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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - July 2, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 HHHp iBBBr Issippi Fireworks Festival Tonights events Carnival 5 to midnight Saturday events 3 to midnight Beer tent entertainment DJ Riverfront Park Alton grass court volleyball 6 to 9 Band Face painting and balloon makers FingersA Stones The outlook j Golf Partly cloudy and j Godfrey girl title at hot High 91 low 74 j Quincy tourney PageDS PageBl No 168 cents Friday July Exchief pleads guilty to porn By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer EAST ST LOUIS Former East Alton police chief William Edward Shewmaker 56 pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to two counts of child pornography over the Internet Initially pleading not guilty April 1 Shewmaker requested Thursday afternoons plea hearing three weeks ago to change his plea to guilty Prosecutors said a potential witness would have testified he sent more than 100 sexually explicit images of children to Shewmaker over the Internet One of the felony counts says Shewmaker knowingly received numerous visual depictions transported via interstate commerce over the Internet that showed a pre pubescent child engaging in oral and geni tal inter course with an adult male The second count which Shewmaker also accepted Thursday before Shewmaker District Judge William Stiehl seeks forfeiture of personal property computer image files that Customs special agent Judy Besey discovered during a search of Shewmakers house in January The indictment alleges the incidents occurred numerous times between Aug 31 1998 and Nov Assistant Attorney Bob Garrison said after the hear ing that if Shewmaker had stuck with his not guilty plea the prosecution would have called a participant in the felony actions to testify We were prepared to call as witness a Mr James Minter who is currently serving an 18 year sentence in the Kansas State Prison Mr Minter has told us he took photos and pro duced literally hundreds of other images of child pornog raphy transmitting more than 100 of these to the defendant at his Garrison said Shewmakers Internetbased computer files found during the Customs search contained a series of images of minors engaging in sexual activity with adults Shewmaker did not however forward any of these computer See CHIEF Page A9 Park to sparkle for Fourth fest By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON Riverfront Park will burst into vivid colors and bright lights tonight when Altons Fourth of July week end festivities begin Caf nival rides some tame and some terrifying will entertain fairgoers beginning at 5 The public also will be able to partake of the usual carnival fare corn dogs funnel cakes Philly steaks and lemon shakeups The rides are from Archway Amusements Co of Imperial Mo On Thursday afternoon the carnival grounds were quiet in anticipation of Fridays fun to come A few workers dodged raindrops as they readied their tents or rides One duo who would only give their carnie names of Spider and Lady Bug were busy cleaning the Paratrooper ride Lady Bug was hosing down then wiping clean the See PARK Page A9 The BADMAN Nick Bast an employee of Tents4U in Granite City places the American flag atop the large beer tent erected in Altons Riverfront Park Thursday for the Mississippi Fireworks Festival which opens this evening At right Grayland Holloway stretches out his own smaller tent for Midwest Barbeque Specialists of Alton Flood of evidence will delay Chemetco pollution trial By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ST LOUIS A federal judge said Thursday he would consider pushing conspiracytopollute trial back to January at the request of defense attorneys and prosecutors Attorneys for both sides said a speedy trial for Chemetco is not possible because the dis covery phase of pretrial proceedings has pro duced more than pages of evidence and testimony Five attorneys five defendants and two assis tant attorneys lined the courtroom in District Court in East St Louis at Thursday in the pretrial conference for the Hartfordbased copper smelter Although Stiehl said his initial goal was to recess Thursdays court session with an August date for the start of the trial he agreed to give Chemetcos counsel more time to wade through the mounds of documentation that the state has had a years head start on reviewing Im not going to set a specific date Stiehl said but I am going to set one by this time next Assistant Attorney Michael Quinley the lead prosecutor said the cases crux the alle gation that for 10 years Chemetco foremen See CHEMETCO Page A9 Mornimj A310 Bulletin Board C2 ClassifiedsC6 Editorial 46Horoscope C5 Uisford Melm Pacchetti Swofford Tepen Wahl Walden Wilmesherr Scoreboard Body found in West Alton identified as St Louisan By STEVE WHITWORTH Telegraph staff writer WEST ALTON Mo The body found Wednesday on the edge of a farm field in West Alton has been identified as that of a St Louis man homi cide detectives said Thursday Officials with the Greater St Louis Major Case Squad which was activated to help the St Charles County Sheriffs Department investi gate the case identified the victim as Ricky McCormick 41 of St Louis Although McCormicks death is being treated like a homi cide it is being termed only a suspicious death said Detective Sgt Harry Belcher of the Wentzville Police Department one of about 15 homicide detectives assembled for the Major Case Squad We dont know what the cause of death is Belcher said Were still waiting for results from the St Louis County Medical Examiners Office In the meantime were continuing interviews and so An Alton woman found McCormicks body about 1 Wednesday on a friends farm in West Alton just a mileandahalf from the Clark Bridge across the Mississippi River The body apparently had been dumped along a rural road off 67 The body was found on the farm of Gary Machens 39 He said his friend found McCormick on a private dirt road that runs to his farm fields 75 yards from Machens Clubhouse Road a See BODY Page A9 Fiery day The SMITH Edwardsville firefighter Kevin Keener right shares a cup of water with Lt Jim Acra after work ing a fire Thursday at 302 Banner St in Edwardsville Firefighters not only battled the smoky fire but also hot muggy temperatures Story Page A9 V V   

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