Erie County Sheriff's Dept. Report 2022
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Sheriff Garcia Announces Dispatcher Exam - December 2022Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff John C. Garcia announces the Erie County Sheriff’s Office is offering an exam for Sheriff’s dispatchers. Interested individuals who are dedicated and ambitious are encouraged to register for the upcoming civil service exam by January 11, 2023. All applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered to the County of Erie – Department of Personnel at 95 Franklin Street, Buffalo, New York 14202. The exam is scheduled for February 25, 2023, and all applicants must be an Erie County resident one month before the written test. A $20.00 application fee is due at the time of application submission, and the fee is non-refundable. For a detailed description of the position and guide for the exam and how to apply, please visit: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/erieco/jobs/3832487/dispatcher-sheriff-62-606?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs. All applications must be delivered to the Erie County Department of Personnel. Applications are not accepted at the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.
Stolen Vehicle Arrest - December 2022Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff John C. Garcia reports the recovery of a stolen vehicle and the arrest of a suspect following an investigation of people at a vacant residence. On December 2, at approximately 6:37 p.m., deputies responded to reports of individuals at a vacant house on Grand Island Boulevard in Grand Island. The deputies discovered that one of the vehicles was stolen, and their investigation resulted in the arrest of 37-year-old Tyler Cooper of Grand Island. Cooper is charged with a felony count of criminal possession of stolen property and a misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The defendant was transported to the Erie County Holding Center and was later released following an arraignment hearing.
Free Car Seat Inspection - December 2022Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff John C. Garcia announces his office is hosting a free car seat check at the Grand Island Fire Department on Sunday, December 4, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Deputies will provide free car seat inspections, installations, and instructions for properly installing car seats. Grand Island Fire Department, 2275 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14038.
Sheriff's Distributing Locks & Car Seat Check - November 2022Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff John C. Garcia announces his office is hosting a vehicle safety event on Saturday, November 26, 2022. During the event, the Sheriff’s Office will distribute steering wheel locking devices to Kia owners and provide free check car seats for all parents and guardians.
The Sheriff’s Office received steering wheel locks from Kia Motors. Deputies will distribute the devices to eligible Kia owners at the Erie County Highway Department facility at 1080 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga, New York, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. There are a limited number of steering wheel locks available, and the devices will be distributed to eligible owners only on a first-come, first-serve basis.
2011 – 2021 Kia vehicles with key start ignition;
The vehicle must be present;
Proof of Erie County residency;
One per vehicle.
Drivers are required to enter the Harlem Road entrance, and employees will be on hand to direct traffic. People are asked not to line up on Harlem Road due to traffic safety issues. Sheriff’s Office car seat technicians will also be available to provide free car seat inspections during the same time frame.
Pups at the Pen Program - November 2022
Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff John C. Garcia announces that the Pups at the Pen program with the SPCA Serving Erie County has started again at the Erie County Correctional Facility.
On Tuesday, November 15, 2022, selected incarcerated females at the correctional facility began training “Marmaduke” and “Moro” with behavioral training experts from the SPCA. The dogs will dorm with the incarcerated individuals for about six to seven weeks. During that time, the team will conduct basic obedience and socialization training. Following the training period, the dogs will be available for adoption through the SPCA Serving Erie County. The dogs’ progress can be tracked through the SPCA’s website, Facebook page, and other social media platforms. The Pups at the Pen program was developed in 2016 in partnership with the SPCA. This incarcerated individual program was suspended in 2020 because of the COVID pandemic.
Grandparent Phone Scams - October 2022Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff John C. Garcia is warning the people of Erie County of the re-emergence of scams targeting grandparents. Sheriff’s detectives are investigating an incident where an individual fell victim to a phone scam when someone claiming to be a representative from a law firm stated the grandchild was arrested and needed money for the legal process. Then the scammer utilized a courier to collect the money from the victim. The victim was scammed twice and lost several thousand dollars. Sheriff Garcia urges citizens to be aware and extremely cautious of phone scams and to verify any claims by calling the jurisdiction where the family member was supposedly arrested or the Sheriff’s Office at 716.858.2903.
