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Jamestown man catches, stabs burglars; one dies

JAMESTOWN – A Jamestown man who walked in on two burglars inside his Barker Street home Wednesday morning stabbed both men, fatally wounding one of them, city police said.

The incident took place at about 11:35 a.m. Wednesday, when the man returned to his home and found the two burglars. The resident "did engage in an altercation with the subjects, and both subjects were subsequently stabbed by the resident," police said.

One of the burglars died a short distance from the home.

The other fled to a hospital. He was being treated at WCA Hospital on Wednesday afternoon for a stab wound.

Authorities had not released the names of the people involved as of late Wednesday.

The Chautauqua County Forensic Identification Team was on the scene, assisting police in the investigation.

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Thief breaks into building, strips copper wiring in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS – Someone broke into the former Moore Business Forms warehouse in the 1000 block of Buffalo Avenue and stripped all of the copper wiring, city police reported.

An employee of the company told police Tuesday that sometime in the past month someone forced open an entrance door on the west side and stole all the copper wiring.

The incident was discovered when National Grid entered the building. Total loss was estimated at $10,000.

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Falls man out of program, headed to state prison

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who last week pleaded guilty to thefts from nine parked cars in Niagara Falls withdrew from a court-supervised drug treatment program Wednesday, clearing the way for Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas to send him to state prison.

Gregory A. Stephens, 48, of Fourth Street, faces resentencing on his 2011 guilty pleas to third-degree burglary and third-degree auto stripping. The latter case was a theft from a vehicle; he also had burglarized a store after an accomplice who worked there gave him a key.

Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth R. Donatello said Stephens agreed to quit the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment in exchange for being allowed to plead guilty to misdemeanors in Niagara Falls City Court, where he is to be sentenced Nov. 14. Farkas, who can send him to prison for as long as seven years, will impose her sentence Nov. 28.

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Falls man is indicted
on heroin sale charges

LOCKPORT – Lawrence A. Garabedian, 59, of 20th Street, Niagara Falls, was arraigned on a heroin sale indictment Wednesday in Niagara County Court.

He pleaded not guilty to third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance and first-degree criminal nuisance.

Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said police saw Garabedian allegedly selling heroin to another man Nov. 27. An ensuing investigation led police to his alleged supplier, Anthony A. Zaccarella, 60, of Maple Avenue, who pleaded not guilty Friday to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Heroin allegedly was seized when police executed search warrants March 29 at the homes of both men.

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Voutour warns of scam
 involving Craiglist posts

Sheriff James R. Voutour warned the public this week of an ongoing Internet scam.

This scam involves listings on Craigslist and often involves emails identical or similar to drrnlgn@aol
.com and Drrnlgnn@aol.com, Voutour wrote.

In the scam, an unknown person from this type of email address inquires about a legitimate posting for an item for sale. The item would require a substantial shipping cost. The unknown person sends a check for more than the purchase price of the item and requests that the seller deposit the check in his or her own account, then send money through Western Union to a different location, sometimes saying it is for the moving company. The original check is then discovered to be fraudulent, and the seller is out the money sent via Western Union.

Never send funds through Western Union that have not already been cleared and confirmed as valid through your bank or credit union, Voutour said.

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Store robbed of cash, smokes and lottery tickets

NIAGARA FALLS – The owner of a convenience store in the 900 block of Main Street told police Tuesday that someone forced their way into the store and took several days worth of cash receipts valued at $12,000, as well as lottery tickets, $2,300 worth Newport cigarettes and $1,500 worth of White cat cigars.

The owner of Ray Mart said the break-in occurred sometime between 2:15 and 5:20 a.m. He said when he arrived he found the power out and a glass window shattered. A rock was found on the floor and a power meter had been damaged.