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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - October 30, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 MIMI SAVINGS TIM (October Peoria ND 38 Peoria RW 42 Gurnee 17 CM 13    J’ville 21    E’ville 14 The outlook Mostly cloudy and mild; High 69, low 52 Page CIO Vol. 164, No. 288 - 50 cents Saturday, October 30,1999 Thriller chiller East Alton ice rink Halloween event Page C2 J ______ Former President Carter chats with Martha Moffett, wife of Principia College President George Moffett, and Michael Sharpies, chairman of the board of the Principia College Foundation, outside the historic chapel on the Elsah college’s campus Friday afternoon. At left, Carter gestures as he tells a story to the college’s president before his Friday evening address as part of the George A. Andrews Distinguished Speaker Series. Ex-president calls rich-poor chasm greatest challenge By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer ELSAH — Former President Carter, speaking Friday evening at Principia College in Elsah, called on Americans to emphasize the virtues of kindness, generosity and decency in the way they treat the less fortunate both in our nation and abroad. “The greatest challenge we face in the next millennium is the chasm between rich people and poor people,” Carter told the crowd packed into Cox Auditorium. Carter, a world-renowned humanitarian and peacemaker, received rousing standing ovations both at the beginning and end of his talk Carter, 75, said “rich" is a relative term that doesn’t have to apply to people with six-figure incomes or above. He said it could refer to having a decent home, enough to eat, a modicum of education and reasonable health care. “I would say that all of us in this room are rich." Other criteria that many of us take for granted are believing the police and judicial system are on our side, he said, and that we can make a difference “at least in our own lives.” For example, Carter said the gap between the wealth of the IO richest and IO poorest nations in the world was 10-to-1 in 1900. By 1960, that ratio had grown to 30-to-l and now stands at 67-to-l. “That ratio is growing." He said the average American family makes $39,000 a year, when 20 percent of the people in the world earn less than $1 a day. About half the world’s population, roughly 3 billion people, makes less than $2 per day. Since leaving office, Carter said he and his wife, Rosalyn, ■ See CARTER, Page A9 ‘He’s just such a gentleman’ By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer ELSAH — Principia College gave a warm welcome Friday to former President Carter, who was praised as a great humanitarian by faculty and students. “He’s just such a gentleman," said Debbie Hall, a college spokeswoman “What he’s done since he left office is so important." Since leaving public office, Carter has written 13 books and founded the Carter Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that addresses national and international issues of public policy, Hall said The former president from Plains, Ga., also is a regular volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, an organization that builds homes for lower-income families. The Carter Center, begun in 1986 at Emory University in Atlanta, is devoted to mediating international conflict and solving health problems in developing countries. “When most presidents leave office, they pick up a golf club, but he picked up a hammer,” Hall said. “That kind of sums up how the whole campus feels about him being here. “He’s a wonderful Christian man," she said. Carter is the third in the George A. ’ Andrews Distinguished Speaker Series at the college. The previous two speakers in the series were former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and former President Bush. Lars Hoffman, a political science professor at both Principia and Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, agreed Carter has done some outstanding things, especially since leaving office. “He proved there is life after the White House,” said Hoffman, former mayor of Godfrey. “I admire him; I admire his great work,” Hoffman said. He said before the speech that he was very much looking forward to hearing ■ See GENTLEMAN, Page A9Gisy free of alcohol, drugs at time of crash By THOMAS WRAUSMANN and DONNA J. NOLAN Telegraph staff writers JERSEYVILLE - A coroner’s jury ruled Friday that Jersey County State’s Attorney Gail Gisy’s death was accidental. However, the alleged drunk driver in the collision still faces a charge of reckless homicide. Jersey County Coroner Larry Alexander explained that an inquest simply determines the manner and cause of death according to the circumstances surrounding it. “This has no bearing on what the state will do,” Alexander said after the inquest at the Jersey County Courthouse in Jerseyville. Gisy was killed Sept. 9 in a head-on collision with rural Rockbridge resident Marvin Frazier, who had a blood-alco-hol level of .151, nearly twice the limit of .08 considered intoxication under state law. The accident took place on Rangeline Road near Ruyle Road in rural Jersey County. The autopsy report showed that Gisy, 56, had no alcohol or other drugs in his system when the crash took place, Alexander told the jury. James David Wolf, investigating trooper with the Illinois State Police, said the speedometer on Frazier’s car was stuck on 70 mph, while Gisy’s older model pickup truck appeared to be traveling at a much slower speed. Alexander said Gisy apparently died instantly as his ribs collided heavily with the steering wheel, breaking his ribs on both sides of the sternum, causing massive lacerations to his heart. He was delivering a drug search warrant to police when the crash occurred around 10:30 p.m., officials said. After hearing the facts, the jury was given several choices for the manner of death: homicide, suicide, accident, natural death or undetermined The official instructions to Illinois coroner’s juries point out that I    /MOX/    AQ Ex-chief gets 27 months By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer EAST ST. LOUIS -Former East Alton Police Chief William Edward Shewmaker was sentenced Friday to 27 months in federal prison and fined $500 for his guilty plea to a charge of receiving child pornography over the Internet. Shewmaker, 56, was sen tenced in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis, where he pleaded guilty July I to the felony charge in connection with incidents that occurred numerous times between Aug. 31 and Nov. 3, 1998. He allegedly received more than IOO sexually explicit images over the Internet. “I know it was wrong, and I’ve accepted responsibility,” ■ See CHIEF, Page A9 GoodNI Area/Illinois ..........A3    Obituaries     A5 Bulletin Board.........A6 Business .............C2 Classifieds ...........C6 Comics...............B7 Editorial..............A4 Horoscope ...........B7 Apple, Durham, Hoffman, Huenemeier, Kieninger, Lockhart, Ogle, Weaver, Weinrich Scores ...............B2 Stocks ...............C3 Nation/world..........A5    Television     B8 New Alton police Web site By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Alton police are reaching out to inform the community about crime prevention and the department’s special programs through both Internet and the old, reliable telephone. The Police Department just got a new, easy-to-remember Web site address: Since then, train ing officer Mike Bazzell has been adding to the site’s information pages. The site’s previous address was long and cumbersome, and the department did not promote it, he said. “It’s becoming more common for police departments to have Web sites, and we want to keep up with that,” Bazzell said. “With, it ■ See WEB, Page A9 ;