Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard

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A contentious public safety hearing of the Erie County Legislature Thursday morning ended up with all parties satisfied and a plan in place for sheriff's deputies to wear body cameras by the end of 2019.

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Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard sat before the Erie County Legislature's Public Safety Committee Thursday morning, telling lawmakers while he appreciates the value of body cameras for his deputies, his department currently has other financial priorities.


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Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw says warm weather is bringing out shady contractors. Mychajliw says con artists often approach seniors by offering deals on home improvements paid in cash.

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Tolbert, who challenged incumbent Timothy Howard in the Erie County Sheriff's race, has contacted his opponent and offered his congratulations for the latter's apparent win. But Tolbert isn't conceding the race just yet.

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Sheriff Timothy Howard received the support of thousands of Western New Yorkers today.

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The AAA estimates 35 million people will take car trips throughout the United States this Labor Day holiday weekend, including thousands of Western New Yorkers. The Erie County Sheriff, meanwhile, is detailing how his deputies will help look for drunk, impaired and distracted drivers.

As ride-hailing prepares to make its local debut Thursday, Erie County’s top prosecutor said he’s confident the service will help reduce drunken driving.

Canadian man charged with smuggling cocaine into WNY

Dec 22, 2016
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Law enforcers in Erie and Niagara Counties say they've arrested a Vancouver, British Columbia man who, according to their intelligence, has been smuggling drugs into the United States by entering Western New York.

Western District of New York Human Trafficking Task Force

A new series of public service announcements is aiming to tackle a crime across Western New York that most residents may not know is even happening – human trafficking.

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You could think of them as the 'Birdmen of Alden.' Several inmates currently serving time at the Erie County Correctional Facility are participating in a new work program that officials believe is preparing the prisoners with job skills - and a new sense of discipline - that they'll need upon their eventual return to society.

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Vehicles with peeling, unreadable New York state license plates can be ticketed. To avoid the hassle and expense, Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs and Sheriff Timothy Howard are advising motorists to trade them in.

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An Erie County Sheriff's Deputy is behind bars for allegedly smuggling drugs into the Holding Center in downtown Buffalo.

Security being stepped up at Bills games

Dec 4, 2015
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Bills fans will see a noticeable increase in security at this Sunday’s home game against the Houston Texans.

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Commemorative purple ribbons will be on Erie County Sheriff's vehicles for October as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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As Western New Yorkers head into the Independence Day holiday weekend, law enforcers and medical experts are both reminding the public about the dangers of fireworks when misused. The public is also being reminded that while some counties have legalized small fireworks and sparklers, they remain illegal in others including Erie County.

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According to documents obtained by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Erie County Sheriff's Department used its high-tech Stingray device to track cell phones 47 times in the last four years.  However,  there is some dispute over what the documents say.

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A deputy at the Erie County Holding Center has been injured while attempting to subdue an inmate.

It's taken nearly 90 years for a slain Erie County Sheriff's deputy to be properly memorialized.  Monday, Fred Kaesser's name was added to the memorial outside the Sheriff's office downtown.

Convicted prison guard may return to job

Nov 1, 2012
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An Erie County Holding Center guard convicted of assaulting an inmate may soon be back on the job.

Thomas Thompson was sentenced Wednesday to eight months in a federal halfway house for his role in the physical punishment of an inmate in January of 2010.

According to The Buffalo News, by avoiding jail time, Thompson could be allowed to return to his job while living in the halfway house.

That decision will be made by Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard.