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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - December 12, 1999, Alton, Illinois Blues rally to win St Louis dumps Cup champs 42 Page Bl Gimmys Pharmacy Caring hands for 42 years PageDl 2000Cadillac DeVille Interested in jieadsl i PageCl TKieouttook Scattered showers likely and cool High 45 low 36 PageDS Mornirig Bulletin Hinderham Walker Hduse Vol 164 No 331 Serving the River Bend Since 1836 December 12 1999 JIXJ jqjli Investigator Ray was alone Baetz disputes Memphis jurys finding ByANDEYAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON A government investi gation revealed that James Earl Ray was the lone assassin of Dr Martin Luther King and Ray was not involved in a vast conspira cy of Mafia and CIA a former top federal investigator said in an exclusive interview with The Telegraph Our two year investigation showed that James Earl Ray pulled the trigger of a highpowered hunt ing rifle and shot Rev King to death in said Conrad Pete Baetz who investigated the murder of the famous civil rights leader Baetz disputed claims this week by Rays lawyer William Pepper who told a Memphis civil jury that King was assassinated in a giant conspiracy of the New Orleans Mafia and Central Intelligence Agency The jury lis tened to Peppers clos ing argument Wednesday and returned a con spiracy verdict JAMES RAY in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Kings family against for mer Memphis businessman Loyd Jowers who claimed he paid some More on Ray PageA11 one not Ray to murder King The jury heard only onesided ridiculous accusations from Pepper of a vast conspiracy in Dr Kings said Baetz who claims that evidence from his investigation con tradicts Peppers allegations Baetz crisscrossed the country for two years in 1977 and 1978 to interview hundreds of people as a lead investigator probing Kings murder for the House Select Committee on Assassinations Although some of our investiga tive files in Kings murder are sealed in the National Archives See BAETZ Page A11 The BADMAN Conrad Pete Baetz talks about the investi gation into the murder of Dr Martin Luther King Jr Youth struck by car 8yearold boy hurt in incident The BADMAN Passerby Stella Felder of Alton left comforts Steven Copenhaver in the 300 block of Piasa Street in Alton Saturday after noon after he was struck by a pickup truck By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON An 8yearold city boy suffered a bloody nose and a broken tooth when he ran in front of a pickup truck Saturday afternoon on busy Piasa Street Police said Steven Copenhaver was running up the sidewalk outside of the Oasis Caravan shop 305 Piasa with some other boys when he darted into the street around Sharon Anderson of Bethalto had slowed to nearly a stop when her Pord 150 truck bumped Steven Witness Nova Harris of East Alton said Anderson See YOUTH Page A11 New Alton Belle Casino open for business Barge replaces St Louis original boat By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON The Alton Belle II quietly slipped into place Saturday morning next to two new brightly colored barges on the Mississippi River After some minor connec tion work Argosy Gaming threepart gambling facility awaited the wideeyed onslaught of casino patrons who would be the first to expe More Alton Belle pictures PageA10 rience the casinos latest offer ings Its a lot said Mary Steen of North St Louis County I knew it was open but I didnt know they did all of this It looks a lot Standing in the customer ser vice line across from the Key West Bar Steen and her hus band Les gaped upward at the bright green and blue bal conies in the Captains Buffet seating areas and the Outfitters Grill all bedecked in Christmas decorations Les Steen said he is not much of a gambler But Im going to look around and he said Besides the two See BELLE Page A11 CONSTRUCTION Rams still have plenty to play for NFC West champs play Saints Sunday By WARREN MAYES Telegraph sports editor ST LOUIS One week after clinching the NFC West Division the Rams might be able to gain homefield advan tage for the playoffs The Rams play at noon today in New Orleans against the Saints St Louis 102 must defeat the 210 Saints and have the Washington Redskins lose to nail down the home field in the playoffs next month Its no guarantee youll See RAMS Page A11 The BADMAN A huge Christmas tree greets customers entering the lobby of the new Alton Belle Casino landing Saturday afternoon Cd jour Pktort with Sailta Jam Cotortvme in Helping Others During the Hotittays
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