Fire

On 11/22/2022 around the time of 1729 hours, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies along with Interlaken, Ovid, and Lodi fire departments responded to the area of Lodi Covert Towline road and State route 96A for the report of a combine fire. Owner of the combine and land, John Swanson III, 73 safely exited the machine with no injuries. Responding units had to travel several hundred yards off the roadway to reach the combine and extinguish the fire. The damages are estimated to be 15,000 dollars. The cause of the fire appeared to have stemmed from the hydraulic housing.

Petit Larceny

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on November 21, 2022 at around 5:40 p.m., Deputies arrested 30 year old Stefanie M. Johns of Montezuma, NY on the charge of Petit Larceny when she turned herself in at the Law Enforcement Center in Romulus. The arrest stemmed from a Sheriff’s Office investigation into a theft that occurred on November 6, 2022 at a Town of Junius business. Two clothing items were allegedly stolen from the store by Johns at around 3:30 a.m. on the day of the incident. Johns was handed over to the Seneca County Correctional Facility for processing. Johns was then released on an appearance ticket. Johns will be expected to appear before the Junius Town Court in January to answer for the charges against her.

DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on November 10, 2022 at around 8:56 p.m., Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a White 2007 Jeep Cherokee in the Town of Ovid for not having any functioning tail lamps. A roadside investigation conducted by Deputies determined that the operator of the vehicle, 29 year old Carla Morton of Ovid, was intoxicated. Morton was transported to the Law Enforcement Center in Romulus where she was processed by the Seneca County Jail and released on an Appearance Ticket. The charges against Morton consist of Driving While Intoxicated, Operating a Motor Vehicle while having a B.A.C. greater than 0.08%, and operating a vehicle with insufficient tail lamps. Morton will be expected to appear before the Ovid Town Court at a later date to answer for the charges.

Domestic

The Seneca County Sheriff’s office reports that on November 9th, 2022 at 5:45 PM, Seneca County Deputies arrested Keith L. Champion, Age 59, of 8913 State Route 414 Lodi, NY at his residence. Champion was charged with Driving while intoxicated, Reckless Endangerment 2nd, and Resisting Arrest all misdemeanors as well as Harassment 2nd a violation.

Deputies report that the arrest stems from a domestic incident where it is alleged that Champion struck the victim before leaving the residence. Champion then returned to the residence while Deputies were actively investigating the incident. Champion then fled from Deputies and attempted hit a deputies vehicle with his own. After coming to a stop Champion then actively resisted deputies from taking him into custody. Champion was held for arraignment at CAP Court to reappear in the Town of Lodi at a later date.


DWI-Drugs

The Seneca County Sheriff’s office reports that on November 8th, 2022, at 08:28 PM, Seneca County Deputies arrested Michael A Delario , Age 37, of 281 Main Street Freeville, NY , on State Route 96 in the Town of Fayette. Delario was charged with Driving while intoxicated by Drugs a misdemeanor, as well as moving from lane unsafely, and crossing a road hazard marking both traffic violations.

Deputies report that the arrest stems from a one car property damage accident where Delario’s vehicle exited the road way and struck a ditch causing damage to the vehicle. Delario was released on appearance tickets and is to appear before the Town of Fayette Court on January 10th 2023 to answer the charges.


Unlawfully Dealing with a Minor

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Damion W. Brown 23 of Romulus NY on November 5th for Unlawfully Dealing with a Minor in the First Degree a class A Misdemeanor. The arrest stems from a report that on the 31st of October 2022 around 6:20pm, Brown had sold alcohol to a 14 year old minor while working as cashier for a local gas station. Brown was arrested and released on appearance tickets. Brown is to appear at the Covert Town Court on November 17th 2022 at 10:00am to answer the charge.

Criminal Mischief

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 10/24/22 at approx. 2235hrs deputies arrested Melvin J Beiler, 53 of Lodi for two counts of criminal mischief in the 4th degree, a class A Misdemeanor. The arrest stems from a complaint where deputies were called to a residence in Lodi. Upon investigation deputies discovered the Beiler damaged property belonging to another person as well as hindered a victim from calling emergency services. Beiler was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Seneca County Jail to await arraignment at CAP court.

Disseminating Indecent Materials to Minors/ Endangering

The Seneca County Sheriff’s office reports that on October 24th, 2022 ,at 2:26 PM, Seneca County Deputies arrested Margret R. Hess, Age 33, of 4265 State Route 96A Geneva, NY 14456 , on Halls Corners Road in the Town of Covert. Hess was charged with Harassment 2nd, Endangering the Welfare of a child, and Disseminating indecent material to a minor in the 2nd degree, a class E Felony.

Deputies report that the arrest stems from Hess attempting to engage in an intimate relationship with a 16 year old male. Hess is also accused of following the victim in a vehicle. Hess was held for CAP court to be arraigned. Hess will reappear in Covert Town Court on a later date.

MVA/ DWAI-Drugs

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on October 24th, 2022 at around 11am Deputies responded to a one car Personal Injury accident on Packwood Road, in the Town of Waterloo. As a result of the investigation Deputies arrested Ronald J. Difranco, 34 years old, of Webster New York for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. Difranco was issued several other traffic tickets, and was transported to the Seneca County Correctional Facility to await centralized arraignment. Deputies were assisted by the New York State Police, Border City Fire Department, and North Seneca Ambulance.

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MVA/DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 10/23/2022 at 19:05 hours Deputies were dispatched to the area of 741 Lerch Rd in the Town of Fayette for the report of a 1 vehicle personal injury rollover crash. Upon arrival deputies discovered the operator of the vehicle had self-extricated from the vehicle and was uninjured. The driver was identified as Alexandra I. Nichols D.O.B. 8/1/1999. Nichols was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was subsequently arrested for Aggravated DWI .18% or higher, DWI common law, open container, and moving from lane unsafely. Alexandra was processed and released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of Fayette Court on 11/8/2022 at 18:00 hours. Deputies were assisted by Romulus Fire, Varick Fire, NSA, and NYSP.

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