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Tonawanda man killed by train while hunting

MAYVILLE -- A Town of Tonawanda man was killed Tuesday morning when he was hit by a train while rabbit hunting in the Town of Portland, Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies reported.

Deputies said Giovanni Faso, 67, was among a group of five people who were hunting in brush near the railroad tracks off East Forest Avenue. Faso and another hunter were along the north side of the tracks when a freight train approached from the east.

The train was sounding its horn, deputies were told, and Faso's hunting companion -- who was west of the victim -- reportedly yelled to him a number of times to get farther from the tracks.

Faso was hit by the train and thrown into brush approximately 30 feet away, deputies said. He was pronounced dead at the scene by county Coroner Richard Mackowiak; an autopsy will be performed by the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office.

An investigation continues, deputies said, but it's believed that Faso thought he was far enough from the tracks that the train wouldn't hit him.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by officers from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Norfolk Southern Railway Police, as well as members of the Portland Fire Department.


Woman accused of giving mother's painkillers away

A Clarence telemarketing employee was arrested by the Erie County Sheriff's Narcotics Bureau and accused of passing out her mother's prescription painkillers to co-workers during a late morning work break.

Kathy L. Carmona, 23, of Hess Road, Newfane, was taken into custody at about 11 a.m. Tuesday at a fast-food restaurant across the street from the Tonawanda Creek Road telemarketing company where she works, Erie County sheriff's officials said.

She was charged by Detectives D.J. Granville, William Hawthorne and Timothy Carney with felony drug possession for sale, criminal possession of drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Senior Detective Alan Rozansky, chief of the bureau, said complaints had been coming in about drug activity in that section of Clarence and the detectives staked out the area.

Rozansky said Carmona and her co-workers apparently went across the street to trade drugs because the telemarketing business where they work has security cameras all around it.

Carmona is being held at the Erie County Holding Center pending her arraignment in Clarence Town Court today.


Human remains traced to missing woman, 45

LITTLE VALLEY -- Five years after a missing 45-year-old Salamanca woman was last seen alive, authorities have found a forensic match with human remains discovered in a remote Cattaraugus County area in September 2009.

Traci Douglass, of Main Street, Salamanca, was last seen in January 2007. The cause of her death remains pending, but the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office says her death is considered suspicious.

Sheriff's officials were alerted to the human remains in the Allegany Reservoir in the Town of South Valley in 2009. Forensic lab tests led to a partial DNA profile.

Detectives followed up on many leads, talked with Douglass' family and obtained a DNA sample from them. That sample proved to be a match with the human remains.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy S. Whitcomb is asking anyone with information about the case to call Detective William Welling at 938-2276.


Man accused of injuring infant's brain seriously

A Buffalo man is being held for allegedly causing a serious brain injury to the 16-month-old daughter of a woman he was arguing with late Monday.

Tun Aung, 46, of Normal Avenue, is accused of throwing the child across the room in the mother's Ferguson Street home, Buffalo police said.

Aung, who was arrested at the scene at about 11:35 p.m. Monday by Police Officers Lamar McCulley and Dustin Johnson, is charged with reckless assault of a child, third-degree assault, harassment, child endangerment and criminal obstruction of breathing.

The latter charge accuses Aung of choking the injured child's mother.

The infant was admitted to Women & Children's Hospital.


Man accused of having sex with girl, 13

A 27-year-old city man is being held on second-degree rape and child endangerment charges for allegedly having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl at his Brisco Street apartment, Buffalo police reported Tuesday.

John C. Johnson, was taken into custody at Buffalo Police Headquarters after being questioned about the alleged Jan. 24 incident, police said.


Plant fire in Depew still under investigation

The cause of a garage fire Tuesday afternoon at the former Quad Graphics plant on George Urban Boulevard in Depew remains under investigation by village fire officials.

The 850,000-square-foot facility ended production in December.

No injuries were reported.