The Dispatch from Moline, Illinois on October 16, 1984 · 6
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The Dispatch from Moline, Illinois · 6

Moline, Illinois
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Tuesday, October 16, 1984
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THE DAILY DISPATCH, Moline, Illinois Tues., Oct. 16, 1984 Employee fired; Gosch still upset By ERIC WOOLSON UnlMd Presa IntarnattoMl DES MOINES Iowa's largest newspaper today released the name of of an employee who allegedly admitted taking advantage of seven young paperboys but authorities said they didn't think the man was involved in the disappearance of two youths. Private investigator Sam Soda told a news conference Monday an employee of the Des Moines Register, identified by the newspaper in today's editions as Frank Sykora, 37, Des Moines, slept with as many as seven young newspaper carriers and had sexual relations with at least one of the boys. Soda said the man apparently was not involved in the abductions of paperboys Johnny Gosch, who vanished in Sept 5, 1982, and Eugene Martin, who disappeared Aug. 12. Johnny's mother, Noreen Gosch, said she thinks all of the Register's 6,000 carriers should quit because parents do not know whether a circulation manager will abuse their children. "We're extremely upset with the police, the (Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation), the Des Moines Register," Gosch said. "We asked for a thorough background check of all the employees but nothing was done. If they dont pick this up and pursue it now they'll be tarred and feathered." Charlie Edwards, marketing director for the Register, said Sykora was ' i " Peoria mayor leaves after redevelopment PEORIA (UPI) Mayor Richard E. Carver, once called the boy wonder of Peoria politics, tonight ends his 1 Hi-year tenure, which was marked by massive redevelopment of the city's downtown. "I consider serving as mayor an extraordinary opportunity for me, one that I feel is the highlight of my life," said Carver, who has already begun his position in Washington, D.C; as assistant secretary of the U.S. Air Force for financial management. Carver, 47, considers his biggest accomplishment as mayor the University of Illinois' medical campus constructed on a 43-acre downtown urban renewal plot. Other major changes in Peoria since be took office in 1973 at age 36 include the $56 million Peoria Civic Center, city hall renovation, a proposed riverfront mall and a Caterpillar Tractor Co. training center. "I view the last 12 years as an era in which we worked very hard in the area of redevelopment, not only in the downtown area, but in the neighborhoods," Carver said Monday. "I think we achieved a great deal in terms of those goals." In 1977, he became the first Peoria mayor to win a second consecutive term. Carver, who runs a large retail lumber business in Peoria, took a try at statewide politics in 1979 when he began his campaign for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. He ran against Attorney General William Scott and Lt. Gov. Dave O'Neal. O'Neal won the nomination and later lost in the general election to Democrat Alan Dixon. In 1979, he also was chosen president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors,' becoming the first Republican to head the organization since 1936. Peoria political observers have described Carver as businesslike and aggressive. One of his greatest assets, they say, is the ability to look at defeat and carry on. As one of his last acts as mayor, Carver announced Saturday plans to develop the city's riverfront as a "festival marketplace" if the downtown shopping mall project falls through. Carver said he should know soon whether May Centers Inc. is still interested in developing the proposed 1109 million shopping mall. "In downtown Peoria on the riverfront, something is going to happen. It's just too soon to say what," he said. fired because "we felt the conduct he told us about was not appropriate for a representative of the Register and Tribune Co." Edwards said all 100 circulation employees, including Sykora, were interviewed by the FBI after Martin's disappearance. A polygraph test, however, indicated Sykora was not involved in either the Gosch or Martin disappearance, police said. Soda videotaped a two-hour interview with Sykora Saturday night. Soda and two others searched Sykora's apartment and found numerous pornographic magazines and films, as well as pictures of the paperboys, which were turned over to investigators. "This is a man who is in a position where he knows all the routes and all the carriers," said Soda, a spokesman for a group called Stolen Children Are Reported Every Day. "If you read between the lines you'll see that does say something." However, Polk County assistant attorney Ron Wheeler said Monday after reviewing the tape "there was insufficient evidence to press any criminal charges." Acting on a tip from an informant, Soda said be investigated the Des Moines man and obtained a confession about the sexual activities with the newspaper carriers. -'This man has admitted sleeping with young boys age 9 to 14 years old" for seven years, Soda said. FREE CLINIC OH TIG USE OF BLOWING INSULATION 4 ZCsdl MUM WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 17 7:00 PM FIND OUT HOW EASY IT IS TO INSULATE YOUR HOME... ???????????? Nff DONER Y ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ??????????? DISCOUNT COUPONS TO THOSE ATTENDNG CALL FOR RESERVATIONS 764-8365 KUELLER-BAHNSEN LUMBER COMPANY Airport Corners - Moline i A fantastic OA TO CHICAGO MVA has 13 roundtrip flights from 'the Quad Cities to Chicago every business day. Conveniently connect with United Airlines to more than 150 cities across America. 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