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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - November 23, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVERBEND SINCE 1836 THE XELfiGRAP Snorts Blues win j in j j time PageB2 j Vol 164 No 312 50 cents Region j Couple i adopts j ussian I aby i Page Cli The outlook Scattered thunder storms High 65 Low 43 I Page D6 i Business Hard work pays off at Shang Hai House Page Dl Tuesday November Baby sitter in drowning He es slate Courts allow Ash to move after allegedly receiving death threats By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A baby sitter whose friends child drowned during a Godfrey outing last spring has fled the state claiming she fears for her safety Nancy E Ash 32 formerly of Alton was allowed to move with her two children this month to the state of New York where she now is living with other family members Ash pleaded guilty in Madison County Circuit Court on Nov 8 to a single count of endangering the life of a child and was placed on two years probation by Circuit Judge Charles Romani Jr The pro bation was transferred to her new county of residence but the judge said he would main tain jurisdiction over the case according to court records Ash was astounded when a reporter reached her by tele phone at her new home Monday morning How did you get this num ber she asked I cant believe you got this number That means shell be able to get this number Ash said referring to the childs mother Martisha Whitlock of East Alton Whitlocks daughter Andrea N Sweeney 8 drowned May 16 in Piasa Creek in Godfrey She was in a group of eight children taken by Ash on a swimming outing near the West Delmar Avenue bridge Ash could not swim and was the only adult supervisor that day authorities said Until the drowning Ash and Whitlock were friends with See BABY SITTER Page A7 The HOPKINS Ambulance workers help a distraught Nancy Ash on May 16 after the drowning of one of the eight children she had taken on a swimming excursion to Piasa Creek in Godfrey A row of green gaspowered generators owned by Zapco Development Co produce electricity from methanes site from wells underneath the Roxana landfill The electric power then is sold to Illinois Power Co pumpea Energy project at landfill online Power generated at landfill will power nearly homes By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ROXANA An environmentally friendly gasto energy project officially came online here Nov 13 Residents and interested parties passing by the vil lages landfill at 4600 Cahokia Creek Road can see the surface of an initiative that is converting methane gas emitted from the landfills contents into usable electricity Were converting what is normally regarded as a strong emission and are channeling it into an energy source for the Illinois Power said Dick Augustine vice president of finance for Zahren Alternative Powers a company in charge of the Roxana site and only 23 others across the United States At this site in Roxana the amount of power we are generating should be enough to furnish electricity to power nearly Shimkus announces bid for third term I See LANDFILL Page A7 By DEBORAH L BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Rep John Shimkus announced Monday he will seek reelec tion next year to a third term in the House of Representatives to make a real difference in the lives of our I have found this job to be more exciting and fulfilling than I ever thought it would said Shimkus R Collinsville As a congress man I have been able to help hundreds of our neighbors cut through red tape to get the services they both need and Shimkus said he stands for issues such as lowering the tax burden on working families and small business owners eliminating the death tax and See SHIMKUS Page A7 Counterfeit bills hitting Madison County 46 fake bills found so far in police chief reports Good Morning Bulletin Barbee Belk Boulds Driver Ferguson Gerber Gray Hogue Lambert Losch McCoo Mongiat Owens Ridder Searles Strohbeck Voss By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A flur ry of funny money has hit the area but local authorities arent laughing Bogus bills turned up Thursday and Friday in the traffic division of Madison County Circuit Court paid as part of fines on cases from Alton and Edwardsville And those incidents appear to be just the tip of the ice berg Phony money of all denominations has been show ing up in abundance in Madison County and the rest of the state said officials with the Secret Service which investigates counterfeiting Its a growing problem epidemic compared to what it used to said Jack Fox agent in charge at the Springfield office of the Secret Service a division of the The M BARNES A closeup of a counterfeit bill that has a lighter shade of green that is obvious on the back face of the bill Department of Treasury Five years ago the agency busted 21 operations in Illinois in which a computer was used to print fake money This year there have been 572 simi lar plant Fox said It has gotten to the point where the government is work ing closely with computer manufacturers on ways to pre vent abuses he said Far more people are involved in counter feiting too It used to be we could attribute 90 percent of phony bills to a lone Fox said Now what has hap pened is that for every 100 notes if we get five attribut able to one person were Also making policing diffi cult is the fact that counter feiters are printing smaller amount at any one time They may just print out a couple hundred to go out shop Fox said Alton has had 46 counterfeit bills reported so far this year 11 of them in the month of November said Capt Rick McCain of the Alton Police Department Most months have seen only a few bills except for See COUNTERFEIT Page A7 3t A j t 1 fRUCKLOAD CARPET SALE yoo in itock Vinyl from 33 iq ft Carpet from 33 1 sq ft m 1 W Carpet from 33 1 sq ft Laminate Wood Flooring fro DISCOUNT CARPET INC 3475 HUMBERT RD ALTON 4652622
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