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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - January 1, 1999, Alton, Illinois www rtwfefMjrswhrmn •- ,* Area/Illinois .... A-3, 6 Bulletin Board .... .C-2 Business  ....0-1 Classifieds........C-5 Comics...........C-4 Editorial  .....A-4 Horoscope   ......C-4 Nation/World......A-8 Obituaries........A-5 Bassford, Clark, Dunnagan, Forsythe, Graff Ord, Palier, Pedigo, Roglis Region...........C-1 Scoreboard  ......C-2 Stocks...........D-2 Television ........D-5 Weather..........D-8 —  t- —- The Telegraph/. IOHN BADMAN The snow on the holly branches of a tree on McKinley Boulevard in Alton, below, is likely to get a lot heavier if snow predictions for tonight hold true. The few inches received in the area Wednesday made a soft bed for the horseplay of David Zimmer, 12, above, as he played with a friend in the 3000 block of Brown Street on Thursday, but predictions of up to 12 inches will be no laughing matter.Police: ‘A bullet was found' By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - Analysis is being done on what could become key evidence in the killing of Michael Kafka — a bullet discovered in his body during the autopsy. Poli^p Cuiifirmed for the first time Thursday that a bullet was removed from the body of the 30-year-old Edwardsville man, who had been shot once through the heart. But police would not comment on the caliber and offered no other insight on the shooting. “A bullet was found and it is being analyzed,” Director of Police Bennett Dickmann said. “That’s all I can say at this time.” But Dickmann did stress that authorities have rededicated themselves to solving the crime. Six detectives from the Illinois State Police and four officers from the Edwardsville Police Department met for a long strategy session Wednesday afternoon. “We brainstormed and wanted to make sure we were going in the right direction without missing obvious things,” Dickmann said. “We have not run out of things to do.” Dickmann said he doesn’t see an arrest warrant “in the near future unless there would be a sudden and rather dramatic development.” Kafka was found by his wife, Michelle, the evening of Dec. 22 in the passenger seat of his Nissan Sentra while it was parked in the driveway of his home in the 1400 block of Madison Avenue. Police are investigating links with three 911 calls D ade the evening of the death. The first was a bomb threat made against the Wal-Mart store in Glen Carbon just before 7 ■ See BULLET, Page A-7 Apply by Phone 1-800-833-9424 Touch Tone 24 Hours (Illinois Sales Tax Included in Loan) Woman killed in 1-270 wreck_ By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A Wood River woman was killed Thursday morning when she lost control of her vehicle on Interstate 270 a mile from the Mississippi River. Heather C. Hayes, 24, was believed to be on her way to work around 8:15 a m. when the accident occurred, Illinois State Police said. She was westbound near the Chain of Rocks Canal between Granite City and Mitchell when the car veered into the median and turned over upside down in the right lane of eastbound 270, police said. The vehicle traveled 385 feet after it left the westbound roadway. Hayes was ejected shortly before the vehicle came to a rest, her body landing on the interstate pavement, police said. “The driver behind her said she went off the road a little bit and assumed she overcorrected and went sideways into the ditch,” Trooper Ralph Timmins said. “After she left the roadway and went into the median, she struck a pile of frozen gravel, overturned, struck a guard rail and was ejected.” Hayes was the only person ™i See WRECK, Page A-7 “Your Credit is not as Bad as you bink” We are the leader in getting you approved! {(314) 416-16C0 • 1 (888) 227-6321 I-55 al Mwamec Bottom Rd So. County MO ♦ * ¥ ¥ ¥ Auto Credit Help Vol. 163 No. 351 50 cents Ti ’ I : E Wings of Hops Plight of South Americans brings pilot down Page C-l ; What a kick i All-Area i Soccer I Team I named Page 0-1 Alhambra kicks off yearlong celebration Friday January 1. 1999 Playing Santa Freer Auto Body adopts family for the holidays • Page D-l Big chill, snow expected to ring in the new year By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON — The New Year may blow into The Telegraph area like a winter lion today with a blast of arctic air and a heavy snow storm. “We’re expecting a winter storm on New Year’s afternoon with 25 mph winds and accumulation of more than 6 inches of snow across the Alton area," said Tom Spriggs, a meteorologist at the St. Louis National Weather Service. State, county and city road crews are ready with tons of salt and snow plows to clear drifting snow from streets and highways. “We’ve loaded the trucks with salt and alerted our road crews to be prepared for a major snow storm,” said Kent Muskopf, operations engineer at the Illinois Department of Transportation at Collinsville. The snow may start to fall this afternoon and continue tonight and Saturday with bitter cold and a wind chill of 14 degrees below zero, Spriggs ■ See CHILL, Page A-7 The Outlook Cold with a chance of snow. High around 27. Page IM By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALHAMBRA — The people of Alhambra will celebrate New Year’s Day with a giant birthday cake and a party for ISO years of the town’s history. “At 12:01 a.m. New Year’s Day, we’ll blow out 150 candles for each year of our town’s history,” resident Deb Reckmann said Thursday. “We’ll all sing “Happy Birthday’ to Alhambra.” A crowd was to gather at the Alhambra Firemen-Legion Hall for a big New Year’s Eve community party to start the town’s 1999 sesquicentennial celebration. “On New Year’s Eve, (we a rn he people of I our town are proud of their pioneering spirit and they’ll relive their history in the bis sesquicentennial in 1999.” Deb Reckman Alhambra resident had) the biggest birthday party in the history of our ■ See ALHAMBRA, Page A-7 The Telegraph/PAUL MACKIE Deb Reckmann and Alhambra Mayor Jeff Hurst blow out the 150 candles on the cake Reckmann baked for Alhambra’s New Year’s Eve party to celebrate the 150th birthday of the town. ;