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Drug Arrest - November 2017

   Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the following arrest by Deputies.
    November 4, 2:38 A.M., Town of Grand Island - Deputy Williams stopped a vehicle on Interstate 190, near the South State Parkway overpass, for vehicle and traffic violations. The Deputy's investigation discovered Sherry Seda, 41 of Niagara Falls, was operating a vehicle with a suspended permit. While placing Seda in custody, Deputy Williams discovered she was clutching a glass pipe with white powdery residue.
   Deputy Bauer and Coniglio arrived and were speaking with the two passengers in the vehicle. Deputy Coniglio discovered a taser on Teresa Davis, 54 of Niagara Falls, and placed her into custody. Seda is charged with misdemeanor counts of aggravated unlicensed operation, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and displaying a forged certificate without inspection. She was also cited for operating a vehicle without an inspection and two other vehicle and traffic violations. Seda was released from the Erie County Holding Center after posting $5,000.00 bond. Davis is charged with felony count of criminal possession of a weapon - previous conviction. Davis is held at the holding center without bail pending her arraignment.



October 21 - October 27, 2017




Drug Arrest - October 2017

   Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the following arrest by Deputies.
    October 26, 9:02 P.M., Town of Grand Island - Deputy Schreiber executed a traffic stop on Baseline Road and during his investigation discovered Kerry Donohue, 36 of Tonawanda, had three active warrants from the City of Buffalo. After her arrest, the Deputy discovered a mason jar of with a bag of marijuana and a small bag of concentrated cannabis in Donohue's purse. The defendant is charged with misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of marijuana - more than 25 grams, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. She is held at the Erie County Holding Center pending her arraignment.



October 14 - October 20, 2017




Halloween Safety Tips For Children - October 2017

   Buffalo, NY - With Halloween approaching, Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard encourages parents to be mindful of potential hazards and dangers that tend to accompany this holiday. To keep Halloween fun and safe for our children, Sheriff Howard asks parents and guardians to review these simple, yet effective safety tips with their trick-or-treaters to ensure a holiday that is memorable for all of the right reasons.
    Parents:
  • 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 it is 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:
  • Fake knives, swords, guns, and other costume accessories can potentially cause injury. Make sure they aren't too long for the costume and review with your child that they are part of the costume and not a weapon.
  • Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls.
  • Try using make-up instead of a mask.
  • Costumes with light colors and reflective tape are best. Someone in the group should carry a flashlight. Consider putting reflective tape on their bags too.
  • Children should always trick-or-treat in groups preferably with adult supervision a
  • Carry a cell phone for quick communication.
  • Children should be instructed to stop only at familiar homes and where the outside lights are on.
  • NEVER go into a home or car to collect treats. They should not stop at houses that are dark or do not have the porch lights turned on.
  • Don't forget to inspect fruit and homemade treats for anything that looks suspicious.
  • Treats with open packaging or torn wrappers should be discarded.
  • Children and adults should inspect all treats and only consume unopened candies and treats in original wrappers.
        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.
        The Sheriff's Office will have increased patrols on October 31. However, the best way for parents to ensure a safe and fun Halloween for your family is by planning to do your part by reviewing and acting on these safety tips.




    Hit & Run Crash - October 2017

       Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports:
    October 22, 8:45 P.M., Town of Grand Island - Deputies Schreiber, Coniglio, and Zamorek responded to Baseline Road for complaints about a hit and run crash. A vehicle was observed leaving the roadway, striking a utility pole, and guide wire then left the scene. Deputies located the vehicle a short distance away and subsequently charged Dawnmarie Cinelli, 53 of Grand Island, with Aggravated DWI, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, and a vehicle and traffic law violation. The defendant was released to a sober third party with tickets.



    October 7 - October 13, 2017



    September 30 - October 6, 2017



    September 23 - September 29, 2017



    September 16 - September 22, 2017




    Sex Offender Arrested - September 2017

    Thomas Johnson

       Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Detective Nelson-Gerken arrested Thomas Johnson, 44 of Buffalo, after receiving information from the Buffalo Police Sex Offense Squad about an incident that took place on September 14 in Grand Island. While babysitting, Johnson made inappropriate sexual contact with the 5-year-old female. Johnson was arrested by Detective Nelson-Gerken at the Erie County Holding Center where he was incarcerated for three sexual abuse-related charges from the Buffalo Police Department.
       The defendant is charged with a class-B felony count of sexual conduct against a child less than 11-years-old and a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child. He is held at the holding center without bail. Johnson is a registered sex offender following a 1996 conviction of sodomy of a 10-year-old female. He is held at the holding center without bail following his arraignment by Judge Frentzel.




