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Westfield/Brocton player dies from severe head injury suffered during last Friday night's game at Portville...

An official with a Buffalo-area hospital confirms that a junior player on the Westfield/Brocton varsity football team has died from head injuries suffered in a play during last Friday night's game at Portville.  Women and Children's Hospital Spokesman John Moscato confirms 16 year-old Damon Janes passed away this afternoon from his injuries.  He was in the hospital's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  He was hurt in the third-quarter of the game.  In a statement released by Moscato... Janes' parents "wish to express their gratitude to those who have supported and prayed for Damon and his family, and continue to request that their privacy be respected at this time."

Reed supports work reforms proposed for federal Supplimental Nutrition Assistance Program...

Chautauqua County's Congressman is part of an effort to put a work and training requirement in for able-bodied people who receive food stamp benefits... and have no children.  Corning Republican Tom Reed says the GOP Conference is trying to bring a full-reform package to the floor later this week that would include the requirement for people who are able to work.  During his weekly conference call with Southern Tier Media... Reed said it's part of an effort he backs to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse of the Welfare system.  Reed says this is not an effort to take food stamp benefits away from anyone who qualifies for them.  He adds that the legislation would also allow for a "volunteerism" component where those receiving food stamps could log time with a volunteer agency to fullfill that requirement.  However... opponents don't like the bill because there is no funding in the bill for job training.  Reed says he wants to get the bill to a conference committee first... because he believes the funding will then be put in place.  He says the work or volunteer requirement would save $20-billion over 10 years... and, the package of reforms would save $40-billion.

Two Erie, PA residents jailed for allegedly drinking alcohol and smoking pot in speeding car with 13 year-old child riding inside...

Two people from Erie, Pennsylvania are jailed for child endangerment after their speeding car was pulled over in the town of Ripley... and, they were allegedly found to be drinking and smoking marijuana.  Sheriff's officers say they stopped 47 year-old Francisco Otero for speeding on Route 20 just after 4 p.m. Sunday... and, he was also found to have a suspended New York driver's license.  During the investigation, Otero and his passenger... 44 year-old Luzbel Curry... were found to have open containers of alcohol... a burning marijuana cigarette... and, a small quantity of pot in the vehicle.  Officers say there was a 13 year-old girl in the vehicle, as well.  Otero was arrested on several charges... including speeding, having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle... and, child endangerment.  In addition to child endangerment... Curry was also charged with open container of alcohol in a vehicle.  Both subjects were arraigned in Ripley Town Court.  Curry was released to a family friend along with the 13 year-old passenger.  Otero sent to the county jail on $1,000 bail.


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