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Coroner accused of misusing human remains resigns

A Niagara County coroner has resigned after being accused of giving human remains from a traffic accident to a volunteer fire chief for training a cadaver dog.

In a one-sentence letter to the Niagara County clerk Monday, coroner Russell Jackman says his resignation is effective immediately. He and Cambria Volunteer Fire Chief Vincent Salerno are scheduled to be in Cambria Town Court on Tuesday to answer misdemeanor charges of obstruction of governmental administration.

Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour says both men had gone to the scene of the April 13 accident, where Jackman turned over some of the victim's remains to Salerno. Voutour says Salerno was training the dog on his own, not for his department.