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NIAGARA FALLS -- Two cousins were arrested Thursday night and charged with the Jan. 20 carjacking of a $30,200 sport utility vehicle on Fourth Street.

Dwayne Brinson, 18, and Antwone Brinson, 19, both of Memorial Parkway, were charged with first-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny.

The carjacking occurred shortly before 4 p.m. Jan. 20. The thieves, one armed with a handgun, made off with the vehicle as the owner was loading food for a party being held in his Grand Island home, Detective Lt. Frank Tedesco said.

The suspects were scheduled to be arraigned today in City Court, Tedesco said.

Falls woman is charged
in welfare fraud case

NIAGARA FALLS -- An Ontario Avenue woman accused of stealing $963 in public assistance money and food stamps was arrested Thursday on welfare fraud charges, said sheriff's Investigator Scott Barnes.

Patricia A. Turner, 38, was charged with petit larceny, misuse of food stamps and offering a false instrument for filing.

Turner is accused of lying about the makeup of her household on her application for welfare benefits, which resulted in her receiving $560 in public assistance money and $403 in food stamps to which she was not entitled between July 1999 and February 2000, Barnes said.

Women charged in cashing
of forged checks for $1,515

NIAGARA FALLS -- Sheri Lickers, 36, of Niagara Street, was arrested Thursday after police said she cashed five forged checks for $1,515 that were stolen from her 84-year-old neighbor.

Lickers was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny at 6 p.m., Officer Joseph Dunn said.

Lickers is accused of cashing the checks at Fleet Bank on Third Street and at Merry-Mart, a 19th Street business, after the checks were stolen about Jan. 15 from a Niagara Street home, police said.

Police reported that the arrest came with the help of Fleet Bank security officers and that several more checks are still missing. The investigation is continuing, and Fleet officials are auditing the victim's account.

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