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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

Juvenile Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 05/27/2016 at approximately 4PM deputies charged a juvenile  with Criminal Mischief 4th.  Deputies report that a 12 year old  damaged property to a Waterloo Central School District bus during an incident  05/25/2016 while  in the Town of Junius.  The juvenile and his parents were given an appearance ticket to appear at Seneca County Probation on 06/10/2016 at 4:00PM.

 


Domestic dispute

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 05/26/2016 at approximately 7:30PM deputies responded to a domestic dispute that occurred in a vehicle on Hecker Rd. in the Town of Waterloo.  Deputies arrested Joshua NMI Clark, age 42, of 2395 Reed Rd. Waterloo, NY.  Clark was charged with three counts of Reckless Endangerment 2nd, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing, and Harassment 2nd.  It is alleged that Clark was involved in a physical domestic dispute with a female who was operating a vehicle Westbound on Hecker Rd.  Clark began to punch and choke the female which caused her to lose control of the vehicle.  The vehicle left the North side of the roadway striking a fence and multiple posts.  The vehicle continued to spin out of control and re-entered the roadway crossing over in to the South shoulder.  The female was then able to gain control of the vehicle. At that time, Clark exited the car and the female drove off.  During the incident, there were young children in the back seat. None of the victims requested medical attention from the incident. Clark was arraigned at the Town of Waterloo Court where he was committed to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $5,000/$10,000.  He is scheduled to re-appear on 06/10/2016 at 0930hrs. A class "A" Order of Protection was put in to effect on behalf of the victims. Child Protective Services were also notified of the incident.  Sheriff's Deputies report that the investigation is continuing.

 

 


DWI Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 5/26/2016 at 2:33AM, Sheriff's Deputies arrested 24 year old Curtis A. Tompkins of 1500 Trumansburg Road Ithaca N.Y. for DWI following a traffic stop on State Route 96 in the Town of Ovid. Deputies observed Tompkins speeding (80/55) and following further investigation charged him with DWI including operating a motor vehicle with .08%bac or greater. Tompkins was released on utt's and is to appear in the Town of Ovid court on the 21st of June at 10AM.

PI MVA

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 5-22-16 at about 1109 am Sheriff's Deputies responded to a 1 car PI MVA that occurred on ROUTE 96A in the Town of Romulus . Deputies report a car driven by Stacy L. Watson age 36 of 504 W Chemung St. Painted Post, NY was Southbound on Route 96A,  when the vehicle went off the East side of the road and struck a ditch and rolled over. The vehicle suffered extensive damage.  Watson and her two passengers Holly M Duvall age 41 of 80 John St. Corning, NY and Jason R. Robinson age 16 of 504 W Chemung St. Painted Post, NY were complaining of head and neck pain all three were transported by South Seneca Ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital. Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Ovid and Romulus Fire Departments. The accident remains under investigation.

                                                                                 

                                                                      


Narcotics Arrest

On May 19, 2016 at about 11:59am, the Seneca County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit arrested Austin T. Wheeler, age 19, no permanent address, on a bench warrant issued out of the Waterloo Town Court for failing to appear on a charge of Sale of an Imitation Controlled Substance in the Town of Waterloo.  Sheriff's Investigators also charged Wheeler with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B Felony, and one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B Felony, which relates to an incident in April of 2016 where Wheeler sold a quantity of heroin in the Town of Waterloo.  Wheeler was arraigned in the Waterloo Town Court and was released on his own recognizance.  Wheeler is to reappear in the Waterloo Town Court on May 27, 2016 at 9:30am.

Bench Warrant

Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on May 19th 2016 at 12:30 PM sheriff deputies arrested Jason M Sutton, 22, of 26 E Water St Waterloo NY on a Bench Warrant issued out of the Town of Waterloo Court for Failure to Appear on an original charge of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle in the 3rd Degree. Sutton was arraigned in the Town of Waterloo Court and committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $250 cash bail/$500 secured bond. Sutton is to reappear in the Town of Waterloo Court on May 27th 2016 at 09:30 AM to answer the charges.  

Drug/Hindering Prosecution Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 05/15/2016 at approximately 6:45PM Deputies arrested Courtney B. Bower, age 18, of 4324 Rt. 414, Seneca Falls, NY and John J. Pisano, age 29, with no current address.  The arrest stems from a traffic stop on Hecker Rd. in the Town of Waterloo.  Deputies observed Pisano riding in the passenger seat of a vehicle being operated by Bower.  Deputies had knowledge that Pisano was actively being sought out of the Village of Waterloo for a felony Assault that occurred in April.  As Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, Pisano fled on foot in the area of Hecker Rd. and Brewer Rd.  Pisano fled through an open field and then a hedgerow before being caught by Deputies.  Pisano was then turned over to the Waterloo Police Department for further court action.

Bower was charged with Hindering Prosecution 3rd and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th.  It is alleged that Bower knew there was an active felony warrant for the arrest of Pisano and continued to provide him transportation.  Deputies also report that Bower possessed a quantity of heroin.

Bower was released on appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear at the Town of Waterloo Court on 06/22/2016 to answer to the charges.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by the New York State Police and Waterloo Police Department.

 

 


FC Warrant

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 05/13/2016 at approximately 4:00PM, Deputies arrested James Mosher, age 25, of Elmira, NY.  The arrest stems from Mosher failing to appear for Family Court.  A bench warrant was issued for Mosher and he was located in Horseheads and subsequently turned over to the Sheriff's office.  Mosher was arraigned at the Town of Romulus Court where he was committed to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $2,500.  Mosher is scheduled to appear at the next available Family Court date.

 

 


Drug possession

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 05/13/2016 at approxiamtely 11:30PM Deputies arrested Kristin Carney AKA Kristin Richthammer, age 34, of 4365 Seneca Rd. Lot 43, Trumansburg, NY.  Richthammer was charged with 4 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th and one count of Unlawfully Dealing with a Child 1st.  It is alleged that Carney possessed multiple different controlled substances in her residence.  It is further alleged that Carney possessed the controlled substances while there were children staying at the residence.  Carney was arraigned at the Town of Lodi Court where she was committed to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $1,000.  She is scheduled to appear at the Town of Covert Court on 06/06/2016 at 10:00AM.

Deputies report Child Protective Services were notified about the incident.

 

 


Domestic Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on Friday May 13th shortly after 11pm, Sheriff's Deputies arrested 41 year old Michael J. Schott of 4365 West Seneca Road lot #43 in Trumansburg for 2 Counts of Criminal Contempt in the 2nd degree. The arrest stems from Sheriff's Deputies responding to the residence for the report of a domestic dispute. Deputies later learned that Schott was not supposed to be around a female victim or her 16 year old daughter who were both at the residence. Schott was arraigned in the Town of Lodi court and remanded to the custody of the sheriff in lieu of $250 cash bail and is to re-appear in the Town of Covert court on June 6th. Deputies were assisted on scene by members of the Trumansburg Police Department.

Seneca Sheriff Launches face book page

Seneca County Sheriff W. Tim Luce announces the launch of the Sheriff’s Office face book page.  This page will be use as a tool to keep the public notified of things happening with their Sheriff’s Office.  On the Face book page you will find a listing of upcoming events, and details that the Sheriff’s Office will be performing including, but not limited to, K9 demonstrations, Child safety seat check points, child Identification programs, safety programs and special details.  News releases will also be listed to include arrests, weather alerts, scams and general news about the Sheriff’s Office.  Action photographs of incidents and events will periodically be posted. Sheriff Luce stated that the face book page is another step in his efforts to enhance Community Policing in Seneca County.Anyone viewing the face book page is reminded that in the event of an emergency please call 911 and not message the Sheriff’s Office on FB.

The link for the page is: 

https://www.facebook.com/Seneca-County-Sheriffs-Office-1010440589035773/

CPCS 7th / AUO 3rd

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 05/12/2016 at 08:08am   Deputies arrested Harriet Ndagire age 30 of 311 Arborwood Lane Rochester, NY for the charge of AUO in the third degree also two counts of Criminal Possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree. While checking on a report of a reckless driver , and locating and pulling the vehicle over , Deputies found that Ndagire was operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license  on Rt 96A in the Town of Romulus. Upon further investigation Deputies found  Ndagire to be in possession of controlled substances that where not prescribed to her.  Ndagire was arranged in the Town of Varick and was committed to the Seneca County Jail on $500.00 cash bail or $1,000.00 Secured Bond. Ndagire is to appear in the Town of Romulus Court at a later date and time. Deputies report that the investigation is continuing.


DI Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on May 11, 2016 at approximately 10:00pm Sheriff's Deputies arrested Matthew J Haws, age 29 of 4265 St Rt 96A Fayette, for Harassment 2nd.  It is alleged that on April 30, 2016 while at a residence in the Town of Waterloo Haws engaged in a physical altercation with a female victim that resulted in the victim sustaining minor injuries.  Haws was arraigned at the Waterloo Town Court where he was ROR'd.  Haws is schedule to reappear on May 27, 2016.  An Order of Protection was issued on behalf of the victim.

 

 


IRS SCAMS

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office has been getting alot of calls in regards to the following:

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


Domestic Dispute

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 05/08/2016 at approximately 3:30PM Deputies responded to Yellow Tavern Rd. for the report of a domestic dispute.  Deputies arrested Sonya Gussler, age 33, of 5854 Rt. 96, Romulus, NY.  Gussler was charged with Harassment 2nd and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  Gussler is accussed of punching a male in the face causing swelling and bruising while in close proximity to a small child.  Gussler was arraigned at the Town of Fayette Court where she was released on her own recognizance.  She is scheduled to re-appear on 06/01/2016 at 7PM.  A class "A" order of protection was issued on behalf of the victims. 

 

 


DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 05/07/2016 at approximately 8PM Deputies arrested Lindsay Cameron-Rayno, age 34, of 418 Woodhill, Newark, NY.  Cameron-Rayno was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Driving with a BAC of.08 % or more.  Cameron-Rayno's arrest stems from a civilian complaint of an intoxicated driver at a Town of Junius business.  Cameron-Rayno was released on appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Junius Court on 05/31/2016 at 7:00PM. 

 

 


Narcotics Arrest

On May 6, 2016, at about 12:05pm, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested Austin T. Wheeler, age 19, no permanent address, on two counts of Sale of an Imitation Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana following a narcotics investigation.  It is alleged that Wheeler sold imitation controlled substances in the Village of Waterloo and Town of Waterloo.  While taking Wheeler into custody, Sheriff’s Deputies discovered Wheeler was in possession of a quantity of marihuana.  Wheeler was arraigned in the Waterloo Town Court before Judge Folk and released on his own recognizance.  Wheeler is to reappear in the Waterloo Town Court on May 13, 2016 at 12pm and is to reappear in the Waterloo Village Court on June 1, 2016 at 5pm.


Fugitive from justice arrest

On 5-6-16 Seneca County Sheriff's Investigators arrested Karen J. McBroom, age 44 of 9 Barker Street Seneca Falls, NY as a fugitive from justice.  While being released from the Seneca County Correctional Facility it was discovered that McBroom had an active arrest warrant from the State of Missouri.  McBroom was arraigned in the Town of Fayette where she was comitted to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on no bail.  McBroom will appear in Seneca County Court for a extradition hearing at a later date.        

Narcotics Arrest

On May 5, 2016, at about 10:15am, the Seneca County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit arrested Samuel L. McCullough, age 25, of 104 Hickory Manor Drive, Rochester, New York, on charges of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B Felony, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B Felony.  It is alleged that McCullough sold crack cocaine in the Town of Waterloo.  McCullough was arraigned in the Covert Town Court and remanded back to the Seneca County Correctional Facility as he is currently being held on $100,000 cash bail/$200,000 secured bond related to multiple other charges.

