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Pair Arrested at Island Hotel - May 2020

   Buffalo, NY Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the arrests of 36-year-old Jason Herb of the City of Tonawanda and 27-year-old Stephanie Sayles of Depew following a complaint filed by employees of a Grand Island hotel.
    On May 14, Deputies responded to a hotel on Whitehaven Road at approximately 6:20 a.m. for a disturbance call. Hotel staff heard yelling coming from a room, then they observed a female exit the room, at which time the female asked the staff to watch the minor accompanying her.
    Deputies approached the room and heard screaming coming from inside and entered. While inside the room, Deputies spoke to Herb and Sayles. While displaying his identification, several paper tabs were discovered in his wallet; Herb identified the tabs as LSD. Deputies also discovered a plastic envelope containing methamphetamine.
    The subjects were charged with felony counts of criminal possession of meth with intent to sell, and misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, and endangering the welfare of a child. The defendants were released on appearance tickets following processing at the Grand Island Substation. Herb was notified of an outstanding NYSP police warrant; state police choose not to extradite. The minor was turned over to a relative.



March 24 - April 28, 2020




Numerous Stolen Vehicles on Grand Island - April 2020

   Buffalo, NY Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports his office continues to investigate a series of stolen car reports in Grand Island. Since January 1, the Sheriff’s Office has responded to ten reports of stolen vehicles in the town, and Detectives attribute eight of the thefts to individuals leaving keys in the vehicle. “Unfortunately, people are leaving valuables and keys in the car,” stated Sheriff Howard. “Anytime items are left in plain view, nefarious individuals are going to take the opportunity to commit a crime.”
    Beyond the stolen vehicles, Deputies have also responded to car larcenies throughout the town. Sheriff Howard continued, “The thieves are not breaking windows or popping locks. Instead, they are simply pulling the door handle, and if the door opens, the criminals are going in.”
    Detectives arrested two minors on April 10 and charged them with felony counts of grand larceny, criminal mischief, criminal possession of stolen property, and unauthorized use of a vehicle following a report of a stolen vehicle on April 9. The Sheriff’s Office reminds people to take valuables out of the vehicle, don’t leave the keys in the automobile, and lock it.



March 2 - March 23, 2020




GI Man Arrrested After Beating Dog - March 2020


   Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the arrest of 41-year-old Brian Cline of Grand Island following an investigation into the death of a dog. Cline is charged with two felony counts. The pet’s owner found the dog deceased in its crate on March 13. After learning of the death of the dog, a neighbor recalled hearing the dog bark a previous night and reviewed home surveillance footage. The footage showed the offender striking and kicking the animal. The owner contacted the Sheriff’s Office on March 14, and after viewing the video evidence, Deputies arrested Cline. Cline is charged with a felony count of aggravated cruelty of animals from the Agriculture and Market Law, and a felony count of criminal mischief. The defendant is held at the Erie County Holding Center pending his arraignment.



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Hit-and-Run Driver Found - January 2020

   Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the investigation of a January 5th hit-and-run incident in Grand Island, resulted in the arrest of 28-year-old Brandon Smith.
   Deputies responded to a complaint of a hit-and-run crash along Staley Road on Sunday at approximately 7:52 p.m. The victim stated a dark-colored pickup truck struck his vehicle and left the scene.
   On January 6, the Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip about a Ford truck with recent right front damage. When deputies spoke with Smith, he admitted to operating the vehicle on January 5 and stated he thought he struck a deer during the drive. The individual also admitted to driving the truck with a revoked license due to a previous DWI conviction.
   Smith is charged with a misdemeanor count of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and vehicle and traffic violations for leaving the scene of an accident, operating an unregistered vehicle on the highway, and operating a vehicle without insurance. He was released on tickets.




New Year's Day Robbery at 7-11 - January 2020

Anyone recognizing the suspect or has information about the incident is urged to contact the Erie County Sheriff’s Office at 716.858.2903 and refer to CL # 20-00171.

   Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports his office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred on January 1, at approximately 8:15 p.m. in the Town of Grand Island. At that time, a male entered a 7-11 store at 1787 Love Road. The suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money from the cashier. The cashier handed over an undetermined amount of money and the suspect left the store.
   The Sheriff’s Office is reviewing security camera footage and is continuing its investigation. The Sheriff’s Investigative Services Division is requesting the public’s assistance. If anyone was in-store or in the area at the time the robbery occurred and has information related to the incident are asked to call 716.858.2903 and refer to CL# 20-000171. Multiple units responded to the area including, K9 teams and Air-1.