    More DWI Arrests with Added Patrols - September 2017

    Reassigned Deputies for DWI Interdiction Paying Off
       Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announced today that his realignment plan that allowed his agency to assign more Deputies to road patrol has resulted in a 16% increase in DWI arrests. According to STOP-DWI statistics, the Erie County Sheriff's Office has made 207 DWI arrests from January 1, 2017, through September 10, 2017; compared to 178 DWI arrests during the same period in 2016.
       In March 2017, Sheriff Howard announced a plan that shifted twelve Police Services Deputies back to road patrol and assigned Jail Management Division (JMD) Deputies to inmate transportation duties. The added road patrol Deputies are concentrating on DWI and drug interdiction patrol throughout the county. Sheriff Howard was able to implement this plan as the staffing levels for the JMD reached recommended levels. "My main purpose is to keep the people of Erie County safe, and when the County Executive and Legislators provided me the needed staffing for the jails, my first plan was to reassign Deputies to the road to concentrate on impaired drivers."
       The same statistics showed that the Sheriff's Office made ten (10) more arrests from July 1 - September 10, 2017, compared to the same period in 2016. "I do believe that ridesharing and expanded taxi service is making a difference, and as more people become aware of their options, DWI arrests will go down," stated Howard. "But I encourage those companies to further expand their services outside of the city and first-ring suburbs to include the rural areas of the county, and I urge people to utilize these options and get home safe." The Erie County Sheriff's main patrol districts include Grand Island, Clarence, Alden, Marilla, Elma, Wales, Colden, Holland, Sardinia, Boston, Concord, North Collins, and Collins.




    Counterfeit Bills Circulating In Erie County - September 2017

    Sheriff Warns Businesses and Employees to Check All Bills
       Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports his Detective Bureau has been investigating several reports of businesses receiving counterfeit U.S. currency. The Sheriff's Office is encouraging businesses to educate their employees on how to identify counterfeit bills, use a counterfeit detection pen/marker and follow these tips from the U.S. Treasury:
  • Color-shifting ink: If you hold the new series bill and tilt it back and forth, please observe the numeral in the lower right-hand corner as its color shifts from green to black and back.
  • Watermark: Hold the bill up to light to view the watermark in an unprinted space to the right of the portrait.
  • Security Thread: Hold the bill a light to view the security thread. You will see a thin embedded strip running from top to bottom on the face of a banknote. In the $10 and $50 the security strip is located to the right of the portrait, and in the $5, $20 and $100, it is located just to the left of the portrait.
  • Ultraviolet Glow: If exposed to an ultraviolet light, the $5 bill glows blue; the $10 bill glows orange, the $20 bill glows green, the $50 bill glows yellow, and the $100 bill glows red - if they are authentic!
  • Microprinting: There are minute microprintings on the security threads. The microprinting can be found around the portrait as well as on the security threads.

        If an employee or business owner believes they are receiving a counterfeit bill, The Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Treasury advises you to do the following:
  • Do not put yourself in danger.
  • Do not return the bill to the passer.
  • Delay the passer with some excuse, if possible.
  • Observe the passer's description - and their companions' descriptions - and write down their vehicle license plate numbers if you can.
  • Contact your local police department or call your local Secret Service office.
  • Write your initials and date in the white border area of the suspected counterfeit note.
  • Do not handle the counterfeit note. Place it in a protective cover, a plastic bag, or envelope to protect it until you place it in the hands of a law enforcement agent or Secret Service Special Agent.



    September 9 - September 15, 2017




    Sheriff Hosting Car Seat Check - September 2017

       Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announces there will be a car seat check event for National Child Passenger Safety Week. Deputies, who are certified car seat technicians, will be on hand at the Grand Island Sheriff's Substation, 1856 Whitehaven Road on Monday, September 18th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.



