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Alton Telegraph Newspaper Archive: January 29, 1999 - Page 1

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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - January 29, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 1 EIJECP It i Mercantiles David I Haggard i retires I PageCl cents fi Wrest Mnu Vandaliawins asteam PageBl Cloudy with a chance of rain high near low near 34 Follow our bridal couple as they prepare for the big day Special Section January The SMITH Pallbearers carry the coffin of Frances founder of the Crisis Food at her funeral Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church of Alton mourns woman of compassion For was hungry and you fed me I was thirsty and you gave me water I was a stranger and you invited me into your homes naked and you clothed me sick and in and you visited Matthew By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer ALTON The Alton community came together Thursday to say goodbye to a woman of compas Funeral services were held for Frances founder of the Crisis Food Center in at First Presbyterian Church at Alby and Fourth Mourners remembered a mother not only to her own family but to the community as who died Saturday at the age of was described as a friend of the homeless and Jackson founded the 21 Sixth in We have come together for the life of Frances Jackson and gather to seek comfort from God and one the Matthew Richardson Richardson said the biblical vers es Matthew were near and dear to Jacksons as evi denced by her work at Crisis Food See PageA13 Juror asks leniency for killer Prosecutor to seek maximum sentence in beating death By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A juror who helped convict an Alton teenager in the mobbeating death of Richard Skelton is imploring the judge in the case to impose the minimum sentence of 20 But the prosecutor said he plans to seek the maximum 60year sentence in order that justice be identi fied as Juror 1 Taiwan Davis recent wrote a letter this week to Associate Judge James Hackett asking him to be lenient when he imposes sen was found guilty last week of firstdegree murder in the death of of Wood Skelton was the victim of a mob attack by up to 20 people in Alton last Davis was accused of using a 3fool broomstick to beat Skelton om the head and although on the stand he said his swings did not In the the woman told Hackett she had no trouble voting with the other jurors to find Davis guilty but was trou bled by the prospect of sending him to prison for up to GO The woman said she based her opin among other on a conver sation she had with Davis former foot ball coach at Alton High Hackett could not be reached for comment late Thursday regarding See PageA13 Taiwan Davis Convicted of murder County to audit Bathon spending By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Madison County officials have voted to audit Fred Bathons spending when he was now Madison County told County Board members Thursday they are rfeated words were exchanged in the Madison County Administration Building between Bathon and members of the Finance which voted 50 to hire an independent auditing firm to review Bathons for mer This is a personal and you are misinformed at what youre Bathon told committee Two weeks chief deputy auditor Pete Fields and other county officials determined that something needed to be done about some questionable The County Board then authorized the committee to seek a Officials concerns include nearly spent on furni ture and equipment for the Treasurers Office that was See Page A13 Good Morning Bulletin Board A10 ClassifiedsC9 Editorial HoroscopeC6 Vambaketes ScoreboardB2 Area priests joined in Mass with pontiff By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer LOUIS The John Wykes celebrated his 35th birthday Wednesday by concelebrating the Mass with Pope John Paul II in the Trans World Dome in It was the best birthday gift in my life to be in the presence of the Holy Father and to say the Mass along with said a priest at Marys Catholic Church in a former newspaper reporter for a suburban Detroit was The SMITH Priests from Marys Catholic 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