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Additional Impaired Driving Enforcement Shifts - December 2015

   Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announces the Erie County Sheriff's Office will be adding 16 additional shifts throughout the coming week dedicated to impaired driving enforcement. The additional shifts will begin today and will run throughout the weekend and into the following week. The added impaired driving patrols will focus on different areas of the county at various times of the day and Deputies will demonstrate a zero tolerance policy toward any reckless motor vehicle operation. The additional patrols will be paid for by Erie County STOP DWI funding.



December 19 - December 25, 2015


December 12 - December 18, 2015


December 5 - December 11, 2015


November 28 - December 4, 2015


November 21 - November 27, 2015

Hit & Run Vehicle Found in Falls - November 2015

   Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports a vehicle involved in a hit and run crash in Grand Island on November 20 was located in a collision shop in the City of Niagara Falls and the driver was arrested. The Sheriff's Office responded to an accident on Grand Island Boulevard around 6 p.m. where a turning vehicle was struck in the rear and the operator of the second vehicle fled the scene northbound on Grand Island Boulevard. The driver of the struck vehicle was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries and his 9-year-old daughter was released from the scene.
    In the meantime, the Sheriff's Office, Grand Island Police, New York State Police, and the Niagara County Sheriff's Office began searching for an SUV with front-end damage. A search of local roadways did not turn up a vehicle matching the type, style or damage. Sheriff's Deputies and Grand Island Police determined the plate number of the suspected vehicle and on November 21, the Niagara Falls Police Department contacted the Erie County Sheriff's Office about a vehicle matching the make and damage discovered while searching a collision shop within the city.
    Deputy Coniglio and Officer Sukmanowski's investigation revealed that Justin Walton, 31 of Niagara Falls, was operating the vehicle and subsequently was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, following too closely and depositing debris on the highway. The defendant was arraigned by Grand Island Town Justice Frentzel and has a future appearance in Grand Island Town Court.



November 14 - November 20, 2015

Unlicensed, Uninsured Driver Issued 10 Tickets - November 2015

   Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Daniel Killian, 26 of Niagara Falls, was arrested Sunday, November 15 in the Town of Grand Island after he was stopped for speeding and a loud muffler. At approximately 11:40 p.m., Deputy Grabar initiated a traffic stop on Grand Island Boulevard. During the Deputy's investigation of the driver, it was discovered that Killian was operating a vehicle without a mandated interlock device. Further investigation revealed that the operator's license was suspended and the vehicle was not insured. Killian was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor count of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Vehicle and a misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle without an interlock device. Killian was also cited for a loud muffler, speeding, registration violation, improper plates and no insurance. The defendant is scheduled to appear in Grand Island Town Court at a future date.



November 7 - November 13, 2015

Weekend Traffic Stops Lead to Arrests - November 2015

   Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports that Deputies made several arrests this weekend after traffic stops.
    Friday, 11:52 pm; Town of Grand Island - during a traffic detail, Deputy Lundberg observed a vehicle make a turn without signaling. The Deputy initiated a traffic stop and when he approached the vehicle a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle's cabin. The Deputy administered standard field sobriety tests which the driver failed. Jennifer Langworthy, 40 of Grand Island, was arrested and charged with DWI, refusing a breath test, failure to signal and failing to produce a valid license. Langworthy was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center on $250 bail.
    Sunday, 7:12 am; Town of Grand Island - Deputies Lysy and Ferrick responded to a call about a vehicle striking a tree on Riverwoods Drive. The Deputies determined that driver, Patrick Chopra - 21 of Grand Island, was intoxicated and charged him with DWI and other vehicle and traffic violations. Chopra was released to a sober third party on tickets.



October 31 - November 6, 2015


October 24 - October 30, 2015






Sheriff's Office Offers Halloween Tips- October 2015

   Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard shares the following safety tips to help parents plan a safe, fun Halloween for your family. Review these safety guidelines with your family and set ground rules before heading out. The sheriffs will have increased patrols on October 31, but planning on your part is the best way to ensure a safe Halloween.
Parents DO:
Map out your route and check it against the New York State Sex Offender Registry at www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/nsor
Accompany your young children and plan to go when its light out.
Feed your children a meal or substantial snack before trick or treating.
Have children save all candy until they get home.
Inspect all treats; throw away unwrapped, open, or suspicious looking goodies.

Trick-or-Treaters DO:
Travel in pairs or groups and stay together.
Walk on the sidewalk or on the left side of the road facing traffic.
Stop, look and listen at corners.
Plan a safe route; stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.
Carry a flashlight or glow stick.
Carry a cell phone if going without an adult.
Be respectful of people and their property.

Trick-or-Treaters DON'T:
Go into a stranger's house or get into a stranger's car.
Run across yards or streets.
Venture down dark, empty streets.
Approach dark, unlighted houses.
Go between parked cars or crisscross back and forth across streets.
Eat any treats before your parents check them.

At Home:
Put away anything children could trip over.
Turn the lights on and replace any burned-out bulbs at the walkway and front door.
Remember, your jack-o-lantern and any other candles or electrical decorations can be a fire hazard. Keep them out of the reach of small children and away from flammable materials.
Never leave your house unattended. If you have to leave your house, make sure all the doors are locked.



October 17 - October 23, 2015






Sheriff's Office Investigating Possible Abduction Attempt - October 2015

   Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Detectives are investigating a possible attempted abduction in Grand Island Monday afternoon. Detectives have interviewed people in the area of Whitehaven and Meadow Lane about a suspicious incident involving an 8-year-old girl and a middle-aged woman with dark, shoulder-length hair wearing a pink top and a multi-colored scarf. It is reported the female approached the girl around 3:15 p.m. and tried to entice the girl into a newer, small, black, four-door, SUV - possibly a Chevrolet Equinox. The female drove away when others heard the 8-year-old crying and came to her aid. The operator was the only occupant of the describe vehicle and the Sheriff's Office is searching the area for the SUV and driver. Anyone who may have been in the area or is familiar with the incident is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 858-2903.




