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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - April 1, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 McBride Wood Works Shop specializes in custom wood projects Page D-l Vol. 164, No. 76 — 50 cents I Basobali Cougars split twin bill Page B-l : The outlook : Partly cloudy and mild; high near 72, low near 56 Page I>6 : Thursday, April 1,1999 Dancel Unique style of David Parsons comes to the Fox Theatre Page OI vwww.thetelegraph.comAldermen add donations to budget By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Aldermen wound up their discussion Wednesday night about an $18.3 million budget, to which they included $38,500 in donations to area civic groups. Besides consideration of 15 donation requests, aldermen also dis cussed revenue projections and proposed budgets for the police and fire departments. The aldermen had examined draft budgets of all the other city departments at a hearing Monday night. On Wednesday, the aldermen concluded the lengthy session by voting 6-0 to approve the two nights’ proceedings; a formal vote to accept the budget for next fiscal year is expected at the April 14 City Council meeting. Alderman Fred Young, 4th Ward, was absent. The fiscal year begins today; an aldermanic resolution permits the city to conduct business until the official vote to accept the budget. During discussion of the Police Department’s $5.4 million budget, aldermen questioned officials about the number of staff and plans to fund the police force when a federal COPS FAST grant runs out. Capt. Rick McCain said attrition would take care of the additional officers, but it would be up to the city to determine if more patrolmen would be needed in coming years. Some $4.8 million of the police budget will be spent on personnel costs for the department’s 92 employees; of that, $419,000 will be paid for out of grant money, said Lt. William Fitzgerald. The budget allows the department to purchase three new squad llSee BUDGET, Page A-9 Testimony in Sims case concludes By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Paula Sims will be back in court next Wednesday to try to convince a judge she did not get a fair trial or a just sentence for killing her daughter in Alton in 1989. Sims has been in court this week for a hearing on motions for a new trial or a reduced sentence. Testimony concluded on Wednesday with lawyer Chris Hunter, who consulted with Sims and her attorneys on matters of postpartum depression and potential conflict of interest. Lawyers also argued the request for a reduced sentence and will argue for and against the new trial motion Wednesday. Sims could have gotten a sentence of as little as 20 years, but the judge was laboring under a misconception, Assistant Public Defender Neil Hawkins argued in court Wednesday. Hawkins said the judge did not order a presentencing investigation as required by statute because he did not believe one was necessary. Hawkins said at a hearing in circuit court Wednesday that Sims’ sentence could have ranged from 20 years to 60 years, but the judge apparently felt he was limited to giving her the death sentence or natural life in prison, so no presentencing investigation was necessary. Sims is asking for a new trial based on an allegation of inadequate representation, or for a new sentence Paula Sims Returns to court next week based on an incorrect application of the law in her sentencing, Hawkins said. Sims is serving a life sentence for the 1989 murder of her 6-week-old daughter, Heather, in Alton and for concealment and obstruction of justice in the 1986 death of her 13-day-old daughter, Loralei, in Jersey County. Chief Circuit Judge Andy Matoesian said it would be improper for him to comment. The motion on sentence reduction was taken under advisement by Judge John Delaurenti. Before the arguments on that motion, the court heard testimony from attorney Hunter, who testified that he researched matters of postpartum depression and potential conflict of interest. Hunter objected to testifying but was overruled by Delaurenti. Hunter said he drew up an explanation of the matters he researched and discussed them with Paula Sims before her trial. Churches planning special services By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer Area/Illinois..................A-3 Bulletin Board..............A-8 Business......................D-1 Classifieds...................C-8 Comics.........................B-4 Editorial........................A-4 Nation/World................C-7 Obituaries....................A-5 Butler, Byrd-Sanbom, Deem, Goodman, Killion, Miller, O’Boyle, Ozee, Paul, Rathgeber, Rezabek, Shipley, Tracy, Wheeler, Zilinski Preview.........................C-2 Scoreboard..................B-2 Stocks..........................D-2 Television,...................C-3 Weather........................D-6 Weekend....;.................C-1 ALTON — Churches across the area will be holding special services to celebrate Easter beginning tonight. Calvary Baptist Church, 1422 Washington Ave., will observe the lord’s Supper by candlelight this evening beginning at 7 p.m. “We will be reflecting on the time before Christ was crucified." said Rayford Raby, music director at Calvary. The church sanctuary has been draped in black cloth with black curtains pulled over the windows for the service. Church members dressed in costumes to portray Christ and the 12 disciples will reenact the Last Supper while the congregation observes the Lord’s Supper. The costumed Christ will then lead the congregation to the rear lot of the church, where three large crosses stand. A short service before the three crosses will include the man portrayirig Christ praying, then being placed on the cross. “Ifs a way to more accu- ■ See SERVICES, Page A-9 The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH The Rev. Rick Patrick, associate pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Alton, and the rest of the congregation will celebrate a special Easter sunrise service on Sunday when the darkened auditorium will be slowly brightened to symbolize the resurrection of Christ. Quilt helps mother heal, others learn me I eiegraph/MAHtaih M. dAFirsifco cky Cannedy, of Bethalto, and her grandson, Dustin Robert Cannedy, 3, hold a cture of Teresa Lynn Cannedy who was killed by a drunk driver Nov. 26,1997. In e background is a quilt made for MADD in her memory. By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO - The local MADD chapter will get a little T.L.C. from a mother on the mend from a fatal traffic crash. Vicky Cannedy of the 200 block of Virginia Avenue in Bethalto sewed a quilt in honor of her T.L.C., which stands for her daughter’s name, Theresa Lynn Cannedy. “It’s part of the healing process,” said Cyndi Brown, a victim’s advocate for Madison County Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Vicky Cannedy made a quilt that bears the names of young people, including her daughter, who died in traffic accidents caused by drunk driving. “They were all killed in DUI accidents, but this quilt hardly puts a dent in the names of all of the victims,” Cannedy said. The quilt is being donated to MADD by Cannedy and her husband, Terry. It will be taken to MADD public education presentations as a way of illustrating the point that driving drunk is a terrible crime, Brown said. MADD tentatively has scheduled a presentation for April 22 at Theresa Cannedy’s alma mater, Civic Memorial High School in Bethalto, just before prom night. Vicky Cannedy said she got the idea for the quilt from a friend, Virginia Melow, who made quilts from some of Theresa’s clothing after she died in a crash in Macoupin County on ■ See QUILT, Page A-9 I ” - - .................... ■ -:-— <PS' THURSDAY, APR. 1 "STONEBRAKER" ffpptES BonAir V WI FRIDAY, APR. 2 "STONEBRAKER" ■EKEND BANI SATURDAY, APR. 3 "I BAND" OS SUNDAY, APR. 4 Open 11 am ‘Hippy Easier" • No Band • > a / ;