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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - December 22, 2005, Syracuse, New York WHAT DOES YOUR NIGHTMARE MEAN? CNY, FACE E-1 HE GOT THE SCOOP 19-yeor-oW helped end season of Philadelphia Eagles' Terrell Owens. CNY, PAGE E-1 FUN THINGS TO DO IN CNY WEEKEND. INSIDE Affiliated with THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2005 GOOD MORNING ON THE RISE Now that winter's here, tempera- tures will become a bit more mild in Central New York and there will be only a stray flurry at most today. Rain may mix with some snow Friday. Complete forecast D-10 HIGH: 33 LOW: 28 Senate OKs six-month extension of Patriot Act The Senate approved extend- ing the USA Patriot Act for six months late Wednesday night. STORY, PAGE A-9 Pirro won't seek Senate; will run for state AG job Jcanine Pirro will not try for the Republican nomination lo challenge Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2006. Instead, she will run for state attorney gener- al. HEW YORK, PAGE A-12 SU gets its ninth win, beating Ill.-Chicago 75-61 Syracuse University's men's basketball team tied a school re- cord will) 16 blocks and beat Illi- nois-Chicago 75-61 Wednesday. SPOUTS, PAGt D-l State adopts tough laws on guns, attacks on police Slate lawmakers and Gov. George Pataki agreed on two bills Wednesday that would strengthen gun control laws and increase penalties for violence against police officers. NEW YORK, PAGE A-12 Senate limits benefits, stalls drilling in Alaska It was a busy day in the U.S. Senate Wednesday; It rejected using a bill for funding troops to allow develop- ment of the nation's largest un- tapped oil reserve in Alaska. It cut the deficit by billion by limiting federal bene- fit programs such as Medicaid, Medicare and student loans. STORY, PAGE A-10 Syracuse, Destiny still working on mall tax deal Lawyers for the city of Syra- cuse and developer Robert Con- gel are continuing to discuss how a 30-year lax deal for the proposed expansion of the Car- ousel Center mall might be acti- vated by the end of the year. BUSINESS, PAGE C-I Online news updates The Post-Standard's reporters update the news of Central New York from morning until'night seven days a week. Get the latest news when you want it at: Corrections Snowfall Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Business..........C-l Local news.......B-1 Bridge...............F-7 Movies............Wkd Classified..........F-l NewYork......A-12 Obiluories........ B-4 CNY E-1 Stocks............... C-3 Sudoku..............E-7 Editorials.......A-14 Television..........E-S THE POST-STANDARD HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS A look at tonight's O 20051 he Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS 'Mommy, Don't Cry And maybe they won't kill us' DONALD BROWN (left) is arraigned before Justice Edwin Winkworth Wednesday in Granby. Brown Is charged with burglary, kidnapping, criminal firearm use and criminal pos- Frank OrdoRez Staff photographer session of a weapon. He is being held in the Oswego County Jail, with bail set at cash or bond. Kyle Hunter, 18, of Clay, faces the same charges. Two men terrorize Granby family By Douglass Dowly and Charles McChesney Staff writers Cameron Vincent is one brave 5-year-old. The Granby kindorgartncr was tied up by two ihievcs who hursl into his home Tues- day night, police said. The pair, who had a machelc and a sawcd-off sholgun, held cap- live his molhcr, falher, another relative and a neighbor as they ransacked the Vincent home. More than three hours after Ihe incidcnl began, ihe inlrud- ers fled 22 Jonney Cake Road when Cameron's falher loos- ened his bonds and got hold of the sholgun. Birdshot pellcls hil one of Die inlruders. Police laler ar- resled two.people: Donald F.' Brown, 27, of Wesl Onondaga Street, Syracuse, and Kyle Hunter, 18, of Laurie Lane, Clay. They appeared in court Wednesday to face charges. Tuesday night, Cameron was in the house he and his mother had just returned home from a holiday concert when the thieves entered and Frank Staff photographer STATE POLICE say two men entered this house on Jonney Cake Road in Granby with a machete and sawed-off shot- gun Tuesday and terrorized the occupants for three hours. began tearing apart wrapped Christmas presents, according to relatives who spoke wilh the family. Rhonda Raponi, an aunt to Monita Vincenl, 29, Camer- on's mother, held back tears Wednesday as she told of her great-nephew's bravery. "He had a knife to his she said. "Mommy, don't cry and maybe they won't kill Raponi quoted Cameron as telling his mother. "Don't cry." "He's beautiful. He's very she said. "He just wanted to be she said of the boy. According to state police, the burglars eventually tied up five people. The Vincents were in