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Publication: Alton Telegraph September 17, 1999

Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - September 17, 1999, Alton, Illinois Defendant challenges searchOfficer found hacked-up body By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A Collinsville police officer following a blood trail said Thursday he was looking for a person in need of medical attention when his 1996 apartment search yielded a more gruesome discovery -the body parts of a man allegedly cut up by his girlfriend. Now, a pending ruling about the legality of that search may determine whether the prosecution can win the first-degree murder case against Suzanne y M Johnson. 43, of Godfrey, said Susan Jensen. Madison County first assistant state’s attorney. On Thursday, Johnson’s attorney pressed a motion in Madison County Circuit Court to suppress the evidence against her, saying the search was illegal because it was conducted without a warrant. Circuit Judge Charles V. Romani Jr. has delayed a ruling until attorneys can exchange memorandums and fully argue the motion. “If we lose that motion, we lose everything,” Jensen said after Thursday’s hearing. After she was taken into custody, Johnson admitted killing her live-in boyfriend, Frank Brown, 42, authorities said. Her arrest, however, was predicated on discoveries made during the apartment search Sept. 14,1996, by Officer Dan Arvizu, who testified Thursday. Arvizu said he was called to the scene in the first block of ■ See SEARCH, Page A11Students, horse lovers raise cash, clothing By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - Horse lovers, students and teachers are rallying to the side of members of the Phil Strader family, who lost their home near Worden and everything else they own to a fire Wednesday. Students and faculty at Edwardsville High School — where the Straders’ son, James Strader, is a student — and other district schools are taking donations of cash and clothing. Phil Strader’s wife, Deana Strader, works at the high school cafeteria as a cashier. “We’re doing this because we’re a family,” said Jan Kellerman, an assistant principal at the high school. Anyone interested in donating may contact her at the school, she said. The Straders own six horses and are avid horse lovers, and the community of horse lovers also is rallying to their side, said Holly Sheppard, a member of the Illinois-Missouri Horsemen, based in St. Louis. Sheppard may be reached at (314 ) 638-0682 or (314) 337 4796 The fire broke    out Wednesday afternoon while Phil Strader, who had worked a midnight shift, was sleeping upstairs in the house at 8806 Dyer Drive, north of Worden. Strader managed to get the horses out of the barn to safety, but everything else was destroyed. The rest of the fami ly was not at home. Worden firefighters put out the blaze after the property was destroyed. Worden Fire Chief Ken Wiesemann said he does not know what started the fire and he probably never will. “The cause is listed as undetermined, and it will probably stay that way,” he said. Officials with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department said investigators from the Worden Fire Department have ruled out arson. A damage estimate was not available. Strader said he built the house and probably will build a new one on the same site after the insurance claim is settled.Clergy appeal to families of Beverly Farm residents Area/liiinois........A3-10 Bulletin Board........ AB Business ..........DI Classifieds...........C5 Comics..............C4 Editorial .........A4 Horoscope...........C4 Nation&world A12;C6 Obituaries............A5 Baker, DeBruce, Diepenbrock, Dugan, Gates, Gayle, Hanks, Johnson, Koerber, Libbra, Lorsbach, Mayberry, Meyers, Saupe, Schwartz, Signaigo, Vidakovich Scoreboard...........B2 Television............C2 By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY — Thirty-one clergy members hope a letter will convince relatives of Beverly Farm Foundation residents to pressure the home’s board to settle a strike that has stretched on there for IO weeks. The letter, which clergy members said originated from the striking American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31, urges family members to “drive around town and see for yourself all of the yard signs from members of the communi ty supporting the striking workers. Stop and talk with the striking workers on the picket line and hear firsthand why he or she is on strike.” The letter continues: “But most importantly, we urge you to attend the board meeting on the 25th and insist that your elected board members settle this strike. Go to the foundation meeting on the 26th and tell those who are prolonging the strike that resolving the strike and getting the regular employees back to work is your top priority.” Next weekend is “parents’ weekend” at the home at 6301 Humbert Road AFSCME members went on strike July 9 after nearly a year of unsuccessful negotiations to come up with its first contract with the home’s board. No new negotiations have been scheduled. Sources said attorneys for the two sides have been in contact but have not agreed to ■ See CLERGY, Page A11 SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 THG TELEGRAPH Rn season Doctors I suggest I Page Cl: 59 home runs after 147 games I The outlook Sunny to ; FiyeStars I Car dealership partly cloudy, j wins award High 73; low ; Page DIO Page DI Vol. 164, No. 245 - 50 cents Friday, September 17, 1999 www.thetelegraph.com Driver charged in Gisy crash By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer JERSEYVILLE - A Jersey County warrant has been issued for the arrest of Marvin Frazier of Rockbridge, on charges of reckless homicide and other felonies stemming from the death of State’s Attorney Gail Gisy in a head-on collision Sept. 9 Frazier, 29, was seriously Seriously injured motorist faces several counts injured in the two-vehicle accident that killed Gisy, 56, on a rural road in the northeast portion of the county. Jersey County Sheriff Paul Cunningham said Frazier has also been charged with aggravated driving under the influence and two counts of obstruc tion of justice for allegedly altering evidence at the scene of the accident. “He said someone else was driving,” Cunningham said. Authorities said there has been no credible evidence that there was another occupant in the 1999 Cavalier that collided with Gisy’s older-model pickup truck late that evening. Gisy was driving alone on his way to get a drug search warrant for police when the accident occurred, police said. Frazier has been released from Saint Louis University Hospital, but he suffered severe injury to his arms and legs and is recovering from intensive surgery, authorities said. He requires constant medical care from his home in rural Jersey County near the small northeast Greene County town of Rockbridge, Cunningham said. “He can’t even feed himself.'' It is against department policy to accept inmates into the Jersey County Jail who are known to be seriously ill or injured because of the cost to the county for ongoing medical bills, Cunningham said. Therefore, Frazier will wear an electronic monitor until his doctors say it is OK for him to leave home, authorities said. ■ See GISY, Page AllFriends rally to aid burned-out family The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN The sun filters through the trees and smoke that still drifted Thursday from the destroyed barn and the framework of a four-wheeler at the home of Phil Strader on Dyer Drive north of Worden. A cat walks on the brick wall of all that remains of Strader’s house after a fire Wednesday afternoon. TMS Telegraph/HUSS smith Church leaders, from left, Father Leo LeBlanc, the Rev. James Webb and Father Darrell Rupiper show a letter signed by 31 religious leaders who endorse the strike by Beverly Farm employees. The priests are with the Oblate of Mary Incarnate in Godfrey. Webb is assistant pastor at St. James Baptist Church in Alton. ;

  • Charles V. Romani Jr.
  • Dan Arvizu
  • Darrell Rupiper
  • Deana Strader
  • Dennis Grubaugh
  • Frank Brown
  • Gail Gisy
  • Holly Sheppard
  • James Strader
  • James Webb
  • Jan Kellerman
  • Ken Wiesemann
  • Leo Leblanc
  • Linda N. Weller
  • Marvin Frazier
  • Phil Strader
  • Sanford J. Schmidt
  • Susan Jensen
  • Thomas Wrausmann

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Publication: Alton Telegraph

Location: Alton, Illinois

Issue Date: September 17, 1999

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