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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - April 23, 2005, Syracuse, New York r The Post-Standard Affiliated with SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2005 FINAL EDITION 9 he it-'a i SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS STORMY WEEKEND Today will be a washout for Cen- tral New York as a storm stalls to the west of us, bringing heavy rain If the storm gets closer to us, bringing even colder air, we might even see snow to- night into Sunday Complete forecast, D-12 HIGH: 61 LOW: 45 Woman arrested in Wendy's chili case Police think they know how the finger ended up in Anna Ayala's bowl of Wendy's chili she put it there Ayala was ar- rested in the hoax Thursday at her home outside Las Vegas STORY, PAGE A-4 President Bush elevates admiral from Canastota Navy Adm Edmund Giam- bastiam Jr, 56, a 1966 graduate of Canastota High School, was tapped Friday by President Bush to become vice chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff STORY, PAGE B-5 Sherrill ruling leads to 1st gasoline pump inspection Fueled by the recent U S Su- preme Court decision in the Shemll case. Cayuga County on Fnday conducted its first inspec- tion of the Cayuga Indian Nation of New York's gasoline pumps m Union Springs STORY, PAGE B-4 Vatican getting ready for papal events Sunday rope tseneaiu A v i s inaugu- ral Mass will be held Sunday, and the Vatican is gearing up for a nev. asion of dignitaries and pilgrims, especially from the pope's home country of Ger- many, foi the investiture cere- mony in St Peter's Square STORY AND TV SCHEDULE, PAGE A-3 Thruway officials adjust plan for higher tolls The state Thruway Authority Fnday eased its proposal for a highway toll increase for many truckers NEW YORK, PAGE A-8 HIV drug tests on foster children is drawing fire At least 465 children in fos- ter care in New York City were enrolled in clinical trials of FfTV drugs from the 1980s until 2001, and the city's Administration for Cnildren s Services nas asked for an investigation into its own policies that allowed them to be part of those trials NEW YORK, PAGE A-8 FDA approves return of sponge contraceptive Tne contraceptn e that spawned a Seinfeld' episode about ib returning to the U S market Allendale Pharmaceuticals said Fnday the Food and Drug Administration has approved U S sales of the Today Sponge, the favonte nonprescnption birth control product of women when it was withdrawn from the mar- ket in 1995 Corrections United Way Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news storv Subscnption questions0 Call 470-NEWS (470-6397) Index Business C-l Movies E-4 Classified _ E-5 A-8 Comics. MO Obituaries B-4 Editoriak A-6 Sports D-1 Sic As C-2 Local news.. B-l Television -E-12 lottery A-2 Weather D-12 THE POST-STANDARD IIII Illlll III Mil III IIIII! man Arrested in ADauction Of Brittany Fish, Police Say By Diana LaMattina, Mike McAndrew and Pam Greene Staff writers A man confessed Fnday to the kidnapping of Bnttany Fish, the 5-year-old city girl who was snatched off the street near her home and found outside an aban- doned warehouse a year ago, of- ficials said Kevin Schaus, 32, of Syra- cuse, is also charged in connec- tion with two other incidents in- volving children the sexual abuse of a 4-year-old in March whose family he was fnends with, and the kidnapping of a 14-year-old from Lower Onon- daga Park in 2003 Schaus was picked up for questioning Fnday morning by Onondaga County sheriffs dep- uties, who had learned about the abuse of the 4-year-old in the town of Van Buren Wednesday The interview began about 8-30 am with sheriffs Detec- tive William Root While talking with Root, Schaus confessed to kidnapping a 14-year-old on Labor Day 2003, officials said The girl was snatched from Lower Onondaga Park, taken to an undisclosed location and sex- ually abused She was dropped off on Island Road in Cicero that day, officials said. Schaus is charged with second-degree kid- napping in that incident Around 1pm Fnday, Schaus also confessed to kidnapping Jim Commentucci Staff photoarapher ONONDAGA COUNTY sheriff's Detective William Root inter- viewed Kevin Schaus, who offi- cials say, confessed to abduct- ing Bnttany Fish Bnttany Fish, who was taken from near Hier Avenue and South Carbon Street Root called the Syracuse Police Department, which became involved in the interview 'During questioning he began to reveal information specific to (the Bnttany F'sh) case that was not released for the media, said Syracuse police Chief Mi- guel Schaus is charged with first-degree kidnapping in the Fish abduction Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh, Miguel, District Attorney William Fitzpatnck, John Staff photograoner BRITTANY FISH, 6, of Syracuse, and her mother, Patty DeMore, in a photo taken Friday, before they knew that Kevin Schaus of Syr- acuse had been arrested in Brittany's abduction She was ab- ducted a year ago Sunday while on the way to a friend's home just three houses