Monthly Snapshot for March 2021

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR MARCH 2021

LAW ENFORCEMENT:

Total Calls For Service: 1438

Total Arrests: 52  

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 30; Yearly Total Cost Recouped:  $68,110.99

Mental Health Calls: 10

NARCO:

Total new drug cases: 7

Total arrests: 2

CORRECTIONS:

Average Number of Inmates: 39

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $29,799.44; Yearly Total: $92,889.28

CIVIL:

Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 36

Total Income Executions: 12

Total Evictions: 0

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH:

March 4th, 2021: A violent domestic occurred in the Town of Varick involving felony assault and strangulation. The suspect was apprehended without incident.

March 11th, 2021: Deputies and CIT Officers responded to an armed stand-off in the Town of Ovid that lasted all night. The situation was resolved peacefully with no one injured.

March 17th, 2021: Investigators charged an inmate at the jail for allegedly damaging a fire alarm sprinkler resulting in a false fire alarm.

March 22nd, 2021: Deputies charged a suspect for possessing cocaine and allegedly violating a stay-away court order of protection.

March 26th, 2021: NARCO charged a suspect for allegedly possessing and selling crack cocaine in Seneca Falls.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

Monthly Snapshot for February 2021

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR FEBRUARY 2021

LAW ENFORCEMENT:

Total Calls For Service: 1272

Total Arrests: 42  

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 21; Yearly Total Cost Recouped:  $26,497

Mental Health Calls: 8

NARCO:

Total new drug cases: 6

Total arrests: 7

CORRECTIONS:

Average Number of Inmates: 40

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $30,002; Yearly Total: $63,089.84

CIVIL:

Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 36

Total Income Executions: 7

Total Evictions: 0

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH:

February 3rd, 2021: Deputies responded to a Domestic Violence call in the Town of Fayette. It was alleged a victim was threatened and restrained. The suspect was arrested without incident.

February 3rd, 2021: Investigators arrested a suspect for allegedly committing a residential burglary in the Town of Waterloo.

February 22nd, 2021: Deputies responded to a structure fire at a farm in the Town of Romulus. Losses exceeded $150,000. The cause was determined to be accidental.

February 23rd, 2021: The Sheriff’s Office presented their Reform plan to the Seneca County Board of Supervisors at an open meeting. The plan was approved and filed with Albany.

February 25th, 2021: NARCO arrested a suspect for allegedly possessing and selling crack cocaine in Waterloo. 

February 2021: An Investigator completed Forensic Interviewing of Children certification training.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

Stand Off In Ovid Ends Successfully.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce reports the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office had a successful and safe conclusion to an armed standoff with a male on County Road 139 in the Town of Ovid. The incident began on March 11, 2021, at about 4:28pm when Deputies and Investigators responded to 2463 County Road 139 for the report of a male threatening self-harm and believed to be armed. A perimeter was immediately established and Sheriff’s Office crisis negotiators were requested to the scene. Crisis negotiators who were also CIT–(Crisis Intervention Team), trained immediately began communicating with the male by phone to obtain his safe surrender. The male refused to comply and would not exit the residence. The crisis negotiations continued through the night.

The Sheriff’s Office Drone Unit was deployed and a drone was used to survey the scene and enhance safety of perimeter officers.

At about 9am on March 12th, the male surrendered to Sheriff’s Deputies unharmed and was taken into custody.

The subsequent investigation into the incident led to a search warrant execution where Sheriff’s Investigators seized an unlawful firearm, namely a “sawed-off” shotgun. As a result, Mark H. Taggerty, age 62, of 2463 County Road 139, Ovid, New York, was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony.

Taggerty was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Ovid Town Court on March 15, 2021, at 10am. Taggerty was then taken to a psychiatric facility for an evaluation.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the New York State Police, Ovid Fire Department, South Seneca Ambulance, Seneca County Highway Department, and the Seneca County E-911 Center.

A special thanks goes out to the Fire Police who blockaded the roadway so that more Officers could be devoted to the incident.

The Sheriff’s Office would also like to thank the community for their continued patience during the incident. A power outage in the area during this incident was coincidental and not related.

