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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - January 9, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  Vol. 163 No. 359 50 cents  Farmhouse update OneofBethalto’s earliest homes gets a loving makeover  Page C-l  mm  Page IH  The outlook Partly sunny and coder; high near 15, low near IO  Saturday  January 9, 1999  New line of work Former dentist turns to law as his new profession  Page IM  Suspect in ‘95 slaying arrested  By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE -Federal agents have tracked down and arrested the man suspected of killing Nekamar K. “Pookie” Pearson in 1995.  James A. “Raven” Evans, 28, of the 2700 block of Powhattan Street, Alton, was arrested by U.S. marshals in Los Angeles after a four-  Fugitive was charged in Pearson killing  month search. A judge has ruled that Evans will be held without bond.  Evans will be extradited, but his arrival back in Madison County is uncertain, Madison County Sheriff’s Capt. Don Spaul said.  Evans was charged Sept. IO with three counts of first-degree murder in the death of Pearson.  Initial attempts to find Evans in the Alton area failed, but detectives later obtained information that he had fled  the state.  Pearson’s decomposed remains were found Dec. 2, 1995, in a secluded area of Godfrey. He had been reported missing June 24 after he failed to return from a family barbecue in the 2700 block of  Powhattan.  At the time he disappeared, Pearson was out on bond awaiting sentencing for involuntary manslaughter in the June 24,1994, shooting death of Willie Nicholson, a 17-year-old high school student in Alton.  During the three-year investigation, detectives determined that after Pearson left the barbecue, he ended up at the nearby Evans residence.  Officials have said they believe Evans took Pearson to the secluded area in Godfrey where he was shot.  Deputies have said they do not believe the killing of Pearson is related to the killing of Nicholson.  Members of the Harlem Globetrotters play a scrimmage game Friday at Edwardsville High School before their appearance at the Kii Center in St. Louis. At left, the team’s owner, Manny Jackson, a graduate of EHS, shows off a Tiger shirt given to him at the school.  Globetrotting  Alumnus brings team to EHS  By STEVE WHITWORTH  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - Manny Jackson returned to Edwardsville High School Friday, and he brought the world’s most famous basketball team with him.  Although classes had been canceled because of icy conditions, more than IOO people showed up at the high school’s gymnasium for a close-up look at the Harlem Globetrotters.  The Globetrotters were practicing before their show Friday night at the Kiel Center in St. Louis. They chose to practice at EHS  because Jackson, their owner, was one of the most famous athletes in the school’s history and still keeps close ties to the community.  “It’s always nice to be home,” Jackson, 58, said. “No matter where I go in the world, the reference point is always back here at home.  “Everything good that happened to me in life started here."  That’s saying a lot, because life has been very good to Jackson. He was a basketball standout for the Tigers in 1956 and 1957, when he attended  ■ See TEAM, Page A-7  Illinois leads the way in creating jobs  By MICHAEL HAYES  Telegraph staff writer  Illinois led the Midwest in creating private-sector jobs in 1998, state employment officials report.  Statistics released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security show the state’s unemployment rate fell from 1997’s 24-year low of 4.7 percent to finish with a 1998 average of 4.4 percent. The 1998 average excludes fig* ures from the month of December, which were unavailable.  A total of 97,600 private-sector jobs were added in 1998, boosting employer payrolls to a record $5,869,600. The jobs created topped other Midwestern states such as Michigan, 78,700; Ohio, 69,100; Minnesota, 58,800; Wisconsin,  ■ See JOBS, Page A-7  Area/Illinois .. .A-3 Bulletin Board .A-6 Classifieds ... .C-6 Horoscope ... .C-4 Nation/world .. .A-8  Obituaries A-5  Boucherie, Droege, Greeting, Hamann, Hunt, Hunter, Jones, McNear, Nelson, Sanders, Seidler, Shaw, Weber  Religion C-2,3  Scoreboard B-2  Stocks........D-2  www iliRiolouranil min  Olin Home lobby lacks heat, residents say  By DARRYL HOWLETT  Telegraph staff writer  EAST ALTON - Residents living in the Olin Home are complaining to officials at the Madison County Housing Authority about the lack of heat in the building’s lobby.  “We’ve had no heat in the lobby," said Glen Williams, president of the building’s resident counsel. “When we call over at the Madison County Housing Authority they pass the buck on when the problem will get fixed.  “The lobby hasn’t had any heat since the middle of last week. The fan was blowing cold air, and it went out completely Monday.”  Jackie Bone, executive director with the Housing Authority, said problems in other buildings caused by the winter storm took higher priority.  “The last time I checked, a contractor was going out looking at the problem," Bone said  Friday. “The private eon-tractors were at units in other buildings and also private residences. As long as the rest of (Olin Home apartments) were OK, the lobby was not that high of a priority.” Williams said many of the residents at the Olin Home, in the  - * ...    .    The    Telegraph/RUSS    SMITh  East Alton road crews haul away snow from the parking lot of the Olin Home in the 300 block of Smith Street.  300 block of Smith Street, are unable to travel, making the lobby their sanctuary.  “People feel trapped in their room We use the lobby to play bingo or to come down and socialize. Some of the elderly can’t get out because of the weather. They feel like they’re  in prison."  In September, tenants of the building complained about non-functioning elevators, torn furniture and the lack of hot water.  Williams said the sidewalks were left covered with snow for days recently, making  entering and leaving the build ing hazardous, especially for senior citizens trying to rid< buses.  “The sidewalks were no! plowed for four to five days,” Williams said. “Three people fell so far getting in and out ol the parking lots.”   

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