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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - January 11, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  Vol. 163 No. 361  50 cents  rn  Education  -reform  Issue of school  choice leads to many heated debates  PageB-3  The outlook Cloudy and warmer; high 34, low 28  PageD4  Monday  January 11, 1999  Here to stay  First Night River Bend on its way to becoming an annual va tradition  fp    P a S e     B* 1   Second site urged for police  Aldermen want Piasa and 9th location considered for station  By PAUL BRINKMANN  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — An attempt to name a secondary site for the planned new police headquarters may face opposition on the City Council tonight.  Alderman Thomas Hoechst, 1st Ward, has suggested that the city build the police station Downtown if the chosen site at Broadway and Washington doesn’t work out.  “I still think ifs the best selection,” Hoechst said. “We narrowed it down to two sites before. Rather than go through a whole lengthy  uTstill think it’s JLthe best selection.”  Thomas Hoechst  1 st ward  process again, I would like to just say the next site should be considered.”  The city is planning to test soil at the Broadway site for possible contamination by two former gas stations in the area.  If contamination is found, Hoechst and Alderman Phil Hanrahan, 2nd Ward, would like the council to move immediately to a proposed site at Piasa and Ninth streets.  Hoechst and Hanrahan originally supported the Piasa and Ninth site but were outvoted by the other five aldermen.  Alderman Gary Fleming, 6th Ward, said he would oppose Hoechst’s initiative.  “I can’t support his resolution because we’ve closed the door on that site (Piasa and  See POLICE, Page A-7  The Telegraph  This lot at Ninth and Piasa Streets in Alton would be designated as a secondary site for the new police station.  Shadow washing  The Telegraph/MARGIE M BARNES  Chris Triplett, 17, of Dorsey, washes the wheel wells of a car Sunday before it goes through Rain Tunnel Express car wash on Troy Road in Edwardsville. Vehicles were waiting in line before the wash opened at 9 a.m. Sunday and the lines continued all day as motorists sought to wash the salt and grime of winter off their cars.  Sister ‘reborn’ with gift of brother’s kidney  By DARRYL HOWLETT  Telegraph staff writer  GODFREY — The new year has brought a new perspective to life for two siblings.  Margaret Keshner, 23, is adjusting to her new kidney, a kidney she received from her older brother, Joe Keshner, 32.  Margaret is the daughter of Madison County Circuit Judge J. Lawrence Keshner and surgical nurse Mary Keshner The Keshners have six children. Keshner was first diagnosed with pyonephritis, a chronic kidney disease in 1991. Keshner had to wait until her kidney dropped to 2 percent of its capacity before the transplant Oct. 28 Since the transplant, Margaret has been gaining strength each day.  "I feel wonderful,” she said Saturday. “For the past three months I’ve had more energy than I have had for years,"  Joe and Margaret Keshner  Brother donated kidney to sister Family members who gathered at the Keshner home Saturday said Margaret even had the energy to shovel some snow in the family’s front yard recently. But for now, Margaret’s daily activities are  See KIDNEY, Page A-7  Memories mined at Williamson  III  Nlomiitii  Three incidents sparked sex offender notification laws  By ANDE YAKSTIS  Telegraph staff writer  WILLIAMSON - Maridel Fowler tells the story about how the town of Williamson sprang up in 1905 around the  big coal ___  mine of the Mount Olive and Staunton Coal Co  Telegraph  Towns  “Williamson was born around the underground coal mine no. 2 first sunk by my grandfather, Robert Nixon, and my great uncle, John Westwood, in 1903-04,” said Fowler, who was born in Williamson.  Fowler and her husband, Arvel Fowler, of Bethalto,  both historians, are recreating the famed coal mining town in a history book.  “We have 50 years of records of coal mines around the areas of Williamson, Livingston and Bethalto, Arvel Fowler said The territory of Williamson was wide open prairie farm land when speculators sank the first mine shaft to search for coal on Oct. 5,1903.  “On Jan. 20, 1904, the workers struck coal at a depth of 320 feet,” said Maridel Fowler, whose family’s mining history goes back to the 1700s in England The rich vein of coal generated hundreds of jobs and  Area/Illinois .. A-3, 6, 8  Bulletin Board.....B-2  Classifieds........C-6  Comics  ......D-2  Editorial..........A-4  Horoscope........D-2  Nation/World......B-4  Obituaries........A-5  Britt, Callahan, Clark, Clothier, Dittrich, Drew, Freeman, French, Gray, Kotva, Meyer, Settles, Spiess  Region...........D-1  Scoreboard.......C-2  Special Report ... .B-3  Television ........D-3  Weather  .....D-4  EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of a three-part series about the required registration of convicted sex offenders.  By REBECCA HOPKINS  Telegraph staff writer  «vmw.Iheteleoranli com  ■ See MINED, Page A-7  ALTON — There continues to be ongoing debates over the methods used to control sex offenders, but most of those who are looking at the arguments agree that something needs to be done.  Three events that spurred activists and lawmakers into action were the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling, the rape and murder of Megan Kanka and the brutal sexual assault of Pam Lyehner.  ■ In October 1989, 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling bicycled with his brother and a friend to a store near his St. Joseph, Minn., home to rent a video. Wetterling’s ride home was interrupted by an armed man wearing a nylon mask who ordered the boy’s companions to flee. Wetterling h#»s not been seen since  Investigators later learned that halfway houses in St Joseph housed sex offenders after their release from prison. Local law enforcement was not aware of this arrangement  ■ In August 1990, Houston real estate agent Pam Lyehner prepared to show a vacant residence to a prospective buyer. Awaiting Lyehner  at the vacant house was a twice-convicted felon. The man brutally assaulted Lyehner, whose life was saved when her husband arrived and interrupted the attack The experience motivated Lyehner to form Justice for All, a Texas-based victims rights advocacy group that lobbies for tougher sentences for violent criminals ■ In July 1994, 7-year-old Megan Kanka accepted an invitation from a neighbor in Hamilton Township, NJ, to see his new puppy.  The neighbor was a twice convicted pedophile who raped and murdered her, then dumped her body in a nearby park. Megan’s parents said  See OFFENDER, Page A-7  FAST EDDIE’S  BON AIR ^  BROADWAY AT PEARL  fi  J3  C RE AX POOP  4G» nm ai  Thursday r friday    Saturday,    Jan    16  Jan 14    Jan    15  ft  Sunday Jan 17  STONEBRAKER” BAND'^fANTASYJ   

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