    September 2 - September 8, 2017



    August 26 - September 1, 2017



    August 19 - August 25, 2017



    August 12 - August 18, 2017




    Safety Tips for Experienced & Novice Hikers - August 2017

       Buffalo, NY - In the wake of the recent Zoar Valley tragedy, Sheriff Howard wishes to remind experienced hikers about the hazards, as well as caution novice hikers about the dangers of this hobby. Here are some tips that every hiker, no matter their skill level, should know and do when exploring our wonderful natural treasures.
    Before your adventure:
  • Plan ahead. Research the area ahead of time, identify known hazards and utilize guidebooks, maps, the internet, as well as other public resources.
  • Plan your trip carefully according to routes or trails, and the time you have available.
  • Recognize your physical capabilities and limitations and try not to exceed those limitations.
  • Check weather reports before you set out.
  • Leave an itinerary with a trusted friend or family member which include: o Where you are going; When you are leaving ; When you plan on returning; Indicate where you are parking, the route you will hike, and what gear you have.
  • Arrange to go with a group or at least one other person.
  • Wear appropriate hiking shoes or boots.
  • Wear layered clothing is best to meet changing weather conditions and it is recommended to avoid cotton clothing, which insulates poorly when wet and dries very slowly.
  • Wear a watch so you'll be aware of the amount of daylight you have left.
  • Hike with these 10 essentials: Navigation (map and compass, GPS if available); Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen); Insulation (extra clothing); Illumination (headlamp/flashlight); First-aid supplies; Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles); Repair kit and tools; Nutrition (extra food); Hydration (extra water); Emergency shelter.
       In the event you become lost, keep calm, stay dry, keep warm, and stay put. In case of an accident, at least one person should remain with the injured person while others in carefully note the location and contact 9-1-1 as soon as possible. Finally, individuals should familiarize themselves with first aid techniques and how to utilize the techniques.



    August 5 - August 11, 2017




    Lost Family Found - August 2017

       Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Deputy Girdler and his partner, Loki, responded to reports of a family lost in the woods surrounding the Branches of Niagara Campground, Grand Island on August 12, just before 10:00 P.M. The individuals were in contact with the Sheriff's dispatchers, but they were running out of power on their cell phone and did not have a flashlight. Loki and Deputy Girdler entered the woods, and Loki led his handler to the party after about a ten-minute track. The individuals were returned to the campground and did not need any medical attention.



    July 29 - August 4, 2017




    BWI Arrest - August 2017

       Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the Marine Unit arrested a boat operator for BWI following a vessel stop for violations on the east branch of the Niagara River Sunday night. Around 9:30 P.M., Deputies Krypel, Okal, and Coulombe stopped a boat after observing the vessel operating without navigational lights. While speaking with the operator, they observed signs of intoxication and Thomas Stedman, 19 of Grand Island, refused to submit to a breath test. Subsequently, Stedman was arrested for BWI, unlawful possession of marijuana, and four separate navigational law violations. Stedman was issued tickets and released to a sober third party.




    DWI Arrest - August 2017

       August 3, 11:35 P.M., Town of Grand Island - Deputy Coniglio stopped a vehicle on Whitehaven Road for traffic infractions. When speaking with the vehicle's operator, the Deputy observed signs of impairment. Christopher Lowery, 49 of Grand Island, failed multiple standard field sobriety tests and Lowery was arrested and charged with DWI and two vehicle and traffic law violations. He was also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation when the Deputy discovered Lowery's license is suspended for failing to pay child support. The defendant was released with tickets to a sober third party.



    July 22 - July 28, 2017




    Older Male Offers Ride to Young Girl - August 2017

       Buffalo, NY... Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Deputies responded to a call from a concerned mother following an encounter her thirteen-year old daughter had with an older white male driving a white Explorer. The daughter detailed how she was walking her bicycle along Huth Road in Grand Island when an older male stopped and offered to give her a ride. The teenager rejected multiple offers for a ride and the subject left heading westbound on Huth Road. The incident occurred around 12:30 P.M. Monday. The female described the subject as an older white male with a "mostly" white beard, and he was driving a newer model Ford Explorer. If anyone has information about this incident, they are encouraged to contact the Erie County Sheriff’s Office at 858.2903.




