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
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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
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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.
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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
Community College and is a 1989 graduate of Marquette High School.
He and his wife, Erin, are expecting their first child.
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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
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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
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By JIM KULP
For The Telegraph