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Vehicular manslaughter charged in golf cart death

BYRON -- Cortney L. Greene, 18, of North Byron Road, has been charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and driving while ability impaired by alcohol and drugs in connection with the death of the passenger in a golf cart she was driving in November, officials announced Tuesday.

Greene was driving the unlighted golf cart north on Route 237 at 12:07 a.m. Nov. 27 when a northbound car driven by Emmaleigh R. Odom, 19, of Pavilion, crested a hill and struck the rear of the golf cart. Greene and her passenger, Zachary J. Rusin, 18, of Holley, were thrown into the road.

Both Greene and Rusin were taken to the University of Rochester Medical Center, where Rusin died later that day. Odom, who was uninjured, was not charged.

Greene initially was charged with drunken driving, but an investigation by the Genesee County Sheriff's Office led to the increased charges. After arraignment in Town Court on Monday, Green was released under probation supervision pending another court session March 12.

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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.

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State Police divers search for missing brothers

A State Police dive detail will resume its search Wednesday of the Genesee River for two Oakfield brothers who may have fallen off one of the twin bridges on Interstate 390 in the Town of Chili earlier this month while trying to retrieve their car parked on the west shoulder of the bridge.

David W. King, 54, and his brother, Michael A., 46, were reported missing Feb. 21 by family members, according to Batavia troopers.

State police were told the brothers were last seen at about 9:30 p.m. Feb. 19 as they were dropped off on the east shoulder of the northbound I-390 in Monroe County. They were returning to get their car on the west shoulder of southbound lanes.

Investigators were told the two brothers were seen running together across the three northbound lanes and jumping the jersey barrier, apparently unaware that they were on one of the twin bridges over the Genesee River.

Troopers from Canandaigua are assisting with a helicopter search and the dive detail.

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Driver who hit patrol car facing impaired charge

JAMESTOWN -- A Silver Creek woman faces a charge of driving while ability impaired by drugs, after her vehicle struck a state police patrol car when she was pulled over on Route 60 in Chautauqua County, troopers announced Tuesday.

Sgt. Scott Thayer stopped a vehicle driven by Joy Ryen, 40, for driving erratically Thursday on Route 60 in the Town of Ellicott. Instead of putting her vehicle in park, Ryen put it in reverse, and it struck Thayer's patrol car, according to police reports.

Besides driving while impaired, Ryen also was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. She is accused of having several strips of Suboxone without having a prescription for it, troopers said.

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Salamanca man sent to prison as repeat felon

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Salamanca man was sentenced as a repeat felon to one and a half years in prison for his guilty plea to marijuana possession Monday in Cattaraugus County Court

David R. Dille, 38, was sentenced by Judge M. William Boller for his plea to third-degree criminal possession of more than eight ounces of marijuana on Aug. 11 in Salamanca.

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Assault at hospital gets Olean man year in jail

LITTLE VALLEY -- An Olean man now in the Cattaraugus County Jail was sentenced Monday to serve one year there for assaulting hospital personnel trying to administer medical treatment to him.

Daniel S. Richter, 42, was sentenced for his guilty plea to assault in connection with an Aug. 4 incident at Olean General Hospital when the medical person was injured.