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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - July 2, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING TRE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 TELEGRAPH ff' issippl Fireworks Festival Riverfront Park • Alton Tonighrs events ■ Carnival • 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday events ■ Carnival • 3 p.m. to midnight ■ Beer tent entertainment, DJ and karaoke *6 p.m. to midnight B Coed grass court volleyball • 6 to 9 p.m. B Stubblefield Band • 6:30 p.m. ■Face painting and balloon makers • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. ■Fireworks* 9:15 p.m. ■ Sticky Fingers ‘A Stones Tribute’*10 p.m. The outlook Partly cloudy and hot. High 91; low 74 Page IM Golf Godfrey girl wins tide at Quincy tourney Page R-l / Vol. 164, No. 168 — 50 cents Friday, July 2,1999 Ex-chief 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 receiving child pornography over the Internet. Initially pleading not guilty aril I, Shewmaker requested ursday afternoon’s plea hearing three weeks ago to change his plea to guilty. Prosecutors said a potential witness would have testified he sent more than IOO 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 genital    inter course with an    adult male. The second count, which Shewmaker also accepted Thursday before U.S. Shewmaker District Judge William Stiehl, seeks 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, 1998, and Nov. 3,1998. Assistant U.S. 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 produced literally hundreds of other images of child pornog raphy, transmitting more than IOO of these to the defendant at his request.” Garrison said Shewmaker’s Internet-based computer files, found during the U.S. 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 A-9 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 Alton’s Fourth of July weekend festivities begin. Carnival rides, some tame and some terrifying, will entertain fairgoers, beginning at 5 p.m. The public also will be able to partake of the usual carnival fare — corn dogs, hamburgers, funnel cakes, Philly steaks and lemon shake-ups. The rides are from Archway Amusements Co. of Imperial, Mo. On Thursday afternoon, the carnival grounds were quiet in anticipation of Friday’s 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 A-9 -    The    Telegraph/JOHN    BAUMAN Nick Bast, an employee of Tents-4-U In Granite City, places the American flag atop the large beer tent erected In Alton’s 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 ... _ . . .    *    •    ii      i    _•    I___r  n in oat o ononifin Hate tr\rlQ\7 1 By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer EAST ST. LOUIS — A federal judge said Thursday he would consider pushing Chemetco’s “conspiracy-to-pollute” 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 discovery phase of pretrial proceedings has produced more than 6,000 pages of evidence and testimony. Five attorneys, five defendants and two assistant U.S. attorneys lined the courtroom in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the pre-trial conference for the Hartford-based copper smelter. Although Stiehl said his initial goal was to recess Thursday’s court session with an August date for the start of the trial, he agreed to give Chemetco’s counsel more time to wade through the mounds of documentation that the state has had a year’s head start on reviewing. "I’m not going to set a specific date today,” Stiehl said, “but I am going to set one by this time next week.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Quinley, the lead prosecutor, said the case’s crux — the allegation that for IO years, Chemetco foremen ■ See CHEMETCO, Page A-9 i GoodI*: Morning Body found in West Alton identified as St. Louisan Area/Illinois .A-3-10 Bulletin Board .C-2 Business D-1 Classifieds C-6 Comics D-5 Editorial  A- 46Horoscope . .D-5 Nation/world .. .C-5 Obituaries A-7 Lusford, Melm, Pacchetti, Swofford, Tepen, Wahl, Walden, Wilmesherr Scoreboard B-2 Stocks........D-2 Television D-7 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, homicide detectives said Thursday. Officials with the Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad, which was activated to help the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department investigate the case, identified the victim as Ricky McCormick, 41, of St. Louis. Although McCormick’s death is being treated like a homicide, 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 don’t know what the cause of death is yet,” Belcher said. “We’re still waiting for results from the (St. Louis County) Medical Examiner’s Office. In the meantime, we’re continuing interviews and so forth.” An Alton woman found McCormick’s body about I p.m. Wednesday on a friend’s farm in West Alton, just a mile-and-a-half from the Clark Bridge across the Mississippi River. The body apparently had been dumped along a rural road off U.S. 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, ab.out 75 yards from Machens Clubhouse Road, a ■ See BODY, Page A-9 Edwardsville firefighter Kevin Keener, right, shares a cup of water with Lt. Jim Acra after working a fire Thursday at 302 Banner St. in Edwardsville. Firefighters not only battled the smoky fire but also hot, muggy temperatures. Story, Page A-9 % ;