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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - November 22, 1999, Alton, Illinois Above, members of AFSCME are happy with the annoucement Sunday that an agreement has been reached with    and    worths will start going back to work Tuesday Right, AFSCME staff member Peggy Zimmerman announces the result of a membership ratification vote on the tentative agreement reached with Beverly Farms. The vote to end the strike was overwhelming. Crimes against educators in Madison County decreases fifteen percent ,    ii*.    J    holding    a    De-accelerating    the r ..... Some crimes may not have been reported By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer The number of crimes committed against Madison County teachers and other school staff members decreased by almost 15 percent during the first half of 1999, according to data provided by the Illinois State Police. According to the State Police’s semi-annual 1999/1998 data, 23 crimes were committed against Madison County school personnel within the county in early 1999. During the same time period in 1998, 27 such crimes were committed in Madison County. The figures include crimes such as assault and battery. The State Police’s data counted all crime reports made to local, county and state law enforcement agencies. “That doesn’t mean there weren’t additional crimes handled within the schools that weren’t reported to the state agencies,” said Trooper Ralph Timmins, media liaison for the Illinois State Police. Madison County ranked sixth highest in the state for the number of crimes committed against school personnel. The Madison County Regional Office of Education, in an effort to reduce the number of these crimes, provides training to help teachers across the county defuse potentially dangerous situations. The regional office’s school improvement department is holding a De-accelerating the Angry Student Workshop on Dec. I and previously held workshops on protecting the school from students who bully and creating a safer school environment. “I do believe our schools are safe; however, it’s not a bad idea for teachers to be prepared,” said Cullen L. Cullen, assistant regional superintendent for Madison County. Cullen said the staffs from the Educational Therapy ■ See CRIMES, Page A9 Keshner’s son carries on family tradition By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer EAST ALTON - Judge J. Lawrence Keshner would have been proud of his son, Charlie. The young Keshner, 28, is the newest member of the East Alton Police Department. He was appointed on Nov. 16 as a probationary police officer and was sworn into office that night. “We’re thrilled ii T grew up in law lenforcement, and although I did not choose law as "were im mea    .    .    J* J V. to have officer my father aid, he team.^East1 Alton WBS HlOSt definitely Richard BrSwn a mentor for me.” said. “He’s a The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN New East Alton Police officer Charlie Keshner. sharp man with a very professional demeanor, and he’s a top-notch public servant.” Keshner’s first _- official day of work was Nov. 17. Keshner said he had told his father about passing the qualifying exam required to be an East Alton police officer. Madison County Circuit Judge J Lawrence Keshner died Nov. 6 at age 61. “I grew up in law enforcement, and although I did not choose law as my father did, he was most definitely a mentor for me,” Charlie Keshner said. “Dad knew that I _ was in the process of joining the East Alton PD, and he was really happy for me.” Keshner said he had been planning the move for nearly a year. He comes to East Alton from three and a half years as an officer in the St. Louis City Metropolitan Police Department. He is a native of Alton and Godfrey. Keshner holds an    associate’s degree in criminal _ justice    from Lewis and    Clark Community College and is a 1989 graduate of Marquette High School. He and his wife, Erin, are expecting their first child. Charlie Keshner On becoming newest member of East Alton Police Department «—WA* J County Name 1999 1998 % Change I Madison 23 27 -14.8% I Calhoun 0 0 0 I Greene 0 0 0 Jersey 1 0 0 I Macoupin 0 1 -100% Colonial church remains favorite spot in Brighton By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer BRIGHTON — The Rev. — Sherry Stonier preaches the gospel message from the pulpit of the historic _ First Presbyterian Church where pioneer preacher Rev. David Dimond proclaimed the good news in 1870. “The message of God has gone forth from the pulpit of the historic First Presbyterian Church since 1869,” said Stottler, the _ popular    pastor, who followed the footsteps of famous ministers who have preached at the ■ See CHURCH,Page A9 Telegraph Towns Good Morning mf ■ I Area/Illinois ..... ____A3 Obituaries......... ,.. AS Bulletin Board ____A6 Barbee, Boulds, Jones Classifieds ...... .... C9 Middleton, Strohbeck, Vicari, Comics ......... ____B2 Wasman Editorial......... ____A4 Scoreboard....... . ..C2 Horoscope ...... ____B2 Television ........ . ..B3 Nation&world .... _____A8 Weather.......... ..CIO SERVING THE RIVERBEND SINCE 1836 •WWW Move to 8-2 after beating 49ers again Page Cl The outlook Cloudy, showers late High 66; Low 52 I Neighbors I Helping others makes the I holidays special Page CIO I    Page    81 Vol. 164, No. 311 - 50 cents Monday, November 22, 1999 www.thetelegraph.comBey Farm workers strike ends Employees anxious to return to work ALTON - Striking Beverly Farm work ers voted overwhelmingly Sunday to end their four-month-old strike. The vote to return to work was 94 percent in favor at a meeting of the members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31. When Peggy Zimmerman of Bethalto, staff member of AFSCME, asked if the workers wanted to hear the results of the vote, she was met with enthusiastic cheers and applause. She got more cheers and applause when she said the vote was 94 percent in favor of ratifying the contract and even more when she invited the workers to give themeslves “a very big hand” for sticking together through the strike. Though no official count was available of how the vote was divided, pro and con, a union staffer said 200 out of the 370 ■ See STRIKE, Page A9 By JIM KULP For The Telegraph ;