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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - October 13, 2004, Syracuse, New York
Helping others Christopher Sheedy a second grader at Onondaga Road elementary school in Camillas donates items for pupils at a Fla. School damaged by Hurricane Charley. Sie Pagcb-3 the Post Standard local b dispute Over offer delays kidnapper Jamelske s House Sale love canal activist Speaks at rally opposing Midland ave. Plant deputies displeased at reduced sentence the 20 Onondaga county sheriffs deputies who filled the courtroom tuesday weren t Happy when Corey Bamfield got a reduced prison sentence on a counterfeiting conviction. Brumfield robbed detective Andrew Ecker at gunpoint oct. 25, 2002, during an under cover Purchase of counterfeit Money. After his arrest Brumfield gave police information that led to an investigation into Boot Camp the gang to which he d belonged. See Story Page b-3 Candle blamed for fire tuesday at Salina duplex an unattended Candle caused an Early morning bedroom fire tuesday at a duplex at 362 electronics Parkway in Salina Liverpool firefighters said. Three residents were taken to the Hospital for evaluation and were released officials said. Liverpool firefighters responded to the fire about . The american red Cross helped the family with groceries and some clothing. The residents plan to stay with other family members. Northern Library District budget up for vote today residents in the Northern Onondaga Public Library District will vote today on the 2005 operating budget. Noel is proposing a million budget which would push up the Library lax on a Home in Cicero to the tax on a Home in Clay would Rise to four candidates Are running unopposed for seats on Noel s Board of trustees. Reome slaying suspect will have court hearing George Geddes accused of killing Girlfriend Margaret Peggy reome in 1990 and hiding her remains in a trunk in a self storage facility in Clay will face an Onondaga county court hearing nov. 12 to determine if statements he made to Law enforcement officials can be used against him at trial. Judge Anthony Aloi on tues Day set the hearing Date after Rul ing evidence presented to a grand jury was sufficient to sup port the second degree intention Al murder charge in the Case. Staff reports corrections a Story saturday about establishing a world War ii minor Ity veterans Wall contained inac curate information about one of the veterans. Calvin Gibson was a Navy Veteran. The Story listed him As an army Veteran due to incorrect information provided to the Post Standard. The Chart accompanying a Story about school tax rates in sunday s paper gave the incorrect tax rates for the town of West Monroe in the Central Square school District. Correct rates Are per assessed valuation for the 2003-2004 school year. The Chart stated the tax rate for the 2003-2004 school year was clarification a headline and Story tuesday about Salam Al Marayati s com ments at a Syracuse University forum could have Given the impression that he was comment ing on the Rafil Dhafir Case. Al Marayati executive director of the Muslim Public affairs coun cil said he was speaking Gener ally about the Federal govern ment freezing assets of Muslim charities not specifically about the charges against the Manlius oncologist. Mike Grogan metro editor 470-2265 Man admits killing City woman Eugene Deshazor s guilty plea catches prosecutors defense team by Surprise. By Jim o Hara staff writer Eugene Deshazor on tuesday unexpectedly pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the death of Tina Rucker. Deshazor was expected to be in Onondaga county court for a routine hearing when he sur prised prosecutors and his own defense lawyers by deciding to plead guilty. Chief assistant District attorney Michael Spano said Desha Zor admitted intentionally killing Rucker at his East Willow Street apartment in Syracuse the night of March 30 or the morning of March 31. Rucker s body was found the morning of March 31 in the parking lot outside the apartment building where Deshazor lived. Deshazor 48, of 600 e. Will of St., was accused of intention ally killing Rucker 39, of Lodi Street by beating and strangling her. Deshazor was questioned by City police after Rucker s body was found but he fled the area several Days later. Spano said Deshazor initially went to Phila Delphia where he stayed with his brother before moving on to Jacksonville Fla., where he was arrested april 17. Two officers from the Jack Sonville sheriffs department were in Syracuse on tuesday to testify at a hearing addressing whether the statement Deshazor gave in Florida about the crime was made voluntarily. Spano declined comment on the specifics of what Deshazor told those officers but admitted the com ments implicated Deshazor in Rucker s death. That statement formed the basis of the prosecution s Mur Der Case against Deshazor Spano added. The prosecutor however would not comment tuesday on any motive for the slaying until after Deshazor is sentenced. Spano said he believed de Shazor deserved the maximum penalty of 25 years to life in state prison for the crime. But he said county judge William Walsh promised Deshazor a sen tence of 20 years to life Over the prosecution s objections. With the murder charge being the Lone count of the indictment the prosecution was precluded from controlling sentencing once Deshazor pleaded guilty to the indictment As charged. This was completely unix Spano said As he left the courtroom with the two Flor Ida Law enforcement officers who had been on hand to testify. Sentencing is set for nov. 1. Rucker is the second woman killed by Deshazor according to authorities. At the time of the crime de Shazor was on parole for killing a woman in new York City. He