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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 1, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 'J J IE t J£®ca,.11 Today s LCCC will hold parade for I $Iarr,,*f , chamos    :    Fans like show better Page C41 than sliced bread Page Bl Mostly sunny skies and warmer High 55; Low 38 Page D8 IHWaMKMIK Vol. 164, No. 320 - 50 cents Wednesday, December 1,1999 Coffee company shows it knows beans Page DI www.thetelegraph.comCallis to replace Keshner Will become county’s first female full circuit judge by the Illinois Supreme Court. Callis will replace the late Madison County Circuit Judge J. Lawrence Keshner, who died in office Nov. 6. Supreme Court Justice Moses Harrison said Callis was picked from a number of candidates because of her reputation as a hard-working judge. “She’s a hard worker, and that’s what we need,” he said in an interview Tuesday. Callis will serve in Keshner’s place on the bench for a year. A permanent circuit judge is to be elected in the March primary. “I am honored,” Callis said She said the appointment is a sign of progress for women and their accom plishments. “It is the policy of the court to appoint the person most able for the position, and I think we did that again this time,” Harrison said “Judge Callis is well-respected by lawyers who have appeared before her and by her peers on the bench. She has a reputation for being a very hard-working, energetic and knowl edgeable judge.” Callis earned a law degree in 1990 from Saint Louis University, where she also earned her bachelor’s degree. She has been an associate judge since 1995 and has served in several court divisions. She has presided over a variety of cases, including major felony trials. Callis is assigned to the civil divi- ■ See CALLIS, Page Ad By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE — Associate Judge Ann Callis becomes the first woman to sit as a full circuit judge in the Third Judicial Circuit with her appointment Tuesday Special water permit will be considered Good :»r Morning Area/Illinois........A3-9 Bulletin Board........A6 Business............DI Classifieds...........C7 Comics..............C6 Editorial.............A4 Horoscope...........C6 Nation/world A10 Obituaries...........A5 Combs, Goslin, Gunnison, Harrelson, Johnson, Kiel, T. Masterson, W. Masterson, Vahle, Walls Scoreboard..........C2 Stocks..............D3 By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — The Illinois Pollution Control Board held the first of two public hearings Tuesday to consider whether Illinois-American Water Co’, should receive a special permit allowing it to directly discharge sediment left from treating river water back into the Mississippi River. The 45-minute hearing, which was to have continued today, instead will resume at 9:30 a rn. Jan. 6 to address a modification of the request. The hearing will be held in City Council Chambers. Belleville-based Illinois-American is seeking an adjusted standards permit that would allow it to pipe sediment remaining from treating river water back into the Mississippi River from its new treatment plant. The plant is under construction on the north side of the Great River Road. Company officials submitted written testimony at the hearing, arguing that the discharge is 91 percent dirt and sand and is harmless to the Mississippi River. They also ■ See WATER, Page A9 ® RIVER BEND www.remax-rlvbend-alton-il.comlt#s Something New!Watch for Remax Riverbend on Fridays. 2375B Horner Adams Pkwy, Alton 462-5300 Circuit judge rules mistrial in murder case of Alton man Opening statement made by prosecutor may have prejudiced trial jury By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the Jeffrey A. Ewing murder case after a prosecutor made a vague reference in his opening statement to Ewing's selling drugs to his father and to Ewing’s alleged involvement in drug trade. Associate Judge James Hackett made the ruling as a precaution against prejudicing the jury, even though he said he did not think Assistant State’s Attorney Keith Jensen erred in his opening statement. Sources said if the judge were to forbid testimony about drugs dealings, it would put the prosecution at a disadvantage in demonstrating motive in the case. Jensen told the jury that Ewing had been supplying his father with certain “substances” and that the deceased, Dwight Riddlespriger, had taken over that business. However, Ewing’s father allegedly failed to pay Riddlespriger, which prompted Riddlespriger to go over to Ewing’s father’s house and give the older Ewing a beating. That beating, Jensen alleged, gave Jeffrey Ewing a motive in the murder of Riddlespriger. Jeffrey Ewing, 34, is accused of handing a gun to Clifton Wheeler, who has admitted pumping several bullets into Riddlespriger on Dec. 15, 1996. Jensen said in opening statements Tuesday that he expected to prove that Ew ing was angry with Riddlespriger and was aware that handing the gun to Wheeler would result in the victim’s death. Fire to be investigated as possible arson case Fire caused $10,000 in damage By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Fire officials are considering a Tuesday afternoon fire that caused about $10,000 in damage to a frame house in the 800 block of Humbolt Court to be “suspicious.” Someone reported the fire at 3:01 p.m. The fire began either on the back porch or a rear bedroom, said Assistant Fire Chief Stephen Mikoff. The Fire Department is conducting an arson investigation and declined to speculate on how the fire ignited. “We are collecting samples and interviewing people,” Mikoff said. He said investigators are trying to determine the speed of the fire and the path on which it spread. Mikoff said it took firefighters 20 to 30 minutes to extinguish the flames, which spread up to the attic of the I 1/2 story house. The fire also ■ See FIRE, Page A9 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Two Alton firefighters move a hose line to the side of 805 Humbolt Court near Ridge Street in Alton Tuesday afternoon after extinguishing heavy fire at the rear of the house. Smoke pours from the roof and eaves of the house that was extensively damaged by the fire and smoke. Car collision The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Two people in a Chevrolet Astro van sit inside the vehicle Tuesday morning awaiting medical treatment after colliding with a Pontiac Bonneville at the intersection of Delmar Avenue and State Street in Alton around 8:35 a.m. ;

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