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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 2, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836Officer accused of misconduct I p Holiday house tour j Residents feature their j homes with pride Page Cl j Vol. 164, No. 321 - 50 cents Mistaken identity alleged in home invasion case uTTe handcuffed me and shoved a llshotgun in my face and started screaming at me.” By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer SOUTH ROXANA - The South Roxana Police Department is investigating alleged misconduct by one of its officers during an incident of mistaken identity, authorities confirmed Wednesday. Longtime South Roxana resident Darrell Williams, 61, said the incident occurred shortly after IO p.m. Nov. 24 when Roxana Sgt. Robert Cole stopped him as he was driving to his daughter’s house in the 1000 block of Park Street to deliver cookies. Cole apparently was responding to a call about a male suspect in the process of committing a home invasion, Williams said. The problem: Cole stopped the wrong person. “He handcuffed me and shoved a shotgun in my face and started screaming at me,” Williams said about the surprise encounter on Thanksgiving Eve. “I’ve lived in this community for 31 years, and I tried to tell him he had the wrong guy, but Sgt. Cole wouldn’t listen to me.” Williams’ grown daughterDarrell Williams 31-year South Roxana resident and his granddaughter came outside when they heard the commotion, he said. They also told Cole he had the wrong man, but to no avail. “Still holding his gun, Sgt. Cole ordered my daughter and granddaughter back inside their house,” Williams said. “They were terrified.” As the case of mistaken identity unraveled, the actual home invasion was taking place in the 200 block of Illinois Avenue, less than three blocks from where Williams was detained. The real suspect, Darrell F. Ralston, 47, of Moro, carried a crowbar and a shotgun and was returning to the same residence for the second time that evening, according to charges filed Monday in Madison County Circuit Court. Ralston was charged with home invasion, and his bond was set at $100,000. He remained at large Wednesday. South Roxana Police Chief Dennis Carpenter said he personally is conducting an investigation of the incident involving Cole and Williams. Because ■ See OFFICER, Page A7 The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES Darrell Williams, 61, of South Roxana, tells how he repeated Psalms 91:10-11 as a police sergeant held a gun to his head and mistook him for a home invader. The passage reads: “There shall no evil befall you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling. For He shall give His angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways.” Trip through ame Gift shop offers a unique holiday experience Page DI Thursday, December 2, 1999 The outlook Partly cloudy and breezy. High 59; low 45 Page D6 Girls hoops Heart attack sidelines Tigers’ coach Page B www.thetelegraph.com Good: Vt Morning rn MIS WAI TO** Area/Illinois........A3-8 Bulletin Board........A6 Classifieds ..........C6 Comics .............C4 Editorial.............A4 Horoscope ..........C4 Nation/world.........B6 Obituaries...........A5 Austin, Gaines, Ivers, W. Masterson, Mennemeier, Powell, Shimchick Television ...........C5Two vie to succeed KeshnerCallis, Meehan seek seat on circuit bench By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE — Democrats will see a contested race for the nomination for the circuit judge vacancy created by the death of J. Lawrence Keshner. Former Associate Judge Ann Callis, a Troy Democrat, has taken out nominating petitions for the seat in the 3rd Judicial Circuit, as has former Associate Judge Michael Meehan, a Democrat from Edwardsville. On Tuesday, the Illinois Supreme Court appointed Callis to Keshner’s vacant seat on the circuit bench for one year. Some observers said the appointment represents a significant inside track to getting the nomination and, with the support of the county’s majority party, a victory in November. Political.observers say there may be several more candidates, including a race on the Republican side. The March primary winners will face each other in the November general election. Chief Associate Judge Randall Bono, who many considered a logical successor to ■ See TWO, Page A7 Farewell to fire chief The Telegraph/M ARGIE M. BARNES The hearse carrying the casket of former Edwardsville Fire Chief Steven L. Deist passes under the U.S. flag in front of the Edwardsville Fire Department’s Station No. 1 on Main Street during the funeral procession for Deist, who died Saturday evening at the age of 51. Story, Page A7. Rea quits township, county posts Eligible for enhanced retirement benefits By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Madison County Board member Don Rea has applied for retirement benefits from both his board post and the Nameoki Township street superintendent job he has held for only six months. ■ See REA, Page A7 Trailblazers bring home soccer title LCCC’s first national championship By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY — Four red pickup trucks carried Lewis and Clark Community College’s national championship women’s soccer team in a parade across the college campus Wednesday. The trucks’ horns blared. Parents, students and faculty members cheered. Their team had returned to campus honored as champions, and for the way in which they won. The Trailblazers brought home the National Junior College Athletic Association soccer title from Baltimore, Md., last week. The team also was awarded the tournament’s sportsmanship ■ See SOCCER, Page A7 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Members of the national championship Trailblazers soccer team jump from a motorcade and head for a ceremony Wednesday ct Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey. It's Something New! Watch for Remax Riverbend on Fridays. 2375B Homer Adams Pkwy, Alton    462-5300 ;

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