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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - November 19, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836New spirit’ of Belle docks ,„,: I rn . Th® Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Th® now landing facility for the Alton Belle Casino moves away from the Melvin Price Locks and Dam early Thursday on its way to the Alton riverfront. ALTON — A brilliantly colored barge in attention-grabbing shades of blue, yellow and tangerine cruised through Locks and Dam 26 Thursday to reach its new home near the Alton Belle Casino. The former Spirit of America barge, renovated to resemble a splashy “whimsical” riverboat, left Mike’s Marina in Wood River and headed 4.3 miles up the Mississippi River. The multicolored barge slowly entered the smaller of the dam’s two locks around 8:40 a rn. With the barge’s width of 78 feet, the 110-foot-wide lock proved a simple passage for navigators from Massman Construction Co. of Kansas City, Mo. Tugboats Jess Wooldridge and L.P. Wright of St. Louis provided the necessary push and guidance for the engineless barge, which completed its trip through the lock at 9:40 a m. “We couldn’t be happier to get our new facility to come up the river,” said Doug Burkhalter, director of marketing for the Alton Belle Casino. “The facility is looking ■ See SPIRIT, Page A7 artist Display at Art Cafe Prep hockey Bethalto slips past Gallery in Edwardsville Alton Page Page Cl Vol. 164, No. 308 - 50 cents ROSH sc it Morning showers High school and cooler. High basketball 58; low 35    teams Page cs previewed Page DI Friday, November 19, 1999 By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writerDriver gets four years in death of motorcyclist By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - An East Alton woman with a history of driving and drug problems is scheduled to head to prison today for killing a motorcyclist outside Hamel last year. Elizabeth A. Inman, 42, was sentenced Thursday in Madison County Circuit Court to four years in the Department of Corrections for the Sept. 27 reckless homicide death of Thomas Lands, 27, of Moro. During an hour-long, emotional sentencing hearing, Assistant State’s Attorney Keith Jensen said Inman had four pages of listed driving infractions in Madison and Macoupin counties, including 17 tickets issued since the fatal collision. Those infractions occurred despite the fact that she lost her driver’s license years ago. “She is a potential loaded weapon for every person on the roadway in the state of Illinois,” Jensen told Circuit ii Qhe is a potential loaded weapon for Severy person on the roadway in the state of Illinois.”Keith Jensen assistant state’s attorney Judge Charles V. Romani Jr. Inman claims to have been abused by her boyfriend at her Bethalto residence shortly before packing up her belongings and two children and leaving for her grandmother’s house in Mount Olive. She said she was scared and wanted to be with her family rather than report the incident to police. Inman was headed east on Illinois Route 140 near Staunton Road when she crossed the centerline and hit Lands in the opposite lane. She said she was distracted by one of her children’s unbuckling a seat belt. She did not have a driver’s license or insurance and was under the influence of methadone, a medication given by a drug clinic for a long addiction to painkillers, Jensen said. She also had THC, a component of cannabis, in her system. The victim was riding just ahead of a friend, Darrell Null of Wood River, who was on a second motorcycle. Null told The Telegraph that Inman tried to flee the scene after the crash. “She rolled up her car window and locked the door. I had to break out the glass to take her keys to keep her from leaving,” Null said. Among those in court Thursday were Lands’ widow, Michelle Lands of Moro, and his mother and father, Charles ■ See DRIVER, Page A7 Obituaries...........A5 Gathers, Davis, Ernst, Geers, Hancock, Rennie, Spurgeon, Zimmerman Scoreboard..........B2 Stocks..............C2 Television .......     C7 Weather.............CS Area/Illinois A3;B11 Bulletin Board........A6 Business............Cl Classifieds .........B12 Comics .............B9 Editorial.............A4 Horoscope ..........B9 Nation/world.........A8 Closing of trial delayed Attorneys wrangle over jury instructions By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Drafting of complex jury instructions forced the early departure of a jury in an Alton murder trial Thursday. Jurors considering the case of Gregory Greer, 17, were dismissed at midday and will return to Madison County Circuit Court Friday morning for closing arguments. Prosecutor Don Weber and defense attorney Ted Barylske of Alton spent most of the day Thursday on the instructions, which Associate Judge Ann Callis must read to jurors before they begin their expected deliberations around midday Friday. Greer is accused in the shooting death of Courtney J. Stevenson, 29, of Godfrey, during an alleged dispute over drugs and money. Also ■ See TRIAL, Page A7 Repaving Belle Workers took advantage of the continued good concrete on Belle Street in Alton near 20th is part of the overall work being done on 20th, for crosstown traffic. The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Thursday to pour a lane of repaving of a section of Belle been raised to make it safer Wood River cleaning up derelict units Loan helps buyouts By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER — A low-inter-est loan from Madison County Community Development is enabling the city of Wood River to buy out and clean us derelict rental property in the IOO and 200 blocks of Lorena and Acton Avenues. Armed with $208,500 from the county and matching this loan with $52,290 in city dollars, Wood River is tangibly improving the appearance of an area directly adjacent to the downtown business district. City Manager Thomas Christie said the process of eliminating derelict rental property could produce multiple benefits for Wood River residents, both present and future. “Generally these are rental properties in need of major repair,” Christie said. “We are ■ See DERELICT, Page A7 ;