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Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department 03/01/12

March 7, 2012
Westfield Republican

WESTFIELD - Angel L. Rivera, 23, of Westfield was committed to Chautauqua County Jail on one count of second-degree felony burglary for an incident on Friday, Feb. 17.

According to the sheriff's office, at around 8:15 p.m., two masked men entered into an apartment on West Main Street in Brocton. The tenant, Cory Raynor, was home by himself. One of the masked men was allegedly armed with a knife and allegedly rushed at Raynor. A brief struggle allegedly took place where Raynor was able to gain control of the masked man and de-mask the subject who Raynor allegedly recognized as Rivera. Rivera allegedly fled the scene, but was later arrested. The sheriff's office has other suspects; the case is still under investigation and more charges are expected in the near future.

PORTLAND - Giovanni Faso, 68, of Heat Street in Tonawanda was pronounced dead at the scene of a train pedestrian accident on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

According to the sheriff's office, a train pedestrian accident occurred off of East Forest Avenue in the Town of Portland at around 9:30 a.m. Five hunters from the Tonawanda area were rabbit hunting near the Norfork and Southern train tracks. Three of the hunters were in brush north of the tracks. The victim and another hunter were along the tracks on the north side. A train approached from the east and, as the train approached, it was sounding its horn. Faso was looking in some brush north of the tracks at the time of the accident. Faso's friend who was west of him yelled to him a number of times to get further from the tracks, but it was too late and Faso was struck by the train, throwing him into some brush approximately 30 feet from the tracks. He was pronounced dead at the scene by coroner Richard Mackowick and transported to ECME for an autopsy. Deputies were assisted at the scene by Department of Environmental Conservation officers, Railroad Police, Portland Fire Department and the Border Patrol. At this time it is believed Faso thought he was off the tracks far enough that the train would not strike him The investigation is continuing.



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