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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - June 12, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836Retrial in rape case upheld By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE — A state appeals panel has agreed that David A. Gray of Alton deserves a new trial in a 1978 rape case, for which he spent 20 years in prison, because of DNA evidence that casts doubt on his guilt. “Me and my attorneys are ready to go to trial — or wherever the state wants to go with this,” Gray said Friday. The Illinois 5th District Appellate Court in Mount Vernon ruled Tuesday that Associate Judge Ann Callis of Madison County was correct in her ruling last September that granted Gray a new trial. The appeals court remanded the case back to Madison County Circuit Court. The next move will be up to the prosecution, which was considering the case Friday. “We’ve gotten the (appeals) order but not the mandate. We’ll have to review that and spend some serious time thinking about it," Madison County First Assistant State’s Attorney Susan Jensen said. “Obviously, we’re at a handicap after 20-plus years.” The state’s choices are to appeal the ruling to the Illinois Supreme Court, go for the retrial or dismiss the charges of rape, attempted murder and robbery. Gray, 46. was convicted in 1978 and spent 20 years in prison before taking advantage of a new state law allowing DNA testing of evidence in old cases. When the test results indicated Gray could not be connected to evidence retrieved from the crime scene, Callis ordered a new trial. “We’ve got God on our side, ■ See RETRIAL, Page A-7 Godfrey home is garden spot of the neighborhood Page C-l Redbirds fall Tigers grand slam Cardinals Page IM Vol. 164, No. 148— 50 cents Saturday, June 12,1999 adance rf shown j Sandies Candies and thunderstorms. I High 87; low 68 j offers treats for I the sweet tooth PageD4> Page D-l www.thetelegraph.com 2 judges ousted in vote By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - Two associate judges will be removed from the bench at month’s end as the result of a no-confidence vote from the judges of Madison County Circuit Court. Filar Duff. 50, of Alton, and Michael Meehan, 48, of Edwardsville, learned Friday that they did not receive the required three-fifths vote of the nine circuit judges for reappointment in the 3rd Judicial Circuit. Their terms will expire June 30. “It’s a shock,” Duff said Friday afternoon. “If I’ve ever done anything wrong, I never had anyone tell me what it was." Nine other associate judges — Randall Bono, Ann Callis, Barbara Crowder, Wendell Durr, James Hackett, Robert Hennesey, Lola Maddox, Lewis Mallott and Daniel Stack — received the necessary majority for retention in the secret ballot. The associate judges are subject to reappointment every four years. For Meehan, it is the second time he has been voted out. He lost his seat in 1995 and gained it back one month later after reapplying for the job. Meehan was on the bench ■ See JUDGES, Page A-7 Area/Illinois . .A-3,6 Bulletin Board .D-5 Classifieds C-5 Comics.......C-2 Editorial ......A-4 Nation/world .. .A-8 Obituaries A-5 Carpenter, Cummings, Darr, Napier, Pryor, Retzer, Sanders, Titsworth, Turpin Religion C-4,5 Scoreboard B-2 Stocks........D-2 Television C-3 466-8662 Argosy’s Indiana casino By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON - The Lawrenceburg, Ind., riverboat casino owned by Argosy Gaming Co. has cruised to the top as the No. I revenue-producing gambling boat in the country. “Our Lawrenceburg, Ind., casino is now the most popular riverboat gaming casino in the world,” said G. Dan Marshall, vice president and director of investor relations at Argosy’s corporate headquarters in Alton. The casino raked in a record net gambling revenue of more than $264 million in 1998, Marshall said. “It’s the top revenue-producing riverboat in the country — the crown jewel of riverboat casinos,” Marshall said. “Money from the profitable Lawrenceburg operation is helping to finance major improvements to the Alton Belle riverboat casino landing this year,” he said.tops in Argosy unveiled a plan in April for a $12 million “Spirit of America” dining and entertainment showplace next to the Belle gambling boat on the Alton riverfront. “Argosy is making its largest capital commitment this year to the improvements at the Alton Belle,” Marshall said.country When the Alton Belle landing improvements are completed, gambling customers can take a walk back in time to the steamboat era of the 1800s in Alton. Along with the Alton Belle and the Lawrenceburg casino, Argosy also operates casinos ■ See ARGOSY, Page A-7 Rare surgery puts smile on girl’s face thousand people in the world with ectodermal dysplasia, a condition that keeps children from developing normal teeth, sweat glands, skin, nails and hair. In Kristen’s case, the most noticeable trait was lack of teeth. From birth, she developed only four permanent teeth on top. Her illness was diagnosed when she was 18 months old. Woodson took his first X-rays of Kristen in October 1996 and started the restorative procedure by installing four titanium screw-like implants in the bottom front of Kristen’s mouth. The implants serve as roots that can be built onto. From there, Woodson added other hardware and, eventually, the dentures, top and bottom. Rebecca Nichols, Kristen’s mother, said she learned about the SIUE clinic — one of a handful in the nation — from Mary Kae Richter of Mascdutah, the chairwoman of a national organization devoted to ectodermal dysplasia sufferers. Having the work done through SIUE cost about $16,000 — an average of some $1,000 for each of 16 trips, Nichols said. Going to a private dentist would have been a financial nightmare. “One private dentist I went to wanted $30,000 per jaw, and that didn’t include the dentures,” she said. Her health insurance picked up only $10,000 for the surgery aspect of the implant procedure, and that was only after months of fighting, Nichols said. Some of the dental work will have to be replaced as Kristen ■ See SMILE, Page A-7 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Kristen Nichols, 11, of Hubbardston, Mass., shows off her toothy grin Friday at the SIUE Dental Implant Clinic in University Park in Edwardsville. Senior Living Apartments and Garden Patio Homes Tours Available • Display Models On-Site 4503 North Alby Road • Godfrey Backhoe trip lands driver in city jail By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — An alert citizen who thought someone was stealing a backhoe Friday instead helped police capture a man wanted on three outstanding warrants from the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. Someone called police about 9:30 a m. when they saw K.P. Adams Jr., 57, of the 2100 block of Rockwell Street, get inside the cab of a backhoe owned by Bill Simon Equipment Inc., 459 E. Broadway. The backhoe was The Teiegraph/RUSS SMITH parked on the old Olympic Federal Savings Alton Police Officer Jonniece Young stops and questions K.P. Adams Jr., who was driving a backhoe on the old Olympic Federal Savings and Loan parking lot Friday. The man was arrested on three outstanding warrants.    ■ See JAIL, Page A-7 By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - After enduring countless travel miles, sometimes painful surgery and nothing but soft food all her life, Kristen Nichols finally has a reason to smile. The tiny, 11-year-old chatterbox from Hubbardston, Mass., grinned from ear to ear Friday after wrapping up a long series of dental appointments at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Implant Clinic. “I’m happy because I’ve got teeth,” she explained. “I’ve got a smile.” SIU dentist Dr. Kyle Woodson put the smile on Kristen’s face with a rare procedure for a girl who suffers from an even rarer illness. Kristen is among only a few ;

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