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The Erie County Sheriff's Office has arrested a woman who is now accused of causing a deadly accident while impaired by a drug in January.

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New York State Attorney General Letitia James' office announced Wednesday it has filed a lawsuit against Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard, to address what James describes as "failing to address rampant sexual misconduct in correctional facilities."

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With news that two Erie County jail deputy sheriffs have tested positive for COVID-19, inmate rights advocates circled the Holding Center on Tuesday, beeping car horns and seeking prisoner releases.

A traffic stop sparked a raid on a Madison Street home in Buffalo that resulted in the seizure of nearly 1.5 kilos of cocaine, drug paraphernalia, six loaded handguns, ammunition, an unknown amount of counterfeit bills and more than $40,000 in U.S. currency.

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The Erie County Sheriff's Office is looking for help to identify how a child was shot in the Town of Collins.

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Erie County has a budget for next year, with more money for roads and bridges, county jobs, aid for city streets and no full-time SWAT team for the Sheriff's Department.

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A new reentry program called Project Blue is a first-of-its-kind partnership to help formerly incarcerated individuals in Erie County transition back into society.


The Erie County Sheriff's office is investigating another inmate suicide attempt in the County Holding Center.

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Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Kenneth Achtyl has pleaded not guilty to four misdemeanors in connection with the December 2017 arrest of a fan at a Buffalo Bills Game. Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says he has to punish him.

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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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A man arrested at a Buffalo Bills game last December is pursuing legal action, months after an Erie County Sheriff Deputy's body cam video cleared him of alleged wrongdoing outside New Era Field. Now, the Erie County District Attorney is questioning whether the deputies should be further scrutinized.

Funding has been awarded to the International Institute of Buffalo to continue providing services for victims of human trafficking.

Four men who were the subject of a police manhunt Tuesday night are believed to have left the Southtowns and there is no longer any imminent danger to residents, according to police.

Security at local auto bureaus under review

Jun 7, 2018
Chris Caya WBFO News

An incident inside the downtown Auto Bureau, late last week, could lead to tighter security at all of the Erie County Bureaus.

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Erie County Sheriff's Deputies who respond to crimes or accidents involving children will soon be equipped with books and other items, donated by an organization founded three years ago to help first responders provide comfort to young victims.

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A new report on "problematic" jails names the Erie County Holding Center and the County Correctional Facility among the "worst" in the state.

New York State Office of Mental Health

The state Office of Mental Health estimates a third of those incarcerated in New York have some type of mental illness. So why are they locked up instead of in a mental health program? Actually, Erie County has become a leader in diverting these offenders from prison. Progress has been slow, but steady, using a national model of law enforcement called Crisis Intervention Teams.

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Members of the Erie County Sheriff's SWAT team are on call around the clock to respond to local incidents.

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A member of the Erie County Sheriff's Department has been honored for her outstanding contribution on a federal task force.

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The Erie County Sheriff's Office is beginning a year-long awareness campaign for a statewide program it says will save emergency first responders precious time and could potentially save a life.

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The man investigators say instigated a violent attack against an Erie County Sheriff's Deputy this week remains behind bars without bail, after he and a co-defendant entered pleas of not guilty Friday morning in Grand Island Town Court.

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Two Grand Island residents are charged in a violent attack on an Erie County Sheriff's Deputy, including an individual who was out on bail for an alleged death threat against a deputy last month.

The Erie County Sheriff's Office is warning Grand Island residents to secure their homes and vehicles after a string of break-ins over the past 24 hours.

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A three day campaign to keep area waterways safe kicked off on Friday.

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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.

Fire erupts twice in Clarence home

Apr 23, 2016
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A Clarence residence caught on fire twice within hours.

Sheriffs seek info on firebombing of Clarence home

Oct 8, 2015

The Erie County Sheriff's office is asking for the public's help in gathering information regarding a firebombing incident Tuesday night in the town of Clarence.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month underway

Sep 30, 2015
Chris Caya WBFO News

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

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An active shooter field training exercise will be held Sunday, July 12 at Eastern Hills Mall from 6p to 10pm.

Ryan wants cell phone tracking investigation

Apr 15, 2015
Chris Caya WBFO News

The Erie County Sheriff's Office should be barred from fishing expeditions with the public's cell phone data according to Assemblyman Sean Ryan, who Is calling on the state Attorney General to investigate.