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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - April 23, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 On the go i Girls track Golf cits I Jersey arefor i finishes4th more than i Alton 7th just golf i in meet PageDl i PageB1 Vol 164 No 98 50 cents The outlook Fun outdoors Chanceiof still Children in more showers i j stjOnrm High 69 low 47 i help celebrate I Earth Day PageD10 Friday April claims Defendant also says he was denied lawyer at time of confession By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE One of three cousins suspected in a drugrelated slaying in Alton said he was high on embalm ing fluid when he signed a statement admitting the crime Corey Bell 19 testified Thursday in Madison County Circuit uTJe Xlnever one time asked me for an attor Court that he also asked to be repre sented by a lawyer while being inter viewed by Alton police about the Alton detective A p r i l 8 Jason Simmons killing of Troy Slack He said police continued the interview any way and that he signed every thing put in front of him because officers encouraged him to do so Alton police Detectives Jason Simmons and Jerry Cooley testified that Bell never asked to have a lawyer and was walked through each of his rights systematically to make sure he understood that anything he said could incrim inate him He never one time asked me for an Simmons said Bell and two cousins Anthony Bell 25 and Alfredo Jones 31 all of the St Louis area are charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Slack of Alton in the See HIGH Page A9 Prayers for Littleton PageCl ln Mying prayers aoud durlng CM students hold vigil We need to bring God back into our schools By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO About 40 Civic Memorial High School students silently gathered around the flagpole in front of the building early Thursday before classes began They joined hands and began to pray silently for those suffering after Tuesdays massacre in Columbine High School in Littleton Colo As time passed and students began to pray out loud the circle grew to include close to 70 students Students asked God to strengthen those in Colorado as well as those in other schools across the nation who have endured similar violent attacks They asked for leaders to start programs Gunmen planned to blow up school Victims had big dreams Dangling boy inspired SWAT team Page C2 to help stop violence and they asked for strength to be witnesses of truth and right to their classmates in Bethalto The time of prayer was ini tiated by 17yearold senior See VIGIL Page A9 I o The BADMAN Senior Anna Scroggms yellow jacket at left hugs fellow vigil coordinator and senior Missy McGraw after the vigil Mac attack in Godfrey Jhe BADMAN Jacob Kanallakan 17 months pld from Alton gave the seal of approval tothefrwichfrteson open Els restaurant while his mother Nlkki looks ing day Thursday at the Godfrey McDonald story Page on See Visitor offers tips to boost Downtown By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON The citys Downtown businesses could boost their visibility and sales by working together to pro mote special events and coupon offers a successful Galesburg entrepreneur said Thursday Jay Matson met in a brain storming session with retail and restaurant owners as well as city and tourism rep resentatives after spending the day touring Downtown Alton I spent a lot of time on the streets getting a feel for the he said I tried to get a sense of the dis tricts and niches in the city and to meet with the See BOOST Page A9 Good Mornirtd A310 Bulletin Board A7 Business Classifieds Comics Editorial Horoscope D5 C24 Allen Bellovich Brown Frazer Hanner Taylor ScoreboardB Bethalto looks to future By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO The village of Bethalto is ready to make a commitment to establish and secure a prosperous future Steve Bryant grew up in Bethalto and always saw the potential in the town Now as mayor he hopes to realize his vision for progress Residents of the town of also see the glow in the future Residents can ask questions of officials and make sugges tions for proposed improve ments during a public meeting at 10 Saturday May 29 The meeting will be a chance to talk about the future in the form of the villages new com prehensive plan billed as The Road to See BETHALTO Page A9   

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