Monthly Snapshot

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE                                                        MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR APRIL 2016:

LAW ENFORCEMENT: Total Calls For Service: 1086 Total Arrests: 49

NARCO: Total new drug cases: 6 Total arrests: 2 

CORRECTIONS: Average Number of Inmates: 72 Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $54,756.00; Yearly Total: $144,737.52 

CIVIL: Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 41 Total Income Executions: 26 Total Evictions: 7 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH: 

04/01/2016: Officers used “Project Lifesaver” to find a missing Vulnerable Adult who had wandered off in Seneca Falls. The equipment functioned flawlessly and the missing person was found safe and sound.  

04/04/2016: A driver involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred in August 2015, on Route 5, Montezuma Flats was indicted on several felonies including Criminally Negligent Homicide and Manslaughter.  

04/11/2016: The Narco Unit took down a Crack Cocaine Dealer in Waterloo for selling Crack in Seneca County.

Road patrol caught three narcotic possessions on traffic stops during the month—cocaine, heroin and narcotic pills. 

04/13/2016: A Town of Lodi residential Burglary was solved; the suspect was arrested.   

04/15/2016: An indictment was obtained for Attempted Murder in an extreme Domestic Violence case in the Town of Covert. 

04/22/2016: A Corrections Officer Academy hosted by our Sheriff’s Office successfully concluded. 18 Officers from Seneca, Ontario, Yates and Wayne County attended.  

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

 


Drug arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 05/02/2016 at approximately 4PM deputies made multiple arrests after a traffic stop on State Route 5 and 20 in the Town of Waterloo. Deputies arrested Erin Smith, age 24, and Daniel Smith, age 29, both of 43 1/2 Fall St. Seneca Falls, NY and Amanda Eaves, age 31 of 73 Madison St. Geneva, NY.  Daniel Smith was charged with AUO 3rd after a traffic stop.  Upon further investigation, it is alleged that the passengers and driver all possessed cocaine and heroin.  All three occupants were charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th.  They were then arraigned at the Town of Junius Court where they were committed to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $750/$1500.  They are scheduled to appear at the Town of Waterloo Court on 05/12/2016 at 12:30PM.  Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Seneca County Sheriff's Office K9 Unit and the New York State Police.

  


Domestic Dispute

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 05/01/2016 at approximately 7PM Deputies responded to 2238 Edwards Rd., Waterloo, NY for the report of a domestic dispute.  Deputies arrested Michael Tighe, age 26, of the above address and charged him with the following:

Endangering the Welfare of a Child- Class A Misdemeanor

Unlawful Imprisonment 2nd- Class A Misdemeanor

Criminal Mischief 4th- Class A Misdemeanor

Harassment 2nd- Violation.

It is alleged that Tighe was involved in an altercation while in the presence of a child.  Tighe refused to let the victims leave the residence and barricaded the door.  He also allegedly broke a picture frame and threatened physical violence towards the victims.

Tighe was arraigned at the Town of Waterloo Court where he was released on his own recognizance.  He is scheduled to appear at the Town of Waterloo Court on 05/27/2016 at 9:30AM.  A class "A" order of protection was issued on behalf of the victims.  Child Protective Services were notified of the incident.

 

 


PIMVA

  The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 4-29-16 at about 1205 am Sheriff's Deputies responded to a 1 car mva that occurred on Co Rd 139 in the Town of Ovid . Deputies report a truck driven by Kaili M Collins age 25 of 8262 County Rd 129 Lodi was Westbound on County Road 139 , just west of Co Rd 129, when the vehicle went off the north side of the road and struck a rock lined ditch. The vehicle suffered extensive damage and Collins was treated at the scene by Trumansburg Ambulance and transported to Geneva General Hospital where she was then airlifted by Lifenet to Upstate Medical Hospital in Syracuse , where she is being treated for head injuries and is in critical condition. Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Ovid , Lodi and Interlaken Fire Departments. The accident remains under investigation


Forcible Touching/Pubilc Lewdness

The Seneca County Sheriff’s office reports that on April 27, 2016at 6:33pm, Seneca County Deputies arrested Andrew McDougal , age 17, of 4887 St Rt 96a, Romulus, NY, at 4887 St Rt 96a in the Town of Varick.  He was Charged with Forcible Touching (Class A Misdemeanor), Public Lewdness (Class B Misdemeanor) and Harassment 2nd (a Violation).

The arrest stemmed from an incident that occurred April 24th around 10:30pm. It is alleged that McDougal Pulled down his pants in front of someone and then grabbed them. McDougal was arraigned in the Town of Varick Court and released on his own recognizance. McDougal is to appear again in court the 29th of June at 7pm in the Town of Varick Court.  


Criminal Impersonation Arrest

On 04/26/16 at 5:10 pm, The Seneca County Sheriff's Office Investigators arrested Desiree R. Bates age 28 of 23 Seneca Road Seneca Falls, NY for criminal impersonation in the second degree.  The charge stems from an investigation into an incident on march 29, 2016 at the Seneca County Jail where Bates is incarcerated .  Bates made a phone call to another person pretending to be a employee of the Seneca County Jail to get them to release her from jail.  Bates was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of Romulus Court on May 13, 2016 to answer to the charge.   

Welfare Fraud and Grand Larceny

The Seneca County Sheriffs Office reports on April 20,2016 at 4:45pm, Sheriff Investigators arrested Shelby J. Betts age 25 of 114 Madison St Apt 4 Newark NY on a warrant issued out of the Village of Waterloo Court for Welfare Fraud 4th degree and Grand Larceny 4th degree, both charges are class E felonies.  Betts was arriagned before the Village of Waterloo Court, ROR'd and is to reappear on May 4, 2016 at 5 pm to answer to the charge. 

Official Misconduct Arrest

   04/25/2016: Seneca County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca Falls man for Official Misconduct and Unauthorized Use of a Computer after following up on a Domestic Violence case that occurred earlier this month.    On 04/01/2016, Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Steven J Farnsworth, age 36, of 27 Garden Street, Seneca Falls, N.Y. He was charged with two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, two counts of Harassment 2nd degree and one count of Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood Circulation. These charges were the result of an ongoing investigation into Domestic Violence. It was alleged that Farnsworth subjected a Town of Seneca Falls Female to physical violence, choking and threats over several different dates—sometimes in the presence of children. Farnsworth was arraigned on these charges and was committed to the Correctional Facility on $1000 cash, $4000 bail bond. A full stay-away Order of Protection was issued by the court.   Further investigation has uncovered allegations that from October 2015 to March 2016 Farnsworth used his access and authority as a Seneca County E911 Dispatcher to obtain personal information on the female victim involved in the Domestic Violence case. It is alleged that Farnsworth accessed this information via the Seneca County 911 computer system and the New York State Integrated Justice Portal. Farnsworth was arraigned in the Town of Fayette Court and released to reappear in the Village of Waterloo Court on May 4th 2015. On 04/22/2016 Farnsworth resigned from his 911 position.           

AUO 1st

               The Seneca  County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 04-24-2016 at approximately 8pm a couple from Staten Island were arrested following a traffic stop. Deputies report that a vehicle was observed heading West bound on State Route 96, in the Town of Ovid, passing another vehicle on a solid line. Deputies stopped the vehicle and it was determined that the driver, Deveraler T. Mark, 70, of 52 South St ,  Staten Island  NY was operating the motor vehicle with a Suspended License involving 21 tickets on 12 separate dates. Deveraler was arrested for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 1st, and Improper Passing. Deputies also report that upon further investigation the passenger, Miranda Mark, 56, (same address) reported that she knew her husband, Deveraler, had a suspended license.  Deputies charged Miranda Mark for Facilitating Unlicensed Operation 1st.

Both were arrigned in the Town of Romulus Court and  Deveraler Mark  was remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility, and held on $5,000 cash bail, $10,000 Secured Bond. Miranda Mark  was remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility, and held on $1,000 cash bail, and $10,000 Secured Bond. Both parties are to appear in the Town of Ovid Court on 04-28-2016 at 8pm.


DWI/ Agg DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 04-22-2016 at approximately  9 pm a Penn Yan resident was charged with Aggravated Driving while Intoxicated following a  one car Motor Vehicle Accident. Deputies report, Jessica A. Robideau, 29, of 114 Main St Penn Yan was charged with Aggravated Driving while Intoxicated BAC .18 or Higher, Driving While Intoxicated, and Failure to Use Designated Lane. Deputies were originally called to the area of State Route 96A and West River Road, in the Town of Fayette for a Motor Vehicle Accident. Deputies report that Robideau had struck a sign and went off the road into the ditch,  upon further investigation,  Deputies determined  Robideau to be under the influence of Alcohol.  Robideau was issued appearance tickets, and is to appear in the Town of Fayette Court on 05-18-2016 at 7pm to answer to the charges.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by the NY State Troopers, Border City Fire Department, and North Seneca Ambulance

larceny

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Department reports that a Syracuse man was arrested following an incident that occurred at the Waterloo Outlet mall on April 13th around 3:20 pm.

 

Gregory T. Cerul, 31, of Syracuse is accused of stealing merchandise valued at $215.00 from a Town of Junius business.  Sheriff’s Deputies charged Cerul with petit larceny, and issued him an Appearance Ticket.

 Cerul is scheduled to appear in Junius Town Court on May 12th at 6:00 pm to answer the charge against him.

Endangering and harassment

The Seneca County Office reports that on April 22nd, 2018 at 2:47pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Shania Sullivan age 19, of 4887 St Rt 96A Romulus, NY, at 4887 St Rt 96A, in the Town of Varick. Upon investigation Sullivan was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child and Harassment 2nd.

Deputies report that the arrest stems from an incident that occurred around 7:58am when Sullivan allegedly punched and choked a 14 year old female. Sullivan is to appear in Varick court on 04/27/2016 to answer the charges.


Criminal Mischief

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 04/19/2016 at approximately 6:30PM Deputies responded to Main St. Willard for the report of a domestic dispute.  Deputies arrested Briana P. Dahl, age 21 of 145 Cottage St. Apt 1, Auburn, NY.  It is alleged that Dahl damaged property in excess of $250 during the dispute.  Dahl was charged with one count of Criminal Mischief 3rd, Class E Felony.  Dahl was released on an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear at the Town of Romulus Court on 06/03/2016 at 10:00AM.

 

 


Scheme to Defraud/Larceny Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 04/19/2016, Deputies arrested Nikolas P. Sinn, age 24, of 1400 W. River Rd. Waterloo, NY.  Sinn was charged with one count of Petit Larceny and one count of Scheme to Defraud.  It is alleged that Sinn attempted to sell items via the internet to multiple individuals that he did not own, and did not deliver.  Sinn, who is currently incarcerated at the Seneca County Jail on similar charges, was released on appearance tickets.  He is scheduled to appear at the Town of Fayette Court on 06/15/2016 at 7:00PM.  Deputies ask that if there are any more suspected victims of Sinn, to contact the Sheriff's Office at 315 539-9241 to report the crime.

 

 


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


Barn Fire

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on April 16, 2016 at approximately 6:47pm Sheriff's Deputies responded to a barn fire located at 2302 Yerkes Road in the Town of Romulus. Deputies report that when they arrived the barn was fully engulfed with heavy black smoke showing. The barn , owned by Mark Otto age 34 of the same address had no valuables or livestock inside but barn was a total loss.

 

Romulus Fire Department was the lead agency and was also assisted by Fayette, Varick, Canoga, Hector and Ovid Fire Departments. There were no injuries reported from this fire. The cause of the fire was reported as a brush fire that was carried by the wind to the nearby barn.


Attempted Murder Charge on Case of Extreme Domestic Violence.

