Seneca Sheriff Announces Citizen’s Police Academy

Sheriff Tim Luce has announced that the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is holding its third annual Citizens Police Academy this November. The purpose of the academy is to give citizens of Seneca County a better understanding about law enforcement and how the Sheriff’s Office works within the community. The academy will consist of four Thursday night sessions  starting November 7th, running from 6:00 PM to approximately 9:00 PM. Each session will focus on different aspects of the Sheriff’s Office and give an inside look at Administration, Road Patrol, Investigations and Corrections. Classroom and hands-on activities will be conducted by the professionals who do the job.

Last year’s candidates got to observe Corrections Staff handle an actual emergency when the entire Law Enforcement Center lost power.

Candidates that complete the program will be scheduled for an optional ride-a-long with a Deputy, receive a certificate of completion and a T-shirt.

The dates for the academy are: November, 7th ,14th , 21st , and December 5th , 2019. Candidates must be able to attend all 4 sessions. Anyone interested can contact Danielle Thompson at 315-220-3403. Or email dthompson@co.seneca.ny.us. A light background check will be conducted. Applicants must be at least 21 years old, be residents of Seneca County and have a genuine interest in good citizenship. There are no physical requirements , only a desire to learn. The academy class size will be kept small to maximize the experience. Eligible applicants that do not make this academy will be considered for future academies.      

Monthly Snapshot

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR SEPTEMBER 2019

LAW ENFORCEMENT: Total Calls For Service: 1024 Total Arrests: 71

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 32; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $145,659.54

NARCO: Total new drug cases: 6 Total arrests: 7

CORRECTIONS: Average Number of Inmates: 62 Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $51,959.52; Yearly Total: $386,158.98

CIVIL: Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 25 Total Income Executions: 13 Total Evictions: 8

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH:

September 4th, 2019: NARCO charged a suspect for allegedly selling ecstasy and other drugs in the Town of Romulus.

September 13th, 2019: Deputies responded to a Domestic Violence Incident in the Town of Waterloo involving a knife. The suspect was apprehended without injury.

September 17th, 2019: After a foot chase, Investigators apprehended a Parole Absconder in the Village of Waterloo.

September 17th – 18th, 2019: Deputies and Investigators assisted Ontario County with locating an armed robbery suspect. A Seneca County Deputy caught the suspect after he had fled his vehicle.

September 27th, 2019: An unusual Domestic Violence Incident in the Village of Ovid involved a suspect spraying a victim with pepper spray. Deputies apprehended and charged the suspect.

September 28th, 2019: A suspect was trying to take a young child at a Domestic Violence Incident in the Town of Ovid. Deputies arrived and apprehended the suspect.

September 2019: New York State mandated Use of Force training was implemented department wide.  Basic Court Security Officer training was held for Seneca deputies and area agencies.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere  

Monthly Snapshot

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR AUGUST 2019

LAW ENFORCEMENT: 

Total Calls For Service: 1056

Total Arrests: 61

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 16; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $133,179.54

NARCO: 

Total new drug cases: 9

Total arrests: 10

CORRECTIONS:

Average Number of Inmates: 56

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $49,612.54; Yearly Total: $334,199.46

CIVIL: 

Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 28

Total Income Executions: 22

Total Evictions: 2 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH: 

August 8th, 2019: Investigators located a stolen car in Waterloo and charged the thief.

August 11th, 2019: Deputies responded to a Domestic Violence Incident in Fayette where a victim was strangled and struck. The suspect was apprehended and charged.

August 14th, 2019: A Domestic Violence Incident in Waterloo resulted in deputies charging a suspect with arson. The suspect had doused personal property with gasoline and ignited it.

August 14th, 2019: Investigators apprehended a suspect for fraudulently obtaining narcotic medication from a pharmacy in Ovid.

August 16th, 2019: NARCO charged a suspect for selling Hydrocodone in Seneca Falls.

August 16th, 2018: An inmate was charged after throwing urine in a Corrections Officer’s face.

08/18/2019: A suspect was charged for possessing cocaine for sale after leaving young children unattended at the Del Lago casino in Tyre.

