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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - July 16, 1999, Alton, Illinois Golf SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Day camp Pupils learn to eight i leadership PageBl I PagcC1 The outlook i Space to spare en innTT T T JrtU ny I InciifPTXI 1 i J 1 1 f VyX JJ i not ana High9iiow72 i moves to larger i Alton office PageD8 i PageD1 182 July Teen guilty of murdering man By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Prosecutor Don Weber had three words to describe the suspects account in an Alton killing implau sible and Jurors taking just three hours Thursday to find Corey of guilty of two counts of first Alton resident was fatally shot at Belle Manor degree murder in the April killing of Troy of The verdict was returned in Madison County Circuit Bell was the backseat pas senger in a car with two other Louis area men who were in Alton trying to pass off soap as crack cocaine for a flagged down the trio as stood in the 300 block of tchell Street in the Belle housing quarrel developed after handed only to driver fredo Slack then rdached in to the vehicle to Shck he M Shck take back his and Jones slowly began driving with Slack grabbing at the steering Bell took a sawedoff gauge shotgun from the back floorboard and fired it through the open front hitting Slack just below and to the rear of his right authorities Bell and his defense attor Marqua McGull Billingsley of East argued that Slack had grabbed the causing it to go The attorney said Bell reckless and stupid but not guilty of She asked the jury for a verdict of invol untary But through questioning of a medical Weber was able to cast doubt on that theo ry because the angle of the shot seemed to show that Slack was turned away from the boltaction shotgun when it was See Page A9 to taxes Hospital taxes hinge on type of ownership Telegraph WHITWORTH Western Illinois Physicians and Surgeons Group LLC of Louii is negotiating to buy the 50yearold Wood River Township but officials say that even private ownership would not gu irantee that the hospitals levy would disappear from tax Man found guilty in mass murder By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A jury deliberated nearly six hours Thursday evening before find ing a 27yearold Venice man guilty of masterminding what is believed to be the worst mass murder in Madison Countys Shortly after 10 Michael Little Mike Coleman heard the verdicts and turned around to mouth to his Its Jurors in Madison County Circuit Court convicted Coleman of five counts of first degree He is set to be sentenced next week by Associate Judge James The convictions mean Coleman automatically will serve a sentence of natural life in prison for the November 1993 executionstyle slayings of Jeff David Marion Bedford Jennings and Cedric Gardner in two trailers in the unincor porated Eagle Park area near While being led from the Coleman Im The state had no physical evidence and coerced their Madison County States Attorney Keith Jensen said Coleman was the architect of a hatched with accom plices Sherrell Towns and Remon both of East to steal drugs and money from They would prey on other drug Its easy money because they knew they would not get and the deal See Page A9 Good Morning amietln Classifieds Comics Editorial HoroscopeD5 Oiler Snedeker Scoreboard By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER Residents are considering the possibility that future private ownership of Wood River Township Hospital could mean no more hospital levy on residents property tax Western Illinois Physicians and Surgeons Group LLC of Louis is negotiating to buy the 50yearold Both the Madison County Clerks Office and Eric vice president of eco nomic development for the River Bend Growth said that even if the hospital came under pri vate it would not guarantee that the hospitals levy would disappear from tax In theres the possi bility that a private manage ment company could lease the assets owned by the Voyles Under that sce the taxpayers could still remain as owner of the build ing That is the case Wood River Township Hospital is managed by Brim a contracted management ser George Schoedinger founder of the Western Illinois Physicians and Surgeons said it is too early in the sale negotiations to determine exactly what See Page A9 ESPN focuses on Publinx tourney By CORY PITT For The Telegraph ALTON The worldwide leader in sports will direct its sights toward Alton this ESPN will televise the semi finals and finals of the Amateur Public Links Championship from Spencer Olin Golf Todays broadcast will be from 1 to 3 and Saturdays broad cast will run from 3 to 5 ESPN has 80 crew members on and feet of cable are stretched around the course for equipment Some network crew mem bers arrived as early as July 6 to prepare for the broad which will use 12 cam eras all over the Terry a freelance operations director working on the broadcast for said preparation started long before this I came here for a site sur vey in May to see what we were looking at how we were going to set said whose crew worked a full rehearsal Thursday to prepare for the We got here last week and started setting People here have been wonderful and have been willing to help us out with anything we Millions of dollars worth of equipment is needed for such a including three production satel lites and hundreds of other Brady said he and his crew use area businesses for other needs of the which people here have been wonderful and r have been willing to help us out with anything we The BARNES Steve a camera utility worker for sets up the camera on the ninth hole at Spencer Olin Golf Course at Gordon Moore Park in where the national sports network will air the Amateur Public Links real subject of pride for and they pay close attention to what we Viewers across the country will learn about Alton through footage and vignettes pre pared to supplement the Bealke said footage shot would include the River the Lewis and Clark monument and other sites in Well shoot various sites around and this just shows people the area and makes the show more enter Bealke Dave an ESPN said the tourna Terry Brady operations director for ESPN helps everyone in the long We always try and support people in the area we are It helps us and it is a way to give back to the Will a Louis freelance television producer working for ESPN on the said crews for these productions rely on the We rely on the local people to show us around and help us easing our path in so many said who arrived in Alton There is always enthusiasm to have ESPN Its a See Page A9
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