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Syracuse Herald Journal (Newspaper) - September 20, 1996, Syracuse, New York Bureau 253-7316 September 1996 Page BRIEFS car WILLIAMSON A 77-year-old man was killed Thursday his car becamed lodged ihe rear wheels of a tractor state police at Williamson said. John C- Canne of 792 county Koute was pronounced dead at tne scene on state Route just w of King Street. Kis a front seat was flown to Rochester General where she was listed in guarded condition a hospital spokesperson said. Canne was driving west on Route 104 about p jn. when his 1994 Dodge Spirit crossed into the east bound Trooper Gary Grey said. Canne drove into the rear axle of the leu front and driver's side of car. Grey said. was seat belted and had an air but the way the car im- he did not have a Grey said. The truck's Jaires E Walker. of 616 Coryell was taken to Mvers Com- munity Hospital where he was treated and a nursing su- pervisor said. Walker was east- bound and drove into the south shoulder where he almost went into a ditch trying to steer clear of Canne's Grey said. Police were not sure why Can- ne's car went under the truck. Grey said. Alcohol was not be- lieved to be a factor and weather conditions were Grey said. There were no he said. Twa unhurt as uMgM hits berm in Fayette field FAYETTE A Waterloo pilot crashed an ultralight plane into a berni Thursday evening while try- ing to set the craft down in a Seneca County sheriffs deputies said. Robert W. of 803 Hecker and pas- senger Ralph Poormon of 340 E. Mam walked away unscathed from the pjn. deputies said. Kenny was trying to land in a field off state Route 414 when the ultralight struck the dirt bank and nosed into the ground. The unin- sured plane sustained more than in damage. Five fire companies battle smokehouse blaze from five fire companies in Cayuga and Tompkins counties remained at the scene of a burning smokehouse off Route 38 near Stony Hill Road Thursday a Cayuga County firejlispatcher said. Smoke was reportedly streaming out of the structure's second floor when firefighters from Freeville and Mecklenburg responded to the fire. Thfe building may have been a commercial the dis- patcher because rescue crews had to remove awful lot of to battle the blaze. No injuries were and the owner's identity was unknown. CCC to play first home football game Saturday AUBURN The first home game for the first Cavuga Commu- nity-College football team will be at p JTL Saturday at Holland Stadium- The who have lost the first two games of their inaugural season on the will play the SUNY Alfred Pioneers. Tickets are for adults and for students and are on sale at the main desk lobby of Spartan Hall. Tickets are also available at Snap- per's Tavern. CCC students with identification will be admitted free. A package that includes a ticket and game program is available for S5.- The college is sponsoring a non- alcoholic kickoff tailgate party for students to p.m. at the side entrance to the college near the cafeteria There will also be a tailgate party for faculty and staff 4 to 7 p.m. at Emerson Park. Johnny Vegas band to play rock tonight at Wells AURORA Johnny a rock band formed from the rem- nants of an acoustical trio at the State University College at Oswe- will perform at 8 p.m. today at the Athletic Association House on the Wells College campus. Admis- sion is free. During the last Johnny Vegas has played with such di- verse groups as the Caulfields and Better Than Ezra. Ksmcry slated Saturday at college________ AUBURN The 1996 Memory for Alzheimer's will be held Saturday at Cayuga Commu- nity College. The sponsored by the Cayuga County Alzheimer's Asso- ciation of will start at 8 a.m. with registration of runners and walkers. The will begin at 9 a.m. Call 253-6519. HERALD-JOURNAL Callus Regional 470-2200 Auburn. 253-7316 1-800-765-3231 253-5061 or 470-2072 CtassiSet 1-300-755-4047 Schools score above average on college prep tests counselors warn against comparisons to previous classes scores. By David L. Shaw Staff Writer With a few 1996 graduates of the nine high schools in the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES district scored above the state and national mean scores in the Scholastic Aptitude Test and the American College Testing exam. But local guidance counselors say another number to look at before drawing conclusions is the percent- age of students taking the tests. are both optional and one of several criteria used in college ranking fourth be- hind courses and class said Therese M. president of the Cayuga Area Counselors Association. a guidance counselor at Union said each senior class is different in attitude. That makes it hard to judge a school or a program by the test scores. she said. different numbers and cross sections of students take the direct comparison of mean SAT and ACT scores may be Shook said. 'Testing a larger cross-section of the senior class on the SAT or ACT will usuailv produce IOVPI- For Port Byron's most recent graduating class had the highest SAT mean score in 546. But only 37 of the school's 77 seniors or 48 percent took the tesL By Jordan-Elbridge seniors had a mean SAT math score of but 59 percent or 62 of the 105 seniors in the class took the test. An exception is Skarteateles. Tne Class of 1996 had a mean SAT verbal score of 557 and a mean SAT math score of 545. The verbal score is the highest of the nine and the math score is second only to Port Byron. Yet 99 of the school's 110 seniors took the SAT the highest percentage in the BOCES district by a wide margin. A similar scenario is shown with the ACT test. Page A10 Mean test scores Members of the Class of 1996 at most of the nine high schools in the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES district scored above both national and slate Testing exam. SAT School Port So. Union Weedsport 512 513 22.1 National mean score tor SAT verbal is 505. and math is 508. The ACT composite mean score is 20.9. In New York trie mean SAT verbal score is with the maih mean 499. The ACT composite mean Is 21.7 Council questions bill for Internet Says it didn't even know city employees were accessing Web. By Montanette C. Rocker Staff Writer AUBURN The check isn't in tiis mail for one Internet access service company. Some city employees have hooked up to the World Wide Web to the tune of and councilors want an explanation. At Thursday's City Council councilors decided to hold off for one week paying the compa- that