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Baby left at funeral home apparently was stillborn

The baby boy whose body was delivered Wednesday to a Riverside funeral home was stillborn, according to the findings of an autopsy conducted Thursday by the Erie County medical examiner.

"At this point, it's more a medical issue than a criminal one," said Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives.

Richards said police still are trying to locate the mother, believed to be a teen, to make sure she receives proper medical attention and to question her. He said it is possible the baby was delivered to James E. Grace Funeral Home, 335 Ontario St., in an attempt to obtain "a proper burial."

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6 months' home detention ordered in benefits theft

A former Buffalo man who admitted cheating the government out of Social Security benefits was sentenced to six months of home detention and ordered to repay $39,000 Thursday.

Abdulla Mansoob, now of Detroit, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. Mansoob pleaded guilty to filing a false statement with the government that enabled him to get Social Security payments.

A native of Yemen, Mansoob would travel back to Yemen for months at a time, but people who receive Social Security payments cannot travel overseas for more than a month at a time, prosecutor Allison P. Gioia.

Investigators from the Social Security Administration broke the case, Gioia said.

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Guilty plea to DWI brings release on $5,000 bail

Anthony C. Zajac Jr., an East Aurora auto mechanic, was released from jail Thursday after pleading guilty both to his latest felony drunken driving charge and to a probation violation linked to a prior drunken driving arrest.

Zajaz, 31, was released on $5,000 bail pending his Dec. 20 sentencing after promising not to drive.

State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang warned the Porterville Road man that he faces "many, many years in Attica [prison]" if he is arrested again prior to sentencing.

Zajac had been jailed for weeks after his Erie County probation officer lodged a probation violation charge against him following his latest DWI arrest in the Town of Wales on May 20.

Zajac had been on probation for a December 2003 DWI arrest in Cheektowaga and has now been convicted on drunken driving charges five times in the past nine years locally.

After he pleaded guilty to the two charges Thursday, Wolfgang described him as "a danger to the community" behind the wheel of a car.

The judge told Zajac she will consider sending him to jail for "one year or less" but warned him he still could face a state prison term of up to four years.

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Man pleads guilty in shaking of baby

Luis Rosado pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony assault charge for injuring his girlfriend's infant son in February.

Rosado, 21, of Willert Park, was allowed to remain free by State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang pending his Jan. 22 sentencing.

The judge told Rosado she will be considering a six-month local jail term on his plea to a second-degree assault charge that carries a possible prison term of up to seven years.

Prosecutor John G. Schoemick said the seven-month-old infant suffered a slight amount of brain bleeding caused by Rosado's shaking him just before noon Feb. 9 but has fully recovered.

Rosado rushed the child to Women and Children's Hospital for treatment. Schoemick said that after hospital physicians contacted police, Rosado initially claimed the infant fell accidentally; he later admitted he caused the injury by shaking the baby.

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Youth gets probation for having gun in school

Bernard Brown, a former East High student, Thursday was placed on probation for five years and granted youthful offender status by State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang on his guilty plea to a felony weapons charge for bringing a .22-caliber handgun to the Northampton Street school in March.

Brown, 16, of Briscoe Avenue, was suspended from school after his arrest March 17 when school security officers found the handgun, loaded and defaced, in a coat in his locker. He pleaded guilty to the highest charge lodged against him, according to prosecutor Jeffrey P. DiPalma.

A teacher called for a check of the area by security officers after spotting a large group of students huddling around Brown's locker, the prosecutor said.

Brown, reportedly now being home-schooled, was granted youthful offender status, which will keep the criminal case off his personal records.

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15 winter jackets stolen from store in mall

Fifteen winter jackets were stolen by two women Thursday afternoon from the Bon-Ton store at Eastern Hills Mall in Clarence, state police reported.

Police said the women left in a white mini-van possibly driven by a man.

The value of the jackets is estimated at about $4,100.

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