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Gasport man, 32, charged in home invasion, chase

NEWFANE -- A home invasion Thursday night, in which people were tied up, led to a vehicle and foot chase that resulted in the arrest of a Gasport man, Niagara County sheriff's officials said.

Deputies said the getaway vehicle, which had been stolen, was seen heading south on Hess Road, and Deputy Allen Gerhardt spotted it on Lockport-Olcott Road. The driver of the fleeing vehicle, John P. Corra, 32, of Gasport, lost control of it and veered into a ditch, deputies said.

Corra, arrested shortly before midnight, was charged with robbery, burglary, assault and grand larceny. He was sent to the Niagara County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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Christmas shooting victim is 55th homicide of 2010

The young victim of a Christmas morning shooting on Columbus Parkway died from injuries Saturday in Erie County Medical Center.

Elexe "Elees" Mercado, 17, of Buffalo was shot just after 4 a.m. last Saturday in the 800 block of Columbus Parkway, near Niagara Street and the Peace Bridge. Police said four shots were fired at Mercado, who was struck in the chest and back.

Earlier this week, Buffalo police homicide detectives arrested Michael Corchado-Jamieson, 19, of Buffalo, who was charged with attempted murder and assault -- charges that will be upgraded, authorities said.

This is the city's 55th homicide of 2010 and the first in the month of December. Last year the city recorded 60 homicides.

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Hamburg man, 21, killed when struck by vehicle

A 21-year-old Hamburg man was killed early Friday morning when a vehicle struck him on Amsdell Road, Town of Hamburg police said.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred about 4:30 a.m. at Amsdell and Briercliff roads.

Police have received reports the victim had been seen earlier in the area, sitting on a guardrail.

"We don't know why he was in the road," Town of Hamburg Lt. Jim Koch said. "We don't know where he was coming from or where he was going."

No charges have been filed against the driver, described as a 34-year-old woman. However, police still are investigating.

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Three fugitives arrested at local border crossings

Three fugitives were arrested Thursday at local border crossings.

Shortly before midnight, Customs and Border Patrol officers arrested a Colorado man who was trying to enter the United States over the Peace Bridge. A records check determined that John Grahame, 35, is the target of felony warrant issued in Las Vegas in connection with charges that he wrote a bad check. Grahame was turned over to Buffalo police pending extradition to Nevada.

Earlier Thursday, Border Patrol officers arrested an Ontario man after discovering that he was wanted in Florida for a 1995 theft. A warrant charges Franco Nardolillo, 40, with grand theft and possession of stolen property. The suspect was turned over to Niagara Falls police pending his extradition to Florida.

Customs and Border Patrol officers stationed at the Lewiston Bridge arrested a Jamaica, N.Y., man after he tried to enter the United States. Officials said a records check determined that Desmond Duke, 29, was traveling with someone who has a court-authorized order of protection against him. Officials concluded that he violated the terms of a court order that originated in New York City. He was turned over to New York State Police for processing.

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Barker woman facing aggravated DWI charge

WRIGHTS CORNERS -- Niagara County sheriff's deputies say they arrested a Barker woman on a felony driving while intoxicated charge Thursday evening and accused her of driving with two children in her car.

Responding to a report of an erratic driver on Lockport-Olcott Road in Wrights Corners, deputies stopped a vehicle driven by Renee Askins, 34, at about 6:30 p.m. in the Town of Lockport.

Deputies charged Askins with driving while ability impaired by drugs and felony aggravated DWI under the state's Leandra's Law, according to police reports.

Askins insisted that she does not drink and that she was taking a prescribed medication, police said.

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Shots fired from minivan in Broadway-Fillmore area

Two males were treated for gunshot wounds Thursday night after they were shot by assailants who pulled up in a minivan on Sears Street in the Broadway-Fillmore area.

Police said the attack occurred shortly before 9 p.m. in the 200 block of Sears, between Broadway and Paderewski Drive. Several males were inside the vehicle.

The van fled south on Sears after the shooting.

One victim was treated for arm and leg wounds in Erie County Medical Center.

The other male as treated for an injury to his right leg at ECMC.

No ages of the victims were provided by police.

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