A Saturday night disturbance at an Alton tavern was not related to a murder earlier in the week, according to local police. Several officers responded to a large scale brawl at CTW's on Belle Street, but no shots were fired, as had been the rumor. Alton Police Lieutenant David Dewall describes what actually happened.
As for last week's murder, police are still looking for suspects and witnesses in the shooting death of 23-year-old Tyler Hoppe. He was gunned down in an alley near his residence in the 1200 block of Hampton Avenue Wednesday evening around 8:30. A $1,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the guilty party or parties, but police are not receiving much help at this point. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Alton Police at 463-3505, extension 249, or the anonymous tip line at 465-5948.