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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 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 December. Last year the city recorded 60 homicides.

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DWI suspect charged under Leandra's Law

A Hamburg father was charged with felony driving while intoxicated under Leandra's Law and endangering the welfare of a child after he was pulled over for speeding Friday evening at Abbott near Milestrip roads, Orchard Park police said.

James C. Drozdowski, 43, who was driving with his 7-year-old son as passenger, posted a blood-alcohol level of .14 percent. The Hamburg man, who was arrested at 6:19 p.m. by Orchard Park Police Officer James Mazur, was being held for arraignment, police said.

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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. He was turned over to New York State Police for processing.

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Argument in nightclub sparks violence in ramp

An early-morning argument in a Chippewa Street nightclub moved into a city-owned parking ramp where three victims were attacked, according to police. Five were arrested on assault and other charges.

The incident occurred shortly before 3 a.m. Friday in the Augspurger Ramp at Pearl and Chippewa streets. The five arrested followed the three victims into the ramp after an argument in Pure, police said. The assailants surrounded the victims, punching and stomping them.

One victim was beaten unconscious by a suspect who had grabbed a street cone and used it as a weapon.

The victims suffered cuts, bruises and swelling.

Police identified the suspects as: Angel Santana, Jose Santana, Kyle Irizarry, Jay Nieves and Melquiades Torres. Preliminary reports did not list the defendants' localities or their ages.

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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 was treated for an injury to his right leg at ECMC.

No ages of the victims were provided by police.

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