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Seneca County Sheriff W. Timothy Luce
Seneca County Sheriff
W. Timothy Luce

Seneca County Undersheriff John P. Cleere
Seneca County Undersheriff
John P. Cleere
Updates
Alerts from the SCSO

Honored Officer

March 8,2016

 Deputy Daniel Jacobsen a two year veteran of the Seneca County Sheriff Office was honored today by the Seneca County Stop DWI Committee as Officer of the Year 2015.

Deputy Jacobsen was honored along with other Officers in the County at a luncheon at the Holiday Inn Waterloo.

Congratulations  Deputy Jacobsen

 


Travel Advisory

Sheriff Timothy Luce is issuing a travel advisory for Seneca County. It is recommended that citizens do not engage in unnecessary travel. Roads in Seneca County are open but are snow covered and slippery in areas. citizens are advised to drive slowly and allow extra time to travel to appointments and work. Deputies are continuing to monitor the roadways and check for stranded motorists off the road or in the ditch.

HEROIN/DRUGS

In lieu of the Drug problem in and around Seneca County.

Just a reminder that the Seneca County Sheriff's Office does have a DRUG TIP LINE in your County.

CONFIDENTIAL DRUG TIP LINE

800-GO-TO-JAIL

1-800-468-6524

ALL CALLS WILL BE KEPT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL. 


IRS SCAM

Sheriff Timothy Luce wants citizens to be aware of I.R.S. scams. “This is the season where scammers try and dupe citizens with bogus phone calls, text messages or emails from persons claiming to be from the I.R.S.”, said Sheriff Luce. The Sheriff’s Office has already begun to receive complaints of these scams in Seneca County. Some citizens have received phone calls or messages stating that the I.R.S. is taking some sort of legal action against them.  The Sheriff offers these tips for citizens: Do not return these phone calls, emails or texts. Once the scammer thinks they are hooking you they can be relentless.  Scammers often use fake names and badge numbers. They will sometimes start with a phone call and follow up with an email or text. They will even have appropriate background noise to sound like a busy office. Scammers will threaten victims with jail time, legal action or suspension of your driver’s license. This is a sure sign of a scam. The real I.R.S. will usually initiate contact with a citizen via the U.S. mail. A citizen can always check with the I.R.S. on tax issues by calling  1-800-829-1040.  Do not give out any personal information. The best way is to hang up immediately on suspected scammers and not return any messages. They can be very manipulative and convincing. Report any suspected scams to your local police and to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484

fraud alert

  Seneca County Sheriff Jack Stenberg reports a phone scam that is going on around the area -where people are contacted by someone claiming to be from the M & T Bank fraud unit and requests people to give out their credit card numbers  to "help" them .

Sheriff Stenberg reminds the public to never give out any personal information - including bank account and credit card account numbers.  


Free Boater Safety Courses.

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office will be holding free boater safety classes this spring and summer. The courses will be held March 14th , April 11th, May 2nd and June 6th, 2015 from 8:00AM to 4:00 PM at the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center 6150 Route 96, Romulus, N.Y. 14541. This course is for adults and children and provides students with Personal Watercraft (Jet Ski) certification for persons 14 years of age and older. The course also provides motor boat certification for persons 10 years of age and older. Sheriff Jack Stenberg is reminding citizens that there have been changes to the law regarding motor boat certification. A boater safety course, such as this one, is mandatory for anyone operating a motorboat born on or after May 1st, 1996.Students are to bring a lunch and a writing instrument. All other materials will be provided. At the successful completion of the course students will receive their certification immediately.Space is limited; attendees must register in advance by calling Chief Deputy John Cleere at 315-220-3408 or e-mail jcleere@co.seneca.ny.us.Persons under 10 are not eligible to take the course. 

Beware of ongoing scams

Residents in Seneca County are being bombarded with bogus emails, phone calls and letters using a variety of scams.

Elderly residents are receiving phone calls from young sounding subjects portraying themselves as a grandchild who has been arrested and needs money to get out of jail.  Other residents are receiving calls that their utility bills are overdue and are asked to purchase "green dot" cards and send them to the scammer and their utilities won't be shut off.

Residents are receiving letters and emails originating from outside of the United States advising them they had won a large sum of money, or, they were just discovered as a beneficiary to a large life insurance settlement.

"Each and every day, Seneca County residents are being targeted with a wide variety of scams intended to swindle money from honest, hard working people in Seneca County" , said Undersheriff Gary S. Sullivan. "Never give personal information out over the phone or internet, and by all means don't fall victim to these scams.  If you are in doubt, call 911 and request a police officer to respond who can assess the validity of these countless bogus scams", said Sullivan


2013 Sheriff's Annual Report available online

The 2013 Seneca County Sheriff's Office Annual Report is now available on line by clicking on 2013 Annual Report on our main Sheriff's page on this website.

News from the SCSO

Welfare Fraud Arrest

On May 15, 2018 at about 1:54pm, Seneca County Sheriff's Investigators arrested Luann Coughlin, age 60, of 41 Church Street, Apartment C-6, Waterloo, New York, on charges of Welfare Fraud in the Fourth Degree and Misuse of Food Stamps, both Class E Felonies.  The charges stem from an investigation which alleges that Coughlin failed to disclose household income while receiving monetary benefits from Seneca County.  Coughlin was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on June 6, 2018 at 5pm.

Agg harrassment arrest

On May 14, 2018 at about 4:30pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Albert L. Sherman, Jr., age 37, of 127 Culvert Avenue, Syracuse, New York, on charges of Aggravated Harassment in the First Degree, a Class E Felony, Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor, and Making Graffiti, a Class A Misdemeanor.  It is alleged that Sherman drew an offensive Nazi emblem and wrote racially derogatory language on a wall of a Recreation Yard within the Seneca County Correctional Facility.  Sherman is currently an inmate of the Correctional Facility and was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Romulus Town Court on May 25, 2018 at 10am.


DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on May 10, 2018 at approximately 2:30 P.M. Deputies arrested Mark A. Radloff, age 36, of 8248 Interlaken Beach Rd. Covert, for Speed in a 55 MPH Zone, Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated DWI-Blood Content .18 or Higher, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd and operating a vehicle with a suspended registration. The incident stems from a traffic stop initiated by Deputies on State Route 96 in the Town of Fayette. Radloff is to appear to the Town of Fayette Court on June 6, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. to answer for the charges.

 

 


Monthly Snapshot

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR APRIL 2018

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT:

Total Calls For Service: 1094

Total Arrests: 68

 NARCO:

Total new drug cases: 11

Total arrests: 7

 CORRECTIONS:

 Average Number of Inmates: 83

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $35,744.74; Yearly Total: $139,073.68

 CIVIL:

Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 42

Total Income Executions: 45

Total Evictions: 3

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH:

April 4th, 2018: Deputies apprehended 2 subjects stealing anhydrous ammonia from a local farm in Ovid to aid in manufacturing methamphetamine..

 April 5th, 2018: Investigators charged 2 subjects that were using “skimming” devices to steal credit card information. The investigation is continuing.   

 April 7th, 2018: Deputies discovered a subject in possession of cocaine during a traffic stop in Ovid.

April 19th, 2018: Investigations arrested a subject for a burglary in the Town of Junius.

 April 20th, 2018: The Sheriff’s Office Corrections Officer Academy concluded. 28 Officers from 6 Counties attended.

 April 23rd, 2018:  Deputies responded to a house fire and explosion in Border City. The case is still under investigation.

April 25th, 2018: NARCO arrested a subject in Romulus after intercepting 25 pounds of marijuana and 2 1/2 pounds of hashish.

 

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

 


Welfare Fraud Arrest

On May 11, 2018 at about 9:45am, Seneca County Sheriff's Investigators arrested Kayla E. Reintjes, age 26, of 90 East Dezeng Street, Clyde, New York, on a charge of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a Class E Felony.  It is alleged that Reintjes failed to report that she had moved from Seneca County while receiving monetary assistance.  Reintjes was issued an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on July 11, 2018 at 5pm.

Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on May 10th, 2018, Investigators arrested Jayme L. Furniss age 31, and Kimberly A. Furniss, age 28, both of Marsh Rd. in the Town of Tyre.  The arrest stems from a domestic incident that was reported on the evening of May 9th. It is alleged that Jayme and Kimberly were involved in a verbal argument within their residence, where three children under the age of 5 also reside.  While on scene of the domestic, deputies discovered a marihuana growing operation in one of the children’s bedrooms.  Both Jayme and Kimberly were charged with the following:

 

Unlawfully Growing of Cannabis, Class A Misdemeanor

 

Unlawfully Dealing with a Child in the First Degree, Class A Misdemeanor (3 counts)

 

Criminal Possession of Marihuana in the Fourth Degree, Class A Misdemeanor

 

Jayme and Kimberly were released on appearance tickets.  They are scheduled to appear at the Town of Tyre Court on June 5th, 2018 at 5:00PM.  Child Protective Services were notified of the incident and are working in conjunction with members of the Sheriff’s Office.


Larceny

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on May 9th at approximately 6:30AM, Deputies arrested Kyle A. Davis age 25 of 364 Cayuga Street Waterloo for Petit Larceny. It is alleged that on Monday May 7th, Davis entered the Kwik Fill West gas station on Route 5&20 and stole a can of Red Bull energy drink. Davis was issued an appearance ticket and is to appear in the T/Waterloo Court on a later date.


Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on May 7, 2018 at 10:30am Sheriff's Deputies arrested Williek R Reese, age 16 of 4887 State Route 96A Romulus, for 2 counts Criminal Mischief 3rd(Class E Felony) and 2 counts Menacing 2nd(Class A Misdemeanor).  It is alleged that Reese threatened physical harm on 2 males with a large tree branch, and also caused significant damage to 2 vehicles.  Reese was arraigned at the Covert Town Court and ROR'd.  He is scheduled to reappear at the Varick Town Court on May 23, 2108.

 

 


DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on May 9, 2018 at 02:30 AM, Seneca County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Austin J Jennings, 24, of 8440 Main St Lodi NY, on State Route 414 in the Town of Romulus. Jennings was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving with .08% of 1% or more, Failure to Dim Head Lights and Speeding. Jennings was released on appearance tickets and is to appear in the Town of Romulus Court on June 8th 2018 to answer the charges.


Warrant

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on May 4, 2018 at 9:33 AM, Paul J. Kesterson, age 28, of 1492 Caroline Rd Waterloo, New York, was arrested on a Arrest Warrant  for Petit Larceny; stemming from an incident where it is alleged that Kesterson stole a tool from a residence in the Town of Junius in March 2018 . Sheriff's Deputies report that Kesterson was arraigned in the Town of Tyre court, and  remanded to the Seneca County Jail in lieu of $1000 cash / $2000 secure bond. Kesterson is due to appear in the Town of Junius Court 5/25/18 at 7 PM to answer to the charges.

Domestic

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on April 29, 2018 at 12:23 PM, George A. Lopez, age 22, of 1008 Waterloo Geneva Rd Waterloo, New York, was arrested for harassment 2nd, 2 counts of Endangering the welfare of a child and Unlawful Imprisonment. These charges stem from a domestic incident in the Town of Waterloo. Sheriff's Deputies report that Lopez was arraigned in the Town of Waterloo Court and released. Lopez is due back in the Waterloo court 5/25/18 at 3 PM to answer to the charges.

Unauthorized use MV 3rd

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on May 4th, 2018 at about 3:02AM, deputies arrested Steven C Mayo, age 39 of Ovid, for Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle 3rd. The arrest stems from an investigation of a missing vehicle. Mayo was found to be in possession of the vehicle and also charged with Aggravated unlicensed operation 2nd. Mayo was arraigned in the Town of Romulus Court and ROR’d. Mayo is to appear in the Town of Ovid Court at a later date to answer the charges.


Memorial Day Message

 

           For Immediate Release                                                                   

 

Seneca  County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI

Memorial Day Weekend

Crackdown Enforcement Effort

 

STOP-DWI Impaired Driving Crackdown runs May 25-29, 2018

 

The Seneca County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crack down on impaired driving.

 

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on May 25th and will end on May 29th. Memorial Day is one of the busiest travel holidays of the year and marks the official start of summer. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police and local  law enforcement agencies will collaborate across the state and will be out in force in this coordinated effort to reduce the number of impaired driving-related injuries and deaths.

 

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce the Stop DWI Coordinator wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season, Please make good choices.

 

The STOP-DWI Memorial Day Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association with additional funding from the STOP-DWI Foundation courtesy of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.  The Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign also targets the 4th of July, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Holiday Season, Super Bowl weekend and St. Patrick’s Day.

 

Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.

