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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - May 16, 1990, Alton, Illinois Man is terrified of aids am Landers b-5 know your knives lifestyles by sound off readers voice opinions editorial a-6 Alton May 16, 1990bethalto attorney beats three charges of Dill by Roger Kramer Telegraph staff writer Edwardsville Bethalto attorney Paul Pratt has been charged with Drunken driving three times since 1986, and three times he has beaten the Odds. Pratt never has been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol. Prosecutors twice have dropped charges against Pratt while Pratt was acquitted of another charge. In each Case Madison county judges rescinded a six month summary suspension of Pratt a Drivers License which is automatically Given to people who Are arrested and refuse to take blood alcohol tests. Last year about to percent of prosecutors twice have dropped charges against Paul Pratt while he was acquitted of another charge people arrested on do i charges statewide and 21.5 percent of people arrested in Madison county had their suspensions rescinded according to statistics released by Secretary of state Jim Edgar. A More than 90 percent end up losing their licenses so its very unusual when someone is arrested three times and does not lose his License a Edgar spokesman Mike Lawrence said. Last year Madison county a rescission rate was the second highest in Illinois. That rate and Pratt a ability to avoid suspension and conviction con Cerns Illinois state police sgt. David Jung. A we want the vigorous prosecution of Drunken driving Jung said. A when that does t happen we have a problem and it s a problem that needs to be addressed with the judiciary. A if he refused the breath test whether or not he is innocent or see oui Page a-2 school Bond Issue of $5 million will hike property tax by Jack Morgan Telegraph staff writer Alton a the Alton school districts property tax rate is going up. And unless voters Force a referendum All that remains to be decided is How big the increase will be. Paying off a $5 million Bond Issue approved tuesday by the school Board could raise the tax rate for the working Cash fund from 37 cents per $100 assessed valuation to As High As 55 cents a 49 percent increase. The districts total property tax rate is almost $3.64 per $100. The final rate increase will not be known until the Board has finished negotiating with William Blair co., the Chicago financing firm chosen to manage the Bond Issue and until the Board decides How much in Bonds to Issue. If the Board issues More than the $5 million approved tuesday the tax rate could increase even further. The Board eventually could Issue More than $17 million. If the rate to pay off the $5 million increases the full 18 cents the owner of a $60,000 House assessed at $20,000 would pay an additional $36 in property taxes. The current total property tax on that House is $728 the Board is issuing the Bonds to restructure the districts debt which includes a $3.7 million deficit in the education fund. The Money raised from the $5 million Bond Issue will go into a special fund to pay routine school expenses that can to be met with existing Revenue. Selling the Bonds As Early As next month could improve the districts assets to debt ratio enough that state officials would remove the District from the state s financial watch list District treasurer Jim baiter said. After tuesdays meeting Board president Joyce Robinson said she was reluctant to approve the measure but a it 111 see school pay a-2 something fishy in storm downpours expected to end tonight Tala graph staff reports heavy Rains washed gravel off roads pushed creeks Over their Banks and forced fish out of a Pond today As thunderstorms continued. A Flash flood watch is in effect with storms expected to lash the area until Midnight said National weather service meteorologist and Lead forecaster Dennis Slaughter. In Bethalto the Call of Catfish in distress came in from the parking lot behind country fair just just before Dawn. A you wont believe this a said patrolman Sonny Smith who was finishing up routine patrol on the soggy graveyard shift. Smith spotted what looked like Catfish flopping around in pools on the flooded Asphalt about 5 . A fish were All Over the place Back there a said special officer Mike Kirby backing up the first report from Airport Plaza. A pickup truck drives through deep water on old St. Louis Wood River this morning. A we think they Are coming from the cemetery Pond and Are going downhill. They re All Over the Back parking lot Back by the loading docks a he said. The 6-Inch fish were trapped As they swam with the current past the Bowling Alley to the grocery Kirby employees were trying to scoop up the fish this morning. The Telegraph John badman Road near picker