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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - May 4, 2005, Syracuse, New York The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syracusc.com FINAL EDITION WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2005 SYRACUSE. N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING MORE SUNSHINE Clouds will begin to disappear from Central New York today al- though tempera- tures will remain cooler than normal. There should be a re- turn of more seasonable warmth as the weekend ap- proaches. Complete forecast, D-10 Credit Scam Busted in CNY Numbers stolen nationwide used to buy items worth HIGH: 56 LOW: 35 Federal Reserve raises key rate to 3 percent The Federal Reserve, sticking to a course of gradually raising rates, boosted its key federal funds rate by one-quarter of a percentage point, to 3 percent. STORY, PAGE (-1 Iraq prime minister: We will unite our nation The first democratically elected government in the histo- ry of Iraq was sworn in Tuesday against a backdrop of surging vi- olence, and the new Shiite prime minister pledged before a half- empty parliament that he would unite the country's rival ethnic factions and fight terrorism. STORY, PAGE A-6 Iron tells world it won't drop its nuclear program In Tehran and at the United Nations, an emphatic Iran said Tuesday it will press on with its uranium-enrichment technology, a program that has drawn Wash- ington's fire and ratcheted up global nuclear tensions. STORY, PAGE A-7 Piece of finger found in frozen custard in N.C. North Carolina officials are trying to determine how a work- er cut off part of his finger and how the severed piece wound up in a customer's frozen custard at a shop that was cleared by the state after a similar accident last summer. The customer thought it was a piece of candy. STORY, PAGE A-S Groups push state to pick optical scan voting system New Yorkers for a Verified Vote and others, including The League of Women Voters, want the state to go with an optical scan system. It would leave paper records that could be re- counted. The state Board of Elections is holding its annual meeting in DeWitt. STORY, PAGE A-10 Study: Episiotomy has no benefit, causes problems One of the most common surgical procedures performed in the United States an incision many pregnant women receive to make childbirth less damaging has no benefits and actually causes more complications, according to the most compre- hensive analysis to evaluate the practice. STORY, PAGE A-4 Corrections Onondaga County Conserva- tive Committee Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS By John O'Brien Staff writer A Latvian woman admitted Tuesday she was part of nationwide scam based in Syracuse that used stolen credit card numbers, bought worth of mer- chandise and shipped it to Russia, Latvia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Lithuania for four months last year. Oksana Misakina, 22, of 342 Apple St., Syracuse, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit credit card fraud. She admitted she set up private mail drops in the Syra- cuse area, where the illegally obtained merchandise was sent to fictitious people. Misakina then shipped the items on. Misakina and her husband, Ihor Koze- nyatko, who also list an address in Sha- ron, Mass., used at least four UPS Stores in the Syracuse area to have merchandise mailed to them under assumed names, according to an affidavit from Matthew Puro, a U.S. Postal inspector. The stolen merchandise included lap- top computers, digital cameras, flat screen computer monitors, and high-end LCD televisions. Misakina and her co-de- fendants shipped about 100 packages containing the stolen items between July and September, Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Broton said. Someone was buying the items online with the stolen credit card numbers and shipping them to Syracuse and a similar operation in Panama City that Misakina recruited someone else to set up, accord- ing to court papers. Broton would not say how much Misa- kina made in the scam. Investigators are trying to find out what happened to the UPS, PAGE A-8 FLAGS, BIKERS, VETS GREET VIETNAM WALL DISPLAY AT STATE FAIRGROUNDS JOHN SACCONE of Otisco walks by some of the American flags at the New York State Fairgrounds near where workers today will start putting to- gether a 240-foot-long replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall. Each flag represents a New Yorker killed in combat .in the Vietnam War. Saccone was one of about motorcyclists who escorted the replica from Bing- hamton to Central New York. The exhibit