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A $1 million federal grant will assist the Erie County's jail management division to fund re-entry services for inmates who have been identified with substance addiction or diagnosed with mental health disorders, Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announced Thursday. The grant, awarded through the U.S. Justice Department's Second Chance Act program, will fund the program for fou…

Crime

A Kenmore man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly selling crack cocaine multiple times to undercover Erie County sheriff's deputies, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. Deputies charged 34-year-old Corvair Harge with two counts of criminal possession of a narcotic with intent to sell, criminal sale of a narcotic, possession of a controlled substance and …

Bills

A Florida man was arrested Sunday after allegedly assaulting three people in the New Era Field parking lot following the Buffalo Bills' loss to the New England Patriots, the Erie County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday. Kervin Lopez, 35, was charged with third-degree assault and third-degree attempted assault, both misdemeanors, after Air-1, the Erie County Sheriff's …

Crime

Three residents of a home in Buffalo's Kensington-Bailey neighborhood were arrested on multiple drug and weapons charges after "a felony amount" of heroin was recovered in a raid by the Erie County Sheriff's SWAT team Thursday morning, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Department. Myron McCollum, 32, Mia McCollum, 36, and Damion McCollum, 19, were all arrested on c…

Clarence

A Buffalo woman who was tracked down after a hit-and-run crash in Clarence Thursday with three empty bottles of wine in her car was arrested for driving while intoxicated and other charges, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Department. Deputies said Casandra Mentecky, 26, had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit of .08 after she was pulled over, result…

Crime

A Springville woman has been charged with 20 misdemeanor crimes after she allegedly allowed minors to use drugs and alcohol in her apartment, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. Kristin Martin, 33, was arrested this past week for allegedly allowing minors to drink alcohol and "participate in marijuana smoking contests" in her Pearl Street apartment, the Sheri…

Crime

A Buffalo man working for an extermination company has been charged with exposing himself to a customer on Grand Island, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. Officials with the Sheriff's Office said video captured by a doorbell system shows Eliezer Ortizapeita, 28, removing his penis from his pants and exposing himself, the office said in a news release. La…

Crime

An Erie County Holding Center inmate was charged with two felony counts of assault after "sucker-punching" a deputy, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. Khalil Muhammad, 23, was charged with felony counts of assault while confined in a correctional facility and assaulting an officer. In the July 3 incident, at about 10:25 a.m., Muhammad was being escorted bac…

Crime

The person who died Wednesday when he was hit by a vehicle in a Springville auction house parking lot has been identified by authorities as Howard J. Weiss, 63, of Buffalo. Weiss died after being struck at about 7:20 a.m. outside Gentner's Commission Market, 341 W. Main St., the Erie County Sheriff's Office said. Three others also were struck. Two people were treated…

Crime

An inmate at the Erie County Holding Center attacked a deputy who was escorting him within the jail Friday, the Erie County Sheriff's Office reported Monday. Montek Maston, 28, is accused of punching a deputy in the head. Other deputies came to their colleague's defense and restrained Maston, the Sheriff's Office said. The deputy who was attacked and a second dep…

Crime

A 21-year-old Springville man who was being sought by the Erie County Sheriff's Office was arrested Wednesday night. Deniro Bly was arrested on several charges for multiple incidents over the past two weeks, the Erie County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday morning. Bly was arrested by detectives shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday, without incident, along Hertel Avenue…

Crime

A Depew man was charged with boating while intoxicated Tuesday night on the Buffalo River, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. Deputies stopped Daniel Fazzalaro at about 8:50 p.m. after they saw multiple navigation law violations, the Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Fazzalaro was taken ashore and was administered field sobriety tests. He registere…

Local News

The driver killed Thursday morning in a crash on Route 219 in Concord has been identified by the Erie County Sheriff's Office as a 25-year-old man from Ashland, Mass. Vadim Rotari was declared dead at the scene of the crash when deputies arrived, the Sheriff's Office said Monday. Rotari's vehicle left the southbound lanes and struck a bridge support for the Genesee R…

Local News

A driver was killed Thursday morning in a crash on Route 219 in Concord, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. The driver, who was alone in the vehicle, was dead when deputies arrived, the Sheriff's Office said in a tweet. The driver "was from out of the area," the agency said in a separate tweet, though it did not define what was meant by "area." The sou…

Local News

A city parking meter mechanic and a substitute teacher were scheduled to appear in Buffalo City Court Wednesday after they were arrested on felony drug charges late last week. Darrien T. Payne and Temeaka N. Cunningham have been charged with possessing a half-kilo of cocaine and 15 grams of fentanyl, most of which was found in their home in North Buffalo, according to p…