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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - May 11, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE Stanley Cup tetaovertme PageCM Theoiitloofr Paftiystfflny andwaffiihidi Rent to own j Opens its dOOIS onHomer Adams Parkway eDi No 11650 cents Tuesday May Chemetco five others charged with conspiracy By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer HARTFORD Chemetco and five other defendants who are former employees of the copper smelter near Hartford were arraigned in District Court on Monday at the bench of Magistrate Judge Gerald B Cohn Each defendant was charged with conspiracy under Section 2 and 371 of United States Code 18 The case charges that Chemetco acting through its managers and others contin ued to discharge pollutants regularly into Long Lake from a secret pipe until the action was discovered by inspectors from the Illinois Environmental Protection See CHEMETCO Page A7 A natural disaster to help prevent violence in schools I By DENNIS GRUBAUGH j Telegraph staff writer I EDWARDSVILLE Sen Richard Durbin 1 aims to convince fellow congressmen that school I violence is a natural disaster that should be i addressed with emergency funds Money for counselors metal detectors violence prevention coordinators and afterschool programs could be paid for with million being sought by v Durbin as part of a billionplus bill that Congress 4 is considering for emergency use including tornado relief in the United States and the war in Kosovo What happened at Littleton was a natural Durbin said during a forum at Edwardsville High School on Monday morning Is See DURBIN Page A7 Jurys verdict nets i couple million in railroad case By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer A jury awarded a New Dquglas area couple million for their sons rail crossing death but cut the figure in half by determining that he was 50 percent at fault and Evelyn Kelso will get million in the case against Union Pacific Railroad Co The jury returned the decision after 2V2 hours of deliberation Monday afternoon railroads attorney said the verdict will be appealed 1The Kelsos son Steven A Kelso 20 was killed instantly Dec 12 1995 when his Dodge pickup was j hit bya northwest bound freight train on a railroad crossing on Springfield Drive just west of Edwardsville Central to the weeklongcase in the courtroom of Chief Associate Judge Randall Bono was the condi tion of the crossing and its history of accidents See RAILROAD Page A7 Alleged escape plot is revealed Former cellmates say suspect also plotted to kill witnesses By SANFORD J SCHMIDT Telegraphstaff writer EDWARDSVILLE An alleged plot by James A Raven Evans to escape from jail by slitting his wrists and being transferred to Alton H e a 1 t h Center was included in testimony Monday at Evans pre liminary hearing on a murder con s p i r a c y charge Two of Evans former cellmates testi fied Monday about his alleged recent attempt to murder potential witnesses in the case against him in the 1995 mur der of Nekemar K Pookie Pearson The testimony before Circuit Judge Lawrence Keshner persuaded the judge to find probable cause to hold Evans on four counts connect ed to the plot to kill witnesses Evans Witness William Jenkins of Madison said that Evans was allegedly planning to pay for the hits from money from illegal drug sales Another witness Tommie Rounds of Alton testified Monday that Evans had solicited Rounds to kill Lester Warr and to arrange the killing of Clifford Wheeler Rounds also testified about planning with Evans to get paid for the murders and obtaining the gun to kill Lester Warr Both Lester Warr and Clifton Wheeler may testify in the trial of Evans in the mur der of Pearson Rounds alleged in testimo ny Monday that a female friend of Evans gave Rounds a 25caIiber automatic handgun with which to shoot Lester Warr Rounds and the woman were reportedly under surveil lance at the time the gun changed hands Rounds testified that he later turned the weapon over to Sgt Brad Wells of the Madison County Sheriffs See PLOT Page A7 Military noisemaker Morniiij A3 it Bulletin Business D1 C6 N f A4 A5 Gettings Karl Pacatte Phillips Thompson C2 Television landing aircraft roars over tii i i i at stLouis Regional Airport in Bethalto Neighbors have complained about the intense noise level of military aircraft that use the airport TRUCKLOAD CARPET SALE 700 Rolls in stock Vinyl from r Carpet from 33 sq ft Lqminant Wood Hoofing from 1 9f DISCOUNT CARPET INC 3475 HUMBERT RD ALTON 4652622   

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