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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Basselopes AllArea volleyball team Santa stops I Edwardsvilles by Catholic I Nicole Shoger is Childrens j player of year Home i Other players honored PageBl j Paged Vol 164 No 343 50 cents llw outlook Mostly sunny and cold High 29 low 18 Page B4 jst Friday December Store provides Christmas shopping year around 4 Page Dl RimMHERB Man charged with abusing wife By SANFORD Telegraphstaff writer EDWARDSVILLE A former Edwardsville man who got off with a fiveyear sentence for kicking his fiancee in the abdomen and killing her unborn twins is back in jail for allegedly abusing the same woman who again is preg nant George Villarreal III 23 of the 1400 block of First Street in Cottage Hills was arrested on a Was jailed for killing same womans unborn twins charge of aggravated battery Wednesday night after his wife Tyra Villarreal 24 called deputies from the Madison County Sheriffs Department to the family home The victim called authorities at and when deputies arrived on the scene she claimed George Villarreal had knocked her to the floor and was choking her Villarreal was arrested without incident Details about what prompted the attack were not available It also was unknown whether the woman or the unborn child was injured Bond was set at Thursday by Circuit Judge Ann Callis The suspect was held Thursday in the Madison County Jail Villarreal was sentenced to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections in March 1997 after entering an Alford plea in Madison County Circuit Court in the deaths of his unborn twins He was accused of kick ing Tyra Berning who was his fiancee at the time in the abdomen during a family row causing the deaths of the chil dren The incident occurred while I See CHARGED Page A7 Villarreal Illinois State Trooper times throughout the The SMITH Ralph Timmons has his speed gun ready for roadside safety checks that will be taking place this weekend at various area State Police on lookout Officers to conduct random road safety checks through 1 By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer The Illinois State Police will be randomly stopping motorists in unannounced areas of Madison County for road safety checks through Jan i Trooper Ralph Timmins said a roadside check the evening of Dec 17 in Godfrey pro duced a significant number of drivers who were riot wearing seatbelts The primary focus of our roadside safety checks is to make sure motorists are in pos session of their drivers licenses and vehicle insurance Timmins said But we will also be on the lookout for people not wearing seatbelts open alcohol in the car and other violations The reason we conduct these safety checks is to encourage everyone to be safe when they sit behind the A traffic crash reconstructionist Timmins said out of the 19 fatal crash scenes he worked last year 11 victims were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash and were ejected from their vehicles A 35pound child standing on a seat in a car driving 30 miles per hour would hit with See LOOKOUT Page A7 Good Morning 05 A4 03 Obituaries Indwell Gelsthorpe Gotten Hendricks Johnson Kordlng Lesicko Robien Slimick Tucker Wade Williamson Television Successful university sprouts from cornfields By DEBORAH L BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Nearly 40 years ago a farmer stood in the middle of his Edwardsville cornfield and fired his rifle at a heli copter carry ing passen gers who were eyeing the land for a development The1 shot missed The cornfield went on to become Southern Illinois University Edwardsville The passen gers that day included Delyte W Morris the schools first president Many of the farmers who owned that land were opposed to the university being located said Sam Smith of Edwardsville the nowretired campus spokesman They hated to give up their property and some felt they werent offered as much as they See UNIVERSITY Page A7 The SMITH Workers finish installation of the green outer shell of the new engineering building at SIUE last fall Alton again records four homicides in 1999 By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ALTON The city of Alton recorded four homi cides during 1999 the same total as in 1998 The first two felony charges issued in Madison County in 1999 were against two cousins one of whom was convicted and one who still is awaiting trial on murder charges for the Jan 2 killing of an Alton man Gregory Greer 17 and Jerry Greer 22 both of Alton were charged with killing 29 y e a 1 d Courtney J Stevenson 29 of Godfrey Gregory Greer was found guilty Nov 19 in Madison County Circuit Court where a jury convicted O him of a single count of felony murder and will serve a min imum of 20 years Jerry Greer awaits a trial in 2000 Stevenson was shot to death in the 300 block of Main Street allegedly during a drug transaction in a home The deal turned deadly when Gregory Greer opened fire with a 38caliber pistol strik ing Stevenson three times A fight between rival gang members who showed up at the same Alton house party led to the citys second homi cide of the calendar year On Feb 21 23yearold Alden E Berry a former Alton resi dent was shot to death in the 1000 block of Elliott Avenue Crips member Jermaine Stiff 18 of Alton was charged with aggravated dis charge of a firearm when he fired on fellow gang member TOLMHUNI I See HOMICIDES Page A7
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