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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 11, 1999, Alton, Illinois By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer *~^I$DW ARDS VILLE - A complex murder scheme born rn the Madison County Jail was thwarted after one of the Conspirators agreed to record key conversations for authori-' Uhs, accord-£hg to testimony, s CT Tommie L. Rounds, 38, took the stand Tuesday as the main witness in the murder con- _ spiracy trial gvan8 of James A. “Raven” Evans, 29, of Alton. Evans is accused of masterminding one of two separate jail house plots to kill witnesses in two different murder cases. The unsuccessful plots were concocted independently earlier this year. One of the targeted victims, Illinois ll prison inmate Clifford Wheeler, was linked to both plots, but otherwise the cases involve separate people, some of whom have common connections to Alton’s gang community, authorities have said. Evans’ conspiracy case is the first to go to trial. Re is accused of plotting to kill Wheeler and Lester Warr of Alton to keep them from testifying at his upcoming murder ! * trial. Evans is charged with shooting Nekemar “Pookie” Pearson in Alton in 1995 and dumping his body in a secluded Godfrey area where it went undetected for many months. Warr was the father of ■ See SCHEME, Page A-11 City arrests property owner Alton patrolman Rory Rathgeb escorts Alton landlord Paul Schneider Jr. from one of his properties in the 2300 block of Virden Street early Tuesday morning following his arrest for violations of two city ordinances. Police invade condemned building in latest strike By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — The city struck one more time Tuesday in one of its long-running battles against a 52-year-old property owner who was residing in a condemned building. After banging on a door of the building at 2349 Virden St. for several minutes around 6 a.m., police gained entrance by breaking a window in the rear living area where Paul Schneider Jr. and his wife Marlene, were sleeping. At 6:45 a.m. Paul Schneider was charged with violating two city ordinances: living in a condemned building and not having an occupancy permit. A daughter posted $150 bail, and he was released from Alton City Jail. Tuesday’s arrest was. the city’s second action against Schneider in the past two weeks. On Aug. 2, Associate Circuit Judge Lewis Mallott ordered Schneider to pay a fine of $15,250 (payable at $150 per month) or serve 150 days in jail. That case revolved around a condemned boarding house he owned at 729 E. Fifth St. The city had issued dozens of citations for violations at the house, which reportedly had housed people illegally. He was charged with contempt of court last spring for failure to show ■ See CITY, Page A-11 Leaders driving to extend the National Scenic Byway By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer Community leaders are putting their best efforts into a formal request to extend the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway all the way to Hartford. The Greater Alton/Twin Rivers Convention & Visitors Bureau is taking the lead in making sure the proposed 7-mile stretch along Illinois 143 to Illinois Route 3 south meets necessary Federal Highway Administration criteria for a scenic byway. Doug Arnold, president of the CVB, will attend the first-ever National Scenic Byway Conference in Louisville, Ky., from Aug. 24-28. Arnold said he is enthusiastic about the possibility that the byway, dedicated from Alton to Eldred on June 26, could be a natural promoter for the future Lewis & Clark ■ See BYWAY, Page A-11 Good Morning Mpg Area/Illinois . .A-3, 7-10 Banks, Burris, Chapman, Bulletin Board .....A-6 DeVous, Edgar, Harding, Business---- .....D-1 McDonald, Moore, Classifieds.. .....C-8 Pruetzel, Sweet, Wagner, Editorial..... .....A-4 Wallace Nation/World .A-12, D-5 Scoreboard.......C-2 Obituaries .. .....A-5 Television ........D-7 SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 _ mmmj tit i. ira Accident Tony Twist injured in collision Page OI T<mw s l'«M A role model tor beverages [et boost Page B-l The outlook Mostly sunny, hot and humid; high near 90, low near 69 Page IM Icecream Rosie’s is the )lace for sweet tooth Page D-l plat theVol. 164, No. 208 — 50 cents_____ Wednesday,    August    11,1999____________________________www.thetelegraph.com Murder scheme unfolds in court ’register to iii a FULL SIZED WASHER & DRYER ‘Drawing to be held Oct. 1,1999 (* TV-104 wks/S3 430.96 • DVD-78wks/$779.22 • Computer-104wks/$3,534.96 ■; ssssssa r-inTrr-iSs-'-'^rai>tr1""  “ By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON — An 83-year-old Wood River man was killed Tuesday when his car slammed into the side of an earth-moving truck on Illinois Route 143. Joseph L. Lapinski, of the 200 block of Edwards Street, was pronounced dead at the scene of the car-truck crash just east of Melvin Price Locks and Dam, Madison ‘County Deputy Coroner Robert Lewis said. “Mr. Lapinski died of chest and abdominal injuries,” Lewis said. “A coroner’s inquest is pending into his death.” The fatal crash happened about 12:50 p.m. when a northbound tractor-trailer dirt-moving truck, driven by Ezell Hopkins, 61, of East St. Louis, pulled out of Lock and Dam Road on a green traffic light onto Route 143, the Illinois State Police reported. Lapinski was driving east on Route 143 and plowed into the left side of the long, heavy truck near the middle of the intersection, police said. “The driver of the car put on his brakes and slid about 92 feet before the impact,” said State Trooper Kyle McLaughlin, the investigating officer. Lapinski was not wearing a seat belt, state police said. The Petroff Trucking Co. truck pulled onto the highway from Lock and Dam Road after leaving a construction site where dirt is being hauled for a parking lot and access road to the new* national Great Rivers Museum tibar” the locks and dam. The collision with the truck debrief-* ished the front of the Ford LTD Crown Victoria car, which skidded into the" intersection, blocking highway traffic. ■ See CRASH, Page A-U 2801 Homer Adams 465-8293 Hours: M-F10-7 Sat. 9-5 Illinois State Police accident reconstructionist Sgt. Allen Jacobs photographs the scene Tuesday where 83-year-old Joseph L. Lapinski of Wood River died after crashing his car into the side of an earth-moving truck on the Berm Highway at the entrance to the Melvin Price Locks and Dam.    , Man dies in car crash ;

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