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- Mayor Lovely Warren addresses reporters at City Hall following the criminal charges brought against her husband. May 20, 2021.
Warren and Granison have each been charged with criminal possession of a firearm, a class E felony; two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child; and two counts of failure to lock or secure a firearm in a dwelling, a misdemeanor violation under Rochester’s city code, according to a news release from the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office.
A copy of the indictment was not available Friday, and will likely be available from the court next week, according to an office spokesperson. The defendants will be arraigned on the charges before Justice Thomas Leone, a Cayuga County Court judge who will handle the case in Monroe County Court, though a date has not yet been set, according to the DA’s office.
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- State Police raided the home of Mayor Lovely Warren on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.
The 10-year-old daughter of Warren and Granison was alone in the house at the time of the raid, the District Attorney’s Office said in its news release.
A city spokesperson directed requests for comment to Warren’s personal attorney, Joe Damelio. A message left at his office was not immediately returned and he did not answer a call to his mobile phone.
Granison already faced drug and weapons charges before the Friday unsealing of the newest indictment. He was charged in what law enforcement officials have described as an extensive sting that was seven months in the making. He was allegedly part of what prosecutors have called a "mid-level" drug ring that they’ve said sold powdered and crack cocaine in and around Rochester.
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- Timothy Granison during his arraignment in state Supreme Court on May 20, 2021.
Warren already had legal troubles of her own. She and two of her political associates are facing felony charges connected to campaign finance violations alleged to have occurred during Warren’s 2017 re-election run. They’ve been charged with illegal coordination between political committees for the purpose of evading donor limits and participating in a scheme to defraud in the first degree.
While Warren had vied for a third term as mayor, Councilmember Malik Evans defeated her in a landslide in the June 22 Democratic primary. Evans effectively ended her candidacy and is running unopposed in the November general election.
Jeremy Moule is CITY’s news editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Gino Fanelli is a CITY staff writer. He can be reached at email@example.com.