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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - April 2, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Postcards from the past Show should stir up old memories ELEfiRAPH 4Hi4Hr Victory Jersey girls wintnangular PageBl PageOl The outlook Pride in service I Burt Sheltered Care I provides help for low near 56 I adultswittl disabilities PageD1 Vol 164 No 77 cents Friday April Above Alton Police stopped every car crossing the Clark Bridge into Alton Thursday morning for an hour visually searching for a man who allegedly abducted a woman as she arrived for work at Riverbend Physicians and Surgeons in Alton The hijacker fled from the car in front of the Pit Stop gas station in West Alton Mo Betow stCharles County Deputy Sheriff Larry Cannon carrying a shotgun follows a canine unit during an extensive manhunt More photos on Region page C1 Police hunt for hijacker East Alton woman abducted from parking lot By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON Police are still looking for the man who hijacked the car of an East Alton Thursday morning arid forced her to drive to West Alton The suspect is described as a black male in his early 20s between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 180 to 200 pounds He was reported to be wearing a blue denim jacket blue pants and brown Jersey gloves Det Michael McNamara of the Alton Police Department reported that the suspect entered the pas senger side door of the vic tims gray Pontiac Grand Am as she pulled into the parking lot of Riverbend Physicians and Surgeons 533 E Third around 8 victim whom as a woman in her late 40s is employed at the office The suspect demanded that the victim drive him across the Mississippi authorities report ed The victim and suspect then drove around for approximately 90 minutes while the suspect searched the victims belongings for money stealing from her cigarette case police said Apparently money was the McNamara said He reported that the suspect did not display any type of weapon Police said the suspect instructed the victim to stop the car in front of the Pit Stop Phillips 66 gas station hi West Alton at which time he exited the car and fled to the east on foot The victim then pulled into the parking lot of the Pit Stop station at approximately She came in here said Patrick Bonn assistant manager of the Pit Stop sta tion It was hard to understand what she was The Illinois State Police were called from the service station The victim was transported to an Alton hos pital She had scratches on mOI16y her shoulder and her fho fnnHwa blouse was torn where the lllC lllUUVe guy had Supp0sedly Det Michael McNamara Alton Police Department Shroud of the St Charles County Sheriffs Department The sheriffs department conducted a door todoor search in West Alton and the depart ments K9 unit searched the area A St Louis County helicopter also did an overhead search of the area Alton police searched traffic com ing into Alton on the Clark Traffic on the bridge into Alton was held up for about an hour Our initial reason for doing that was in case he got a quick ride back into McNamara said Nothing developed from the searches authorities said The K9 did not even pick up a McNamara said We have officers in the area on alert for anyone fitting the suspects Exchief pleads not guilty in porn case By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer EAST ST LOUIS Former East Alton police and fire chief William E Shewmakerpleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges of allegedly receiving child pornogra phy over the Internet During an arraignment hearing in District Court in East St Louis Shewmaker appeared in front of Shewmaker Magistrate Judge Gerald B Conn Shewmaker 56 of the 200 block of Cardot Street in East Alton told Cohn he understood the indictment against him and requested a federal public defender Shewmaker told the judge he currently is unem ployed and receives no income other than his pension Shewmaker was represented by assistant federal public defender Dan Cronin According to the indictment Shewmaker allegedly had mul tiple explicit images showing sexually explicit conduct involving children on Shewmakers computer screen The other count in the indict ment seeks forfeiture of the equipment Customs agents seized from Shewmakers home when they executed a search warrant Jan 12 Shewmaker previously has admitted to having the materi als on his computer but said they had been sent to him with out his authorization Assistant Attorney Robert Garrison previously stat ed that the indictment against Shewmaker was directly related to the investigation of the publi cized child pornography network referred to as the Wonderland Club but he stressed Shewmaker was not a member of the club Shewmakers unsecured bond was set at Under the terms of an agreement between federal prosecutors and the pub lic defenders office Shewmaker agreed not to use the Internet Or have any contact with children under the age of 10 Shewmaker later was booked and released Cohn set a trial date of May 4 before District Judge William B Stiehl reject contract By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON Members of the Alton Policemens Benevolent and Protective Association Unit 14 rejected the citys con tract offer Wednesday by a vote of 4725 The proposed fiveyear con tract would have given the 74 members of the Alton Police Department raises of per cent each year for the first three years of the agreement Talks would reopen later to negotiate a salary for the remaining two years of the pact the same agreement the See POLICE Page A9 Morning Bulletin C6 Andrews Butter Dinwiddie Diveley Ely Funk Killion Miller Pittman Robinson Shade Shipley Smith Tannette Taylor Turpin Scoreboard Farmers discuss future with bureau president By BARBARA M COPE Telegraph staff writer HAMEL Illinois Farm Bureau President Ronald Warfield stopped Thursday at the Hamel Community Center to talk to local farmers about their concerns for the future This is probably the hardest time the agriculture industry has ever Warfield told the farmers The industry is proba bly changing faster than any of us have ever seen in our life Brent Suhre a board member for the Madison County Farm Bureau attended the meeting so he could voice his opinions on what kind of legislative action farmers could take to improve their futures The general concern is about the price of livestock and grain where the future will take us Were concerned the prices dont reflect the amount of commodi ties we have in Suhre said Warfield sees the creation of new markets as one way to ease the plight of Illinois farmers One solution Warfield sees for these problems is use of the PL 480 program known as Food for PL 480 is a program that allows underdeveloped countries to obtain food from the United States for credit Warfield said the program would provide a shortterm relief to farmers now while providing future cus tomers These are countries that have a need fqr food now but dont have the ability to buy We need to give themr the food now so they can buy it later when See FUTURE Page A9 The M BARNES Jake Geiger left owner of Wilo Acres Farm in Alhambra greets Illinois Farm Bureau President Ron Warfield right during his visit Thursday at the Hamel Community Building to discuss the current farm income conditions   

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