    Two Juveniles Arrested, One Steals Again - July 2017

       Buffalo, NY... Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Deputies Cannan, Clark, and Girdler responded to a car breaking on Regency Drive in Grand Island on Thursday around 4:15 A.M. The Deputies detained a 16-year-old male and a 15-year-old male after locating them with items stolen from the complaint's vehicles. The teens were both charged with two counts of petit larceny, two counts of criminal possession of stolen property, conspiracy, and unlawful possession of personal ID. Deputies attempted to release the 16-year-old to the custody of his parents but they refused and he was taken to the Erie County Holding Center on $200.00. The 15-year-old was released to his father with appearance tickets.
       Then, at 7:08 A.M. Deputies Clark, Ginnane, Clark, and Grand Island Officer Franz responded to Tracey Lane for reports of a male entering vehicles. While checking the area, a subject matching description provided by citizens was spotted running on Laurie Lane. The suspect was detained, and officers recognized the individual as the 15-year-old arrested earlier and released to his father. The 15-year-old was found in possession of coins and U.S. Currency. The defendant is charged with additional counts of petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen. He is also charged with harassment after he made physical contact with one of the vehicle owners. Due to his age, the Deputies had to release the 15-year-old back into the custody of his father. The 16-year-old male remains at the Erie County Holding Center pending his arraignment.



    July 15 - July 21, 2017




    Daytime Burglary Thwarted - July 2017

       

    Left: Jeremy Cyphers, right: Matthew Vaughn

    Daytime Burglary Thwarted by Deputies and GI Police
    Concerned Citizen Calls in the Suspicious Activity
       Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Deputies, a Detective, and a Grand Island Police Officer responded to a concerned citizen's call about a suspicious vehicle with two males along Harvey Road in Grand Island Wednesday afternoon around 1:30. An individual observed the males park their vehicle near the house and walk around the back of a Harvey Road dwelling prompting a call to police. Shortly after the call, Deputy Was and Grand Island Police Officer Niemann arrived on location and observed signs the dwelling was entered and heard someone in the house.
       Deputy Ginnane and Detective O'Hara arrived, and one of the subjects attempted to flee. Officer Niemann made contact with the subject outside the dwelling, and the subject tried to flee around the house but was met by Deputy Ginnane near the front of the structure. The subject ran back into the dwelling and secured the door behind him. Deputy Ginnane breached the front door and called for the suspect to surrender, but he attempted to exit the house by leaping from a window and landing face-first into a row of cacti plants. Deputy Was and Detective O'Hara quickly apprehended the suspect and placed Matthew Vaughn, 27 of Niagara Falls, in custody. When Vaughn was captured, he was wearing a black ski mask and knit gloves.
       Deputies Ginnane and Was along with Officer Niemann began searching the house for the second subject. The subject was located hiding in the basement and surrendered to officers. When taken into custody, Jeremy Cyphers - 23 of Niagara Falls was wearing a dust mask and knit gloves. Defendant Vaughn is charged with felony counts of burglary and grand larceny, as well as misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and criminal mischief. Defendant Cyphers is charged with felony counts of burglary and grand larceny and a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. A pillow case containing stolen belonging was recovered and taken for processing. The defendants were arraigned in Grand Island Court Wednesday, and Cyphers is being held at the Erie County Holding Center on $25,000.00 cash bail or $50,000.00 bond. Vaughn is held on $75,000.00 cash bail and $100,000.00 bond.

       BUFFALO, N.Y. WGRZ-TV Story (7-27-17) - Grand Island residents are being reminded to lock home and vehicle doors after a series of break-ins were reported during the last 24 hours. The Erie County Sheriff's department sent out the warning on Wednesday morning. Deputies and detectives have responded to several calls on Harvey Road, Grand Island Boulevard, First Street and Center Terrace for car larcenies and home burglaries. The subjects took laptops, cash, credit cards, electronics and personal items. Burglars were able to get inside the vehicles because the doors were unlocked. In one case, the suspects were able to enter a home by removing a window air conditioner. The Erie County Sheriff's Office believes a white pickup truck with a loud muffler and possibly multiple occupants may be associated with these incidents and urges residents with information about the truck or the incidents to contact the Erie County Sheriff’s Office at 716.858.2903




    Deputy Frees Owl - July 2017

    Deputy Kopacz with owl.

