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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - March 13, 1996, Syracuse, New York Taking aim under fire Police say keeping calm and firing a gun at an armed suspect during a Shootout is more difficult than movies let Foul play Solving murder mysteries on the THE POST-STANDARD CALL us Regional editor: 470-2200 Auburn bureau: 253-7316 service: 1-800-765-3231 Advertising: 253-5061 or 470-2072 Classified: 1-800-765-4047 Toni-Guidice 253-7316 CLASSIFIED PAGE B-6 Section Onondaga B-4 Wednesday, March 13. CNY NEWS State grants awarded to county, localities to help protect water AUBURN Three water-pol- lutibn-control grants have been awarded to Cayuga County appli- cants by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The village of Fair Haven will receive a grant to con- duct inspections of septic systems and construct a storm-water re- tention pond in the Little Sodus Bay watershed. The county Soil and Water Con- servation District received two grants. One is for to install riR'rap and vegetation for stream- bank stabilization on the Owasco Inlet. The other is for for in- stallation of riprap and vegetation for stream bank stabilization at Dutch Hollow Brook. The DEC awarded million in grants to 28 local governments under its Non-Point Source Imple- mentation Grants program. The grants pay for half of a project's cost. Fisher resigns from DA's office to take social services job -WATERLOO Frank R. Fish- er ihas resigned as Seneca County assistant district attorney, effec- tive April 12. 'Fisher will become a part-time attorney for the county Depart- ment of Social Services after leav- ing the DA's office. A Waterloo resident, the Fisher has been an as- sistant district attorney since 1986. He is also in private prac- tice with his father, Richard F. Figher. 'He is a graduate of Waterloo High School, Ithaca College and the Vermont Law School.. Poet to read work on Renaissance art at Weils College today Poet Kathleen Wakefield will read from her work at'8 p.m. tonight in the Art Exhib- it Room of Macmillan Hall on the Wells College campus. -The event is free and open to the public. iWakefield's, reading will feature poems about Renaissance paint- ings by artists such as Piero della Fr'ancesca, Botticelli and Manteg- naj Bonnie Bennett, an art history professor at Wells, will provide commentary on the paintings. First aid, safety class planned by Red Cross in Seneca County ;The Seneca County chapter of the American Red Cross is spon- soring a Community First Aid and Safety course on successive Mon- days, March and 25. class will be taught 6 to 10 p.m. at the Ovid Federated Church, Main Street. The purpose of the class is to train individuals and families to overcome any reluctance to act in emergency situations and to rec- ognize and care for life-threaten- ing emergencies. ;Jhe first night will cover re- sponding in an emergency and car- ing for life-threatening conditions in adults. The second night child and infant skills will be covered, and the last night will outline care for injuries, bums, shock and sud- den illness. must preregister ami prepay for this course at the Ford Memorial Library in Ovid to 5 and 7 to 8 p.m. Tues- days and Wednesdays; 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays; 2 to 5 p.m. Fridays; anU 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays or at the county Red Cross office in Seneca Falls. Enrollment is limited and closes Mjirch 9. For more information cajl 568-9436. Staff Reports Correction ;The location of the arrest of an Earlvilte man charged with sec- orid-dcgree murder was incorrect- ly Deported Tuesday. Charles Mar- cus Brown, 19, of 49 E. Main was apprehended for questioning or( West Main Street near the scene of the shooting. He was placed under, arrest at the Che- na'ngo County Sheriff's Depart- ment in Norwich. Auburn Officer Faces New Allegations Chief Gary Giannotta says the new claims involve internal personnel matters and occurrences that date back two or more years. By TERESA STARR FUGIT The Post-Standard AUBURN For the second time in less than three weeks, a city police officer is the target of al- legations of inappropriate conduct. The new allegations involve inci- dents several years old, and the statute of limitations could prevent any disciplinary action. Capt. Brian A. Neagle, who was suspended with pay Feb. 23, is now embroiled in claims that he made anti-Semitic and other racist re- marks, Chief Gary Giannotta said. But Neagle's attorney, Simon Moody, and Giannotta said the alle- gations