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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - May 11, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 stanley Gun Blues skate past Stars in overtime Page GI Partly sunny and warm; nigh near 82, low near 61 Page C-8 ColorTyme opens its doors on Homer Adams Parkway Page I)-1 Vol. 164, No. 116 — 50 cents Tuesday, May 11,1999 Si S®". Di®k Durb/n called on area leaders in education and law enforcement to attend a school safety forum at Edwardsvme Hiqh Allison Ka°pn|llaysen1o>rW:    9    h,S    P°mt t0 the panel was Terrance Al,en’ a sen'Or who represented his fellow students, along with ‘A natural disaster' Durbin seeks fundsi to help prevent violence in schools By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE — U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin aims to convince fellow congressmen that school violence is a natural disaster that should be addressed with emergency funds. Money for counselors, metal detectors, violence prevention coordinators and after-school programs could be paid for with $996 million being sought by Durbin as part of a $14 billion-plus bill that Congress is considering for emergency use, including tornado reliel in the United States and the war in Kosovo. “What happened at Littleton, Colo., was a natural disaster," Durbin said during a forum at Edwardsville High School on Monday morning. “Is ■ See DURBIN, Page A-7 www.thetelegraph.com Chemetco, five others charged with conspiracy By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer HARTFORD — Chemetco and five other defendants who are former employees of the copper smelter near Hartford were arraigned in U.S. District Court on Monday at the bench of Magistrate Judge Gerald B. Cohn. Each defendant was charged with conspiracy under Section! 2 and 371 of United States Code 18. The case charges that Chemetco, acting through its managers and others, continued to discharge pollutants regularly into Long Lake from a secret pipe until the action was discovered by inspectors from the Illinois Environmental Protection ■ See CHEMETCO. Page A-7 Alleged escape plot is revealed Former cellmates say suspect also plotted to kill witnesses By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - An alleged plot by James A. “Raven” Evans to escape from jail by slitting his wrists and being transferred to Alton Mental Health Center was included in testimony Monday at Evans’ pre-1 i rn i n a r y hearing on a murder con-s p i r a c y charge,    _ Two    of Evans Evans’ former cellmates testified Monday about his alleged recent attempt to murder potential witnesses in the case against him in the 1995 murder of Nekemar K. "Pookie” Pearson. The testimony before Circuit Judge Lawrence Keshner persuaded the judge to find probable cause to hold Evans on four counts connected to the plot to kill witnesses. Witness William Jenkins of Madison said that Evans was allegedly planning to pay for the “hits" from money from illegal drug sales. Another witness, Tommie Rounds of Alton, testified Monday that Evans had solicited Rounds lo kill laster Warr and to arrange the killing of Clifford Wheeler. Rounds also testified about planning with Evans to get paid for the murders and obtaining the gun to kill Lester Warr. Both Lester Warr and Clifton Wheeler may testify in the trial of Evans in the murder of Pearson. Rounds alleged in testimony Monday that a female friend of Evans gave Rounds a ,25-caliber automatic handgun with which to shoot Lester Warr. Rounds and the woman were reportedly under surveillance at the time the gun changed hands. Rounds testified that he later turned the weapon over to Sgt. Brad Wells of the Madison County Sheriff’s ■ See PLOT, Page A-7 Area/Illinois.......A-3 Bulletin Board A-6 Business.........D-1 Classifieds........C-6 Comics...........B-2 Editorial..........A-4 Nation/World......A-8 Obituaries........A-5 Gettings, Karl, Pacatte, Phillips, Thompson Scoreboard.......C-2 Stocks..........D-2-4 Television ........B-3 700 Rolls in slock Vinyl from 33< sq. lf. Carpet from 33 < sq. ft. Pergo/Mohawk Laminant Wood Flooring from ' I 99 ft.Jury’s verdict nets couple $1.25 million in railroad caseBy DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE — A jury awarded a New Douglas area couple $2.5 million for their son’s railroad crossing death, but cut the figure in half by determining that he was 50 percent at fault. Robert and Evelyn Kelso will get $1.25 million in the case against Union Pacific Railroad Co. The jury returned the decision after 2V2 hours of deliberation Monday afternoon. The railroad’s attorney said the verdict will be appealed. The Kelsos’ son, Steven A. Kelso, 20, was killed instantly Dec. 12, 1995, when his Dodge pickup was hit by a northwest bound freight train on a railroad crossing on Springfield Drive just west of Edwardsville. Central to the weeklong case in the courtroom of Chief Associate Judge Randall Bono was the condition of the crossing and its history of accidents. ■ See RAILROAD, Page A-7 Military noisemaker Au •    •    * nu    »■    .    x    ^    The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN A Harrier jet, a military vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, roars over Roselawn Memory Gardens cemetery Wednesday while practicirtg touch-and-go landings at St. Louis Regional Airport in Bethalto. Neighbors have complained about the intense noise level of military aircraft that use the airport. ;

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