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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - August 13, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 THE TELECiRAP Rivals meet at Busch McGwire and rthe Cards will entertain Sosa and the Cubs PageBl No 21050 cents Erivlrotech Eyesore develops into office PageCl The outlook Partly sunny and mild High near 85 low 66 Retiring Hank Cairns ending 47 years with Drake Tire PageDl Friday August Defendant denies murder plot By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A defendant denied his complici ty Thursday in an alleged murderforhire scheme uncov ered at the Madison County Jail but admitted his lifestyle was designed to mislead authorities James A Raven Evans of Alton took the stand Thursday in his own defense during his conspiracy trial in Madison County Circuit Court He is accused of soliciting a jail cellmate earlier this year to arrange the killing of two witnesses who allegedly Evans could tie him to the 1995 slay ing of Nekemar Pookie Pearson in Godfrey During more than an hour of grilling by Assistant States Attorney Keith Jensen Evans denied his involvement in the slaying and said he never told anyone to kill anybody The most damaging testimo ny in the conspiracy case has come from Tommie Rounds a former Alton resident now liv ing in an undisclosed location He is a cousin to Evans and a former cellmate who was released from custody to aid authorities in the investiga tion Rounds testified Tuesday that Evans approached him while both were in jail about killing Alton bar owner Lester Warr and Illinois prison inmate Clifton Wheeler Wheeler has testified that he was at the scene when Evans fatally shot Pearson leaving his naked body in a wooded Godfrey area Also at the scene Wheeler said was Brian Warr the son of Lester Warr Brian Warr was shot to death last September and authorities believe the man who is accused of killing him Robert Fletcher of Alton somehow was put up to the crime by Evans They also think Evans viewed Lester Warr as a potential risk although there has been no testimony to show The BADMAN Gerard Fischer kneeling and David Wilkinson who have homes in the 3600 block of West Delmar in Godfrey that have been hit by cars leaving the roadway would like to see a guardrail on the curve to contain outofcontrol drivers Below Bob Richey an employee of Tycon Builders in Alton works to rewire a section of wall being replaced at the Fischer home after an accident Saturday in which the driver was killed Residents seek guardrails REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer Residents in the 3600 block of West Delmar Avenue at Illinois Route 3 are reorganizing an effort to have guardrails erect to prevent damage and fatalities Several houses have been hit by cars The most recent accident occurred Saturday when a Jersey County nian was killed after he hit the home of U Tts scary to walk out your Ifront door and always Ave have to look for a car coming across the Gerard Fischer 3614 house were car driven by Richard Burris 63 left the road about 150 yards east of Fischers house where s curve begins Burris car sheared off a utility pole before hitting Fischers house Several of us the neighbors tried this in Fischer said The Illinois Department of Transportation investigated and said a guardrail was not The group of neighbors is most concerned for the safety of their families When Fischers house was hit Saturday evening the car nar rowly missed his family room Luckily I was the only one at home at the time But my 4yearold son and I frequently play ball in the yard If this happened during the day one of us could be killed Its scary to walk out your front door and always have to look for a car coming across the Fischer also said his gas line is on the east side of his house so he has an addition al worry of fire and explosion Two accidents in 1997 were the impetus for contacting IDOT On Jan 1 1997 a pickup truck veered off the road knocked down a telephone pole and slammed through Tony Howells garage The Howells were awakened at 2 when the truck hit the garage and damaged their car and truck Howell said the vehicles in the drive way prevented the pickup from hitting the bed room where his son was sleeping The total damage to their property was about See GUARDRAILS Page A9 resident Eagle One to start hiring next month By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO An aviation company bringing up to 350 jobs to the area hopes to wel come its first 100 local employ ees to its newly renovated site in Bethalto as soon as next month Eagle One Aviation based in Fort Worth Texas is working on solidifying a deal with Erzinger Investment Corp of Columbia for a piece of prop erty and some buildings at St Louis Regional Airport The headquarters will be at the former AEL site off of Airline Drive The deal has been in the works for more than four months The company has more qual ified candidates than jobs to fill which will make the selec tion process tough Eagle One officials said The quality of resumes weve received is very said Boyd Burton chairman of the board for Eagle One He said he anticipates the business will bring up to 350 jobs to the area Many of the qualified applicants are highly trained machinists who were laid off this year from Boeing Co in St Louis Burton said the company plans to start filling 100 of the projected 350 jobs in late September or early October The company specializes in shoring out or stripping the interiors of commercial jetliners such as Boeing 727s and 737s and converting them B See EAGLE Page A9 that Lester Warr knew any thing about the Pearson killing Evans testified it was Rounds not he who first sug gested Wheeler might try to pin Pearsons killing on Evans Rounds approached authori ties after allegedly being tpld of the murder plot and agreed to wear a recording device to See PLOT Page A9 Bev Farm passes tests State team declares most violations fixed By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY Beverly Farm Foundation officials announced Thursday that a team of state inspectors deter mined the home has corrected 15 of 16 patientcare violations discovered in June However the fivemember team from the Illinois Department of Public Health also reportedly found two more minor violations dur ing its fiveday followup inspection which began Aug 4 and concluded Tuesday They found two dietary vio lations they are minor said Monte Welker executive director of Beverly Farm Foundation A couple of residents had familystyle eating in their individual care plans and we were pro viding them dishes of food The second new violation he said was not having enough supervisors present while resi dents ate Tom Schafer a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Public Health confirmed that the new problems are not severe See FARM Page A9 Good x Morning A310 Bulletin Board A6 Classifieds Comics Editorial Horoscope Obituaries A5 Cain Corbin Freneji Gerson McCollumi Rook Schmitt Schroeder Sweet Wagner Watts Whalen Scoreboard 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