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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - April 1, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Shop specializes in custom wood projects Page Dl Vol 164 No 76 50 cents Cougars split twin bill PageBl Partly cloudy and mild high near 72 low near 56 PagelM Unique style of David Parsons comes to the Fox Theatre PageCl Thursday April Aldermen add donations to budget By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON Aldermen wound up their discussion Wednesday night about an million budget to which they included in dona tions to area civic groups Besides consideration of 15 dona tion requests aldermen also dis cussed revenue projections and pro posed budgets for the police and fire departments The aldermen had examined draft budgets of all the other city depart ments at a hearing Monday night On Wednesday the aldermen con cluded the lengthy session by voting 60 to approve the two nights pro ceedings a formal vote to accept the budget for next fiscal year is expect ed at the April 14 City Council meet ing Alderman Fred Young 4th Ward was absent The fiscal year begins today an aldermanic resolution permits the city to conduct business until the offi cial vote to accept the budget During discussion of the Police Departments million budget aldermen questioned officials about the number of staff and plans to fund the police force when a federal COPS FAST grant runs out Capt Rick McCain said attrition would take care of the additional offi cers but it would be up to the city to determine if more patrolmen would be needed in coming years Some million of the police budget will be spent on personnel costs for the departments 92 employ ees of that will be paid for out of grant money said Lt William Fitzgerald The budget allows the depart ment to purchase three new squad See BUDGET Page Churches planning special services By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON Churches across the area will be holding spe cial services to celebrate Easter beginning tonight Calvary Baptist Church 1422 Washington will observe the Lords Supper by candlelight this evening begin ning at 7 We will be reflecting on the time before Christ was said Rayford Raby music director at Calvary The church sanctuary has been draped in black cloth with black curtains pulled over the windows for the ser vice Church members dressed in costumes to portray Christ and the 12 disciples will re enact the Last Supper while the congregation observes the Lords Supper The costumed Christ will then lead the con gregation to the rear lot of the church where three large crosses stand A short service before the three crosses will include the man portrayirig Christ praying then being placed on the cross Its a way to more accu See SERVICES Page A9 The SMITH The Rev Rick Patrick associate pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Alton and the rest of the con gregation will celebrate a special Easter sunrise service on Sunday when the darkened auditorium will be slowly brightened to symbolize the resurrection of Christ Testimony in Sims case concludes Quilt helps mother heal others learn The M BAftNES Vicky Cannedy of Bethalto and her grandson Dustln Robert Cannedy 3 hold a picture of Teresa Lynn Cannedy who was killed by a drunk driver Nov In the background is a quilt made for MADD in her memory By SANFORD J SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO The local MADD chapter will get a little from a mother on the mend from a fatal traffic crash Vicky Cannedy of the 200 block of Virginia Avenue in Bethalto sewed a quilt in honor of her which stands for her daughters name Theresa Lynn Cannedy Its part of the healing said Cyndi Brown a victims advocate for Madison County Mothers Against Drunk Driving Vicky Cannedy made a quilt that bears the names of young people including her daugh ter who died in traffic accidents caused by drunk driving They were all killed in DUI accidents but this quilt hardly puts a dent in the names of all of the Cannedy said The quilt is being donated to MADD by Cannedy and her husband Terry It will be taken to MADD public education presentations as a way of illustrating the point that driving drunk is a terrible crime Brown said MADD tentatively has scheduled a presen tation for April 22 at Theresa Cannedys alma mater Civic Memorial High School in Bethalto just before prom night Vicky Cannedy said she got the idea for the quilt from a friend Virginia Melow who made quilts from some of Theresas clothing after she died in a crash in Macaupin County on See QUILT Page A9 By SANFORD J SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Paula Sims will be back in court next Wednesday to try to convince a judge she did not get a fair trial or a just sentence for killing her daughter in Alton in 1989 Sims has been in court this week for a hearing on motions for a new trial or a reduced sentence Testimony concluded on Wednesday with lawyer Chris Hunter who consulted with Sims and her attorneys on matters of postpartum depression and potential conflict of interest Lawyers also argued the request for a reduced sen tence and will argue for and against the new trial motion Wednesday Sims could have gotten a sentence of as little as 20 years but the judge was laboring under a misconcep tion Assistant Public Defender Neil Hawkins argued in court Wednesday Hawkins said the judge did not order a presentenc ing investigation as required by statute because he did not believe one was neces sary Hawkins said at a hearing in circuit court Wednesday that Sims sentence could have ranged from 20 years to 60 years but the judge apparently felt he was limit ed to giving her the death sentence or natural life in prison so no presentencing investigation was necessary Sims is asking for a new trial based on an allegation of inadequate representa tion or for a new sentence Paula Sims Returns to court next week based on an incorrect appli cation of the law in her sen tencing Hawkins said Sims is serving a life sen tence for the 1989 murder of her 6weekold daughter Heather in Alton and for concealment and obstruction of justice in the 1986 death of her 13dayold daughter Loralei in Jersey County Chief Circuit Judge Andy Matoesian said it would be improper for him to com ment The motion on sentence reduction was taken under advisement by Judge John Delaurenti Before the arguments on that motion the court heard testimony from attorney Hunter who testified that he researched matters of post partum depression and potential conflict of interest Hunter objected to testifying but was overruled by Delaurenti Hunter said he drew up an explanation of the mat ters he researched and dis cussed them with Paula Sims before her trial Bulletin Butler ByrdSanborn Deem Goodman Killion Miller OBoyle Ozee Paul Rathgeber Rezabek Shipley Tracy Wheeler Zilinski r THURSDAY APR 1 STONEBRAKER WEEKEND BANDS FRIDAY APR 2 flONEIUKH ff SATURDAY APR 3 I BAND SUNDAY APR 4 Open 11 am faster Band
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