Arrest in GI Robbery Attempt - October 2015


   Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Detectives made an arrest in a robbery attempt at a home in Grand Island and larcenies at a local gym. Sheriff's Patrol Deputies first responded to a robbery call in the late afternoon of September 23, at a West River Road address. The call reported an individual gained access to the residence by claiming to be a water maintenance worker named "Jake Rodger." While in the residence, the suspect stated this was a robbery but was scared off when the victim explained that someone was coming home soon. The victim provided the Sheriff's Office with a description of the subject, the vehicle and the direction he traveled.
   Meanwhile, Detectives were investigating larcenies at a local gym were victims provided descriptions of a suspect and the vehicle he was driving; both were similar to a suspect for the attempted robbery on West River Road. During the investigation of the gym larcenies, Detectives gained information that tied the suspect to all the incidents and the Detectives subsequently arrested Timothy Mulvey, 29 of Grand Island, on September 28. Mulvey was charged with one felony count of attempted robbery, larceny charges, and other misdemeanors. Mulvey is currently incarcerated at the Erie County Holding Center on $5,000 bail with pending court dates. The investigation continued after the subject’s arrest and the Sheriff’s Office determines that Mulvey did not have an accomplice and the public was not in danger.




Woman Pinned Between Barn Door & ATV - October 2015

   Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the ATV and Crash Investigation Unit are investigating the circumstances in an ATV accident Monday around 8 p.m. in Grand Island. Sheriff's dispatchers received a call from a Ransom Road resident about a 46-year-old female ATV operator who became pinned under a barn door. When Deputies Rogers and Soluri arrived they observed the victim lying on the ATV with the barn door across her body. The Deputies lifted the door off the victim and was moved to a waiting ambulance. Grand Island Fire first aid technicians stabilized the victim for transport to Erie County Medical Center via Mercy Flight. The Sheriff's Office does not have an update on the victim's condition, but the victim was conscious and responding to first responders before she was airlifted to the hospital. The Crash Investigation and ATV units are continuing their investigation.



October 10 - October 16, 2015






Prostitution Sting Nets Multiple Arrests - October 2015

   Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the Narcotics Unit and Patrol Deputies collaborated on a sting operation in Grand Island that netted three separate prostitution charges and a drug charge. The Sheriff's Office arrested and charged Jennie Delmonte, 31 of Buffalo, with prostitution; Felicia Mingo, 25 of Buffalo, with prostitution and Jennifer Furan, 29 of Buffalo, with prostitution and criminal possession of a controlled substance. All three defendants are housed at the Erie County Holding Center pending their arraignment on October 16.



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September 26 - October 2, 2015





September 19 - September 25, 2015






Domestic Violence Awareness Month - October 2015

   Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard and its community-based domestic violence service providers and partners recognized October as Domestic Violence Awareness month by placing commemorative ribbons on Sheriff's marked patrol and transport vehicles. Purple has long been recognized as a symbol of victims seeking justice and a means to show support for individuals affected by domestic violence and on Wednesday, September 30th, Sheriff Howard, Chief Joslyn and several community partners tied ribbons to vehicle antennas and placed magnetic placards on patrol cars signifying their support for victims and pledging their commitment to ending domestic violence.
    For more than eighteen years, the Sheriff's Office has operated a dedicated Domestic Violence Unit with funding from the New York State Office of Child and Family Services. The unit is composed of criminal deputies and a detective specially trained to respond to and investigate domestic violence incidents and work closely with our community partners. Additionally the unit has four victim advocates to help find the necessary resources available and a unit coordinator. Every Domestic Incident Report (DIR) Deputies filed is followed up by an advocate shortly after an incident occurs. The initial advocate outreach typically occurs the same or following day the incident occurred.
   Sheriff Timothy B. Howard states, ""I have insisted that my office maintain a domestic violence unit and to find ways to fund the unit even if grant monies fall short. I will not allow an expiring grant to hinder my office's investigation and enforcement of domestic violence laws or prevent the unit from providing assistance to victims. Although October is designated Domestic Violence Awareness month, my office's commitment to enforcement, awareness and prevention continues every day, every week and every month."
    In 2014, the Erie County Sheriff's Office responded to nearly 1,700 reported domestic violence incidents in the office's five primary patrol offices. These calls included violence between intimate partners, teenagers and the elderly. In addition to our criminal investigations, the Sheriff's Office collaborates with our awareness and prevention partners to educate the public to the signs of domestic violence and raise awareness of the growing number of groups falling victim to domestic violence.
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Erie County District Attorney - BeSafe Program
Erie County Department of Social Services
Crisis Services
International Institute of Buffalo
Family Justice Center
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Catholic Charities




Fake IRS Calls Return to Area - October 2015

   Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports his office is once again receiving calls from concerned citizens about individuals claiming to be representatives of the IRS attempting to settle or collect factious back income tax bills. The Sheriff's Office regularly receives reports about these fake solicitation calls and the office reminds people that no government agency will contact individuals via the telephone and demand an immediate payment for back taxes, criminal warrants or other government agency actions.
    Detectives report it is extremely difficult to trace the source of the calls or to recover the funds once a payment is made, therefore the Sheriff's Office strongly urges people not to send any funds via independent, electronic fund transfer service or give out personal and financial account information. This only creates the opportunity for further fraudulent transactions. The Sheriff's Office urges people to remain cautious when talking on the phone and to ignore any request for payment or release of personal and financial information. If a citizen is concerned about the possibility of an unpaid bill or legal action, it is recommended they request a written correspondence about the pending action that details the amount in arrears, ask for the caller' name and identification number and finally contact the agency the caller claims to be associated with to verify the caller's identity and any collection proceedings.



