Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - March 17, 1999, Alton, Illinois
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Former official accused of receiving photos of children over Internet
By DENNIS GRUBAUGH
Telegraph staff writer
A man who served as both fire chief and police chief of East Alton has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly receiving child pornography over the Internet.
William E. Shewmaker, 56, of the 200 block of Cardot Street in East Alton, was named in a
two-count indictment returned Tuesday afternoon in East St. Louis, Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Garrison said The first count, a criminal charge, accuses Shewmaker of receiving child pornography via the Internet. The second count seeks forfeiture of the equipment that U S Customs agents seized from Shewmaker’s home when they executed a search warrant Jan. 12, Garrison said
The criminal charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Shewmaker admitted to having the materials on his computer but said they had been sent to him without his authorization.
“The only thing I can. say is that people sent it to me without me asking for it,” he told The Telegraph. “I erased a lot of it, but some I just forgot about."
Shewmaker acknowledged the seizure of his equipment but said he didn’t think anything would come of it. He said he would probably retain an attorney right away.
“This is kind of a shocker,"
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Child hit by car
Police turning laser on speeders
By LINDA N. WELLER
relegraph staff writer
ALTON — Two tiny red dots are helping police zero in on speeders with high-tech accuracy.
The dots — laser beams in each of the Alton Police Department’s two new “UltraLyte” laser guns — lock ip on moving vehicles. The guns instantly record a vehicle’s speed digitally, while clocking its location.
The guns’ measurement feature allows traffic officers to reconstruct accidents quickly and more efficiently, bypassing the measuring tape.
“We’re finally moving into the 21st century," traffic patrolman James Hubbard said.
The department got the laser guns last week from Laser Technology Inc. of Englewood, Colo.
At that time, the company’s regional sales manager, Jeff Coggins, held
eight hours of certification training for Hubbard and fellow traffic division officer Al Womack.
Until other laser guns are purchased, only officers in the traffic division will use them. Those officers first have to be trained and certified.
Sgt. Doug Childers, supervisor of traffic safety, earned his certification as an instructor 2Vfe years ago. Since then he has awaited the department’s purchase of the guns.
“I’m excited. We tried to get these for a long time," he said.
The department bought two $8,500 field packages containing the laser guns, tripods with reflective poles and graphic calcu-
The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES Alton Police officer Al Womack practices measuring distances with the new laser technology.
The money came from a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation.
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Hook named football coach at AHS
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Jton firefighters place a cervical collar on a child who was hit by a car Tuesday afternoon at Brown and Main treets in Alton. The boy was apparently on his bicycle at the time of the accident and was taken by ambulance to Jton Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.
Ground broken for Methodist Village’s new apartments
Telegraph staff writer
GODFREY — Mayor Michael Campion and other dignitaries turned the first shovels of dirt Tuesday for a $4 million apartment building at the United Methodist Village.
“It’s a great day in the life of the Methodist Village to start construction of another apartment building in the beautiful retirement community,” Campion said.
The 59-unit McKendree Apartments will go up at the corner of McKendree and Asbury avenues.
“The retirement community is a village within the village of Godfrey,” Campion said.
He has been involved in the development of the 122-acre
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By ANGELA MUELLER
Telegraph staff writer
ALTON — Joe Hook was appointed as Alton High School’s new head football coach at Tuesday’s School Board meeting.
Hook replaces Bob Shannon, who accepted the head football coaching position at CBC High School in St. Louis in February.
Hook has taught physical education and health classes at Alton High for the past eight years. He is also the school’s head softball coach. Before coming to Alton High, Hook taught at Alton middle schools and spent two years as a coach of football and wrestling at East Alton/Wood River High School. Hook is an Alton High graduate.
The first Redbird football game with Hook at the helm will be Aug. 28.
In other business, parents of children in the district’s gifted
■ See HOOK, Page A-9
The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH
Joe Hook is congratulated by some of his players Tuesday night after being named head football coach at Alton High School. The players are, from left, junior Brad Hazelwonder, senior Aaron Dupree, sophomore Jason Bott and junior A.J. Vassar.
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