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>Sam's Club customer arrested on check charges

NIAGARA FALLS -- An Ashland Avenue man was charged with 14 counts of issuing bad checks by Niagara Falls detectives on Tuesday.

William S. Lobianco II, 40, was charged with writing more than $2,000 worth of bad checks between September and December 2005 at Sam's Club in Niagara Falls, according to Detective James Galie. He is expected to be arraigned in City Court today.

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>TVs, guns and tools worth $10,000 stolen

RANSOMVILLE -- A 41-year-old man reported nearly $10,000 in guns, tools and electronic game systems and games stolen from his Youngstown-Lockport Road home sometime overnight on Tuesday.

Entry is believed to have been through a bathroom window that was smashed, according to Niagara County sheriff's deputies.

The man reported the theft of seven guns, including shotguns, muzzle loaders and a Ruger 77; a variety of tools, including a chainsaw and $1,200 worth of air tools; two televisions, including a 42-inch flat screen valued at over $2,000; a DVD player, 100 video games and four electronic game systems, which includes a SEGA, two PlayStations and an Xbox.

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>Argument escalates into knife fight

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 37-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy were charged with assault after fighting with knives on Niagara Avenue on Tuesday.

John F. Mathews of Michigan Avenue also was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Police said they responded to a domestic call at 1 p.m. and found blood on both suspects' clothes and evidence of a struggle.

Mathews told police the juvenile threatened him with a knife, so he grabbed a knife to protect himself. Mathews added he tried to push the boy out the door, punched the boy in the face and choked him, and then the boy bit him.

The fight reportedly started as an argument between the boy and his mother that escalated when the boy was told by Mathews to leave her home.

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>Disability checks part of forgery case

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 21-year-old woman was arraigned Tuesday on four counts of felony criminal possession of a forged instrument for cashing a woman's disability checks and also arraigned on forgery charges for making purchases with a stolen credit card.

Monique L. Scarbrough of Niagara Avenue was held in Niagara County Jail on bail of $7,500 cash or $15,000 property, charged with cashing a woman's checks on Jan. 22 at Ruben's Buy and Sell on Main Street. The victim told police she didn't know the checks were cashed until she called to find out why they hadn't come. Scarbrough was charged on Sunday.

She also was charged Monday with two counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and two counts of petit larceny for using a stolen credit card on Dec. 6 and Dec. 17 at Mike's Buy and Sell on Main Street to purchase nearly $500 worth of jewelry.

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