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SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR JULY 2020

LAW ENFORCEMENT: Total Calls For Service: 1264 Total Arrests: 71

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 24; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $92,818.48

NARCO:

Total new drug cases: 8 Total arrests: 19

CORRECTIONS: Average Number of Inmates: 39 Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $43,566.52; Yearly Total: $262,543.54

CIVIL: Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 27 Total Income Executions: 11 Total Evictions: 0

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH:

July 1st, 2020: Deputies responded to a Domestic Violence Incident in Ovid that involved a victim being strangled and restrained. The suspect was armed with a long gun. Deputies apprehended the suspect without incident.

July 4th, 2020: Deputies responded to a Domestic Violence Incident in the Town of Waterloo. It was alleged that a woman was being held against her will. An arrest was made without incident.

July 6th, 2020: NARCO charged a suspect for allegedly possessing cocaine and allowing drug sales from their residence.

July 7th, 2020: Investigators solved a residential burglary in Junius and arrested the suspect. July 15th, 2020: Investigators solved a Grand Larceny in the Fayette and recovered over $30,000 in stolen property.

July 17th, 2020: A level 3 registered sex offender was found and arrested in the Town of Romulus after allegedly not reporting their address change.

July 2020: NARCO charged 4 suspects over several dates on numerous drug charges committed throughout Seneca County. Prescription drugs, cocaine and methamphetamine were involved.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

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SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR JUNE 2020

LAW ENFORCEMENT: Total Calls For Service: 1037 Total Arrests: 48

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 26; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $91,102.48

NARCO: Total new drug cases: 6 Total arrests: 9

CORRECTIONS: Average Number of Inmates: 38 Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $38,289.29; Yearly Total: $218,977.02

CIVIL: Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 22 Total Income Executions: 15 Total Evictions: 0

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH: June 5th, 2020: NARCO charged a suspect for allegedly selling cocaine in the Town of Waterloo.

June 12th, 2020: Deputies responded to a Domestic Violence home invasion in progress in the Town of Varick. The suspect was apprehended and charged.

June 22nd, 2020: Investigations executed a Welfare Fraud sweep and arrested 4 suspects. Charges included 6 felonies and 3 misdemeanors.

June 24th, 2020: Deputies responded to a residential fire in the Town of Junius. The residence was totally destroyed.

June 27th, 2020: Deputies responded to a Domestic Violence Incident involving a knife in the Town of Varick. The suspect was apprehended without incident.

June 2020: All Officers including Corrections completed Implicit Bias Training.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

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SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR MAY 2020

LAW ENFORCEMENT: Total Calls For Service: 1036 Total Arrests: 49 D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 2; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $75,665

NARCO: Total new drug cases: 8 Total arrests: 5

CORRECTIONS: Average Number of Inmates: 40 Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $35,100; Yearly Total: $180,687.73

CIVIL: Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 11 Total Income Executions: 0 Total Evictions: 0

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH:

May 4th, 2020: Deputies arrested a suspect for allegedly possessing heroin in Waterloo.

May 7th, 2020: Deputies recovered a stolen vehicle in Varick and arrested the alleged thief.

May 13th, 2020: Investigators charged 3 suspects for allegedly burglarizing a residence in Ovid.

May 13th, 2020: A suspect was charged for allegedly possessing methamphetamine and crack cocaine in the Town of Ovid.

May 14th, 2020: NARCO charged a suspect for allegedly conspiring to sell cocaine in Romulus.

May 24th, 2020: Deputies responded to a man threatening to kill people with a gun in Waterloo. A Domestic Violence Incident was discovered and a suspect with a gun was apprehended.

May 2020: Deputies and Corrections Officers completed reality based firearms training using simunition and deadly force decision making scenarios.

May 2020: A new program in Corrections involves inmates raising baby pheasants for later release in the wild.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

Monthly Snapshot for April 2020

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR APRIL 2020:

LAW ENFORCEMENT: Total Calls For Service: 1393 Total Arrests: 10 D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 7; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $66,881

NARCO: Total new drug cases: 3 Total arrests: 0

CORRECTIONS: Average Number of Inmates: 40 Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $34,476.67; Yearly Total: $145,587.73

CIVIL: Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 15 Total Income Executions: 0 Total Evictions: 0

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH: April 4th, 2020: Deputies apprehended a suspect who fled a hit and run car accident in the Town of Romulus. The suspect was subsequently charged with D.W.I.

April 12th, 2020: Deputies and Investigators responded to a large explosion in the Town of Fayette. Three suspects were charged for causing the explosion that was heard for miles

April 24th, 2020: Deputies responded to a in progress Physical Domestic Violence Incident in the Town of Romulus. A 1 year old child was involved. The suspect was apprehended and no one was injured.

April 27th, 2020: The Sheriff’s Office opened the Pistol Permit Office for amendments by mail only.

April 29th, 2020: An investigation into vandalism at the South Seneca School in Ovid resulted in 3 persons being charged. It is alleged that the vandalism was hate motivated.

April 2020: Special training for all Sheriff’s essential personnel on responding to COVID-19 was implemented. A department pandemic policy was developed.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

Seneca Sheriff Offers Limited Pistol Permit Services.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Pistol Permit Section is opening on a limited basis. The Pistol Permit Office will be accepting Amendments by mail only at this time. Mail your amendment to 6150 State Route 96, Romulus, NY 14541. When it is processed you will be contacted by phone to set up an appointment to pick up and pay for your process. There is a $3.00 fee for amendments. Forms may be downloaded from the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office website under pistol permit transactions. The Office will only be open one day a week for appointments only. No new Pistol Permit Applications can be processed at this time. The Pistol Permit Office is looking forward to opening for full service in the near future.

Thank You for your patience.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

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SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR MARCH 2020

LAW ENFORCEMENT: Total Calls For Service: 1158 Total Arrests: 50 D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 9; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $40,529

NARCO: Total new drug cases: 5 Total arrests: 3

CORRECTIONS: Average Number of Inmates: 49 Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $33,010.03; Yearly Total: $111,111.06

CIVIL: Office Closed.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH:

March 2nd, 2020: A SCSO Sergeant tragically committed suicide.

March 4th, 2020: An inmate at the jail was charged with a felony when he attacked and choked a Corrections Officer.

March 6th, 2020: A driver was charged with vehicular manslaughter after deputies responded to a fatal car accident in the Town of Waterloo. One person was killed.

March 15th , 2020: A home in the Town of Junius was lost during a house fire.

March 16th, 2020: NARCO charged 2 suspects with felonies for allegedly possessing crack cocaine. The new k-9 “Coski” assisted with the detection of drugs.

March 18th, 2020: All SCSO non-essential offices were closed due to COVID19.

March 21st, 2020: A boat accident on Seneca Lake, Town of Ovid, was investigated after a boat capsized and sank in rough water.

March 31st, 2020: An inmate in the jail was found dead by Corrections Officers. The investigation is continuing.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

Sheriff’s Non-Essential Functions Remain Closed.

Sheriff Tim Luce reports that the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office’s Non-Essential divisions and services remain closed until further notice due to the COVID19 situation. There will be no inmate visitation; Records, Civil and Pistol Permit Offices remain closed. The Civil Office will continue to be available for essential services by phone, mail and email: Sgt David Smith 315-539-1706 dsmith@co.seneca.ny.us.  All emergency and first responder services will continue.  

Sheriff Tim Luce on COVID-19

Sheriff Luce Announcement to Seneca County Citizens on COVID-19

As this situation unfolds it is important not to give in to rumors, unsubstantiated reports and fake news. The Sheriff is in daily contact with the Health Department and other County Officials to keep up on developments. Seneca County is on top of the situation and public officials are taking all reasonable precautions. A great way for citizens to keep up on the situation is to download the Seneca County Sheriff’s App at https://apps.myocv.com/share/a25713148 The App is constantly updating COVID-19 info. Local news media and the CDC website are also a reliable sources of updated information

Many measures have been taken in all Sheriff’s Office divisions to minimize exposure. For the duration of the COVID-19 situations the public can expect the following from the Sheriff’s Office:

1. There will be no reduction of emergency services and emergency responses to complaints.

2. Officers will be making enhanced use of personal protection gear such as facemasks, gloves, and other barrier protection

3. Non-emergency complaints will be handled by phone when possible.

4. Officers will to meet complainants outside of their homes when possible and appropriate.

5. Jail visitation is suspended. Inmates will be allowed a quantity of free electronic communications with family and loved ones.

6. Non-essential divisions such as Records, Pistol Permits and Civil are temporarily closed. Non-essential personnel have been furloughed and are working from home when possible.

7. The Civil Office will continue to handle emergency matters such as serving Orders of Protections and Custody Orders. Civil work mailed in will be handled. Civil Sgt David Smith is available for messaging at dsmith@co.seneca.ny.us or 315-539-1706

Sheriff Luce stated that fear and panic are the biggest challenges we face. When people are scared they can act irrationally. The Sheriff is urging all citizens to stay calm and use common sense precautions during this situation. It is important to remember that sickness like the cold and flu routinely happen and do not necessarily indicate a COVID-19 infection. Citizens should follow the advice of their medical providers and keep up on reputable news reports of the COVID-19 situation.

Sheriff’s Non-Essential Offices Closed

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce reports that the following cautionary measures are being implemented during the COVID-19 situation.

The Sheriff’s Office Records, Civil and Pistol Permit Offices will be closed starting March 18th, 2020 and will tentatively re-open April 6th, 2020.

Inmate visitation at the County jail will continue to be suspended until further notice. During this suspension inmates will be given an opportunity for a quantity of free phone calls and electronic communication with their family and loved ones.

Emergency Civil matters such as Orders of Protection and Custody Orders to be served will still be addressed. Civil Sergeant David Smith can be reached or messaged at 315-539-1706 or dsmith@co.seneca.ny.us

Freedom Of Information Requests will not be processed until after April 6th, 2020.

Sheriff Luce states that there will be no reduction in emergency police services and that the public’s patience in any delay of non-emergency services is appreciated.

Inmate Visitation Suspended

March 13, 2020: Sheriff Tim Luce has temporarily suspended all visitation to the Seneca County Correctional Facility effective this date. This is a cautionary move to reduce risk on any Covid19 exposure issues. The correctional medical staff agrees with this temporary order. The Sheriff’s Office regrets any inconvenience to the public caused by this precaustion.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce