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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - November 27, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 _ TELEGRAPH* On the Ice Blues shut out Sabers Page Bl Vol. 164, No. 316 - 50 cents The Homerldge A quiet night off the beaten path Page Cl The outlook Partly cloudy and mild; high 59, low 38 House of China Giving back to their community Page D6 Page DI Saturday, November 27,1999 www.thetelegraph.com Death penalty changes considered By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Attorneys who try capital murder cases in Illinois may one day have to meet minimum standards before they can represent or prosecute a defendant. That is one of several changes to the death penalty process being recommended Minimum standards for lawyers in such cases proposed by a special judicial committee appointed earlier this year by the Illinois Supreme Court. The court is asking the committee, which includes two Madison County judges, to get more input on its lengthy report by holding several public hearings. “Even the best system can be improved upon,” Chief Justice Charles E. Freeman said. “But improvements cannot be made without the dissemination of constructive and critical comment." The court is not united in its sentiment. Justice James Heiple, who in April disagreed with the rest of the court on the need to form the committee, now says the committee should not be the overseer of the public hearings. “While I agree that public hearings should be held on these proposals, those hearings, most decidedly, should not be conducted by this self same committee,” Heiple s opinion states. “After all, this committee of judges has already studied the matter and made its recommendations With all due respect, would any litigant in a case want to appear before a tribunal that had already announced its decision in his case?” The committee should have gotten input from prosecutors, law enforcement, defense attorneys and others before making its report, Heiple said. The court has other committees that could have handled the task, he said. In April, Heiple referred to the committee’s formation as a “public relations gesture” by ■ See CHANGES, Page A9 Faculty, LCCC agree on contract Five-year pact longest ever approved at college Let the shopping begin By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY — Accelerated negotiations between Lewis and Clark Community College and the college’s faculty association have culminated in a five-year contract agreement, the longest contract ever approved at the college. The LCCC Board of Trustees has voted to approve the agreement, the last step in an accelerated negotiation process that began more than a month ago. The faculty association approved the agreement Nov. 16 by a three-to-one margin. “It’s important that we’ve been able to reach this agreement,” said Dale Chapman, college president. “Now that we have a sense of where we’re going with labor issues, we can concentrate on strategic plans to move the institution ahead. We’re very proud of this agree- _  ment.    We think it is a win-win situation for the college and the faculty.” The college’s current contract with the faculty association does not expire until June 30. The new contract is effective from July I, 2000, until the end of the summer term in 2005. The contract includes annual salary increases averaging 4.8 percent for the school’s 80 fulltime faculty members. Staff and managers will receive the same percentage salary increases as faculty. The agreement also includes guidelines for the development of Internet-based courses, a new provision in faculty contracts. The terms encourage faculty members to create these new courses and include provisions to allow Internet classes to progress with lower enroll- ■ See LCCC, Page A9 a 'N Tow that we have IM a sense of where we’re going with labor issues, we can concentrate on strategic plans to move the institution ahead.” Dale Chapman LCCC president loliday shoppers form a line to wait for their turn Friday at the K B Toy and Hobby Shop at Alton Square.    ^ Pokemon rush brings out the early birds ‘Great beginning of season’ By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — More than 500 shoppers lined up in front of the Alton Target at 6.55 a.m. Friday morning, awaiting the store’s 7 a.m. opening. Within an hour of opening, Target customer service representatives had handed out all 1,000 contest entry forms. The forms were to be given to the first 1,000 guests and offered chances to win a Pokemon backpack and scooter. Lance Petross, store manager, said the stream of shoppers stayed consistent throughout the morning and afternoon. Target is one of many stores reporting large sales volumes on the official first day of the holiday shopping season. “We’ve had a great beginning of the season,” ■ See POKEMON, Page A9 I The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Sue Johnson of Alton pushes her cart and carries her bags after an early Friday morning stop at Kmart on the Homer Adams Parkway. Good Morning # Woman arrested in Thanksgiving fraud Told grocers she needed donated meat for churches Area/Illinois.......A3-10 Bulletin Board........A8 Business............01 Classifieds   C6 Comics  ........C4 Editorial.............A4 Horoscope ..........C4 Nation/world.........D5 Obituaries  ..........AS Aljets, Enke, Faletti, Feyerabpnd, Frueh, Hawkins, Hillig, Hinthorne, Kanturek, Oehlert, Owens, Quinn, Roady, Sandler, Westerhold Scoreboard..........C2 Stocks..............D2 Television ...........C5 Weather.............D6 By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ALTON — A woman who falsely told several grocery stores she was collecting food for churches was arrested by Alton police on Thanksgiving Day. Mary Ann Thomas, 24, of New Delhi, began her fraudulent collection of the more than $1,000 worth of turkeys, hams and roasts Nov. IO and ll in Jerseyville, Alton police said. Alton police Detective Jake Simmons said Thomas first visited Sinclair’s Grocery Store in Jerseyville claiming to be a member of the Peace United Church of Christ who was picking up donated meat to serve at the church’s Thanksgiving meal for the needy. The following day, Simmons said, Thomas trav eled to the Jerseyville Shop ’n Save, falsely representing herself as a member of the community’s United Methodist Church. Again, she retrieved more than $150 in meats from the grocery store. Thomas’ scam continued Nov. 13 and 14 in Alton as she represented herself as a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church, swindling the Alton Shop ’n Save out of more than $700 in meats that were supposed to feed hungry community members at a holiday meal, police said. A Shop ’n Save security camera posted at the Alton store recorded Thomas as she committed the fraud, Simmons said, and it was the quick work of the store’s security department along with an Alton police officer’s efforts ■ See FRAUD, Page A9 ;

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