was convicted in 1982 of first degree manslaughter in that Brooklyn Case officials said. A Hua photographer state police sgt. Robert Kidder looks at a minivan that a woman and Man were pouring gasoline into tuesday night when they were struck by a Van on interstate 481 South in Dewitt just North of the Fayetteville exit. Vehicle hits two people Man was helping woman who ran out of Gas on 1-481 by Diana Lamattina and Greene staff writers a Good Samaritan was hit on interstate 481 South in de Witt while stopping to help a woman who ran out of Gas tuesday night state police said. Stephen Melcher 59, of Marietta was taken to univer sity Hospital where he was being treated for massive head injuries and a collapsed lung. He was in critical condition Early today said sgt. Robert Kidder. The crash happened about . When Melcher was outside his Ford Bronco help ing Marianne Mccarthy 39, of Kirkville Kidder said. Mccarthy had pulled to the right after her Blue Plymouth voyager ran out of Gas on i 481 South near exit 3e, kid Der said. It was Uncertain this morn ing whether Melcher was called to the scene by Mccar thy or if he was a passer by. Melcher and Mccarthy were standing in the right Lane when a third Driver in a White Van struck them Kidder said. Robert Fuller 46, of Manli us tried to swerve but could not avoid hitting Mccarthy and Melcher because of traffic in the Lane to his left Kidder said. Fuller pulled Over onto the left shoulder of the High Way and tried to help the Vic Tims Kidder said. Mccarthy suffered a broken Pelvis and taken to St. Joseph s Hospital health Center. Her injuries did not appear to be life threatening Kidder said. There were no tickets is sued tuesday night Kidder 2 hospitalized Page b-5 the Post Standard dissent signs appear in Cicero town supervisor puts up advertisements after Board votes for moratorium. By John Doherty staff writer Days after Cicero councillors temporarily banned off premise advertising the town s supervisor posted five Roadside signs near his pumpkin business. I Don t agree with said supervisor Chester Dudzinski who cast the sole vote against the ban. The Way 1 look at it is it creates a hardship on the Small business the codes enforcement officer will ask councillors to explain the temporary ban and then de Termine if Dudzinski is violating it. I m writing a memo asking for a clarification of the Morato said Jay Seitz codes offi cer. Does the Board want me to go out there and tear Down signs everywhere there s a lot of them out Dudzinski who raises pump Kins on his Island Road farm has been posting his Pumm Patch signs for 26 years. Typically the signs on Island Road and route 31, near Cicero Cen Ter Road Are posted in mid sep tember and Are removed near halloween. I m a perfect example of a Small business owner in the town of Cicero. I need exposure to Dudzinski said. If the ban applies to his signs. Dudzinski said it also would apply to off premise signs Adver Tising garage sales farm stands and real estate. The town Board approved a moratorium on outdoor off premise advertising sept. 13. The ban would Stop the spread of outdoor advertising until town officials could update the town s advertising ordinance. In june the town settled a lawsuit filed by Lamar Advertis ing challenging the town s for Mer ban on billboards. Lamar maintained the ban violated the company s first amendment rights. The town Law said a billboard is allowed Only a property owned by the business that is advertising on it. Initially Lamar sought to erect 94 signs. In the settlement the town agreed to six signs. Since the settlement two More advertising companies have sought to erect billboards said councilor Thomas Schunck. The intent of the moratorium was to Stop billboards he said. It was not our intent to Hurt any business owner Large or Schunck said. I Don t think the moratorium was meant to apply to signs for garage sales school Craft shows farm stands senior bake sales or other similar councilor Donald Brodhead who sponsored the moratorium agreed. Teenage amputee joins triathlon Sean Host Post Standard columnist this is a Story Best told from a Mother s perspective be cause John o Neill in t about to offer it himself. Don t take that to mean he s not polite or welcoming. He is. T s just that he s 13, an age when he d rather sit in front of the playstation at his Salina Home gleefully showing a Visi Tor How he can steer a video motorcycle at High speeds through the streets of vice John is a teenager and he does t particularly want to Tell you every last bit of what he s feeling or How he reacted last october at the san Diego Tria Thalon Challenge where he met other child amputees who can Bike swim or run at elite athletic Levels. You know John said last week his eyes focused on vice City i want to get my picture on one of those Bill boards out he will take the first step to Ward that dream this month when he flies to san Diego to compete in the swimming por Tion of the oct. 31 triathlon. Volunteers will handle the Bik ing and the running for him and volunteers at the event have included such celebrities As Robin Williams and Jim Carrey but John s goal is to someday do the triathlon alone. He wants it badly enough to swim this year with a broken . That comes As no Surprise to his mom Linda o Neill who has watched her son rebound from setbacks few of us can understand. John was born for reasons that remain unclear with two profoundly deformed legs a shortened and deformed right and a left hand on which he has Only three fingers. Not quite two years ago after a childhood filled with painful surgeries he swim Page 1-2 Courtesy of o Neill family John o Neill poses for a photo with actor Robin Williams in the summer of 2003
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