08/23/2019: A missing 81 year old and 5 year old reported missing were recovered about 12 hours later at May’s Point in the Town of Tyre. Both tragically drowned in the Clyde River.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is Hiring Corrections Personnel

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is seeking Corrections Officers candidates. This is a real career opportunity that offers great training, good pay and excellent benefits. Full Time Corrections Officers start at 18.14 per hour with a benefits package that includes: medical insurance, retirement and paid time off. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is a fully accredited agency that promotes professionalism and a positive, team atmosphere. Anyone interested in applying can apply at the Seneca County website:

https://seneca-portal.mycivilservice.com/jobopps

You must be 18 years of age by appointment with a High School Diploma or GED. There are stipends for college degrees. Military service is welcome but not required. A background investigation is conducted prior to appointment. Felony convictions disqualify an applicant but misdemeanor or violation convictions do not automatically preclude appointment.

Full Time Corrections Officers are a Civil Service Position and require the taking of a Civil Service exam. The next exam is September 28th, 2019. The deadline to sign up is August 22nd, 2019. Sign up is via the above portal.

Part time Corrections Officers are also being sought and can work a maximum of 24 hours per week. No exam is required.

Per Diem Registered Nurses to work in the Corrections Medical Division are also being sought. The current rate is 28.43 per hour with flexible hours.

 

Monthly Snapshot for July 2019

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR JULY 2019

LAW ENFORCEMENT: 

Total Calls For Service: 1166

Total Arrests: 53

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 15; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $114,441.54

NARCO: 

Total new drug cases: 12

Total arrests: 8

CORRECTIONS:

Average Number of Inmates: 56

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $48,977.48; Yearly Total: $284,586.92

CIVIL: 

Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 48

Total Income Executions: 22

Total Evictions: 2 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH: 

July 3rd, 2019: An unusual, felony vandalism case in the Town of Fayette resulted in Investigators charging a suspect for drilling holes in a septic line and filling it with spray foam.

July 11th, 2019: Deputies were threatened with a crossbow while responding to a Domestic Violence Incident in the Town of Varick. Three deputies were injured taking the suspect into custody. All returned to work within a few days.

July 18th, 2019: The Family Services Unit charged 2 suspects with 85 felonies relating to the trafficking of Child Pornography in Seneca County. The F.S.U. partnered with the F.B.I. during this lengthy investigation.

July 18th, 2019: NARCO executed a search warrant in the Town of Lodi and took down a Meth (Methamphetamine) Lab. suspects was apprehended and charged.

July 18th, 2019: After an undercover operation NARCO charged a suspect for selling suboxone in the Town of Seneca Falls.

July 23rd, 2019: A tragic Car-Pedestrian accident occurred in the Town of Waterloo that resulted in the death of a child.

 

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

Extreme Heat Warning

Sheriff Luce has received notice from Seneca County Emergency Management that we can expect excessive heat this weekend with temperatures possibly reaching 100-105 degrees.

The Sheriff urges all citizens to be wary of this weather and use appropriate measures to deal with the heat. It is important to make sure you take in enough fluids and make use of shade and air conditioned buildings. Citizens should be especially wary of heat stroke and heat exhausion when engaging in physical activities outdoors.

Citizens should pay special attention to seniors, children and pets. Any one who observes a person or pet having a heat related issue should immediately call 911. Sheriff Luce stated: “Heat related issues like heat stroke and heat exhaustion are real medical emergencies and can be life threatening.”

Detailed information on this situation and how to act are available on the Seneca County Office of Emergency Management website: https://www.co.seneca.ny.us/departments/safety-services/emergency-services/emergency-management/

Monthly Snapshot For June 2019

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR JUNE 2019

LAW ENFORCEMENT: 

Total Calls For Service: 1038

Total Arrests: 42

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 12; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $84,596.54

NARCO: 

Total new drug cases: 11

Total arrests: 4

CORRECTIONS:

Average Number of Inmates: 65

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $52,982.68; Yearly Total: $235,609.44

CIVIL: 

Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 27

Total Income Executions: 27

Total Evictions: 2 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH: 

June 3rd, 2019: Investigations charged a former Interlaken School Resource Officer with Criminal Sexual Act in the 1st degree for allegedly abusing a child in the Town of Varick.

June 11th, 2019: Deputies responded to a menacing with a firearm case in the Town of Romulus. The suspect was apprehended with an unregistered handgun and was D.W.I.

June 10th – 12th, 2019: The Sheriff’s Office hosted Marine Law Enforcement training for Officers working navigation patrols.

June 12th, 2019: Deputies seized over 2 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop in Tyre.

June 28th, 2019: The Sheriff’s Office assisted Geneva P.D. with the apprehension and arrest of a S.C.S.O. Corrections Officer on drug charges.

 

June 28th, 2019: NARCO charged a suspect for possessing heroin in Romulus.

