’t want to see this put in the general fund,” Hoechst said. “Everybody means well, but when they see an extra $1 million go into the fund, everybody wants some of it to go their way. The departments are going to have to go with the same gaming funds they are getting this year.” Estimates are that gaming revenues might increase by $700,000 to $900,000 next year, mainly because of the casino’s open boarding and opening of ■ See GAMING, Page A9 I Key Cor CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, INC.