       The Erie County Sheriff Facebook page posted the following on Tuesday, July 25th.
       This morning around 11:30, the Sheriff's Office received a call about an owl entangled in a soccer goal net at Veteran's Park in Grand Island. Deputy Kopacz arrived and freed the raptor from the netting. After a brief "once-over" the Deputy launched the bird and it quickly flew away looking no worse for the encounter. Good job Deputy and thanks for giving a hoot. (sorry, but the pun was unavoidable).




    REAP Program Fights Opioid Addiction - July 2017

       The Erie County Sheriff's Office is participating in the REAP program. The REAP program is a revolutionary and collaborative law enforcement approach to combatting the opiate epidemic. Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard would like everyone to know that anyone that is struggling with addiction can come into the Erie County Sheriff's Office (or other local participating police agencies) and get the help you need. You will not be charged for having drugs or drug paraphernalia on you and an "Angel" volunteer will be provided for you to support you while you wait to be linked to treatment. If you or anyone you know about is struggling with opiate addiction, please share this post and let everyone you know about the options that are available for recovery! See flyer. There 24 Hour Addiction Hotline for Grand Island is: 716-831-7007.




    Armed Robbery Suspect Apprehended - July 2017

        Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Sheriff's Detectives arrested Michael Church of Buffalo for an armed robbery of a gas station in Grand Island on July 14. Numerous tips were received through the Crime Stoppers tip line which assisted Detectives in developing information for the identity of the suspect and his location. Then, Detectives executed a search warrant at his residence on Military Road in the City of Buffalo, and during the search, Detectives discovered evidence that connected the suspect to the Grand Island armed robbery.
       On July 21, Detectives learned of the suspect's location and arrested Church, 39-years-old at a family member's residence. Church is charged with 1st-degree robbery, a class-B felony, and misdemeanor menacing and petit larceny counts. The defendant is held at the Erie County Holding Center on $50,000.00 cash bail or $100,000.00 bond. Church is a suspect in other armed robberies in the area.



    July 8 - July 14, 2017




    Sheriff's K9's Find Elderly Individuals - July 2017

    Deputy Galbraith and partner Apollo.

        Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announces two successful canine tracks conducted Tuesday, July 18th, that located and returned two elderly individuals back to their families.
        The first incident occurred in Grand Island around 3:34 P.M. Tuesday when a Love Road resident went missing from her home. A care provider noticed the 80-year-old female had walked away from the house while he was working in the yard. The care giver started yelling for the individual and walked around the yard but could not locate her. Deputy Waz was the first to arrive at the scene followed by Deputy Galbraith and his canine partner Apollo, as well as other Deputies. A perimeter was established, and the K9 team initiated a track through a wooded area adjacent to the house. Apollo tracked a trail through the woods and located the woman wandering through the woods. She was found in good health and was reunited with her family after a 40-minute search.
        The second incident happened around 10:15 P.M. in the Town of Clarence along Hedgewood Drive. A home care aide called 911 after they had noticed the 79-year-old male resident was not in the house. Shortly after the arrival of Deputies Klemp and Arney, Deputy Lundberg and his partner, Haso, joined the search. Haso's track lasted less than fifteen minutes when the team located the male in a wooded area along Hedgewood. The elderly male was found in good health and Deputies transported him home.
        Deputies Galbraith and Lundberg went through the same police work dog academy together in 2015, and are certified K9 handlers with tracking and other discipline certifications from New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. The training and acquisition of the police work dogs were paid for using assets seized during drug raids.




    Traffic Stop Leads to DWI Arrest - July 2017

        Town of Grand Island - July 13, 11:02 P.M., Deputy Zamorek stopped Niagara Falls resident Sharese Robertson, 43-years-old, for vehicle and traffic violations on Whitehaven Road. Upon completion of the Deputy's investigation, Robertson is charged with DWI, refusing to take a breath rests and multiple vehicle and traffic violation. She was released to a sober third party with tickets.



    July 1 - July 7, 2017




    Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrests - July 2017

       

    Left: Andrew Bilicki, right: Jo-Weon Abrams.

