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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - July 1, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Outdoor enjoyment Tuesday, Tea and Talent’a favorite summer activity Page C-l SMilna shot CICI baseball Bombers beat Quincy Gems by a score of 3-1 PageB-1 Vol. 164, No. 167 — 50 cents The outlook Chance of thunderstorms. Hi$i83; low 72 PageD4 mmtmmmmmrntmmmm Families now have a place to go for ‘Quality Times’ Page D-l Thursday, July 1,1999 www.thetelegraph.comBody found on West Alton farmUnidentified man’s . death ‘suspicious’ By STEVE WHITWORTH Telegraph staff writer me leiegrapn/MAHUit m. bAHNts Joanne Berry, left, executive administrator for Sexual Assault Victims First, helps Carolyn Burden, right, executive director for Phoenix Crisis Center in Granite City, move a cabinet out of the building that formerly housed SAV-1st.SAV-lst closes its doors By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer COLLINSVILLE -Emotions ran high Wednesday morning during the final hours that the doors remained open at Sexual Assault Victims First in Collinsville. “I’m amazed at how much stuff we’ve accumulated,” said Christina Taylor, a counselor at the agency. “Things happen for a reason.” Staff and volunteers cleared out desks and packed papers while reminiscing about old times and thinking about the future for sexual assault victims in Madison County. SAV-lst was the only agency in the county providing free services to rape, incest and sexual assault victims and their families. Taylor said she felt sad that she would be unable to provide services for victims in Madison County until another agency opens. SAV-lst recently ended its five-year affiliation with the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, a state agency based in Springfield that provided 90 percent of its funding. The relationship dissolved after problems erupted regarding an application for grant money that was rejected by the state board in April. ■ See SAV-1ST, Page A-9 Drinkers rush to stores to head off tax increase The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN A St. Charles County, Mo., deputy sheriff, left, stands guard on the levee Wednesday afternoon as detectives meet at a command center set up at the scene of a homicide on a private road just off lower U.S. 67 about 1.5 miles from the Clark Bridge in West Alton. WEST ALTON, Mo. - An Alton woman found the body of a homicide victim Wednesday on a friend’s farm in West Alton, just a mile-and-a-half from the Clark Bridge across the Mississippi River. The Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad was activated to help the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department investigate the case, in which the body apparently was dumped along a rural road off U.S. 67. Detectives with the squad issued a brief statement late Wednesday night. It said they were investigating a “suspicious death.” The statement described the victim as “an unidentified fully clothed black male individual, between 18-40 years of age, wearing blue jeans, blue and white tennis shoes and T-shirt having the words “Chick Clinic” imprinted in orange on the front and also picturing a megaphone.” Investigators said they were ■ See BODY, Page A-9 By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer With the state tax on liquor, wine and beer increasing today, some buyers made last-minute trips to their local beverage vendors Wednesday to stock up before price stickers changed. Today is the day Senate Bill 1066 takes effect. The multifaceted legislation passed May 15 as a key funding source for Gov. George Ryan’s “Illinois FIRST” roads and infrastructure plan. It is expected to generate some $81 million statewide through increased taxes on alcoholic beverages. The biggest tax increase is attached to hard liquor. The per-gallon tax on distilled spirits jumps from $2 to $4.50. The tax on high-alcohol wines — those containing more than a 14 percent alcohol content but less than 20 percent — increases from 60 cents to 73 cents per gallon. The tax on low-alcohol wines — defined as those containing up to 14 percent alcohol — climbs from 23 cents per gallon to 73 cents. The excise tax on beer increases from 7 cents per gallon to 18.5 cents. John Pizzini, owner of Pizzini Distributing Co. of Edwardsville, said today’s new tax was noticeable in terms of the enlarged retailer The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Shamekha Womack, right, and Lafondria Booth, employees of Central Liquors in Alton, check out purchases Wednesday for Glenn Moore of Alton. orders his Anheuser-Busch distributorship handled the past three days. “We’re in the middle of a two-week promotion and what we’re seeing is that retail customers are buying two weeks’ worth of beer this week to try and stock up before the tax forces prices up.” Pizzini said the state’s tax increase on beer equates to 25 cents more per case, or about 6 cents more per six-pack. Corral Liquors manager Sonny Elias said the Wood River store saw a huge increase in shoppers Wednesday. “Our customer count probably increased by about IOO customers today,” Elias said. He said many of the customers were “people who are stocking their liquor pantries now before they have to pay more for the same product.” He said Corral Liquors plans to raise prices next week, holding prices on liquor, wines and beer constant through the Fourth of July weekend. ■ See DRINKERS, Page A-9 Good Morning •*Area/Illinois .A-3-10 Bulletin Board .A-6 Business D-1 Classifieds C-7 Comics C-5 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope C-5 Nation/world .. .D-5Obituaries A-5 Bowen, Brunette, Davis, Fillback, Holtmann, Sabolo, Staats Scoreboard ... .B-2 Stocks........D-2 Television C-4NAACP supports two ousted associate judges By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE -NAACP officials Wednesday intensified efforts to reinstate two judges, including the only black member of the 3rd Judicial Circuit. The ouster Wednesday of Associate Judge Ellar Duff leaves the circuit without a black jurist for the first time in 25 years, said James Gray, president of the Alton Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The organization came out in support of Duff and fellow Associate Judge Michael Meehan, who were voted off the bench two weeks ago by at least four of the nine circuit judges without explanation. Their terms expired at day’s end Wednesday. “I don’t think that nine peo ple should hold the fate of others in their hands like that,” Gray said during a news conference outside the Madison County Courthouse. He called the ouster “an outrage.” Duff, 50, of Alton, was on the bench for more than ll years. Meehan, 48, of Edwardsville, was on the bench for 13 years. It is expected to be August before they will know the results of balloting for replacements in the 3rd Circuit, which includes Madison and Bond counties. Both said they are reapplying and are grateful for the support they are receiving. Duff said the bench must mirror the population at large. “I think ifs important that the judiciary reflect the people it serves, because regardless of how fair it is, it’s people’s perception that becomes a See JUDGES, Page A-9 ;

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