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CATHOLIC HEALTH SYSTEM, UNION AGREE

A tentative contract agreement has been reached between the Catholic Health System and employees at three of its long-term care facilities represented by Local 1199 Upstate, Service Employees International Union, it was announced Friday.

The 39-month pact will be presented to employees at St. Francis Home, St. Mary's Manor and McAuley Residence for a ratification vote next Saturday. The union will hold information meetings for its members prior to the vote.

Woman ejected from motor home

A Rochester woman was injured Friday afternoon when she was ejected from a motor home onto the Thruway after the vehicle hit a guardrail just west of the Blasdell interchange, Thruway State Police reported.

Mary Jane Gormel, 59, of 379 Hollybrook Road, was taken to Erie County Medical Center with compound leg fractures and multiple lacerations, troopers said. The other six people in the vehicle were unhurt. Her condition was not immediately available.

Troopers said the driver, Robert Meehan, 36, of Lantern Lane, Honeoye Falls, lost control of the motor home when he tried to avoid traffic in the right lane. Gormel was thrown from the rear of the vehicle. Traffic was restricted for about four hours.

Death of hair salon worker probed

Buffalo police are investigating the death of an employee of an East Delavan Avenue hair salon who was shot to death Thursday evening while he was standing outside smoking a cigarette.

Jeffrey M. Williams, 25, of Ontario Street, was shot at least twice in the chest, homicide investigators said. Joseph Riga, chief of the Homicide Bureau, said detectives have not yet located any witnesses to the shooting. A motive for the killing has not yet been established. Williams was pronounced dead in Erie County Medical Center.

Leaders honor memory of Pulaski

Political and civic leaders, including Rep. Jack Quinn, R-Hamburg, and Sheriff Patrick Gallivan, joined members of the General Pulaski Association of the Niagara Frontier for the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the statue of Revolutionary War hero Gen. Casimir Pulaski near the Ellicott Square on Friday evening.

Man held in Valentine's Day robbery

State police arrested a man Friday in connection with a Valentine's Day robbery of a convenience store in Boston.

Michael K. Garety, 45, of Fairlane Drive, Boston, was charged with third-degree robbery. He is accused of holding up the Mobil on the Run store on Boston State Road.

Senior Investigator Mark Mann said Garety robbed the store at about 2:40 a.m. Wednesday and made off with about $310. Garety was arraigned Friday and sent to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Man charged after domestic dispute

Buffalo police arrested a man on a charge of criminal possession of a weapon after investigating a domestic dispute early Friday afternoon.

Michael Smith, 32, of the 100 block of Delaware Avenue, was found by police sleeping on his apartment couch with a 9mm gun loaded with seven bullets and reported stolen from Ohio. Police said Smith had become violent with a 21-year-old woman during a dispute.

House fire quickly controlled

A fire that hit a Winspear Avenue house at about 6:30 a.m. Friday was quickly brought under control by Buffalo firefighters.

Firefighters were called to 85 West Winspear Ave., a 1 1/2 -story house near the University at Buffalo South Campus, where flames were seen shooting from the roof. The fire was brought under control in 10 minutes. Damage was pegged at $15,000,

Ex-IRS worker jailed over false returns

A former Internal Revenue Service employee was sent to prison Friday and her colleague received home confinement for filing false income tax returns eight years ago.

U.S. District Judge John T. Elfvin on Friday sentenced Deborah Hardy, 40, to 10 months in prison and one of year supervised release, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory L. Brown, who prosecuted the case. Hardy also must pay $8,526 in restitution. Hardy, who lives in the Buffalo area, in October admitted to claiming a fictitious child-care credit in 1993 and helping several others prepare false tax returns.

John Whittington, 43, another former IRS employee from the Buffalo area, also admitted to claiming a false child-are credit in 1993 and helping Hardy obtain a refund check in the name of a dead taxpayer.

Elfvin on Friday sentenced Whittington to four years of probation -- four months of which he will be confined to his home, Brown said. Elfvin also ordered Whittington to pay $12,773 in restitution. Both resigned from the agency about two years ago.

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