Monthly Snapshot

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR JANUARY 2021

LAW ENFORCEMENT:

Total Calls For Service: 1207

Total Arrests: 52  

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 16; Yearly Total Cost Recouped:  $963.00

Mental Health Calls: 2

NARCO:

Total new drug cases: 9

Total arrests: 4

CORRECTIONS:

Average Number of Inmates: 37

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $33,087.84; Yearly Total: $33,087.84

CIVIL:

Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 25

Total Income Executions: 6

Total Evictions: 0

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH:

January 7th & 13th, 2021: A suspect from the Town of Waterloo was arrested twice for violating the same Stay Away Order of Protection.

January 8th, 2021: Investigators charged a suspect for allegedly stealing a car in the Town of Waterloo.

January 11th, 2021: Investigators charged a suspect in Romulus for allegedly systematically sexually abusing a child. 

January 12th, 2021: A suspect was charged with a felony for allegedly falsifying information on a Seneca County pistol permit application.

January 15th, 2021: Deputies charged a suspect for allegedly possessing heroin in the Town of Tyre.

January 16th, 2021: Deputies responded and assisted at a serious injury logging accident in the Town of Waterloo. The victim was flown from the scene.

January 31st, 2021: A serious Domestic Violence Incident in the Town of Tyre resulted in the arrest of a parolee. It is alleged that the victim was threatened with a gun.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce /Undersheriff John Cleere

Monthly Snapshot

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR DECEMBER 2020

LAW ENFORCEMENT:

Total Calls For Service: 945

Total Arrests: 71  

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 28; Yearly Total Cost Recouped:  $240,208.08

Mental Health Calls: 9

NARCO:

Total new drug cases: 7

Total arrests: 4

CORRECTIONS:

Average Number of Inmates: 34

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $32,097.22; Yearly Total: $460,254.22

CIVIL:

Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 28

Total Income Executions: 16

Total Evictions: 0

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH:

December 10th, 2020: Investigators closed their investigation into the death of a 3 year old in the Town of Varick. Both parents were charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

December 11th, 2020: Deputies found cocaine while investigating an alleged DWI crash in the Town of Waterloo. The driver was charged.

December 19th, 2020: A man at a Domestic Violence Incident threatened deputies with a loaded shotgun in the Town of Romulus. The man was apprehended without incident. 

December 23rd, 2020: Corrections personnel adopted 27 families at Glove house for Christmas gifts from Santa.

December 23rd, 24th, 2020: Investigators conducted a search warrant while working a child sexual abuse case in the Town of Romulus. Two adults and one juvenile were arrested.

December 27th, 2020:  2020: Deputies responded to a Domestic Violence Incident in Interlaken where a person was physically accosted and held against their will with a child involved. The suspect was apprehended without incident.

December 2020: Deputies delivered gifts to 8 children through the Shop with a Sheriff program.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce /Undersheriff John Cleere

Christmas Angel Visits the Sheriff’s Office

Tuesday December 22, 2020 started as any other day at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office. We were dealing with COVID19, police reform and many other mundane duties of the day. It was getting near the end of the day when the records clerk from the front office of the Sheriff’s office came to me and said there is a man in the front lobby who wants the Deputies to hand out some cards. Not knowing what kind of cards, I told her to get the Road Lieutenant to speak to him. Of course being the end of the day, he had already left for the day.  So I told the clerk I would go and speak to the man.

The man was just an average looking man, soft spoken, a mild mannered subject. He went on to ask me if I knew any families in need. I advised him the Sheriff’s Office helped Glove house in getting Christmas gifts for 20 some families in need to get gifts for their children. The Sheriff’s Office also does what we call shop with a Sheriff which helps about 15 or so families in providing presents to their children.  The man stated that’s great here is some cards I would like you to hand out also. The man handed me two envelopes with $5000 in $100 food cards. I told the man that was awesome, pulled out my pen and asked his name. The man said: “ oh no you don’t need to know my name; I just want you to help needy families”. He then turned and left. That’s when I knew a Christmas angel came to the Sheriff’s Office. 

The next day Wednesday December 23, 2020  the Undersheriff and I went to Glove house where the Chief Deputy dressed as Santa and a couple of employees from the Correctional Facility dressed as elfs. They handed out presents to the children and the Undersheriff and I gave each family a gift card. We also gave another group of Sheriff Employees cards to be handed out to the children’s families who were receive gifts from shop with a Sheriff. At the end of the day the Undersheriff and I had some left over cards so we went to a few locations in the County and handed out the rest of the cards to people we felt could use the cards.