 

You can help to make a difference by Having a Sober Plan!  Download our mobile app – “Have a Plan” and you will always be able to find a safe ride home www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp  Impaired driving is completely preventable.  All it takes is a little planning.

 


Criminal Mischief 3rd Arrest

On April 26, 2018 at about 4:45pm, Seneca County Sheriff's Investigators arrested a sixteen year old male on a charge of Criminal Michief in the Third Degree, a Class E Felony.  It is alleged that the male intentionally damaged numerous windows , causing damage in excess of $250, while at a Town of Varick business.  The identity of the male has been withheld due to his age.  He is to appear in the Varick Town Court at a later date.

Drug Arrest

 

On April 25, 2018 at about 5:37pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Timothy J. Coffey, age 48, of Trumansburg, New York, on charges of Attempted  Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a Class D Felony, Attempted Criminal Possession of Marihuana in the First Degree, a Class D Felony, and Criminal Possession of Marihuana in the Fifth Degree, a Class B Misdemeanor.  The charges stem from an incident where Coffey arranged to have a shipment of about twenty-five (25) pounds of marihuana and about two and one-half (2 ½) pounds of hashish to a residence in the Town of Romulus.  Coffey then responded to the residence and attempted to retrieve the items, but was immediately taken into custody by Sheriff’s Deputies and Sheriff’s Investigators.  The street value of the drugs is estimated to be $125,000 to $150,000.  At the time of the arrest, Coffey also possessed a small quantity of marihuana inside his vehicle.  Coffey was arraigned in the Romulus Town Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $500 cash bail/$1,000 secured bond.  Coffey is to reappear in the Romulus Town Court on April 27, 2018 at 10:30am.


 

 


Structure Fire

     On 4/23/18 The Seneca Co. Sheriff's Office responded to 31 Moore St. in the Town of Waterloo for the reported structure fire. Upon arrival of Road Patrol Deputies it was reported that the fire was due to an explosion created when work was being done at the residence. The worker, Raymond T. Wiggins,52, of Geneva was working on water lines at the residence with a torch causing a small explosion and then the fire. Wiggins was treated at the scene by North Seneca Ambulance and transported to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester for a burned hand and a laceration. The home was also occupied by two teenage residents who were not injured.   

     Border City VFD arrived on scene and began fire suppression operations being assisted by Geneva FD and Waterloo VFD. During suppression efforts a member of the Geneva Fire Department was injured as previously reported. Assisting at the scene was the Ontario Co. Sheriff's Office, Geneca PD, NYSEG as well as Fingerlakes Ambulance. 

The residence was owned by Howard Schler of Ovid, New York. The residence was occupied by the Lopez family and neither party was insured. The home was a total loss. The Red Cross is assisting the family.  The investigation is continuing at this time.


Attempted Assault Arrest

On April 22, 2018 at about 8:58pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Jon C. Lamere, age 27, of 920 Caroline Road, Waterloo, New York, on charges of Attempted Assault in the First Degree, a Class C Felony, and Menacing in the Second Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.  The charges stem from an incident that occurred at his residence where Lamere was engaged in a heated dispute with his roommate.  During the dispute, Lamere discharged a 20 gauge shotgun three times in the general proximity of the victim.  Initial responding Sheriff’s Deputies quickly apprehended Lamere at the scene without incident.  The victim was uninjured during the incident and was never struck by any gunfire.  The victim was also checked over at the scene by North Seneca Ambulance.


Lamere was arraigned in the Junius Town Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $2,000 cash bail/$4,000 secured bond.  Lamere is to reappear in the Junius Town Court on April 26, 2018 at 7:30pm.  A Class A Order of Protection was issued on behalf of the victim.


The New York State Police, New York State Park Police, and Seneca Falls Police Department also responded to the scene.    


 


Burglary Arrest

The Seneca Co Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of Eric D. Robinson Jr, 18, Of Geneva NY on 4/19/18. Investigators report that Robinson Jr. was arrested on an arrest warrant from the Town of Junius Court for Burglary in the 3rd degree and Petit Larceny. The charges stem from an investigation reported in August of 2017 in which Robinson Jr. alledgedly stole a  dirt bike from the garage of a  residence in the Town of Junius. The dirt bike was recovered in the City of Rochester. Robinson Jr. was arraigned in the Town of Junius Court . Robinson Jr. was remanded to the Seneca Co. Jail in lieu of $4000 cash bail or $8000 insured bond and will re appear on 4/24/18 for a felony hearing.

CPM 5th

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on April 19th, 2018 at about 9:15 PM, Deputies arrested Ryan M Bond, age 26, of 254 State Street, Auburn, for Criminal Possession of Marijuana 5th. The arrest stems from a traffic stop in the Town of Junius where Bond was found to be in possession of over 25 grams of Marijuana. Bond was released on an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Town of Junius Court at a later date to answer the charge.


UPM

Seneca County Sheriff's Office report that on 04/18/18 at approx 2041 hrs Deputies arrested Ariel Diaz, 23  and Jacob Best, 23 both of Rochester NY  For unlawful possession of Marijuana. The arrest stems from a traffic stop where Deputies observed a vehicle being operated by Diaz traveling southbound on State Route 96 with the passenger side headlight not opperable. Durning the traffic stop it was discoved that both were in possession of marijuana. Diaz was issued an apperance ticket and a UTT. Best was issued an apperance ticket. Both are to appear in the Town of Fayette court on 05/16/18 at 1900 hrs.  

DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on April 19th 2018 at 12:30AM, Seneca County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Alejandro S Aguilera, 24, of 2571 Brewer Rd in the Town of Waterloo. Aguilera was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving with .08% of 1% or more and Aggravated Unlicensed Operator in the 1st Degree. The arrest stems from an investigation into a one car property damage accident on State Route 336 in the Town of Varick. Aguilera was traveling east bound on State Route 336 when he left the shoulder shoulder of the roadway coming to rest in a ditch. The vehicle suffered minimal damage and was towed from the scene. Aguilera was released on appearance tickets and is to appear in the Town of Varick Court on May 23rd 2018 to answer the charges. 


Drug Take Back Day

 On Saturday, April 28th, 2018, The Seneca County Sheriff''s Office will conduct another Drug Take Back Day. From 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM deputies will collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications for destruction. This service is free and anonymous with no questions asked and no paperwork to complete.

 Citizens may drop off these drugs at the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center, 6150 Route 96, Romulus, N.Y. or the Sheriff's sub-station at 44 West William Steet, Waterloo, N.Y. Deputies will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns.

 Unwanted and unused medicines can pose health hazards, enviromental contamination and are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Since the inception of this program several hundred pounds of these drugs have been collected in Seneca County and destroyed.      


Structure Fire

On 04/14/2018 at around 7:42 Pm Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies along with Junius, Magee, Waterloo, Clyde, Oaks Corners Fire Departments and North Seneca Ambulance responded to 1238 West Townline Road in the Town of Junius for the report of a structure fire.  The call originally came in from Ontario County 911 reporting that a Cabin located at 1238 West Townline Road was fully involved.  The property owner Christopher Lints age 34 lives in a house located on the property about 200 yards away from the cabin stated that he had been renting the Cabin out at the time to Tennet Bradley Hample age 34.  Christopher and Bradley reported that no one was inside the Cabin at the time of the fire and believed it may have started from the woodstove.  After investigation the fire was founded accidental and started from the woodstove in the Cabin. The estimated damages of $65,000.00 at a total loss, but Deputies report the cabin was insured .


Fraud Arrest-Skimming Device

The Seneca Co. Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of Rafael Quevedo,38, of Orlando Florida and Yuri Duerte-Surera, 44, also of Orlando Florida on 4/5/18. Sheriff's Deputies report that Quevedo and Duerte-Surera were apprehended at a Town of Junius business after it was reported that a fraudulent charge was placed on a victims credit card. Deputies apprehended and detained Quevedo and Duerte-Surera while investigating the report. Deputies discovered more evidence of criminal activity while intially investigating the incident. Both Quevedo and Duerte-Surera were charged with Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd degree(class D Felony). They were arraigned in the Town of Junius Court in front of Justice Laird and committed tot he Seneca Co. Correctional Facility in leiu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 insured bond. Both individuals were scheduled for a felony hearing in the Town of Junius on 4/10/18 at 7:30pm

     Investigators from the Sheriff's Office became involved and executed a search warrant on the vehicle being used by Quevedo and Duerte-Surera in the crimes. The execution of the search warrant resulted in numerous items of evidence being seized by investigators to include several electronic devices. Investigators have obtained two additional search warrants for the electronics and are awaiting the results of the warrants.

     Consequently, Investigators charged Quevedo and Duerte-Surera with one count each of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th degree(E felony), Identity Theft in the 1st(D felony), Unlawful Possession of a Skimming Device in the 2nd degree (class A Misdemeanor) and 16 counts of Unlawful Possession of Personal Identification Information in the 3rd degree(class A Misdemeanor).

Investigators say that Quevedo and Duerte-Surera were involved in obtaining credit card information from unsuspecting victims and unspecified locations and "cloning" victims credit card information onto generic credit or gift cards for their personal use.  Investigators state that the investigation is still underway and remind citizens to be vigilant in guarding their personal information. Anyone who has been vicimized or may have any information about the case is asked to call Inv. John Nesbit at 315-220-3442. 


DWI

The Seneca Sheriff's Office reports that on 4/8/2018 at approximately 1:27AM, Deputies arrested Erich J. Minges age 48 of 5658 Cherry Hill Road Romulus for Driving While Intoxicated. The arrest stems from an incident where Deputies located Minges hunched over sleeping in the driver's seat of a vehicle parked in an Ovid business parking lot with the engine running. After further investigation Deputies arrest Minges for having a Blood Alcohol Content of more than .08%. Minges was issued UTT's then released and is to reappear in the T/Ovid Court on a later date. 

DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on April 7th, 2018 at 11:30 PM, Seneca County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Jenna L Lavita, 31, of 79 Stark St Waterloo, on State Route 5&20 in the Town of Waterloo. Lavita was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving with .08% of 1% or more, Unlawful Possession of Marihuana and Insufficient Tail Lamps. Lavita was released on appearance tickets and is to appear in the Town of Waterloo Court on May 11th 2018 to answer the charges. 

 


Property Damage Acc/ DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on April 7, 2018 at 03:00 AM Seneca County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Jamie M Eldredge, 24, of 2677 Ernsberger Rd in the Town of Varick. Eldredge was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving with .08% of 1% or more and having an Expired Registration. The arrest stems from an investigation into a one car property damage accident on State Rt 96 in the Town of Varick. Eldredge was traveling South bound on State Rt 96 when he left the west shoulder of the roadway striking a culvert.  Eldredge suffered lacerations to the hands and face and was treated and released at the scene by South Seneca Ambulance. The vehicle suffered extensive damage and was towed from the scene. Deputies were assisted at the scene by Romulus and Varick Fire Departments.  Eldredge was released on appearance tickets and is to appear in the Town of Varick Court on May 9th 2018 to answer the charges.

 

 


Monthly Snapshot

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR MARCH 2018

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT:

 Total Calls For Service: 1213

Total Arrests: 85

NARCO:

Total new drug cases: 11

Total arrests: 6

 CORRECTIONS:

 Average Number of Inmates: 91

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $31,509.47; Yearly Total: $103,328.94

 CIVIL:

 Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 47

Total Income Executions: 14

Total Evictions: 3

 HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH:

 March 13th, 2018: Narco arrested a subject for trafficking Narcotic Pills in Seneca Falls.

 March 13th, 2018: Investigations arrested a Jail Nurse who allegedly stole narcotic pills from the Jail Medical Unit.

 March 15th, 2018: Deputies arrested a subject for a Robbery and Assault that occurred in the Town of Junius.

 March 18th, 2018: A Domestic Violence Incident in Romulus ended up in a 13 hour stand-off with an armed suspect. The incident was resolved without injury and arrests were made.

March 20th - 23rd,  2018: The Family Services Unit investigated 2 Child Sexual Abuse Cases—Towns of Varick and Junius.  The Child Advocacy Center in Waterloo was utilized. Arrests were made in both cases.    

 March 26th, 2018: There was a lock down at Romulus School when a firearm threat was made via social media. Deputies assisted the School with security. A juvenile was located and charged.