provided the serv- ice until more information becomes available. certainly going to be look- ing for some explanation on whether this is a monthly biweekly Councilor Thomas McNabb told the council think it's about time the de- partment heads and city staff come to a realization that we have a bud- get problem. I don't care if it's or we've got to curtail According to the city's claims the fire department paid for access to the Internet. The po- lice department paid Central also known as the pur- chasing paid And the departments of water purifica- tion and sewage treatment paid apiece for the service. EACH DEPAKTMENT was charged for three months' service. The councilors and Interim City Manager Alfred D. Tfrmni were un- aware of the Internet access. Some department heads may have had the money in their bud- get to access the Emmi said. Comptroller Beatrice O'Hpra is to provide a copy of the invoices and an explanation of why the access service was used. O'Hora said she was told that the purchasing department had re- quested the access. The depart- ment is able to access state con- tracts through the she said. the purposes the de- partments have their reasons. As long as they have sufficient they have to make those deci- OTIora said. Mayor Christopher J. DeAngelis said having such a service may be a good thing. think it's probably wise for us to have a means to connect to the Internet as an he said. In another Shirley Italia- no of Washington Street asked the City Council to address the issue of drugs and rowdy people in her neighborhood. Sept 12. Jon Robson of Bradford Street asked the council to address the issues of crime where he lives. A task which was formed Sept 12 and which is composed of city department heads and offi- met Thursday morning to ad- dress the issues raised by residents concerned about crime. LARRY in the stands from Nancy Joe Dosch and Zach Nelson outside the Poplar Ridge Friends Meeting. The STEPHEN D. pnotograoner five were among a group of 17 volunteers who traveled to Greene this summer to help rebuild two rural churches congregations destroyed in suspicious fires. Battling a hateful mentality A group of local volunteers felt called to help rebuild churches in rural Alabama. By Teresa Starr Fugit Staff Writer One thing they ail had in common was their desire to they to try to right what they saw as a terrible wrong. Seventeen whose connection was Larry Buffam of Poplar spent a week in Alabama last helping to rebuild two of the rural churches of black congregations after the build- ings were destroyed by suspicious fires. brought it volunteer Joe Dosch said. But Dosch had already been thinking about the church thinking that it would be nice to do he said. The issue of whether the burnings were racial- ly inspired lessened in importance over he said. talked on the way we talked while we were we talked on the way Dosch said. 15 minutes of the total time was spent talking about the cause of the The volunteers gathered in Greene whose population in 1992 was about making it the lowest-populated county in that state. Census Bureau figures show that in 1989 more than 45 percent of the county's people lived below the poverty level. The bureau's statistics for 1988 placed Greene County eighth highest in the nation in infant with more than 37 deaths for every live births. The volunteers found a world far removed from their own. There was the pond that looked so in- viting on those hot summer until they found out that poisonous water moccasins called it home. There were the armadillos that would come out in the root around in the sniff people's feet and walk off. 'It was a different Paul Ferrari said. an English teacher at Auburn High saw the experience as a chance to speak out against the destruction. Page A10 Up on the roof A CREW FROM Dan Marion Roofing removes old shingles Thursday from the roof of a house at 1 Pleasant St. in Auburn. At work are Dave JOHN photographer and Mickey both of and John DeBois of i he weather made for a nice day to work outside. Grand jury declines to indict city cop Capt. Brian Neagle had faced charges of filing a false statement when hired. By David L. Shaw Staff Writer AUBURN A Cayuga County grand jury declined this week to return an indictment against City Police Capt. Brian A. Neagle on a charge of filing a false statement. In August. Police Chief Gary J. Giannotta asked District Attorney James B. Vargason to review the chiefs investigation into Neagle's prior conviction for unlawful pos- session of and to look into whether Neagle should have mentioned that conviction on his civil service applications for police officer in 1980 and police sergeant in 1989. Vargason said he convened the grand jury this week to see wheth- er Neagle violated any state penal laws. grand Jury heard testimony from witnesses and examined doc- umentary Vargason said Thursday. CONCLUDED its investi- gation by declining to charge Mr. Neagle with a felony. The statute of limitations prevented the grand jury from considering any misde- meanor he said. citing secrecy laws governing grand s'aid he could not say who testified or dis- cuss the nature of the evidence presented. happy this is finally over with. It's put my family at Neagle said. He said he still has to deal with an arbitration proceeding initiated by the city to seek his re- moval from the police department Neagle's Simon K. said he was told Thursday of the grand jury's decision. feel this is a full vindication of his innocence. We are very pleased with the grand jury's deci- Moody said. Moody argued the marijuana charge was a and that a violation is not a criminal offense- He said the civil service form re- fers to felony or misdemeanor con- victions. that is left for Brian is the departmental charges. I'm confi- dent they will meet the same fate as the grand jury Moody said. The attorney said Vargason con- ducted a fair and impartial investi- gation and presented the facts. realize this was a difficult role for the DA to play and he did his job he said. Moody said Neagle testified in his own behalf before the grand jury. Neagle has been suspenqed from the police department with pending the outcome of the inter- nal investigation. In Giannotta asked Var- gason to investigate allegations that Neagle and another officer threw golf balls through two win- dows at The Citizen June Neagle was suspended with pay in February of this year. In Neagle's status was changed to suspended without pay for 30 days. ;