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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 1, 1999, Alton, Illinois r - ~ " " " mm^<m - - - - -i 8# I $203 i Coupons ami special offers • inside most editions * Four to goBig Mac hits home run No. 39 for year, No. 496 for careerO' ' Page B-l f Designs on future InlandGroup promotes the River Bend Page D-l Whkki.s.D»:vi>* Hoisting die flag New 3.5 RL carries Acura’s standard to new level Page GI The outlook Cooling off. Partly sunny with late thunderstorms. High 86; low 67 PageD-12 Good 7* t Morning Area/Illinois . .A-3-9 Bulletin Board .A-7 Business D-1 Classifieds . Editorial ... Horoscope . Nation/world Obituaries .. Best, Kirksey, Meisenheimer, Sparks Scoreboard . Stocks ..... . .C-3 . .A-4 . .D-8 .A-10 . .A-5 Weather D-12 rpfiTi rn ll lei IS iTj Vol. IM, No. 198 Serving The River Bend Since 1836 August 1,1999 Bey Farm gets state visitors By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY - The state s top public health and human services officials paid a surprise visit Friday to Beverly Farm, later reporting that the residents are being cared for adequately. "We toured housing units, program areas, day treatment programs and dietary facilities,” Howard A. Peters III, Program ‘operating reasonably well,’ officials say secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services, said in a press release. “We found no issues that would be a threat to the health, safety and well-being of clients. The program appeared to be operating reasonably well.” However, Buddy Maupin, regional director of AFSCME Council 31, questioned the thoroughness of the officials’ visit, calling it “a staged press event” and “a drive-by inspection.” Besides Peters, Dr John R Lumpkin, state public health director, and Melissa Wright, associate director of the Department of Human Services’ Office of Developmental Disabilities, made the unannounced visit. Gov. George Ryan instructed the trio to come here. The visit reportedly was in response to a letter that the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 sent Ryan last week, urging his involvement in the union’s 3-week-old strike against the home for developmentally disabled adults. A number of area officials had signed the letter, which refers to an earlier report of 16 alleged violations of federal regulations at the home at 6301 Humbert Road Part of the union letter stated: “Since the strike began, it ■ See BEV, Page A-11 New meth law nets five arrests By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - Law enforcement officials are using new legal tools to fight methamphetamine makers. Madison County deputies have arrested five people under a new law that makes it a felony to possess any substance used to make the dangerous drug. Three people were arrested May 24 trying to steal anhydrous ammonia, a fertilizer, from a tank at a farm supply store in New Douglas. They were charged with possession of a substance with intent to manufacture a controlled substance. Two people from Troy were arrested July 7 at a farm east of Edwardsville, authorities said. They were also charged under the new statute. Anyone caught with such compounds can be presumed to _ have    it    with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, said Capt. Don Spaul, chief of detectives for the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. It is a safe assumption that anyone caught stealing the fertilizer is doing so to make methamphetamine, said Lt. Mark Bramlett of the Southwestern Illinois Metropolitan Enforcement Group. “It is only worth about 25 cents a gallon, and it is legitimately used to fertilize corn.” The law against possession of anhydrous ammonia and other material used to make methamphetamine was prompted in large part because of the situation in Madison County, according to state Sen. Frank Watson, R-Greenville. People from small rural communities around St. Louis were coming into Madison County to steal the substance, he said. Some of the manufacturers were unaware that possession of anhydrous ammonia to make drugs is a felony here, Spaul said. The law, which went into effect Jan. I, will serve as a deterrent before people get into the manufacture of methamphetamine, said Jim Buckley, assistant Madison County state’s attorney, who recently obtained the county’s first conviction under the law. “Ifs another tool we can use to deter the process before it gets to the manufacturing stage,” Buckley said. The intent of the possession of the chemicals aTt’s another tool Iwe can use to deter the process before it gets to the manufacturing stage.” Jim Buckley assistant Madison County state’s attorney See METH, Page A-11 v* i .I a. 'lf- For The Telegraph/MELINDA KIDWELI Dominie Angelo Farace, 4, from Spanish Lake, Mo., enjoys the magic show performed by Marco The Magnificent, otherwise known as Bill Bolton, Saturday at the Rennaissance Festival at SIUE. Dominic was at the fair with his mother and brother, Elizabeth and Christopher Krebs, and other family members. Jolly Olde England comes to SIUE Knights, storytellers, artisans thrill crowd By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - It was the “good old days” taken back a few centuries Saturday at .Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. More than IOO costumed participants in the Southern Illinois Renaissance Festival jousted, joked, fought with steel swords and tried to speak in the manner of jolly Olde England of 1550. A delighted crowd seemed happy to be immersed in England’s rowdy past, cheering on their favorite knights as they battled on the field of honor in front of legendary Queen Verity. “I like this. I liked how one guy pushed the other off his horse,” said Teresa De Tolve, IO, of Granite City. “I think it’s really cool, I was the one who wanted to go,” said her brother, James De Tolve, 9. Mother Annette Martinez said watching the jousting is educational for the children. “It is good to learn about what used For me leiegrapn/MtUNUA wuweu. Lisa Butts and her husband, Jon, are part of the musical group Menagerie, a troupe of medieval musicians from Ohio that performed Saturday at the festival. She plays the hammer dulcimer while he plays the guitar. See SIUE, Page A-11 Stock up for Y2K, experts warn at seminar By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Preparing for Jan. I, 2000, should be as simple as getting ready for a snowstorm, a panel of health, business, utility and civic groups said Saturday. “You should have a three-day supply of water and food,” said Marcia Wickenhauser, executive director of the Southwestern Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross. “You should prepare like you’re preparing for a winter snowstorm; get an extra $50 and a full tank of gas if it is convenient” Wickenhauser said people are discouraged from buying gas-operated    , generators since blimp 111 the road.” storing gasoline is dangerous, or from rushing to banks to pull out their money. If possible, resi- _ dents might buy their medications in advance of the New Year, have extra blankets and plenty of batteries and flashlights on hand. Panel members offered those tips and more at a three-hour seminar at Days ii FTlhe panic will be the disaster, not I the reality. The problem will be a Marcia Wickenhauser executive director, Southwestern Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross Inn Motel, 1900 E. Homer Adams Parkway. The local Red Cross sponsored the event; another one is planned for next month in Edwardsville on a date to be determined. Some experts predict computer-dependent businesses and utilities may experience glitches in their operations either because they _ or interrelated companies haven’t updated computer programs. The potential “Y2K” problem stems from the early days of computers when memory was scarce and programmers used two-digit codes instead of four digits for calendar years. Computers or embedded computer chips that aren’t updated will read the year 2000 as 1900, with innaccurate results. Computer chips control functions in automobiles, building ventilation systems, security alarms, old VCRs and elevators, among others. Between 98 percent and 99 percent of businesses — from utilities to banks — are saying they will be ready for Jan. I, said Wickenhauser, but no one knows what might happen in five months. ■ See Y2K, Page A-11 ;