March 2018: Investigations arrested 6 persons for Welfare Fraud for a total of 9 felonies and 3 misdemeanors.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

 


MVA / DWI

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on April 4, 2018 at approximately 4:39pm, Sheriff's Deputies investigated  a one car MVA that  took place on State Route 89 in the Town of Covert. Deputies report a vehicle driven by Lori J. Mitchell, age 49, of 2141 Water St, Ovid New York, was north bound on RTE 89 near Bergen Beach Rd when she left the highway, then crossed over the road into the south side ditch and rolled onto its side. Mitchell was checked at the scene by South Seneca Ambulance, and after refusing medical assistance, was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated. Mitchell was issued traffic tickets for failure to keep right, operating a motor vehicle while using a portable electronic device,  refusing to take a breath test, and driving while intoxicated with a prior, making this a felony. Deputies report Mitchell was arraigned in the Town of Covert Court and released on her own recognizance where she will return to Town of Covert Court on May 7, 2018 at 10:30am. Seneca County Sheriff was assisted by New York State Police, South Seneca Ambulance, and Interlaken Fire Department.

 

 


GL 4th / Crim Poss Methamphetamine manufacturing materials

On April 4, 2018 at about 3:21am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested two subjects following the theft of anhydrous ammonia from a local farm in the Town of Ovid.  While on patrol, Sheriff’s Deputies were alerted by an employee of the farm that a male subject was in the process of loading the anhydrous ammonia from the farm tank to the suspect’s makeshift  portable tank.  The male subject attempted to flee, but was quickly apprehended by Sheriff’s Deputies after a brief foot pursuit.  Shortly thereafter, Sheriff’s Deputies made a traffic stop and identified the driver  as the accomplice and he was also taken into custody.

 

David S. Hildreth, age 45, of 27 Baldwin Avenue, Addison, New York, was charged with the following:

 

Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, Class E Felony

Criminal Possession of Methamphetamine Manufacturing Materials in the Second Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor

Possession of Burglar’s Tools, a Class A Misdemeanor

Resisting Arrest, a Class A Misdemeanor

Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor

 

 

 The driver : Robert D. Adams, age 38, of 1140 Durkin Hill Road, Woodhull, New York, was charged with the following:

 

Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, Class E Felony

Criminal Possession of Methamphetamine Manufacturing Materials in the Second Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor

Possession of Burglar’s Tools, a Class A Misdemeanor

Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor

Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, an Unclassified Misdemeanor

 

 

Both Hildreth and Adams were arraigned in the Tyre Town Court and both were remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility without bail.  Both Hildreth and Adams are to reappear in the Tyre Town Court on April 9, 2018 at 1pm.

 

 

Anhydrous Ammonia is extremely dangerous if handled incorrectly and is a gas commonly used in the cooking process to produce methamphetamine.  Anhydrous Ammonia is legally used as a agricultural fertilizer.


DWI / MVA

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on March 30, 2018 at approximately 6:34pm, Sheriff's Deputies investigated  a one car MVA that  took place on State Route 96 in the Town of Waterloo. Deputies report  a vehicle driven by  Chia-Hua Pai, age 27, of 121 Peppertree Dr Apt 5, Amherst New York, was  westbound on Rt 96 near Blue Sky Rd when he left the highway , then  crossed over the road and into the south side ditch and rolled over. Pai was checked at the scene by North Seneca Ambulance, and after refusing medical assistance, was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated .  Pai was issued traffic tickets  for failing to keep right, driving while intoxicated, and aggravated breath alcohol content. Pai was arraigned in the Town of Junius Court and released on his own recognizance where he will return to Town of Waterloo Court on April 27, 2018 at 8:30am. Seneca County Sheriff was assisted by New York State Police, North Seneca Ambulance, Waterloo and Border City Fire Departments.


warrant arrests -vop

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on April 1, 2018 at 12:30pm Sheriff's Deputies arrested Christopher T Kesterson, age 31, and Paul J Kesterson, age 28, both of 1492 Caroline Rd Waterloo.  Both subjects had warrants, Christopher for Violating Probation out of Seneca County and Paul had a Bench Warrant out of Geneva PD.  When Deputies responded to the residence Christopher was taken into custody.  Paul fled on foot and after a short foot pursuit was taken into custody as well.  Paul was turned over to Geneva PD.  Christopher was arraigned at the Seneca Falls Town Court where he was remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on no bail.  He is scheduled to reappear on April 5, 2018.

 

 


DWI Arrest

On March 31st, 2018 the Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that Kristie L. Salone, 50, of Waterloo, was arrested Driving While Intoxicated. Deputies responded to a call of a property damage accident that occurred on Powderly Road. Upon further investigation it was discovered that Salone operated the motor vehicle while intoxicated. Salone was arrested and issued appearance tickets for Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Intoxicated with a .08% BAC, and Failure to Keep Right. Salone is to appear in the Town of Junius Court on April 24th, 2018 at 7PM. Sheriff's Deputies were assisted on scene by Waterloo Police Department.


Welfare Fraud Arrest

On March 30, 2018 at about 3:00pm, Seneca County Sheriff's Investigators arrested Natalie R. Staie, age 23, formerly of 7 Chapel Street, Apartment 3, Seneca Falls, New York, on charges related to a welfare fraud investigation.  It is alleged that Staie unlawfully received monetary benefits from Seneca County that she was not entitled to.  Staie was charged with three Class E Felonies consisting of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, Welfare Fraud in the Fourth Degree, and Misuse of Food Stamps.  Staie was released on an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on May 2, 2018 at 5pm.

Juvenile Delinquency Charge From Romulus School Lock Down Incident

On March 29, 2018 at about 3:00pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators charged a thirteen year old juvenile with Juvenile Delinquency on a charge of Making a Terrorist Threat, a Class D Felony if the Juvenile had been an adult. It is alleged that the juvenile made threats of firearm violence to the Romulus Central School District through social media. The information was brought to the attention of the District’s School Resource Officer on March 26th and an investigation was immediately launched.  Initially, the juvenile’s whereabouts were unknown which prompted a brief lockdown at the school.  The juvenile was located a short time later by Sheriff’s Deputies and was taken into custody and referred to mental health services.  At the time, it was confirmed that the juvenile was not at the school and it does not appear that there was a credible safety issue for the school or any of the occupants. The juvenile was issued an appearance ticket and will appear in Seneca County Family Court at a later date.  Since the incident, extra Sheriff Deputies have been present at the School in an effort to put students and faculty at ease.  Due to the age of the juvenile, the identity cannot be disclosed and the case must be handled in Family Court.

 The investigation was a joint effort between the Sheriff’s Office, Romulus Central School District, and Seneca County Community Counseling.

 


Warrant Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on March 29, 2018 at approximately 1PM, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Dorothy C. Taylor, age 42 of Geneva, NY.  Sheriff's Investigators observed Taylor walking on East Main St. in the Village of Waterloo.  Investigators had knowledge that Taylor had an active warrant for her arrest out of the Town of Seneca Falls Police Department.  Taylor was placed in custody and turned over to members of the Seneca Falls Police Department.


Welfare Fraud Arrest

On March 29, 2018 at about 1:28pm, Seneca County Sheriff's Investigators arrested Zameika S. Porter, age 25, of 8 Clark Street, Geneva, New York, following a welfare fraud investigation.  It is alleged that Porter failed to disclose household income which resulted in her receiving monetary benefits from Seneca County that she was not entitled to.  Porter was charged with Welfare Fraud in the Fourth Degree, a Class E Felony, and Misuse of Food Stamps, a Class E Felony.  Porter was issued an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on April 18, 2018 at 5pm.

Sexual Misconduct Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on March 28th, 2018 at approximately 1:30PM, Investigators arrested Isaiah R. Prosser, age 20, of 1701 route 96A, Ovid, NY.  Prosser was charged with one count of Sexual Misconduct and one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, both Class A Misdemeanors.  It is alleged that Prosser engaged in sexual intercourse with a female under the age of 17.  Prosser is currently being held on a Parole Detainer for violating the terms and conditions of parole.  Prosser is scheduled to appear at the Town of Romulus Court on April 13th, 2018 at 10:00AM.  Investigators were assisted by members of the New York State Division of Parole.


PI MVA

 The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on March 28, 2018 at approximately 6:15pm Deputies responded to a two car PIMVA on Parish Rd in the Town of Ovid. Upon arrival Deputies found that Kenneth Sterling, age 62, of Milport NY was traveling east bound in his GMC pickup truck and crossed into the west bound lane, causing a near head on collision with a Chevrolet SUV, driven by Karly Lavarnway, age 31 of 7556 Southtown Building Rd in the Town of Ovid NY. Along with Karly in the SUV were her two daughters, Rosalee age 2 and Cassidy age 5. Ovid and Interlaken Fire Departments were on scene  and assisted with extricating the occupants of the vehicles.  South Seneca Ambulance treated Karly for overall pain at the scene and then transported her to Cayuga Medical Center.  Cassidy was treated for neck pain at the scene and both girls were transported to CMC by Trumansburg Ambulance further check overs. Sterling was uninjured in the crash.  Deputies report that SUV was turned onto its side in the east bound ditch and both vehicles suffered extensive damage and were towed from the scene. Deputies issued Sterling  a traffic ticket for failure to keep right , and he is to appear in the Town of Ovid at a later date to answer the charge.


Petit Larceny / CPCS 7th

 

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on March 27th, 2018, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Erin J. Riley-Khan, Age 34, of 7960 Southtown Building Road, in the Town of Ovid at around 4:47pm.  Upon investigation Erin J. Riley-Khan was charged with two counts of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor, and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree a class A misdemeanor.


Deputies report that the arrest stemmed from a Call for a Larceny that occurred in the Town of Ovid on March 15th and March 17th. Deputies report  Erin J. Riley-Khan allegedly stole several prescription pills , from a Town of Ovid resident.   She was arrested for the above charges and arraigned in the Town of Romulus Court and was released on her own recognizance and is to appear at the Town of Ovid Court on 04/03/2018 at 10:00 AM to answer  the charges.


 


Welfare Fraud Arrests

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on March 23, 2018, at about 10:30am, Sheriff’s Investigators arrested three subjects following a welfare fraud investigation.   

 

The following were charged: 

 

Michael P. Burleson, age 37 of 10 Belshaw Avenue, Eatontown, New Jersey, was charged with Welfare Fraud in the Fourth Degree, a Class E Felony, Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree Degree, a Class E Felony, and Misuse of Food Stamps, a Class A Misdemeanor.

 

Richard C. Burleson, age 64, of 16 Inslee Street, Waterloo, New York, was charged with Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

 

Sandra T. Burleson, age 59, of 16 Inslee Street, Waterloo, New York, was charged with Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

 

It is alleged that Michael Burleson unlawfully received monetary benefits from Seneca County while actually residing in the State of New Jersey.  It is further alleged that Richard and Sandra Burleson allowed this to occur.

 

All three subjects were released on appearance tickets and are scheduled to appear before the Village of Waterloo Court on April 4, 2018 at 5:00PM.


Menacing

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on March 23rd, 2018 at 5:30PM Seneca County Sheriff Deputies arrested Brandon M. Becker, age 26, of 2367 Reed Rd, Waterloo NY in the Town of Waterloo.  Becker was charged with Menacing 2nd steming from a domestic altercation where Becker treatened a female victim with a knife in the Town of Waterloo.  Becker was arraigned in the Town of Tyre Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility in lieu of $1000 cash and $2000 bond.  Becker is to return to Waterloo Town Court on April 27th, 2018.  

  

 


Sexual Abuse Investigation

On March 23, 2018 at about 1:40pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested John S. Valder, age 59, of 465 Whiskey Hill Road, Waterloo, New York, on charges related to a sexual abuse investigation.  It is alleged that on March 15 2018, Valder forcibly touched the intimate areas of a female victim under the age of sixteen  Subsequently, Sheriff's Investigators charged Valder with Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, three counts of Forcible Touching, and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  Valder was arraigned in the Junius Town Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $10,000 cash bail/$20,000 secured bond.  Valder is to reappear in the Junius Town Court on March 27, 2018 at 7:30pm.  A Class A Order of Protection was issued on behalf of the victim.


Domestic Violence Arrest / Standoff

On March 18, 2018 at about 2:34pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Kelly B. Drennen, age 59, of 5687 Colonel’s Drive, Romulus, New York, following the report of a domestic disturbance that occurred at his residence.  The initial 911 call reporting the incident occurred at 1:23am on March 18th when a female victim escaped from the residence and reported that Drennen was armed with a pistol and had threated her with it.  The female victim also reported that Drennen had choked her during the incident.  Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene and attempted to make contact with Drennen, but he refused to cooperate and would not come out of the house. Deputies set up a perimeter and called in Sheriff’s Office Negotiators , who spoke with Drennen throughout the night, in an attempt to end the incident peacefully.  Eventually, Drennen exited the residence at about 230 pm  and surrendered to Sheriff’s Deputies.  Following the arrest, Sheriff’s Investigators executed a search warrant at the residence and seized the pistol and an unregistered AR-15 assault rifle accompanied by eleven (11) large capacity feeding devices with a large supply of .223 caliber ammunition.

