Alton Telegraph, October 29, 1999 : Front Page

Publication: Alton Telegraph October 29, 1999

Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - October 29, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Eagles triumph CM stops Roxana 3-1 Page Bl i WOO Hoo! New Taco Bell in Alton * opens t    Page    Cl The outlook Partly cloudy and warm; high 75, low 54 Page D8 They're back Uncle Andy’s at familiar site Page DI Vol. 164, No. 287 - 50 cents Friday, October 29, 1999 www.thetelegraph.com Sentencing today for ex-chief By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer EAST ST. LOUIS -Former East Alton Police Chief William Edward Shewmaker, 56, is expected to be sentenced in federal court this morning on two counts of receiving child pornography over the Internet. U.S. District Judge William Stiehl will preside over the disposition. Pleaded guilty to Internet child porn charge Initially pleading not guilty April I, Shewmaker changed his plea July I to guilty. Prosecutors said a potential witness would have testified that he electronically sent more than KH) sexually explicit images of children to Shewmaker One of the felony counts says Shewmaker “knowingly received numerous visual depictions transported via interstate commerce over the Internet'’ that showed a young child engaging in sexual contact with an adult male. The second count, which Shewmaker also accepted in federal court July I, sought forfeiture of personal property — namely computer image files — that U.S. Customs special agent Judy Besey discovered during a search of Shewmaker’s house in January. The indictment alleges the incidents occurred numerous times between Aug 31 and Nov. 3, 1998 The maximum sentence possible on the first felony count. Stiehl said, is 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The second count carries a maximum of three years* supervised release and a $100 special assessment. Shewmaker remains free on bond but since July I has been instructed by Stiehl not to engage in any unsupervised activity with minors or any unsupervised access to the Internet. Serving a total of 30 years as fire chief and later as police chief of East Alton, Shewmaker became acting police chief of the village in December 1988 and police chief in October 1989. He retired in June 1997. Fire destroys two sheds in Dow By DONNA NOLAN Telegraph staff writer DOW — Fire destroyed two storage sheds on the property of a rural Dow couple Thursday afternoon. No injuries were reported, authorities said. They said the couple’s home escaped damage. Officials with the Jersey County Sheriff’s Department said they received a call reporting the fire at 3:36 p.m. Firefighters from the QEM Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene, which was at the home of Tracy and Kerry Malley at 80B East Newburn Road, near its intersection with Wendle Road, in Mississippi Township. The Malleys weren’t home at the time the fire was reported by neighbors, said Assistant Chief Amo List of the QEM Department. “We had lots of smoke showing from a distance," List said. “The structure was pretty much burned-out when we arrived.” The couple’s neighbors told firefighters they called authorities after hearing popping sounds from the two storage sheds. Authorities also credited a worker from Sackman Gas, who was installing a gas tank at a neighbor’s property, with reporting the fire. Along with the sheds themselves, the fire destroyed a camping trailer, a flatbed trailer, a number of tools and some personal belongings, authorities said. List said fire officials were investigating the fire. No cause has been determined yet. Road rage leads to charge BY THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer JERSEYVILLE — A Godfrey man was charged with aggravated assault in connection with a “road rage” incident Thursday in which he allegedly pointed a pistol at the driver of a tractor-trailer during a confrontation in Jerseyville. The incident prompted officials with the Jerseyville Police Department to warn that motorists should avoid dealing with the aggressive behavior of their fellow drivers and should instead contact authorities to defuse such situations. Sgt. Gary Kallal of the Jerseyville police said the man with the gun. William R Stanton, 58, apparently had cut off the truck driver in traffic near the intersection of Illinois Route 267 and U.S. 67 in Godfrey. The truck driver and Stanton exchanged honking of horns and obscene gestures on the way to Jerseyville, where Stanton, a deliveryman, was taking items to an unnamed store at the south end of town, Kallal said The truck driver got out of the tractor-trailer and verbally confronted Stanton about being cut off. Stanton, who said he felt threatened, pulled out a small-caliber pistol and told the truck driver to back off, which he did, police said. The gun was not fired, and no one was injured. The truck driver left and called police, who found Stanton at the store. Police recovered the pistol. Stanton was charged with aggravated assault and not having a firearm owner’s identification card for the weapon The suspect quickly posted $200 bail and was released from the Jersey County Jail in Jerseyville. Kallal emphasized that residents should contact law enforcement officials immediately during such incidents. “Both parties reacted poorly; it could have been handled a lot better,” he said. “We’re trained to deal with it.” “(Stanton) did cooperate; he did admit to pointing a gun and told us where it was,” Kallal said. “He didn’t want to hurt him, but he went about it in a poor way.” Kallal urged any motorist having similar problems while driving in Jerseyville to call the police station at 498-2131. Good :¥r Morniitt Area/Illinois .... A3-9 Bulletin Board ... .A9 Classifieds.......C5 Comics.........C2 Editorial.........A4 Horoscope.......C2 Nation/ world A12 Obituaries.......A5 Barton, Gantz, Jenkins, Ogle, Tallman, Thompson, Wilkerson Television.......C3 Father, son row the Mississippi to aid brain tumor association By KATHLEEN HILL Telegraph staff writer Erik and Viktor Maklezow rowed past the River Bend area this week on their trip from Kenosha, Wis., to New Orleans. The father and son are traveling down the Mississippi River to raise money for the American Brain Tumor Association and for 5-year-old Autumn Jensen of Kenosha. Erik Maklezow, 25, of Kenosha, is Amber’s uncle. Viktor Maklezow, 59, of New Orleans, is her grandfather. Autumn’s mother, Katrina Jensen of Kenosha, said Autumn was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor at age 4. During the months Amber was undergoing chemotherapy, radiation therapy and a bone marrow transplant, her grandfather would call and ask if there was anything he could do. “He felt so helpless,” Jensen said. Jensen said her brother Erik also wanted to help. He and his father came up with the idea of using the boat trip Erik wanted to make as a fund-raiser. “Finally, when my brother came up with the idea, my father said this is something he could do for Autumn,” Katrina Jensen said. Jensen said her father and brother ■ See ROW, Page A11 The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES Firefighter Vince Mattins, above, and Capt. Sandra Amburg, below, of the QEM Volunteer Fire Department dowse what is left of a burned-out storage shed that was engulfed in flames Thursday in rural Dow in Mississippi Township. The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Viktor Maklezow, left, and his son Erik, of Kenosha, Wis., continue their trip down the Mississippi River from Grafton in their canoe, Autumn’s Journey, Thursday morning. ;

  • Autumn Jensen
  • Erik Maklezow
  • Gary Kallal
  • Judy Besey
  • Katrina Jensen
  • Kerry Malley
  • Sackman Gas
  • Sandra Amburg
  • Viktor Maklezow
  • William Edward Shewmaker
  • William R Stanton
  • William Stiehl

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Publication: Alton Telegraph

Location: Alton, Illinois

Issue Date: October 29, 1999

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