away Cnminal Investigative Division Capt Richard Walsh and Root, the detective who got the confes- sions, held a news conference to announce the charges late Fnday night Root is credited by Miguel and Kevin Walsh with having made Schaus feel comfortable enough dunng the interview to begin talking about the lous cases ''He does appear to be re- morseful Root said when asked about Schaus' reaction dunng the interview Police would not provide Schaus' address He lived in an apartment at 5929 E Taft Road, in Cicero in November 2001 when he filed for protection from creditors in U S Bankrupt- cy Court He also had cars regis- tered at that address, according to Department ol Motor Vehi- cles records At the news conference Mi guel said that the sketch released of Fish s abductor resembles Schaus Also, Schaus drives a light silver car that matches the descnption given in both Bntta- Girl's parents now have a name By Pam Greene Staff writer Bnttanv Fish s mother learned about hours before the pub he about the arrest of the man accused of kidnapping her 5-yeai-old daughter The police told her shortlv be- fore 9pm Fnday that there had been a major break in the case The rest she learned by watching the s conference on live tele vision at about 10 30 p m Patty DeMore and her hus- band, James DeMore stood side by side in their living room watching Onondaga County Dis tnct Attorney William Fitzpat- nck deliver the news on their big-screen TV Both remained silent through out the announcement Both made an audible sigh when Syra- cuse police Chief Gary Miguel said the name of the man m cus- tody Kevin Schaus It was the first time they had a name Bnttany always referred to trie attacker as 'the man who hurt me James DeMore Bnttany Fish s stepfather, repeated the SRIITANYFISH PAGEA-5 v Fire hits Saiina apartments Roof collapses; all get out safely By Pedro Ramirez HI and BoNhia Lee Staff writers An early morning fire npped through a 20 unit Sahna apartment building Friday, causing extensive damage, but injunng no residents or firefighters That's because everything that could go nght did, fire officials agreed Residents of Grenadier Village Apart- ments helped each other evacuate And fire officials made an early command de- cision to call firefighters out of the build- ing before roof collapsed About 28 residents in Building 111 were evacuated as fire crews from a half dozen volunteer departments responded to the apartment complex along John Glenn Boulevard The fire was reported at 4 30 a m, said Peter Onondaga County commis- sioner of emergency management It took firefighters about an hour to ex- tinguish it County fire investigators Fn- TT fri Tr'a tQ fiid the point of ongin, said Joe Rinefierd, fire bureau director of the county's emergen- cy management department RESIDENTS, PAGE A-4 Lives will go back together By BoNhia Lee and John Doherty Staff writers More than two dozen residents at Gre- nadier Village Apartments m Sahna are trying to recover One couple just returned from their honevmoon Another pair who 11 be mar- ned in a few months escaped with their engagement nngs, but left the wedding dress behind. A FEW OF THEIR STORIES, PAGE A-4 David Lassman S'aff photographer LIVERPOOL FIREFIGHTERS Fred Kalm (left) and Tom Shaw view the damage from an aerial ladder truck, looking through the burned-out roof at Grenadier Apart- ments Friday morning The cause remains under investigation i Moussaoui admits helping plot attacks The Associated Press Alexandria, Va Zacanas Moussaoui pleaded guilty Friday to conspmng with the Sept 11 hijackers to kill Americans and declared he was cho sen b) Osama b'n Laden fly a plane into the White House dur- ing a later attack Moussaoui admitted guilt in front of a packed court- room only a few miles from vhere one of the four hi jacked planes crashed into the Pentagon Moussaoui in 2001 He pleaded to six con- spiracy counts, four of which could bnng the death penalty He said he would contest such a sentence, which prosecutors say they intend to pursue 'I w ill fight en' inch TS unit the denth penalty he said Asked by U S Distnct Judge Leorue Bnnkema if prosecutors had promised him the possibility of a lighter sentence for his ad- mission. Moussaoui said no Then he added. 'I don t expect any leniency from the Ameri- cans Bnnkema accepted his pleas making the French the lone person in a US court in connection with the at- tacks that killed nearly 3.000 people While a sentencing phase still must come, the heanng brought a dramatic conclusion to a bi- zarre three-year legal battle aur ing which the mercunal Mous- saoui insulted Bnnkema. tned to fire his lawyers and once asked to plead guilty only to change PLEA, PAGE A-4 r; s s D E THE BOSS TALKS Bruce Springsteen offers a look inside his songwntmg CNY, Page E-4 TREASURE FROM TRASH Fayetteville woman hunts for home decor on the curb CNY, E-1 f MAKE THAT A 'SPQRTWAGON' You just can't call a jaguar a station wagon now can you7 Auto, Page F-1 SNOOP DOGG TICKETS rmn OUT how to got thorn Page B-1 ;