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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - November 25, 1999, Alton, Illinois Happy Thanksgiving Vol 164 No 314 50 cents Thursday November Their turn to receive The M BARNES Behind the couch Joe and Linda Morales of Alton and their granddaughter Ashley Sanders 8 are serv ing as hosts for the Deshotel family for Thanksgiving dinner Seated on the couch are Sonia Deshotel center and her six children from left Chanel 10 Dwayne 11 Tabitha 3 Darian 2 Chae 7 and Noel 5 Mexican Club wants to find family a home for Christmas By KATHLEEN HILL Assistant city editor ALTON Sonia Deshotel has always been a giver She and her family gave to oth ers when times were good They even found a way to give away a Thanksgiving dinner last year when they themselves were scrimping We were tight for she remembers But my oldest son came to me and said we needed to help somebody And we Dwayne was 10 at the time That memory makes Deshotel a little weepy Shes proud of her son for his giving spirit But this year theyre the ones who need to receive And that is hard for her want something to call home some thing they cant take away from Sonia Deshotel mother of six she said I know Im in a bad situation but Im sure there are other people worse off than she said After all she has a roof over her head And today she and her family are having Thanksgiving dinner as the guests of the Joe Morales family in Alton Deshotel and her six children are living in two rooms at a shelter The mother and the five youngest live in one room Dwayne now 11 has his own room She came to the area two months ago from her home in Lake Charles La After her divorce two years ago from the childrens father she went to work for a wealthy family in Lake Charles as a cook and house I See HOME Page A11 Jail inmate charged with harassment Robbery suspect accused of making threatening phone call to witness By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A suspect in a violent armed robbery was charged Wednesday with threatening a wit ness via a telephone call from the Madison County Jail Corey C Hankins 19 of Wood River was charged in Madison County Circuit Court with harassment of a witness a felony Detective Scott Sandidge of the Madison County Sheriffs Department said Hankins made the collect call Monday and thewitness reported it to authorities Sandidge wouldnt divulge specifics of the conversation but said Hankins admitted making the call when confronted Sandidge said the witness was not the gas station attendant whom Hankins and two others are accused of robbing Nov 14 Authorities have charged Hankins his brother Sammie D Hankins 17 of Madison and an Stacey T Samuels 20 of East St Louis with the armed robbery of the Clark gas station at 73 E Airlhie Drive in Rosewood Heights About was taken from the stations cash register During the robbery a gun was held to the head of the Cleric who was sprayed with Mace to be treated for chemical burns at hospital Samuels was charged Wednesday the others had been charged earlier Both Samuels and Sammie Hankins I See INMATE Page A11 Bells are ringing coins jingling for Tree of Lights Annual campaign sets goal of By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON The late Andrew Jacksons heart was in the Salvation Army and he rang the bell every Christmas season for 40 years for the annual Tree of Lights campaign My husband Andrew loved the Salvation Army and he rang the bell every year with the Rotary Club to raise money to help needy his widow Esther Jackson said Esther Jackson will follow the lead of her late husband and ring the bell at 11 Dec 18 at the traditional red kettle at the Schnucks Market in Godfrey Ill remember Andrew when I ring the bell with Rotary members for the Tree of she said She will join hundreds of volun teers who will ring the bells at the rfcd kettles this holiday season to raise for the Tree of The campaign helps needy people with food and clothing all year round The Salvation Army will open the 1999 Tree of Lights campaign in a ceremony at noon Friday at Alton Square shopping center We invite the public to join us to start the Tree of Lights campaign at the east entrance to the shopping center near See LIGHTS Page Alt Agencies offer safety tips to get you through holidays Beware of thieves scams police warn By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE While youre being thankful today be thankful if youre not mugged burglarized or worse Tis the season to take advantage of people authori ties say AJ1 types of crime increase with the Rick McCain of the Alton Police Department Police agencies and the County Public Health Department are offer ing a few words of advice to help make the holiday season tougher on the bad guys and better for you It all starts with Fridays anticipated shopping binge said Chae Li Yong an educa tor at the Health Department When shopping make sure you keep your wallet or purse close to your body in front of you where you can see and feel it Use purses with flaps or zippers It See TIPS Page A11 Good Morning Bulletin A6 Classifieds Comics Horoscope Bell Coyle Dieckman Feyerabend Green Jones McDaniel Novak Powell Roady Szegedy Tormohlen Wood C2 Television Santa will come in for landing Saturday Jolly Old Elf to parachute into festival The WHALEY Pat Raymond of Jerseyville at the controls of his Skylane 182 at the Jerseyville airport Raymond will turn the plane over to one of his children when he parachutes down to the Godfrey Holiday Festival at 11 Saturday By DAVE WHALEY Telegraph staff writer GODFREY Although his sleigh is still being tuned up for Christmas Eve Santa will nevertheless arrive from above Saturday in Godfrey Visitors to the second day of the Godfrey Holiday Festival should cast their eyes skyward at 11 Thats when Santa also known as Pat Raymond will parachute from his Skylane 182 about feet into the middle of the festival I did this about three years ago at Jerseyvilles Christmas said Raymond who works at South Side Auto Sales in Jerseyville My kids and I go around doing some demonstration jumps in the Raymond will be in his full Santa suit as he makes his descent He said one of his children would be flying the plane which will take off from the Jerseyville Airport It takes me about five min utes to hit the ground after the Raymond said Its actually a little easier to hit my target if there is a wind of maybe 15 mph than if theJeX no wind But I can usually LaBd within 10 yards of my Santas aerial arrival will be one of the highlights of the first Godfrey Holiday Festival which runs from 11 to Friday and Saturday along Godfrey Road The ceni ter of activity will be around the intersection of Godfrey Road and Tolle Lane Dozens of Godfrey business es will have 12foot Christmas trees lined up and down Godfrey Road both Several buildings on the Lewis and Clark Community College campus will also be decorated for the holidays There will carolers and trolley rides and many businesses will have vendors available under the main tent on the parking lot on the north side of Tolle across from Monticello Plaza Fred Whitworth owner of Josephines Tea Room 6109 Godfrey Road is leading the organization of this years fes tival LCCC the village Qf Godfrey and the Rivers Visitors ajwj1 Convention Bureau have also helped in promoting the event
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