September 12 - September 18, 2015






New York State Sheriff's Week - September 2015

   Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announces the governor has proclaimed the week of September 14, 2015 to be Sheriff's Week in New York State. Sheriff's Week celebrates the significant contributions made by the office of sheriff in county government and in the statewide criminal justice system.
    "The Governor's proclamation not only recognizes the work of the county sheriffs, but it recognizes the dedicated and professional work of deputies, corrections officers and civilian employees who work in sheriff's offices throughout the state," said Sheriff Timothy B. Howard.
   Sheriff's Week highlights the contributions made by the office of sheriff, the highest-ranking law enforcement office in the county. To mark the occasion, the Erie County Legislature has introduced its own proclamation and will present Sheriff Howard the proclamation at Thursday's legislative session.
   In addition to traditional public safety services, such as road patrol, criminal investigation and traffic control, the Erie County Sheriff's Office patrols our lakes and waterways, provides security in our courts and maintains the Erie County Holding Center and Correctional Facility county jails and coordinates the dispatch of all emergency services in the county. The sheriff also takes an active role in community crime prevention efforts, victims' assistance programs, and drug awareness education in our schools.



September 5 - September 11, 2015






Two Arrested for Stealing $1K in Groceries - September 2015

    Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports members of the Detective Bureau arrested two females involved with a grand larceny at Top's Supermarket in Grand Island on August 11. When Deputies responded to the scene, employees provided a vague description of the subjects and a partial license plate number. Deputies began investigating various combinations of the partial plate when a Detective located a vehicle matching the description of the car used in the larceny. Further investigation found license plate character matched the partial plate observed by Top's employees. Detectives utilized the store's surveillance video to identify the subjects and subsequently arrested and charged Alexis Price, 19, and Angelina Colucci, 19, both from Grand Island with grand larceny on September 8. The defendants were released and face future court proceedings.




Game Day Parking Enforcement & Fan Safety Tips - September 2015

   Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard, Andy Major, Vice President of Guests Services - Buffalo Bills and Frank Cammarata, Erie County Office for the Disabled detail the Accessible Parking enforcement and 2015 fan safety tips for Ralph Wilson Stadium.
    Erie County Sheriff's Deputies will be posted at Accessible Parking Lots 2A and 6A entrances checking for valid Accessible Parking permits and if the permit holder is in the vehicle. If the permit holder is not in the vehicle, the parking permit will be confiscated and returned to the municipality which issued the parking permit. The decision whether to return the permit or void it will be the issuing agency's decision. Accessible Parking Lots 6A and 2A, are on the north and south side of the stadium (respectively) near the Bills Store.
    Sheriff Timothy B. Howard explains, "My deputies will be checking each vehicle entering the designated parking lots to ensure the vehicle is permitted to park in the lot and to verify the permit holder is in the vehicle. If anyone trying to use a permit without the holder present in the vehicle will have the tag confiscated and the driver will have to explain why the tag was confiscated to the rightful permit holder." Use of the permit by anyone other than the permit holder or used by a vehicle to access designated parking without the permit holder present is unlawful.
   Frank Cammarata, Executive Director for the Erie County Office for the Disabled, states, "Throughout our community the availability of accessible parking for people with a disability continues to be a priority for the Erie County Office for Disabled, the Erie County Sheriff's Office and local law enforcement agencies. Driver's awareness of the needs of people with a disability who use vehicles has improved as we have celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, but we still have work to do. It is crucial all drivers are aware and respect the specifically designed parking spaces to allow people with a disability to enter and exit their vehicle as well as park in the most accessible location. It is also important to remember the hangtags and license plates are designated for a specific person's use, please be respectful and use lawfully."
   In addition to Accessible Parking warnings, the Buffalo Bills announced an updated list of permitted and prohibited items and new security measures for Ralph Wilson Stadium. Andy Major, VP Buffalo Bills Guest Services, details, "Many of the items that are allowed into the stadium on game day remain the same as last year but we want to emphasize that Ralph Wilson Stadium is a smoke-free and tobacco-free facility. New for 2015, tobacco products are prohibited and are not allowed in the stadium, this includes lighters and e-cigarettes."     Major continues, "The Bills are testing walk-through metal detectors at Gate 3. The NFL will implement these metal detectors at all gates for the 2016 season and the Bills wanted to test the anticipated policy early to work out any bugs. So far the new process has worked well and has enhanced the fans' experience. However, we still encourage fans to arrive at the gates early to allow enough time to encounter the entire game day experience."
   A list of permitted items, maps and directions, and the Bills' Fan Code of Conduct please visit www.BuffaloBills.com.
    USING LICENSE PLATES AND PARKING PERMITS
  • The plates and permits may be used to park in reserved parking spaces only when the person with the disability rides in or drives the vehicle.
  • People not disabled cannot use your parking permit or special plates to park in a reserved space; persons who park illegally in these spaces violate Section 1203-c(4) of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law and can be fined $50 to $75 for a first offense, and $75 to $150 for a second offense committed within two years. Municipalities can impose higher fines.
  • Any person who abuses or misuses any parking permit or license plates for the disabled may have the permit or plates revoked.
  • Parking permits should be hung from the rear-view mirror when the vehicle is parked, but should be removed from the mirror when the vehicle is driven.
  • Generally, the plates and permits are valid everywhere in New York State where parking spaces are reserved for persons with disabilities. However, use of the plates or permit does not exempt you from state or local parking regulations or fees or the requirement to obtain permission to park in a designated area. For a map of the new parking lots please visit: www.buffalobills.com/stadium/maps.



