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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - October 13, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 THE TELEGRAPH Kruegers A big variety of apples and more Page Dl FOOD Cranberries Sweet fruit avoids being bogged down Vol 164 No 270 50 cents Page Bl mmmmmm Wednesday October The outlook Partly to mostly sunny and mild High 69 low 43 Page D6 On the road Turek will get start in Detroit Page Cl v v i v WTI C 11C Graham spoke to members of the media at a press conference Tuesday Graham getting ready for crusade Evangelist speaks of ministry at press conference By KERRY SMITH writer ST LOUIS The centurys bestknown and mostrespect ed 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 a message IVlis going to be the love of God and your love for mure mail zw minion PeoPie each in 185 coun tries Billy Graham With a slight build a evangelist deep but gen tie Southern drawl and twinkling blue eyes Graham shared remem brances of his relationships with nine presidents sev eral popes prizewinning 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 Its a tremendous privilege for me to return to St 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 cru sade was held at the Arena Both buildings have since been demol ished My mes sage is going to be the love of God and your love for each Graham said And another message is the cross the resurrec tion of Jesus Christ Im here I See GRAHAM Page A11 Deadly prop will be tested Rifle that killed gradeschool 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 gradeschool teacher as she stood outside her New Douglas home dur ing a family photo session on Sunday Investigators with the Madison County Sheriffs Department said Judith Ann Ernst 48 was killed Sunday afternoon when a largecal 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 resi dence attempting to block sunlight from the photo shoot inside by holding up a Detective Scott Sandidge said Ernst said he is unsure of how the gun went Both the rifle and a revolver owned by the fami ly were being used as props during a photo session fea turing 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 proper said Lt Leonard Suhre See RIFLE Page A11 Bar owners pleased with hour extension By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer GODFREY An addi tional hour for alcohol sales on Fridays in the village has many business owners enthu siastic but the new rule is creating concern among some law enforcement pro fessionals 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 instead of 2 the dead line set in the previous ordi nance Had it been a Tuesday it wouldnt matter but Friday is one of our prime said Dave Wickenhauser owner of Wicks Lounge in Godfrey I think it will reduce traffic back and forth between Godfrey and 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 busi ness on the weekends and keep his 22 employees in their jobs Thats the main point of he said I always felt like we needed continuity I think it will be better in the long run for Wickenhauser said the additional hour does raise some concerns about intoxi cated drivers taking the wheel But from his bar no one drives home unless they I See EXTENSION Page A11 Morning Area Bulletin Nation Cummings Daudermann Eyers Freytag Gold Gowin Gray Hoffmann Isken Kahl Moore Porter Schmoeller Traffic stop yields possible drug bust By LINDA N WELIER Telegraph staff writer COTTAGE HILLS A routine traffic stop Tuesday led authorities to arrest a 19 yearold man for allegedly having a mobile drug lab in the back seat of his subcom pact car and possessing 500 grams of methamphetamine oil A deputy with the Madison County Sheriffs Department stopped the East Alton mans car about 2 on Fourth Street at Stanley Road in Cottage Hills After seeing the drug manufacturing equipment in the car the deputy sum moned assistance from drug agents with the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois said Master Sgt Victor Morris of MEGSI It was very Morris said about the mans drug manufacturing equip ment MEGSI agents brought in a hazardous materials han dler 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 suspects name will be published Authorities are seeking charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful See TRAFFIC Page A11 Investigators from the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of ouwem through chemicals and methamphetaminemanufacturing equipment Tuesday that found in the back seat of a car A Madison County Sheriffs Department deputy stopped the vehicle on Fourth St in Cottage Hills Charges are pending on a driver who was arrested   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