04/15/2016: A Town of Covert man has been indicted for Attempted Murder subsequent to an investigation into a case of extreme Domestic Violence. Sheriff Tim Luce reports that on April 9th, 2016 at about 4:36AM the Sheriff’s Office responded to a Domestic Violence Incident in progress at 4739 Seneca Road in the Town of Covert. Upon arrival deputies observed a female victim with serious physical injuries. There was a large amount of blood and other physical evidence at the scene. The suspect: Don P. Sipp, age 40, of 4739 Seneca Road, Town of Covert—(Trumansburg mailing address), was also present at the scene with minor injuries. Both were transported by ambulance to Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, N.Y. The victim was relayed to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, P.A. and admitted for treatment.  The victim suffered multiple cuts including a cut to the neck as well as cuts to her face. The victim also sustained multiple contusions and fractures to her face and body. The suspect was treated and released from Cayuga Medical and taken into custody.   Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators continued the investigation and processing of the scene. After a preliminary investigation the suspect was charged with two counts of Assault in the 1st degree—(Class B Felonies). He was arraigned in the Town of Fayette Court and committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility with no bail. The investigation continued in conjunction with the Seneca County District Attorney’s Office. Interviews were conducted and a large amount of evidence was obtained and correlated.  The victim was released from the hospital on April 12th, 2016. The case was then presented to the Seneca County Grand Jury. The following indictments were obtained: Attempted Murder in the 2nd degree—(Class B Felony), two counts of Assault 1st degree—(Class B Felonies), Assault in the 2nd degree—(Class D Felony) and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd degree—(Class D Felony). Sipp continues to be committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on no bail. The victim has been referred to Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes for Victim Services.

Structure Fire

The Seneca County Sheriff's office reports that on April 14th at 1045PM, Sheriff's Deputies responded to the Verona Village Apartment complex located at 2276 County road 139 in the Town of Ovid for the report of a Structure fire. Upon Deputies arrival, they noticed heavy thick black smoke and flames coming from the C block of the complex. Deputies immediatly began evacuating the apartments. Several elderly tenants were woken up by Sheriff's Deputies and removed from their smoke filling apartments. One tennant was treated at the scene by South Seneca Ambulance for smoke inhalation. The fire was started in apartment #C1, rented by 69 year old Douglas O. Sickler. The blaze was believed to be caused by a cigarette butt that was not properly put out inside of a butt can located directly outside of the front door to apartment #C1. the Ovid fire department extinguished the fire along with mutual aid from the Interlaken, Lodi and Trumansburg fire departments. Deputies were also assisted on scene by the New York State Park Police.

Town of Lodi Burglary Solved

04/13/2016: Seneca County Sheriff's Investigators arrested David J. Rosenberger, age 31, of 665 School Street, Skaneateles Falls, N.Y. on two felony charges as the result of a Burglary Investigation. It is alleged that Rosenberger entered a Town of Lodi residence on or around 04/06/2016 and stole $1250.00 worth of Jewlery. Rosenberger was charged with Burglary 2nd, a class C felony and Grand Larceny 4th, a class E felony. Sheriff Luce stated that Investigators recovered the stolen property at a pawn shop in the City of Auburn. Rosenberger was arrested at his residence and then arraigned in the Town of Lodi Court. He was released by the Court to appear at a later date to answer the charges.

Narcotics Arrest

On April 11, 2016, at about 11:10am, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested Teshawn L. Jones, age 23, of 141 High Street, Apartment Seven, Geneva, New York, on several charges related to the sale and distribution of crack cocaine in the local community.  It is alleged that Jones sold crack cocaine on two separate occasions recently in the Town of Waterloo.  After Jones was taken into custody, he attempted to conceal a quantity of crack cocaine intended to be sold which was later discovered by Sheriff’s Deputies.  Jones was charged with:

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

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

Jones was arraigned in the Covert Town Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $5,000 cash bail/$10,000 secured bond.  Jones is to reappear in the Waterloo Town Court on April 14, 2016 at 5pm.

The Narcotics Unit was assisted by members of the Sheriff’s Office Uniform Road Patrol and the New York State Police.


Domestic Violence Assault Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, Sheriff Investigators arrested Don P. Sipp age 40 of 4739 Seneca Rd East Trumansburg NY  on two counts of Assault in the 1st degree.  Charges stem from a domestic dispute in the Town of Covert where it is alleged Sipp attacked and cut the throat and the face of a victim during the early morning hours of April 9, 2016.  The victim received extensive injuries and was transported to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre PA from Cayuga Medical Center for further treatment.  Sipp was arraigned before the Town of Fayette court and was committed to the Seneca County Correction Facility withno bail.  Sipp is to reappear on April 14th to answer to the charges.  The investigation is continuing.


DWAI-drug /CPCS Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on April 10, 2016 at approximately 3:00pm Sheriff Deputies arrested Vincent E Freeman, age 51 of 14 Castle St Geneva, for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th and Criminal Possession of Marijuana 4th.  Also arrested was James R Boorman, age 27 of 3580 Route 96 Waterloo, for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th and Criminal Possession of Marijuana 4th.  The arrests stems from an investigation into a suspicious vehicle on Zwick Rd in the Town of Fayette. 

Freeman, who is also on NYS Parole, was arraigned on the above charges as well as a Violation of Parole Warrant that was issued by NYS Parole as a result of this incident.  Freeman was remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility without bail.  He is scheduled to reappear at the Fayette Town Court on May 4, 2016.

Boorman was released on appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear at the Fayette Town Court on May 4, 2016 to answer the charges.


Trespass

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on April 10th, 2016 at 01:12 AM,  Deputies arrested Allison R Perozzi, 19, of 2469 Route 444 Bloomfield NY on Rt 336 in the Town of Varick for a Trespass that had occurred in the Town of Romulus. It is alleged that Perozzi was involved in a dispute  in the Town of Romulus and fled the scene. Perozzi was then later apprehended following a routine traffic stop on Rt336 for Failure to Keep Right. Perozzi was released on appearance tickets and is to appear in the Town of Romulus Court on May 20th 2016, to answer the charges.


Larceny

The Seneca County, Sheriff's Office reports, on 04/09/2016 at approximately 4:45PM, Deputies arrested Shyasia West, age 18, of 117 Charlotte St., Syracuse, NY.  West was charged with Petit Larceny and two counts of Possession of Burglars Tools.  It is alleged that West stole items from a Town of Junius business.  It is further alleged that West was in possession of two separate items used to facilitate the larceny.  West was released on appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear at the Town of Junius Court on 05/10/2016 at 7:00PM.  Deputies were assisted at the scene by the NYSP.

 


Warrant Petit Larceny

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 04/08/2016 at 07:15am Deputies arrested Jamahl J. Null age 46 of 45 Hillside Drive Geneva NY.  The warrant was  out of the Town of Waterloo court for petit larceny. Deputies report that on Oct 8 2015 Null allegedly took alcohol from a Town of Waterloo business.   Jamahl was arraigned by Town of Waterloo Court before Justice Folk and was ROR’ed on the charges. Jamahl is to reappear back in Waterloo Town court at a later date and time.


Drug Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 04/06/2016 at approxiamtely 4PM, Deputies stopped a vehicle on Stark St. in the Village of Waterloo.  Upon further investigation, Sheriff's  Deputies charged a passenger in the vehicle, Mariah Dann, age 21, of 8471 King St., Port Byron, NY with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th.   It is alleged that Dann possessed a quantity of Oxycodone.  Dann was released on an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear at the Village of Waterloo Court on 04/27/2016 at 5:00PM.  Deputies were assisted at the scene by the New York State Police.

 

  


Warrant Arrest

The Seneca County sheriff's Office reports that on April 6th at 5:45AM, Sheriff's Deputies arrested 26 year old Stacey L. Courtright of 7183 main street Ovid N.Y. on a warrant issued out of Seneca County Court for Violation of Probation. As County Court was not in session, Courtright was committed directly to the Seneca County Correctional Facility pending further Court action.

Oswego man charged with manslaughter


Seneca County Sheriff  Tim Luce reports that Seneca County Sheriff’s investigators, working in conjunction with the Seneca County District Attorney’s office , after an extensive investigation has charged Ralph C brown AGE 57 of 37 Wintergreen point Road in Oswego New York for the following:

Criminal Offenses are  : Manslaughter in the second degree a class C felony, criminally negligent homicide, a class E felony, assault in the second degree a class D felony and assault in the third degree a class a misdemeanor. Vehicle and traffic Offenses are :  reckless driving, driving while the ability impaired, failure to keep right, failure to use designated lane and failure to yield one half of roadway.

The charges stem from a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred on NY State Route five in the area of the Montezuma wildlife refuge on August 9th 2015.  It is alleged that Brown was operating a 2007 Ford F350 pickup truck westbound while his ability was impaired .  Investigators report Brown crossed  the centerline into oncoming traffic striking a 2008 Ford F150 pickup truck being operated by Josiah P Robin AGE: 20 of 10641 State Route 90 Locke New York,  head- on in the eastbound lane.  Browns vehicle came to rest on State Route five and Robin’s vehicle left the roadway and came to rest in the south ditch turning onto its driver’s side.  Brown’s vehicle after the crash had a minor fire which was extinguished.  Robin’s vehicle after coming to rest in the ditch caught fire.  Robin was pinned inside the vehicle and several bystanders including members of the New York State Park police attempted to extinguish the fire and remove Robin from the vehicle.  They were unable to extricate Robin from the vehicle before it was fully engulfed in flames.  Robin perished in the fire from his injuries.  Brown and his passenger were taken from the scene and transported to upstate medical hospital in Syracuse New York.  Brown was admitted to the hospital and his passenger was treated and released. The   Seneca County Sheriff’s Department reconstructed the scene and the roadway was closed for several hours.     Investigators report Brown was arraigned before Seneca County Superior Court Judge Bender on 04-04-16 at two pm where he was ROR'd and is to reappear at a later date for further court action.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the York State Park police, Seneca County District Attorney’s Office, north Seneca ambulance, Magee, Seneca falls and red jacket fire departments, Seneca County Fire coordinators, Seneca falls police and state police.

 

 

 



Domestic Violence Arrest

04/01/2016: The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that a Seneca Falls man was arrested after an investigation into ongoing Domestic Violence. Arrested was: Steven J. Farnsworth, age 36, of 27 Garden Street, Seneca Falls, NY. Farnsworth was charged with two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, two counts of Harassment 2nd   degree and one count of Criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation. It is alleged that Farnsworth engaged in Domestic Violence on more than one occasion with a Town of Seneca Falls female by subjecting this female to physical violence, threats and choking. The Endangering charges stem from the physical violence being perpetrated in the presence of children. Farnsworth was arraigned before the Town of Waterloo court, committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility in lieu of $1000 cash, $4000 bail bond. A full state-away Order of Protection was issued. Farnsworth is to appear before the Town of Seneca Falls court on April 7, 2016 at 7 pm to answer to the charges. This investigation is continuing.     

Narcotics Arrest

On April 1, 2016, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested two subjects following an ongoing investigation into the sale and distribution of heroin and opiate pills in the Village of Waterloo.Arrested were the following: Kley M. Greenfield, age 33, of 21 ½ West Main Street, Waterloo, New York, was charged with three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, Class B Felonies, and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, Class B Felonies.  It is alleged that Greenfield sold heroin on two separate occasions and sold a quantity of oxymorphone, commonly known as Opana, on one occasion, while in the Village of Waterloo.  Greenfield was arraigned in the Waterloo Town Court and remanded back to the Seneca County Correctional Facility.  Greenfield is to reappear in the Waterloo Town Court at a later date. Daniel R. Paulsen, age 49, of 29 Wycliffe Road, Waterloo, New York, was charged with two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, Class B Felonies, and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B Felony.  It is alleged that Paulsen sold heroin on two separate occasions while in the Village of Waterloo.  Paulsen was arraigned in the Waterloo Town Court and remanded back to the Seneca County Correctional Facility.  Paulsen is to reappear in the Waterloo Town Court at a later date. Both Greenfield and Paulsen are already remanded to the Correctional Facility in relation to multiple drug charges stemming from two search warrants that were executed on February 19, 2016. Sheriff’s Investigators worked closely with members of the Waterloo Police Department on this joint investigation. 

