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Woman found slain on Masten Park bench

A dead woman was found on a park bench in Masten Park this morning, and Buffalo homicide detectives quickly determined she was a homicide victim.

Someone called police at about 8:20 a.m. to report that a person was down in the park, not far from Masten Avenue and Best Street. Officers found the woman on the bench, just north of the basketball courts in the park.

The victim's identity has not been released, and detectives have not disclosed how she was killed. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ex-principal gets probation on drug-possession charges

A former Grand Island elementary school principal was sentenced to two years' probation today for possessing small amounts of Ecstasy and crystal methamphetamine.

Frank J. Cannata, 41, apologized to his family, his former students and the community as he was sentenced by U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder Jr.

At the time of his arrest by homeland security agents last December, Cannata was principal of Charlotte Sidway Elementary School on Grand Island. The arrest cost Cannata his job, his house, his boat, his car and his reputation, said his attorney, Roy Carlisi Jr.

Schroeder said he seriously considered sending Cannata to prison because he had let down youngsters who looked up to him as a role model. The judge said Cannata will be required to continue drug counseling and drug testing during his time on probation.


Ex-accountant spared jail time in theft

Jane Goorevich, a former accountant at the Buffalo Jewish Center, has been spared a prison term after repaying $230,000 she stole to finance medical expenses.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. this week placed her on probation for five years, fined her $2,800 and ordered her to get a mental health evaluation.

The sentencing came after Jewish Center President Raymond L. Fink told the judge the organization was fully reimbursed for the thefts and did not want Goorevich, a 20-year employee, jailed.

Goorevich, 63, of Seabrook Drive, Amherst, was fired earlier this year after her thefts were documented. She tearfully read a statement Monday saying that she stole the money to pay for medical treatments for her unemployed husband and her "disabling" arthritis.

Christy Dunn, 36, another former Buffalo Jewish Center employee who pleaded guilty June 13 to stealing organization funds, faces an Oct. 24 sentencing, said John C. Doscher, chief of the Erie County district attorney's White-Collar Crime Bureau.

Dunn, of Cedar Street, Akron, had been working in recent years as a front desk supervisor at the organization's Amherst facility, Doscher said.

Though Goorevich and Dunn were apparently unaware of each other's thefts, both were forced to resign following bookkeeping problems that surfaced months ago, Doscher said.


Car keys stolen, then car, while man is at YMCA pool

A 64-year-old Buffalo man was using the pool at the YMCA, 2564 Delaware Ave., Tuesday when a thief broke into his locker, took his car keys and then stole his vehicle from the parking lot, police said.

Northwest District police said the incident occurred sometime between 5 and 6:15 p.m. The thief also stole the man's house keys and wallet containing $100 and credit cards. The car was described as a white 2003 Saturn.


Three armed intruders steal purse with nothing of value

Three masked men -- each armed with a handgun -- barged into a Katherine Street home Tuesday night and a stole a black purse, police said. The purse contained nothing of value.

South District police said a woman was inside her home at about 11:35 p.m. when three men, wearing black gloves and dark clothing, entered through an unlocked front door, stole the purse and fled.


Judge awards woman $1.46 million in crash

Thalia L. Greenan, whose career as manager of her father's three restaurants ended because of severe spinal and foot injuries she suffered in a two-car crash, was awarded $1.46 million Tuesday.

State Supreme Court Justice John M. Curran, who conducted a weeklong nonjury trial that ended July 27, ordered the settlement paid by Dorothy R. Gasner, 87, of East Aurora, and her insurance carriers for the head-on crash in the 3700 block of Seneca Street at about 3:30 p.m. Sept. 4, 2002.

Richard P. Amico, Greenan's attorney from the Rochester office of the Barnes Firm, said Greenan, 39, was eastbound on Seneca Street when the westbound Gasner drove into the front of the driver's side of Greenan's car as she tried to make a left turn into a parking lot.

Greenan managed three Seneca Red Hots owned by her father, George Ladas.

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