 

Drennen was charged with the following:

 

Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony

Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood Circulation, a Class A Misdemeanor

Unlawful Possession of Certain Ammunition Feeding Devices (11 counts), a Violation

 

Drennen was arraigned in the Varick Town Court where he was remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $300 cash bail/$600 secured bond.  Drennen is to reappear in the Varick Town Court on March 21, 2018 at 7pm.  A Class A order of protection was also issued on behalf of the victim.  At the current time, Drennen posted bail and has been released from the Correctional Facility.

 

The New York State Police, New York State DEC Police, South Seneca Ambulance, Seneca County E-911, and New York State Electric and Gas also assisted the Sheriff’s Office during the incident.  The victim was also provided services by Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes.


DWAI Drugs

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on March 15th 2018 at 5:37PM, Seneca County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Deziree A. Landon, 20 of 3782 County Rd 141 Interlaken NY, on State Route 89 in the Town of Covert.  Landon was charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Failure to Keep Right.  Landon was realeased on appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Covert Court on May 7th, 2018 to answer the charges.

 


GRAND LARCENY

THE SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS ON 03/17/18 DEPUTIES ARRESTED KELLIE J. BARNELLO, AGE 48, OF SYRACUSE FOR GRAND LARCENY 4TH, PETIT LARCENY AND POSSESSION OF BURGLAR TOOLS. DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO A TOWN OF JUNIUS BUSINESS FOR THE REPORT OF A LARCENY IN PROGRESS. AFTER FURTHER INVESTIGATING DEPUTIES DISCOVERED BARNELLO HAD STOLEN FROM TWO SEPARATE JUNIUS BUSINESSES. BARNELLO WAS ARRAIGNED IN THE TOWN OF JUNIUS COURT AND was commited to jail without bail and  IS DUE TO APPEAR ON 03/22/18 AT 7PM FOR A FELONY HEARING.

Arrest- Robbery 2nd / assault 2nd/ Crim mischief

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on March 15, 2018 at approximately 12:00pm Sheriff Deputies arrested Brandon J Leather, age 24 of Waterloo, for Robbery 2nd, Assault 2nd, Criminal Mischief 4th and Petit Larceny.  Deputies report that the arrest stems from an incident that occurred on March 3, 2018 on Whiskey Hill Rd in the Town of Junius.  It is alleged that during a dispute Leather forcibly took property from a male and as a result the male suffered injuries.  Leather was arraigned at the Junius Town Court where he was remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility in lieu of $500 cash $1000 secure bond.  Leather is to reappear at a later date.

  


PDMVA /DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on March 14, 2018 at approximately 7:22 P.M. Deputies arrested Eugene A. Farney, age 63, of 2962 Hayts Corners Rd Romulus, for Driving while intoxicated, Driving with .08 BAC or more and leaving the scene of property damage accident. The incident stems from a property damage accident that occurred at the intersection of State Route 96 and County Road 129. While Deputies were on scene investigating the accident, Farney had driven back to the scene after initially leaving. He was found to be intoxicated and subsequently arrested. Farney was released on appearance tickets and is to appear to the Town of Ovid Court on April 10th at 10:00 A.M. to answer for the charges.

 

 


County Employee Arrested for Stealing Narcotic Pills

03/13/2018, 5:05 PM: The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division has concluded an extensive investigation into stolen narcotic medications from within the Seneca County Correctional Facility’s Medical Office. An investigation was initiated about 3 weeks ago by Corrections Personnel when it was discovered that a quantity of narcotic pills slated for destruction were missing from a sealed container. The missing pills included Hydrocodone—(A narcotic drug), and Pregabalin—(a controlled substance). All in all there were 103 pills missing.

 Corrections Officers and Corrections Medical Personnel assisted Investigators with the case. Over 20 interviews were conducted; hours of facility video were reviewed.

 

 The results of the investigation has led to the arrest of Laurie A. Guererri, age 58, of 1370 Grange Hall Road, Waterloo, New York. At the time of the incident, Guererri was employed as a Registered Nurse with Seneca County and worked in the Correctional Facility. Guererri has been charged with Official Misconduct, Petit Larceny, Promoting Prison Contraband in the Second Degree, and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree.  It is alleged that Guererri stole the medications while working and removed them from the Correctional Facility. Guererri was issued appearance tickets and is to appear in the Romulus Town Court on April 13, 2018 at 10am.  The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

 

 Sheriff Luce stated that although these investigations are difficult for all members of the Sheriff’s Office the employees worked together to bring this investigation to a speedy conclusion.    

 


Narcotics Arrest

On March 13th, 2018 at about 2:30pm, the Seneca County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit arrested Amy M. Weeman, age 46, of 2 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, New York, following an investigation into the possessing and trafficking of Hydrocodone (commonly known as Vicodin) in the Town of Seneca Falls.  As a result of the investigation, Weeman was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, both Class B Felonies.  It is alleged that Weeman sold Hydrocodone on at least one occasion while in the Town of Seneca Falls.

Weeman was arraigned in the Waterloo Town Court where she was committed to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $5,000 cash, $10,000 secured bond.  Weeman is scheduled to appear in the Seneca Falls Town Court on March 14, 2018 at 1:00pm.  At the time of the crime, Weeman was under the supervision of New York State Parole.  Subsequently, Weeman was also charged with violating the terms and conditions of her parole.  Sheriff’s Investigators were assisted by members of the Sheriff's Office Uniformed Road Patrol, New York State Parole, and the Seneca Falls Police Department.

 

 


Burglary Arrest

 

 

The Seneca County Sheriff Office reports on 3-10-18 Sheriff's Investigators arrested Tyler J Kurlas, age 32, of 91 Maywood Ave, Rochester NY, on charges of Burglary in the 2nd degree, a class C felony, and Grand Larceny in the 4th degree, a class E Felony.  The charges stem from a lengthy investigation that started in Sept 2017 where Kurlas allegedly unlawfully entered a residence in the Town of Varick and stole over one thousand dollars in property from the homeowner.  At the time of the crime, the occupants were not home.  Kurlas was arraigned before the Town of Varick court, committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility in lieu of $3000 cash/$6000 bail bond.  Kurlas is to return to the Town of Varick court on 03/14/18 at 6:30 pm.     

  

 

 


UPM

Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 03/11/18 at aprox. 1835hrs Deputies arrested Reginald W Rugg, 51 of Waterloo for unlawful possession of Marijuana. The arrest stems from a traffic stop where Rugg was stopped for an inoperable brake light. Upon investionigation Rugg was found to be in possession of Marijuana. Rugg was issued an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Village of Waterloo Court on 04/11/18 at 1700 hrs.


Sex Offender Arrest

      The Seneca Co. Sheriff's Office reports that on 3/8/18  Robert J. Law,56, of 1674 Powderly Rd Waterloo, N.Y. was arrested on an arrest warrant issued out of the Village of Waterloo Court for a violation of the NYS Corrections Law pertaining to Sex Offenders.

     Law is a registered level 3 sex offender and is required to update his photograph with the Seneca Co. Sheriff's Office on a yearly basis. Law was due to update his photo by 3/1/18 and failed to do so. This resulted in Investigators obtaining the arrest warrant executed by the Seneca Co. Sheriff's Office road patrol division. Law was taken into custody at the Law Enforcement Center in Romulus and arraigned in the Town of Fayette Court . Law was released on his own recognizance and is to re appear on 3/16/18 at 10am in the Town of Fayette for further proceedings.


Monthly Snapshot

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR FEBRUARY 2018

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT:

Total Calls For Service: 1103

Total Arrests: 68

NARCO:

Total new drug cases: 10

Total arrests: 27

CORRECTIONS:

Average Number of Inmates: 94

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $34,111.96; Yearly Total: $71,819.92

CIVIL:

Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 39

Total Income Executions: 19

Total Evictions: 4

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH:

February 2nd, 2018: Deputies arrested 2 suspects for possessing cocaine on a traffic stop in the Town of Tyre. The Driver also had a machete and the passenger was wanted out of Rochester.

February 6th, 2018: Narco arrested 2 suspects from Waterloo for possessing and trafficking Fentanyl in Seneca County. Child Protection was called in as there were young children involved. 

February 12th, 2018: A reported suicidal subject in the Town of Romulus threatened deputies with a baseball bat and physically attacked a deputy. The subject was apprehended after being tased.

February 14th, 2018: Narco arrested a suspect for possessing and trafficking “Crack” cocaine in Seneca County. Child Protection was called in as there were young children involved. 

February 18th, 2018: Former Sheriff Thomas Cleere passed away. Sheriff Luce held a flag lowering ceremony at the Sheriff’s Office. The Department’s flags have been lowered to half-mast for 30 days to honor former Sheriff Cleere. 

February 20th, 2018: Investigations wrapped up several burglary cases in Fayette, Junius, Seneca Falls, Tyre and Waterloo. 3 suspects were arrested and prosecuted.

February 27th, 2018: Narco arrested a suspected dealer for possessing and trafficking Heroin and Fentanyl in Seneca County. Child Protection was called in as there were young children involved. 

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere


Grand Larceny Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on March 3rd, 2018, Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Dylan C. Slack age 25, of 1908 Seneca Street, Romulus, New York, on felony charges of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree and two counts of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree. 

 

Sheriff’s Investigators report the charges stem from an incident where Slack stole property, including a vehicle, from a Town of Romulus residence.  Slack then transported the stolen vehicle to a Town of Waterloo business to be scrapped. 

 

Slack was arraigned before the Waterloo Village Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility in lieu of $1,500.00 cash bail/$3,000.00 secured bond.  Slack is to reappear in the Waterloo Village Court on March 7th, 2018 at 4:30PM.    


Criminal Contempt 2nd

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 3/2/18 Deputies arrested Tonya S Vanvalkenburg, 44, of Waterloo on two counts of Criminal Contempt in the 2nd degree. The arrests stems from two incidents one in the Town of Junius and the other in the Town of Waterloo.  It’s alleged that Vanvalkenburg had made contact with a victim whom had a class A order of protection against her. Vanvalkenburg was arraigned in the Town Of Waterloo court and committed to the Seneca County jail on 5000 cash 10,000 secure bond. Vanvalkenburg is to appear to Junius Town Court on 3/15/18 and Waterloo Town court on 3/23/18.


Arrest Warrant/ Crim. Mischief 3rd

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 03-05-2018 Alec M. Spann, 22, of Geneva was arrested on an Arrest Warrant out of the Town of Tyre Court for Criminal Mischief 3rd. Spann was stopped by Geneva Police Department for a traffic violation. Spann was then taken into custody, and turned over to Sheriff Deputies. Spann was arraigned in the Town of Tyre Court, and released on his own recognizance. Spann is to reappear in the Town of Tyre Court on 03-21-2018 at 6pm.


DWI/Domestic

On March 2nd, 2018 at approximately 5:15 P.M., the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office arrested Daniel J. House, age 26, of 1444 Wood Dr. Apt 18 Farmington New York for Driving While intoxicated. The arrest stems of a property damage accident that occurred on State Route 414. While Deputies were on scene it was determined that House had been driving while intoxicated. House had a prior DWI conviction within the last 10 years making the charge a Class E Felony. He was charged with DWI and having a BAC over .08% or more, and was arraigned in the Town of Fayette court where he was remanded to the Seneca County Jail in lieu of of $100 cash bail. House is to reappear to the Town of Lodi court on 3/7/2018 at 10:00 A.M. to answer the charges.   After further investigation Deputies  also arrested the passenger, Nicole J. House age 24, of 56 Seneca Drive Canandaigua NY. While on scene Nicole gave Deputies a false name to avoid being arrested for violating the Order of Protection protecting Daniel House. Nicole was charged with False Personation and Criminal Contempt in the 2nd Degree. She was issued appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear to The Town of Lodi Court on 04/04/2018 at 10:00 A.M.

 

 


Burglary/Larceny Investigation

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the conclusion to an extensive burglary and larceny investigation that spanned nearly a year which resulted in the arrests of numerous defendants.  In total, the crimes committed in this case encompassed the Towns of Fayette, Junius, Seneca Falls, Tyre, Waterloo, and the Village of Waterloo.  Due to the size, scope, and complexity of the crimes committed, Sheriff’s Investigators worked cooperatively with members of the Geneva Police Department, New York State Police, Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, Seneca Falls Police Department, and Waterloo Police Department.  During the course of this investigation, Sheriff’s Investigators executed three separate search warrants resulting in the recovery of numerous pieces of physical evidence and proceeds of the crimes.  Based upon the Sheriff’s Office cases, the following people were charged:

 

Daniel S. MacGill, age 22, formerly of 29 Wycliffe Road, Waterloo, New York, was charged with Burglary in the second degree, Burglary in the third degree, two counts of Petit Larceny, and Criminal Mischief in the fourth degree.