Warrant Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 3/30/2016 at 7PM, Sheriff's Deputies arrested 24 year old Nikolas P. Sinn of 1400 West River Road in Waterloo on a Bench Warrant issued out of the Town of Ovid Court stemming from the original charges of petit larceny and Scheme to defraud. Sinn was arraigned in the Town of Romulus court and was committed to the custody of the
Sheriff in lieu of $10,000 cash bail $20,000 bond. He is to re-appear in the Town of Ovid Court on the 12th of April at 10am.

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.


Harassment 2nd /CM 4th Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on March 24, 2016 at approximately 8:00 am Sheriff Deputies arrested Shawn C Lurcock, age 40 of 1600 W Blaine Rd Romulus, for Harassment 2nd and Criminal Mischief 4th.  It is alleged that Lurcock struck a male victim and also damaged property belonging to the victim during a domestic dispute.  Lurcock was arraigned at the Covert Town Court where he was remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility in lieu of $250 cash $500 secured bond.  Lurcock is to reappear at the Romulus Town Court at a later date.  An Order of Protection was issued on behalf of the victim.

 

 


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.

Narcotics Arrest

On March 25, 2016, at about 9:30am, the Seneca County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit arrested Fabian T. Reid, age 36, of 100 Lewis Street, Apartment One, Geneva, New York, on charges related to the sale and distribution of crack cocaine in the local community.  It is alleged that Reid sold crack cocaine in the Town of Waterloo.  Reid was charged with:

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

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

Reid was arraigned in the Waterloo Town Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on no bail.  Reid is to reappear in the Waterloo Town Court on March 30, 2016 at 1pm.


Sheriff Luce Announces Promotions

Due to vacancies at the Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Luce has promoted two Officers:Investigator Kipp Goodman has been promoted to Chief Deputy. Deputy Melinda Marquart has been promoted to Investigator. Officer Goodman joined the Sheriff’s Office as a Uniform Deputy in 1992. In 1993 he was promoted to Investigator and was assigned to the Juvenile Division where he concentrated on crimes against children and youth programs. Goodman is a certified DARE Instructor, Hostage Negotiator, Crime Scene Specialist and Police Instructor. Throughout his tenure Goodman has received numerous awards for his work apprehending child predators. In 2013 he received Special Congressional Recognition in appreciation for his outstanding efforts on behalf of victims of crime. Officer Marquart joined the Sheriff’s Office as a Uniform Deputy in 2003. In addition to her Road Patrol duties she has participated in Operation Safe Child, Project Lifesaver and has been a D.A.R.E. Instructor since 2005. Marquart is a certified Field Training Officer, Child Seat Technician and Crime Scene Specialist. In 2008 she was honored by the Waterloo Central Schools as a “Woman of Distinction”. In 2011 she was Seneca County Employee of the Year. Officer Marquart’s awards include commendations for delivering a baby while on patrol and participating in the Karl Karlsen Murder case. Sheriff Luce stated that both promotions were well deserved and that both Officers have strong backgrounds in Community Policing which falls in line with his efforts to enhance Community Policing in Seneca County.         

Endangering welfare of Child Arrest

On 03/24/16 Seneca County Sheriff Investigators arrested Norman J. Harrell age 58 of 9 Wycliffe Rd. Waterloo, NY for endangering the welfare of child.  The charge stems from an investigation conducted by Sheriff's Investigators along with Child Protective Service Caseworkers. An incident was discovered that occurred between August and November of 2014, in which Harrell was watching pornography with a child on his lap.  Harrell was arraigned in the Town of Fayette Court where he was placed on pre-trial release. A full stay away order of protection was issued. He is to re-appear in the Village of Waterloo Court on 04/06/16 to answer to the charge. 


Sheriff's Association Honorary Membership

         NEW YORK STATE SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION  INSTITUTE, INC.  
 
                                                   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE             Sheriff TIMOTHY LUCE ANNOUNCES MEMBERSHIP DRIVE             The New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute will begin its annual Honorary Membership drive in Seneca County within the next few days according to Sheriff Timothy Luce.            The New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute was established in 1979. It is a not-for-profit corporation, tax exempt organization, and contributions to the Institute are tax deductible.             While the Sheriff’s Office is a unit of county government, many of the concerns of Sheriffs and other law enforcement agencies are best addressed on a statewide level. The Sheriffs’ Institute provides centralized training programs and services for all Sheriffs’ Offices, where those programs and services would be unavailable or impractical on a single county basis.             The flagship program of the Sheriffs’ Institute is the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp for economically challenged children. The Sheriffs’ Camp, in its 40th year of operation, is located on Keuka Lake and 840 children from across New York State attend each summer. The Sheriffs’ Institute pays the entire cost of the camp stay and transportation.  Most children attending wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity for vacation travel or a summer camp experience.             The Sheriffs’ Camp program combines summer recreation with activities designed to teach an understanding of, and respect for, our laws and the men and women who enforce them. The strong camper to counselor ratio allows for individual attention with an emphasis on the development of self esteem.             “In these difficult economic times we cannot forget our youth who will not have the opportunity for a summer camp experience or a summer vacation,” Sheriff Timothy Luce said. “By becoming an honorary member you are supporting the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp for economically disadvantaged children.”             In addition, the Sheriffs’ Institute operates a scholarship program that provides one scholarship to each of New York State’s Community College’s Criminal Justice Programs. This program is designed to help attract the best and the brightest to the criminal justice vocation.             For more information about the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp and other Sheriffs’ Institute Programs, visit our website, www.sheriffsinstitute.org or simply google  “Sheriffs’ Institute kids” and it will be your first option.             Financial support for many of the Sheriffs’ Institute programs comes from Honorary Membership dues. Invitations for Honorary Membership are extended on a non-partisan basis, and the invitees are selected at random. Any persons interested in supporting the efforts of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute by becoming an Honorary Member should contact the Sheriff if they do not receive an invitation in the mail, or visit our web site at: www.sheriffsinstitute.org to download an application.             All donations made to the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute are tax deductible. In addition, Sheriffs’ Institute is registered with the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau. 

 

Traffic Stop/Drug Arrest

The Seneca County Office reports that on March 21st, 2016, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested  the passenger in the vehicle ; Steven K Mcinnes, Age 51, of 87 Uptown RD Ithaca, on St Rt 318, in the Town of Junius at 3:51am along with the driver - Courtney E Aston, age 37, of 66 Asbury Road, Ithaca. Upon investigation Mcinnes was charged with Possession of hypodermic instruments, a class A misdemeanor. Aston was charged with four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree, a class A misdemeanor, aggravated unlicensed operation  in the third degree , a misdemeanor and operating a motor vehicle without taillights, a violation.  

Deputies report that these arrests stemmed from a traffic stop on St Rt 318 in the Town of Junuis early Monday morning. After Deputies searched the vehicle they found four different controlled substances as well as a quantity of hypodermic needles. Mcinnes was committed to the Seneca County Jail on $500 cash and $1000 bond and Aston was committed on $1000 cash and $2000 bond. Both Mcinnes and Aston are to appear before the Town of Junius Court on April 21st at 7:00pm to answer the charges.   


Arrest Warrant Harassment 2nd and Criminal Trespass 2nd

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on March 20, 2016 at approximately 3:00pm Sheriff Deputies arrested Christopher M. Hartzell, age 41 of 2287 Lake Road Spur, Seneca Falls, on a warrant of arrest issued out of the Town of Fayette Court for charges of harassment in the second degree and criminal trespass in the second degree. Deputies report Hartzell was involved in a dispute at a Town of Fayette residence on March 15 2016. He was  arraigned at the Town of Fayette Court where he was ROR'd. He is to reappear at the Town of Fayette Court on April 6, 2016 at 7:00pm.

Aggravated Harassment Arrest

Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on March 17th, 2016, Sheriff's Deputies arrested two 16 year old males in connection with a fight that occurred on March 11th, 2016 in the Town of Romulus. Noah W. Moriarity, of 5636 State Route 96 Romulus, was charged with Aggravated Harassment in the 2nd Degree. Moriarity was released on an appearance ticket and is to appear on March 25th, 2016 at 10:00AM in the Town of Romulus Court. 

Ford J. Petrie, of 5519 State Route 96 Romulus, was charged with Aggravated Harassment in the 2nd Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Petrie is also accused of pushing a 13 year old juvenile and causing a shoulder injury during the altercation. Petrie was released on appearance tickets and is to appear in the Town of Romulus Court on March 25th, 2016 at 10:00 AM


DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 03-17-2016 at approximately 9:45 pm, Sheriff's Deputies responded to a property damage motor vehicle accident located on County Road 139 near Blew Road in the Town of Ovid. Upon further investigation the operator Kalenna Partin, age 32 of 5040 State Route 414 Romulus, NY  was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated DWI .18 BAC, and Failure to Use Designated Lane. No injuries were reported in the accident. Partin was arraigned in the Town of Covert court and  was ROR'd to appear  in the Town of Ovid Court on 04-19-2016 at 10:00am.


Narcotics Arrest

On March 16, 2016, at about 11:00am, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested Steven L. Smith, age 47, of 1228 Waterloo/Geneva Road, Apartment B, in the Town of Waterloo, on charges of Criminal Nuisance in the First Degree, a Class E Felony, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.  It is alleged that Smith allowed people to sell crack cocaine from his residence and received a benefit in return for allowing the people to conduct the activity.  A search warrant was also executed by Sheriff’s Investigators and Sheriff’s Deputies which led to the seizure of a quantity of crack cocaine.  Smith was released on an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Waterloo Town Court on April 13, 2016 at 5pm.

Narcotics Arrest. Additional Charges from Police Pursuit.

On March 15, 2016, at about 4:00pm, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested Samuel J. McCullough, age 25, of 104 Hickory Manor Drive, Rochester, New York, on several charges related to the sale and distribution of illicit drugs in the local community.  It is alleged that McCullough sold crack cocaine, heroin, and imitation controlled substances in the Village of Waterloo and Town of Seneca Falls.  McCullough was subsequently charged with:Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (two counts), Class B FeloniesCriminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (two counts), Class B FeloniesSale of an Imitation Controlled Substance, a Class A Misdemeanor               McCullough was also charged with two counts of Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, Class D Felonies, related to the police pursuit on 03-11-16.  These charges stem from allegations that McCullough intentionally damaged a Sheriff’s Office vehicle and a crop field.               McCullough remains incarcerated in the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $100,000 cash bail/$200,000 secured bond.

Family Court Warrant

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on March 16, 2016 at approximately 12:30 pm Sheriff Deputies arrested Dale L. Tingue Jr., age 35 of 4436 Lasher Rd , Wolcott NY, on an arrest warrant issued out of Seneca County Family Court.  Tingue was arraigned at the Tyre Town Court where he posted $500.00 cash bail and was released.  He is to reappear at Family Court on a later date

 

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Family Court Warrant

Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on March 14th, 2016 at approximately 5:30 PM, Sheriff's Deputies arrested Ashley N. Head age 27, of 29 Swaby Street Seneca Falls, N.Y., for a warrant issued out of Seneca County Family Court. Head was arraigned before the Town of Fayette Court where she was released on her own recognizance. Head is to appear in Seneca County Family Court on March 15th, 2016 at 9:00 AM for further action.