    August 29 - September 4, 2015





    August 22 - August 28, 2015






    Drop-Off & Pick-Up Information for One Direction - September 2015

       September 2, 2015...Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard and the Buffalo Bills announce special drop-off and pick-up information for parents transporting guests for Thursday night's One Direction Concert. The Buffalo Bills have designated two lots as drop-off and pick-up locations for the concert. Ralph Wilson Stadium lots #2 (the south side of the stadium) and #6 (north side of the stadium) will be utilized as drop-off lots prior to the concert and later as pick-up lots after the concert. Stadium Map.
        Abbott Road will be closed to through traffic in front of the stadium, however, Lot 2 can be accessed from Route 20A and Lot 6 can be accessed from Route 20 via Abbott Road. Upon entering a lot, security and parking staff will help facilitate the drop-off and pick-up process and direct traffic within the lots. Sheriff's Deputies will be posted on Abbott Road to assist with vehicles entering and leaving the lots. During the drop-off process, staff will provide drivers with informational pamphlets detailing when the lots will reopen for pick-ups and instructions for parking.
        Beginning at 9 p.m., parents or guardians can access the designated lots and will be allowed to park for free while waiting for their passengers.Vehicle traffic between the lots via Abbott Road will be prohibited therefore it is recommended that individuals meet in the same lot that the concert guests were dropped off to avoid any confusion or delays.




    Five Minors Charged with Pot Possession - September 2015

       September 1, 2015...Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports his office arrested five minors just after midnight September 1, in Grand Island after Deputies were investigating a suspicious vehicle. While patrolling along Ferry Road, Deputy Lee Richard observed a vehicle in a parking lot. As Deputy Richard turned to investigate, the car attempted to leave and the Deputy initiated a stop. When the Deputy approached the vehicle he observed five individuals in the vehicle's cabin and detected the odor of marijuana. When the occupants were questioned about the odor, the driver admitted they were driving around and smoking marijuana. Deputy Gene Nati arrived at the location and the two Deputies searched the vehicle and discovered two bags of marijuana, several glass pipes with marijuana residue as well as rolling papers. The five juveniles were charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and released on appearance tickets into the custody of their parents.




    Recent Car Break-ins on Grand Island - August 2015

       August 27, 2015...Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announces a special alert for the residents in Grand Island regarding a recent string of vehicle break-ins. Residents along Love Road were the most recent victims with four vehicles broken into during the overnight hours August 26-27. Among items stolen from the vehicles were personal papers, credit cards, purses and an iPod. The rash of car break-ins in Grand Island has prompted the Sheriff's Office to urge residents to remove any valuables from their vehicle especially during the overnight hours and to lock vehicle doors. The Sheriff's Office is encouraging anyone with information or home surveillance footage in the Love Road area to contact the Erie County Sheriff's Office at 716.858.2903.



    August 15 - August 21, 2015





    August 8 - August 14, 2015





    August 1 - August 7, 2015






    Parents Charged in Underage Party - August 2015

       August 10, 2015...Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports his Deputies made three arrests associated with an underage drinking party in Grand Island Friday night. Deputies Matthew Cipollitti and Nicholas Coniglio went to a Garden Parkway address earlier in the day after receiving an anonymous tip on the Underage Drinking Tip Line. The Deputies spoke with adults at the residence about a possible party involving minors and alcohol and the parents indicated they were aware their child was having friends over and would monitor the gathering. Later that same day, the Sheriff's Office received a complaint about the Garden Parkway address and when the Deputies responded they observed evidence of alcohol use and approximately sixty teenage individuals in the back yard.
        Subsequently, Martin Gradolph, 60, and Sandra Gradolph, 51, were arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and giving alcohol to a person under 21. Additional, the Deputies charge a minor with marijuana possession and unlawful possession of alcohol. Deputies Paul Reed, John Szczepanski and Sergeants Kenneth Hetey and James Welch assisted in talking to the patrons, contacting their parents and later contacting Erie County Child Protective Services. Martin Gradolph was taken to the Erie County Holding Center on $500 bail and was later released. The Sheriff's Office in continuing its investigation of the incident and additional charges may be forthcoming. This is the Sheriff Office's second underage party incident in less than a week that resulted in charges.



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    July 18 - July 24, 2015





    July 11 - July 17, 2015





    July 4 - July 10, 2015






    Deputy Attacked by GI Inmate - July 2015

       July 22, 2015...Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports a Deputy assigned to the Erie County Holding Center was attacked by an inmate while the Deputy tried to perform the mandatory search of the inmate after his visiting period. At approximately 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, July 21st, Deputy Joe Puleo activated his body alarm after inmate Ciaphas Hawkins, 19 years-old of Grand Island, lunged at the Deputy while attempting to search the inmate before returning him to his housing area. Deputy Puleo grabbed the attacking inmate and took him to the ground within the small visitation search area. Quickly after activating the body alarm, Deputies Peterson and Roberts arrived to secure the inmates legs and place him in mechanical restraints. Hawkins was charged with Attempted Assault and Obstruction of Governmental Administration and returned to his assigned housing area. The inmate is also facing administrative discipline sanctions. Hawkins has been in custody at the Erie County Holding Center on $5000.00 bail for charges stemming from an arrest in the City of Buffalo and allegedly trying to stiff a cabdriver on February 4th on Baseline Road. Deputy Puleo sustained injuries to his upper body and was treated at ECMC.




    Citizens' Academy Schedule Announced - July 2015

       July 13, 2015...Buffalo, NY -Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard's office today released the schedule for the upcoming Citizens' Academy. The fall academy will run 9-weeks beginning September 14th. Most of the classes are held at the Erie County Fire Training Academy, 3359 Broadway, Cheektowaga. The classes run approximately three hours on Monday nights. The Citizens' Academy is open to Erie County residents, 21-years or older. Interested residents can find the online application at www.erie.gov/sheriff. All applications must be completed, notarized and postmarked by July 24th.




    Sheriff's Office Warns of ATM Skimming Devices - July 2015

       July 14, 2015...Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports his office has received information about debit and credit card skimming devices possibly being placed on machines in Erie County. The Sheriff's Office warns citizens when using their debit or credit card to withdraw money or to make a purchase, to closely examine the area around the card reader slot for any suspicious, extra or unusual device. Businesses with ATM machines are also encouraged to examine any machine placed on the property or with the establishment for card skimming devices. If a business owner or ATM customer discovers or suspects something unusual they are advised not to use the machine and are encouraged to call the Erie County Sheriff's Office at 716.858.2903 or the local police department. The Sheriff's Office is also suggesting individuals to monitor their accounts for any suspicious or unauthorized transactions.



    June 27 - July 3, 2015





    June 20 - June 26, 2015






    Increased DWI Patrols for 4th of July Weekend - July 2015

       Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announced his office will increase the number of DWI patrols on land and sea for the July 4, weekend throughout the county. There will be additional, dedicated road patrol Deputies working in the districts looking for intoxicated or impaired drivers, additionally the Sheriff’s Office, with coordination with Stop DWI, will conduct sobriety checkpoints throughout the county. The Sheriff’s Marine Unit also will have added patrols for the long weekend. The Marine Unit will patrol the area’s waterways and hotspots watching for impaired boaters and other safety violations during Operation Dry Water. The Sheriff’s Office reminds individuals not to drink and drive or captain a watercraft or boat. During the same holiday period last year, the Sheriff’s Office arrested 8 individuals for DWI and 3 for BWI.



    June 13 - June 19, 2015





    June 6 - June 12, 2015





    May 30 - June 5, 2015





    May 23 - May 29, 2015






    Increased School Zone Patrols - May 2015

       Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announces Deputies will be increasing patrols in and around area school zones for speeding and distracted drivers. The Sheriff's Office wants to remind drivers that schools are still in session and with the warmer weather more activities will be happening around schools and more students will be walking along roadways and utilizing crosswalks. These activities will increase occurrences between vehicles and pedestrians.
       The lower maximum speed limits in school zones were established to protect children. The lower speed limits provide drivers additional time to see children and react sooner. Lower limits also decrease the chances of a fatality if a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle. According to a National Safe Kids' survey, children struck by a vehicle are 8-times more likely to die if a car is traveling 30 mph compared to a vehicle traveling 20 mph or less. The lowest maximum speed limit in a school zone is 15 mph and school zones can extend as far as a quarter mile from the school grounds. School zone speed limit violators can face fines as high as $800 and be sentenced to 30 days in jail. Sheriff Timothy Howard states, "We are urging drivers to slow down and pay attention in the area's school zones. Deputies will be patrolling these zones and will not tolerate speeding around our schools." The Sheriff's patrols will extend through the end of 2014-2015 school year and around schools with summer sessions.



    May 16 - May 22, 2015






    Increased Marine Patrols Planned - May 2015

       Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announced today the Erie County Sheriff's Marine Unit will be increasing its patrols of area waterways for the 2015 boating season. The Sheriff's Office is once again stressing boater safety and encouraging operators to follow the three "Cs" - Courteous, Cautious and Common Sense. The Sheriff's Marine Unit will patrol the 90 miles of Erie County shoreline and areas around county beaches looking for intoxicated operators and unsafe operation of all watercraft.
        The Sheriff's Office has received homeland security funding to pay for increased marine patrols. This funding will allow Deputies to patrol the waterways seven days a week during the 2015 boating season. In addition to looking for intoxicated operators, Deputies will be enforcing navigational laws, educating people about safe boating practices and inspecting vessels for current registration and mandatory safety equipment. Sheriff Timothy Howard states, "Every year, we are called to an incident involving alcohol and unsafe operation. I want to urge people to make the right choice when it comes to boating and drinking. Just as with getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking, alcohol and boats do not mix."
        Last year the Sheriff's Marine Unit logged nearly 4,500 patrol hours; performed 23 search and rescue missions; performed 65 on-water inspections and issued 96 warnings and 198 citations. As in 2014, the Sheriff's Marine Unit will conduct border security patrols. The international waterways are used as a pathway to enter the United States illegally or to smuggle goods and drugs into the Western New York region. Sheriff Howard states, "When boaters see my Marine Deputies on patrol, we want them aware that the Sheriff's boats are patrolling to ensure everyone has a good and safe time. Additionally, the Marine Deputies will patrol the water for our county's, state's and nation's security." The Sheriff's Office wants to remind boaters of the safety certificate requirements implemented in 2014, by New York State; all water vessel operators under the age of 18 needs a boater safety certificate issued by the New York State Parks Department.




    Beaver Island Park Manager Arrested for DWI - May 2015

        The manager of Beaver Island State Park was arrested for drunken driving, resisting arrest and other charges early Tuesday, May 19th, in the park by Erie County Sheriff's Deputies. Andrew P. Hillman, 40, was found to be intoxicated with a open container of beer and failed a breath test with a blood-alcohol count of 0.17. When being placed into the patrol car, he became belligerent and pushed the deputies. Hillman will be arraigned at Grand Island Town Court on Wednesday.



    May 9 - May 15, 2015






    Click It or Ticket Starts May 18th - May 2015

        Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard is once again reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. As part of the national seat belt enforcement campaign the Erie County Sheriff’s Office will be stepping up enforcement May 18 to 31, just ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half of the 21,132 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2013 were unrestrained. At night from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 59 percent of those killed. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement.
       The Erie County Sheriff's Office will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. In New York State and Erie County, the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is $143 for driver, $193 for front seat passenger under 16. Additionally, if the lap belt and shoulder harness are not used correctly the fine is $50 with a $93 surcharge - example a driver cannot place just the harness over their shoulder and think they are in compliance. According to the New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee 34% of all vehicle occupants killed in crashes were unrestrained and unrestrained fatalities in New York grew 5% from 2012 to 2013. For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.



