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1i SliNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1995 ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH MM -I. .., , ...... j-.www. I. MTW" wyM" T" "" ; I mn I: -;:sr s n.r 1 1 from pugs icu U J : I ,-Lj s- -AT i I - 44. "Ttftr- ' ....... ... ' .. ..... :rfjlr,5; '-tV , I-.-J.M4A.-J.l. it-Ali.y. - " '' also was different. Valmeyer is a well-rooted farm community that had its first major flood in decades when the levee broke. Grafton, between the bluffs and riverbank at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, has minor flooding every year, and major flooding routineiy. 'A Big Sadness" Visions of the new Grafton pleasure boats pulling into the marina, golfers in shorts touring the fairways may be good for economic development. But many of the old residents don't fit into that picture. Alderman Barbara "Bobbie Am- Wo eniH the r.itv foueht the develop ers to keep the mobile home park in Grafton Hills for low-income buyers. But they chafed at the restrictions on everything from building materials to the kinds of pets allowed. "People in Grafton had never lived with strict restrictions before," Am-burg said. "Restrictions are not a bad thing; in fact, they help. But people here were not used to having something forced on them." The only real tie to the old river town may be the names of the streets Blue Heron Lane, Wood Duck Court, Sandpiper Lane. Amburg, for one, is remaining in her home near the river, even though it had nearly 5 feet of water on the first floor in '93. "If you could see the view from my back yard, you wouldn't leave either," she said. But she laments the changes in her town. "The Grafton we've always known is no more," she said. "There's a big sadness to it, With Legacy, Terrier- Can Put On The Dog 1995, Reuter News Service .m, LONDON A Welsh border ter-, rier is $77,500 richer after her owner named her as one of the chief; beneficiaries in his will. ,r" John Jones of Gloucestershire died, in January at the age of 89. He left the money to his pet terrier, Whisp, , so that she would be cared for after' he was gone. '; " Jones stipulated in his will that the. money should be used to find a suit-., able home for the dog. The money, is to be used also to provide Whisp with, food and medical care. Peter Hickman, Jones' nephew,! said Wednesday: "I expect shejll, start getting expensive tastes nov-. "She'll be able to afford to go fori walks in taxis." nriell Mitchell Jr.Post-Dispatch Flood-damaged houses in Grafton that were bought out by the federal government. Residents have been invited to purchase property in nearby Grafton Hills, a proposed new town. 'Thelma And Louise' Sought In Bondage, Robbery Spree By Jeff Franks 1995, Reuters News Service HOUSTON Two women who kissed their middle-class lives goodbye and allegedly went on a crosscountry crime spree have left investigators scratching their heads. The two, known by police as "Thelma and Louise" after the movie starring Geena Davis and Susan Sar-andon, are thought to be holed up in Canada after allegedly fleecing a series of amorous men for about $250,000. The two, Rose Turford and Joyce Stevens, jumped bail last May on robbery and assault charges and have not been seen since at least not by police. But would-be bounty hunters have called in more than 200 tips to Houston bail bondsman Clement Romeo. They claim to have seen the two women, in roles ranging from topless dancers to nuns. Romeo has led the search for the women because he put up the $500,000 in bonds on which they skipped out. He believes he is close to catching them, but the case still mystifies him. "They were good girls. It's just one of those strange things." Police believe Turford and Stevens assaulted at least 10 men from Texas to Nevada after luring them to "dates" through telephone personals ads and escort services. They reportedly would tie up the men under the guise that it was the prelude to some spicy sex, and then put a gun to their heads and take their possessions, including bank cards the women used to withdraw money from automatic teller machines. "They were about the best I've seen at this kind of crime," said one police investigator. Investigators say this is a classic case of life imitating art, of two bored, unhappy women hitting the road and turning to crime just like "Thelma and Louise" a movie they saw and liked. But their defenders say they were in fact forced into their actions by a sinister fellow known only as "Avery." Turford and Stevens met three years ago while working in a psychiatric hospital in Houston. They became such close friends that Stevens, 30, moved in with Turford and her family, which put severe strain on Turford's marriage. Stevens told Rose Turford that a man named Avery was controlling her life and wanted to control Turford's. Stevens came home with tattoos, gunshot wounds and bruises, all, she said, inflicted by Avery. Avery would do the same to Turford and her family if she did not obey his wishes, Stevens told her. His wishes, as communicated by Stevens because Turford never met Avery, included that they rob men, police said. Whether Avery exists or if Turford,' 37, a registered nurse from Canada, believed he existed is unknown. Turford's attorney, Mike Lamson, thinks that Avery is real and that Turford was terrified for her three children, which is why she joined in the alleged crime spree. "Otherwise, she certainly wasn't capable of the things she s been accused ot, Lam snn said. But investigators have their doubts. Police think Stevens created Awrv to cet control over Turford. Acquaintances describe Stevens as a troubled and lonely person, but not a criminal. Neither woman had a crimi nal record. THE TREASURE OF THE AT0CHA EXHIBITION & SALE Lost 1622 .$20 MILLION IN GENUINE ARTIFACTS & Found 1985 TREASURES ON DISPLAY & FOR SALE .amiu a mere nc HISTORY! HUNDREDS OF TREASURE ITEMS WITH AFFORDABLE PRICES STARTING AT $35 EXCLUSIVELY AT FAMOUS-BARR NORTHWEST: SUNDAY & MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 7 & 1 8 WEST COUNTY: TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 9 & 20 ??id -y rF k fit y ''-y ...q FAMOUSBARR M U - Ax k mi J t I 'Cv , X f ; . - ill m I I '"' ' -!- I CAROLE LITTLE PETITES' WEEK FASHION SHOWS WEST COUNTYj FrJday, September 22, 1 p.m. CALLER I A: Saturday, September 23, noon ST. CLAIR: Saturday, September 23, 2 p.m. CHESTERFIELD: Sunday, September 24, 2 p.m. Preview the latest sportswear and dresses and win exciting attendance prizes. No reservations necessary. WARDROBE GIVEAWAYS WINA$250WARDRO3E Register during the event to win one of two $250 petites' wardrobes. WIN A CRUISE! 4-DAY CRUISE FOR TWO TO THE BAHAMAS Reqister to win a fabulous 4-day cruise for two to the Bahamas on Royal Caribbean's luxurious "Nordic Empress" ship. Prize also Includes round-trip airfare and transfers. Register now through September 24 in the Petites' Sportswear Department. Some restrtoions apply. One winner will be chosen from a wOom of all $W ertna. FROM THE CAROLE LITTLE "FRONTIER" COLLECTION Thermal knit top, $44. Vest, $68. Tiered skirt, $98. Bandana dress, $98. . ; Sizes2-14,PS-S-M. . Available at the Galleria, St Clair, West County. Chesterfield. CHARGE IT WITH FAMOUS-BARRI WE ALSO WELCOME MASTERCARD, VISA AND DISCOVER J. . V' , . r , I. i C'-yJ i i , , 1 o. .. ' .V' 1 I , X x . " r , . ' o tfO " . s o :';FAMOI i V. i x .i i i in ii i i TTrm rrTT"-- -

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