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Two Buffalo residents arrested after car breaks down in Wyoming County

SHELDON – Two Buffalo residents, stuck in a broken-down vehicle on a Wyoming County hill early Sunday, were arrested after lying about their identities, Wyoming County sheriff’s deputies said.

A deputy was dispatched to Route 20A in Sheldon shortly before 1 a.m. to assist a motorist whose vehicle broke down during the overnight snowfall. The driver provided an expired license that had been suspended, while the passenger said he had a valid license but couldn’t produce it, deputies said.

Both gave false names, deputies said, because their licenses were suspended and they were wanted on warrants issued by other courts.

Carolyn A. Small, 28, and Samuel L. Radford IV, 27, were charged with misdemeanor counts of criminal impersonation and false personation. Deputies said Small also was charged with two counts of aggravated unlicensed operation, unlicensed operator and possession of another’s license.

Though deputies said Small was wanted on a warrant in the Town of Cheektowaga, authorities in the town found no record of it this morning.

Radford, meanwhile, was wanted on warrants issued by Cheektowaga Town Court and Attica Village Court on charges related to his suspended license, according to authorities. Radford is a son of Buffalo community activist Samuel L. Radford III.

Following arraignment in Java Town Court, Small and Radford remain in the county jail in lieu of $2,000 and $1,500 bail, respectively. They’re to appear in Sheldon Town Court in the future.