 

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Assault 3rd

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 03/14/2015 at 04:24pm   Deputies arrested Richard G. Stohner age 46 of   294 Border City Rd Waterloo NY on a  Warrant out of Waterloo Town Court for the charge of Assault in the third degree.  Stohner was arraigned by Town of Waterloo Court before Justice Folk and was ROR’ed.  Stohner is to appear in Town of Waterloo Court at a later date and time.


Arson/ Shooting arrests

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that Investigators have concluded the shooting and vehicle arson investigation that occured on Sept 10 2015 at the Cayuga Nation 'Varick House" located at 2906 Co Rd 124 in Romulus with the arrest of the last two remaining suspects:

On March 12th at approximately 2:00 P.M. Deputies arrested Marcus A. Redeye, 18, of Salamanca NY , on a warrant issued from the Town of Varick Court for Assault in the Second Degree, a Class D felony. Redeye was arraigned in the Town of Fayette Court and committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $15,000 cash bail, $30,000 secured bond. Redeye is to reappear to the Town of Fayette Court at a later date to answer the charges. Sheriff's Deputies also arrested Devin R. Bomberry, 23, of Salamanca NY, on a warrant from the Town of Varick Court for Arson 3rd a Class C Felony and Criminal Mischief 2nd a Class D Felony. Bomberry was arraigned  in the Town of Fayette and committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $15,000 cash bail, $30,000 secured bond. Bomberry is also to reappear in the Town of Fayette Court at a later date. 


Arrest Warrant Harassment 2nd

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on March 13, 2016 at approximately 11:00am Sheriff Deputies arrested Shantae Hendrix, age 28 of 2133 Route 5 & 20, Apt 19D, Seneca Falls, on a warrant of arrest issued out of the Town of Waterloo Court for a charge of harassment in the second degree. Hendrix was allegedly involved in an altercation at a Town of Waterloo business in which a Geneva resident was struck.  Deputies report Hendrix was arraigned at the Town of Waterloo Court where she was ROR'd.  She is to reappear at the Town of Waterloo Court on March 25, 2016 at 9:30am.


Family Court Warrant

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on March 13, 2016 at approximately 10:00am Sheriff Deputies arrested James A. Cardin, age 34 of 236 Spring Run, Clifton Springs, on an arrest warrant issued out of Seneca County Family Court.  Cardin was arraigned at the Waterloo Town Court where he was committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility in leu of $2000 cash, $4,000 secured bond.  He is to reappear at Family Court on a later date.


Veh Pursuit /Arrest

On March 11, 2016, at about 1:53pm, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested multiple people following a traffic stop which escalated into a high-speed police pursuit that started on Reed Road in the Town of Waterloo.  Sheriff’s Investigators and Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to stop a vehicle being operated by Samuel L. McCullough, age 25, of 104 Hickory Manor Drive, Rochester, New York.  At the time, McCullough had an active felony arrest warrant for violation of probation out of Monroe County and active felony charges from the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit.  McCullough refused to stop and intentionally crashed into an unmarked Sheriff’s Office vehicle causing extensive damage to the vehicle and caused a hand injury to a Sheriff’s Deputy.  McCullough then fled the Reed Road scene at a high rate of speed onto Hecker Road, Edwards Road, and onto Ninefoot Road.  McCullough then drove off Ninefoot Road into a field and intentionally crashed into a snow fence.  McCullough then caused extensive damage to the field with the vehicle and the vehicle ultimately became stuck in the mud in a field south of Bostwick Road.  McCullough was then forcibly removed from the vehicle by Sheriff's Deputies and taken into custody.  A second Sheriff’s Deputy suffered a back injury while taking McCullough into custody.

 

McCullough was charged with the following:

 

Attempted Assault in the First Degree, a Class C Felony

Assault in the Second Degree (two counts), Class D Felonies

Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, Class E Felonies

Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree, Class A Misdemeanor

Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, Class A Misdemeanor

Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree (four counts), Class A Misdemeanors

Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Class A Misdemeanor

Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Second Degree, Unclassified Misdemeanor

Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident, Class A Misdemeanor

Reckless Driving, Unclassified Misdemeanor

 

                McCullough was additionally charged with an additional six vehicle and traffic charges.  McCullough was arraigned in the Waterloo Town Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $100,000 cash bail/$200,000 secured bond.  McCullough is to reappear in the Waterloo Town Court on March 15, 2016 at 4pm.  Additional charges related to the sale and distribution of illegal drugs will be filed on McCullough in the near future.

 

                The three passengers in the vehicle were also taken into custody on various charges:

 

Ann M. Douglas, age 41, of 2133 Routes 5 & 20, Apartment 15A, Seneca Falls, New York, was charged with Facilitating Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle as she allowed McCullough to operate the vehicle while he had a revoked driver’s license.  Douglas was issued a uniform traffic ticket to appear in the Waterloo Town Court at a later date.  Douglas was then turned over to the Auburn Police Department as she had an arrest warrant on charges of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (two counts), Class B Felonies, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (two counts), Class B Felonies.

 

Tommy L. Crawford, age 26, no permanent address, also had an active arrest warrant for violation of probation on a charge of Robbery in the Third Degree out of Monroe County.  Crawford was turned over to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office for further action.

 

The fourth passenger was also taken into custody as she was a missing runaway juvenile from the City of Rochester.  The juvenile’s name has been withheld due to her age.  The juvenile was turned over to Seneca County Child Protective Services.

 

Both Sheriff's Deputies were treated at GGH and released.

 

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the New York State Police, New York State Parole, Seneca Falls Police Department, Waterloo Police Department, and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

 


Bench Warrant Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on March 10, 2016 at approximately 10:00am Sheriff Deputies arrested Ashley R. Shorter, age 26 of 393
Wagner Street, Lot 54, Waterloo, on a bench warrant issued out of the Town of Seneca Falls Court, Deputies report Shorter failed to appear on a charge of AUO 2nd and was arraigned at the Town of Seneca Falls Court where she was committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility in lieu of $500 cash, $1,000 secured bond.  She is to reappear at the Town of Seneca Falls Court on April 7, 2016 at 5:00pm.


Family Court Warrant

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on March 8, 2016 at approximately 10:30am Sheriff Deputies arrested Steven N. Lindon, age 27 of 350
Waterloo Geneva RD, Apt 4, Waterloo, on an arrest warrant issued out of Seneca County Family Court.  Lindon was arraigned at the Junius Town Court where he was committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility in leu of $2000 cash, $4,000 secured bond.  He is to reappear at Family Court on a later date.


Monthly Snapshot February 2016

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR FEBRUARY 2016

 LAW ENFORCEMENT: 

Total Calls For Service: 1224

Total Arrests: 52

 NARCO:

Total new drug cases:13

Total arrests: 19

 CORRECTIONS: 

Average Number of Inmates: 74

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $46,116.00; Yearly Total: $89,981.52

 CIVIL: 

Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 63

Total Income Executions: 14

Total Evictions: 4

 HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH:

02/13/2016: An arrest was made in the MacDougall Sportsmen Club Burglary case. 

02/19/2016: Two search warrants were executed simultaneously in Waterloo resulting in the arrest of two alleged Drug Dealers who were trafficking heroin and other drugs. Investigators also worked with Child Protection Services to assist the children involved. 

Drug Prevention Programs in schools, including D.A.R.E., are in full swing this month.     

The N.Y.S. Commission of Corrections had a representative on site for a week evaluating our Correctional Facility. At the conclusion we received a positive evaluation. One of the comments of the evaluator was: “Cleanest Jail in the State”.            

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere


DWI/AUO

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on March 5, 2016 at 12:15 AM, Seneca County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Bryan L Isacks Jr, 35, of 4220 South St Ext, Trumansburg NY, on State Route 96 in the Town of Covert. He was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Unlicensed Operator in the 3rd degree. Isacks was released on appearance tickets and is to appear in the Town of Covert Court on March 21st 2016 to answer the charges.


Arrest Warrant

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 03/02/16 Seneca County Deputies arrested Alvie Johns age 34 of Geneva NY  on a warrant issued out of the Town of Waterloo Court for harassment in the 2nd degree.  The arrest stems from an altercation that happened on 02/22/16 at a Town of Waterloo  business.  Johns was arraigned in the Town of Fayette Court and ROR’ed. Johns is to reappear in the Town of Waterloo Court on 03/25/16 at 0900hrs to answer to the charge.


DI Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on February 28, 2016 at approximately 9:46pm Sheriff's Deputies arrested John P Donnelly, age 35 of 73 Border City Rd Waterloo, for Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood Circulation and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  It is alleged that during a domestic dispute Donnelly choked a female victim while in the presence of an 11 year old child.  Donnelly was arraigned at the Waterloo Town Court where he was ROR'd.  He is scheduled to reappear on March 11, 2016.  An Order of Protection was issued

Drug arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 02/27/2016 at approximately 5:15PM, Deputies arrested Bryan T. Rugenstein, 51, of 1016 Waterloo-Geneva Rd., Waterloo, NY and Patrick O. Snider, 42, of 83 Canal St., Lyons, NY.  The arrest stems from a traffic stop at the Waterloo Premium Outlets.  It is alleged that Rugenstein possessed cocaine and was operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.  Rugenstein was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th, AUO 2nd, and multiple vehicle and traffic law tickets.  It is further alleged that Rugenstein was operating an unregistered and uninsured 1993 Ford Ranger with switched license plates.  The passenger in the vehicle, Snider, allegedly possessed a quantity of marihuana.  Both Rugenstein and Snider were released on appearance tickets.  They are scheduled to appear at the Town of Junius Court for arraignment at a later date.

 

 


Family Court Warrant

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 02/26/2016 at approximately 7:45PM Deputies arrested James Mosher Jr. age 25, of 373 W. Clinton St Apt. 1, Elmira, NY.  Mosher turned himself in to the Sheriff's Office on a warrant out of Seneca County Family Court. Mosher Jr. was arraigned at the Town of Romulus Court and committed to the custody of the Seneca County Sheriff in lieu of $1000. He is scheduled to appear at the next available family court date.

 

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Family Court Warrant

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on February 24, 2016 at approximately 5:00pm Sheriff Deputies arrested Chris W Slater, age 54 of 5 Rochester St Port Byron, on an arrest warrant issued out of Seneca County Family Court.  Slater was arraigned at the Tyre Town Court where he was committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility in leu of $1500 cash, $3,000 secured bond.  He is to reappear at Family Court on a later date. 

Family Court Warrant

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on February 22, 2016 at approximately 8:00pm Sheriff Deputies arrested Joseph E Guilfoyle, age 35 of 310 E Miller St Newark, NY on an arrest Warrant issued out of Seneca County Family Court.  Guilfoyle was taken into custody by Rochester Police following a traffic stop and was subsequently turned over to Sheriff Deputies.  Guilfoyle was arraigned at the Seneca Falls Town Court where he was committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility in lieu of $500 cash, $1000 secured bond.  He is scheduled to appear at Family Court on a later date.

 

 


CPW 4th

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on 02/17/2016 at approximately 9:30PM Deputies arrested Seth J. Goodman, age 29, of 7232 S. Main St. Ovid, NY.  Goodman was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th.  The arrest stems from a traffic stop in the Town of Seneca Falls where it is alleged that Goodman possessed an illegal gravity knife, or more commonly known as a butterfly knife.  Goodman was released on an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear at the Town of Seneca Falls Court on 03/31/2016 at 10:00AM to answer to the charge.

 

 

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TRAVEL ADVISORY

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.