        Town of Grand Island - July 7, 1:06 A.M., - Deputy Bauer stopped a vehicle on Grand Island Boulevard after observing multiple vehicle and traffic violations. The Deputy approached the vehicle and spoke with two adult occupants, and during the conversation, Deputies Phillips and Szkatulski arrived to assist. The Deputies were allowed to search the vehicle and discovered a quantity of Vicodin and Clonazepam (a benzodiazepine) pills, two packets of heroin, and approximately a quarter ounce of cocaine in the vehicle and in an occupant's purse. Arrested and charged following the traffic stop are Jo-Weon Abrams, 36 of Akron, and Andrew Bilicki, 33 of Akron.
        Abrams is charged with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, two violations for possessing a controlled substance not in the original container, and two vehicle and traffic infractions. Bilicki is charged with a felony count of criminal possession of a narcotic with intent to sell, a felony count of criminal possession of a controlled substance, and a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a controlled substance.
       The defendants were traveling with a 4-year-old in the vehicle, and the Deputies added a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child to each of them. Deputies notified Child Protective Services, and the child was later turned over to relatives. Abrams and Bilicki are held at the Erie County Holding Center pending their arraignments.



    June 24 - June 30, 2017




    Jury Duty Phone Scam - July 2017

       Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports his office has received calls about a phone scam targeting Erie County residents. In this recent attempt to scam people out of thousands of dollars, an individual claiming to be an Erie County Sheriff's Office Sergeant using the name Robert Stzeczario, badge #40591, contacted residents and stated the person failed to appear for jury duty. The caller threatened to arrest the individual if a fine of $2,500.00 is not paid.
       The Erie County Sheriff's Office is warning Erie County residents to ignore this scam and recommending people just hang up the phone if they receive a similar call. The Sheriff's Office does not contact residents via phone for the purpose of serving warrants or collect fines through a third party pre-paid card service. Sheriff's Office Detectives are investigating two incidents where individuals paid the fines but have been unsuccessful in contacting the perpetrators via the numerous phone numbers being utilized. Detectives believe the calls are being generated from a disposable phone or via the internet and the calls are untraceable. The best advice to residents is to "Just Hang Up."




    Dedicated DWI Patrols Added for July 4th - July 2017

        Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announces he will add extra patrols on the July 4th holiday for intoxicated and impaired driving eradication. The added roving patrols will concentrate their efforts to arrest impaired and intoxicated drivers as well as be on the lookout for distracted drivers.



    June 17 - June 23, 2017



    June 10 - June 16, 2017




    Traffic Stops Lead to Drug Arrests - June 2017

       

    Left: Kerry Donohue, right:Trisia Hammond.

        Town of Grand Island - June 16, 11:28 P.M. - Kerry Donohue, 36 of the City of Tonawanda, was stopped by Deputy Schreiber on South State Parkway for a vehicle and traffic violation. The Deputy's investigation revealed Donohue's driving privileges were revoked for failing to pay the New York State DMV Driver Responsibility Assessment from a previous DWI conviction. When the Deputy searched the vehicle before it was towed, he discovered a glass jar filled with marijuana and drug paraphernalia, as well as several oxycodone pills prescribed to a different individual.
       Deputy Arney, who assisted, discovered an additional two ounces of marijuana in the vehicle's trunk. Donohue was transported to the Erie County Holding Center pending her arraignment, and when she exited the vehicle, Deputy Schreiber discovered a bag of cocaine concealed in the seat and one on the floor of the patrol vehicle. Donohue was originally charged with misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, and two vehicle and traffic infractions. Following the discovery of the cocaine at the holding center, Donohue is charged felony counts of criminal possession of cocaine and concealing physical evidence.

        Town of Grand Island - June 17, 4:09 A.M. - Deputy Schreiber initiated a traffic stop on Interstate 190 for vehicle and traffic violations. When speaking with the driver, she provided a name which was discovered to be false. Trisia Hammond, 34 of Niagara Falls, was arrested for false personation and was transported to the Grand Island Substation and then to the Erie County Holding Center. During transport, the Deputy observed symptoms of narcotics use, and her condition deteriorated. At the holding center, she was immediately evaluated by medical staff, and the staff determined Hammond needed to be transferred to Erie County Medical Center for treatment.
       While at the hospital, a crack pipe was discovered secreted in Hammond's bra and following treatment, Hammond was released to the custody of the Sheriff's Office. Hammond is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, false personation, and a felony count of concealing evidence. Hammond is held at the holding center on $5,000.00 bail.