 

Dejon O. Butler, age 18, formerly of 42 West Elizabeth Street, Waterloo, New York, was charged with Attempted Burglary in the third degree and Criminal Mischief in the fourth degree.

 

Joseph A. Valder, age 23, formerly of 4 East Elisha Street, Apartment 1, Waterloo, New York, was charged with Burglary in the third degree and Petit Larceny.

 

All three defendants have settled their court cases with prosecution from the Seneca County District Attorney’s Office. 


Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on February 26th, 2018 at approximately 2:30PM, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Brian K. McDermott, age 34, of 3028 Owasco Drive, Waterloo, NY following an investigation in to the possessing and trafficking of Heroin and Fentanyl within the local community.  The investigation concluded with a traffic stop on Wagner Street in the Town of Waterloo.  At the time of the traffic stop, investigators seized a quantity of Heroin.  McDermott was charged with the following:

 

Three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree,  Class B Felonies

 

Three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, Class B Felonies

 

One count of Criminal Nuisance in the First Degree, Class E Felony

 

Two counts of Unlawfully Dealing with a Child in the First Degree, Class A Misdemeanors

 

One Count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh degree, Class A Misdemeanor

 

McDermott was arraigned at the Town of Varick Court where he was committed to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $2,500 cash, $5,000 secured bond.  He is scheduled to re-appear in the Town of Varick Court on February 28, 2018 at 6:30PM.  Child Protective Services were notified of the incident.  Sheriff’s Investigators were assisted by members of the Uniformed Road Patrol.


Trespass

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on February 25, 2018 at 9:00am Sheriff Deputies arrested Akmal Ahmadzai, age 32 of 2982 E Henrietta Rd Henrietta NY, for Trespass.  It is alleged that Ahmadzai entered the Del Lago Casino in the Town of Tyre in which he had previously been banned from.   Deputies released Ahmadzai on an appearance ticket , and he is scheduled to appear at the Town of Tyre Court on March 13, 2018 to answer the charge.


Structure Fire

Seneca Co. Sheriff W. Timothy Luce reports that about 12:16 P.M. on 2/23/18 Deputies were dispacthed to 9180 Rhodes Rd. in the Town of Lodi for a reported Structure Fire. Upon arrival Deputies reported flames coming from the roof of the structure.The Lodi VFD along with assistance from members of Ovid VFD, Interlaken VFD, Romulus VFD, Hector VFD, Trumansburg VFD, Enfield VFD, Burdett VFD, Seneca Co. Codes, Seneca Co. Co-Ordinators and the Seneca Co. Fire Investigation Team responded to the scene. The fire was quickly extinguished and the damage was kept to the chimney and roof area of the two story home. The Seneca Co.  Fire Investigation Team conducted an investigation into the incident and determined that the cause of the fire was accidental in nature and originated in the chimney of the residence. The structure was insured and occupied at the time by the owners.

Family Court Arrest Warrant

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on February 23, 2018 Randell Dwyer Jr., 39, of Auburn was arrested on a Family Court Warrant issued by the Seneca County Family Court. Dwyer was stopped by Auburn Police Department for a traffic violation, and it was discovered that Dwyer had an active warrant. Auburn Police Department turned Dwyer over to Sheriff's Deputies, and Dwyer was arraigned in the Town of Tyre Court. Dwyer was committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility and held on $1,000.00 cash bail. Dwyer is to appear in the Seneca County Family Court on February 26 at 10am.

AUO3RD

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on February 23rd, 2018 Tammy M. Kennedy, 53, of Auburn was arrested for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd. The arrest was the result of a traffic stop, where Kennedy was stopped for No or Inadequate headlights. Kennedy was issued tickets, and is to appear in the Town of Tyre Court on March 28th at 6PM


Arrest Warrant

The Seneca County Sheriff's office reports that on 2/22/2018 Deputies arrested Jeffery A. Kemp age 39 of 23 State St Waterloo. The arrest stems from a traffic stop conducted by the Village of Waterloo PD. During the traffic stop Officers were made aware that Kemp had an Active Warrant out of the Town of Waterloo Court for Harassment 2nd . Kemp was then turned over to Deputies and transported to the Village of Waterloo court for arraignment. Kemp was Released and ordered to reappear in the T/Waterloo Court on a later date.


Bench Warrant

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 2/21/2018, Deputies arrested Tahjae P. Napoleon age 20 of Endicott on a Bench Warrant issued through the T/Ovid. The arrest stems from a traffic stop that occurred in the Town of Groton by Tompkins county Deputies. After further investigation Deputies were made aware that Napoleon had an active Bench Warrant out of Seneca County. Napolean was then turned over to the Seneca County Sheriff's office and arraigned in the Town of Varick Court. Napoleon was committed to the Seneca County jail on $500 cash and $1200 bond. Napoleon is to reappear in the Town of Ovid court on a later date.


DWI

On February 20, 2018, at approx. 4pm, the Seneca Co Sheriff’s Office arrested Arthur J. Sinicropi, age 34, of 10 Troup St. Seneca Falls New York for Driving While Intoxicated,  after leaving the scene of a property damage accident. Seneca County Deputies were called to a property damage accident on State Route 89 in the Town of Tyre after the vehicle had fled  from the scene at a high rate of speed after crossing the lane and striking two road signs. Deputies located the vehicle and operator shortly thereafter and determined Sinicropi was intoxicated. Sinicropi was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage MVA, failure to keep right, DWI and Aggravated DWI.  He was arraigned in the Town of Tyre Court and released on his own recognizance. Sinicropi’s next court appearance is set for March 20, 2018 at 9am. The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Seneca Falls Police and the New York State Police.


Identity Theft/Grand Larceny Arrest

On February 20, 2018, at about 10:30am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Michelle M. Richardson, age 41, of 350 Knickerbocker Avenue, Rochester, New York, on several charges relating to an extensive investigation into the unlawful use of credit cards.

 

Richardson was originally arrested on December 21, 2017 by Sheriff’s Investigators in relation to an incident at del Lago Resort and Casino in the Town of Tyre where Richardson allegedly stole a purse containing cash, a cell phone, and eight credit cards.  Further investigation since the arrest revealed that Richardson unlawfully used the eight credit cards on one hundred seventy-two (172) occasions at various stores throughout Monroe County allowing her to illegally obtain $7,195.34 in property. 

 

As a result of this, Richardson was charged with the following:

 

Identity Theft in the First Degree (one count), a Class D Felony

Identity Theft in the Second Degree (three counts), Class E Felonies

Identity Theft in the Third Degree (four counts), Class A Misdemeanors

Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree (three counts), Class E Felonies

Petit Larceny (five counts), Class A Misdemeanors

 

Richardson was arraigned in the Tyre Town Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $15,000 cash bail/$30,000 secured bond.  Richardson is to reappear in Seneca County Court at a later date.  The case remains under investigation and additional charges may be forthcoming.


criminal contempt

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on February 16th, 2018 Deputies arrested David J Corning, Age 51, of 2399 County Road 139, in the Town of Ovid. Upon investigation Corning was charged with Criminal contempt 2nd (Misdemeanor) and Unlawful possession of Marihuana (violation).

Deputies report that Corning allegedly violated a lawfully Court order issued by Seneca County Family Court and was also allegedly in possession of a small amount of marihuana. Corning was issued an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Town of Ovid Court at a later date to answer the charges.


DWI


The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 2-17-18 at about 1:05 AM, Robin A. Barton, 30, of Interlaken was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. Deputies report the arrest was the result of a traffic stop where Barton was stopped for speeding. Barton was issued tickets for Driving While Intoxicated; Driving While Intoxicated with .08% BAC, Speed Over 55MPH, and Refusal to Take Breath  screening test . Barton was released on appearance tickets and is to appear in the Town of Covert Court on March 19th, 2018 to answer to the charges.

 


Structure Fire

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on February 16, 2018, Deputies responded to a structure fire at 673 State Route 96 in the Town of Waterloo. Deputies report the residential structure suffered extensive damage after catching fire at approx. 10:50 PM. The Border City Fire Department with mutual aid assistance from Waterloo, Junius, Varick, Magee, North Side,

Oak Corners, and Geneva Fire Departments quickly extinguished the fire. Home owners Daniel Ellsion and Diane Frenny-Ellison were home at the time of the fire. Daniel was transported to Geneva General Hospital by North Seneca Ambulance and later to Strong Memorial Hospital for signs of smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire has is still under investigation. 135

 


WARRANT ARREST

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on February 16th at 10am, sheriff's deputies arrested 25 year old Dustin E. Robinson, of no permenant address on a bench warrant issued out of the Town of Lodi court for failure to appear on the original charges of Assault 3rd, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal mischief 4th. Robinson was arraigned in the Town of Varick Court and committed to the custody of the Seneca County Sheriff in lieu of $1,000 cash bail, $1,500 secured bond. Robinson is to appear in the Town of Lodi court on the 14th of march at 10am.

 

 


Trespass/ Dis Con

On February 15, 2018 at approx. 9pm, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office arrested Muntaz A. Khan, age 56, of 25 Queens Way D, Camillus NY on one count of Trespass and one count of Disorderly Conduct. On February 15, 2018, Deputies report Khan was asked to leave the Del Lago Casino in the Town of Tyre after arguing with employees. Khan was asked several times to leave the property by law enforcement. Khan refused to do so and continued using obscene language in a public place, which resulted in his arrest. Khan was released on appearance tickets and is to appear before the Town of Tyre Court on March 13, 2018 at 5pm.


Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on February 14th, 2018 at approximately 1:00PM members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Kimberly R. Keller, age 28, of 475 Exchange St. Apt 3, Geneva, NY, following an investigation in to the possessing and trafficking of “crack” cocaine within the local community.  The investigation concluded with a traffic stop on State Route 5 and 20 in the Town of Waterloo.  At the time of the traffic stop, investigators seized multiple baggies of suspected “crack” cocaine and United States Currency.  There were also two young children present in the vehicle during the traffic stop.  Keller was charged with the following:

 

One count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B felony

 

Two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, Class B Felonies

 

Two counts of Unlawfully Dealing with a Child in the First Degree, Class A Misdemeanors

 

One count of Aggravated Unlicensed Operator in the Third Degree, Unclassified Misdemeanor.

 

Keller was arraigned at the Town of Tyre Court where she was released on her own recognizance.  She is scheduled to re-appear in the Town of Tyre Court on 02/21/18 at 1800hrs.  Child Protective Services were notified of the incident.  Sheriff’s Investigators were assisted by members of the Uniformed Road Patrol and the Geneva Police Department.


WARRANT AUBURN CITY

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 02/14/2018 at 03:15pm Deputies arrested Ricardo M. Torres age 29 of 4 Church St Phelps, NY on an Auburn City Court warrant at the Seneca County Courthouse on West Williams St in Waterloo.  Deputies report Torres was wanted for failing to pay fines on AUO 3rd and other  V&T charges, Deputies took Torres into custody and he was  then turned over to the Auburn city police department for further court action.


Criminal Mischief Arrest

On February 14, 2018 at about 1:55pm, Seneca County Sheriff's Investigators arrested Joseph J. Wahl, age 76, of 1777 Union Center Maine Highway, Endicott, New York, on a charge of Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, a Class E Felony.  It is alleged that Wahl intentionally damaged a vehicle located at del Lago Resort and Casino in the Town of Tyre.  Wahl was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Tyre Town Court on March 6, 2018 at 5pm.

Menacing a Police or Peace Officer

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office report the arrest of Anthony J. Battisti, age 33, of 5854 Route 96 Apt. 243 D Romulus, NY. On February 12th 2018 at 11:16 pm Deputies responded to Battisti's residence after a report was made to Seneca County 911 from a third party who stated that Battisti had threatened to physically harm them and that he had made threats about harming himself. Upon arrival at the residence, Sheriff's Deputies made contact with Anthony Battisti at the front of the residence. During this contact, Battisti refused to comply with law enforcement's orders and went back into his residence, then exited the front of the residence displaying a baseball bat and both physically and verbally threatened the officer's at the scene. Battisti continued to refuse to comply with the orders of law enforcement at which time a Taser was deployed by Deputies ,and Battisti was taken into custody .  Deputies report  Anthony Battisti was charged with four counts of Menacing a Police or Peace Officer and was arraigned in the Town of Ovid Court and was remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000.00 cash bail or $10,000.00 secured bond. He is scheduled to return to the court on February 15th 2018 for further proceedings. 


DWI Arrest

Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 02-11-2018 Deputies arrested Trevor L. Duffus, 32, of Geneva, for Driving While Intoxicated. The arrest was the result of a traffic stop where Duffus was initially stopped for speeding on State Route 414 in the Town of Tyre. Duffus was released on appearance tickets, and is to appear in the Town of Tyre Court on March 28th, 2018 to answer to the charges.


