Security changes in full swing at courthouse

 The new cell phone security measures are underway at the Erie County Courthouse.

Courthouse visitors are asked when entering to power down cell phones.

The cell phones are then placed in a security bag and returned to the owner to carry while in the building.

These changes coming after Sheriff John Loomis says there has been an increase in people breaking the law and using cell phones in court hearings. 

Loomis says, "Individuals taking photographs of court proceedings. We had a juvenile hearing that was live streamed on Facebook. this violates all kinds of confidentiality. It puts people in danger as far as witnesses, victims and it's just wrong."

The new policy frustrating people, but most people seemed to be understanding and patient.

Shannon Madigan, Waterford resident, says, "I think it's a fantastic idea. I actually forgot ... I have to go get mine unlocked, but yeah I think it's great so that phones aren't going off in court and people aren't texting in the hallways and talking in the hallways."

Dameon Deloatch says,  "If you don't turn your phone off and you're in the court room and it goes off, it would be pretty embarrassing. I don't think it's a bad idea. It didn't bother me too much. It's pretty quick, easy process."


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