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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - April 22, 2004, Alton, Illinois                                 SPORTS: Welker hired as Roxana football coach Page DI  NATION & WORLD: Suicide attacks kill at least 68 people in Iraq Page 64  TEI I ( MWW  50 CENTS-Vol. 169, No. 99 Thursday,April22,2004 f \ Serving the River Bend since 1836     www.thetelegraph.com   Granite City couple dies in crash  By SHAWN CLUBB  The Telegraph  Country club controller, wife had just left gathering in Collinsville  COLLINSVILLE — An    club’s controller and his wife    Collinsville when they    pulled    pronounced Lawrence E.    Eastport Plaza Drive    pulled into the intersection to  outing for the bosses of    were killed in a traffic crash    onto Horseshoe Lake    Road,    Prater, 63, and Glenna S.    Sgt Dave Schneider of the    go west on Horseshoe Lake  Sunset Hills Country Club to    in Collinsville.    and their car was hit    broad-    Prater, 55, of Reta Court in    Collinsville    Police    Road He said a 1996 Ford  show appreciation to their    The Granite City couple    side by a pickup truck.    Granite City, dead at 10:47    Department said the couple's    Ranger pickup truck driven  assistants turned tragic    had just left the gathering at    Madison County coroner’s    p.m. Tuesday at the scene on    '2002 Buick LeSabre was on  Tuesday night when the    Porter’s Steakhouse in    investigator Todd Ballard    Horseshoe Lake Road at    Eastport Plaza Drive and    See COUPLE, Page AT  By SHAWN CLUBB  The Telegraph  EDWARDSVILLE - A Madison County coroner’s jury ruled Wednesday that a man found dead in February in the Alton Ixiwe’s parking lot died from a cocaine over dose.  The cause of death is (lit ferent than the court charge levied against one defendant, who allegedly left the man in his car where it was alleged he died of exposure  Deputy Coroner Roger Smith told the jury that the body of William J Stubbs, 51, ut East Elm Street, Alton, was found in car on Feb.  13 in the parking lot of Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse at 1619 Homer Adams Parkway, Alton, when an employee was col lect mg carts  Detective Chris Mattila of the Alton Police Department testified that Stobbs had been at a residence in the 600 block of Elfgen Street, Alton, on the previous evening He said the residents of that address told police that Stobbs had cocaine at their home and had been ingesting it.  Mattila said the suspects claimed Stobbs had gotten out of control, and they wanted him away from there He said they put him in his car, and two of them drove him to Lowe’s and left him The detective said one of the suspects later went back and drove Stobbs to another location, undressed him and took him back to Ixjwe’s  The detective said the suspects had undressed Stobbs to get "money, drugs, anything of value.” He said they told police Stobbs had been moving around and snoring the first time they drove him to Lowe's, and that he had still been snoring on the second trip there.  Stobbs  Matt Dobson, center,- a member of the Power Team, a traveling motivational group that performed stunts of strength Wednesday at Alton s East Middle School, lifts sixth-graders Jennifer Ingram, left, and Curstesha Parks off the gym floor. At right, later in the performance, Dobson carried sixth-grader John Ring around on his back. The Power Team, which will be performing at several area schools through Friday, talked to students briefly about holding onto their goals and dreams. A larger performance will be held at 7 p.m. today and Friday at Alton First Southern Baptist Church at 4500  Humbert Road in Alton.  The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN  Powei’ Team  IN THIS ISSUE:  Area ..................A3,6,8  Classifieds .................C5  Comics & Horoscope    B2  Editorial ................. A4    Region  Nation & World    C4    Stocks  Obituaries............. A5    Television  Cl    OBITUARIES INSIDE: Bigley, Burton, Goibricht,  C2    Gresham Hagen, Kruschik, Markov/ch,  B3    Robertson, Shaw. Stanton, Talty. Wieneke  Mayor to call  Man found in Lowes lot overdosed  meeting on crisis  on cocaine  Court charge had claimed victim died of exposure  Physicians, officials to discuss malpractice issue, doctor exodus  By LIHDA N. WELLER  The Telegraph  ALTON — Although not city business per se, Mayor Don Sandidge plans to call an “urgent meeting” of Alton physicians, hospital officials, congressmen, aldermen and others to discuss the ongoing exodus of doctors from the area.  On Monday, the alder-manic Committee of the Whole is expected to recommend a resolution to the full City Council authorizing the forum  Sandldge  which officials "respectfully request” be held within 30 days.  The City Council meeting is Wednesday.  “I would like to see them all get together and decide what is the best way to approach this,” Sandidge said. “We’re just joining with everybody else to take it to another region; we’ve got to do something. We are losing doctors right and left. We are getting hurt badly.”  The mayor said he has attended such seminars sponsored by the Growth Association of Southwestern Illinois and the Southwestern Illinois Council of Mayors. The latter group asked its members to hold similar meetings in their respective cities to expand discussion and awareness of the problem, he said.  Representatives from Alton hospitals also “have asked us to get involved,” Sandidge said.  He said he hopes the meeting could result in a plan or increased awareness of the problem but acknowledged that, as mayor, there is not much he can do to alleviate the problem  “I am the mayor of a little city, but at least they can know how I feel about it,” he said.  Health officials praised Sandidge’s efforts.  “I’m grateful to the mayor and the council. We have shared with the mayor and aldermen our grave concerns about what is being allowed  See MAYOR, Page A7  See MAN, Page AT  Wood River womans slaying called most vicious in decade  By SHERI MCWHIRTER  The Telegraph  EDWARDSVILLE - The February slaying of a single mother in Wood River may be the city’s most gruesome case in more than a decade, police said Wednesday.  Single mother, 21, was stabbed to death in home in February; suspect in custody  The killing of 21-year-old Rachel L. Hayes of Wood River was ruled a homicide Wednesday by the Madison County coroner’s jury that heard the inquest The man charged with murder in her  death, Matthew A. Davis, 24, of the 3800 block of Horn Street in Alton, remains held without bond in the Madison County Jail.  “She died as a result of stab wounds," said Madison County  Coroner Steve Nonn, adding that no drugs or alcohol were found in the victim’s system during the autopsy  See BUYING, Page A?  Hayes   

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