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Erie County Sheriff's Dept. Report 2024

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May 2 - May 8, 2024

April 25 - May 1, 2024

ECSO Seeking Public Assistance with Shots Fired Call - May 2024

    GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. May 5, 2024 – Erie County Sheriff John C. Garcia requests the public’s assistance with respect to a shots fired call in Grand Island on this afternoon’s date. At approximately 1:30 p.m., ECSO dispatch received calls from residents living in the area of N. Colony Rd. and Fix Rd. in the Town of Grand Island. Callers reported that one vehicle was chasing another while shooting at it. Thus far, the investigation indicates at least one home was struck by gunfire. Sheriff Garcia requests that those living in the neighborhood check any home security footage they may have recorded around 1:30 p.m. If such video exists, please call ECSO dispatch at (716) 858-2903. Please avoid the area as the investigation continues.

Wildfire Awareness Month - May 2024

   Erie County Sheriff John C. Garcia
    Fellow residents of Erie County: We have been treated to a small handful of 70 degree days in recent weeks. But now, as we enter the month of May, we are all thinking about turning the corner into the summer months. Memorial Day Weekend is coming up quickly, and many of you are surely making plans to enjoy it outdoors.
    Wildfire Awareness Month coincides with the improving weather. Each May, we take a moment to consider the importance of personal responsibility. Recall the Canadian wildfires last summer and how difficult it was for some of our neighbors to deal with the smoke. Of course, wildfires threaten lives, property and the natural resources around us. Did you know that a majority of them are caused by humans? They can occur anytime and anywhere, including here in Erie County. Most of them are preventable.
    That is why I ask you to keep this in mind. When preparing a campfire, I urge you to take the time to clear the area of debris and overhead combustibles. Always have water and a shovel available. Do not use ignitable liquids. Try to avoid building a campfire on a windy day or during a drought. Don’t leave it unattended. Finally, when you are finished, make sure you put the fire out completely. It is also a good idea to clear needles, leaves, dry vegetation and other debris from your roof, gutters, porches and decks. Keep firewood and scrap wood piles away from buildings. When cooking on a grill, ensure that it has adequate clearance to combustibles and don’t leave it unattended.
    Lastly, please comply with all state and local open burning regulations, as well as recreational and ceremonial fire regulations. Brush burning across New York State is banned through May 14th. This regulation highlights the increased risk of wildfires during this period. We should all take some time over the next few weeks to enjoy the outdoors of Erie County. But as always, do so safely.

April 18 - April 24, 2024

April 11 - April 17, 2024

April 4 - April 10, 2024

March 28 - April 3, 2024

March 21 - March 27, 2024

March 14 - March 20, 2024

Distracted Driving Awareness Month - April 2024

   Erie County Sheriff John C. Garcia
   Fellow residents of Erie County: As the weather warms up, you can expect our highways to be full of families on their way to and from their spring and summer activities. April ushers in Distracted Driving Awareness Month. While there is some positive news to share regarding trends, it is important that we continue our work across this community and nation to eliminate distracted driving.
   According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of people killed in crashes involving distracted driving decreased more than 6% in 2022. While this is encouraging, the data still shows that 3,308 people across this country needlessly lost their lives. For these families, it doesn’t matter that the statistics are decreasing. All they know is that there is an empty chair at the dinner table.
    Nearly 10% of all crashes the Erie County Sheriff’s Office investigated in 2023 were caused by distracted driving or driver inattention. This includes the use of a cell phone, GPS and vehicle infotainment systems. This is something that is so easily preventable. No text message is worth the life that it might cost. No phone call is worth the weeks or months that might be spent in the hospital.
   You will be hearing much more about this issue later this month. The Erie County Sheriff’s Office and our partners in law enforcement will be highlighting the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee’s “No Empty Chair” campaign. During the week of April 22nd, we will be drawing attention to various highway safety initiatives. There will be accompanying enforcement details each day, including one focused on cell phone use and texting on April 24th. Other enforcement efforts will include speeding in school zones, seat belt and child restraints, passing stopped school buses and underage impaired driving.
   The timing of this initiative is not coincidental. As prom and graduation season approaches, we are also nearing the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers. This represents the period between Memorial and Labor Days during which there is an increase in motor vehicle fatalities involving teen drivers. I urge parents to speak with their children about being safe behind the wheel, with a particular focus on distracted driving. Remember, they see your behavior while you are driving and will likely follow suit. I want you to know that law enforcement and traffic safety agencies across Erie County, New York State and the nation are committed to this issue.