CPW3rd CPCS7

02/02/2018, 11:30 pm: Deann Joll, 48, and Steve Clary, 63, were arrested as a result of a traffic stop in the Town of Tyre. During the traffic stop Deputies discovered that the driver--Clary, was in possession of Cocaine, as well as a machete. Deputies also discovered that the passenger-- Joll, was also in possession of Cocaine, and various prescription pills. When asked to identify herself Joll provided a false name. She was subsequently found to be wanted out of the City of Rochester. Clary was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th, an A misdemeanor, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd, a Class D Felony. Joll was charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th, an A misdemeanor, and Criminal Impersonation 2nd, also an A Misdemeanor. Both Clary and Joll were arraigned in the Town of Tyre Court. Joll was committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $500.00 Bail, and Clary was released on his own recognizance. Both are to reappear in the Town of Tyre Court on 02-20-2018 at 5:00pm.


Phone scam

   Seneca County Sheriff W. Timothy Luce wants to alert Seneca County residents about a phone scam that has hit neighboring counties. Sheriff Luce reports that individuals claiming to be a representative from the Civil Division of the Sheriff's Office are claiming that a civil fee had been court-ordered amd must be paid by a pre-paid Visa card to avoid further legal action. This scam has been reported in the Wayne and Cayuga County areas. Sheriff Luce reminds citizens that the Sheriff's Office does not contact individuals by phone regarding payments , or ask for payments over the phone. Disregard any calls from someone demanding cash payments and never give out personal identifying information over the phone. If you receive a suspicious phone call that you would like to report - call the Sheriff's Office at (315) 539-9241 .


Narcotics Arrest

On February 6, 2018 at about 4:30pm, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested Mark P. Pontius, age 54, and Kristie L. Pontius (Kristie L. MacGill), age 42, both of 66 Stark Street, Waterloo, New York, following an investigation into the possession and trafficking of Fentanyl in the local community.  The investigation concluded with a traffic stop on Route 96 in the Town of Waterloo where they were both taken into custody.  At the time of the traffic stop, Sheriff’s Investigators located and seized multiple baggies of suspected Fentanyl.

 

It is further alleged that Kristie L. Pontius has been selling Fentanyl from her residence while two children reside in the home. 

 

Mark P. Pontius was charged with the following:

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B Felony

Criminal Nuisance in the First Degree, a Class E Felony

Unlawfully Dealing with a Child in the First Degree (two counts), Class A Misdemeanors

Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Second Degree, an Unclassified Misdemeanor

 

Kristie L. Pontius was charged with the following:

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (two counts), Class B Felonies

Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B Felony

Criminal Nuisance in the First Degree, a Class E Felony

Unlawfully Dealing with a Child in the First Degree (two counts), Class A Misdemeanors

Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Second Degree, an Unclassified Misdemeanor

 

Kristie L. Pontius was also charged with one count of Prostitution, a Class B Misdemeanor, stemming from a separate incident where she allegedly engaged in a sexual act in exchange for money.

 

Both subjects were arraigned in the Tyre Town Court and were both remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $5,000 cash bail/$10,000 secured bond.  Both subjects are to reappear in the Tyre Town Court on February 12, 2018 at 11am. 

 

Sheriff’s Investigators were assisted by members of the Sheriff’s Office Road Patrol Division, Seneca County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit (K-9 “Aken”), Seneca County Probation Department, and Seneca County Child Protective Services.

 


Falsely reporting

 January 31st, 2018, at approximately 1:40 pm , Deputies arrested Sacha Santana, age 32, and Richard Barnes, age 34, of 117 Wilson St Newark. Santana and Barnes were each charged with one count of falsely reporting an incident 3rd (class A Misdemeanor). Barnes was also charged with Aggravated unlicensed operation 3rd (Unclassified misdemeanor), and 3 other minor traffic tickets.  

The arrest stems from a personal injury accident at the intersection of St Rt 414 and St Rt 318. Deputies report that an SUV being driven by Chelsie Becker, age 28, of Moraiva, NY  was stopped at a red light heading Westbound on St Rt 318 in the Town of Tyre. A Sedan, driven by Richard Barnes was also heading Westboun on St Rt 318 when he rear ended the SUV.

When deputies arrived Richard and Santana allegedly reported false information that was important to the accident. They are both to appear before the Town of Tyre Court on February 20th to answer the charges.  


Aggravated DWI


On 02/04/18 at approx. 1:18 AM  Deputies arrested Brittanie S Monroe, age 22 of Ovid for  Driving while Intoxicated. The arrest stems from an incident where Deputies located Monroe's vehicle in a ditch on Rt 96 in the Town of Romulus.  Monroe was charged with Dwi, Aggravated DWI .18 or more, and failure to keep right. Monroe was arraigned in the Town Of Tyre Court and RORed. Monroe is to appear in the Town of Romulus Court on 02/09/18 at 1000hrs to answer to the charges.



UPM Arrest

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on January 30th, 2018 at 9:30PM,  Deputies arrested Jeffrey P. Maneiro, 29, of 34 Groundsel Dr, Hilton NY on State Route 96 in the Town of Waterloo for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.  Deputies report that Maneiro was found to be in Possession of Marihuana following a traffic stop for Speeding . Maneiro was released on an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Town of Waterloo Court on March 2nd 2018, to answer the charges.

 


 

 


Arrest Warrant

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 01/30/2018 Deputies arrested Garth M. Holford age 27 of Ovid. Deputies located Holford in Elmira NY where he was a passenger in  a vehicle on a traffic stop. Deputies report that Holford had an active Bench Warrant out of the T/Covert Court for failing to pay a fine stemming from a criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marihuana arrest . Holford was transported by Deputies back to Seneca County and was arraigned in the T/Romulus Court and ROR'd. Holford is to return to the T/Covert Court on a later date.  

PETIT LARCENY

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on January 27th at approximately 6:15 pm Sheriff Deputies arrested Steven M. Kilgrove , age 55 of Syracuse for Petit Larceny. Deputies responded to The Waterloo Premium Outlets for the report of a man stealing clothing. Kilgrove was found to be in possession with the stolen merchandise valued at $159.98. Kilgrove was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear to the Town of Junius Court on February 22nd at 6:00 P.M. to answer for the charge. Deputies were assisted by the New York State Police.

 


STOP DWI CRACK DOWN


           For Immediate Release                                                                


Date:  January 29, 2018


Contact Info: Seneca County Sheriff  W. Timothy Luce                                                                       


 


Statewide STOP-DWI Super Bowl Weekend


Crackdown Enforcement Effort


Impaired Driving Crackdown runs February 2nd- 5th, 2018


 


Seneca County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.


 


The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on February 2nd and will end on February 5th. The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event and Super Bowl Weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. New York State Police, County Sheriffs and municipal law enforcement agencies will collaborate across the state and will be out in force in this coordinated effort to reduce the number of alcohol related injuries and deaths.


 


You can help to make a difference by Having a Sober Plan!  Download our mobile app – “Have a Plan” and you will always be able to find a safe ride home www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp


Impaired driving is completely preventable.  All it takes is a little planning.  If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, designate a responsible driver before the game begins. We want fans to remember that it’s a choice.  So root for your favorite team; enjoy your friends and family and remember “DON’T DRIVE, GET A RIDE! 


 


The STOP-DWI Super Bowl Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association with additional funding from the STOP-DWI Foundation courtesy of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.  The Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign also targets St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day Weekend, Halloween and the national Holiday Season in December.


 


Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.

 

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce 



Obscenity 3rd

On January 24, 2018, at approx.. 11am, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office arrested Samuel J. Gray, age 20, of 130 Hemlock Rd, Dundee New York 14837 on two counts of Obscenity in the 3rd degree. On January 9, 2018, Gray allegedly showed a picture of male genitals that was on a cell phone to two juveniles while at work in the Town of Varick. Gray was released on appearance tickets and is to appear before the Town of Varick Court on February 28, 2018 at 7pm.

 


warrants- Harassment 2nd

On January 26, 2018, at approx. 5:30pm, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office arrested Nicole R. Yammine age 26 and Michael M. Yammine age 29 of 1606 Union Center Maine HWY APT 1, Endicott New York 13760 on an Arrest Warrant from the Town of Fayette Court. On 8/19/2017 during a wine tour, both siblings were involved in an altercation with a third party within their touring group. The siblings left the scene prior to law enforcement arriving, causing warrants to be issued. Nicole and Michael Yammine were charged with Harassment in the Second Degree. Once arraigned at the Town of Fayette Court, they were released on their own recognizance to appear before the court again on February 2nd, 2018 at 7pm.


warrant - Fam Ct

On January 28, 2018, at approx. 630pm, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office arrested Brandon M. Hoad, age 27, of 71 Church St, Waterloo New York 13165 on an Arrest Warrant from the Seneca County Family Court. Hoad was found to be in a vehicle that had been stopped by Ontario County Sheriff’s Office earlier in the evening. Hoad was transported back to Seneca County where he was arraigned in the Town of Tyre Court and committed to the Seneca County Jail in lieu of $500 Cash or $1,000 Secured Bond. Hoad is to appear in Seneca County Family Court January 30, 2018 at 10am.

 


Criminal impersonation 2nd degree

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 01/27/18 at approx. 2130hrs Deputies arrested Allan L Murray, age 43 of Ovid for Criminal Impersonation 2nd degree. The arrest stems from an incident that took place at a business in Tyre where Murray was ordered to leave the establishment.  Murray  then falsely identified himself as a Sheriff’s Deputy to Security officers. Murray was arraigned in the Town of Tyre Court and ROR’ed. He is to reappear on 02/20/18 at 0900 hrs to answer to the charges.   


DWAI- Drugs

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on January 21st 2018 Deputies arrested Scott M. Knowlton, 19 of 15 West St. Waterloo NY on State Route 96 in the Town of Fayette. Knowlton was charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Failure to Use Designated Lane. The arrest stems from an investigation of a property damage accident. Knowlton was traveling south bound on State Route 96 when his vehicle veered off the roadway striking a utility pole. While Deputies were investigating the accident Knowlton was found to be impaired. Sheriff's Deputies issued UTTs and  Knowlton is scheduled to appear at the Town of Fayette Court on February 21st 2018 to answer for the charges.
 
 
 

MENACING A POLICE OFFICER

THE SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THAT ON 01/23/18 AT APPROXIMATELY 1:02 PM DEPUTIES ARRESTED NATHANIEL A. MCLEOD, AGE 27 OF 2546 EDWARDS RD WATERLOO, FOR THE FOLLOWING CHARGES; MENACING IN THE THIRD DEGREE A CLASS B MISDEMEANOR, MENACING A POLICE OFFICER A CLASS D FELONY AND AGGRAVATED FAMILY OFFENSE A CLASS E FELONY.

 THE CHARGES STEM FROM A DOMESTIC INCIDENT WHERE IT IS ALLEDGED THAT MCLEOD THREATED A FAMILY MEMBER'S LIFE. MCLEOD THEN WIELDED A KNIFE , THREATENING A DEPUTY. ONCE HE DROPPED THE KNIFE,  MCLEOD TRIED TO EVADE POLICE AND BARRICADE HIMSELF INSIDE THE RESIDENCE UNSUCESSFULLY. MCLEOD WAS APPREHENDED WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT.

 

MCLEOD WAS ARRAIGNED IN THE TOWN OF TYRE COURT AND REMMANDED TO THE SENECA COUNTY JAIL IN LIEU OF $10,000 CASH / $20,000 BOND. MCLEOD IS DUE TO APPEAR IN THE TOWN OF TYRE COURT ON 01/29/18 AT 9AM TO ANSWER TO THE CHARGES.  


DOMESTIC

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on 01/18/18 at approximately 8:28am Deputies arrested Steven T. Grillone, age 30 of 280 Fall St Seneca Falls, following an investigation for a domestic dispute. Sheriff's Deputies report they responded to a report of a domestic in progress at a residence on Rt 96 in the Town of Waterloo. Deputies arrested Grillone as he was leaving the scene after strangling a 35 year old female Seneca Falls resident  to the point of unconsciousness , after breaking items while  six children under the age of 12 were in the home.  Grillone was charged with the following; two counts of Strangulation in the Second Degree (a class D felony), harassment second (a violation), two counts of criminal mischief in the fourth degree ( a class a misdemeanor), six counts of endangering the welfare of a child (a class a misdemeanor) and criminal contempt in the second degree (a class a misdemeanor). Grillone was arraigned in the town of Tyre Court and remanded to the Seneca County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash / $20,000 secure bond. Deputies report that the investigation is continuing and Grillone is due to appear in court on tuesday January 23, 2018 at 4:30 pm to answer  the charges.

