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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - December 15, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Alton Optical Optometrist team opens j ceior counts new business j sweet potatoes add j glow to winter Page Dl jPage Bl 334 50 cents December Woman charged in 96 killing By LINDA WELLER Telegraph staff writer v EDWARDSVILLE The Madison County States Attorneys Office charged a sixth suspect Tuesday in the 1996killing of Antonio Ray of Charita of the 900 block of Tremont Street in faces charges 61 concealment of a homicidal death for cleaning up Rays blood from the floors of the home of another sus Eddie authorities Detective Jason Pittman Simmons of the Alton Police Department Accused of concealing homicide said police were searching Tuesday for who was believed to be in She was not in custody Tuesday A judge set bond for Pittman at Simmons said Pittman was uncooperative with police dur ing their investigation of Rays which also contributed to the concealment At the she saw the beating and saw the victim thrown in the trunk ofthe She could have helped Simmons Five men are suspected of beating inside Alexanders house in the 2100 block of Humbert Street in Police said the men used a baseball feet and fists to beat Ray at a Two of the men then drove the victim who was placed inside a car trunk across the Clark Bridge and dumped his body on the north bound lanes of Route 367 in West authorities An Alton motorist hit Rays which was lying in the dark roadway and clad in darkcolored Authorities are not sure when or where Ray See Page A9 Collecting goods The BADMAN Students at North Middle School pack up some of the canned goods collected for donation Tuesday to the Crisis Food Center in Page A7 Legislature takes up firearms bill Special session called to rewrite overturned law By DEBORAH BATES staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Illinois legislators will meet again today to address a controversial law that could make illegal transportation of a firearm a After waiting for seven the Senate took the floor about 4 House members were told theyd take the floor at 11 Evelyn Bowles said she has not yet taken a stand on the I want to see the she 1 want to see what they are proposing before I takea stand on It would be untoward at this point to George Ryan called legislators to spe cial session this week to rewrite a 1994 law that was overturned by the Supreme Court The gun transportation which made illegal transportation of a firearm a was deemed unconstitutional because it addressed several unrelated Legislators must decide if the law should make illegal transportation of a firearm felony or if it should be a as it was until That was adequate as far as I am con said William Madison County states he he isnt against See Page A9 Fire guts East Alton Domes second floor Rest of occupants safe By kERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer EAST ALTON A dozen firefighters half from East Alton and half from Wood RiVec doused a blaze in less 10 minutes that destroyed the interior of a homes but spared the ground LlEast Alton Fire Chief ering said the call came in at and firefighters from both departments were on the scene at 509 East Louis within three Although an investigation into details of the cause con Ringering said it has been ruled The home was occupied at the time of the he See Page A9 GoortV Mornihcj Board C6 r Obituaries A5 mim 9R Employees stunned by Big Boy closing CONSTRUCTION The BADMAN The Alton Big Boy restaurant was one of many Big Boys in the area that closed its doors last By LINDA WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON Last Fridays unexpected closing of the Big Boy Restaurant in Alton stunned its employees and cast a cloud over their At 3 corpo rate came in and closed said Lisa former gen eral manager of the restau rant at 181 Homer Adams None of us had any idea this was of said the corporate officials offered no explanation as to why they were closing the Alton restau rant and 21 others in the Kansas City and Jefferson They asked four people to stay behind and do an invento ry of the food items that were still in the Barker They closed it for us and changed the the whole nine Barker said the officials have not offered assistance in finding new employment for the laidoff workers or said whether any of the employees tt None of us had any idea this was Lisa Barker former general manager will receive severance It was particularly upsetting for the workers to be laid off two weeks before she The Alton restaurant had two managers and 20 employ Barker said officials at the Big Boy corporate office in Michigan have not returned her We dont know any Barker She said business at the Alton restau rant had been increasing Tony executive vice president of marketing and public relations for Elias Brothers of did not return calls from The Telegraph Monday or See Page A9   

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