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Impaired Driver Crashes into Fieldstone Residence - March 2018
- Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports patrol Deputies and Crash Investigation Unit members responded to reports of a vehicle that crashed into a residence on Fieldstone Drive in Grand Island Wednesday night around 8:30. Deputies Cannan and Clark were first to respond and observed a vehicle that left the roadway and crashed into the house. The Deputies administered standard field sobriety tests to Karen Potocin, 60 of Elma; she failed the field tests. After the tests, the driver complained of pain, and she was transported to Erie County Medical Center for evaluation and treatment. Deputy Cannan followed her to the hospital to continue the investigation and subsequently charged Potocin with DWI, speeding, and failing to keep right. The defendant was later released from the hospital to a sober third party with tickets. The Crash Investigation Unit remained at the scene, and the Grand Island Building Inspector was requested to evaluate the structure.
March 3 - March 9, 2018
No Credible Threat Found at GIHS - March 2018
Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports his office, working with Grand Island School District officials, found no credible threat toward students at Grand Island High School on Monday, March 12th. School officials contacted the Sheriff's Office about reports of rumors regarding school safety from one or multiple students. The Sheriff's Office spoke with numerous students, and school staff yet found no credible threat. Deputies and Detectives were not able to identify the origin of the rumor nor did they speak to anyone who heard the rumor directly from the individual or individuals making the original statement.
February 24 - March 2, 2018
Free Car Seat Inspection - March 2018
Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announces his office will be hosting a free car seat inspection Saturday, March 10, from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Grand Island Fire Company located at 2275 Bedell Road. Sheriff's Office certified car seat technicians will inspect car seats for any damage or faulty mechanisms as well as the seat's installation.
The fire company has generously made the truck bays available, and all inspections will occur in a heated garage. The event is a free service offered by the Sheriff Howard and the Erie County Sheriff's Office.
February 17 - February 23, 2018
February 10 - February 16, 2018
February 3 - February 9, 2018
Two Arrested on Weapon, Drug Charges - February 2018
Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports two Buffalo men were arrested following a traffic stop on I-190 at Long Road in Grand Island Tuesday afternoon, February 12, 2018.
At approximately 2:30 P.M., Deputy Szkatulski conducted a traffic stop after observing vehicle and traffic law violations. The Deputy's investigation discovered an A-misdemeanor amount of marijuana, various drug paraphernalia items including a scale and packaging, and a loaded handgun.
Anthony Blackman, 33 of Buffalo, is charged with a felony count of criminal possession of a loaded handgun, a felony count of criminal possession of a weapon - previous conviction. He is also charged with misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance, three counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia, and two vehicle and traffic law infractions. The passenger, Jonathan Mims - 30 of Buffalo, was released after arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana.
Blackman is also charged with endangering the welfare of a child because a 4-month-old was in the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop. The child was turned over to the mother, and Child Protective Services was notified. Blackman is held at the Erie County Holding Center pending his arraignment in Grand Island Town Court. Anthony Blackman is currently on parole, and additional charges are pending.