Erie County Sheriff arrests nine in Family Court warrant sweep

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The Erie County Sheriff’s Office says a successful Family Court warrant sweep was completed on Wednesday.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office Civil Enforcement Division searched throughout the City of Buffalo and Erie County for individuals wanted on active Family Court warrants.

Officials say the sweeps are important tools to combat crime and concentrate on persons who owe and are not paying child support.

Deputies arrested nine subjects with a combined twelve warrants into custody.

Among the arrested in the sweep are: 

  • 36-year-old Eric Richards of Buffalo on a Family Court Paternity Warrant;
  •  31-year-old Matthew McPhatter of Niagara Falls on a Family Court Paternity Warrant;  the defendant was taken to the Erie County Holding Center is held on $10,000.00 bail;
  • 40-year-old Tyshawn Johnson of Buffalo on a Family Court Child Support Warrant.  Additionally, the subject had two outstanding Buffalo Police Department warrants for possession of a forged instrument, petit larceny, unlawful possession of marijuana, and vehicle and traffic charges;
  • 43-year-old Rachel Netter of Buffalo on a Family Court Child Neglect Warrant;
  • 29-year-old Lena Jindra of Buffalo on a Family Court Child Neglect Warrant as well as a Buffalo Police Department warrant for criminal possession of a controlled substance;
  • 25-year-old Keyonia Verse of Buffalo on a Family Court Child Neglect Warrant;
  • 35-year-old Bruce Kohler of Kenmore on a Family Court Child Support Warrant; the defendant was taken to the holding center and later released
  • 49-year-old Chad Bauer of Blasdell on a Family Court Child Support Warrant; the defendant is remanded to the holding center;
  • 35-year-old Thomas Brown of Cheektowaga on a Family Court Child Support Warrant.

The defendants were processed and released by Family Court. 

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