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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - November 13, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 f Blues tie Edmonton 22 Page Bl Vol 164 No 30250 cents Charming threestory dream house Page Cl Saturday November 13 1999 Mostly sunny Kutsn and warmer Kuddles High 78 low pet groo 52 Page D6 Page Dl Evans convicted in 95 slaying By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telecpaph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A Madison County Circuit Court jury found James Raven Evans of Alton guilty Friday afternoon of two counts of firstdegree murder Jurors took a little more than two hours to return the Long prison term possible prosecutor says Verdict against Evans who Flvanc 90 rnmnVfnrt h ir for murder conspiracy years The sentences verdict against Evans who was convicted of killing Nekemar Pookie Pearson 18 in June 1995 out of revenge for a robbery that Pearson masterminded at Evans Alton home two months before Evans 29 was convicted by another jury in August of con spiracy to commit murder for unsuccessfully plotting to kill two men he thought could con nect him to the death of Pearson of Alton Pearsons skeletal remains were found by hunters near Pierce Lane in Godfrey in December 1995 The two convictions should mean a long prison stay Assistant States Attorney Keith Jensen said If Associate Judge James Hacked eventually deems the crime brutal and Evans could be eligible for natural life rather than the standard 20to 60year sen tence The most he could get is 30 also could be consecutive instead of concurrent Prosecutors now will set their sights on another murder case with connections to Kvans the September 1998 death of Brian Warr of Alton See SLAYING Page A7 The SMITH Brenda Pfeifer of Bethalto a developmental trainer at Beverly Farm continues the strike vigil Friday outside the gates of the home on Humbert Road Bev Farm pickets get fiscal boost poured into strike fund coffers By LINDA Telegraph staff writei GODFREY The AIASCME strike fund got a boost this week as the unions walk out against Beverly Farm Foundation entered its fifth month The executive board of the American Federation of Stale County and Municipal Employees Council 31 voted unanimously Thursday night to transfer the money to the strike fund The board had pumped into the fund Sept 9 the same week the coun cils retiree chapter authorized a donation of Our members and our union are committed to said Henry Bayer executive direc tor of Council 31 We must do everything we can do to sustain these strikers in their long Bayer asked union representatives to sponsor strikers families during the holiday season AFSCME international president Gerald McEntee also contributed its second gift of See BOOST Page A7 Where eagles dare Annual visitors arriving early this season By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer GRAFTON Although the peak time for watching bald eagles is a way off smaller numbers of the majestic creatures already are being spotted in the area Larger numbers of eagles arent expected until December and the peak of the eagle season is typically the last week of January and the first week of February said Julie Ziino park ranger with the Army Corps of Engineers Rivers Project That is Ziino said about the recent sightings Larry Wright author of the Bald Eagle Handbook A Guide to Watching Wintering American Bald said he is eagerly awaiting the arrival of more eagles after Thanksgiving and into the winter I just saw one a mature one Wright said Tuesday at the bed and breakfast he and his wife own high above Grafton on the bluffs Hes having a ball in this His spotting scope is set up in a window at Tara Point Inn overlooking the conflu ence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers Theyre starting to move in its still Wright said Searching for warmer weather and more abundant See EAGLES Page A7 Sex assault victims get new haven Bulletin Business Classifieds Comics Horoscope Obituaries Allsup Bunzy Dunn Grammer Hubbard Kirbach Lewis Lotte Madison Matlack McDowell Monroe Murphy Roth Watts Scoreboard Stocks Television Weather New center answers Call for Help By DEBORAH L BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Victims of sexual assault in Madison County now have a care unit to go to for counseling support and a helping hand Call For Help a center to cater to the needs of victims of sexual assault is open in Edwardsville and will serve the Madison County area The center opened Nov 1 and has helped several new clients said Pearl P Campbell counselor for Call For Help 1 think once the word is out there things will pick she said The new center is at 201 East Vandalia Suite B The phone number is 6921290 The care unit will help vic tims of rape incest or abuse If someone calls immediately after an attack and has not received medical assistance the victim is encouraged to go to the hospital An advocate or volunteer working with Call For Help will meet the victim at the hospital The volunteers and advocates keep bags containing a change of clothes for victims who may need it They also pro vide the victim with a packet of Pearl Campbell stands in front of the new Call For Help Inc Edwardsville information and will explain the procedures the victim will undergo at the hospital Most victims dont really know what is going to happen to Campbell said The client may know they will undergo testing but are unaware of what those tests entail The volunteers and advocates will explain this to the client They are there to support the victim and make the process not as intimidating At least the client knows thereis someone who cares for Campbell said noting that vic tims have different needs depending on their personality and the type of sexual assault they have experienced Incest is such a Campbell said Our very first job is for the client toknow there is someone out there to listen whos not judging them Some clients may just want to talk on the phone others may want group counseling Campbell said she has had a few requests for group therapy and The BADMAN office at 201 E Vandalia in will be developing a group soon Patricia Kolk will serve as the secretary for Call For Help and Catherine Tucker as pre vention educator informing the public about the facts of assault and abuse Mary Free is the advocate lor the center Its through Free that there is this agency in Madison Campbell said also crediting state Rep Hoffman DCollinsville and Madison County States Attorney William Maine   

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