James Voutour

Thomas O'Neil-White

Starting Jan. 1, cash bail and pre-trial detention will be eliminated for most misdemeanors and non-violent felonies in New York State. That change has left local criminal justice reform advocates rejoicing and law enforcement officials crying foul.


Town of Pendleton

The Town of Pendleton's highway superintendent has been arrested for misusing town equipment, materials and employees for his personal use.

Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour has announced his retirement, effective Dec. 30. First elected in 2008, Voutour said he has accepted a private sector position as a police consultant with a "large law enforcement technology company."

A Wheatfield man jailed on a kidnapping charge has been released and a new suspect is behind bars.

Niagara County Sheriff's Office

The Niagara County Sheriff says 44-year-old Christopher Wright surrendered to authorities Thursday morning without incident and has been charged with sexual abuse of a child.

A 15-year-old Niagara Falls High School student was arrested on a felony charge Wednesday for making bomb threat phone calls to his high school and Niagara-Wheatfield High School, which led to evacuations and lockdowns.

Things are back to normal at Starpoint Central. The School District delayed opening this morning after staff found an empty ankle-holster outside of the school around 7 a.m.

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It appears the the race for Niagara County Sheriff in the coming election could be a foregone conclusion.

Democratic incumbent James Voutour has garnered support from all five parties that are appearing on the ballot. The county's Democrats are joined by Republicans, Conservatives, Independents and the Working Families party in backing Voutour.

The deadline for candidates filing for inclusion on the ballot is next week.

A Niagara County coroner has resigned after being accused of giving human remains from a traffic accident to a volunteer fire chief for training a cadaver dog.

In a one-sentence letter to the Niagara County clerk Monday, coroner Russell Jackman says his resignation is effective immediately. He and Cambria Volunteer Fire Chief Vincent Salerno are scheduled to be in Cambria Town Court on Tuesday to answer misdemeanor charges of obstruction of governmental administration.