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Mayor Warren's husband pleads not guilty to drug, gun charges

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Updated: May 20, 2021 05:24 PM
Created: May 19, 2021 06:07 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The husband of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren pleaded not guilty to drug and gun charges following a raid at their home Wednesday. 

Timothy Granison was arraigned Thursday on charges of criminal possession of a firearm, criminal possession of a controlled substance (narcotics), and third-degree criminal possession of narcotics (intent to sell). 

Granison's attorney John DeMarco says there are no lab reports, field tests, or supporting depositions to the accusatory documents he’s been provided. A judge denied DeMarco's request to dismiss the charges against Granison. The assistant district attorney says these complaints only provide notice of the charges against him. 

Granison was released on his own recognizance since bail is not allowed on these charges. His next court date is set for June 21 at 10 a.m. — the day before the mayoral Democratic primary in Rochester. Warren is seeking a third term in office.

State police and Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley held a press conference Thursday morning regarding the search warrant that was executed at Warren and Granison's home on Woodman Park Wednesday.

Click here for the latest developments from the press conference. 

New York State Police Major Barry Chase confirmed troopers conducted a criminal investigation at the home of Warren and Granison. A source confirmed to News10NBC Wednesday night Granison was taken into custody.

Reporter Patrick Moussignac saw what looked like evidence being removed from the home.

Several of Warren’s neighbors stood and watched as police conducted their search of her home. Mel Brooks said he’s known the Warren family for quite a while now.

”Sometimes I talk to her. Only time I talk to her is if she’s out and around,” Brooks said.

We asked Brooks how he felt about the search on her house.

”It doesn’t make me feel good. I didn’t want her to get in trouble or anything like that,” Brooks said.

This latest incident has some people already talking.

”I think it’s a black eye for the Mayor,” Brooks said.

Warren was indicted in a campaign finance fraud case in October, but a representative for the Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley told the Associated Press that Wednesday's police activity at her home was not connected to that case.

Police arrived on the scene at around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and left at around 6:30 p.m.

News10NBC later saw two men in handcuffs being taken from the New York State Police barracks on Scottsville Road. New York State Police said it is connected to the earlier search of Warren's home.

One of the men was wearing a white t-shirt and blue shorts.

News10NBC saw a man wearing the same clothes taken in handcuffs from the mayor's home Wednesday afternoon.

Earlier in the evening, state police told Berkeley Brean he would see two people in handcuffs, taken by troopers and that it was connected to the search warrant on the mayor's home. 

That's exactly what he saw.

News10NBC had a team waiting for the car as it arrived at the Monroe County Jail. When two men in the back seat saw our camera, they ducked their heads below the windows.

Attorney John DeMarco came to the State Police Barracks Wednesday night. He told Brean he was not officially retained so he could not talk on the record.

This case adds another layer to a year of crisis for the mayor. 

She was indicted in October on allegations she broke campaign finance rules. She has since acknowledged making errors in the handling and reporting of campaign contributions as she seeks a third term in office, and over the summer she faced calls to resign over her handling of the death of Daniel Prude.

The City of Rochester Director of Communications sent the following statement Wednesday night:

“The Mayor is just learning about the events that unfolded this afternoon and has no more information than the rest of the community. She hopes to learn more details this evening and will have a statement tomorrow.”

Mayoral candidate Malik Evans' campaign sent the following statement to News10NBC Wednesday night:

"We are aware of the situation at the mayor's house today. We are still learning details and believe it is not appropriate to comment at this time."


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