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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - April 5, 2005, Syracuse, New YorkF tuesday april 5, 2005 the Post Standard Page b 3 Michelle Gabel staff photographer Syracuse police officer Mark Werbeck keeps track of people coming and going after the downtown key Bank Branch was robbed monday morning. The Bank has been robbed four times since August. String of robberies continues at Bank by Jim read staff writer the downtown Syracuse Branch of key Bank was robbed monday morning the fourth heist at the Branch in eight months the robber handed a note to a Teller de m a n d i u g Money about a m at the Bank s 201 s. Warren st., Branch said police sgt Tom Connellan. The robber threat ened to use a gun but no weapon was seen by witnesses con Nellan said. The Branch was closed Mon Day while police interviewed witnesses and collected Evi Dence. Surf act Connellan said the Teller gave the robber some Money and he left on foot out the Washington Street door to the Bank. Police did not disclose the amount of Money taken. The same Branch of the Bank also was robbed on Jan. 8, nov. 2 and aug. 27. In each Case the robber handed a note to the Teller and left on foot. Police made arrests in the August and january robberies. Connellan described the Man Between 40 and 50 years old wearing a knit Cap Denim Over alls and a sweat shirt with Blue on the shoulders. He also May have a moustache. Police also re leased a photograph of the Man taken by the Bank s surveillance system. Anyone with information about the robbery can Call City detectives at 442-5222. Murder trial begins in hidden body Case George Geddes or. Is accused of leaving his Girlfriend s body in storage for 14 years. By Jim o Hara staff writer a North Syracuse Man accused of killing his Girlfriend and then keeping her body hid Den in storage for 14 years went on trial monday in Onondaga county court. George w. Geddes jr., 47, of Palace court is facing a single count of second degree intentional murder in the death of Margaret Peggy reome. He is accused of killing her Between Jan. 17 and feb. Reome 31, had been living with Geddes in Mattydale before she was reported missing by her daughter in february 1990. Her remains were found april 1, 2004, at a self storage facility on business Avenue in Clay in a shed that had been rented under Geddes name. Chief assistant District attorney Joseph o Donnell said Mon Day he expects to Call about a dozen witnesses to testify for the prosecution in the trial before judge Anthony Aloi. The prosecution evidence will include a statement Geddes gave authorities after reome s re Mains were found last year in which he claimed he had struck reome and she fell and hit her head. Both o Donnell and defense lawyer Richard Marris have said Geddes statement does not amount to an admission of intentional murder. But o Donnell said the prosecution also intends to use the circumstances of How reome s body was disposed of after her death As evidence in support of the intentional murder charge. O Donnell said reome s body had been placed in a trunk that was put in the storage shed. Mams said he might Call As Many As a half dozen witnesses to testify for the defense depend ing on the prosecution s Case. If the prosecution s introduction of Geddes statement does t sufficiently support the defendant s claims that the death was an Accident Geddes could be called to testify in his own de sense Marris said. That decision will be made As the trial progresses he said. If convicted of the murder charge Geddes faces a Maxi mum penalty of 25 years to life in state prison. Local news Van Duyn workers to join health care rally statewide event Tjw Ruday. Legislators Favss How to save wring Home. By Elizabeth Doran staff writer workers at Van Duyn Home Hospital will rally thursday in support of health care reforms aimed at saving the county owned nursing Home which is facing a severe financial crunch. The rally is being organized by sea the Union representing about 375 Van Duyn employees. The event is part of a statewide Day of action for Public health care facilities across new York. Along with the rally sea will hold an informational fair for employees and Van Duyn work ers will highlight the services they provide at the nursing Home. The event is set for . In the Bea Latremore room at Van Duyn on Onondaga Hill. Workers also will be signing postcards to Send to gov. George Pataki urging reforms that will allow Van dump to re main a Public faculty. The Onondaga county legis lature s eight member bipartisan Van Duyn task Force held its first meeting monday to discuss the crisis facing the nursing Home. The committee will review options and make recommendations on Van Duyn s future. The county projects Van Duyn will lose million this year excluding the impacts of the pro posed budget. By 2006, Van Duyn anticipates it will exhaust its reserves and lose about million. Other Public nursing Homes across the state also Are Strug gling financially and some have sold their operations. Legislators said they want a Chart from legislative staff outlining what Steps each county has taken so far. Then they plan to Call lawmakers in a act county to get More de tails. Committee members said they want to