Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - November 13, 1999, Alton, Illinois Good Morning # Area/Illinois ..... .....A3 Allsup, Bunzy, Dunn, Bulletin Board---- .....A6 Grammer, Hubbard, Kirbach, .....DI Lewis, Lotte, Madison, .....C5 Matlack, McDowell, Monroe, .....D5 Murphy, Roth, Watts Editorial......... .....A4 Scoreboard...........02 .....D5 Stocks ...............D2 Nation/world ... • .....A8 Television ............C2 .....A5 Weather .............D6 SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 E T ilECRAP On the ice Blues tie Edmonton 2-2 Page Bl • Hornet font J .« IV Charming, ' fF* three ' st0I t *’? * ™ dream house I Page Cl The outlook Mostly sunny and warmer; High 78, low 52 Page D6 Vol. 164, No. 302- 50 cents Saturday, November 13,1999 Bulsness Kuts-n-Kuddles pet groo Page DI www.thetelegraph.com Evans convicted in ’95 slaying By OENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A Madison County Circuit Court jury found James “Raven” Evans of Alton guilty Friday afternoon of two counts of first-degree murder. Jurors took a little more than two hours to return the Long prison term possible, prosecutor says 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 conspiracy to commit murder for unsuccessfully plotting to kill two men he thought could connect him to the death of Pearson, of Alton. Pearson’s skeletal remains were found by hunters near Pierce Lane in Godfrey in December 1995 The two convictions should mean a long prison stay, Assistant State’s Attorney Keith Jensen said. If Associate Judge James Hackett eventually deems the crime “brutal and heinous," Evans could be eligible for natural life rather than the standard 20- to 60-year sentence. The most he could get for murder conspiracy is JO years. The sentences also could be consecutive instead of concurrent Prosecutors now will set their sights on another murder case with connections to Evans; the September 1998 death of Brian Warr of Alton, ■ See SLAYING, Page A7 __ The Telegraph/RUSS 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 $200,000 poured into strike fund coffers By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY — The AFSCME strike fund got a $200,000 boost this week as the union s walkout against Beverly Farm Foundation entered its fifth month. The executive board of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 voted unanimously Thursday night to transfer the money to the strike fund. The board had pumped $260,000 into the fund Sept. 9, the same week the coun cil’s retiree chapter authorized a donation of $10,000. “Our members and our union are committed to winning,” said Henry Bayer, executive director of Council 31. “We must do everything we can do to sustain these strikers in their long battle." Bayer asked union representatives to sponsor strikers’ families during the holiday season. AFSCME international president Gerald McEntee also contributed its second gilt ot ■ 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 aren’t expected until December, and the peak o( the eagle season is typically the last week of January and the first week of February, said Julie Ziino, park ranger with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Rivers Project. “That is early,” Ziino said about the recent sightings. Larry Wright, author of the “Bald Eagle Handbook: A Guide to Watching Wintering American Bald Eagles,” said he is eagerly awaiting the arrival of more eagles after Thanksgiving and into the winter. “I just saw one - a mature one, too,” Wright said Tuesday at the bed and breakfast he and his wife own high above Grafton on the bluffs. “He’s having a ball in this wind.” His spotting scope is set up in a window at Tara Point Inn overlooking the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. “They’re starting to move in; it’s still early,” Wright said. Searching for warmer weather and more abundant ■ See EAGLES, Page A7 By DEBORAH L. BATES Telegraph staff writer Sex assault victims get new haven New center answers Call for Help i -a arilli 'jgjiaTfWTv’-WIHiiiw nm ut. i mm ii— Telegraph/ JOHN BADMAN irl Campbell stands in front of the new Call For Help Inc. office at 201 E. Vandalia in 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. I and has helped several new clients, said Pearl P. Campbell, counselor for Call For Help “I think once the word is out there, things will pick up,” she said. The new center is at 201 East Vandalia St., Suite B. The phone number is 692-1296. The care unit will help victims of rape, incest or abuse ll 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 provide the victim with a packet of information and will explain the procedures the victim will undergo at the hospital. “Most victims don’t really know what is going to happen to them,” 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 there‘is someone who cares for them,” Campbell said, noting that victims have different needs, depending on their personality and the type of sexual assault they have experienced. “Incest is such a taboo,” Campbell said. “Our very first job is for the client to know' there is someone out there to listen who’s 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 will be developing a group soon. Patricia Kolk will serve as the secretary for Call For Help and Catherine Tucker as prevention educator, informing the public about the facts of assault and abuse. Mary Free is the legal/medical advocate for the center. “It’s through (Free) that there is this agency in Madison County,” Campbell said, also crediting state Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Collinsville, and Madison County State’s Attorney William Haine.