Promoting Prison Contraband Arrest

On February 16, 2016, at about 11:30am, the Seneca County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit arrested Joshua A. Morgan, age 20, of 105 1/2 East Main Street, Waterloo, New York, on charges of Promoting Prison Contraband in the Second Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor, and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, a Violation.  It is alleged that Morgan attempted to smuggle a quantity of marihuana into the Seneca County Correctional Facility after he was taken into custody on a warrant for Violation of Probation.  Morgan was issued an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Romulus Town Court on March 11, 2016 at 10am.

Warrant Arrest

Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on February 13th 2016 at 1:53 pm Sheriff's Deputies arrested Joshua A. Morgan age 20 of 105 1/2  E. Main St. Waterloo, NY on a  Violation of Probation warrant of arrest. Morgan is being held at the Seneca County Correctional Facility until the next Avaiable court date.

 

                                                                                                

                                                                                               

 


DWI PD ACC

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 02/14/16 at about 12:15AM, Seneca County Deputies arrested David Mikula Jr, age 36, of 65 Douglas Road Newfield, NY. Deputies report that Mikulas vehicle slid off the road on Rt 96 in Covert. Upon further investigation,  Mikula was charged with failure to use designated lane, driving while intoxicated and Aggravated Driving while intoxicated.   There were no injuries reported. Mikula was released on appearance tickets and is to appear before the Town of Covert Court on March 7th to answer the charges.   

DWI Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on February 12th at 9:01pm, Deputies arrested Sherry A. McCutcheon age 57  of 98 Center Street  Waterloo for DWI, following a traffic stop on Balsey Road in the Town of Seneca Falls. McCutcheon was stopped for an inadequate headlight and through further investigation, Deputies arrested her for DWI, including operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .18% or greater. McCutcheon was released on UTT's and is to appear in the Town of Seneca Falls court on March 3rd at 10:00am to answer the charges.

DWI

 The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 02/12/16 at about 2:40 AM, Seneca County Deputies arrested Matthew R Piotrowski, age 32, of 61 Woodward Dr West Seneca, NY, on State Route 96 in the Town of Romulus. Piotrowski was charged with Failure to keep right, and driving while intoxicated.

Deputies report that the arrest stems from an observation of Piotrowski’s vehicle failing to keep right on a 2 lane highway. Piotrowski was released on appearance tickets and is to appear before the Town of Romulus Court on April 29th to answer the charges. 


Family Court Warrant

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 02/092016 at 06:20pm  Deputies arrested Andrea A. Osterhout age 24 of 30 Water St, Clyde NY   on a  Seneca County Family  Court Warrant.  Osterhout was arraigned by Town of Seneca Falls Court before Justice Laquidari and was committed to the Seneca County Jail on $1,000.00 cash bail. Osterhout is to appear in Seneca County Family Court at a later date and time.


SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR JANUARY 2016

 LAW ENFORCEMENT: Total Calls For Service: 1711Total Arrests: 23 

NARCO: Total new drug cases: 6Total arrests: 16 CORRECTIONS: Average Number of Inmates: 74.48Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $43,865.52; Yearly Total: $43,865.52

 CIVIL: Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 52Total Income Executions: 22Total Evictions: 1

 HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH: 

The week of January 18th the Sheriff’s Office was assessed for Law Enforcement re-accreditation. A team of assessors conducted an intense examination of the Sheriff’s Office that included review of all policies, compliance checks and multiple interviews of employees. The Sheriff’s Office has been recommended for re-accreditation.  The assessors remarked that our Sheriff’s Office was one of the best Police Departments they had ever assessed.

  January 22nd our Narcotics Unit took down a crack cocaine dealer in the Town of Waterloo. A search warrant was executed on the Dealer, his vehicle and his home. Crack cocaine packaged for sale in Seneca County was seized. The Dealer, who had numerous prior felony convictions, was arrested on several felony drug charges. In December 2015 our Narcotics Unit took down a “Heroin House” in Waterloo where heroin was regularly being trafficked and sold. Follow ups in this case continue this month. Several children were rescued from the conditions in this house. Several Felony Arrests were made. Both of the above drug cases involved months of work and cooperation with our local and State agencies.   

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere


Felony DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on February 8th 2016 at 1:08am, Deputies arrested 25 year old Joshua R. Read of 0340 State Route 5&20 of Waterloo for Felony DWI. The arrest stems from a traffic stop in the Town of Seneca Falls for failure to keep right on East River Road. When Deputies conducted the traffic stop, they discovered that Read was intoxicated and charged him with failure to keep right,  DWI (felony), and  DWI for operating with a BAC of .08% or greater  (felony) . Read was arraigned in the Seneca Falls Town Court and committed to jail in lieu of $1000 cash/ $2000 bail bond and is to appear in the Town of Seneca Falls Court on a later date to answer the charges.


DWI/Drugs Warrant for Failure to Appear

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on February 6th, 2016 at 01:52 AM, Seneca County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Christopher L Courtright, 26, of 7183 Main St Ovid NY, and Shawn M Rousseau, 31, of 8612 Lodi Covert Townline Rd on County Rd 129 in the Town of Ovid. Courtright was charged with Felony Driving While Intoxicated, Felony Driving under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs Combination, Refusal to Submit to a breath Test and Inadequate Head Lights. Courtright was released on appearance tickets and is to appear in the Town of Ovid Court on February 16th 2016 to answer the charges. Rousseau a passenger in the vehicle was found to have an active warrant for Failure to Appear out of Schuyler County. Rousseau was turned over to the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office for further action.


Stop DWI Crack Down Super Bowl 2016

 For Immediate Release                                                Date  February 2,2016  The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on February 5th and will end on February 8th . 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 Plan! Download our new mobile app – “Have a Plan” and you will always be able to find a safe ride home www.stopdwi.org/mobileappImpaired driving is completely preventable.  All it takes is a little planning.  If you’re hosting a Super Bowl 50 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. 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.  Respectfully, 

 Sheriff W. Timothy Luce


Assault 3rd arrest

 The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on February 2nd 2016 at 12:30 PM, Sheriff's Deputies arrested Jason J. Fox, age 17, of 4887 State Route 96A Romulus located in the Town of Varick, for Assault in the 3rd Degree. It is alleged Fox on January 31st 2016 at about 2:30pm physically punched  an employee at a residential facility located in the Town of Varick. The employee was treated at Geneva General Hospital for a concussion and  received three stitches and was released. Fox was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of Varick Court on February 3rd 2016 at 7:00pm , to answer the charge.

 

                                                                                           

                                                                                                          

 


Poss of an Illegal VIN

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 01/31/2016 at approximately 7:30PM Deputies stopped a 1995 Honda Civic on Packwood Rd. in the Town of Waterloo for having an inadequate exhaust system.  Upon further investigation, Deputies discovered that the Vehicle Identification Number on the dashboard had been removed.  The driver, Joshua Bsoul, age 19, of 1024 Waterloo Geneva Rd. was charged with Inadequate Exhaust and Illegal Possession of a Vehicle Identification Number,(an  E Felony) .  The vehicle was impounded and transported to the Law Enforcement Center for further investigation.  Bsoul was released on appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear at the Waterloo Town Court on 02/10/16 to answer to the charges.

AGG DWI


The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 01/31/16 at about 11:51pm, Seneca County Deputies arrested David M Noone, age 36, of 1623 Burgess Road Waterloo, NY, on Hecker Road in the Town of Waterloo. Noone was charged with Failure to keep right, driving while intoxicated and Aggravated Driving while intoxicated.

Depuites report that the arrest stems from an observation of Noone’s vehicle failing to keep right on a 2 lane highway. Noone was released on appearance tickets and is to appear before the Town of Waterloo Court on February 26th to answer the charges. 


 


 


PI MVA

Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on January 29th, 2016 at approximately 7:43 AM, Sheriff's Deputies responded to Yale Farm Rd and State Route 96 in the Town of Varick for a two car personal injury motor vehicle accident.

Deputies report a vehicle operated by Autumn G. Twist, age 34, of 5761 Route 96 LT 7 Romulus, N.Y.  was stopped at the intersection of Route 96 & Yale Farm Rd to make a left turn, and was rear ended by a vehicle operated by Jesse Z. Wise age 18 of 2512 Ernsberger Rd. Romulus, NY. Twist sustained head and stomach injuries and was transported by South Seneca Ambulance to Geneva General Hospital.

Romulus Fire Department assisted at the scene. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage and were towed from the scene. Wise was ticked for following too close, and is to appear in the Town Of Varick Court on 02-24-16 at 7:00 pm to answer to the charge.

 

                                                                       

                                                                        

 


Arrest

On January 20, 2016, the Seneca County Sheriff's Office arrested Jose R. Garcia, age 53, of 200 Harves Street, Albany, Kentucky, on charges stemming from a rape investigation in the Town of Junius.  It is alleged that Garcia had sexual intercourse and sexual contact with a fifteen year old female at a location in the Town of Junius in August of 2014.  Garcia was located in Albany, Kentucky, and was taken into custody by local authorities.  Seneca County Sheriff's Deputies extradited Garcia back to the State of New York and he was arraigned in the Seneca County Court on January 25, 2016, on charges of:

Rape in the Third Degree, a Class E Felony

Criminal Sexual Act in the Third Degree, a Class E Felony

Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a Class A Misdemeanor

Garcia was remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $5,000 cash bail/$10,000 secured bond.  Garcia is to reappear in the Seneca County Court at a later date. 


Narcotics arrest

On January 22, 2016, at about 2:25pm, the Seneca County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit arrested Calvin L. Butler, Jr., age 41, of 326 Kauris Circle, Geneva, New York, following an investigation into the sale and distribution of crack cocaine in the local community.  The investigation concluded with the execution of a search warrant on Border City Road in the Town of Waterloo where Sheriff's Investigators seized a quantity of crack cocaine packaged for sale, marihuana, United States Currency, and a vehicle.  Butler was charged with:

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

*Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a Class D Felony

*Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, a Violation

Butler was arraigned in the Waterloo Town Court before Judge Folk and was remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on no bail.  Butler is to reappear in the Waterloo Town Court on January 27, 2016 at 2pm.  Additional charges are pending.

The investigation and arrest was a joint effort between the Seneca County Sheriff's Office, Ontario County Sheriff's Office, and Geneva Police Department. 


Vehicle Fire

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 01/19/16 at approx 1316 hrs  Deputies responded to the intersection of Townline Rd. & Route 318 in the Town of  Junius,  for the reported vehicle fire.  Upon Deputies arrival the vehicle was extinguished by Oaks Corners and Junius Fire Department.  The owner of the vehicle, Jacqueline J. Christman age 75 of 1900 Clintion Ave S. Rochester NY was operating the vehicle at the time of the fire -  a 2011 Hyundai Sonata.  The vehicle was a total loss and was estimated to be valued at $11,000.00  There were no injuries sustained during the incident.  The fire was ruled to be accidental caused by fuel leak.

                                                   


Warrant of arrest

Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on January 15th 2016 at 3:30 pm Sheriff's Deputies arrested Larry S. Yoho age 43 of 336 Cortland Street Ontario, NY on a  Wyoming County Superior Court issued warrant of arrest. Charges stem from when Sheriff's Deputies investigated a disturbance at the Seneca County Office building and discovered that there was a warrant for Yoho. Yoho was arrested and turned over to Wyoming County Deputies in Warsaw, NY. to answer the charges. No additional charges were filed in Seneca County.

 

 


Agg DWI Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 01/15/16 at approximately 8:30PM Deputies arrested Mark C. Parody, age 54, of 1917 Vienna Rd. Sylvan Beach, NY.  Parody was charged with DWI and Aggravated DWI .18% BAC or Higher.  The arrest stems from a suspicious vehicle being located by Deputies on W. Tyre Rd. in the Town of Tyre. Parody was arraigned at the Town of Tyre Court and committed to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $1000/$2000.  He is scheduled to reappear on 01/19/2016 for further court action.