are in connection with oc- currences dating back two or more years. Section 75 of Civil Service Law requires that an investigation must begin within 18 months of an incident, unless it is a criminal mat- ter, they said. The new round of allegations in- volves offenses that are internal personnel matters, Giannotta said. Last Neagle and Officer Christopher J. McLoughlin were suspended in connection with a window-breaking incident that oc- curred more than three years ago. The accusations against the two were the result of claims by The Citizen newspaper that it had an anonymous witness, allegedly a po- lice officer, to the incident, Gian- notta said. The county district attorney's office is investigating those allega- tions, and no charges have been filed. Giannotta said the new allega- tions of inappropriate conduct fo- cused initially on Neagle, but, the chief said, allegations grew to in- clude others as well. Giannotta said he has talked with officers on all three shifts at the de- partment about the new allega- tions. The information he is getting does not involve any criminal ac- tions, he said. "It is about inappropriate activi- ty that was allowed to exist here, and that was never he said. He said he is encouraging all offi- cers to come to him with any con- cerns. "A number of officers have come Giannotta said, "and are relating to me various things that have gone on here in the past." The inappropriate behavior, he said, goes back six or seven years. "Everyone seems to Gian- notta said, "as long as we're cleansing our souls, let's do it all, and get it all out. "Some officers are legitimately concerned about things that have gone on here on the past. (They were) afraid to bring them up be- cause they were generally ac- cepted." Racist comments and behavior are not acceptable, Giannotta said. Giannotta, Neagle and Moody met Tuesday, along with the presi- dent of Auburn Police Local 195, Sgt. William Cadwallader, Moody said. Neagle has asked Moody to represent him both in the criminal investigation being conducted by the district attorney's office and in the internal matter. Moody said he has received no formal notice of any allegations in the internal investigation. School Security Among Topics The Auburn board discusses a variety of issues in preparation for presenting a budget plan. By CARMEN LIVINGSTON The Post-Standard AUBURN City school board members Tuesday night discussed a number of topics, in- cluding computer technology and school security, as they pre- pared to put together a new budget. They discussed such issues as the expansion of computer tech- nology, improved security in school buildings and the possibil- ity of bringing full-time librari- ans back to elementary schools. "We want to address technol- ogy, but the current strategic plan on'technology needs to be more member Debo- rah Calarco said. "How will the equipment be used? We also need to look at security in all school buildings. Technology should play a role in that. And we also need a curriculum re- view so that we can say what we need to'spend on textbooks." Districts will also need to allo- cate more money for special-ed- ucation programs because the state has proposed spending less, district officials said. The board also discussed new tests that will be implemented in all state schools by the 1997-98 school year. The Auburn district will be able to work with the Cayuga- Onondaga BOCES, which is a fa- cilitator of the new exams, but in-house training will be needed for all teachers, John Sroka, board president, said. "Teachers will need to be ad- equately trained in these new Sroka said. "In- service training monies should not be cut, because these as- sessments are mandated." Y In-service training, funds for teachers were not cut in last year's budget, Sroka said. However, elementary school librarians were eliminated. According to some board mem- bers, pupils are pretty much on their own as far as research and library time are concerned. Sroka angered some board members by reading an anony- mous letter addressed to him, which suggested that doing away with elementary librarians was a good thing. The letter said without librar- ians children now have a better sense of how to use the card catalog and have access to more books. Librarians had put some books out of circulation, the let- ter stated. "There are no facts pres- ented in this letter to base this board member Janice Ross said. "That's the problem with this general type of assessment. A librarian recognizes what a student is capable of reading and where a student's interests lies. (See ANONYMOUS, R2) STEPHEN 0. PoM-Slmdard A RUN IN THE SUN Karl Aepelbacher of Fleming exercises along Skillet Road In the town as part of a five-mile run Tuesday. Sunny, mild days are expected to continue across the state for several days. Council to Consider Baseball Pact An agreement with the Auburn Doubledays' management will be discussed Thursday. By MONTANETTE C. ROCKER The Post-Standard AUBURN The City Council Thursday will take a swing at re; newing its agreement with the management of the Auburn Dou- bledays, The council will consider renew- ing the agreement with Auburn Community Baseball Association Inc., the nonprofit group that man- ages the team and Falcon Park for the city. The agreement, which would be for three years, makes ACB re- sponsible for preparing an annual budget. The budget would include an estimate of the expected reve- nues and expenses related to the operation of the park, the manage- ment of the team and the promo- tion and sale of team merchandise. The city manager would work with ACB on fine-tuning the bud- get. Leo A. Pinckney, acting presi- dent of ACB, said he is excited about the upcoming season. "I think it's going to be a banner season like last year with our new he said. "The early indica- tion of that is people are .renewing their season tickets, and I think it's going to be a good year." Mark Harrington, general man- ager of the Doubledays, said he ex- pects to sell half of the 600 season tickets. The ballpark, which opened last year, cost million. The team set an attendance record of in 1995. Opening day for the Doubledays is June 18, and the club will receive a roster June 15, Harrington said. The team, formerly known as the Auburn Astros, competes in Class A New York-Pennsylvania League, and its parent club is the Houston Astros. The council will also consider: Authorizing the municipal util- ities director to provide a monthly update on change orders. A resolution to authorize the replacement of a gas chlorinator system at the water treatment plant. The cost is Authorizing an inspection of the Mill Street Dam Project to sat- isfy a requirement by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The cost of the inspection would be Authorizing a public hearing for the discontinuance of a portion of Quill Avenue. Veterans' Services Director Fired Legislators vote against Frederick J. Vivenzio. "I can't apologize for being zealous in doing my he says. By DAVID L. SHAW The Post-Standard AUBURN Despite impas- sioned pleas from veterans, the- Cayuga County Legislature Tuesday voted to fire county, veterans services Director Vivenzio. The vote was 10-5 to termi- nate Vivenzio April..L He. has'. held the position since 1992, and his current salary is Nearly 60 veterans and sup-- porters of Vivenzio showed up..' Many said that when they go to" the polls they will remember the; lawmakers who voted against' Vivenzio. The Government Operations', Committee voted 4-1 last week: to not reappoint Vivenzio. Tues-- day night's vote by the full legis-- lature reaffirmed that recomv mendation. "I urge you to reappoint Mr. Vivenzio. Veterans have prob-; lems, and he is always there to James D. Brewster of Conquest, a member of the; Cato American Legion post. Donald C. Reeves, former; county veterans services direc- tor, said Vivenzio is a director, not just a supervisor.' "I can't understand why he; may not be reappointed. He's.' done a good job serving veter-' ans. If there is a clash, it can bei Reeves said. Vivenzio also spoke, saying he l is not a politician, but an advo- cate for veterans. "I can't apologize for being zealous in doing my said. "I apologize to the legisla- tors who feel this has personal. I don't want the de-- mise of the county office." County veterans advisory council member Luigi Lombardi urged 'lawmakers to reconsider, their action. "We can resolve any problems." "Fred goes out of his way, I working all hours of the day and; night, to help said; August Able Jr. of Auburn's-; Veterans of Foreign Wars post. "This has become a political I issue, and it shouldn't be. The; issue is" taking care of veter- ans." Georgina Tracy, deputy rector of the veterans will be acting director until a de- cision is made on the position. In other action, the legisla- ture voted 14-1 to hire a full- time attorney to work for the Department of Social Services and Health, primarily to handle the collection of delinquent child-support payments. The resolution also author- ized the placement of three so- cial services attorneys under the direction of the county attorney. t; ;