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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - December 27, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Touchdown More Rams coverage Page Cl Keeping well Flu virus hits area Page Dl The outlook Chance of flurries and cool High 34 Low 20 Page D4 Vol 164 No 346 50 cents Doing good deeds Rotary Club leads the way in helping River Bend PageBl Monday December Legislators disagree on gun law By DEBORAH L BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Illinois legis lators cant agree when it comes to feceflt debates over a gun law Illinois Gov George Ryan has been pressing the legislators to rein Felony charges could be too harsh local gun shop owners say i i state the felony charge but rural democrats would not budge claiming a felony that could result in years of jail time is tcwtough State legislators were cajled into special session by the governor to re write the Safe Neighborhoods which was passed in 1994 The pack age contained a provision that made illegal possession of a weapon a felony but the Supreme Court struck down the package claiming it was unconstitutional because it addressed several unrelated topics Some legislators as well as local gun shop owners want the offense to be a misdemeanor particularly for a first time offender Don Page owner of Raymonds Guns Ammo in Alton said he thinks the penalty should be a misde meanor It could be an innocent he said Anybody could be driving around with a gun in the back or the See LAW Page A7 Rams Sundays victory win team corbwnersays MAYES Telegraph sports editor ST LOUIS The St Louis Bams went bear hunting Sirrjday afternoon and easily Bagged one St Louis ended its home portion of its schedule with a perfect 80 mark after defeat ing Chicago 3412 before fans at the Trans World Dome The victory hiked the Rams overall record to 132 Thats the most wins in frah chise history andties St Louis for the most victories this sea in the NFL with Jackonsville and Indianapolis that again unde feated at home and most wins by a Rams said St defensive tackle Farr That about says it all We wanted to come today and get a win and We did Were not through Rams conclude the regular season this Sunday a road game in Philadelphia against the Eagles who had a bye this Then St Louis will enjoy a firstround bye in the playpffs before seeing postsea sM play either Jan 15 or 16 was just a special win said Rams co owner Stan Kroenke The See RAMS Page A7 The M BARNES Grant Wistrom of the St Louis Rams picks up a fumble while teammate Kevin Carter looks on during the second quarter of Sundays game against the Chicago Bears at the Trans World Dome Wistrom didnt score on this play but he later intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown in the Rams 3112 victory County plan calls foSiew home to be built by 2002 By DAVE WHALEY Telegraph staff writer After years of legal wran gling the Madison County Nursing Home closed its doors for good Nov The last had moved out or the home 10 earlier T h e Madison County Board had voted in April 1998 to close the homes The vote came a month after voters turned Nation shocked by Sims case Serving life sentence for killing baby The M BARNES Madison County Nursing home closed its doors Nov 30 down two referendums that would have raised taxes for the Nursing Home as well as the Madison County Sheltered Care Home After earlier denying per mission to close the homes the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board approved on Aug 20 the countys plan to replace them with a new home that will offer a place for resi dents The county plan is to entice a private business into the operation allowing the I See HOME Page A7 By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Few local crimes during the last 100 years have captivated the attention of Telegraph readers and the nation quite like the tale of Paula Sims People were both spell bound and horrified on June 17 1986 when the 27yearold Sims reported to police that a masked gunman had broken into her rural Brighton home and kidnapped her 13dayold daughter Loralei After the childs skeletal remains were found under brush near the home just six days later the publics horror turned to shock as suspicion fell upon the parents Paula and Robert Sims Despite the general belief that the mother was somehow guilty there was not enough evi dence for a charge Jersey County offi cials said It would take almost three more years and a different venue for the Sims See SIMS Page A7 Two girls die in house fire Father could not save daughters in Christmas morning blaze Telegraph staff report CARLINVILLE Two young girls died in a fire Christmas morning despite efforts by their father to save them The girls were Tia and Jasmine years old respectively The fire occurred hi their home at 432 E Hoehn Carlinville Fire Chief Gerald Loveless said the fire department got the call at Saturday but the fire was totally engulfed when they got there He said both parents Joseph and Peggy Ward got out of the house safely though Ward was taken to Carlinville Area Hospital with injuries suffered when he broke the window to the girls room with his bare hands from outside to reach them He said Ward was unable to get to the girls from inside the The chief said Ward suffered smoke inhalation and cuts to his hands and feet He said the mother who was unhurt awak ened the father when the fire started Joseph Ward worksfor Prairie Farms Dairy and his wife is a homemaker Loveless said The bodies were taken to St Francis Hospital in Litchfield for autopsies Loveless said He said the cause of the fire was believed to be electrical Good Mornihg 09 C7 63 Pt Austin Cason Chaffer Clark Evans Garrison Geisler Gibson Hendricks Henrichs Hogan Jones Lane Mann Mayerhofer Melton Michel Renken Seehausen Tucker Wade Waltrip Winder Ward J and Ward
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