Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - May 12, 1999, Alton, Illinois
Vol, 164, No. 117 — 50 cents
Wednesday, May 12,1999
www.thetelegraph.comPatients rally behind doctor
By LINDA N. WELLER
Telegraph staff writer
GODFREY — Patients rallied Tuesday night around their beloved physician, who found herself suddenly without a medical practice because of a court order.
Some 125 patients and employees of Dr Vera Carter-Shields, a Godfrey family practice physician, gathered at Unity Fellowship Church, 1301 W. Delmar Ave., to show support for her and to find out what they should do to obtain health care in coming months.
Court order leaves physician without practice
Some clamored for the group to circulate petitions in her behalf; others urged supporters to picket Saint Anthony’s Medical Center and its other facilities, with whom she is in litigation.
“Every time I look out and I see people who have loved me for a long time, I love you all,” Carter-Shields told the crowd, many elderly, which had spilled into the church foyer.
In a public meeting lasting two hours, Carter-
Shields detailed how she had come to Alton in 1995 and joined the Alton Health Institute, 815 E. Fifth St., which is part of the Saint Anthony’s system.
Last year, she opened her “Guardian Angels Healthcare” practice at Third and Henry streets, later moving to 1354 D’Adrian Professional Park in Godfrey.
The litigation with Saint Anthony’s arose after her break with the medical center, a key
point being a noncompeting clause in her contract. The medical center filed the lawsuit Jan. 15, 1998. in Madison County Circuit Court.
On April 28. Associate Judge Lewis Mallott issued an injunction that halts Carter-Shields from practicing medicine within a 20-mile radius of St. Clare’s Hospital in Alton until
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Godfrey looks to bright future
Meeting outlines development plans
By TONY 0. MASINELLI
For The Telegraph
GODFREY — The future of Godfrey was on display Tuesday evening during a special public information meeting sponsored by the Godfrey Planning and Economic Development Committee.
Several large drawings and maps provided detailed views of the Illinois Route 255 extension, new village roads and proposed residential, industrial and commercial development
“We’re still in the conceptual stage, but we feel we already have a good plan that will help growth and development proceed in a logical way,” said Bob Koeller, co-chairman of the committee. “W7e need to be prepared so we can make the best use of our resources."
According to Koeller, thousands of man-hours of hard work have gone into the development of master plans that will enhance economic growth by guiding the commercial development that will accompany the Route 255 extension.
“What gives Godfrey such an advantage is the double-diamond we’re going to have there,” Koeller said. “Growth can occur at both interchanges ”
Parks and Recreation director George Bryant unveiled a revised plan for Glazebrook Park Tuesday night. The new plan calls for four soccer fields instead of three. The fourth
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Pathologist reportedly quit over inquiry in baby’s death
By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT
Telegraph staff writer
EDWARDSVILLE - Officials said Tuesday they will be able to keep up the pace in the Madison County Coroner’s Office despite the abrupt resignation last month of Dr. Raj Nanduri, the forensic pathologist.
Nanduri apparently was miffed because the State’s Attorney’s Office asked Dr. Mary Case, the St. Louis County medical examiner, to review Nanduri’s work in the investigation of a Wood River toddler’s death, a source in Madison County government said.
Nanduri has not given a public explanation for her resignation, but Coroner Dallas Burke said she believed Nanduri was angry with her.
“She has not spoken to me.”
Burke said she has had several
pathologists on staff since well before Nanduri became the forensic pathologist who performed about 75 percent of the autopsies for the office.
Madison County State’s Attorney William R. Haine said Nanduri was a good pathologist; he said he does not know why she resigned.
“I hope she comes back ”
Nanduri, of O’Fallon, quit April 27. She hand-delivered to Burke a letter that said only her resignation was effective that day and gave no reason why she was leaving the job after more than IO years.
Burke estimated Nanduri performed about 75 percent of the IOO to 120 autopsies in Madison County each year. Nanduri could not be reached for comment.
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Gary Hickerson, a shift manager at Eastgate Cinema in East Alton, looks over the poster for ‘Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace,’ which will open May 19.
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By BARBARA M. COPE
Telegraph staff writer
EDWARDSVILLE - Not so long ago, in a galaxy not so far away, movie theaters began planning for crowds for “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace.”
The long-awaited prequel to the “Star Wars” epic opens in theaters May 19, but in response to public demand, theaters will begin selling the tickets for the first week’s shows at 2 p.m. today.
“We expect sellout crowds for weeks,” said Gary Hickerson, shift manager at Eastgate Cinema in East Alton. “Other than staffing heavily, there’s not a lot we can do to get ready. We’ve hired and trained a dozen people in the last few weeks.”
Eastgate is not alone in providing heavy staffing. In Edwardsville, the movie has created all but an employment explosion at the new Kerasotes Showplace 12. The theater, which employs 80 oeople during the winter, began hiring its larger summer staff weeks ago in anticipation of this event.
“We’ve raised the staff level to 175 people,” said Tim Johnson, director of operations for Kerasotes Theatres.
Both theaters also are playing the film on multiple screens. Showplace will have “Phantom” on three screens, with seating for almost 400 in each auditorium. Eastgate has seating for 300 in each of two separate auditoriums where the film will be shown.
Johnson said the film has generated unprecedented excitement.
“Summer is usually our busy season. The
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