will be open to school groups Mite Staff photograpl on Thursday and the general public Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The flags, which were donated by Veteran Fasteners Supply Corp., were put up in about three hours by volunteers from the Local Union 545 of Operating Engi- neers, said Darryl Merriam of the International Union of Operating Engi- neers, The union volunteered for the task, which Merriam called "a labor of because many members are Vietnam veterans. STORY, PAGE B-3 Index Business....... Oossified _... CNY_______ Comics....._.. Editoriak _. local new _ lottery ___ ..G-2 E-l _ E-8 A-12 ...B-l A-2 ._.. .A-10 Movies...... New York. Obituaries___B-4 Sports______D-l Stocks______C-3 Teclinology.... F-l Television____H State probes forgeries on release forms Sheriff's deputies say they didn't sign anything to give out medical information. By John O'Brien Staff writer A medical records worker sur- prised Onondaga County Deputy Joe Salvagni three months ago when she called to ask if he had signed a permission slip allow- ing the release of his records to the county. The University Hospital work- er said she had a suspicious- looking signature on a medical release form from International Specialist Services, the company that processes county employ- I ees: medical records. i The form showed Salvagni signed the document Dec. 30, 2004. "I told them, 'No. I had not signed anything since two years i ago.'" Salvagni said last week. 'rl did not sign anything on that j date or anything close to it." ISS. of Solvay. fired a worker Oneidas seek second try at Supreme Court Frank Ordonez Staff photographe DEPUTY JOE SALVAGNI discovered his name was forged to get his past medical records released to a company employed by Onondaga County. By Glenn Coin Staff writer The Oneida Indian Nation has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider its March ruling re- quiring the nation to pay proper- ty taxes in Sherrill. The effort is more than a long shot: The court agreed to review its decisions in just three-tenths of 1 percent of requests, accord- ing to a manual on the high court. The Oneida Indian Nation ar- gues the court unfairly relied on legal theories already rejected by a lower court four years ago. But SherriU's lawyer calls the na- tion's claim "false and disingen- uous." Nation spokesman Jerry Reed declined to talk about the na- tion's chances of prevailing. "We rarely speculate on any thing as far as legal matters NATION, PAGE A-8 over the doctored release form, and the case has sparked an in- vestigation by state and local prosecutors. ISS submitted the forged doc- ument when it sought Salvagni's medical records, according to a report from University Hospital police. The hospital never re- leased the documents to ISS. Before Salvagni's case, hospi- tal officials had been suspicious of the signatures of two other deputies on forms submitted by ISS, according to the report. The hospital has not released the names of the deputies in those cases to the deputies' unions. Deputies suspect the forged documents enabled the county to get access to old medical records in an attempt to discredit the claims of deputies who say they were injured on the job. Depu- ties fighting the county over the causes of their injuries have been surprised to find their old med- ical files in the hands of county officials, said Deputy Daniel Mathews, president of the jail deputies' union. FORGERY, A-8 Brain-damaged firefighter: 'How long have I been The Associated Press Orchard Park Nearly 9% years after a fire- fighter was brain-damaged and left mostly mute after a roof collapse, he shocked his family and doctors: He asked for his wife. Staff members of the nursing home where Don- ald Herbert has lived for more than seven years raced to get Linda Herbert on the telephone. It first of many conversations the pa- tient had with his wife, four sons and other family and friends Saturday during a 14-hour stretch. Herbert's uncle Simon Manka said. Herbert THE POST-STANDARD The Daily Dose WHAM! POW! It's free comicbook Saturday. Dreaded social blunders. What would you do? Optimist-Pessimist take on Yankee fans. Page E-10 INSIDE YOURGUIDHO THE BiG FINALES Here's where to find television's cliffhangers and farewells. CNY. Page E-5 MB SIDE OF A CD IS A DVD Bruce Springsteen's latest album features DualDisc technology. Technology, Page F-1 Abo in Technology. The family farm is changing; Bill Gates talks about Longhorn; you can fight terrorists in "Art of War: Direct Action." FOOD: 00 SOMETHING SWEET FOR MOH, IH YOIAHOA'S J
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