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Three years ago, 27-year-old India Cummings was at the Erie County Holding Center facing carjacking and other charges. After more than two weeks in custody, she was taken to two successive hospitals and died on Feb. 21, 2016. To memorialize that anniversary, supporters of Cummings are are holding daily protests outside the Holding Center.

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For Buffalo Bills fans, this Thursday night brings the team’s home opener and a “new norm” in game-day security.


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It's an approach that is expanding across the state. A driver who faces a second felony DWI conviction, faces the loss of the car.


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With the help of some funds provided by New York State, the Erie County Sheriff's Department is installing updated technology in all of its patrol cars that tracks their whereabouts more precisely.


Local leaders collaborate to promote safety in parks

Jul 9, 2014
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Erie County leaders are collaborating to promote safety and maintain a family-friendly atmosphere in county parks.

With police now having additional penalties to impose for driving and texting, authorities are looking hard for distracted young people on the roads this summer.

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Sheriff Tim Howard admits there are problems in county lockups, many of which he is powerless to do anything about.

He says there are severe staff shortages; staff discipline problems caused when punishments for bad behavior have been overturned in the courts; and, because there aren't enough supervisors.

The sheriff talked about the problems during a recent public meeting called by 100 Black Men of Buffalo.

He says the attitude under several county executives was to use overtime instead of hiring guards.