Wanted Felon Arrested in Traffic Stop - October 2022Grand Island, NY – Erie County Sheriff John C. Garcia reports the arrest of an individual with eight outstanding warrants following a traffic stop in Grand Island on October 11 at approximately 4:03 a.m. Deputies initiated a traffic stop on Interstate 190 near the Whitehaven interchange. Their investigation discovered that 23-year-old Kevin Carrasquillo-Vargas of Buffalo was operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license and had outstanding warrants from the City of Buffalo. Carrasquillo-Vargas’ eight warrants were for felony charges of incest, tampering with evidence, and assaulting a police officer. There were also ten separate class-A misdemeanor charges and four separate violation charges.
Sheriff Garcia stated, “This is another example where bail reform has completely failed our citizens and put the community in danger. This individual continued to commit serious crimes while evading the criminal justice system and refusing to show up to court. We need immediate changes to failed bail reform. Changes that will protect the community from serial criminals and ensure perpetrators are held accountable for their actions.” The defendant was turned over to the Buffalo Police Department for the outstanding warrants.
Island Man Arrested On Multiple Charges - October 2022Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff John C. Garcia reports the arrest of a Grand Island man on October 12, 2022, following complaints of motorcycles racing on Grand Island Boulevard.
On October 11, deputies located the motorcycles believed to be racing at a Grand Island Blvd. address. At approximately 9:40 p.m., deputies observed a male leave the address on a motorcycle. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, but the operator fled. Deputies observed the motorcycle run a red light and recklessly pass vehicles at a high rate of speed on Interstate 190. The deputies’ investigation discovered the operator of the unregistered motorcycle was 37-year-old Tyler Cooper of Grand Island. The investigation also found Cooper had an outstanding warrant out of the Town of Amherst.
During the investigation, deputies located Cooper in a vehicle operating on Interstate 190 in the City of Buffalo. Deputies stopped the vehicle and arrested Cooper. Cooper is charged with the following misdemeanor counts: Unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle; Obstruction of governmental administration; Resisting arrest; Reckless driving; aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle; and Circumvent interlock device. He was also cited for five separate vehicle and traffic law infractions. Deputies were able to locate the motorcycle at a collision shop in the City of Buffalo and impounded the vehicle. Cooper was also arrested on the outstanding criminal possession of a controlled substance out of the Town of Amherst. The defendant was taken to the Erie County Holding Center and held for arraignment.
Island Man Arrested for Dealing Cocaine - August 2022Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff John C. Garcia reports the arrest of Amos Caldwell, Jr., of Grand Island, on drug-dealing charges. On August 15, 2022, the Erie County Sheriff’s Narcotics and Intelligence Unit executed a search warrant signed by Judge Mark Frentzel for Caldwell’s residence. During the search, detectives and deputies discovered a quantity of cocaine and a scale. Caldwell was arrested and charged with a felony count of criminal possession of a narcotic with intent to sell, a felony count of criminal possession of a narcotic, a misdemeanor count of criminal use of drug paraphernalia, and a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a controlled substance. The 70-year-old defendant is held in the Erie County Holding Center pending his arraignment. The arrest resulted from the unit’s three-month-long investigation that revealed that Caldwell was dealing narcotics from his residence.
Deputy Sheriff’s Exam Offered - June 2022Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff John C. Garcia announces the Erie County Sheriff’s Office is offering a Deputy Sheriff’s exam for the Police Services Division. Interested individuals who are dedicated and ambitious are encouraged to register for the upcoming civil service exam by July 27, 2022. All applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered to the County of Erie – Department of Personnel at 95 Franklin Street, Buffalo, New York 14202.
The exam is scheduled for September 17, 2022, and all applicants must be at least 19 years of age on or before September 17, 2022. A $30.00 application fee is due at the time of application submission, and the fee is non-refundable. For a detailed description of the position and guide for the exam and how to apply, please visit https://www3.erie.gov/employment/exam/deputy-sheriff-criminal. All applications must be delivered to the Erie County Department of Personnel. Applications are not accepted at the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.