Erie County Sheriff

An Erie County Sheriff's deputy from Orchard Park was arraigned Wednesday evening on misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated.

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With Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard not expected to seek reelection in 2021, candidates are beginning to proclaim their intention to replace him, including a long-time Amherst police officer. 

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Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard at times has said publicly he won’t enforce edicts from Albany he doesn’t agree with, like the SAFE Act gun control legislation and, more recently, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 10-person limit on Thanksgiving gatherings.

But to hear Steve Felano tell it, Howard hasn’t gone far enough.

Erie County’s Police Reform and Reinvention taskforce met for the sixth time since its formation in September. The 13 member group focused on the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, was formed as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order over the summer for law enforcement agencies to examine their policing practices.


The Erie County Sheriff's Office said 27 inmates within a specific housing area at its Alden Correctional Facility have tested positive for COVID-19.

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A month-long investigation into dogfighting and drug dealing by the Erie County Sheriff's Office has resulted in the arrest of Douglas Williams, 43, of Buffalo.

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The Erie County Sheriff's Office has issued a warning that arrests will be made Sunday of people who trespass at Buffalo Bills' Stadium.

A former Erie County Sheriff's Deputy was sentenced Wednesday to 12 months in prison for violating a protective order.

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The Erie County Sheriff's Office announced the body of a man has been recovered from the east branch of the Niagara River.

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The Erie County Sheriff's Department has announced the pending retirement of Undersheriff Mark Wipperman.

Members of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and Legislature met Tuesday to discuss the possibility of consolidating the local jails.

Buffalo Police are investigating two shootings that happened about 10 p.m. Wednesday night and a dead body that was found in the Niagara River.

Positive cases of COVID-19 are being reported from various law enforcement agencies.

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Two years of investigation and nearly a dozen search warrants in Buffalo and adjacent communities have led to a major drug bust and four arrests, including former University at Buffalo basketball star Rodney Pierce.

In late 2018, a group of four Erie County residents won a successful ruling in State Supreme Court requiring Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard to accurately report suicide attempts in Erie County jails to the state Commission of Correction.

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The Erie County Legislature has unanimously approved a five-year body camera program for the Erie County Sheriff's Office.

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The Erie County Sheriff's Office has announced receipt of a $1 million grant from the Second Chance Act. It will be used by the sheriff's Jail Management Division and Erie County's Department of Mental Health.

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Miami Dolphins safety Bobby McCain will be disciplined by the team for a verbal confrontation with a 13-year-old boy and for allegedly spitting in the face of another Buffalo Bills fan at Sunday's game.

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The man convicted last Friday of charges related to a violent arrest outside New Era Field in December 2017 has resigned his position as a deputy, the Erie County Sheriff's Office confirmed Wednesday.

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Body cameras for Erie County deputy sheriffs are moving closer to reality, with bids in Wednesday to supply the cameras and the computer capacity to make the system work.

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A Tonawanda man is in trouble for possessing untaxed cigarettes.

A suspicious package was reported near the entryway of the Erie County Auto Bureau in the Rath Building at around 11:30 a.m. Monday.

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Erie County lawmakers sitting on the Legislature's Public Safety Committee heard input Thursday from three guests as they weigh a proposed local law which would establish what they're calling the Erie County Corrections Specialist Advisory Board.

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The Erie County Legislature agreed to put up the $5 million promised to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery by County Executive Mark Poloncarz, but it was along fight.

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With the election year heating up, so is the debate in Erie County government about how to spend an unexpectedly large budget surplus.

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Erie County legislators are considering recommendations to raise the pay of some top county officials. At a public hearing Thursday night, no one directly attacked the proposals.

The Erie County District Attorney's Office has charged a City of Tonawanda man with attempted murder and assault after allegedly setting his ex-girlfriend on fire last month.

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Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard is before the County Legislature Wednesday morning, along with District Attorney John Flynn, Clerk Mickey Kearns and the Board of Elections, on this second day of hearings on County Executive Mark Poloncarz' proposed budget for next year.

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A former Erie County Sheriff's deputy has been sentenced in Erie County Court to five years in prison, plus three years of post-release supervision, for his role in assaulting the mother of his youngest child.

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After several years of talk about the death of Erie County Holding Center inmate India Cummings, local officials are hoping for definitive answers from a new investigation begun by New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood.

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