- PHOTO BY MAX SCHULTE
- Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren arrives Wednesday morning at the Hall of Justice for arraignment on charges that include criminal possession of a firearm and endangering the welfare of a child.
Warren was arraigned in a Monroe County courtroom along with her estranged husband, Timothy Granison, who faced the same charges as Warren. Granison also pleaded not guilty and both he and Warren were released following the court appearance.
The pair were charged in an indictment that was unsealed by a judge on Friday.
Granison’s attorney asked the judge to dismiss the charges. He said he was notified by mail last week that Granison could testify, but the indictment was announced the day he received that notice. The District Attorney's Office said that it didn’t receive written notice that Granison wanted to testify.
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- Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren with her attorney Joseph Damelio, left, and her husband Timothy Granison, far right, with his attorney, John DeMarco, pleaded not guilty to gun and child endangerment charges in Monroe County Court on July 21, 2021.
The search of the mayor's house was the result of an extensive, seven-month sting by law enforcement agencies into what prosecutors have called a mid-level drug ring. Granison was one of seven people charged as a result of that investigation. An indictment accused Granison of selling powder and crack cocaine and of criminal possession of a weapon.
Granison previously pleaded not guilty to those charges, and there was no indication that Warren was involved in the alleged drug operation.
But authorities have said that the raid and a months-long investigation leading up to it turned up two unsecured guns and an unregistered pistol in their home, in which Warren's and Granison's 10-year-old daughter was left alone.
Warren is scheduled to face trial in September on campaign finance fraud allegations.
James Brown is a reporter for WXXI News, a media partner of CITY.