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>Falls stabbing follows anger over food delivery

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Buffalo man became irate Saturday afternoon over a food delivery, first arguing with the driver and then his mother before stabbing a neighbor who attempted to calm him down, police said.

Jeffrey B. Brocato, 40, of Tacoma Avenue, Buffalo, was charged with first-degree assault following the 4:15 p.m. incident at his mother's Caravelle Drive apartment.

Chad M. Paron, 43, also of Caravelle Drive, suffered multiple stab wounds but his injuries were not life-threatening, police said. He was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

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>Colombian seized at bridge, charged with false claims

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Colombian national was arrested over the weekend at the Rainbow Bridge for allegedly making false claims of being a U.S. citizen.

Daniel Ibagon Cardenas, 20, told agents with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection he was trying to get to Montreal to see his girlfriend but was refused entry into Canada because he didn't have the proper documents.

As he returned to the U.S., he gave agents a false name, presented a fake driver's licence and said he was a U.S. citizen born in Puerto Rico, agents said.

Customs agents learned the truth after interviewing Cardenas further and finding a Colombian passport in his vehicle.

Agents said he had entered the U.S. legally in January 2002 as a visitor for six months but never left the country.

They said Cardenas bought a photo copy of a Puerto Rican birth certificate and Social Security number for $3,000 from someone in Orlando, Fla., then used the fraudulent documents to obtain a driver's licence.

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>Sex offender arrested for failure to register

DELEVAN -- A Delevan man was picked up on arrest warrants over the weekend for failing to register with the state sex offender registry, Cattaraugus County sheriff's officials said.

Mark A. Wentz Jr., 34, of Pine View Drive, was arrested Saturday evening and arraigned in Town of Machias Court. He was held in the Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $7,500 bail.

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>Man arrested in car theft; woman faces drug charges

LOCKPORT -- City police arrested a man on charges of driving a stolen car and a woman on drug possession counts at about 5:30 p.m. Friday, Lt. Douglas Haak said.

Robert Sanders, 23, of Cleveland Avenue, Niagara Falls, was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, criminal possession of stolen property and unlicensed driving.

Jeanine L. Burton, 18, of Saxton Street, Lockport, faces the vehicle and stolen property charges along with drug charges.

Haak said officers spotted the 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier, reported stolen at about 12:55 p.m. on Marshall Place in Lockport, parked in front of 159 Genesee St. They staked it out and saw Sanders get in and drive off. When police tried to stop the car, Sanders got out and ran, eventually making it back to 159 Genesee, where he was arrested.

Burton also was found inside the building with alleged hydrocodone and cocaine. She allegedly was driving the car earlier, Haak said.

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>Traffic violations lead to arrest in car theft

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 15-year-old car theft suspect was taken into custody in North Tonawanda early Saturday after a series of traffic violations, police said.

Police said the teen was operating a 1993 Mercury that had been stolen from the 500 block of Seventh Street earlier in the day. Police impounded the vehicle pending further investigation. The owner, a Walnut Avenue woman, reported the car missing just before 10 a.m. Saturday.

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