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May 13 - May 19, 2017



May 6 - May 12, 2017




Drug Arrest - May 2017

    May 15, 12:54 A.M., Town of Grand Island - Deputy Schreiber conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 190 near Whitehaven Road for vehicle and traffic violations. When the Deputy approached the vehicle, he detected the strong odor of marijuana and the operator did admit to possessing marijuana and rolling a blunt. The Deputy discovered driver, Javontae Florence - 21 of Buffalo, had an outstanding warrant he was taken into custody. While searching the subject, the Deputy discovered a bag of marijuana and three bags of cocaine kept in his apparel. The defendant is charged with felony possession of cocaine, marijuana possession, and two separate vehicle and traffic violations and is held at the Erie County Holding Center pending his arraignment in Grand Island Town Court.



April 29 - May 5, 2017



April 22 - April 28, 2017




Two DWI Arrests Tuesday - May 2017

    Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports that Patrol Deputies made two DWI arrests yesterday.
   May 3, 2017 - Deputy Cipollitti conducted a traffic stop for vehicle and traffic violations on East River Road in Grand Island on Tuesday afternoon. During the stop, Deputy Cipollitti determined that the driver was operating while intoxicated. Patrick M. Thompson, 62, of Grand Island, was arrested and taken to the Erie County Holding Center.
    Deputy Coniglio conducted a traffic stop for an equipment violation near the intersection of Whitehaven Road and Grand Island Boulevard on Grand Island. The operator, Liza L. Bowman, 22, of Grand Island, was determined to be intoxicated. She was also found to unlawfully possess prescription pills and marijuana. Ms. Bowman was charged with multiple VTL charges including DWI, Criminal Possession of a controlled substance 7th degree and unlawful possession of marijuana.



April 15 - April 21, 2017



April 8 - April 14, 2017



April 1 - April 7, 2017




Busy Weekend for Sheriff Deputies - April 2017

    Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Deputies arrested several subjects after several traffic stop this past weekend.
NARCOTICS
   April 7, 4:40 P.M., Town of Grand Island - a traffic stop was conducted by Deputy Zamorek at Love and South State Parkway roads for running a red light. The Deputy detected a strong odor of marijuana when he approached the vehicle and discovered the operator's license was revoked for failing to comply with court orders for a DWI arrest. Carlos Taylor, 19 of Grand Island, was placed into custody and marijuana and a pipe containing marijuana was discovered during a search. A search of the vehicle found another glass pipe, a glass jar of marijuana and a quantity of concentrated cannabis. Taylor is charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and a vehicle and traffic violation. Cassandra Mazzone, 20 of Grand Island, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Both defendants were released on appearance tickets for Grand Island Town Court.
    April 7, 10:12 P.M., Town of Grand Island - Deputy Zamorek conducted a traffic stop on South State Parkway for vehicle and traffic violations. Deputy Zamorek discovered the operator’s license is suspended and took the individual into custody. During a search of the vehicle, the Deputy discovered plastic bags with cocaine residue and a scale also with cocaine residue. The driver, David Homa – 33 of Grand Island, and the female passenger, Kerry Donohue - 36 of Grand Island, were both arrested. Homa is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia, aggravated unlicensed operation and an equipment violation. Donohue is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia. Both defendants were released on appearance tickets for Grand Island Town Court.
DWI
    April 8, 10:17 P.M., Town of Grand Island - While investigating a possible road rage incident Deputy Pauly stopped and vehicle on South State Parkway near Broadway. While interviewing the driver, the Deputy detected the odor of alcohol. After failing field sobriety tests, Gregory Conley, 66 of Grand Island, was arrested and charged with DWI and he was later released on tickets.
    April 9, 1:04 A.M, Town of Grand Island - Deputy Pauly stopped a vehicle on Interstate 190 near South State Parkway for equipment violations. When speaking with the driver, the Deputy detected alcohol coming from the vehicle. Thomas Salverson exited the vehicle and conducted standard field sobriety tests and a preliminary breath test which indicated positive results for alcohol. Salverson is charged with DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, and a vehicle and traffic violation. The defendant was later released.