    May 2 - May 8, 2015





    April 25 - May 1, 2015






    Two Males Arrested for Human Trafficking & Promoting Prostitution - April 2015

       

    From left: Emal Nessary, Maxwell Cipriani

        Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports that the Sheriff's Human Trafficking Unit arrested a California male and a Florida male on felony counts related to prostitution and human trafficking. The Erie County Sheriff's Office was alerted by another law enforcement agency about a subject held against their will at North Colony Drive residence in Grand Island. At approximately 3:45 a.m. on April 24, Erie County Sheriff's Deputies made contact with an individual and inquired into their safety and well-being. The party who answered the phone provided vague responses and urged the Deputy to contact another female subject. Concerned about the safety of the individuals at the residence, Deputies Ryan Rogers and Timothy Cannan responded to the North Colony address.
       After an initial contact with individuals in the dwelling, Deputies established surveillance of the residence. During this time, Deputy Rogers contacted a second female about the Grand Island incident. This subject stated she and two other females were lured to Buffalo with the promise of money for escort services. Deputies Rogers and Cannan re-initiated contact with the male and female subjects at the residence and transported them to the Grand Island Substation for additional questioning. There, the female subject shared a similar story of being lured to Buffalo by money and threatened by the male subject.
       Both females detailed how the males created false on-line personalities and advertisements which promised money for travel expenses and services. The investigation revealed that the fraudulent scheme was intricate, elaborate and devised to lure multiple victims. The Sheriff's Human Trafficking Taskforce member, Deputy Theresa Nietzel, and two Detectives continued to question the subjects. Upon completion of their initial questioning, Deputy Nietzel arrested Emal Nessary, 34 of Inglewood California and initiated a search of the second male subject.
       Detectives were able to gather information the second male has in Canada and might attempt to re-enter the States. Working with U.S. Customs officials, Maxwell Cipriani was detained at the Rainbow Bridge with a fourth female when he tried to re-enter the United States. The female was lured to Canada under the same false pretenses as the other victims. Detectives picked up Cipriani, 36 of Zephyrhills, Florida, and charged him with a felony count of Labor Trafficking (using force and instilling fear to compel someone to engage in labor activity); felony count of Scheme to Defraud; felony Promoting Prostitution. Nessary was charged with one felony count of Labor Trafficking (using force and instilling fear to compel someone to engage in labor activity); felony count of Scheme to Defraud; felony Promoting Prostitution and unlawful possession of marijuana. Members of the Western New York Human Trafficking Task Force, consisting of Deputy Nietzel, special agents with Homeland Security and the International Institute of Buffalo, all played an integral part in this investigation. The defendants are held at the Erie County Holding Center pending their arraignment.



    April 18 - April 24, 2015





    April 11 - April 17, 2015






    Sheriff Warns of Income Tax Phone Schemes - April 2015

       Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard is warning residents of Erie County of a phone scam involving fraudulent telephone calls from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. The caller claims taxes or penalties are owed and, in some cases, warrants of arrest have been issued for the targeted individuals. They then attempt to collect payments using credit, debit or other electronic fund transfers stating the issue can be resolved over the phone. The Sheriff's Detective Bureau is investigating recent complaints about residents receiving phone calls from individuals claiming to work for the Internal Revenue Service and attempting to resolve income tax issues via the phone. The Sheriff's Office is reminding residents that the IRS, as well as other law enforcement agencies, will never contact persons over the phone and demand electronic payment to resolve debts or other legal issues. Residents should never provide personal or financial information over the phone without first verifying the caller's identity.



    April 4 - April 10, 2015






    DWI Arrest Leaving Town Court - April 2015


        Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports that an unusual set of circumstances resulted in the felony arrest of an Orchard Park resident in the Town of Grand Island Wednesday night. J. B. Silverthorn, age 44, was appearing in the Town of Grand Court as a defendant, having been arrested for Driving While Intoxicated on December 29, 2014, after having driven his vehicle into the Niagara River, near East River Road. Mr. Silverthorn was subsequently found guilty of driving while intoxicated. While at the court, it was noticed that Mr. Silverthorn had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. He was told by the Judge, and by his attorney, not to drive when leaving the court, and to call for a ride home. In addition, he was stopped in the hallway by Sheriff’s Deputy Simon Biegasiewicz, who was the arresting officer in the December DWI arrest, and was again told not to drive.
       Mr. Silverthorn then left the court house, walked past several marked police cars, got into his vehicle, and proceeded to drive away. Deputy Biegasiewicz was leaving the court at about the same time, driving a marked patrol vehicle, and observed Mr. Silverthorn pull out of the parking lot, and onto Grand Island Boulevard. Deputy Biegasiewicz immediately stopped Mr. Silverthorn’s vehicle, and charged him with Felony Driving While Intoxicated, and with driving with no headlights. The Driving While Intoxicated arrest was elevated to a felony due to Mr. Silverthorn’s conviction for Driving While Intoxicated a short time before, in the court that he was driving away from. Mr. Silverthorn was taken to the Erie County Holding Center, pending his arraignment in the Town of Grand Island Court.



    March 28 - April 3, 2015





    March 21 - March 27, 2015






    New Explosive Detection K9 Joins Sheriff's Office - April 2015

    Spike at NYS Advanced Explosive Detection and Patrol school.

       Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announced that Deputy Michael Okal and his partner "Spik" have graduated from the New York State Police Advanced Explosive Detection and Patrol school. The twelve-week school located in Cooperstown, New York, trains the handler and canine in techniques to locate multiple types of explosive materials. The school puts the handler and his partner in numerous scenarios and instructs the team to properly and safely detect explosive materials. Deputy Okal and Spike will immediately begin patrolling districts throughout Erie County and will be assigned to the Erie County Bomb Squad. With their addition to the bomb squad, the number of K9 units increases to three.



    March 14 - March 20, 2015






    Two Arrested in Meth Lab Raid - March 2015

       Buffalo, NY - Erie County Undersheriff Mark Wipperman reports the Sheriff's Narcotic Unit raided a meth lab in Grand Island Thursday evening. Working from information developed from investigators, The Narcotics Unit, along with the Drug Enforcement Agency, executed a search warrant signed by Judge Mark Frentzel for a commercial complex located at 2735 Bedell Road. The Narcotics Unit found the defendants in possession of materials and equipment to make methamphetamine and a substantial amount of processed methamphetamine in a defendant's workshop.
       Detectives charged Timothy Homa, 32, and Jennifer Carrigan, 44, both of Grand Island, with Felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance - methamphetamine, Unlawful Manufacturing of Methamphetamine, and criminal possession of agents to manufacture meth. Both are held at the Erie County Holding Center pending their arraignment on March 20, 4:30 p.m. in Grand Island Town Court. The Narcotics Unit's investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible. The DEA's Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Team was on scene to clean up and dispose of the toxic materials used in the lab.



