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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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Former postal carrier admits theft of funds

A former U.S. Postal Service carrier from the Southern Tier pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to theft of government funds.

Jennifer Moshier, 37, faces up to a year in prison, a fine of up to $100,000, or both when she returns for sentencing Jan. 9 before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder.

Between August 2009 and July 2011, Moshier, of Cuba, collected unemployment insurance benefits to which she was not entitled, prosecutors said. She failed to report income earned from three other employers to qualify for, and illegally receive, unemployment insurance benefits totalling $7,560.

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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 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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Argument in car leads 
to occupants being arrested

A man and woman were charged with gun possession Wednesday afternoon after Erie County sheriff's deputies checked out a disturbance in the car the suspects were in, after the vehicle stopped at West Eagle and Pearl streets near the Erie County Holding Center.

Darius L. Penn, 29, and Tocarra Steward, 28, of Buffalo, were charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon after deputies reporting finding a loaded handgun in the center console of the vehicle while looking to stop the midday argument.

Deputies Dan Milbrandt and Adam Day said both Penn and Steward denied owning the handgun.

Penn also was charged with vehicle and traffic infractions, including driving with a suspended driver's license and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.