Bench Warrant

 


The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on January 16, 2018 at approximately 2PM, Investigators with the Narcotics Unit arrested Dorothy C. Taylor, age 41, with a last known address in Geneva, NY.  Taylor was arrested on a bench warrant for Failure to Appear on original charges of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, both Class B Felonies.  Taylor is accused of selling “crack” cocaine in the Town of Junius during the month of November, 2016.  Taylor was arraigned at the Town of Junius Court where she was committed to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $5,000 cash, $10,000 secured bond.  Taylor is scheduled to re-appear at the Town of Junius Court on January 18, 2018.


 


DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff’s office reports that on January 10th, 2018 at about 01:11 AM , Seneca County Deputies arrested Jayne E Miller, Age 57, of 1790 Gilbert RD, Ovid. Miller was charged with Driving while intoxicated, BAC of .08% or more along with other vehicle and traffic violations.

 

Deputies report that the arrest stems from an accident on County Road 132 in Ovid , in which  Miller ran a stop sign, and drove off the roadway and through a ditch coming to rest on the other side.  Deputies report Miller was uninjured in the accident. Miller was issued appearance tickets and is to reappear in the Town of Ovid court at a later date to answer the charges.


Structure Fire

     Seneca Co. Sheriff Tim Luce reports that on 1/10/18 at 2:42PM Deputies and Investigators reponded to 1229 Birdsey Rd in the Town of Junius for a reported structure fire. Upon arrival Deputies found the cobblestone home fully engulfed.

     The following fire departments and agencies responded to the scene to battle the blaze:

Junius Volunteer Fire Department who was in charge at the scene as well as Magee VFD,Waterloo VFD, Fayette VFD, Border City VFD, Canoga VFD, Varick VFD, Romulus VFD, Geneva City Fire Dept., Oaks Corners VFD, Phelps VFD, North Side VFD, Clyde VFD, Savannah VFD, North Seneca Ambulance, Seneca County Co-Ordinators and the New York State Police. Seneca Falls VFD and Life Net were on stanby while crews battled the blaze. Crews remained on scene until approximately 8pm.

     Deputies said that the residence is owned by Doris and Walter Wolf (both age 75 ). Deputies report that the residence was insured and was a total loss. The Junius Fire Chief has listed the the cause of the fire as undetermined at this time.  


Monthly Snapshot

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR DECEMBER 2017

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT:

Total Calls For Service: 987

Total Arrests: 61

NARCO:

Total new drug cases: 8

Total arrests: 4

CORRECTIONS:

Average Number of Inmates: 91

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $45,079.24, Yearly Total: $553,322.29

CIVIL:

Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 56

Total Income Executions: 23

Total Evictions: 4

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH:

December 5th, 2017: Narco apprehended and charged a suspect for allegedly selling narcotic medication.

December 6-7, 2017: Investigators assisted Geneva P.D. with a murder investigation and apprehension of the suspect.

December 17th, 2017: A man’s life was saved when an off duty deputy used the Heimlich maneuver on a choking victim.

December 20th, 2017: A teenager’s life was saved when deputies used “Narcan” and chest compressions to bring back a youth who had overdosed.

December 28th, 2017: Narco apprehended and charged a suspect for selling “crack” cocaine in the Village of Waterloo.

December 2017: Two investigators were trained as forensic interviewers of children in accordance with training goals and in cooperation with the Child Advocacy Center of the Finger Lakes.

December, 2017:  Investigators arrested 3 suspects for Welfare Fraud totaling 7 charges.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

 


Criminal Contempt 2nd Degree Arrest

Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on January 8th, 2018 at approximately 1145 hours, Sheriff's Investigators arrested Jeremiah P. Hall age 37, of 1 Center Street Waterloo, New York, for one count of Criminal Contempt in the 2nd Degree.

 The arrest stems from an incident where Hall was located at a Town of Waterloo residence with a female with whom he had a stay away order of protection with.

 Hall was arraigned before the Town of Tyre Court and released on his own recognizance.  Hall is to reappear before the Town of Waterloo Court on February 9th, 2018 at 0830 hours.  

 

 

 

 


FCA Warrant of Arrest

On January 5th 2018 at 1030 am Seneca County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Lori J. Agnello age 52 of 19 B Miller Street Seneca Falls on a Seneca County Family Court issued arrest warrant. Agnello was arraigned before Family Court Judge Dennis F. Bender and released to appear at a later date.

 

 

 


CPCS 7th/ UPM arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on December 28th at 2pm, Sheriff's Deputies arrested 24 year old Dylan C. Boyle Slack of 1908 Seneca Street in Rolumus following a complaint at his residence. Slack was found to be in possession of several individual bags of marihuana as well as a quantity of Xanax (alprazolam) a controlled substance. Slack was charged with the violation of unlawful possession of marihuana as well Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree, a class A misdemeanor. Boyle Slack was issued appearance tickets directing him to appear in the Town of Romulus court on the 26th of January at 10:00am to answer the charges. 

Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on December 28th, 2017, the Narcotics Unit arrested Stacie A. Crawford, age 38, of 9890 Glenmark Rd., North Rose, NY. Crawford was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, a Class B Felony. It is alleged that Crawford possessed and sold “crack” cocaine in the Town of Waterloo.  Crawford was arraigned in the Town of Tyre Court where she was committed to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $3,000/$6,000.  She is scheduled to re-appear at a later date.  The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by members of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and Newark Police Department.


Domestic


On 01/01/2018 at about 7:50 Pm Sheriff Deputies responded to a Domestic Incident that occurred in the Town of Waterloo.  Deputies Arrested Robert A. Silbernagel of 989 Waterloo Geneva Road Budget Inn room 35 for the charge of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  The arrest stemmed from a Domestic Incident that occurred in the Town of Waterloo.  It was alleged that Robert got into a verbal altercation and put his hands on a 16 YO , in which he  slammed into the wall.  Silbernagel was not scene when Deputies arrived but was later found at his residence and taken into custody.  He was arraigned in the Village of Waterloo Court and   was released on his own recognizance and is to appear at the Town of Waterloo Court on 01/26/2018 at 9:00 Am to answer the charges.



Seneca County Correction Officers Donate to Golisano Children's Hospital

Seneca County Correction Officers participated in a "No Shave November" fundraising event. Each officer paid a dollar a day not to shave. Female officers and civilian staff participated by wearing colored Tee-shirts. The event raised $1350.00 which was presented to Golisano Children's Hospital. Sheriff Luce stated that he was very proud of his staff for their community involvement. 

DWAI Drugs

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on December 20th 2017 at 05:00 PM Deputies arrested Scott M Knowlton, 19, of 15 West St Waterloo NY on State Route 414 in the Town of Tyre. Knowlton was charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Unlawful Possession of Marihuana and Failure to Use Designated Lane. The arrest stems from an investigation into a two car property damage accident. Knowlton was north bound on State Route 414 when he left the roadway driving over a curb and struck another motor vehicle. His vehicle was towed from the scene. The second vehicle driven by Cynthia A Cecce  age 65 of Seneca Falls NY along with an 8 year old child as a passenger was exiting a Town of Tyre business when they were struck in the driver’s side. Both were uninjured and the vehicle was driven from the scene.  Upon further investigation,  Knowlton was arrested for DWAI- drugs , Sheriff's Deputies report that shortly after being secured in the rear of the patrol car , Knowlton went unconscious. Deputies immediately began CPR and then administered multple doses of Narcan . Knowlton was revived and transported by North Seneca Ambulance to Geneva General Hospital where he was treated and released.   Knowlton was released on appearance tickets and is to appear in the Town of Tyre Court on January 31st 2018 to answer the charges. 

 


Grand Larceny Arrest

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on December 18th, 2017 at approximately 11:54 AM, Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Corey D. Griffen age 28, of 326 Halseyville Road Ithaca for Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a class D felony.

It is alleged that Griffen stole over $6,400.00 worth of auto parts from a Town of Covert business and scrapped them in the City of Ithaca on multiple dates.

Griffen was arraigned before the Town of Tyre Court and committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000.00 bail $10,000.00 secured bond.

Griffen is to reappear in the Town of Covert Court at a later date.  

 

 

 


DWI

On December 13th, at around 8:20pm, Seneca County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a motor vehicle accident on Bromka road near Log City Road. The vehicle's operator, Daniel M. Barton, 53, of 4681 Kings  Romulus NY was East bound on Bromka when he crashed into the ditch. Upon further investigation Deputies determined that Barton was intoxicated, and was arrested for DWI.  Sheriff's Deputies issued Barton tickets for DWI, aggravated unlicensed operator 3rd, operating without insurance, unlicensed operator, uninspected motor vehicle, unregistered motor vehicle, and improper plates. Barton was released on appearance tickets, and is to appear in the Town of Romulus Court on December 22nd.


Prison Contraband/UPM

Seneca Co. Sheriff W. Timothy Luce reports that on 12/11/17 Investigators of the Criminal Investigations Division arrested Tyler J. Lambert,20, currently of the Seneca County Correctional Facility on the charges of Promoting Prison Contrband in the 2nd degree and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. It is alledged that Lambert was in possession of marijuana and a lighter on 12/10/17 while incarcerated in the facility. This incident was due to a "Shake Down" conducted by alert  Correction Officers, after smelling burnt marijuana. Lambert was issued appearance tickets for the Town of Romulus Court and will appear on 12/22/17 at 10:00 am.

Grand Larceny/ID Theft

The Seneca Co. Sheriff W. Timothy Luce reports that on 12/8/17 at 10:00 am Criminal Investigators arrested Kayla M. Voit,20, of 18 Barker St. Seneca Falls at the conclusion of a larceny investigation. Investigators charged Voit with Grand Larceny in the 4th degree( E felony), Identity Theft in the 2nd degree( E felony) and two counts of Petit Larceny. It is alledged that Voit obtained the debit card of an employee at a Town of Varick business and used the credit card information to buy items for herself. Voit was arraigned in the Town of Romulus Court on the charges. Voit was committed to the custody of the Seneca County Correctional Facility in lieu of $250 cash of $500 bond. Voit will appear in the Towns of Seneca Falls Court at an undetermined date and time to answer the Identity Theft and petit larceny charges. Investigators report Voit will appear in the Town of Varick Court for the Grand Larceny 4th degree charge at a later date.

Scam Alert

Sheriff Luce is alerting people about recent scams. Holiday season is also scam season. Scammers will call, email or mail communications that are false in order to steal from the recipients. They often pose as sweepstakes officials, police, IRS agents and even representatives of utility companies like cable, internet and power. Recently a call was received in Waterloo from a scammer posing as a cable T.V. and internet providor. The callers ultimately try to obtain personal information such as dates of birth, social security numbers, account numbers, etc. They may also try and get you to send money and offer “to good to be true” deals. The sheriff warns all citizens to be wary of these scams and to report any suspicious calls to law enforcement as soon as possible. Scammers can be very persistent; if you give them even partial information it can trigger more calls.

 


DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff’s office reports that on November 27th, 2017 at about 12:04 AM , Seneca County Deputies arrested Daniel S Kotyk, Age 65, of 26 ½ Clinton Street Seneca Falls, on Black Brook Road in the Town of Seneca Falls. Kotyk was charged with Driving while intoxicated, Aggravated driving while intoxicated (above .18%), along with other vehicle and traffic violations.

 Deputies report that the arrest stems from accident where Kotyk drove off the roadway and striking two reflector posts and coming to rest in the ditch at the corner of Black Brook road and Clinton Street. Kotyk was arraigned in the Town of Seneca Falls Court where he was ROR’ed. Kotyk is to reappear in the Town of Seneca Falls court at a later date to answer the charges.

AGG DWI, Leaving the scene PD

The Seneca County Sheriff’s office reports that on November 30, 2017 at about 6:16 PM , Seneca County Deputies arrested Jamie L Huff , Age 37, of 7621 County Road 129 Ovid, NY, on Rock River Road in the Town of Ovid. Huff was charged with Driving while intoxicated, Aggravated driving while intoxicated (above .18%), leaving the scene of a property damage accident and unregistered motor vehicle.

Deputies report that the arrest stems from accident where Huff left the scene after going off the road and striking a tree on Rock River Road Town of Ovid. Deputies report that they found Huff at a nearby residence where she was placed under arrest for DWI. Huff was arraigned in the Town of Ovid Court where she was remanded to the Seneca County Correctional facility in lue of $500 cash/ $1000 bond. Huff  is to appear before the Town of Ovid Court on December 19th to answer the charges.


Possession of Stolen Property

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on November 24th  at 08:18PM, Seneca County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Joseph K. Scott, 27, of Draper St Rochester NY, at a local business in the Town of Junius. Scott was found to be in possession of stolen property which was contained inside a tinfoil lined bag.  Scott was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property and Possession of Burglar's Tools . Scott was arraigned in the Town of Junius Court and committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $1,000 cash bail $2,000 secured bond and is to reappear in the Town of Junius Court on December 21st, 2017 to answer the charges.

 


CPCS 7th and Promoting Prision Contraband 2nd

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Reports that on 09/14/17 at approx. 1405 hrs Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested Adrian Selever, 27, for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree and Promoting Prison Contraband 2nd degree. The arrest stems from an incident at the Seneca County Correction Facility where Selever is currently an inmate ,and was found to be in possession of Buprenorphine (suboxone) a narcotic drug. Selever was issued an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Town of Romulus Court on Oct 13 at 10AM. 


Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 07/30/2017 at approximately 2PM, the Narcotics Unit arrested Tyler A. Liberatore, age 20, of Geneva, NY.  The arrest stems from an investigation in the sale of cocaine.  Liberatore was charged with one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd and one Count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd, both class B felonies.  It is alleged that Liberatore sold cocaine in the Town of Waterloo.  Liberatore was arraigned at the Town of Lodi Court where he was remanded on $1,000 cash, $2,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in the Town of Waterloo Court at a later date.

Investigators seized approximatley $2,100 in cash from Liberatore at the time of his arrest.  The Narcotics Unit was assited by members of the Uniformed Road Patrol, Geneva Police Department, and Wayne County Sheriff's Office.


Welfare Fraud

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on 07/27/17 at approximately 5PM, Investigators arrested Rene C. Jordan, age 62, of 411 Waterloo-Geneva Rd, Waterloo, NY.  Jordan was charged with Offering a False Instrument for Filing 1st, Welfare Fraud 5th, and Misuse of Food Stamps.  The arrest stems from an investigation in to welfare fraud where Jordan allegedly received benefits she was not entitled to.  Jordan was released on appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear at the Village of Waterloo Court on 09/06/17 at 5PM.


Drug arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 07/21/17 at approximately 2PM, the Narcotics Unit arrested Timothy P. Ryan, age 35, of Geneva, NY.  Ryan was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Susbtance 3rd, both class B felonies.  Ryan was arrested after an investigation in to the sales of heroin in Seneca and Ontario Counties.  Investigatos were assisted by members of the Geneva Police Department.  Ryan was arraigned at the town of Tyre Court where he was ROR'd, as he is currently committed in Ontario County Jail on similar charges. 

Criminal Solicitation 4th

On July 18, 2017, at about 10:17 am, Seneca County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit arrested Scott W Meldrum, age 29, of Waterloo, New York, on a charge of Criminal Solicitation in the Fourth Degree.  The arrest stems from an incident that occurred on 06/09/17 where Meldrum, who is an inmate at the Seneca County Correctional Facility, requested a female to mail in Suboxone. Meldrum was issued an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Town Of Romulus Court on 08/25/17 at 10:00 am to answer to the charges. 


Auo 2nd and unlicensed operator

On 07/14/17 Seneca County Sheriff Deputies arrested Shane W Walborn, 32 , of 1470 State Route 336 lot 17 Waterloo for Auo 2nd and Unlicensed operator. The arrest stems from a complaint where Walborn had taken a vehicle without consent of the owner. Walborn was released on tickets and is to appear in the Town of Varick Court on 08/29/17 at 1900 hrs to answer to the charges. 

 

 


Harassment 2nd

On 07/13/17 at approx. 2110 hrs Seneca County Sheriff Deputies arrested Jason Mix, 41,  of 6781 County Rd 129 Ovid for Harassment 2nd. The arrest stems from an incident where Deputies were called to the residence for a neighbor problem. While Deputies were on scene Mix made verbal threats towards another person. Mix was issued an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Town Of Romulus Court on 08/25/17 at 1000hrs.

 

 


Bench Warrant

On 07/12/17 Seneca County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Nicholas K Budd, 32,  of no permanent address on a Bench Warrant issued out of the Town Of Covert Court. Budd was arraigned in at the Town Of Junius Court and committed to the Seneca County Jail on 10,000 cash 20,000 bond. Budd is to reappear in the Town Of Covert Court on 07/17/17 at 1100hrs.



Burglary Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on June 1st, 2017 Investigators arrested Nicholas K. Budd, age 32, with no permanent address, and charged him with Burglary 2nd, Class C Felony, and Petit Larceny, Class A Misdemeanor.  It is alleged that on May 22nd, 2017, at approximately 2:30AM, Budd entered a residence in the Town of Lodi and stole property that did not belong to him.  Budd was arraigned at the Town of Covert Court where he was committed to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $5,000 cash, $10,000 secured bond.

Parole Violation/UPM

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 02/17/17 at approx 2:15PM, the Narcotics Unit, along with members of the Uniformed Road Patrol arrested Kyle Craig, age 25, (no permanent address)  on an arrest warrant for a violation of Parole.  Officers observed Craig walking on SR 414 in the Town of Fayette.  Craig was also found to be in possesion of marihuana.  He was brought directly to the Seneca County Jail on the Violation of Parole, and released on an appearance ticket for the Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.  He is scheduled to appear at the Town of Fayette Court at a later date.

Bench Warrant

On 12/05/16 the Seneca County Sheriff's Narcotic Unit assisted by the Road patrol arrested Joshua M Griswold, 20, of Ovid on a bench warrant issued out of the Town of Ovid for failure to pay fine. Griswold was arragined in the Town Of Covert  Court and commited to the Seneca County Jail on $250 cash bail. 

Arrest Warrant

On 12/02/16 at approximately 0904hrs Seneca County Narcotics Unit arrest Kyle E Tohafjian, 21, of Waterloo on an arrest warrant issued out of Wayne County. The arrest stem from a traffic stop where the narcotics unit assisted Waterloo Police Department and Tohafijan was a passenger of the vehicle. Tohafijian was turned over to Wayne County Sheriff's Office.

CPCS 7th and AUO

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on 11/03/16 The Seneca County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit assisted by Waterloo Police Department arrested Curtis E Limner, 37, of Ovid for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd.  Sheriff's investigators found Limner driving with a revoked license and upon further investigation found Limner to be in possession of a quantity of Heroin while in the Village of Waterloo. Limner was arraigned in the Town Of Tyre court and was committed to the Seneca County Jail on $500 cash $1000 secure bond. Limner is to appear in the Village of Waterloo Court on 11/16/16 at 1700hrs to answer to the charges.


Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd

On 10/27/16 at approximately 1856hrs deputies arrested Neil G Coffran for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd. The arrest stem from a complaint where deputies responded to 1607 State Route 414 for a Semi tractor Trailer on fire. Upon arrival deputies discovered that the driver- Coffran had been driving on a suspended license due to Insurance not in effect. Coffran was released on a traffic ticket and is to appear in the Town Of Tyre Court on 11/22/2016 at 1700hrs.

PI car /TT accident

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 10/19/16 at approx 8:30pm Sheriff's  Deputies responded to 1536 yellow tavern road for a PI accident. Deputies report that a tractor trailer driven by Bruce Maybury, 50 of 1640 Aunkst Rd Waterloo was attempting to back off the road when another vehicle was westbound on Yellow Tavern Rd driven by Ronald Swinehart, 58 of 949 Larsen Rd Geneva collided with the tractor trailer. Deputies state that Swineharts Mustang passed underneath the trailer - shearing off the roof of the Mustang, which came to rest just off the road . Ronald Swinehart was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital by LifeNet air ambulance , where he is in critical condition.  The passenger of Ronald’s vehicle (daughter)  Hannah Swinehart, 17  also of 949 Larsen Rd Geneva sustained injuries to her head and chest and was transport to Strong Memorial hospital by South Seneca Ambulance, where she was treated and released.  Waterloo Fire extricated both Swineharts and remained on the scene assiting Deputies for nearly 3 hours while the road was closed for the investigation.  Deputies were also assisted by the Ontario County Sheriff's Office DOT unit . Deputies state  the accident is still under investigation.  


Aggravated unlicensed Operation 3rd

On 10/18/16 Seneca County Sheriff’s Office arrested Joshua D. Norcott, 29 of Waterloo for Aggravated unlicensed Operation 3rd. The arrest stems from a dispute that happened at a local business in the Town of Waterloo. While on the scene deputies learned that Norcott had driven there on a suspended license. Norcott was issued a UTT and released. He is to appear in the Town Of Fayette Court on 11/16/16 at 1700hrs to answer to the charge.


Personal Injury Accident


The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Thursday October 6th at about 7:51pm Sheriff;s Deputies responded to a Personal Injury Accident at 1004 West River road in the Town of Waterloo.

Deputies report that Marcus T Kellar,28 of Geneva was westbound on West River road when his vehicle left the road and stuck a culvert and flipped multiple times.

Kellar was treated at the scene by North Seneca Ambulance and airlifted to Strong memorial hospital. Deputies were assisted by Waterloo police department and Waterloo Fire department. Accident is still under investigation.  



Family Court Warrant

Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 09/12/16 at 7:15pm Deputies arrested Shawn M Ross, 37 of Syracuse on a Family Court Warrant issued out of the Seneca County Family Court. Ross was arragined at the Town of Tyre Court and commited to the Seneca County Jail on $2000 cash $4000 Secure bond. Ross is to appear at the Seneca County Family Court on 09/13/16 at 10am.

Bench Warrant

Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 09/12/16 at 4:18pm deputies arrested Joshua A Morgan, 21 of Waterloo for a bench warrant for failure to pay fine issued out of the Town Of Romulus Court. Morgan was arraigned in the Town of Fayette Court and RORed. Morgan is to reappear in the Town Of Romulus Court on 9/23/16 at 10am to answer to the charge. Deputies were assisted by the Waterloo Police Department.

Petit larceny

On 09/06/16 Seneca County Sheriff’s Office arrested Bryon L. Neal Jr. age 16 of 83 Rauber St Rochester NY for Petit Larceny.  Deputies report that Neal took property from a Town of Junius business. Neal was arraigned in the Town Of Junius Court and committed to the Seneca County Correctional facility on $250cash $500 bond. Neal is to reappear in the Town of Junius Court on 9/15/16 at 7pm to answer to the charge.  


DWI

On 08/18/16 at 06:18pm, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office  arrested Derik Smith, age 38, of 5341 Bassett RD, Burdett  for Driving while intoxicated and aggravated DWI-blood alcohol content.18 or higher. Deputies report they located Smith and his vehicle at a business in the Town of Romulus following a traffic complaint of erratic driving . Smith was arraigned in the Town of Romulus Court and RORed. Smith is to reappear in the Town of Romulus Court on 8/26/16 at 10:00am to answer to the charges.


Auo 2nd and Endangering the Welfare of a Child


Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on July 8th, 2016 at around 2:35Pm Deputies arrested Erika A Santiago, 52 of Kingston NY in the Town of Junius for AUO 2nd and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. It is alleged that Santiago left a small child in a vehicle while she entered a business for a period of time. While on scene Deputies found that Kingston had been operating her vehicle with a suspended license. Santiago was arraigned in the Town Of Waterloo court and remanded to jail on 500 cash 1000 bond. She is to reappear in the Town of Junius court on 7/19/16 at 7pm to answer to the charges.


Family Court Warrants

On April 18th, 2016 at approximately 11:30am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Office arrested Samuel J Eckert, age 27, of Waterloo, on two warrants issued out of Family Court.  Eckert was arraigned in the Town of Fayette Court and was RORed. He was to reappear in Family Court on April 18th at 1:30pm


AUO 3RD

On March 29, 2016 at approx.  2:15pm, in the Town of Waterloo, Sheriff Deputies arrested John H. Houghtaling age 36, of 9000 WYN CTR Rd Lyons, for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Third Degree a class A misdemeanor following a traffic stop for Speeding on State Route 96. Houghtaling was issued UTTS and is to appear in the Town of Waterloo court on 04/27/16 to answer to the charges.


UPM /DWAI Drugs

    On March 18th 2016  at approx. 9 pm Sheriff's Deputies arrested Patrick W. Walsh age 64 of 731 Irdell Rd Trumansburg for DWAI- drugs and unlawful possession of Marijuana. The arrest stems from a traffic stop on State Route 5 and 20 in the Town of Waterloo where the vehicle Walsh was operating had an insufficient tail lamp. Upon further investigation Walsh was found to be in possession of a quantity of marihuana and Sheriff's Deputies found him to be driving while his ability was impaired by drugs.   Walsh was released on appearance tickets and issued a traffic tickets. Walsh is to appear in the Town of Waterloo Court on 04/13/2016 at 1:30pm to answer to the charges.

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