Phone Scam - March 2024

   BUFFALO, N.Y. - Erie County Sheriff John C. Garcia reports that the Erie County Sheriff’s Office has received a number of reports on today’s date regarding the following scam. A caller purporting to be Captain Greg Savage with the “Erie County Sheriff’s Department Warrants and Citations Division” is telling recipients that he needs to discuss an urgent, ongoing civil matter with them. He is asking recipients to return his call at a phone number with a prefix of 831 (716-831-xxxx). THIS IS A SCAM.
   Here are some facts: There is currently no “Captain Greg Savage” employed by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. Our office is called the "Erie County Sheriff's Office," not the "Erie County Sheriff's Department". The correct number for the ECSO Warrant Office is (716) 858-3287 Anyone receiving this call should hang up immediately.

March 7 - March 13, 2024

February 29 - March 6, 2024

February 22 - February 28, 2024

Illegal Marijuana Sales - February 2024

   Grand Island, N.Y. - Erie County Sheriff John C. Garcia reports the arrest of 23-yearold, Thomas Muscoreil, of Grand Island, following an investigation. On February 27th, following an investigation into illegal marijuana sales out of businesses in the Town of Grand Island, led by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics and Intelligence Unit, Town of Grand Island Search Warrants, signed by Judge Mark Nemeth were executed at the Island Smoke Shop, located at 2423 Grand Island Blvd, and Island Smoke Shop 2, located at 1734 Grand Island Blvd. As a result of the investigation and search warrants, a large amount of cannabis concentrate, cannabis edibles and cannabis flower were recovered at both locations. Additionally, a large amount of US Currency believed to be from illegal marijuana sales was also recovered and seized.
   The New York State Office of Cannabis Management (OCM), the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance as well as other NYS agencies assisted with the investigation. Muscoreil was charged with the following: Criminal Possession of Cannabis 2nd Degree (2 Counts) – Class E Felony. Muscoreil was processed and released on Desk Appearance Ticket.

February 15 - February 21, 2024

February 8 - February 14, 2024

February 1 - February 7, 2024

Three Charged After Incident at Former Hotel

   Grand Island, N.Y. - Erie County Sheriff John Garcia reports the arrest of three suspects after an investigation into an incident at the former Radisson Hotel site on Whitehaven Rd. in Grand Island. On the afternoon of February 4th, a complainant advised the Sheriff’s Office that there were suspicious vehicles on the property. Upon arrival, a witness notified patrol that a table had been thrown down a flight of stairs. The witness also stated that a minivan parked in the area had been damaged. Deputies observed damaged items on the property, including damage to the table and minivan consistent with what the witness had described. Through investigation, deputies were able to learn the identities of those involved. As a result, the following individuals have been charged with 3rd degree Criminal Trespass and 3rd degree Criminal Mischief: Jace Mitchell, 20, of Niagara Falls; Faith Schriber, 21, of Tonawanda (City); Jeremiah Zuch, 20, of North Tonawanda. On February 9th, the three suspects turned themselves in at the Grand Island substation. They were released with appearance tickets and will appear in Grand Island Town Court on February 28th.

January 25 - January 31, 2024

January 18 - January 24, 2024

Apply Online to Erie County Sheriff's Office - January 2024

   BUFFALO, N.Y. - Erie County Sheriff John C. Garcia announces individuals interested in employment with the sheriff’s office can now apply online. The application can be found by clicking “Apply Now” at www4.erie.gov/sheriff/join. The link also includes information on civil service exams and minimum requirements for certain positions. Prospective applicants with questions can email ECSOJobs@erie.gov.

January 11 - January 17, 2024

January 4 - January 10, 2024

December 27, 2023 - January 3, 2024