This week in History

The Madison County Record Nov. 15, 2004, 1:27am

  • 11/23/95-- Dorothea Beck, 68, is accused of beating her twin sister Mary to death in their Alton home. Madison County State's Attorney Bill Haine, a neighbor of the Becks, describes the case as "bizarre and shocking. Dorothea would be charged a month later with first-degree murder. Beck died this past August at age 77.

  • 11/23/00-- Cable provider Charter Communications settles a Madison County class action lawsuit alleging it charged customer "unreasonable" $5 late fees. Former customers who paid their bills late and were charged a fee recieve $9.95. Attorneys from Hopkins Goldenberg of Edwardsville and elsewhere receive somewhere around $5.2 million.

  • 11/27/01-- Former Granite City alderman Lurton Pulley, 79, is cherged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after he is caught carrying a semiautomatic pistol in an alley near his home. Pulley fired the pistol in the air after a group of teenagers in the alley became loud. Pulley served as 5th Ward alderman from 1994 to 2001.

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