Avenue in storms dumped almost three inches of rain in 24 hours at the Melvin Price lock and dam. The rain and High wind Are see storm Page a-2 Casino applicants Promise Union ships by Patricia Zadeik Telegraph staff writer a Tonto Charles Phillis the thought of a floating Casino that a a Union ship is almost too Good to be True. A a we la see a said Phillis president and business agent of the hotel employees amp restaurant employees Union local 15. A naturally we Are interested in representing All the employees in the food and beverage preparation area a he said. A floating Casino could bring Between 181 and 650 new jobs studies show. A we commit to you from top to Bottom we will be friends to labor a Tom Long attorney for metro tourism amp entertainment inc., one of two developers seeking City endorsement said the Telegraph Russ Smith Tom Lakin a principal investor in metro tourism and entertainment inc., at a press conference tuesday. Tuesday at a press conference. Steamboat development corp., the other potential operator has also pledged a Union ship. Contacted by Telephone in Davenport Iowa Steamboat president Doug Kratz said a we said we will have a Union operation in Alton and Well say that Long distributed a letter from seafarers International Union tuesday that stated alter Barge line inc., a subsidiary of alter co., steamboats Parent company Wasny to a Union operation. A Walter co. Has both Union and non Union operations a Kratz said. Steamboat officials never said alter Barge line inc. Was a Union operation he added. Also tuesday Long presented a letter from buddy Davis director of United steelworkers of America District 34, endorsing metro. Davis who did no to attend the metro press conference told the Telegraph a a in a speaking for myself. We Haven to taken any kind of Union Davis letter urged the City Council to endorse both applicants to the state but suggested the Council pick metro if see Casino Page a-2 police canvass neighbourhoods for clues to Godfrey woman Telegraph staff report Clayton a police went door to door this morning seeking clues in the disappearance of Sarah Jehle 19, of Godfrey. A a we re going through neighbourhoods interviewing everyone a Clayton police sgt. Erie Adams said. A we Hope we can turn up someone who May have seen her Jehle has been missing since 2 30 . Friday when she left a party at a font Bonne College dormitory police chief Richard Morris said. A she told her friends she was going out to get a bite to eat. She never came Back a Morris said. Her car a 1985 White Ford escort with Illinois License plate re 8794, was seen at i . Sunday at an apartment Complex in North St. Louis county Morris said. The car was gone when police arrived. Jehle an English major lived at Home in Godfrey and commuted the 30 Miles to school each Day. Detectives went to fast food restaurants within Miles of the dormitory Morris said. A no one saw her in a restaurant Quot he said. Her parents Jackson and Louise Jehle Are waiting by the phone for word. A a we re not giving up Hope a her father said. A the police Are running Down every Lead. We re confident they will turn up Index weather Amu a i wait it Ann Upton area/Illinois.a-5,8 bulletin Board .a-4 classifieds Chi editorial. A-41 Madison county Cui record i in disgrace fun pag.b-6 lifestyles food .b-1 nation world .a-3 obituaries .a-7 Burna Clayton curvy eds wards Gelhoff til Yard Hough Milton Mol Anutra myst Wyatt sports television by vol iss 4 sections no. 104 Shi pages tonight Flash flood watch and a 70 percent Chance for thunderstorms Early then Clearing late Low in the mid-50s. Thursday mostly sunny and Windy with the High in the Low to mid-70s. Friday through sunday a Chance of showers and thunderstorms during the weekend with highs in the Low 80s and lows in the Low 60s. Extended forecast and current statistics Page a-2. Residents Salute Marina District proposal by Patricia Zadeik Telegraph staff writer Altona plan to create a Marina riverfront District bobbed into Calm Waters tuesday. Few objections to the measure surfaced during an hour Long Public hearing before the plan commission. A Good Job Guys a said Kerry Miller president of the Alton area landmarks association. The proposal sets up a new zoning classification that favors a a pedestrian businesses like bakeries restaurants and shops anchored around the planned Alton Marina. Existing industries would be a a grandfathered but in ssh Fife Alton Marina be allowed to expand. City planner Phil Roggio said. Industries in the District that closed for More than one year would not be Able to reopen. New buildings in the District would be limited to five stories i i see Marina Page a-2 map shows the proposed Marina riverfront District that was the topic of a Public hearing tuesday night

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