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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - January 29, 1999, Alton, Illinois 1-800-833-9424 Touch Tone 24 Hours (Illinois Sales Tax * Included in Loan) “Your Credit is not as Bad as you think’’ We are the leader in getting you approved! (314) 416-1600 1-55 AT MERAMEC BOTTOM RO. SOUTH COUNTY MO (314) 921 -IOOO HOO N. HWY. 67 (LINDBERGH), FLORISSANT, MO (314) 89S-1600 1-270 & MCDONNELL BLVD., HAZELWOOD, MO (314) 939-1600 (-70 OUTER RD BETWEEN CAVE SPRINGS A MC RIVERS HAU DR ST PETERS VO MI Auto Credit Help County to audit Bathon spending By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Madison County officials have voted to audit Fred Bathon’s spending when he was auditor. Bathon, now Madison County treasurer, told County Board members Thursday they are “misinformed." heated words were exchanged in the Madison County Administration Building between Bathon and members of the Finance Committee, which voted 5-0 to hire an independent auditing firm to review Bathon’s for mer office. “This is a personal issue, and you are misinformed at what you’re doing," Bathon told committee members. Two weeks ago, chief deputy auditor Pete Fields and other county officials determined that something needed to be done about some “questionable expenses.” The County Board then authorized the committee to seek a firm. Officials’ concerns include nearly $20,OOO spent on furniture and equipment for the Treasurer’s Office that was ■ See BATHON Page A-13 Area priests joined in Mass with pontiff __ By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ST. LOUIS - The Rev. John Wykes celebrated his 35th birthday Wednesday by concelebrating the Mass with Pope John Paul II in the Trans World Dome in St. Louis. “It was the best birthday gift in my life to be in the presence of the Holy Father and to say the Mass along with him,” ■ Death penalty commuted on said Wykes, a priest at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton. Wykes, a former    , newspaper reporter pop© S request for a suburban Detroit g| Alton nuns newspaper, was . ordained as a Roman Cook, iron for pontiff catholic priest last ■ Prayers work May.    .    7 He celebrates Mass Wonders at the historic St.    Page 3 Mary’s church and serves as campus rrunister at Marquette Catholic High School in Alton. Wykes was joined in the concelebration by other priests who live at St. Mary’s rectory - the Rev. Craig MacMahon, the Rev. Andy Huhtanen and the Rev Dan Barron The Rev, John Paul Klein, the pastor at St. Mary’s, was unable to attend He is a member of the general counsel of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary and is attending a meeting in Rome. “It was an incredible, moving spiritual experience when Pope John Paul II entered the TWA dome and we heard 100,000 people respond with ■ See PRIESTS, Page A-13 Area/Illinois .A-3-11 Bulletin Board A-1*0 Business C-1 Classifieds ... .C-9 Comics C-6 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope ... .C-6 Nation/world .. .C-8 Obituaries A-5 Champlin, Egeditch, Gootee, Grills, Lair, Navarre, Oertel, Scheifer, Seymoure, Tague, Torrez, Vambaketes Scoreboard ... .B-2 Stocks........C-2 Television C-7 The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Priests from St. Mary's Catholic Church rectory in Alton, from left, the Rev. Craig MacMahon, the Rev. Andrew Huhtanen, the Rev. John Wykes and the Rev. Dan Barron, concelebrated the Mass Wednesday with Pope John Paul ll at the Trans World Dome in St. Louis. WM : * 46 years Mercantile’s David Haggard retires Page C-1 Vol. 164, No. 15 — 50 cents SCC Wrestling Vandalia wins asteam Page R-l The outlook Goudywitha chance of rain; high near 43,low near 31 Page R-8 Friday, January 29,1999 Bridal Guide Follow our bridal couple as they prepare for the )igaay Special Section www.thetelegraph.com Juror asks leniency for killer Prosecutor to seek maximum sentence in beating death The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Pallbearers carry the coffin of Frances Jackson, founder of the Crisis Food Center, at her funeral Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church of Alton. Alton mourns woman of compassion "For I was hungry and you fed me; I was thirsty and you gave me water; I was a stranger and you invited me into your homes; naked and you clothed me; sick and in prison, and you visited me. ” Matthew 25:35-36 By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer ALTON — The Alton community came together Thursday to say goodbye to a woman “of compassion.” Funeral services were held for Frances Jackson, founder of the Crisis Food Center in Alton, at First Presbyterian Church at Alby and Fourth streets. Mourners remembered a mother not only to her own family but to the community as well. Jackson, who died Saturday at the age of 90, was described as a friend of the homeless and hungry. Jackson founded the center, 21 ,E Sixth St., in 1977. “We have come together for the life of Frances Jackson and gather to seek comfort from God and one another,” the Rev. Matthew L. Richardson said. Richardson said the biblical verses Matthew 25:31-46 were near and dear to Jackson’s heart, as evidenced by her work at Crisis Food ■ See WOMAN. Page A-13 By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A juror who helped convict an Alton teen-ager in the mob-beating death of Richard Skelton is imploring the judge in the case to impose the minimum sentence of 20 years. But the prosecutor said he plans to seek the maximum 60-year sentence in order that justice be served. The*woman, identified as Juror No. I during Taiwan Davis’ recent trial, wrote a letter this week to Associate Judge James Hackett asking him to be lenient when he imposes sentence. Davis, 17, was found guilty last week of first-degree murder in the death of Skelton, 48, of Wood River. Skelton was the victim of a mob attack by up to 20 people in Alton last August Davis was accused of using a 3-foot broomstick to beat Skelton om the head and body, although on the stand he said his swings did not connect. In the letter, the woman told Hackett she had no trouble voting with the other jurors to find Davis guilty but was troubled by the prospect of sending him to prison for up to 60 years. The woman said she based her opinion, among other things, on a conversation she had with Davis’ former football coach at Alton High School. Hackett could not be reached for comment late Thursday regarding ■ See JUROR, Page A-13 Taiwan Davis Convicted of murder ;

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