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Two former employees of a Buffalo software company, who admitted selling nearly $800,000 in diverted computer products to an Amherst vendor and others, were sentenced in U.S. District Court, one to prison, the other to home confinement.

The two, who were telephone representatives for Softbank Services, were authorized to send replacement items to customers but instead began filing phony requisition orders, federal prosecutors said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Martin J. Littlefield said an investigation showed they diverted Microsoft Office software, computer mouses and keyboards valued at $795,278 from July 1997 through April 1998 from Softbank Services, now known as ClientLogic.

Samuel Williams, 25, of Buffalo, was sentenced to two years in prison by Judge William S. Skretny, while Dion Wilson, also 25, also from Buffalo, received an eight-month term of home confinement. They were each given three years probation.

David Relan, 33, of Amherst, the former owner of A1 Computer Services, who admitted buying $190,000 of the items, was earlier sentenced to four months home confinement, three years probation and ordered to pay restitution.

Depew pooch makes it to Letterman show

After seven months of waiting backstage, E-pun-e is getting her big show biz break.

The 10-pound toy fox terrier-miniature pinscher mix from Depew will perform a Stupid Pet Trick on "The Late Show with David Letterman" Tuesday night -- using her nose to sling a woman's elastic hair band, known as a scrunchie, through a hula hoop.

E-pun-e, whose name means "pretty, good girl and intelligent" in Korean, will fly to New York City on Monday with her owner, Lotus Jakubowski, a Korean-American junior honor student at Depew High School. The segment will be taped Tuesday afternoon.

Lotus and E-pun-e were to have appeared on "Letterman" last June, but their flight was canceled because of severe weather in New York.

Pataki distributes flood disaster aid

Gov. George E. Pataki Friday distributed more than $2.3 million in flood disaster aid for storm damage suffered last spring and summer.

Payments were made to 84 municipalities throughout the state. The 2000 storms caused intense flooding and wind damage, resulting in a federal disaster declaration for 28 New York counties.

Payments included:

Erie County: Amherst, $50,175; Erie County Bureau of Forestry, $23,819; Town of Boston, $41,594; Eden, $325; and Buffalo, $21,367.

Niagara County: Youngstown, $905; Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District, $57,303; City of Lockport, $11,707; and Town of Newfane, $21,691.

Apartment manager guilty of stabbing

Jack Lockett, a Buffalo apartment manager, was convicted of slashing his estranged girlfriend after breaking into her flat.

After about an hour of deliberations at the close of a weeklong trial, an Erie County Court jury acquitted Lockett, 44, of Suffolk Street, of attempted murder, but found him guilty of a felony assault count and other charges in the attack on Diana Everett last Aug. 8.

Jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail since early last September, Lockett was remanded to jail pending his April 11 sentencing by County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio. His bail was revoked.

Lockett told the jury Thursday that Everett, also 44, accidentally got cut when she grabbed the knife.

He could get a prison term of up to 27 years -- the same prison term he would have faced on the attempted murder charge. He faces a mandatory minimum term of at least 8 1/3 years.

Free CPR class set today in mall

A free CPR training event will take place at the McKinley Mall in Hamburg today with classes at 10 and 11 a.m., noon, 1 and 2 p.m.

McKinley Mall is the first mall in Western New York to become a public access defibrillation provider and will have automated external defibrillators on site with trained personnel to use in case a mall patron experiences sudden cardiac arrest.

McKinley Mall was able to afford the devices thanks to "Heartsafe 2001," an initiative created by Angels Among Us in Holland, N.Y., a nonprofit volunteer organization founded in memory of Sandra L. Barber and Charles H. Clemons.

Maziarz to speak at forum on aging

A Town Meeting on Aging will be held March 20 at the Weinberg Campus, 2650 N. Forest Road, Getzville, the Network in Aging of Western New York has announced.

State Sen. George Maziarz, chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, will speak and hear the concerns of the public as well as health service providers.

Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., and the meeting will begin at 1. To register as a three-minute speaker, call the network at 829-3712.

Juneteenth Festival seeks volunteers

The board of directors for the 26th annual Juneteenth Festival is recruiting volunteers to serve on the cultural festival's organizing committees.

A wide variety of positions are available. The committees are: arts and culture, parade, logistics, education, children's activities, Drill-A-Rama, sports, Underground Railroad, job fair, Book Sharing, sales, public relations, fund raising, security, journal, health, Race Day, clerical, concessions, lost child and hospitality. Training will be provided on all administrative procedures.

This year's festival will take place June 16 and 17 in Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

To volunteer for the committees or for information, call 857-2121.

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