their one-story home at around 8 p.m. when the burglars knocked on the door, state po- lice Investigator Stephen Cad- well said. Here is what hap- pened after that, according to slate police: Two men entered Ihe house with a machete and a sawed- off shotgun when Monita Vin- cent opened the door, police said. The pair tied up the Vin- cents. Then Ihey began tearing apart the belongings in the house, Cadwell said. "They were ransacking Hie house, learing open Christmas presents, looking for Cadwell said. One burglar held a machete to the boy's head, the investigator said. Vincent's husband, Adam, was sndwmobiling with his cousin as the burglary took place, police said. He called the house bul received no an- swer. Adam Vincent called and asked a neighbor, Santa Coco- poli, lo check on Vincenl's family. Cocopoli lives less than a half-mile away from the Vincents, Cadwell said. When Cocopoli arrived, the inlruders altacked him and lied him up, police said. For DAD, PAGE A-4' Santa making phone calls as visitors at stores decline N.Y. Times News Service At a breakfast with Santa this year, Cindy Richards' 3-year-old, Cassidy, "didn't want lo have anything to do with the big fat Richards re- members. But when Santa called last Sunday, Cassidy froze in giddy shock, the phone locked to her car. "I love you, she whispered. Her sister, Anne Michelle, 6, who had spoken with Santa first (and been put in charge of water for the pranced through the house in pink boots. "I'm getting a HE, PAGE A-3 H SSa Jessica McGowan New York Times ANNE MICHELLE Richards, 6, grins as she takes a call from Santa Claus at her home in Lawrenceville, Ga., Sunday. YMCA plans million center in Lysander Complex would be on 22 acres near Belgium Bridge. Plans are incomplete. By Tom Leo Staff writer The YMCA of Greater Syra- cuse wanls lo build a million complex on 22 acres of land near the Belgium Bridge in Lysander to serve northern Onondaga Counly. Board members from Ihe North Area Family YMCA in Clay and the proposed Greater Baldwinsville YMCA have joined forces to develop the new Northwest Family YMCA branch. It would be at Ihe north- west corner of Route 31 anc Drake's Landing, at the edge o Ihe. Radisson planned commu- nity. The YMCA has offered aboul to Eldan Homes for the land. Eldan has orally ac copied the proposal, said Patl Giancola, the YMCA's directoi of development. The facility would replace anc broaden the reach of a YMCA that had been proposed for thi former Lysandcr-Radisson Ice Arena on West Entry Road CENTER, PAGE A-4 Tainted petfood kills dogs liamond Pet Food products or dogs and cats pulled from store shelves in CNY. !y Meghan Rubudo Staff writer More than two dozen Central New York retailers pulled Dia- mond Pet Food products Wednesday because dogs have died or became seriously ill after eating the food. The Missouri-based company lias recalled 19 varieties of its dog and cal food. Seven dogs from the Rochcs- :er area are being treated for liver disease and failure at Cor- nell University Hospital for Ani- mals after eating the contaminat- ed food, said university spokeswoman Sabina Lee. The Missouri-based pet food company is aware of fewer than 10 New York dog deaths attri- buted lo the contamination, gen- eral manager Mark Briiikmann said. He said they had no con- Tirmcd national tola! of pel deaths Wednesday: Cornell graduate Dr. Stewart luckman, a veterinarian in Wcndon, near Rocheslcr, discov- ered the link between the pel MOLD, PAGE A-4 Recdied pet foods These are the Diamond Pet Foods products that have been recalled: Diamond Low Fat Dog Food Diamond Hi-Energy Dog Food Diamond Maintenance Dog Food Diamond Performance Dog. Food Diamond Premium Adult Dog Food Diamond Puppy Food Diamond Maintenance Cat Food Diamond Professional Cat Food Country Value Puppy Country Value Adult Dog Country Value High Energy Dog Country Value Adult Cat Food Professional Chicken Rice Senior Dog Food Professional Reduced Fat Chicken Rice Dog Food Professional Adult Dog Food Professional Large-Breed Puppy Food Professional Puppy Food Professional Reduced Fat Cat Food Professional Adult Cat Food Inside: List of CNY stores that sell Diamond pet Man stabbed, dies on city's North Side By Dclcn Goldberg Staff writer A man was found stabbed in the chest Wednesday night be- hind a North Side apartment building. An ambulance took Ihe man lo St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, where he was pro- nounced dead. Police were still working Wednesday night lo identify the who is be- lieved to have been aboul 35 years old. Syracuse police Sgl. Tom Conncllan said the man was stabbed during an altercation near Prospect Avenue and But- ternut Street. Police believe the fight look place in Ihe parking lot of an IISBC bank, near the drive-through station. VICTIM, PAGE A-3 ;