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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - March 1, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 HBi4BHr Sports Evansviile64 Sjf SW Missouri 70 Region i Laser i pointers ibanned i PageD1 PageC1 The outlook Partly sunny and warmer high near 57 low near 41 PagelM Vol 164 No 45 cents Monday March Relay for life American Cancer Society gears up for annual event PageBl mmmOmmm South Side Rapist suspect caught By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer ALTON After months on the run the suspected South Side Rapist has been arrested in Albuquerque Dennis Rabbitt 42 is a former construction worker from Cedar Hill who also lived in the Metro Eaat Rabbitt is a suspect in the assaults of two women from Golfmsville in 1994 and 1995 FBI Special Agent John Gulley said Rabbitt was arrested during an investigation of a 15yearold female runaway Madison County may get first chance at trial According to Albuquerque police officers stopped a car occupied by the runaway female and a man who identified himself as Nathan Gulley said The officers ran Babbitts drivers license and Social Security number through the National Crime Information Center and the resulting information linked Babbitt with Rabbitt When further information con cerning body marks and tattoos was confirmed the officers arrested him There has been no word on whether Rabbitt will be charged for any crimes against the Gulley said Rabbitt was taken iilto custody about Sunday following a short foot chase through a motel parking lot according to Albuquerque police spokesman Capt Carl Ross Madison County States Attorney Bill Haine said Sunday that he and his staff would be meeting on Monday to discuss the Collinsville cases and speak with the victims The possibility exists that Madison County officials will have one of the first opportunities to try Rabbitt It all depends on how the inter state jurisdiction system Haine said But whether we have the first chance to try him or not it is more important that all jurisdictions work together to see that Rabbitt spends the rest of his life in Haine also said that the St Louis Police Department had an opportuni ty to pick up Rabbitt before he left Missouri That has never been adequately explained to us as to why he he said Our goal now is to assure the victims that he is never a free man There hadnt been any confirmed sightings of Rabbitt since he was spotted at a Missouri Tigers football game in Columbia in November DNA tests have linked Rabbitt to a string of at least 16 rapes in the St Louis and Metro East area over the past 11 years police say The Associated Press contributed some information for this article Businessmans shocked the community 1984 murder remains a mystery EDITORS NOTE This is the Second of a threepart series about unsolved murders in the area By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer EAST ALTON East Alton businessman Clarence Decker reached out with a helping hand to blind and dis abled children in the commu nity Clarence had a special in his heart for needy chil said Don Colclasure a member of the Wood River Lions Club with Decker As an international director of the Lions Club Clarence helped visuallyimpaired children across the On Oct 4 1984 people in the community were shocked when a mysterious intruder entered Deckers fashionable Alton home and slashed his throat Decker It was a brutal murder and a gruesome said East Alton Police Chief Richard Brown who answered the emergency call to Deckers home and saw him lying on the floor in a pool of blood Nearly 15 years have passed and the murder of the DewiF and Clark Restaurant and Motor Lodge in East Alton remains a mystery Time has passed but well never give up on finding Clarence Deckers said Brown who investigated the Decker murder beginning the night of the killing We will find who did The slaying of the 67year old prominent businessman and civic leader was one of the most baffling murders in the annals of Madison County crime Brown the East Alton police chief former Police Chief Michael Urban and for mer Illinois State Police inves tigator Larry Trent remember the fateful night which started about 10 at Deckers See MURDER Page A7 The M BARNES The Carrollton Lady Hawks wave to the crowds Sunday as they proceed around the square during an arrival parade in Carrolltpn Hoops heroes return to Carrollton By LOUIE KORAC Telegraph sports writer CARROLLTON The white and green sign perched on Illinois Route 267 said it all Lady Hawks Rock This That and many other signs ribbons streamers any party decoration one could imagine was draped from Roodhouse through White Hall and into Carrollton The Carrollton Lady Hawks arrived back home at approximately on Sunday afternoon from the Illinois High School Association Class A State Finals after suffering their first and only defeat of the season to the Nokomis Redskins the defending champions But you couldnt tell that to the many wellwishers who greeted the Lady Hawks who finished with a 351 record A few of the family vehicles first met the Lady Hawks and their bus just outside Manchester and began the trek to Carrollton Two police escorts led the See HEROES Page A7 Brussels proud of historic distinction The YAKSTIS Brussels Mayor Sarah Kinder left and her husband Elden Kinder display the new sign wel coming visitors to Brussels a town now listed on the National Register of Historic Places By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer BRUSSELS Spring visitors can take a walk back into the history of the 1800s in Brussels a town now on the National Register of Historic Places Were proud that our town is recognized across the country as a historic district and we invite tourists to see the historic Brussels Mayor Sarah Kinder said The town of 125 people was honored in August with the his toric designation on the National Register of Historic Places Brussels has a rich history going back to 1822 when John Telegraph Towns Mettz and other German immi grants settled in the scenic coun try to plant corn fish in the rivers and trade for animal furs Brussels is a quaint pic turesque community in the rolling hills of southern Calhpun County between the Mississippi and Illinois rivers A new sign at the edge of Brussels wel comes visitors to see the scenic town nes tied between two Kinder the mayor designed the sign Her husband Elden built it and Richard Dziurowitz did the lettering on the big sign board I See BRUSSELS Page A7 Good i Morning Bulletin Ballard Benjey Bennett Fisher Klaas Lancaster McCann Nelson Newton Prather Rowling Smith Spegall Vetter 110 H Adams Parkway Alton IL 92002 4665301 CLOSEOUT SALE OF ALL ABOVE GROUND FOOLS 1999 In itock limited quantify LAYAWAY NOW FOR SPRING SALE PRICED   

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