    June 3 - June 9, 2017




    DWI Arrest - June 2017

    June 15, 2:28 A.M., Town of Grand Island - Deputies Cannan and Clark responded to call about a vehicle striking a traffic control sign in a traffic circle on Staley Road. The Deputies located the vehicle described by the caller in a nearby restaurant parking lot and interviewed the driver. Their investigation discovered the operator's license was revoked for failing to attend or participate in a New York State Impaired Driver program. The Deputy's also observed signs of intoxication, and when asked to submit to a breath test at the Grand Island Substation, Carlos Taylor refused. The Deputies charged Taylor, 20 of Grand Island, with a felony count of aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor count of DWI, and seven infractions which include refusal to take a breath test. Taylor was released to the custody of a sober third party.




    Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrests - June 2017

       

    Left: Shane Corter, right: Jessica Polakiewicz.

    Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the Narcotics Unit was called to expand a drug investigation that stemmed from a traffic stop in Grand Island Thursday night.
        Town of Grand Island - Around 7:23 P.M., Deputy Bauer initiated a traffic stop on South State Parkway near Interstate 190 after observing a vehicle and traffic violation. The Deputy identified the four occupants and discovered the vehicle's driver, Shane Corter, was wanted by the Erie County Sheriff's Office from a previous narcotics investigation. Corter and the three passengers exited the vehicle, and Deputy Bauer observed four hypodermic needles full with heroin extending from Walter Weber's pant pocket. The subsequent search of the vehicle discovered an additional needle loaded with heroin and marijuana.
        Corter, 31 of Grand Island, Weber, 44 of Cheektowaga, and Jessica Polakiewicz, 34 of Grand Island were arrested and charged. Information was gathered during the stop, and the Sheriff's Narcotics Unit applied for and received a search warrant from Grand Island Justice Frentzel for Corter and Polakiewicz's dwelling. The Narcotics Unit executed the search warrant at a Grand Island Boulevard residence. During the search, the Narcotics Unit discovered three ounces of cocaine, two pounds of marijuana, a digital scale with cocaine residue, and a stolen .357 handgun; the gun was reported stolen to the New York State Police in Fredonia.
        The Narcotics Unit charged Corter with felony counts of criminal possession of a narcotic with intent to sell, criminal possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a loaded firearm, criminal possession of a stolen weapon, as well as a misdemeanor count of criminal use of drug paraphernalia. Polakiewicz is charged with felony counts of criminal possession of a narcotic with intent to sell, criminal possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a loaded firearm, criminal possession of a stolen weapon, criminal possession of a controlled substance as well as a misdemeanor count of criminal use of drug paraphernalia.
        Deputy Bauer transported Weber and Polakiewicz to the Erie County Holding Center, and after the defendants had exited the vehicle, he observed twenty amphetamine pills a plastic corner and a plastic container filled with additional cocaine. They were both additionally charged with felony counts of criminal possession of cocaine, criminal possession of a stimulant, and concealing evidence. All three defendants are housed at the holding center pending their arraignment. The fourth vehicle occupant was not charged.



    May 27 - June 2, 2017




    Leandra's Law DWI Arrest - June 2017

    Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Deputies made two separate Aggravated DWI arrests in a twelve hour period starting Thursday afternoon.
        Town of Grand Island - The first arrest occurred Thursday, June 1, on West River Road in the Town of Grand Island. At approximately 1:30 P.M. Detective O'Hara stopped a vehicle after he observed it cross the center line and nearly strike an oncoming vehicle. The Detective detected the strong odor of alcohol and the operator displayed signs of intoxication.
       Deputy T. Was arrived and continued the investigation. Christina Doan, 34 of Tonawanda, failed field sobriety tests and was transported to the Grand Island Substation for further testing. A breath test indicated Doan had a BAC level more than four times the legal limit. Doan was arrested and charged with a felony count of Aggravated DWI (BAC .18 or higher), a felony count of Leandra's Law, a misdemeanor count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and two vehicle and traffic violations. Doan's 4-year-old daughter was turned over to a family member, and the defendant was taken to the Erie County Medical Center for evaluation and treatment.



    May 20 - May 26, 2017



    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.