Monthly Snapshot

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR DECEMBER 2019

LAW ENFORCEMENT: Total Calls For Service: 964 Total Arrests: 69

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 36; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $200,833.54

NARCO: Total new drug cases: 6 Total arrests: 18

CORRECTIONS: Average Number of Inmates: 59 Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $44,195.24; Yearly Total: $541,890.82

CIVIL: Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 33 Total Income Executions: 24 Total Evictions: 3

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH:

December 4th, 2019: NARCO charged 2 suspects for allegedly selling narcotic medication and possessing fentanyl in Waterloo.

December 7th, 2019: Deputies conducted the 5th annual “Shop with a Sheriff” event.

December 12th, 2019: A Meth Lab was discovered in Ovid. After the execution of a search warrant a suspect was charged with multiple class A felonies.

December 14th, 2019: Deputies engaged in a vehicle chase in Interlaken. The suspect was revoked for DWI, driving without a mandated interlock devise and had 2 small children in the car.

December 20th, 2019: NARCO charged a suspect for allegedly selling a large amount of cocaine in Waterloo.

December 21st, 2019: Investigators charged a suspect with several felonies relating to Welfare Fraud in Waterloo.

December 2019: Preparing for Bail and other Criminal Justice law changes was a major activity throughout the month.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

 Undersheriff John Cleere

Longer Waits at Seneca County Sheriff’s Records/Civil/Pistol Permit Office

From Wednesday January 8th through January 9th 2020 there will be renovations in progress at the Records/Civil/Pistol Permit Offices of the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office. Citizens may wish to postpone their business if possible as these renovations will result in longer than usual waiting times. The patience of the public is appreciated and we expect business as usual by Friday January 10th,  2020.    

Methamphetamine Lab Identified

December 12th, 2019: The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and Criminal Investigation Division executed a search warrant at 2868 Munson Road, in the Town of Ovid.

Subsequent to the warrant execution Investigators charged Benjamin R. Nichols, age 26, of the same address with the following charges: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the second degree- Class A Felony Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine in the third degree- Class D Felony 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the third degree- Class D Felonies Criminal Possession of a Firearm- Class E Felony Sex Offender Failure to Register Address- Class E Felony 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the fourth degree- Class A Misdemeanor 3 counts of Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia – Class A Misdemeanor Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree- Class A Misdemeanor

Upon the execution of the search warrant, Deputies discovered a clandestine methamphetamine lab. Deputies also discovered numerous rifles, a 9mm handgun, methamphetamine, metal knuckles, digital scales, and approximately 1000 rounds of ammunition. Nichols is a convicted felon and is not allowed to possess firearms. Deputies were assisted at the scene by the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team and Seneca County Codes. NYSPCCSERT collected all of the hazardous materials from the residence. Seneca County Codes then deemed the property inhabitable and condemned it.

Nichols was held at the Seneca County Correctional Facility to await arraignment at CAP court. After arraignment he was committed to the Facility on no bail pending a hearing.

Sheriff Luce stated that the case began when Investigators developed information while doing a check on Nichols as a registered sex offender. Nichols is currently a level two registered sex offender. The Sheriff added that the case was an example of excellent police work and follow up that eliminated a hazard to the community.

Monthly Snapshot for October

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR OCTOBER

2019 LAW ENFORCEMENT: Total Calls For Service: 1084

Total Arrests: 67

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 15; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $165,736.54

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

CORRECTIONS: Average Number of Inmates: 68 Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $59,206.48; Yearly Total: $445,365.46

CIVIL: Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 32 Total Income Executions: 31 Total Evictions: 3

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH:

October 14th, 2019: Deputies apprehended a suspect after a foot chase in Border City. The suspect had been allegedly throwing rocks through a local business’s window.

October 21st, 2019: NARCO apprehended a suspect for allegedly selling and possessing crack cocaine in the Town of Seneca Falls.

October 26th, 2019: A house fire totally destroyed a residence in the Town of Romulus. The occupants safely escaped the blaze.

October 29th, 2019: Investigators arrested a suspect in Waterloo for several felonies relating to Welfare Fraud. The D.H.S. Fraud unit is continuing to work jointly with the State Inspector General’s Office on Welfare Fraud and Workman’s Compensation Fraud.

October 31st, 2019: Investigators charged two suspects in a Grand Larceny case from the Town of Varick. Over $2500 was stolen.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

Drug Take Back For South Seneca County

On Saturday, October 26th, 2019, The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, partnering with the DEA and Kinney Drug Stores, will conduct a DRUG TAKE BACK DAY in South Seneca County. A deputy will be stationed at the Kinney Drug Store, 7115 North Main Street, Ovid, N.Y. from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM to collect potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction. This service is free and anonymous with no questions asked and no paperwork to complete. In addition to the TAKE BACK DAY citizens may drop off these drugs at any time in one of the Sheriff’s two Unwanted/Unused Prescription Drug Drop-Off Return Kiosks. These kiosks are located in the main lobby of the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center in Romulus and the first floor, (near D.M.V.), of the Seneca County Office Building, 1 Dipronio Drive, Waterloo, N.Y. Sheriff Luce stated: “Take Back Day is a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs. It is important to get these potentially dangerous drugs out of your home before they find a new home.” 

Syringes and needles are not eligible for Take Back or Drop Off.

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