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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - April 5, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  m*mm IB rn*rn?  rn I ii WU rn m  St. louis Cardinals baseball Is bac  Q See where the players and teams stand as the season gets under way  Page 04  y Pitching is the question Cardinals will have to answer this year  PageC-l  Page C-l  IMH*! 1 —.in —I TMW    H  Vol. 164, No. 80 — 50 cents  Monday, April 5,1999   www.thetelegraph.com   See Tuesday’s Telegraph for full coverage of opening day  Group calls for death investigation  By PAUL MACKIE  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE — An independent watchdog group has asked several law enforcement agencies to investigate a death at a local nursing home being threatened with termination of its Medicare and Medicaid benefits.  A state representative agreed late  Monitors give evidence against nursing home to authorities  last week to try to protect the home, but another Edwardsville home now is facing termination of its benefits.  Nursing Home Monitors of Godfrey has given compiled evidence to the Edwardsville Police Department and the criminal division of the U.S. Department of Justice to  investigate the death of 62-year-old Jo Wanous last August.  Wanous had been a longtime resident of SunRise Care & Rehabilitation, 1095 University Drive, when he allegedly was taken to the hospital with a temperature of 107 degrees just hours before his death.  SunRise currently has an order of protection against the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration, which has threatened to terminate the facility’s benefits because of 41 citations during the past six months. Such a termination likely would cause the facility to close.  “I’m making as much noise about (Wanous’ death) as possible because when else are we going to get so much evidence? Everyone knew he was sick, and no one did anything,’’ said Violette King, director of Nursing Home Monitors.  On the other hand, Rob Hoff of Edwardsville, whose father lives at  ■ See GROUP. Page A-7  By REBECCA HOPKINS  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — Mother Nature smiled on the Alton area Sunday as Christians here and around the world celebrated Easter and the resurrection of Jesus Christ with the spring signs of new life.  Lilies, tulips and daffodils are the earliest of spring flowers and they traditionally adorn the altars at Easter to symbolize the  new life of Jesus Christ at his resurrection. In a special ceremony at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Alton, children attending Sunday’s service participated in the “Flowering of the Cross” symbolically representing new life in Jesus Christ.  Church members fashioned a cross using palm fronds from the Palm Sunday service held March 28 for Sunday’s ceremony. Upon entering the church,  each child received a flower to add to the adornment of the cross.  Beautiful in its Easter regalia of flowers and greenery, the altar in the sanctuary of St. Paul’s served as a glorious background for the cross of flowers before it.  Flowers in all shades of yellow, piftk and white helped to send the message that hope was alive.  “The cross comes to life with the colors of Easter,” said Rev. David Heneghan. “Spring is a sign of new life and this symbolizes our belief of the new life in Jesus Christ.”  Heneghan explained it was “one of those things” the children in the church enjoyed doing and has become a tradition.  “Of course, we let children of all ages put flowers on the cross,” he said.  Bank robbery tale deposited in magazine  By ANDE YAKSTIS  Telegraph staff writer  FIELDON - On Oct. 19,  1881, two gun-slinging bandits robbed the Fieldon town bank of gold and cash and escaped after a wild shootout on Main Street.  “It was a daring daylight bank robbery like an exciting scene out of   ——     -.............  west 0l( *days,” «Tt was a daring said Larry Idavlight bank  bery unfolds in 1881 in Fieldon, then a budding new prairie town settled by German immigrants who planted corn in the rich soil.  Pioneer Wesley Park arrived in the bustling town of Fieldon in the early 1800s. He opened a pharmacy and Park and Sons Bank to handle cash deposits from big land sales,   .....................—    Underwood  Underwood, a historian and TOuuGry  yligl  v Ilk  e an  in  writer who  exc jj-j ng scene ou t  h o u n  County  lives C a I  ag   h 0 u n  of the old Wild West au,umn after -  noon    in  October 1881.  said.  The quiet life of Parks, the friendly banker, suddenly turned to terror on an  Underwood days.”  has written a gripping tale about the 117-year-old  Fieldon bank-  robbery in a new issue of the popular national magazine True West.  His exciting story of the Fieldon bank robbery will go on sale in True West on May I at newsstands and Wal-Mart stores.  Today, Fieldon is a friendly Jersey County community of 350 people who inherited the pioneering spirit of hard work and moral values from their ancestors of the early 1800s.  Underwood’s dramatic story of the historic bank rob-  Underwood Larry Underwood weaves an  historian, writer  e - xcilil J8  stor y about how out  laws  Polk  Wells and Bill Norris quietly slipped into the side door of the Fieldon bank and poked their revolvers against Park’s head and chest.  “They demanded all the bank’s money,” said Underwood, who has spent months delving into old records and newspaper accounts of the historic Fieldon bank holdup.  Wells, one of the robbers, had a mean reputation as a  ■ See ROBBERY, Page A-7  The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES Andrew Cook, 5, of Godfrey, puts a rose on the cross of flowers Easter Sunday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Alton.  Flowers help keep the Easter spirit fresh  IMT!  Morning  Area/Illinois.......A-3  Bulletin Board .. .B-3,4  Classifieds........C-6  Editorial..........A-4  Nation/World......B-2  Obituaries........A-5  Coleman, Derricott, Heeren, Herzel, Lee,  May, Whitfield Scoreboard.......C-2  Chance of thunderstorms; high near 60, low near 53  Page D4  HOH. Adams Parkway Alton, IL 62002  466-5301  CLOSEOUT SALE OF ALL ABOVE GROUND POOLS {1998 models In stock) limited quantity  LAYAWAY NOW FOR SPRING  Sexual assault victims can find counseling, comfort in Collinsville  By BETHANY BEHRHORST  Telegraph staff writer  You may think he took everything from you. But you still have a voice.  Those words appear on a poster in the waiting area at Sexual Assault Victims First in Collinsville.  That is the message conveyed by employees and volunteers at SAV-lst, a crisis center for victims of sexual assault, rape and incest. The lobby area where clients come for help and guidance is filled with teddy bears and dolls, children’s books, a board room table and a plush couch.  The atmosphere is one that promotes comfort.  “That’s one of our primary  goals, as well as to provide quality services, counseling, medical and legal advocacy,” said Sharon Ward, executive director of the crisis center.  Since its inception five years ago, those involved with the organization have worked tirelessly to facilitate changes in the legal system and to dispel negative myths about victims. Pamphlets on the dangers associated with drug use, AIDS information and brochures about acquaintance rape fill a metal stand in a corner of the room.  Five women — Ward; Shirley Thomas, advocacy coordinator; Halimah Abdullah, prevention special-  ■ See VICTIMS, Page A-7  24' ROUND POOL PACKAGE  The Telegraph/BETHANY BEHRHORST Employees at SAV-1st in Collinsville work to facilitate change in awareness of sexual assault and the laws governing how it is handled. Seated left to right are: Shirley Thomas, advocacy coordinator, and Christina Taylor, counselor and advocate; standing left to right, Sharon Ward, executive director, Susan Klein, counselor, and Halimah Abdullah, prevention specialist.   

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