A 54-year-old Williamsville man is in critical condition at Buffalo General Hospital after trying to commit suicide in the Erie County Holding Center Sunday afternoon.
The Erie County Sheriff's Department says Edward Berezowski was arrested Saturday evening after two violent altercations with personnel at a Best Buy store on Transit Road in Clarence. He was taken to the Erie County Holding Center, pending an appearance in Clarence Town Court.
A lawsuit over conditions at the Erie County Holding Center has been settled.
Linda Arthur was awarded $55,000 for her charges of mistreatment during her stay in the lock-up. Arthur was jailed over an unpaid parking ticket. Her suit claims that she was denied prescribed medications and her due process while being held in a crowded cell with limited amenities for 48 hours.
The lawsuit has helped pave the way for state mandated changes at the Holding Center.
The ticket that led to Arthur's troubles has been dismissed.
Why were three Erie County Holding Center inmates mistakenly released over the past few months? Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard went before the Legislature’s Public Safety Committee Tuesday to try to explain.
In the latest incident a couple of weeks ago, a suspected car thief, Paris Williams, was freed from the Holding Center when another man whose last name is also Williams should have been released.