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Man gets OK to reapply 
for funeral director's license

An Akron man, jailed in 2010 for embezzling $175,000 from an 85-year-old widow, can reapply for a state funeral director's license, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Paris J. Childs, 52, remains on probation for his third-degree grand larceny conviction.

Childs can seek to have his license reinstated, but he still cannot have anything to do with customers' money, State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia said.

Buscaglia, who presided at the plea and sentencing hearings for the operator of Childs Funeral Home, had revoked his state funeral director's license for five years.

Attorney Thomas J. Eoannou, representing Childs, asked the judge to allow Childs to reapply for the license.

Eoannou sought the "limited carve-out" from the probationary conditions imposed on Childs "so he can make a living."

Childs will have no contact with money but will perform tasks such as picking up bodies, embalming, arranging viewings and helping families select coffins, Eoannou said. He said Childs paid full restitution of $175,000.

Buscaglia sentenced Childs to six months in jail, among other sanctions, in January 2010.

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Marilla woman ‘critical' after being struck by vehicle

A Town of Marilla woman remained in critical condition Tuesday in Erie County Medical Center, after being struck by a vehicle while trying to cross the road to get her mail Monday evening, state police reported.

Sandra E. Chandler, 67, of Two Rod Road, was taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC, following the accident that occurred shortly after 7 p.m.

Troopers said Chandler parked her vehicle in her driveway and tried to cross the road before she was struck by a northbound vehicle driven by an East Aurora woman who was unable to stop in time. The impact knocked Chandler about 25 feet, into a ditch on the east side of the road, according to police reports.

The investigation is continuing, with the help of the State Police Collision Reconstruction Team.

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Tonawanda robbery suspect 
caught by Buffalo police

A man suspected of robbing a Town of Tonawanda gas station at gunpoint last weekend was taken into custody Tuesday in Buffalo.

Louis Henhawk, 39, who lives in the town, was spotted walking along Hertel Avenue, near Niagara Street, by Buffalo police, according to Lt. Nicholas A. Bado, a spokesman for the town Police Department. Henhawk now is in the town lockup, awaiting arraignment on charges of robbery, menacing, larceny and criminal possession of a weapon.

A warrant for Henhawk was issued following Saturday's robbery of a Noco gas station on Niagara Falls Boulevard. Investigators said he threatened a clerk with a handgun and fled with approximately $100 in cash.

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Court upholds conviction
 of former debt collector

The weapons conviction of a former debt collector from the Buffalo area whose nickname was "Bags of Money" was upheld this week by the state's highest court.

Tobias W. Boyland, who was a fugitive for about four months last year, was convicted on weapons charges after police found an AK-47 assault weapon and six handguns in his Harvard Place home. The Court of Appeals upheld the weapons conviction and the 15-year prison sentence given to Boyland, who once had 200 people working for him, drove a gold luxury car and had offices from Buffalo to Pittsburgh.

Boyland had been released on bail by a mid-level appeals court judge in 2010 and, after losing his appeal in December that year, failed to turn himself in. He was found by authorities outside a Pittsburgh hotel in April last year.

In a one-paragraph notation, the state's highest court said the lower court conviction was affirmed and that other claims Boyland made in his appeal were without merit.

Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III noted Tuesday that Boyland is still attempting a new appeal. "Despite the fact that he pleaded guilty as charged, Mr. Boyland is appealing the bail-jumping conviction," Sedita's office said in a stataement.

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Cheektowaga man gets 
90 days in attack on woman

A Cheektowaga man has been sentenced to 90 days in the Erie County Correctional Facility for the August attack on a woman with whom he lived, town police reported Tuesday.

Robert Day, 53, of Preston Road, was sentenced last week by Cheektowaga Town Justice Paul Piotrowski. Day had pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the Aug. 12 assault on his 57-year-old companion.

Police said Day slammed the woman against a wall and then choked her from behind with his forearm, obstructing her breathing. He fled on a bicycle but was located by officers near Roma Road and East Delavan Avenue and arrested after a struggle.