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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - October 27, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 A Cottage Hills and Bethalto firefighter move in on the flames that engulfed the house, attached garage and a car at 1438 Lee Ave. in Cottage Hills Tuesday afternoon.  COTTAGE HILLS - A fire destroyed a recently vacated house Tuesday on Lee Street in Cottage Hills.  Firefighters from the Cottage Hills and Bethalto volunteer fire departments responded about 4 p.m. to a call reporting a fire at a house at 1438 Lee St., just off Stanley Road. The fire, which apparently started in the garage, spread through most of the frame house. Firefighters from the two departments worked for more than an hour before controlling the blaze.  Neighbors said the residents of the rental property recently had moved out of the house, which neighbors reported as being owned by Ken Edwards.  “They just moved,” said Amy Courtoise, a Lee Street  ■ See FIRE, Page Ail  St. Louisan arrested in Wood River charged with murder  By KERRY SMITH  Telegraph staff writer  BELLEVILLE - A St. Louis man, one of two suspects arrested last week in Wood River, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a Washington Park teen-ager.  Charles M. Gatlin, 39, also  was charged Tuesday in St. Clair County Circuit Court with one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm, Illinois State Police said.  Gatlin and Andrew Jackson, 53, of Jacksonville were charged Monday in Madison County Circuit Court on several traffic offenses and unlawful possession of drugs and  firearms. Those charges stemmed from their arrests Thursday in Wood River.  LL Terry Remelius of the State Police said Gatlin was charged by the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office in connection with Thursday’s shooting death of Shamonica Henley, a 16-year-old Washington Park girl, who  was hit by stray gunfire as she stood on her front porch.  “Miss Henley was shot during an exchange of gunfire between several subjects while she was standing on the front porch of her residence in the 1400 block of North 47th Street,” Remelius said “She was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in East St. Louis,  where she died that evening After the shooting Oct. 21, witnesses gave Washington Park police a description of a vehicle that was involved in the altercation. Later that day, Sgt. Mark Ringering and officers Tom Kochan and David Shook of the Wood River Police Department spotted the vehicle near the intersection of  Illinois Routes 143 and 3 and stopped the car.  Jackson has not been linked to the Henley killing, authorities said.  Both suspects remain in the Madison County Jail. Jackson was held in lieu of $500,000 bond; Gatlin’s bond was increased to $1 million Tuesday in light of the first-degree murder charge.  Alton family copes after van rams into mobile home  By LINDA N. WELLER  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — For Carol Graves — and her sister, son, daughter and grandson — awakening early Sunday morning to the thunderous jolt from a van crashing into their trailer in Storeyland mobile home park was terrifying.  The bed on which Graves, 51, was  sleeping slammed into a dresser at its foot and trapped her feet between the two pieces of furniture. Graves’ headboard tumbled on top of her; pictures and knickknacks dropped to the floor. A hallway cabinet slid in front of her bedroom door, trapping her in her room.  “When it first happened, I was hysterical. I didn’t know what was  ■ See FAMILY, Page A11  Area/Illinois .... A3-9  Bulletin Board A6  Classifieds.......C6  Comics.........D8  Editorial.........A4  Horoscope.......D8  Nation/world ... .A12  Obituaries.......A5  Austin, Brown, Day, Gallet, Gerecke, Hessenauer, Kieninger, Pickett, Rolle, Shuman, Williams, Wolf  Scoreboard......C2  Stocks..........D2  Television.......D9  17 candidates seek seat as associate judge  EDWARDSVILLE — Seventeen attorneys have thrown their hats in the ring for the next available associate judgeship in the 3rd Judicial Circuit.  They have applied for a position that will come open at year’s end with the retirement of Wendell Durr of Edwardsville. The winning candidate must get the vote of at least five of the nine circuit judges; otherwise, a runoff election is necessary.  The candidates are :  ■ Mary Margaret Albert-Fritz of Godfrey, a practitioner in Brighton.  ■ Larry Alan Calvo, a lawyer and resident in Granite City.  ■ Thomas William Chapman, a lawyer and resident in Granite City.  ■ See JUDGE, Page A11  Upended truck  IMW iwiwympii/wnii Dnwmmi  Alton firefighters secure an AmerenUE truck that overturned Tuesday afternoon on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Alton north of West 9th Street. The truck was hauling a trailer with a trenching machine at the time of the accident. The driver of the truck apparently escaped injury, but the southbound lane of the road was closed until the vehicle could be uprighted.  SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  Freer Auto Body From a dream to a thriving business  Page DI  TmaVs I'm#  For eager wearers of costumes Food that stabilizes the tummy  Page Bl  rn  Mostly sunny skies and mild; High 74, low 51  Page DIO  EHS tops Alton 4-0  Page Cl  Vol. 164, No. 285 - 50 cents  Wednesday, October 27, 1999   www.thetelegraph.com   Fire destroys Cottage Hills house  Renters jj moved out just hours earlier  By ANGELA MUELLER  Telegraph staff writer   

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