Niagara County Officials Charged In Connection With Mishandling Human Remains

April 27, 2012 Updated Apr 27, 2012 at 6:19 PM EDT

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Niagara County Officials Charged In Connection With Mishandling Human Remains

April 27, 2012 Updated Apr 27, 2012 at 6:19 PM EDT

TOWN OF LOCKPORT, N.Y. (release) Niagara County Sheriff’s Investigators announce that they have charged two men in connection with mishandling human remains from a fatal motor vehicle accident. Charged with Obstruction of Governmental Administration were Russell Jackman age 45, 4th District Niagara County Coroner and Vincent Salerno age 50, Chief of the Cambria Volunteer Fire Company.

The incident occurred following a fatal motor vehicle accident which occurred on April 13, 2012 on Route 31 in the Town of Cambria. An exchange of human remains by Jackman to Salerno for non-criminal use prompted the investigation and charges. Both men had responded to the scene of the accident in their official capacities.
Both were issued appearance tickets returnable to Cambria Town Court on May 1, 2012. The charge, a misdemeanor, is punishable by up to 1 year in jail if convicted.

Sheriff’s Office officials advise that all inquiries relative to the Coroner’s Office should be directed to the Clerk of the Niagara County Legislature and for the Chief, to the Cambria Volunteer Fire Company.

STATEMENT REGARDING ALLEGATIONS OF IMPROPER CONDUCT
BY NIAGARA COUNTY 4TH DISTRICT CORONER

LOCKPORT—Niagara County Public Information Officer Christian W. Peck issued the following statement regarding allegations of improper conduct by Niagara County 4th District Coroner Russell Jackman and an official from a local volunteer fire company:

I have been in contact with the Clerk of the Niagara County Legislature and the chairman of the Legislature’s Community Safety and Security Committee regarding Mr. Jackman’s arrest. Both have been briefed fully by Niagara County Sheriff’s Office officials regarding the allegations against Mr. Jackman, and both are concerned about the allegations against an elected official. I will note for the press that the Clerk of the Legislature provides administrative support for the four elected coroners, but that the Clerk of the Legislature’s Office has no role in any investigation of any allegations of misconduct. Any investigation will be conducted by the District Attorney and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office. If and when the Legislature is provided information regarding the ongoing investigation, this Office will share that information.