Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 20, 1999, Alton, Illinois
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10-year term asked for driver in Dill crash
By DENNIS GRUBAUGH
Telegraph staff writer
EDWARDSVILLE - A prosecutor on Friday asked for a 10-year sentence for a Moro man responsible for killing his girlfriend and a cousin in a 1997 drunken driving accident.
But the man’s defense attorney suggested probation and boot camp, which would help him avoid prison altogether.
Macoupin County Circuit Judge Joseph Koval took the closing arguments under advisement and set March 2 for the sentencing of Ronald J.
State’s Attorney Vince Moreth asked for a 10-year sentence, even though Hansen is eligible for 14 years undqr the law. Moreth said Hansen should be made to take responsibility for his actions He noted that Hansen, more than the average person, should have known better than to drink and drive since he lost a brother in an alcohol-related accident in 1990.
Hansen had a blood-alcohol content of 0,14 percent on Nov. 26, 1997, when the car he was driving ran off the road and
into a tree, killing his cousin, Theresa L. Cannedy, 18, of Bethalto, and his girlfriend, Robin M. Miller, 19, of rural Jerseyville.
Hansen, the two victims and another cousin, Clifton Smith, were returning home from a night of drinking in Bethalto and Carlinville when the crash took place just before dawn on Hilyard Township Road, one mile south of Plainview and 12 miles south of Carlinville in Macoupin County. Hansen and Smith were not injured
Hansen pleaded guilty last June to two counts of reckless
homicide and two counts of aggravated driving under the influence.
Moreth has maintained that Hansen has continued to drive, despite having lost his license after the crash. A young cousin of Hansen’s testified at an earlier hearing that he had seen Hansen drive past his house in Bethalto late last year.
However, Hansen’s attorney, S. Russell Meyer of Alton, called a witness Friday to rebut that testimony. Dennis
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State official pledges to back work on roads
By LINDA N. WELLER
Telegraph staff writer
ALTON — The state’s secretary of transportation pledged his support for the extension of U.S. 67 and Illinois Route 255 Friday, but stopped short of specifying how the roadwork would be funded.
“We are going to see what we can do to free up extra federal dollars, and we are going to have to increase our (state) revenues,” Kirk Brown said. “The federal government has done its job, and we need money to keep our roads up.”
Brown said he has backed down on his support for increasing state gasoline taxes to pay for roadwork because it is contrary to Gov. George Ryan’s stance. Another limited option could be to increase license plate fees.
Brown addressed a combined meeting of the Corridor 67 and Completion of 1-255 (Alton Bypass) committees at the Alton Holiday Inn.
After his speech, Brown said Ryan has formed an informational task force that is studying how road money is being used and how more money could be generated to maintain existing roads and to build new ones.
The group also is looking at whether administrative costs could be cut.
Representatives from both committees stressed the importance of their common, now
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See 67. Page A-7 Representatives are uging improvements to the U.S. 67 corridor and the extension of Illinois Route 255 to Godfrey.U.S. 67 extension wins support
Scenic Byway Council elects new board
By SUE HURLEY
For The Telegraph
ELSAH — The Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway Council broke new ground Thursday night when it voted in a new board, approved a set of bylaws and began looking ahead.
The count was unanimous when the original 10-member council, appointed by the Illinois Department of Transportation in June 1997, voted itself out of existence in favor of a new 15-member group that more accurately represents the many communities along the 50-mile byway.
The Federal Highway Administration designated the route — one of 53 across the United States - a national
■ See BYWAY, Page A-7
Voumard eulogized as man of compassion
By ANDE YAKSTIS
Telegraph staff writer
ALTON - People from all walks of life, from steelworkers to a congressman, gathered at Gent Funeral Home Friday to say goodbye to their friend, former Alton Mayor Ed Voumard Jr.
“The Alton community has suffered a great loss in the passing of Ed Voumard,” the Rev. George Humbert, pastor of College Avenue Presbyterian Church, told mourners at the funeral home Voumard, 50, a former Alton mayor, alderman, city clerk and Madison County Board member, died suddenly of a cerebral aneurysm Sunday.
A line of people filed past Voumard’s casket and shared memories of his life.
Voumard’s heart was in Alton and its people, U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, said.
Madison County State’s Attorney William Haine and Voumard’s friends Greg Weirich and Mike Holiday Jr. delivered ^eulogies about how Voumard touched the lives of people in Alton “Ed fulfilled his life’s dream to be mayor of Alton,” Haine said.
“He was a man of compassion who always lent a helping hand to someone in need,” Weirich said “Ed cared about each resident of the city and their welfare,” Holiday said.
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Shearers carry the casket of former Alton Mayor Ed Voumard Jr. at his funeral Friday in Alton. ■ See VOUMARD, Page A-7