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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - July 14, 1999, Alton, Illinois Gun used in murder was bought with crack By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A .410-gauge shotgun used to kill an Alton man last year was purchased with crack cocaine before the slaying and sold the same way a day later, witnesses testified Tuesday. Drug-dealing allegations are at the core of the first-degree murder trial being heard in Madison County Circuit Court. Corey Bell, 19, of St. Louis, is accused of killing Troy E. Slack, 30, during a dispute in the Belle Manor housing project in Alton. Bell was a back-seat passenger in a Pontiac Bonneville ■ See GUN, Page A-15 SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Vol. 164, No. 180 — 50 cents_  Wednesday,    July    14,1999      www.thetelegraph.com Governors give park plan top billing h p I IIH mil BJ killer    j    The outlook    I    Public links Resendez-    i    Mosdysunny    I    Matchplay Ran *?..    I    rPCS    Ss,    I    fcs" 51 * «™S» I i    ZSn    I    spleen. Page A-lfi I [BHB     PageW    I    Olin    today    PageOl Friends and family say goodbye to Anthony ‘Tony’ Gilman By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer MADISON — Backers of a “linear park” said they are hoping the voters will get fired up over the plan now that governors from two states have signed a bill to make it possible. Governors Mel Carnahan of Missouri and George Ryan of Illinois met Tuesday morning on the old Chain of Rocks Bridge — right at the state line — to sign legislation authorizing the nation’s first local bi-state park and recreation project. “We want to bring the citizens into the planning process,” said Bob Hall, executive director of Gateway Parks and Trails 2004, the prime backer of the plan. “What we would like to see is for the citizens to put together a plan in a way that will work for them.” The legislation was signed as bicyclists made their way over the bridge and through the crowd of onlookers. The bridge is expected to be an important part of a system of parks and trails stretching from Jersey County through Alton, St. Louis and five other Missouri counties. The district will include five counties in Illinois — Madison, St. Clair, Jersey, Monroe and Clinton. Each county board will be asked to put a referendum on the ballot. The referendum must pass for each county to participate, Ryan said, and would ask the voters to approve a one-tenth cent sales tax increase to fund a metropolitan park district. The money would be used for trails to link the parks in a chain along the local rivers and for upkeep within the parks themselves. Ryan said he hopes the voters will approve the tax. ■ See PARK, Page A-15 The Telegraph/M ARG IE M. BARNES Illinois Gov. George Ryan, left, and Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan, right, along with other local dignitaries, appeared Tuesday at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge across the Mississippi River near Granite City to sign legislation authorizing the nation’s first local bi-state park recreation project. By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer MICHAEL - Flags throughout Calhoun County flew at half-staff Tuesday in memory of a young man who gave his life preserving peace and serving his country in a far-away land. Family, friends and neighbors affectionately remembered Anthony “Tony” Gilman, 23, of Michael, in a funeral Mass celebrated Tuesday at St. Michael Church in Michael, five miles north of Hardin on the Great River Road. Gilman, a specialist in the U.S. Army, died on the Fourth of July in Kosovo after being struck by a vehicle while directing traffic. Gilman became the first American killed in Kosovo after the peacekeeping mission began. Two other Americans previously had died in a helicopter crash during the bombing campaign against Yugoslavia. A crowd of more than 500 people attended the service, many standing along the walls and in the hallway to the sanctuary. The son of Fred and Mary Gilman was buried with full military ■ See HERO, Page A-15 The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Above; Sgt.tst Class Hank Kohler presents the flag that covered Specialist Anthony Gilman’s casket to Gilman’s parents, Fred and Mary Gilman, at his funeral Tuesday. Right: After the funeral ceremony, Gilman’s squad leader, Sgt. Chad Blansett, and his friend Specialist Christine McCroskey say a final goodbye. , Area/Illinois......A-3,6-14 Bulletin Board A-7,8 Business...................D-1 Classifieds..............C-12 Food \..............-B-1 Nation/World A-16,D-6,7 Obituaries.................A-5 Boker, Campbell, Chase, Chulick, Corder, DeMunbrun, Elliott, Naville, Scott; Scoreboard...............C-2 Collision on River Road injures seven By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ELSAH — Seven people were injured in a two-vehicle collision Tuesday on the Great River Road near Elsah. An Oldsmobile Cutlass driven by Barbara Zimmerman, 40, of Godfrey, was eastbound on the River Road when it collided with an eastbound Dodge Caravan driven by James Hammond, 67, of Wood River, causing the van to overturn, said Trooper Dennis Russell of the Illinois State Police. “Three witnesses saw (Zimmerman) driving errati cally, going off the road onto the bike path, before the accident happened,” Russell said. The witnesses were motorists in other eastbound vehicles. The motorists lost sight of Zimmerman as she proceeded around a bend in the road, then came upon the accident scene, two miles east of Elsah Road, the trooper said. “They lost sight of her, but about a mile up the road, she apparently plowed into the Dodge Caravan,” Russell said. Charges were pending I See COLLISION, Page A-15 The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Paramedics place Barbara Zimmerman, 40, of Godfrey, the driver of an Oldsmobile Cutlass, onto a stretcher for transport to a hospital following a collision Tuesday between the Oldsmobile and a Dodge Caravan on the Great River Road near Elsah. ■^toitoi . .. . .. ■. .. . . ■