 

June 28th, 2019: NARCO charged a S.C.S.O. inmate in the jail for possessing cocaine.

June 29th, 2019: The Sheriff’s Office held their first Applicant Academy.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

Deputies Threatened at Domestic Violence Incident

On 07/10/2019, at about 7:00 PM Seneca County Deputies responded to a Domestic Violence Incident in progress at 4698 Route 96A, in the Town of Varick. A family member reported that another family member was acting violently and making threats. When Deputies arrived they observed that the mailbox and wooden post at the residence had been doused with gasoline and was on fire. A deputy put out the fire with a fire extinguisher. As officers approached the scene the suspect: Victor V Gregory, age 47, of that address threatened officers with a loaded and cocked crossbow. Deputies established a perimeter and attempted to negotiate with Gregory but to no avail. Gregory continued to threaten the Officers with the crossbow.

During the exchanges with Gregory an opportunity arose when Gregory momentarily set down the crossbow. A department k-9 was utilized but Gregory unexpectedly produced a large knife and threatened the k-9. Deputies then moved in quickly and deployed a taser. Gregory continued to fight violently even after being tased. Officers physically struggled with Gregory who continued to fight and resist arrest.

Deputies were eventually able to subdue Gregory into custody. Three Officers were injured during the incident with two being taken out of work. None of the injuries are serious.

Gregory is charged with:

4 counts of menacing a police officer.

2 counts of assault 2nd degree.

1 count of criminal possession of a weapon 4th degree.

1 count of Arson 5th degree.

Resisting arrest.

Gregory is being held at the Seneca County jail awaiting Centralized Arraignment Court.

Sheriff Luce commended the actions of the Officers involved. He stated: “The Officers showed considerable restraint and more than considerable courage taking this suspect into custody without harming him. Under the circumstances they would have been justified in using deadly force. I am very proud of them”.

NYS Police and NYS Park Police provided back up and assisted at the scene.

 

Monthly Snapshot for June 2019

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR MAY 2019

LAW ENFORCEMENT: 

Total Calls For Service: 1088

Total Arrests: 73

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 16; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $83,948.54

NARCO: 

Total new drug cases: 4

Total arrests: 9

CORRECTIONS:

Average Number of Inmates: 62

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $36,047.40; Yearly Total: $182,626.76

CIVIL: 

Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 35

Total Income Executions: 19

Total Evictions: 6 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH: 

May 8th, 2019: Seven High School students shadowed the Sheriff’s Office for Law Day.

May 8th, 2019: NARCO charged a suspect for selling crack cocaine in Seneca County. 

May 9th, 2019: Deputies responded to an animal cruelty case in Tyre where a dog was left abandoned and tied to a tree with no food or water. 

May 10th, 2019: Investigators charged a suspect for stealing $21,000 from a residence. 

May 16th, 2019: Investigators charged a former School Resource Officer from Interlaken for having a romantic relationship with an 8th grader. Subsequent arrests for sexual abuse involving an additional victim have been made. The case is continuing… 

May 23rd, 2019: The Sheriff’s Office hosted Domestic Violence training for police.

May 23rd, 2019: A suspect in Lodi was charged with Fraud for collecting welfare benefits while making undisclosed money from a cabin rental business.

May 27th, 2019: Deputies responded to a Violent Domestic in Fayette and charged a suspect for physically attacking 2 adults and a child.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

Official Misconduct and Endangering the Welfare of a Child

May 16, 2019, at about 10:40pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Elisia M. Panipinto, age 20, of 3450 West Covert Road, Interlaken, New York, on charges of Official Misconduct and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The charges stem from an investigation of an alleged inappropriate relationship between Panipinto and a child in the eighth grade of the South Seneca Central School District. At the time of the alleged incident, Panipinto was employed as an Interlaken Village Police Officer serving duties as a School Resource Officer for the South Seneca Central School District. Based upon the investigation, Sheriff’s Investigators allege that Panipinto used her official capacity as a police officer to gain access to the child while at school and cultivated a physical, romantic relationship. There is no evidence of sexual conduct at this time or any indication of further victims.

The investigation was commenced after  a complaint was lodged by the Interlaken Police Department and the South Seneca Central School District.

Panipinto was arraigned in the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $250 cash bail/$500 secured bond. Panipinto is to reappear in the Ovid Town Court at a later date. A Class A Order of Protection was issued on behalf of the victim.

The investigation is continuing and multiple interviews are still pending. If anyone has any information related to this case, they are encouraged to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at (315) 220-3240.