Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - July 23, 1999, Alton, Illinois
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Friday, July 23,1999
www.thetelegraph.comMan guilty in stabbing spree
By THOMAS WRAUSMANN
Telegraph staff writer
JERSEYVILLE - A jury convicted a Jerseyville man Thursday of murdering one man and seriously injuring four other people during a stabbing spree at a Jerseyville tavern in late T997.
The jury in Jersey County Circuit Court returned the guilty verdicts against Ricky
Burial at sea
Families gather for service for JFR Jr., wife and sister-in-law
FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) -Family members watched mournfully from the deck of a Navy destroyer Thursday as a brass quintet played a hymn and the ashes of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife and her sister were cast into the sea, consigned to the depths where they died.
A flag was lowered to half-mast as about 15 mourners, some wearing black and ^flanked by sailors in dress ^whites, gathered on the stern of the USS Briscoe. They saw the dead returned to the sea along with three wreaths, about two miles from the spot where Kennedy’s plane crashed Friday night.
The destroyer spent about half an hour nearly motionless in the hazy sunshine off Martha’s Vineyard for the service, led by Kennedy’s sister, Caroline, and mother-in-law. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and JFK Jr.’s cousins William Kennedy Smith and Maria Shriver were also there.
At least two people appeared to rise and speak. A Navy honor guard also was on hand to fire a rifle volley for the two women and the young man who at age 3 raised a famous salute to the casket of his assassinated father, President John F. Kennedy. Flags were presented to the
Defendant faces life for murder conviction
E. Callahan, 23, who faces the possibility of life in prison without parole for his murder. conviction.
Callahan was found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of Ronald E. Haenitch, 28, of rural Jerseyville, who was stabbed in the chest with
a pocket knife, the blade piercing his heart.
The jury also found Callahan guilty on four counts of armed violence for seriously injuring four others at Lorton’s Bar in Jerseyville, which has closed. Callahan stabbed a woman in the back, gave two men mas
sive abdominal injuries and cut another man on the neck twice, just missing vital veins and arteries.
A sentencing hearing will be scheduled before Circuit Judge Ronald Robinson.
Members of Haenitch’s family said they were extremely
pleased with the verdict.
“Now, we have to wait for the sentencing and see that he gets what he deserves,” said the victim’s mother, Mary Haenitch, who wept as the verdict was read.
In his closing argument, Jersey County State’s Attorney
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Godfrey firefighters extricated Alton resident Stephanie Slack and her infant son, Jameyon Alexander, from their car after a three-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon in the 5700 block of Godfrey Road. Slack’s car was hit by another, spun around and was hit again by a tractor semi-trailer truck. The woman and her son were taken to Saint Anthony’s Hospital, where they were treated and released.
Refinery sale takes next step
By KERRY SMITH
Telegraph staff writer
ROXANA — The next stage in Clark Refining and Marketing Inc.’s planned purchase of Equiion’s Wood River Refining Co. has begun.
Since the two oil giants’ formal announcement June 4 of the pending sale to Clark of what is known as the Shell plant, a team from Equilon Enterprises LLC has been busy gathering as much data as possible about the 80-year-old refinery, which employs 1,050 people.
Wood River Refining President Phil Schwin said Thursday
that obtaining and compiling historical and operational details about the plant is the initial step in the seller’s due diligence process.
“What we signed in June was a letter of intent to enter into a discussion exclusively with Clark on h sale of the Wood River plant. Now, both of our companies have transitioned into the due diligence stage. The purpose of due diligence is for Equilon to provide Clark with as much detailed data as possible so Clark can gain a good understanding of what it’s buying.”
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Gail Gisy reminded the jury it had heard from many witnesses since the trial began Tuesday.
“We didn’t hear from Ronald Haenitch — because this man over here robbed him of his life,” Gisy said, pointing at Callahan, seated impassively with his attorneys.
Callahan, who previously
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Plan still needs work, action committee says
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a two-part series about the controversy surrounding Madison County and its two care homes.
By PAUL MACKIE
Telegraph staff writer
EDWARDSVILLE - Two sides still disagree about what Madison County’s role should be in the health care business.
Attorneys representing the county and a state agency agreed Wednesday to a plan to replace Madison County’s two tax-supported care homes with a private home, but opponents fighting to keep the two homes open criticized the plan Thursday.
“The plan, as it exists now, is not very good,” said Debbie Groeteka of Collinsville, a cochair of the County Homes Action Committee. “But I’m hopeful it shows there’s an opportunity to develop something better than what’s been on the table.”
John Gilbert, an attorney who represents the Madison County Board and its decision to close the Madison County Nursing Home, and Edward
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Area impresses lieutenant governor
By LINDA N. WELLER
Telegraph staff writer
ALTON — Southern Illinois tourist sites are impressing Lt. Gov. Corinne Wood, but more important, she said Thursday, is that her two youngest children continue to be “wowed.”
“Last year they said, ‘It’s awesome. Can we go back next year?’ ” Wood said. “We’re very excited to be back in Alton and to drive up the River Road to Grafton.”
Three members of Wood’s family stopped Thursday at the Franklin House, 202 State St., in Alton, then cruised up the Great River Road. The excursion was part of her 15-stop, 800-mile “1999 Illinois Main Street Summer Tour” motor home trip to towns designated as Main Street communities.
Speaking to an assemblage of mayors, aldermen, bankers, a state senator and economic development officials, Wood praised the “partnerships” of local governments and businesses in redeveloping their downtown “Main Streets.” “When we talk about Main Street Illinois, we talk about partnerships,” she said. “You have the support of the state Legislature, the support of mayors and (governing) boards and business leaders” in revitalizing Downtown.
“From community to community, I’ve seen the success of the program, not because it was dictated from some bureaucrat in Springfield. It’s your vision in Downtown, your sweat equity.”
Wood, a Republican, also
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Illinois Lt. Gov. Corinne Wood, with son Brandon, 12, alongside, addresses a gathering of business and political leaders Thursday at the Franklin House on State Street in Alton.