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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - November 23, 1999, Alton, Illinois 'it?- BN *4*1 rd VTO ?    *■’    wwf TheTelegraph/RUSS SMITH A row of green gas-powered generators owned by Zapco Development Co. produce electricity from methane gas pumped to the site from wells underneath the Roxana landfill. The electric power then is sold to Illinois Power Co.Energy project at landfill onlinePower generated at landfill will power nearly 1,000 homes * By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ROXANA — An environmentally friendly gas-to-energy project officially came online here Nov. 13. Residents and interested parties passing by the village’s landfill at 4600 Cahokia Creek Road can see the surface of an initiative that is converting methane gas emitted from the landfill’s contents into usable electricity. “We’re converting what is normally regarded as a strong emission and are channeling it into an energy source for the Illinois Power Co.,” said Dick Augustine, vice president of finance for Zahren Alternative Powers Corp., a company in charge of the Roxana site and only 23 others across the United States. “At this site in Roxana, 111., the amount of power we are generating should be enough to furnish electricity to power nearly 1,000 homes." ■ See LANDFILL, Page A7 Shimkus announces bid for third term By DEBORAH L. BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - U.S. Rep. John Shimkus announced Monday he will seek re-election next year to a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives to “make a real difference in the lives of our neighbors”. “I have found this job to be more exciting and fulfilling than I ever thought it would be,” said Shimkus, R-Collinsville. “As a congressman, I have been able to help hundreds of our neighbors cut through red tape to get the services they both need and deserve.” Shimkus said he stands for issues such as lowering the tax burden on working families and small business owners, eliminating the death tax and I See SHIMKUS, Page A7 Good Morning M Area/Illinois..... . . . A3,6 Obituaries...........A5 Business....... .....DI Barbee, Belk, Boulds, Driver, Bulletin Board... Ferguson, Gerber, Gray, Classifieds...... .....C9 Hogue, Lambert, Losch, Comics......... .... ce McCoo, Mongiat, Owens, Editorial........ .....A4 Ridder, Searles, Strohbeck, Horoscope...... .....D5 VOSS Nation/world .....A8 Scoreboard..........C2 Counterfeit bills hitting Madison County 46 fake bills found so far in Alton,. police chief reports By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A flurry of funny money has hit the area, but local authorities aren’t laughing. Bogus $100 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 iceberg. Phony money of all denominations has been showing up in abundance in Madison County and the rest of the state, said officials with the U.S. Secret Service, which investigates counterfeiting. “It’s a growing problem — epidemic, compared to what it used to be,” said Jack Fox, agent in charge at the Springfield office of the Secret Service, a division of the U.S. A close-up of a counterfeit $20 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 similar “plant seizures,” Fox said. It has gotten to the point where the government is working closely with computer manufacturers on ways to prevent 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 printer,” Fox said. “Now, what has happened is that for every IOO notes, if we get five attributable to one person, we’re lucky.” Also making policing difficult is the fact that counterfeiters are printing smaller amount at any one time. “They may just print out a couple hundred to go out shopping,” Fox said. Alton has had 46 counterfeit bills reported so far this year — ll 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 TRUCKLOAD CARPET SALE!r* 700 Rolls in stock m Mm rn rn    mm    rn*    m      J- Vinyl front 33< sq. ft. rn • Carpet from 33t sq. ft. Pergo/Mohowk laminate Wood Flooring frow S I 99 ii). H. SERVING THE RIVERBEND SINCE 1836 /.;Purn rn? TOI ICUI it mm ii rn wRlJLjKimJi J* Blues win I in I over- j Page 62 I Region ussian aby Page Cl: The outlook Scattered thunder-1 storms High 65, Low 43 Page D6 j Business Hard work pays off at Shang Hai Page DI Vol. 164, No. 312 - 50 cents Tuesday, November 23, 1999 www.thetelegraph.com Courts allow Ash to move after 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. allegedly receiving death threats By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A baby sitter whose friend’s 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 probation was transferred to her new county of residence, but the judge said he would maintain jurisdiction over the case, according to court records Ash was astounded when a reporter reached her by telephone at her new home Monday morning. “How did you get this number?” she asked. “I can’t believe you got this number. “That means she’ll be able to get this number, too,” Ash said, referring to the child’s mother, Martisha Whitlock of East Alton. Whitlock’s 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 DISCOUNT CARPET, INC ) ;

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