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Buffalo couple cleared in theft at Lockport home

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara County jury dismissed charges Monday against a Buffalo couple accused of damaging a home and stealing thousands of dollars worth of property.

After about two hours of deliberations, Angel Carabello, 43, and Frances Fidanza, 45, were found not guilty in the July 2010 theft.

Both had pleaded not guilty at a Feb. 19 arraignment to third-degree grand larceny, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and second-degree criminal mischief.

Fidanza was supposed to have been watching a house in Lockport while the owners were away. Some of the missing property had been recovered from a storage unit at Uncle Bob's Self Storage in Pendleton.

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Car theft charge dropped as part of burglary plea

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man with a history of car thefts accepted a plea deal in Niagara County Court on Monday.

Jeremiah Jacobs, 29, of Cleveland Avenue, was facing a grand jury indictment of two counts of third-degree burglary and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of one count of attempted third-degree burglary. He admitted to attempting to enter a home in the 600 block of Ninth Street on Nov. 4.

Pending charges in the theft of an automobile on Dec. 27 in Lewiston were dismissed as part of the deal. Sentencing was set for Aug. 15.

Assistant District Attorney Claudette Caldwell said both the property and the automobile were recovered.

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Stabbing victim says suspect argued with him about sale

NIAGARA FALLS -- A city man was arraigned in City Court on Monday on felony assault charges, and is accused of stabbing a man in the chest.

David L. Soulsby, 52, of Main Street, was charged with second-degree assault with a weapon and taken to Niagara County Jail on $20,000 bail.

The 31-year-old victim was found with a minor chest wound in the Tops parking lot on Portage Road at 3 p.m. Saturday. He told police that he and Soulsby had an argument over some movies that he had sold to Soulsby, the argument became physical and Soulsby stabbed him in the left side of the chest with a large kitchen knife.

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Buffalo driver charged with murder in Detroit

A Buffalo man accused of striking a Detroit police officer with his vehicle has now been charged with murder in Michigan.

Detroit police said Saddam Hussein Mohsin, 30, struck Officer Charles Armour June 5 in the city's Greektown district. Armour died from his injuries six days later, according to a statement issued by Wayne County (Mich.) Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy.

Armour was on foot patrol in the area when, police say, he saw Mohsin driving the wrong way and obstructing traffic. Armour then made an attempt to order Mohsin to move and was then struck by Mohsin's vehicle.

In addition to the first-degree murder charge, Mohsin faces charges of murder of a peace correction officer, reckless driving causing death and failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment or death.

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Arrest made after woman is struck in the head

A 20-year-old Buffalo woman was treated for a head injury early Monday at Millard Fillmore Hospital after being struck with the butt of a shotgun wielded by a man who police say was ordered to stay away from her.

Police said they charged Travis L. Holmes, 21, of Cheltenham Drive, with second-degree assault, menacing and criminal contempt.

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Heritage Manor resident accused of harassing worker

RANSOMVILLE -- An employee of Heritage Manor filed harassment charges against a resident of the assisted-living facility Monday.

The 36-year-old woman told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that a resident approached her, cornered her against the building, grabbed her buttocks and made sexual references. She said he left when he told him she was calling police.

Deputies charged Conrad Michals, 62, of the Ransomville Road home, with second-degree harassment. He was arraigned in Porter Town Court with the assistance of a caseworker and was released on his own recognizance, returning to Heritage Manor with an order to refrain from contact with the alleged victim, deputies said.

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Abducted woman flees by kicking attackers

Buffalo police are investigating an Allentown kidnapping over the weekend that ended when the victim kicked her two tall attackers before crawling out of a vehicle's window.

The victim was walking to her car on Delaware Avenue, between Allen and North streets, at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday when she was grabbed by two white assailants, one described as 6-foot-6 and the other 6-foot-4, according to police reports.

As the two men held her, a gray 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Sport pulled up next to the group, and the attackers pulled her into the vehicle.

The woman told police she kicked one man in the groin and the other in the face, before escaping the vehicle.

Police are tracking the suspects through descriptions of the vehicle and its license plate number.

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