Officials find jailhouse weapon during sweep


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A search team at the Erie County Holding Center found a jailhouse weapon during a routine sweep of a cell block on Thursday.

Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard announced that a five-inch shank made of an eyeglass arm and a handle wrapped with torn cloth was discovered in a cell’s air vent. It had a sharpened metal point attached to the end.

The search team locked up the weapon. Inmate Calvin Williams was questioned about the weapon and faces disciplinary and criminal charges. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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