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Erie County Sheriff's Office: Man jumps railing at Town Hall

by jmaloni
Fri, Nov 23rd 2012 07:00 am

Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports an investigation is ongoing into what his office is calling an attempted suicide by a person in custody at the Town of Grand Island Court Monday morning.

Sean C. Riordan, age 20, of Grand Island, had just been arraigned before Judge Mark Frentzel, and was properly secured and being led out of the Town Hall courtroom at about 11:39 a.m., when he ran from the deputies who were escorting him and jumped over a railing on the second floor. He fell approximately 15 feet to the floor below.

Detective Brian O'Hara and Deputy Anthony Yavicoli provided immediate first aid, and the Grand Island Fire Co. responded to the scene to assist. Riordan was transported by ambulance to the Erie County Medical Center, where he is still being treated at this time. His condition is listed as stable.

Riordan had been arrested by sheriff's deputies on Saturday, Nov. 17, at his residence in the Town of Grand Island. While on patrol in District 1 at approximately 3:20 p.m., Deputy Chris Ginnane and Deputy Chris Soluri of the sheriff's Grand Island substation responded to a 911 complaint of a disturbance a man, identified as a roommate, had reported that Riordan had stabbed him with a knife during an argument.

Riordan was charged with assault in the second degree, a class D felony; criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, and menacing in the second degree, both of which are class A misdemeanors. He was then transported to the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment and brought back to Town Hall Monday morning.

According to the sheriff's office, their preliminary investigation shows that all sheriff's office policies and regulations had been adhered to by the deputies who were transporting Riordan.

The investigation is continuing under the direction of Senior Detective James Hatch and O'Hara.

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Howard also reported the arrest of an Amherst resident for driving while intoxicated by sheriff's road patrol on Sunday night.

While on patrol on Grand Island at approximately 8:05 p.m., Deputy Gene Nati arrested Kenneth J. Martina, age 20, of Amherst and charged him with DWI and traffic infractions after stopping his vehicle for erratic operation on Love Road near the Beaver Island Parkway. A breath test revealed Martina's blood-alcohol content to be .14 of 1 percent. He was processed at the Grand Island Station and released on appearance tickets.

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State Police charge Islander with DWI after Bills game

The New York State Police based out of Troop A, Zone II, and Zone T-4 on the New York State Thruway, conducted a driving while intoxicated saturation detail Thursday night into Friday morning, during and after the Buffalo Bills game. Five individuals were arrested for DWI, including Alexander Douds, age 41, of Grand Island. According to the State Police, Douds, after being stopped on I-190 in the City of Buffalo for traffic violations, registered a blood-alcohol content of .14 of 1 percent. He is to return to the City of Buffalo court at a later date.

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