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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - January 11, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                fit SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 The outlook Cloudy and warmer high 34 low T T i in t Jets advance PageCl No 361 50 cents Education Issue of school choice leads to many heated debates PageR3 Monday January 11 1P99 jro to stay First Night River Bend on its way to becoming an annual tradition PageR1 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 headquar ters 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 doesnt work out I still think its the best Hoechst said We narrowed it down to two sites before Rather than go through a whole lengthy uTstill think its Ithe best Thomas Hoechst 1 st ward process again I would like to just say the next site should be 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 imme diately to a proposed site at Piasa and Ninth streets Hoechst and Hanrahan originally supported the Piasa and Ninth site but were out voted by the other five alder men Alderman Gary Fleming 6th Ward said he would oppose Hoechsts initiative I cant support his resolu tion because weve closed the door on that site Piasa and See POLICE Page A7 This lot at Ninth and Piasa Streets in Alton would be designated as a secondary site to tne9new police station Shadow washing Chris Triplet 17 of Dorsey washes the wheel wells of a car Sunday before it goes through Rain wash on Trov Road in Edwardsville Vehicles were waiting in line before the wash opened at 9 Sunday and the lines continued all dav as motorists sought to wash the salt and grime of winter off their cars y Sister reborn with gift of brothers kidney By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer GODFREY The new year has brought a new perspective 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 sur gical nurse Mary Keshner The Keshners have six chil dren Keshner was first diag nosed with pyonephritis a chronic kidney disease in 1991 Keshner had to wait until her kidney dropped to 2 percent of its capacity before the trans plant Oct 28 Since the transplant Margaret has been gaining strength each day I feel she said Saturday For the past three months Ive had more energy than I have had for Joe and Margaret Keshner Brother donated kidney to sister Family members who gath ered at the Keshner home Saturday said Margaret even had the energy to shovel some snow in the familys front yard recently But for now Margarets daily activities are See KIDNEY Page A7 Memories mined at Williamson 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 Williamson was born around the underground coal mine no 2 first sunk by my grandfather Robert Nixon and my great uncle John Westwood in said Fowler who was born in Williamson Fowler and her husband Arvel Fowler of Bethalto TOWNS 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 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 On Jan 20 1904 the work ers struck coal at a depth of 320 said Maridel Fowler whose familys mining history goes back to the 1700s in England The rich vein of coal gener ated hundreds of jobs and See MINED Page A7 Good v Morniriii Bulletin Clark Clothier Dlttrich Drew Freeman French Gray Kotva Meyer Settles Spiess Special Report B3 Television Three incidents sparked sex offender notification laws EDITORS NOTE This is the second of a threepart series about the required reg istration of convicted sex offenders By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer ALTON There continues to be ongoing debates over the methods used to control sex offenders but most of those who are looking at the argu ments 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 Lychner In October 1989 11year old Jacob Wetterling bicycled with his brother and a friend to a store near his St Joseph home to rent a video Wetterlings ride home was interrupted by an armed man wearing a nylon mask who ordered the boys companions to flee Wetterling 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 arrange ment In August 1990 Houston real estate agent Pam Lychner prepared to show a vacant residence to a prospec tive buyer Awaiting Lychner at the vacant house was a twiceconvicted felon The man brutally assaulted Lychner whose life was saved when her husband arrived and interrupted the attack The experience motivated Lychner to form Justice for All a Texasbased victims rights advocacy group that lobbies for tougher sentences for violent criminals In July 1994 7yearold Megan Kanka accepted an invitation from a neighbor in Hamilton Township 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 Megans parents said See OFFENDER Page A7 BON AIR BROADWAY AT PEARL Thursday r Friday Jan 14 Jan 15 STONEBRAKER Saturday Jan 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