determine from other counties How they decided to take the action they did what the costs Are what surprises they encountered what went wrong and what they might do differently. For example Oswego county is Selling its county owned nursing Home while Erie county started a Public Benefit corporation to operate its health care network. I see this As the no. 1 Issue for the legislature this said legislator Martha Mulroy a Onondaga who chairs the committee. She recommended legislators research the Issue and not look to the executive Side to make a decision. It s too important of an Issue for us to Fly the seat of our pants the Day before the she said. At the same time county executive Nicholas j. Pirro is pro posing to the state an alternative medicaid payment system As the current reimbursement system is based on a 1983 base year and does t keep Pace with costs. The proposed new system would create a new class of pro viders Public nursing Homes which would be reimbursed on a Cost based per Day rate. Ini tial payment rates would be set based on a budget and nursing Homes would have to submit an annual Cost report along with a plan defining their safety net role in the Community. The new system needs to recognize the unique costs Public nursing Homes have and the types of cases they handle according to Joe Mareane the county s chief fiscal officer. The task Force meets again May 2. The daily six House plants you can t kill a place at Fyk table an eight week serial for students and family read it tuesdays through april 5, 20o5 by Kay Hively final chapter etched in Gold As her parents watched Libby opened the package Jack had Given her. Inside was a Little Gold locket. Mama Peterson showed Libby How to open the locket where there was a place for two Pic Tures. A note in the Box read miss Libby if you bring this to my jewelry store i will engrave anything you like on the outside. Or. papa suggested Libby have her name engraved on the locket. Mama Peterson said she would take Libby to the jewelry store on saturday to have the engraving done. That gave Libby four Days to decide what she wanted. Libby asked if she could have a picture of her new parents to go in the locket Libby saw her new i Mother wipe away a Little tear and papa cleared his Throat very loud. When she got Home from school the next Day Libby found two Lite pictures of her new parents on the Dresser in her room. They fit Pence try in the Little locket the next morning As Libby walked to school snowflakes covered her Little Black Cap and her Good warm coat it really was starting to look like Christmas. Mrs. Murphy taught the students How to make big snowflakes and pretty Christmas Trees. During music time the children began learning christinas carols. On thursday most of the children in mrs. Murphy s class went to the auditorium to see the Christmas program. Libby and Jack had to stay m their room with mrs. Murphy As punishment for their fight. Libby could hear music laughter and applause coming Down the hallway. She wished very much that she was having fun with the other kids. She promised herself that she would never again miss a school Christmas program. On saturday morning Libby removed the Lite Box from her Dresser. She took the locket out of its Lite bed of Cotton and opened it up. Mama Peterson looked Beautiful in the locket and papa looked handsome. As she looked at her new parents Libby won dered about her real parents. She could barely remember them. They had died when she was Only four years old. She wished she had a picture of them but there were no pictures. She would just have to remember them in her heart. When Libby and her new Mother got to the jew Elry store or. Kendell was Happy to see them. Libby removed the Little Box from her pocket and handed it to or. Kendell. He took the locket out of the Box and asked what Libby wanted etched on it. Libby beckoned for him to lean Down so she could whisper in his ear. Or. Kendell told her to come Back next saturday and it would be ready. One week later Libby and her Mother returned to the jewelry store. Libby lifted the lid off the Box and picked up the locket. On the outside right behind the pictures of her new parents Libby read the words that meant so much to her a place at the we Hope you enjoyed the Story author Kay a rely and Illustrator pfc Gofourth Stewart Are Bath of Neosho. Missouri produced in partnership with this newspaper and the Misson press foundation writ support from Verizon foundation copyright 2002. Fsr frass of my lbs wac mras for yur inv my Ciu air t Hratin of gins fed a Tenn a Stem Moray i i Iwko Syracuse Vitra Block vie jul newspaper in education extensions things to think about and do what would you put in a locket that had places for two pictures draw a picture of a locket with two pictures inside. Why did mama cry and papa Clear his Throat when Libby asked for their pictures do you think Libby and mama and papa make a Good family 1985-2005 20 years of classroom service make the Post Standard part of classroom instruction for More info Contact Vicki Krisak at 315 470-2129. Major sponsorship of a place at the in the Post Standard is generously provided by Saturn Tatum off route 31 increase the value of your Home

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