    March 7 - March 13, 2015






    Discounted Taxi Rides Available - March 2015

        Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announces the Erie County Sheriff's Office has partnered with Liberty Cab/Yellow Cab, Budweiser and Try-It Distributing to offer discounted vouchers for taxi rides starting Noon, Saturday, March 14th, through 6:00 a.m. Monday, March 16, 2015 at area bars and restaurants. The discount vouchers are offered to anyone looking for a safe way home. Servers throughout the area will have the vouchers readily available for customers and provide assistance to people needing a taxi. The group also unveiled a new billboard at the corner of Delaware and Chippewa streets reminding people of the program.
       According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 109 fatalities nationwide during St. Patrick's Day 2013. Of that number, 54 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcyclist with a BAC of .08 or higher. Sheriff Timothy Howard stated, "The Erie County Sheriff's Office will have six additional roving patrols dedicated to DWI enforcement. There is absolutely no reason why anyone should drink and drive and our partners made it easier for people to get home safe this weekend with the availability of the Liberty Cab vouchers."     "Drunken driving accidents are preventable and we always want to stress that to the public," said Sheriff Howard. For safe weekend festivities, Sheriff Howard recommends the following tips:
  • Plan a safe way home before you go out.
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
  • If you see an impaired or suspicious driver on the road, do not hesitate to contact law enforcement.
  • If you know people are about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.



    February 28 - March 6, 2015






    Burglers Caught at Byblos Niagara - March 2015

        Buffalo, NY - Erie County Undersheriff Mark Wipperman reports the arrest of two individuals following calls of suspicious activity at the Byblos Niagara Resort in Grand Island. Patrol Deputy Christopher Lysy and a Grand Island Police Officer responded to the hotel on March 3, at approximately 10:20 am. When Deputy Lysy arrived, he took two subjects, fitting the descriptions provided by hotel staff, into custody
        Hotel staff stated the subjects gained unauthorized access to a hotel room and were staying in the room. The staff also stated a flat screen television was missing from the room. During a search of the female subject, it was discovered that she was in possession of a personal check and a hypodermic instrument. Upon further investigation, it was determined that to the individual who owned the bank account and check in the subject's possession filed an earlier report about missing items.
        While trying to ascertain the identity of the female subject, Deputies Lysy and Cully Ferrick were given a false name, address and date of birth. Upon further investigation, the Deputies were able to determine the true identity of the subject as Alicia Prine, 33 of Buffalo. The investigation also revealed that Prine had two active bench warrants stemming from a Sheriff's Office arrest in September, 2014, for drug related charges while in an Erie County Park. Subsequently, she was transported to the Erie County Holding Center and held without bail pending a future court date. Prine was charged with Felony Burglary, false personation, possession of a hypodermic instrument, two counts of petit larceny and failure to pay for services - misdemeanors.
        The male subject, Gregory Swan, 44 of Grand Island, was charged with Felony Burglary, failure to pay for services and petit larceny. Swan was also transported to the Holding Center and was held without bail pending a future court date. A Sheriff Detective is continuing to investigate the incident to determine if other subjects were involved.



    February 21 - February 27, 2015





    February 14 - February 20, 2015






    Standoff Ends Peacefully - February 2015

       Buffalo News Story
    An unidentified man in his early 30s was taken into custody about 10:45 p.m. Sunday after he had barricaded himself in a house on Grand Island about six hours earlier, according to Erie County Sheriff's officials. Dispatchers received a 911 call about 5 p.m. regarding a man who may have had a gun in a home on Marilyn Drive, off Love Road, said Scott Zylka, executive assistant to the sheriff. Deputies and the sheriff's SWAT team and K-9 units responded to the standoff and established communication with the man, he said. He was taken into custody without incident, and no charges were immediately placed. Zylka said the man was alone in the house, and there were no injuries during the standoff nor in the subsequent surrender. Neighbors in the area were asked to shelter in place and not leave their homes during the standoff, he added.



    February 7 - February 13, 2015





    Bomb Threat at Love Road Plaza - February 2015

       Buffalo, NY... Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the Erie County Bomb Squad and explosive detection K9's were called to a convenient store on Love Road in Grand Island, Sunday at 6:15 p.m. after a store employee received a bomb threat via a phone call. Deputies immediately evacuated the store and a nearby pizzeria and closed portions of Love Road. When the Bomb Squad and K9 unit arrived the team members began checking the store and areas around the building.
       During the emergency evacuation, an onlooker approached Deputy Matthew Cipollitti and asked if the presence of emergency vehicles was due to a bomb threat. The individual then volunteered that he called the store and made the threat as a joke. Subsequently, the Deputy placed Louis Castro-Castillo, 22 of Grand Island, into custody. Detective Scott Piel interviewed Castro-Castillo and charged him with a felony count of Falsely Reporting an Incident. The Bomb Squad and K9 unit did not find any suspicious device and cleared the scene. The subject was transported to the Erie County Holding Center where he is held pending his arraignment on February 17, in Grand Island Town Court.



    January 31 - February 6, 2015





    DWI Arrest at Long Road Off-Ramp - February 2015

    February 1, 12:53 am, Town of Grand Island
       Deputies Ryan Rogers and Timothy Cannan responded to reports of a vehicle off the road near the off-ramp for I-190 to Long Road. When Deputies arrived they determined the driver was intoxicated and Brian Wylke, 40 of Wheatfield, was transported to the Grand Island substation. Wylke refused to submit to a blood alcohol test and was charged with Felony DWI, due to a previous conviction in the past 10 years, refusing a breath test, driving the wrong way on a one-way street and unsafe lane change. Wylke was transported to the Erie County Holding Center pending his arraignment on February 2.



    January 24 - January 30, 2015





    Three Sheriff's Office K9's Receive Protective Vests - January 2015

    Cer will receive a protective vest soon.

    January 29, 2015...Buffalo, NY
        Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announces today that Erie County Sheriff's Office K9's, Bili, Lord, and Cer have been awarded ballistic vests thanks to a nonprofit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Donations of almost $3000 were made to the nonprofit by the Cannata Family Foundation, Inc. of Foxboro, MA for $950 to fund one K9, and Hot Yoga Spot of Latham, NY who donated $2000 for two K9 vests. The vests will be embroidered with the sentiments "This gift of protection provided by the Cannata Family Foundation, Inc.", and "This gift of protection provided by The Hot Yoga Spot."
        Bili, Lord and Cer and their handlers are assigned the Erie County Holding Center and Erie County Correctional Facility. The K9s perform routine searches of visitors, inmates and facilities for contraband. In the past the K9s have detected illegal drugs being smuggled into the jails by visitors. The vests provide a great deal of protection from knife and shank attacks while the K9s perform their duty. The K9s will be custom fitted for the vests and will receive the individual vest in a few weeks.
        Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA., whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armour for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1223 law enforcement dogs in 40 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of over $1.1 million.
        Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. announces their 7” plush stuffed German Shepherd K9 Hero, "Cesar", and company ambassador of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. now for sale online for $15.00 at www.vik9s.org. Proceeds from the sales will provide bullet and stab protective vests, for police dogs actively working without the potentially lifesaving equipment. The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, Massachusetts who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor. Vests are manufactured by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI. New K9 graduates as well as K9's with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations accepted via mail to: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718 or via the website: www.vik9s.org.



    January 17 - January 23, 2015



    Sheriff's Office Detail Rider Safety During Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week - January 2015

        South Wales, NY - Deputies Timothy Dusza and Timothy Coulombe, members of the Erie County Sheriff's Office Snowmobile/ATV Unit, detailed the rules and regulations and highlighted the safety tips during a snowmobile safety course for underage riders at Emery Park on Saturday, January 24th. The Western New York snowmobiling community recently experienced three snowmobiling related deaths and one serious accident in the past few weeks. The Sheriff's Office reminded snowmobile operators and their passengers of the hazards associated with this winter time recreation Deputies also provided riders with safety guidelines to prevent another tragedy.
        Deputy Timothy Dusza said, "Snowmobiling is a fun and exciting winter recreational activity and it's a great way to get out and view nature. But the moment you disregard safety, disrespect the machine and disobey the trail rules, snowmobiling becomes very dangerous." "We encourage every rider to experience all the fun that snowmobiling has to offer but we remind them to ride smart and safe to stay alive," continues Deputy Dusza. The Sheriff's Snowmobile/ATV Unit will patrol the miles of approved trails in Eire County this season as often as weather permits. The Sheriff's Office works closely with the ten Erie County snowmobile clubs to emphasize safety and responsible operation of the machine. The Sheriff's Office patrols the nearly 400 miles of approved snowmobile trails in Erie County.
        Tips before heading out on the trails:
  • Know the law. Check with your local snowmobile club and law enforcement agencies to understand the rules of the area where the ride will take place.
  • Gear up. For optimum protection, always wear a helmet, warm gloves, a windproof outer layer and boots.
  • Check it out. Be sure the snowmobile is running properly before riding. Review the owner's manual and follow the recommended service schedule.
  • Take a friend. Never snowmobile alone. It's more fun and safer to ride with someone.
  • Be prepared. Take along a spare belt, spark plugs and tools to do basic repairs. A safe snowmobiler should also carry emergency supplies, such as a basic first aid and overnight survival provisions such as food, matches, flashlight and extra batteries and shelter-building materials.
  • Maintain control and stay sharp. Be aware of the terrain, visibility and weather conditions before the ride. Ride only when senses are sharp and not impaired by any drugs or alcohol.
  • Know the sled's protection. Snowmobile safety week is a perfect time to review snowmobile insurance to make sure there's enough coverage to protect the vehicle and cover liability in case someone gets injured or property is damaged.



    January 10 - January 16, 2015





    Texting Option Added to Crime Victim Notification System - January 2015

    Thursday, January 15, 2015
       Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard joins the NY Sheriff's Association in announcing the launch of an enhancement to the New York Sheriffs' Victim Hotline (VINE). This new service will enable crime victims to receive a text message notification in the event of any change in the custody status of an offender incarcerated in the Erie County Holding Center and the Erie County Correctional Facility. VINE allows crime victims to learn the custody status of an offender, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by telephone or online. This new notification option, "SMS Text Messaging Notification," adds text messaging to the existing notification options. The additional outbound notification method will be in Spanish and English.
       Erie County Sheriff's Office also provides an "Inmate Roster" on its website to allow individuals to check the status of an inmate in a Sheriff's facility. This roster is updated every fifteen minutes, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Website visitors can view and print the PDF document from any computer with internet and printer access. This link on www.erie/sheriff/gov home page provides individuals an additional resource if they don’t have the VINE Mobile app or subscribe to a text messaging service.
       The Sheriff's Jail Management Division recently performed some upgrades to existing software. The transition provides additional back-ups for the booking system and provides seamless communication between the jails and the VINE notification system. These systems put the Erie County Sheriff's Office Jail Management at the leading edge of jail management in New York. "I welcome this new feature and feel confident that my office has provided a safety net to prevent any delays in notifying victims. My office continues to seek ways to better serve the residents of Erie County and their safety needs." said Sheriff Howard.
       In 2014, almost 2.8 million crime victims searched the VINE Database, using either the toll free number (1-888-VINE-4-NY), the VINEMobile app, the Sheriffs Mobile Patrol App (both available for IPhone and Android), or the website (VineLink.com). Also in 2014, over 100,000 crime victims received notification of a change in their offender's status either by phone or email. It is anticipated that the addition of the text messaging option will result in even more crime victims receiving timely notification of vital offender information.



    January 3 - January 9, 2015




    December 27 - January 2, 2015