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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - April 22, 2004, Alton, Illinois SPORTS Welker hired as Roxana football coach 01 tttHM WORLD Suicide attacks kill at least 68 people in Iraq Pip 4 THE ElflBVol Serving the River Bend since 1836 Granite City couple dies in crash By SHAWN GLUBB The Telegraph COLLINSVILLE An outing for the bosses of Sunset Hills Country Club to show appreciation to their assistants turned tragic Tuesday night when the Mayor to call meeting on crisis to discuss malpractice issue doctor exodus By LINDA 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 recom mend a reso lution to the full City Council authorizing the forum Sandidge which offi cials 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 Sandidge said Were just joining with everybody else to take it to another region weve got to do something We are losing doctors right and left We are getting hurt 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 prob lem he said Representatives from Alton hospitals also have asked us to get Sandidge said He said he hopes the meeting could result in a plan or increased awareness of the problem but acknowl edged that as mayor there is not much he can do to alle viate the problem I am the mayor of a little city but at least they can know how I feel about he said Health officials praised Sandidges efforts Im 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 A Country club controller wife had just left gathering in Collinsville clubs controller and his wife were killed in a traffic crash in Collinsville The Granite City couple had just left the gathering at Porters Steakhouse in Collinsville when they pulled onto Horseshoe Lake Road and their car was hit broad side by a pickup truck Madison County coroners investigator Todd Ballard pronounced Lawrence E Prater 63 and Glenna S Prater 55 of Reta Court in Granite City dead at Tuesday at the scene on Horseshoe Lake Road at Eastport Plaza Drive Sgt Dave Schneider of the Collinsville Police Department said the couples 2002 Buick LeSabrc was on Eastport Plaza Drive and pulled into the intersection to go west on Horseshoe Lake Road He said a 1996 Ford Ranger pickup truck driven Power Team Matt Dobson center a member of the Power Team a traveling motivational group that performed stunts of strength Wednesday at Altons East Middle School lifts sixthgraders Jennifer Ingram left and Curstesha Parks off the gym floor At right later In the performance Dobson carried sixthgrader John Ring around on his back The Power Team which will be performing at sev eral area schools through Friday talked to students briefly about holding onto their goals and dreams A larger performance will be held at 7 today and Friday at Alton First Southern Baptist Church at 4500 Humbert Road In Alton The BADMAN Sec COUPLE Page A Man found in Lowe s lot overdosed on cocaine Court charge had claimed victim died of exposure By SHAWN CLUBB The Telegraph EDWARDSVILLE A Madison County coroners jury ruled Wednesday that a man found dead in February in the Alton Lowes parking lot died from a cocaine over dose The cause of death is dif 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 Stobbs 51 of East Elm Street Alton was found in car on Feb 13 in the parking lot of Lowes Home Improvement Warehouse at 1619 Homer Adams Parkway Alton when an employee was col lecting 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 want ed him away from there He said they put him in his car and two of them drove him to Lowes and left him The detective said one of the sus pects later went back and drove Stobbs to another loca him and took him back to Lowes The detective said the sus pects had undressed Stobbs to get money drugs any thing of He said they told police Stobbs had been moving around and snoring the first time they drove him to Lowes and that he had still been snoring on the sec ond trip there Stobbs See MAN Page A Wood River womans slaying called most vicious in decade BySHERIMeWHIRTER The Telegraph EDWARDSVILLE The February slaying of a single mother in Wood River may be the citys 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 21yearold Rachel L Hayes of Wood River was ruled a homicide Wednesday by the Madison County coroners 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 said Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn adding that no drugs or alcohol were found in the victims system during the autopsy See SLAVING Page A Hayes IN THIS ISSUE Area Classifieds Comics Horoscope Editorial Nation World A4 Region C4 Stocks AS Television OBITUARIES INSIDE Bigley Burton Golbridk Gresham Hagen Kruschik Markovitch Robertson Shaw Stanton Talty Wieneke
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