Today Thursday December 24, 2020 early in the morning in my office while no one was around I was contemplating the year 2020 and how miserable the year had really been especially dealing with COVID and how many people were sick and how many had lost family members. That’s when I realized a Christmas Angel came to the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office  on December 22, 2020 and I realized the Christmas spirit is alive and well even in these trying time we live in. I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

God Bless

Sheriff Luce    

Monthly Snapshot for November

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR NOVEMBER 2020

LAW ENFORCEMENT:

Total Calls For Service: 1152

Total Arrests: 44  

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 18; Yearly Total Cost Recouped:  $200,546.08

Mental Health Calls: 4

NARCO:

Total new drug cases: 2

Total arrests: 8

CORRECTIONS:

Average Number of Inmates: 39

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $33,368.47; Yearly Total: $426,157

CIVIL:

Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 16

Total Income Executions: 10

Total Evictions: 0

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH:

November 10th, 2020: Deputies responded to a farm equipment fire in Romulus with over $100,000 in damage. The cause was found to be accidental.

November 12th, 2020: Corrections Officers in the jail discovered an inmate trying to send letters to a person in violation of a court order. The letters were intercepted and the inmate charged.

November 13th, 2020: Deputies and Investigators responded to a double stabbing ion the Town of Waterloo. The suspect was apprehended without incident.

November 19th, 2020: Investigators charged 2 suspects for allegedly burglarizing a Town of Junius business.

November 20th, 2020: Investigators charged 2 suspects for Grand Larceny after an investigation into theft at a Town Waterloo business.

November 21st, 2020: Deputies responded to a Town of Seneca Falls business for a person pointing a gun at another person and threatening him. The suspect was safely apprehended.

November: The Sheriff’s Office taught a CIT Certification training for area Officers.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

Monthly Snapshot

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR OCTOBER 2020

LAW ENFORCEMENT: Total Calls For Service: 1034 Total Arrests: 57 D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 7; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $187,130.08 Mental Health Calls: 17

NARCO: Total new drug cases: 7 Total arrests: 8

CORRECTIONS: Average Number of Inmates: 45 Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $40,064.85; Yearly Total: $392,788.53

CIVIL: Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 40 Total Income Executions: 16 Total Evictions: 0

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH:

October 9th, 2020: Investigators charged a suspect in the Town of Lodi for Grand Larceny and Falsifying Business Records.

October 23rd, 2020: An incident is still under investigation in the Town of Varick that resulted in the death of a 3 year old child.

October 24th, 2020: Officers participated in another Drug Take Back Day. About 50 pounds of prescription drugs were secured for destruction.

October 27th, 2020: A jail inmate was charged with felony Criminal Mischief for allegedly destroying facility property.

October 2020: The jail inmate garden was harvested. Produce grown by Inmates was used for inmate consumption and a local food pantry. Flowers grown were donated to the Office of the Aging.

October 2020: Sheriff’s Office deputies and corrections officers completed firearms range qualifications and use of force training.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

Drug Take Back for South Seneca County

On Saturday, October 24th, 2020, The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, partnering with the DEA , will conduct a DRUG TAKE BACK DAY in South Seneca County. A deputy will be stationed at the Law Enforcement Center 6150 Route 96, Romulus, 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.

Sheriff’s Office Monthly Snapshot.

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR SEPTEMBER 2020

LAW ENFORCEMENT: Total Calls For Service: 1054 Total Arrests: 71 D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 26; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $167,362.48 Mental Health Calls: 11

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

CORRECTIONS: Average Number of Inmates: 44 Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $41,614.13; Yearly Total: $352,723.68

CIVIL: Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 37 Total Income Executions: 10 Total Evictions: 0

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH:

September 10th, 2020: An inmate at the jail was charged after Corrections Officers discovered a homemade edged weapon.

September 19th, 2020: Deputies responded to a Domestic Violence Incident where a victim was assaulted and had a knife held to her throat. The suspect was apprehended without incident.

September 21, 2019: Deputies arrested a motorist in Junius for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs with a child in the car.

September 28th, 2020: Pheasants raised by inmates in the jail were released into the wild.

September 28th, 2020: NARCO arrested a suspect for allegedly dealing cocaine in Waterloo.

September, 2020: Investigators are following up on 2 suspicious, residential porch fires in Ovid.

September, 2020: The Sheriff’s Office attended 3 public forums on police reform.

September, 2020: A Welfare Fraud crackdown resulted in 3 persons charged for 9 crimes.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere