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>Snowmobile collision kills Iraq War vet from Hamburg

A 28-year-old Marine from Hamburg was killed in a head-on collision between two snowmobiles in Jefferson County, near Watertown, state troopers at Carthage reported Monday.

Michael J. Cerroni, whose address was listed as Pierce Avenue in the Village of Hamburg, was pronounced dead at the scene after being thrown from his snowmobile. The accident occurred at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday on a hill in a sand pit.

Troopers said Cerroni was attempting to negotiate the top of the hill, when the driver of the other snowmobile attempted to traverse the same hill from the opposite direction. Neither driver saw the other before they collided head-on.

State troopers said the other driver wasn't injured.

Cerroni's wife Renee said her husband was among the first troops to invade Iraq.

"He was actually called a mayor of Baghdad and was in charge of part of the city," she told the Watertown Daily Times.

He also served in Fallujah in late 2004. Cerroni was visiting Jefferson County with his wife and two children, including his 9-month-old daughter, when the accident happened.


>Man shot in the hand on Parkdale Avenue

An 18-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the hand Monday night during a drug-related shooting at his Parkdale Avenue home, detectives said.

George Wilson was listed in fair condition today in Erie County Medical Center.

Major Crimes Unit detectives arrested three men, whose identities have not been released. Each was charged with robbery, while one faces an additional charge of first-degree assault. One man is still being sought.

Detective Joseph Cook said four men -- armed with various guns -- entered Wilson's home at 88 Parkdale at about 10:15 p.m. and tried to rob two occupants.

During the confrontation, some of the four men opened fire, while at least one witness inside the home retaliated by firing multiple shots.

Police said about five shots rang out at the scene and Wilson was struck during the exchange of gunfire.

Detectives interviewed several witnesses, confiscated a rifle and a pistol and arrested the three men.


>Man shot at while running from his assailant

A 37-year-old Buffalo man escaped injury Sunday night after an argument sparked a gunman to fire a round at him, police said.

The man was walking north on Keystone Avenue, from Walden Avenue, just before 11 p.m. when an unknown man accosted him and began arguing with him, Ferry-Fillmore District police said.

When the victim ran from the assailant, police said, the assailant pulled out a handgun and opened fire. The gunman was wearing a green camouflage jacket and dark green hood.


>Man robbed of wallet at gunpoint near home

A Sycamore Street man was robbed at gunpoint by two men late Monday afternoon near his house, Buffalo police reported.

The victim told police he was standing next to his yard at about 5:30 p.m. when two men approached him. One of the men pulled out a long-barrel pistol or revolver and pointed it at him, demanding money.

The two robbers made off with the victim's wallet, which contained $30.


>Drugs, equipment stolen from medical office

A thief struck a Delaware Avenue medical office building late last week and stole quantities of several drugs, Buffalo police reported.

A representative for the office at 1275 Delaware Ave. told police that sometime between 6 p.m. Thursday and 1 p.m. Friday, someone forced open a locked storage room and took multiple boxes of the drugs Cialis, Levitra and Viagra as well as the antibiotic Cipro and boxes of injection and syringe needles.


>Robbery victim shot, drives to hospital

A Town of Tonawanda man drove himself to Kenmore Mercy Hospital after he was shot in an apparent robbery at Amherst and Kail streets at about 7 p.m. Monday, Buffalo police said.

Steven Taylor, 22, told police two men approached his car and demanded money. After he surrendered a dollar bill, one of the bandits tried to open the driver's side door, police said.

Taylor tried to drive away but not before one of the robbers fired a pistol into his left shoulder, the bullet exiting through his chest, police said.


>Boy, 15, is confronted by three, robbed of $400

A 15-year-old Buffalo boy was robbed of about $400 early Monday when he was jumped by three young boys, police reported.

The victim was at Fillmore Avenue and Genesee Street at about 12:04 a.m. when he was confronted by three boys -- described as about 15 to 17 years old, Ferry-Fillmore District police said.


>Shots fired at apartment on Woodlawn Avenue

Buffalo police were searching for someone who opened fire early Monday on a Woodlawn Avenue home. No one was struck by the bullets, police said.

About five shots were fired at the upper apartment at 273 Woodlawn Ave. at about 3:10 a.m., Northeast District police said. No arrests have been made.

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