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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 10, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Ti ii? l l lml1j UlIVs Drivein Restaurant adds dining room ; Girls hoop Marquette Southwestern Page DI Page Bl Vol. 164, No. 329 - 50 cents Friday, December 10, 1999 www.thetelegraph.comChief backs sergeant South Roxana officer acted appropriately in mistaken identity case, report says The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN South Roxana Police Chief Dennis Carpenter, left, and Lt. Jack Stalcup answer questions at a press conference Thursday about allegations of misconduct by Sgt. Robert Coles. By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer SOUTH ROXANA - Police Chief Dennis Carpenter said Thursday he believed a sergeant with his department acted appropriately while stopping a village resident Nov. 24, mistaking him for a suspect in a home invasion. Carpenter held a news conference to release the findings of an investigation by the South Roxana Village Board’s Police Committee into allega- Inquiry option up to agency Page Cl tions made by Darrell Williams, 61, a longtime village resident. Although the final recommendation is expected to come tonight from the village’s Police Committee, Carpenter said Thursday that written and verbal statements, as well as the 35-minute dispatch recording, prove that Sgt. Robert Coles, 27, did not behave in an inappropriate manner. The incident occurred the night before Thanksgiving. After receiving a dispatch call concerning an armed home invasion suspect who reportedly planned to return to an Illinois Avenue house and harm its occupants, Coles and two other officers stopped Williams, based on a descrip- ■ See SERGEANT, Page A7 ARMED ■ Pull police car over at a 45-degree angle toward the street ■ lf officer is alone, use the engine block of police car as a shield ■ Draw your gun(s) a lf two or three officers present, approach suspect's car from the right side ■ Order suspect to show his hands, toss his keys out with left hand and get out of car with hands raised ■ Order suspect to lie on the ground, face first ■ Handcuff the suspect ■ Run a check on his driver’s license and license plate SOURCE: Illinois State PoliceJuror is dismissed from case ■ Man in court during murder trial followed her home, she tells judge By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A female juror in a high-profile Alton murder case was dismissed Thursday after telling a judge that a man in the court gallery had followed her home the previous night. A second female juror also expressed concerns about safety Thursday but said she was not intimidated enough to quit the case involving Jeffrey A. Ewing. Associate Judge James Hackett allowed the second juror to remain on the panel. Thirteen jurors — one is an alternate — are scheduled to hear closing arguments this morning in Madison County Circuit Court. Ewing is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly supplying a 9mm pistol that was used by Clifton Wheeler of Alton to kill Dwight “Eggie” Riddlespriger of Alton on the parking lot of Pete’s Lounge in the early morning Dec. 15,1996. Ewing also is charged with conspiracy to commit murder for plotting to kill Wheeler and Angela Jirden of Alton ■ See JUROR, Page A7 Bulletin Board........C2 Classifieds ..........CS Comics .............D5 Editorial.............A4 Horoscope ..........D5 Nation/world.........C3 Obituaries ...........A5 Allen, Hodge, Knoblauch, Moore, Prather, Reeker, Shuler, Washington Scoreboard..........C2 Stocks..............D2 Television ...........C4Good:«r Morning Area/Illinois........A6.8 Ryan urged to sign pension bill By DEBORAH L. BATES and SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writers EDWARDSVILLE Recent reports that Gov. George Ryan won’t sign a bill to reform a controversial pension plan may be just rumors, but legislators aren’t leaving anything to chance. The bill, which has been approved in both the House and the Senate, has not yet reached the governor’s desk. «We certainly aren’t VV going to let any grass \ ti mimJ* grow under our feet on this one.” State Sen. Evelyn Bowles D-Edwardsville After it does, he has 60 days to review it before signing or vetoing the bill. The current state law allows officials to combine their part-time salaries with their highest government salaries, even though they may have held the higher-paying jobs for a short time. The loophole has increased pensions for these individuals, creating an increase of more than $200,000 in pensions for Madison County taxpayers to pay next year. Alan Dunstan, a Madison County Board member, said he is encouraging other board ■ See PENSION, Page A7 shopping days ll 'til Christmas CONSTRUCTION SERVICES. INC.‘Death list’ in schoolBoy, 12, accused of writing note By THOMAS WRAUMANN Telegraph staff writer KAMPSVILLE - A sixth-grader who allegedly wrote a note titled “Death List” at Calhoun Middle School was taken into custody by juvenile authorities Thursday, but more than IOO concerned parents took their children home for the day anyway. The sixth-grader, who gave the note to a teacher late Wednesday, was in the hands of juvenile authorities by the time school started Thursday, said Terry Strauch, Calhoun school superintendent. The boy admitted writing the note, Strauch said. The note, with 12 first names and last initials, also said “all teachers,” Strauch said. Principal Mike Roth contacted the 12-year-old’s legal guardians and met with them and the boy before school opened Thursday then took them to his office. Troopers from Illinois State Police District 18 and officers from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department arrived as school started. “There were no weapons, just the note,” Strauch said. After school opened, dozens of frightened parents who had heard about the note arrived at the school. The parents ■ See LIST, Page A7 Comforting hug The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Officer Rick White of the Wood River Police Department hugs and comforts 3-year-old Tyreese Ellis of Edwardsville, who was an occupant in one of two cars that collided about 11:30 a.m. Thursday at South 6th Street and Madison Avenue in Wood River. At least two people were taken to hospitals after the crash, one of many reported around the area during Thursday’s rainy weather. ;