 

 


DWI crash

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on January 16th shortly after 1am, Deputies arrested 24 year old Ryan M. Trice of 2789 Sylvan Rd. in Geneva Ohio for DWI following a one car PI-crash on County Road 143 in the Town of Covert that occurred just shortly before midnight. Trice was traveling westbound when he drifted across the oncoming lane and into the ditch. Trices' vehicle then rolled several times before coming to rest back in the middle of the roadway. Following further investigation, Trice was charged with Driving while intoxicated, Failure to submit to a pre screen device, speed not reasonable and prudent, failure to keep right and moving from lane unsafely. Deputies  arraigned Trice in the Romulus Town Court and he was committed to the SCCF in lieu of $5,000 cash bail and $10,000 bond. He is to appear in the town of Covert Court on a later date. Deputies were assisted on scene by the Trumansburg ambulance and Fire Dept.

Felony DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on January 13th 2015 at 0301am, Deputies arrested 22 year old Andrew J. Mcdonald of 7021 East Lake Rd. in Willard for Felony Aggravated DWI. The arrest stems from a civilian complaint at the intersection of State Route 96a and County Road 129 in the Town of Lodi where it is alleged Mcdonald was southbound on 129 and failed to stop at a stop sign, and almost crashing with an eastbound vehicle on 96A operated by an off duty Police Officer. Mcdonald stopped his vehicle on the shoulder of Route 96A and the off duty Officer contacted the Sheriff's Office while he waited on scene. When Deputies arrived on scene, they discovered that Mcdonald was intoxicated and charged him with failure to stop at a stop sign, Felony DWI, and Felony Aggravated DWI for operating with a BAC of .18% or greater. Mcdonald was arraigned in the Romulus Town Court where he was ROR'd to appear in the Town of Lodi Court on a later date.

Foot Pursuit/Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 01/12/16 at approximately 5:30PM Deputies responded to the Waterloo Premium Outlets for the report of a larceny in progress.  Upon Deputies arrival, a suspect was identified by security on scene.  As Deputies attempted to approach the suspect, a foot pursuit ensued.  Deputies were then able to place the suspect in to custody after Taser deployment.  Deputies charged Aaron Aroneck, age 25, of 6497 County Line Rd., Skaneateles, NY with Two counts of Possession of Stolen Property 5th, One count of Resisting Arrest, and One count of Obstructing Governmental Administration.  Aroneck was arraigned at the Town of Junius Court where he was committed to the custody of the Seneca County Sheriff in lieu of $10,000 bail, $20,000 secured bond.  Aroneck is scheduled to re-appear at the Town of Junius Court on 01/21/16 at 1900hrs.


County Court warrant of Arrest

Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 01/05/2016 at 2:44 pm Sheriff's Deputies arrested Daniel N. Millen age 33 of  128 Smith Road Binghamton, NY on a Seneca County Supreme Court issued warrant of Arrest. Charges stem from a 2013 DWI arrest where Millen later failed to appear in County Court. Millen was committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility in lieu of no bail. Millen will appear in County Court at a later date. Broome County Sheriff's Deputies also assisted with the arrest.

 

 

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Criminal Possession of Marihuana 4th

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 01/01/16 at approximately 3:15AM Deputies arrested Devin J. Verkey, age 17, of 18 Ridge St. Seneca Falls, NY.  The arrest stems from a traffic stop on Lower Lake Rd. in Seneca Falls.  Verkey, who was a passenger in a motor vehicle, was charged with Consumption of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle and Criminal Possession of Marihuana 4th.  It is alleged that Verkey possessed over 2 ounces of Marihuana and was consuming an alcoholic beverage while as a passenger in the vehicle.  He is scheduled to appear at the Town of Seneca Falls Court on 02/25/15 at 10:00AM to answer to the charges.  The driver was issued citations for Failure to Keep Right and Inadequate Windshield.

 

 


Warrant Arrest- DHS

The Seneca Co. Sheriff's Office reports that on 12/30/15 at  1:40pm Deputies arrested Karen M. Inscho, 52, of 1424 St Rt 336 in Varick on an arrest warrant issued out of the Village of Waterloo Court. Inscho was taken into custody at her residence and taken to the Town of Fayette Court were Inscho was arraigned on the charges of Offering a False Instrument for Filing 1st and False Written Statement. Its alledged that Inscho applied for SNAP benefits and submitted paperwork that was false. Inscho was ROR'ed and will appear in the Village of Waterloo Court on 1/13/16 at 5pm.


DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on December 31st, 2015 at 12:30AM, Seneca County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Danielle L Morrell, 36, of 5488 State Route 96 in the Town of Romulus on State Route 96 in the Town of Romulus. Morrell was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Unlicensed Operator in the 3rd degree and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. The arrest stems from an investigation into a one car property damage accident on State Route 96 in the Town of Romulus. Morrell was traveling North Bound on State Route 96 when she left the East shoulder of the roadway striking a highway sign and coming to rest after striking a telephone pole. The vehicle suffered extensive damage and was towed from the scene. Morrell was uninjured in the crash. Morrell was released on appearance tickets and is to appear in the Town of Romulus Court on January 29th 2016 to answer the charges.


Family Court warrant of arrest

On 12.30.2015 at 2:24 p.m. Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that Sheriff's Deputies arrested Brian M. Pennington age 55 of 6 Center Street Waterloo on a Seneca County Family issued arrest warrant for an unspecified family offense. Pennington was arraigned before Town of Fayette Court and committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility in lieu of no bail. Pennington will appear in Seneca County Family Court at a later date.

 

 

 


Felony DWI/Felony AUO

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on December 23rd at 11:15pm, Sheriff's Deputies arrested 51 year old Brian F. King of 5854 State Route 96 Apartment 235A in Romulus for Felony DWI and Felony AUO among other charges following a traffic stop on State Route 96 in Romulus. Deputies Stopped Kings vehicle after a female caller called 911 and stated she was involved in a domestic dispute with King and he took her vehicle. Shortly after the call, Deputies located the vehicle and arrested King for Felony DWI, including operating a motor vehicle with .08%bac or greater, Felony AUO, unlicensed operator and a window tint violation. Following further investigation, King was also charged with Harassment in the second degree for hitting the female caller in the chest before he left the house. King was arraigned in the Town of Romulus Court and was committed to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $1,000cash $2,000bond. King is to appear in court on the 28th of December at 7pm for a Felony hearing.

CPSP 4th Possession of Burglars Tools

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 12/22/15 at approximately 8PM, Deputies responded to the Town of Junius for the report of a larceny in progress from a local business.  While approaching the business, Deputies located the suspect vehicle as it was exiting the parking lot.  Deputies conducted a traffic stop and discovered that the vehicle contained more than $1,000 worth of items stolen from multiple businesses.  Deputies also discovered multiple tools used to facilitate the larceny. The following individuals were charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th (E Felony) and Possession of Burglars Tools (A Misdemeanor)

 

Tajmahal Mitchell, age 20, of 169 Easton Ave, Buffalo, NY

La'Andrea Owens, age 22, of 76 Fougeron St, Buffalo, NY

Christopher Reid, age 19, of 169 Easton Ave, Buffalo, NY

Linda Garrett, age 19, of 427 E. Delaran St, Buffalo, NY

All suspects were released on appearance tickets.  They are scheduled to appear on 01/05/16 at the Town of Junius Court.


Warrant Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 12/17/2015 at 10:04 am Deputies arrested Nikolas P. Sinn, age 24, of 1400 W River Rd Waterloo, NY 13165 on a Bench Warrant issued out of the Town Of Ovid Court for failure to appear. Sinn was arraigned in the Town of Ovid Court before Judge VanCleef  and committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $1,000.00 cash or $2,000.00 secured bond. Sinn is return to the Town of Ovid Court on 1/19/2016 at 10:00am to answer to the charge.

 

                                                                                        

                                                                                        


House Fire

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on Thursday 12/17/2015 shortly after midnight, Deputies responded to 4256 Murray Road in the Town of Fayette for the report of a fully engulfed structure fire. The home, owned by John R. Bojcuk age 61 was a complete loss. The cause of the fire is believed to have been started by a wood stove located inside of the home. Deputies report Bojcuk was not home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.  Fire Departments from Fayette, Varick, Canoga and Romulus assisted on scene along with members from the North Seneca Ambulance. The home was a complete loss and there was no insurance.

Personal Injury Accident

Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on December 15th, 2015 at approximately 5:33PM, Sheriff's Deputies responded to County Road 129 and State Route 96 in the Town of Ovid for a two car personal injury motor vehicle accident.

A van, operated by Remy Babineaux, age 52, of 7518 Rock River Road Ovid, N.Y. was traveling northbound on County Road 129 when Babineaux failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of State Route 96. Babineaux's vehicle was struck by a southbound sedan, traveling on State Route 96, operated by Kaitlin L. Tharp age 24, of 700 Warren Road Ithaca, NY. Babineaux sustained face and head injuries and was transported by South Seneca Ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Tharp complained of leg pain and was transported to Cayuga Medical Center by Trumansburg Ambulance.

Ovid and Romulus Fire Departments assisted at the scene. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage and were towed from the scene. Sheriff's Deputies state the investigation is continuing.

 

 

 


Sheriff's Narcotics Unit Arrest Four

On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested multiple people following an investigation into the sale and distribution of heroin in the local community.  A search warrant was executed at 7:09am at 26 Church Street in the Village of Waterloo by members of the Sheriff’s Office, Waterloo Police Department, and New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET).  Sheriff’s Investigators seized a quantity of heroin, hypodermic needles, unlawfully possessed prescription pills, and metal knuckles (commonly referred to as “brass knuckles”) from the residence.

 

Arrested were the following:

 

Angela M. Wheeler, age 37, of 26 Church Street, Waterloo, New York, on charges of:

 

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

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

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

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor

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

               

 It is alleged that Wheeler sold heroin in the local community, possessed the metal knuckles in her bedroom, and possessed heroin in close proximity to three children that reside in the residence.  Wheeler was arraigned in the Waterloo Village Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $10,000 cash bail/$20,000 secured bond.  Wheeler is to reappear in the Waterloo Village Court on December 18, 2015 at 10am.

 

Austin T. Wheeler, age 18, no permanent address, on charges of:

 

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

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

 

 It is also alleged that Wheeler sold heroin in the local community and was taken into custody in the Town of Waterloo following a brief foot pursuit after he was spotted by Seneca County Probation Officers and immediately fled on foot.  Members of the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police quickly responded to assist and Wheeler was taken into custody soon after.  Wheeler was initially turned over to the Waterloo Police Department as he was wanted by their agency.  Following the Waterloo Police Department arrest, Wheeler was charged by Sheriff’s Investigators and arraigned in the Lodi Town Court.  Wheeler was then remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on additional bail of $1,000 cash bail/$2,000 secured bond as he was already remanded on bail from the Waterloo Police Department arrest.  Wheeler is to reappear in the Lodi Town Court on December 18, 2015 at 11:30am.

 

Michael A. Brewer, age 39, of 26 Church Street, Waterloo, New York, on a charge of:

 

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

 

 It is alleged that Brewer also possessed the metal knuckles in his bedroom.  Brewer was arraigned in the Waterloo Village Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on no bail due to previous felony convictions.  Brewer is to reappear in the Waterloo Village Court on December 18, 2015 at 9am.

 

Devin J. Wheeler, age 19, of 26 Church Street, Waterloo, New York, had an active warrant for his arrest on a charge of Violation of Probation and was taken into custody at the scene of the search warrant and turned over to Seneca County Probation Officers.  Wheeler was subsequently arraigned in the Waterloo Village Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on no bail.  Wheeler is to reappear in the Waterloo Village Court on December 23, 2015 at 9am.

 

The Seneca County Child Protective Services Unit, Seneca County Code Enforcement Office, and the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics K-9 Unit also assisted at the scene of the search warrant.  The investigation remains open and additional charges may be pending. 

 

This investigation was a joint effort between the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and the Waterloo Police Department.

 

 


Sheriff's Narcotic Unit Arrest for Sale and Distrubution of Crack Cocaine

On December 8, 2015, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested Nicollette L. Carson, age 22, no permanent address, on charges related to the sale and distribution of crack cocaine in the local community.  It is alleged that Carson sold crack cocaine to another person in the Village of Waterloo.  Carson was charged with one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B Felony, and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.  Carson was arraigned in the Waterloo Village Court and released back to the custody of the Ontario County Correctional Facility as she is remanded on other charges.  Carson is to reappear in the Waterloo Village Court on January 6, 2015 at 5pm

Sheriff's Narcotics Unit Arrest

On December 9, 2015, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested Angelina M. Ely, age 24, of 41 Haigh Street, Seneca Falls, New York, following a joint investigation conducted by members of the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and members of the Seneca Falls Police Department Criminal Investigation Division.  It is alleged that Ely allowed people to sell illicit drugs from her home at 41 Haigh Street in the Town of Seneca Falls and also assisted in the selling of those illicit drugs.  One of those suspects, Mary C. Atkachonis, age 32, was arrested by the Sheriff’s Office and the Seneca Falls Police Department on November 5, 2015 for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B Felony, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B Felony, stemming from this investigation. 

Ely was charged with:

Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a Class D FelonyConspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a Class E Felony

Criminal Nuisance in the First Degree, a Class E Felony

Ely was arraigned in the Junius Town Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $1,000 cash bail/$2,000 secured bond.  Ely is to reappear in the Seneca Falls Town Court on December 14, 2015 at 5:30pm. The investigation is continuing and additional charges on Ely and other suspects may be pending.


Domestic Dispute

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 12/01/15 at approximately 7PM Deputies responded to 609 Lasher Rd. in the Town of Junius for the report of a domestic dispute.  It is alleged that Clifford Bennett Sr. 55, of 771 Smith Rd. Clyde, NY was involved in a verbal and physical altercation with a 15 year old family member while in close proximity to a 13 month old child.  Bennett was charged with two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and one count of Criminal Obstruction of Breathing.  Bennett was arraigned at the Town of Junius Court where he was released on his own recognizance.  He is scheduled to re-appear on 12/17/15 at 7PM for further court action.  Orders of protection were issued on behalf of the children.

PI MVA

11/30/2015, at 10:53 PM, deputies responded to a one car personal injury accident on County Rd 125 in the Town of Fayette.

 

Raymond A Ciancaglini, age 64, of 5549 E Lake Rd Romulus, N.Y., was traveling North Bound on County Rd 125 when he left the roadway striking a tree. The vehicle suffered extensive damage.Ciancaglini was extricated from the vehicle by Border City Fire Fighters assisted by Northe Seneca Ambulance personnel..Ciancaglini complained of head, chest and knee pain. He was transported to Upstate Medical Center by Life Net Air Ambulance. It is believed that Ciancaglini fell asleep at the wheel. 


DWAI Drugs

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 11/11/15 at approximately 3PM Deputies responded to the area of SR 89 in the Town of Fayette for the report of a Property Damage Motor Vehicle Accident.  Upon completion of the investigation it was discovered that Sally Denise, age 61, of 7657 Rt. 89, Interlaken, NY was operating a 2004 Santa Fe in a Soutbound direction.  Denise then struck two separate telephone poles and the vehicle then came to rest in a laneway.  It is alleged that Denise was operating her vehicle while in an intoxicated condition.  Denise was charged with the following.  Failure to Keep Right, Driving While Intoxicated, and Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs.  Denise was released on appearance tickets.  She is scheduled to appear at the Town of Fayette Court on 12/16/15 at 7:00PM.  Deputies were assisted at the scene by the NYSP and NYSPP.

 

 


Domestic/Resisting Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 11/10/15 at approximately 4PM Deputies responded to 2195 Church St. Lodi, NY for the report of a physical domestic dispute.  While on scene, Deputies discovered that Roger A. Sackrider age 24 of the above address had struck a female resident with a closed fist.  While Deputies were attempting to place Sackrider in to custody, he struck a Deputy and began to actively resist arrest.  Sackrider was eventually subdued and charged with 2 counts of Harassment 2nd and Resisting Arrest.  Sackrider was arraigned at the Town of Lodi Court where he was released on his own recognizance.  Sackrider is scheduled to reappear on 11/18/15 at 10:00AM.  An Order of Protection was issued on behalf of the female victim.  The Deputy who was struck by Sackrider did not sustain any injuries.  Deputies were assisted at the  scene by the NYSP.

 

 


PIMVA-Leaving the Scene

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 10/11/15 at approximately 8PM Deputies were dispatched to the area of Cayuga St. in the Village of Interlaken for the report of two parked vehicles being struck by a pickup truck.  Witnesses reported that the driver of the pickup had then fled the scene.  A second witness then began to follow the pickup when he observed the vehicle roll over and crash on Arden Rd. in the Town of Covert.  Upon Deputies arrival, they discovered a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado being operated by Michael C. Holcomb, age 40, of 8268 Main Street, Interlaken, NY.  Holcomb was trapped within the vehicle and needed to be extricated by members of the Trumansburg Fire Department.  Upon extrication, Holcomb was transported to SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY via LifeNet. Holcomb has since been released from SUNY Upstate Medical Center and was treated for minor injuries. Sheriff's Deputies report that the investigation is ongoing and criminal charges are pending.

 


Felony DWI/UPM

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 10/10/15 at approximately 9:00PM Deputies responded to the area of County House Rd. and Bauer Rd. for the report of a Property Damage Motor Vehicle Accident.  Upon subsequent investigation, Deputies arrested Joshua W. Thomas, age 24, of 41 Church St. Waterloo, NY.  Thomas was charged with Failure to Use Designated Lane, Felony Driving While Intoxicated, Felony Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated .18 or Higher, and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.  Thomas was arraigned at the Town of Fayette Court where he was released on his own recognizance. 

 

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Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 10/05/15 at approxiamtely 6:30PM, Deputies arrested Kevin M. Erb, age 29, of 26 Chapin St. lot 28, Seneca Falls, NY.  The arrest stems from a traffic stop on River Rd. in the Town of Seneca Falls.  Erb was charged with the following: Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Petit Larceny, AUO 3rd, and Failure to Use Designated Lane.  Deputies discovered that Erb was operating a 2004 Freightliner box truck without the owners permission and was also in possession of multiple tires that were taken without the owners consent.  Erb is scheduled to appear at the Town of Seneca Falls Court on 11/05/15 for arraignement.

 

 


AUO 2nd

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 08/19/15 at approximately 12:15PM Deputies arrested Frank Lagana, age 42, of Waterloo, NY and charged him with AUO 2nd and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th.  The arrest stems from Deputies observing Lagana operating a motor vehicle in the area of the Seneca County Office Building while his license was revoked.  It was also determined that Lagana was in possession of cocaine.  Lagana also had an outstanding warrant out of the Seneca Falls Police Department and was subsequently turned over to that agency.  Lagana was released on appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear at the Village of Waterloo Court on 09/02/15 at 9:00AM


Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 08/24/2015 at 5:24am Deputies arrested  Michael Schott age 40 of 4365 W. Seneca Rd Trumansburg on three Counts Endangering the Welfare of a child. The arrest stems from a domestic incident that occurred at 4365 W. Seneca Rd at around 4:51 am. It is alleged that Schott became verbally and physically aggressive towards a female victim in which three children were present. Schott was arraigned at the Town of Covert Court and committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $1000 cash/ $500 bond. Schott is to reappear on 9/14/15 at 10am to answer the charges. An Order of Protection was issued to the female victim and the three children.   

Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle AUO/UPM charge

Seneca County Sheriff's Office report that on 08/18/15 at approximately 4:32am Deputies arrested Kilian S. Martin age 20 of 1546 Caroline Rd Waterloo NY. The arrest stems from an incident the occurred at 1546 Caroline Rd Waterloo NY at around 3:46 am. During the investigation Deputies  learned that Martin had taken a vehicle without permission and was driving with a suspended license. Deputies recovered a small amount of Marijuana in addition to drug paraphernalia. Martin was arraigned at the Town of Waterloo Court where he was charged with Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, AUO 3rd, UPM and several other traffic offenses. Martin was committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $750.00 cash 1500 bond. He is to reappear on 08/20/15 at 1900 at the Junius Town Court.

Criminal Contempt 1st

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on August 6, 2015 at 10:50 am Deputies arrested William H. Merrill age 39 of  Grant Ave Auburn for Criminal Contempt 1st. Sheriff's Deputies report that the charge stems from Merrill sending a letter to a protected party which  violated an order of protection  for him to have no contact . Merrill was arraigned in the Town of Waterloo Court and committed to jail with no bail and is to reappear at the Town of Waterloo Court on August 11th 2015 to answer to the charge.

DWAI Drugs

On  05/23/2014 at approximately 9PM Deputies arrested Christine L. Goodman, age 42 of 10 Teft Ave. Clifton Springs, NY. Goodman was charged with DWAI-Drugs, Unlawfull Possession of Marihuana, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th, Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia 2nd, and a Uniform Traffic Ticket for Following Too Closely.

The charges stem from a traffic stop on State Route 5 and 20 in the TOwn of Seneca Falls where Goodman was observed following a vehicle at an unsafe distance. Upon further investigation, it is alleged that Goodman was operating the vehicle while her ability was impaired by drugs. It is further alleged that at the time of the traffic stop she possessed a quantity of marihuana, Oxycodone, and digital scales.

Goodman was released on appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear at the Town of Seneca Falls Court on July 10th, 2014 at 10:00AM.

 

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Family Court Arrest

On 05/29/14 Deputies arrested Robert N. Gill, age 22 of 13575 Savannah Spring Lake Rd., Savannah, NY on a Family Court Warrant. Gill was arraigned at the Town of Tyre Court and committed to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $7000 cash, $15,000 secured bond. Gill is scheduled to appear at the next available Family Court Date.

 

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CPSP 4th arrest

On 05/11/2014 at approximately 10:40 PM, Deputies stopped a vehicle on State Route 5 and 20 in the Town of Waterloo for an equipment violation. Upon further investigation, the following people were arrested:

The driver, Karl E. Haley, age 19, of 346 Sandybrook Dr. Hamlin, New York, was charged with Inadequate Lights, Unlicensed Operator, Unlawful Possesion of Marihuana, and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4th degree (Class E Felony) Haley was arraigned at the Town of Fayette Court and Committed to the Custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $2500/$5000 bond.

 Passenger, Ray Gonzalez-Rivera, age 22, of 15 Gordon St. Brockport, New York was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4th degree (Class E Felony)  Gonzalez-Rivera was arraigned at the Town of Fayette Court and Committed to the Custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $2500/$5000 bond.

 Passenger, Janelle L. Draper, age 17, of 15 Gordon St. Brockport, New York was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4th degree (Class E Felony)  Draper was arraigned at the Town of Fayette Court and Committed to the Custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $250/$500 bond.

 Passenger, Jordan W. Hardy Jr. age 20, of 858 North St., Rochester New York, was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4th degree (Class E Felony)  Hardy Jr. was arraigned at the Town of Fayette Court and Committed to the Custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $2500/$5000 bond.

 It is alleged that all individuals in the vehicle possessed over $2100 worth of stolen items from a Cayuga County business. All suspects are scheduled to appear for a Felony Hearing at the Town of Fayette Court on 05/15/14 at 2:30PM.

 The New York State Police assisted in the investigation.

 

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