March 25 - March 31, 2017




Photos Released of Suspects Van - April 2017



Photos Obtained from Security Camera
    Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard is releasing two images of the red minivan suspected to be involved in the Huth Elementary incident. The photos show the vehicle approaching the school then leaving the area. Sheriff Crime Scene Investigation Unit Deputies were able to capture images of the suspected vehicle from a security camera and recording system. Sheriff Howard continues to ask people who may have been in the area or seen the suspects' vehicle to contact the Sheriff's office at 858.2903.




Suspicious Incident Near Huth Road School - March 2017

11-Year-Old Boy Approached, Asked to get into Vehicle
    Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports his office is investigating a report of two adult females who approached a young male in front of the Huth Road Elementary School Thursday at approximately 3:50 P.M., ion Thursday, March 30th. Deputies received a call about the incident at approximately 4:50 P.M. and spoke with the young male. The boy stated the two females, in a red mini-van with dents, asked him to get into the vehicle and they would take him to dinner. At that time, another vehicle approached the suspicious van and spoke with the occupants, and the van left the scene traveling eastbound on Huth Road. The female occupants are described as an older woman with gray/white hair and the other female who is only described as younger. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call the Erie County Sheriff's Office at 858.2903.



March 18 - March 24, 2017




Second Arrest of Drug Dealer Following Overdose Death - March 2017

    Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the Detective Bureau and the Narcotics Unit collaborated on investigations which lead the Sheriff's office to arrest Miguel Parrilla, 29 of Buffalo.
   Through information gathered from multiple sources following an overdose death in Grand Island, Detectives and Narcotics Unit members arrested Parilla in Grand Island. The Sheriff's office discovered over five ounces of heroin, a felony weight of crack cocaine, marijuana, and approximately 100 Xanax pills. Investigators also found a scale with drug residue, drug cutting agents, and plastic baggies.
   On March 22, Parrilla was charged with an A2 felony for criminal possession of controlled substance, a felony count of criminal possession of a narcotic with intent to sell, and a felony count of criminal possession of a narcotic drug. The subject is also charged with a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a controlled substance and a violation for possessing a controlled substance not in its original substance. During processing, the Sheriff's office learned that Parrilla was out on bail for a drug related arrest in the City of Buffalo. Parrilla remains at the Erie County Holding Center pending his arraignment in Grand Island Town Court.



March 11 - March 17, 2017



March 4 - March 10, 2017



February 25 - March 3, 2017



February 18 - February 24, 2017




Father & Son Arrested For Drug Possession-Use - February 2017

   February 26, 2:48 A.M., Town of Grand Island - Deputy Rogers conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 190 near Long Road. The Deputy's investigation discovered the two occupants possessed a quantity of marijuana and were smoking opiates. Steven Fleck, Sr. and Steven Fleck, II were both placed under arrest and taken to the Erie County Holding Center. While being processed at the holding center, Deputies discovered a quantity of marijuana and a piece of tinfoil paraphernalia containing some controlled substance residue secreted in his underwear. Fleck, Sr., 58 of Youngstown, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance and a felony count of introducing contraband into a prison. Fleck, II, 21 of Youngstown, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of drug paraphernalia, obstructing governmental administration and a felony count of tampering with evidence. Father and son are remanded to the holding center pending their arraignment in Grand Island Town Court.



February 11 - February 17, 2017



February 4 - February 10, 2017



January 28 - February 3, 2017




False Name Leads to Drug & Weapons Charges - February 2017

Subject Attempted to Eat Marijuana, had Stun Gun & Knife in Purse

   Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the arrest of Amanda Negron, 30 of Buffalo, following a traffic stop on Whitehaven Road in Grand Island Tuesday evening, February 7, 2017. Deputy Day stopped a vehicle operated by Tracie Moore, 54 of Buffalo, at approximately 6:30 P.M. for vehicle and traffic law violations. It was discovered Moore did not have a valid license and when the Deputy asked the passenger for identification, the passenger could not produce any instead she offered a name and date of birth. The Deputy could positively identify the passenger as Amanda Negron, different from the name and date of birth she provided.
   Negron was arrested for false personation and transported to the Erie County Holding Center. While in custody, Deputy Rogers noticed Negron trying to conceal and eat a bag of marijuana and Deputies at the holding center discovered additional marijuana in a secreted area of her clothing. A continued search at the jail discovered a metal knuckle knife and a stun gun in Negron's purse. Negron was then charged with a felony count of tampering with evidence, two misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana. She remains at the holding center pending her arraignment on February 8. The driver was issued tickets and released at the original scene and the rental car was towed.



January 21 - January 27, 2017




Vehicle Stops End with Narcotics Charges - January 2017

   Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Deputies arrested four individuals on narcotics charges following traffic stops over the weekend.
   January 28, 7:37 P.M., Grand Island - Deputy Day stopped a vehicle on Whitehaven Road for vehicle and traffic violations. During the Deputy's investigation, he discovered a hypodermic needle and heroin on a passenger. Michael Doyle, 35 of Youngstown, was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument. The defendant was released on an appearance ticket.
    January 29, 10:00 P.M., Grand Island - Deputy Day stopped a vehicle on Stony Point Road after he observed multiple vehicle and traffic violations. The Deputy's investigation discovered the operator's license has four active suspensions and she was taken into custody. The subsequent search of the vehicle discovered three envelopes of heroin and a hypodermic needle. Amzi Ethridge, 23 of Hunter, NY, was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic instrument, aggravated unlicensed operation, and multiple vehicle and traffic law infractions. Etheridge was transported to the Erie County Holding Center pending her arraignment on January 30.
   Another arrest was made in Holland, NY.



January 14 - January 20, 2017




2017 Spring Citizens' Academy - January 2017

   Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announces his office is now accepting applications for the 2017 Spring Citizens' Academy. The Erie County Sheriff's Office Citizens' Academy has run four consecutive full academies and urges residents interested in the spring academy to apply early. Applications are currently being accepted with a deadline of February 17. Erie County Sheriff Citizens' Academy applicants must be at least 21-years-old and be a resident of Erie County.
    Sheriff Timothy Howard states, "I love this program and the opportunity it provides our citizens to meet their Deputies and learn about the hard work they do every day. It also gives a personal perspective of the training Deputies go through and provides some hands-on experiences you can only get with my academy." The spring session kicks-off on Tuesday, March 14, and lasts nine weeks. Each class starts at 6 P.M. and last a couple hours. Academy participants will tour the jail facilities, have an interactive tour of the new firing range with the Weapons and Ordnance Unit, go on a ride-along with the Marine Unit, and hear from the various unit commanders within the Erie County Sheriff's Office. The academy will end with a graduation dinner where participants will receive a certificate from the Sheriff and have an opportunity to join the Citizens' Academy Alumni group.
   Applications for the spring session can be downloaded and completed online at www2.erie.gov/sheriff. The academy is limited to thirty participants and all applicants must submit to a background check. For further information or if someone has questions about the Erie County Sheriff's Office 2017 Spring Citizens' Academy please call 716.858.6310.



January 7 - January 13, 2017



December 31, 2016 - January 6, 2017




Cocaine/Pot Found During Traffic Stop - January 2017

Unlicensed, Swerving and Driving too Slow Results Additional charges.
   Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Deputies Cannan and Bauer stopped a vehicle for violations on January 9th at approximately 1:10 a.m. on Whitehaven Road near Interstate 190. During their investigation, the Deputies discovered a quantity of cocaine and nearly a pound of marijuana and arrested Mark Patterson, 31 of Amherst. Paterson is charged with a felony count of marijuana, misdemeanor counts of aggravated unlicensed operation and criminal possession of a controlled substance and three separate vehicle and traffic law violations. Paterson is held at the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment in Grand Island Town Court on January 9th.




Vehicle House Crash on Regency Drive - January 2017

   Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Deputies and the Crash Investigation Unit responded to a crash on Regency Drive in the Town of Grand Island Wednesday, January 4th at approximately 6:40 P.M. Deputies placed David Adams, 55 of Wheatfield, in custody and administered field sobriety tests. Adams failed various tests and a breath test indicated a BAC level nearly twice the legal limit. The operator was arrested and charged with DWI, reckless driving, criminal mischief - recklessly causing property damage, and multiple vehicle and traffic violations. Adams was released on tickets to a sober third party. National Fuel Gas crews worked to repair the gas leak and no injuries were reported.