Criminal Contempt

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on 8/25/21 at 8:29 AM Deputies arrested Calvin J. Solomon, age 40 of Lyons, on an Arrest Warrant for Criminal Contempt in the Second Degree. The Warrant stems from a domestic incident on 3/1/21 which occurred in Wayne County and continued into Seneca County. It is alleged that Solomon engaged in a physical domestic in Wayne County then had the victim drive him to an address in the Town of Tyre. At the time of this incident the victim was the protected party of a Class A Order of Protection against Solomon. Solomon was turned over to the Seneca County Jail to await arraignment.


The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on 8/19/21 at 12:56 pm Deputies responded to the Cayuga County Jail and arrested Joshua L. Patterson, age 37 of Auburn, on a Warrant for Violation of Pretrial Release. The warrant stems from an incident on 2/25/21 where it is alleged Patterson committed Petit Larceny at a Town of Junius business. Patterson was transported to the Seneca County Jail to await arraignment in CAP Court.

High water advisory

Seneca County Sheriff, W. Timothy Luce, has issued a high water advisory for Cayuga Lake, Seneca Lake, and the Canal in Seneca County. The high water advisory includes a “no wake zone” within 500 feet of shore when traveling on the lakes. Also, Seneca County Sheriff Luce, advises boaters to be aware of floating debris in the water. The high water advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

MVA/ Vehicle Fire

PI Accident/Vehicle Fire

On 08/16/2021 at around 8:15 pm, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area of 418 Thorne Rd for the single vehicle crash. Deputies say David VanHouten, 21, of Waterloo, NY was traveling southbound on Smith Rd and attempted to make a left turn onto Thorne Rd. VanHouten lost control of the vehicle and went into the ditch on the south side of the road. When deputies arrived on scene, the vehicle had caught on fire and was completely engulfed in flames. Junius Fire Department responded and was able to put the fire out. Also in the vehicle were Charles Damick, 17, and Tristen Greenfield, 19, both of Waterloo, NY. No injuries were reported. Deputies say the vehicle was a total loss and had to be towed away from the scene. VanHouten was issued UTT’s for Unreasonable Speed and Improper Turn.



Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 08/12/2021 at approx. 2131hrs deputies arrested Darius Stephenson, age 23, of Ithaca for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the 3rd degree. The arrests stems from a personal injury crash in the Town of Covert. During the investigation deputies discovered that Stephenson’s license was suspended and he was in possession of 85 Alprazolam 2mg pills. Stephenson was issued appearance tickets and is to appear in the Covert Town court on a later date.


The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on 8/12/21 at 1:47 PM Deputies arrested Melissa A. Peters, age 50 of Waterloo, for Driving While Intoxicated, Driving while blood alcohol content is greater than .08% and Moving unsafely from lane. The charges stem from a traffic complaint where it is alleged a female passenger was riding on the roof without a shirt and flashing her buttocks to oncoming traffic. After searching the area Deputies located the suspect vehicle northbound on Black Brook Rd, in the Town of Tyre, and observed the vehicle cross the center line several times into the southbound lane. Deputies initiated a traffic stop and after investigation determined Peters was driving under the influence of alcohol. Peters was released on appearance tickets and is due to appear in the Town of Tyre Court on 8/24/21 at 1:30 PM to answer to the charges. Deputies were assisted on scene by SFPD.


The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on August 12, 2021 at 6:59 PM, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a Personal Injury Accident on Steele Rd in the Town of Waterloo. Deputies’ report that a Motorcycle, driven by Dylan Nadeau of Waterloo, attempted to pass another vehicle on Steele Rd. Nadeau was driving at a high rate of speed and lost control of the Motorcycle during the attempt at passing. The motorcycle crossed the center line of Steele Rd and came to rest in the ditch. Nadeau suffered injuries to his hand and foot and was Transport by North Seneca Ambulance to Geneva General Hospital for treatment. The Sheriff Department was assisted on scene by the Border City Fire Department.


PI Accident

On 08/10/2021 at around 5:30 pm, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area of State Route 5&20 and Border City for the report of a single vehicle crash. Deputies say Harold Rivera, 38, of Waterloo, NY, was driving westbound when his vehicle drifted off the north side of the road, struck a sign, and continued about 100 feet before coming to final rest in the grass. Deputies say Rivera dropped something on the floor and attempted to pick it up, which resulted in him crashing. Rivera sustained minor injuries and was released from the scene. Border City FD and North Seneca Ambulance assisted.


Larceny/ Pursuit/ DWAI Drugs

Larceny/Pursuit/DWAI Drug

On 08/10/2021 at about 7:50 pm, The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office arrested David E. King, 42, of Auburn, NY on one count of Grand Larceny 4th (class E Felony), Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th, Reckless Driving, Unlawful Fleeing (all class A misdemeanors) and multiple UTT’s. It is alleged that King stole property from a business in the Town of Junius and left the scene. Deputies located King’s vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. King then fled from Deputies and led them on a pursuit. Deputies were able apprehend King and he was taken into custody. He was released on an Appearance Ticket and is scheduled to appear in court on a later date to answer charges.

New York State Police, Seneca Falls Police Department, and Wayne County Sheriff’s Office all assisted.


The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on August 8, 2021 at 12:30 A.M. Deputies responded to the area of State Route 318 and Mills Road, in the Town of Junius, for a two vehicle personal injury accident. Involved in the accident were 38 year old Jason Wolfanger of 681 County Route 54 in Pennellville, New York, and 26 year old Colton Price of 1170 Whiskey Hill Road in Junius, New York. At the time of the accident, Wolfanger was operating his Gray 2013 Dodge Ram 150 pickup truck towing an ATV trailer Eastbound on State Route 318 when a Blue 2020 Kawasaki motorcycle, operated by Price, crossed over the center line of the roadway at a high rate of speed. The Kawasaki collided into the passenger side panel of Wolfanger’s ATV trailer. Price was ejected from the motorcycle and sustained a serious injury to his left leg. Wolfanger was not injured in the accident, nor was his 7 year old daughter, Mackenzi Wolfanger, who was in the back seat of Dodge Ram pickup truck at the time of the accident. Price was flown to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester by Lifenet. The Sheriff’s Office deployed their Accident Reconstruction Team to recreate the accident. Price is currently in critical condition at Strong Memorial Hospital. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the New York State Police, Village of Waterloo Police, Junius Fire Department, North Seneca Ambulance, and Lifenet. 21SH09396 #146