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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - August 20, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               The Post-Standard Affiliated with Syracusc.com SATURDAY, AUGUST 20. 2005 FINAL EDITION SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING THE CALM BEFORE... Hot, humid air and thunder- storms will move through the region in advance of a cold front, which is ex- pected to enter Central New York this evening. Compared with the 90-plus temps we've had, highs in the low 70s Monday and Tuesday might feel downright chilly. Complete forecast, D-8 HIGH: 83 LOW: 64 Aunt: Free Boy, 13, Held in Mom's Death Northwest Airlines mechonics on strike Northwest Airlines mechan- ics decided late Friday to strike, the union said. Jim Young, union spokesman, told The Associated Press the mechanics would rather see the airline go into bankruptcy than agree to Northwest's terms. STORY, PAGE A-8 Missiles fly over Jordan, miss U.S. Navy ship A rocket whizzed over the deck of a U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship in a Jordanian port and crashed into a warehouse, killing a Jordanian soldier. Two other missiles tlew the other di- rection toward Israel one of them nearly hitting a taxi. STORY, PAGE A-S Syracuse City Hall plans to go green Syracuse City Hall may soon rely solely on power, using a mix of renewable sources such as wind turbines and hydropower plants. All of the power would be produced in New York state. STORY, PAGE B-l Police charge 26 men with prostitution solicitation Syracuse police, state troop- ers and Onondaga County sher- iffs deputies teamed up Friday morning to go after 26 Central New York men charged with so- liciting a prostitute. STORY, PAGE B-1 Clinic at Upstate specializes in depression SUNY Upstate Medical Uni- versity is opening the area's first clinic specializing in adult de- pression and anxiety, disorders that affect up to 20 percent of the population. STORY, PAGE C-l Conalboat to become museum and classroom Not long ago, the last re- maining boat built to haul cargo on the Erie Canal was destined for the scrapyard. But the Day Peckinpaugh has been saved, and state officials plan to turn the former cement hauler into a floating museum and classroom making stops along the state canal system. NEW YORK, PAGE A-4 Corrections Serial killer's Russ Andrews' Lewis Unjform's Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Jim Commentucci Staff photographer JOSHUA BROWN, 13, is led to his arraignment Friday. Police say he beat his mother and stomped on her face Tuesday, re- sulting in her death Friday morning. Some family members say the boy should be released to the family. Joshua Brown charged as an adult in fatal beating By Maureen Nolan and Marnie Eisenstadt Staff writers Rebecca Perth's family had a double loss to endure Friday. Perth, 30, died early that day after what police say was a beating inflicted Tuesday by her son, Josh- ua Brown, 13. Brown was arraigned Friday afternoon as an adult in City Court on a second-degree murder charge. "It's like both people are get- ting taken away from said Roxanne Wood, Perth's younger sister and Brown's aunt. Syracuse police say Brown beat- and stomped his mother uncon- scious Tuesday night at their home after she told him he needed to come inside because it was past his curfew. The family lives at 109 Park Ave. Wood said Brown would never intentionally hurt his mom or any- one. She and older sister Rosalie Moses worried about Brown as they mourned then- sister. Wood AUNT, PAGE A-8 REBECCA PERTH (left) died Friday. Her son, Joshua Brown, has been charged with second-degree murder in her death. Arraignment story, Page A-8 Submitted photo Police: turn idals Cicero woman j charged in ID theft i l Police: Evonne J. Williams charged on credit card numbers she took. i By Jim McKeever Staff writer i A U.S. serviceman in England who noticed an unauthorized 1 credit card charge led police to a i Cicero woman they charged with 22 felony counts of identity theft, forgery and grand larceny. Evonne J. Williams, 39, of 5475 O'Mara Drive, used credit card numbers from clients of a pet-microchipping registration company in 1 DeWitt to buy about worth of goods before she was 1 arrested Thurs- I day, DeWitt police said. Besides the serviceman, i the investiga- Williams tion found about 50 victims in j the United States and one in I France. I "I'm confident the number of victims and the dollar loss will DeWitt Police Capt. Mark Petterelli said. Williams was on parole for a forgery conviction. She is being held without bail at the Justice Center. j Here's how the case unrav- I according to Petterelli: i On July 22, a U.S. serviceman in England called his credit card company after he saw a charge from an Internet-based "football fanatics" company. The serviceman was told the item was to be shipped to a De- Witt address, so he called the DeWitt police. Investigator Scott Kapral led n investigation that included hecking Internet provider ad- resses and other computer data iat led to Williams' employer, 'adcare Inc., 7222 Fly Road, and eventually to Williams. More victims linked to Pad- ABOUT, PAGE A-8 Inside: How to protect your- self from identity Teens charged with burning undercover police car, breaking windows and more. By Beth Beer Cuddy Staff writer Vandals destroyed an undercover police car in Auburn with a firebomb, wrecked a mural, used pellet guns to smash windows in 14 vehicles and tossed nails at a passing auto, city police said Friday. Investigators charged two Auburn teenag- ers in connection with the spree, which in- cluded the destruction of a mural bearing the life-size likeness of a downtown business- man. Detective Jeffrey Mead said police were still sorting through the reports of may- hem across the city. Police charged Charles J. Allen, 17, of 31 Lake Ave., and Carl T. Morgan, 17, of 117 Cottage St., with first-degree arson, first-de- gree criminal mischief, first-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree grand larceny. Allen also was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, po- lice said. Mead said Allen threw nails at a passing car, nearly hitting the driver in the head. Allen and Morgan were arraigned Friday in Auburn City Court and sent to Cayuga County Jail without bail. A preliminary hearing is 2 p.m. Thursday. Police say they are looking into whether other teenagers will be charged as well. Mead said the teens were at a friend's house in the city and "they just decided they were going to go out and cause trouble." Someone in the group suggested they go out on an which means "an outing or a combat patrol where you go out and raise according to one of the teens' statements to police. Morgan and Allen made a Molotov cock- tail, police said, which ignited an undercover police car parked on Lexington Avenue. Au- burn firefighters were sent to extinguish the fire at a.m. Friday. "Allen targeted that car because it was police Mead said. Allen and Morgan also are accused o stealing a mural that hung on the side o Meyer Bookbinding Co., 35 Market St., in downtown Auburn. The teens fired pelle guns at the mural, which included a life-siz image of business owner Jim Meyer PAGE A Officer loses purse with finds golden rule is not lost Business C-1 Bridge F-2 Classified E-5 Comics E-10 Crossword HI Editorials A-6 M letters A-7 Local news Movies New York Obituaries Sports Stocks... Sudoku Television Weather E-4 ..A-4 ..B-4 D-l C-2 E-ll J-12 ...0-8 THE POST-STANDARD N.Y. Times news service Lakeland, Fla. When Polk County Sheriffs Deputy Sandy Scherer lost a bag Monday con- taining, among other things, in cash, she didn't have a lot of hope. After 16 years in law j enforcement, she'd grown cyn- ical. But just in case, she returned to the parking lot by Polk Gov- ernment Center in Lakeland, where earlier she had left her bag on the hood of her car. She was surprised to find someone turned it in at nearby Polk Works, a nonprofit agency. Not a cent was missing. After tracking down Canesha Blackman. 24. who turned in the bag. and asking to meet her to thank her personally, she was surprised again. Blackman was at the Salvation Army shelter with her five children. 'It restored my faith in hu- Scherer said. INSIDE Blackman was surprised that anyone would be surprised. "If 1 lost my bag, I would want someone to give it back to she said, shrugging on Monday night, as her children ate at the shelter. Yes, she sure could use the money. She can only stay at the shelter 14 days. But she couldn't take someone's money, she said. While at the shelter, she's working at a fast-food restaurant and seeking a second job at Den- ny's. The Sheriffs Office has announced plans to set up an ac- count for Blackman and offers of assistance have materialized. At the shelter. Blackman said her dreams are simple: an apart- ment and enough full-time work to support her family. "That's all I really need." she said. DANCE REMATCH Monaco, O'Hurley to dance off. CNY, PAGE E-4 GET EARLY START TO BOUCKVlltE CNY, PAGE E-1 m IN THE HOSPITAL million awarded in Vioxx suit ThejAssociated Press Angleton, Texas A Texas jury found pharmaceutical giant Merck Co. liable Friday for the death of a man who took the once-popular painkiller Vioxx, awarding his widow mil- lion in damages in the first of thousands of lawsuits pending across the country. A seven-man, five-woman jury deliberated for 10'A hours over two days before returning the verdict in a 10-2 vote. But the damage award is likely to be drastically cut to no more than million because Texas law caps the punitive damages that made up the bulk of the total. Plaintiff Carol Ernst began to j cry when the verdict was read 'I while her attorneys jumped up and shouted, Jurors in the semi-rural county rejected Merck's argument that Robert Ernst, 59. died of clogged arteries rather than a Vioxx-in- duced heart attack that led to his fatal arrhythmia. Ernst, a pro- duce manager at a Wal-Mart store, ran marathons and taught aerobics classes on the side. The case drew national atten- tion from pharmaceutical com- panies, lawyers, consumers, stock analysts and arbitrageurs as a signal of what lies ahead for McrckT which has vowed to fight the more than 4.200 state and federal Vioxx-related lawsuits pending across the country. Merck said it plans to appeal. In Business: Merck shares drop, cases expected to i J   

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