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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - October 13, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Area &lllinois A3, 7-9 Bulletin Board................A6 Business........................DI Classifieds.....................C8 Comics......................„...C6 Editorial.........................A4 Food..............................Bl Horoscope.....................C6 Nation & World.........A10,12 Lottery..........................A11 Obituaries......................AS Cummings, Daudermann, Eyers, Freytag, Gold, Gowin, Gray, Hoffmann, Isken, Kahl, Moore, Porter, Schmoeller Scoreboard....................B2 Stocks.........................D2-4 Television.......................C7 Weather.........................D8 Deadly Traffic stop yields possible drug bust By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer COTTAGE HILLS - A routine traffic stop Tuesday led authorities to arrest a 19-year-old man for allegedly having a mobile drug lab in the back seat of his subcompact car and possessing 500 grams of methamphetamine oil. A deputy with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department stopped the East Alton man’s car about 2 p.m. on Fourth Street at Stanley Road in Cottage Hills. After seeing the drug-manufacturing equipment in the car, the deputy summoned assistance from drug agents with the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois, said Master Sgt. Victor Morris of MEGSI. “It was very crude,” Morris said about the man’s drug manufacturing equipment. MEGSI agents brought in a hazardous materials handler and his trailer to safely transport the seized goods from the site. The deputy transported the suspect to the Madison County Jail, and his small Toyota car was towed away. Formal charges are expected today, at which time the suspect’s name will be published. Authorities are seeking charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful ■ See TRAFFIC, Page A11 ' : PHH £ ML ll ii a4 ‘prop’ will be tested Rifle that killed grade-school teacher will be sent to crime lab, authorities say By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Authorities said Tuesday they plan to test a rifle that killed a popular grade-school teacher as she stood outside her New Douglas home during a family photo session on Sunday. Investigators with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department said Judith Ann Ernst, 48, was killed Sunday afternoon when a large-cal-iber rifle being used as a prop discharged inside the home, sending a bullet through a glass door and striking the victim in the head The gun was being held by her husband of 19 years, Harold Ernst, a member of the Highland School Board. The wife was “only a few feet" from her husband, with the exterior glass door between them “She was outside the residence attempting to block sunlight (from the photo shoot inside) by holding up a rug," Detective Scott Sandidge said. “(Harold Ernst) said he is unsure of how the gun went off.” Both the rifle and a revolver owned by the family were being used as props during a photo session featuring family members wearing Western garb, investigators said “We are sending the weapons to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab to see if they are functioning properly," said Lt. Leonard Suhre ■ See RIFLE, Page A11 Bar owners pleased with hour extension By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer GODFREY - An additional hour for alcohol sales on Fridays in the village has many business owners enthusiastic, but the new rule is creating concern among some law enforcement professionals. The ordinance change will allow Godfrey to compete with sales in neighboring Alton. The municipalities now match alcohol sale times on the weekends. Sales on Fridays in Godfrey can take place until 3 a m. instead of 2 a m., the deadline set in the previous ordinance. “Had it been a Tuesday, it wouldn’t matter, but Friday is one of our prime nights,” said Dave Wickenhauser, owner of Wick’s Lounge in Godfrey. “I think it will reduce traffic back and forth between Godfrey and Alton.” Wickenhauser, who was a major proponent of the move, said he is happy to see the decision made by Godfrey trustees. He hopes it will boost sales for his business on the weekends and keep his 22 employees in their jobs. “That’s the main point of this,” he said. “I always felt like we needed continuity. I think it will be better in the long run for everybody.” Wickenhauser said the additional hour does raise some concerns about intoxicated drivers taking the wheel. But from his bar, no one drives home unless they ■ See EXTENSION, Page A11 The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Investigators from the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois look through chemicals and methamphetamine-manufacturing equipment Tuesday that was found in the back seat of a car. A Madison County Sheriff’s Department deputy had stopped the vehicle on Fourth St. in Cottage Hills. Charges are pending on a 19-year-old driver who was arrested. Kruagers A big variety of apples and more Page DI Vol. 164, No. 270 - 50 cents Today's Toon j m*. The outlook Cranberries i Partly to mostly Sweet fruit avoids j ' * '*•*' sunny and mild; being bogged down I a High 69, low 43 Page Bl : Page D6 Wednesday, October 13, 1999 www.thetelegraph.com On the road Turek will get start in Detroit Page Cl The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Above: The Rev. Billy Graham is whisked off in a golf cart Tuesday after a look at the interior of the TWA Dome, where he will hold his Crusade beginning Thursday. Below: Graham spoke to members of the media at a press conference Tuesday morning. For more on Billy Graham, see Page A3 Graham getting ready for crusade Evangelist speaks of ministry at press conference By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ST. LOUIS - The century’s best-known and most-respected evangelist is here. The Rev. Billy Graham, who will turn 81 on Nov. 7, is preparing for his third crusade in St. Louis beginning Thursday at the TWA Dome. At a press con-f e r e n c e Tuesday, Graham spoke eloquently about his decades of ministry to more than 210 million people in 185 countries. With a slight build, a deep but gentle Southern drawl and twinkling blue eyes, Graham shared remembrances of his relationships with nine U.S. presidents, several popes, prize-winning physicist Werner Von Braun and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Although age and illness have forced Graham to slow his physical pace a bit, his intensity is as focused as ever. “It’s a tremendous privilege for me to return to St. Louis," Graham said, recalling his first visits in the 1940s as a leader with Youth for Christ and later for the 1953 and 1973 Billy Graham Crusades. The 1953 crusade was held at the old Kiel Auditorium. The 1973 crusade was held at the Arena. Both buildings have since been demolished. “My message is going to be the love of God and your love for each other,” Graham said. “And (another message is) the cross — the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I’m here ■ See GRAHAM, Page A11 uTV/Ty message IVlis going to be the love of God and your love for each other.” Billy Graham evangelist
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