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> CPL. JASON DUNHAM

Bridge, stretch of Route 19 to bear name of fallen hero

SCIO -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has signed a bill that will rename a stretch of Route 19 and the bridge that crosses over Interstate 86 in honor of Cpl. Jason Dunham, the Congressional Medal of Honor recipient who sacrificed his life to save two other Marines from a hand-grenade in Iraq in April 2004.

Route 19 in the Town of Amity will be renamed "Corporal Jason Dunham Memorial Highway," and the bridge, the Corporal Jason Dunham Memorial Bridge."

State Sen. Catharine M. Young, R-Olean, initiated the legislation at the urging of a constituent.

Dunham was from the Town of Scio, where his parents still live.

Young said her office is working with the state Department of Transportation to schedule a dedication ceremony in the coming weeks.

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> OLCOTT BEACH

Health officials give OK for resumption of swimming

OLCOTT -- Olcott Beach is again open for swimming.

Niagara County Department of Health officials announced that Lake Ontario water off Krull Park is safe, following results of tests Friday. Because of high bacteria levels, swimming restrictions at the beach have been issued several times this season.

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> COURT CASE

Hoskins visits horses she is accused of mistreating

More than a year after she was charged with mistreating her horses, Beth Lynn Hoskins was allowed Saturday to visit 33 of the animals being cared for by the SPCA and housed at private horse farms in Western New York.

Hoskins and her 7-year-old daughter Alex started out their visitations Saturday morning at a farm near her East Aurora home where nine of the horses are being kept.

"It's really heartbreaking that they're this close," Hoskins said.

An SPCA peace officer filmed their visit at the private home, but media was barred from witnessing the reunion.

Hoskins also expected to visit animals in Hamburg, Gasport and Cowlesville.

Justice Joseph R. Glownia ordered attorneys to work out the visitation schedule after learning that SPCA officials did not notify Hoskins for about 60 days after her 21-year-old mare Ariel became lame in mid-March.

Forty of her 73 horses seized last year have been returned to her. The SPCA continues to care for the rest.

Hoskins recently rejected an offer by the Erie County District Attorney's Office to plead guilty to two class A misdemeanors, carrying a possible local jail term. Under the deal, Hoskins would have been granted adjournments in contemplation of dismissal of 72-other misdemeanor counts still pending.

Since December, Hoskins has paid the SPCA $118,966 for the continuing care of 33 of her horses, a rate of $13,966 a month.

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> ROAD CLOSING

Section of Armor-Duells focus of work on drainage

A section of Armor-Duells Road in Orchard Park will be closed Tuesday.

Orchard Park Highway Superintendent Fred Piasecki said crews will be working on drainage pipe, and the road will be closed from Murphy Road to Powers Road from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.