Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce reports that the Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the death of an inmate at the jail at the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center in Romulus. At approx. 8:46 pm last night (Tues March 31 2020) a Corrections Officer while doing his checks found an inmate hanging from a bedsheet unconscious . The inmate was immediately taken down and life saving measures were started. Sheriff Luce reports that despite vigorous efforts by Corrections Officers ,Sheriff’s Deputies and South Seneca Ambulance staff the inmate: Loyd Barnes, age 27, of Lodi N.Y. succumbed and was pronounced dead at the scene. Barnes was transported to the Monroe County Medical Examiners Office where an examination will be performed. Sheriff Luce states that Barnes was locked in a cell by himself at the time and had just been checked on by Corrections. The investigation is continuing but preliminary findings indicate that this tragic event was self inflicted. Barnes had been committed to the Seneca County jail for parole violations.
On behalf of the Sheriff’s Office the Sheriff extended his sympathies to the friends and family of Loyd Barnes and promised a thorough investigation into the incident.
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on Tuesday March 31st at about 10:00 PM Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies Responded to 2156 East Seneca Street in the Village of Lodi for a Domestic Incident. Upon further investigation, Sheriff’s Deputies charged Brian H. James age 38 of 2156 East Seneca Street , Lodi for the charge of Harassment in the Second Degree. The Charge stemmed from a Domestic Incident that occurred at his residence in which he is alleged to have had physical contact with a unidentified female. James fled the scene prior to Deputies arrival and was later located shortly thereafter and was taken into custody. James was taken to the Jail and held until arraignment at CAP court where he was released to appear in Lodi Town Court at a later date.
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on Saturday March 21, 2020 at approximately 0750 hours, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Seneca Lake in the area of Combs Road in the Town of Ovid for a boat taking on water. Upon investigation, the lone boater, Taylor J. Hersh age 26, of 4001 Cross Road Rock Stream was able to swim to shore after his boat quit, took on water and capsized in rough waters. Hersh was treated at the scene by South Seneca Ambulance and was released with no injuries. Deputies were assisted at the scene by Romulus Fire . Deputies also notified officers from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Deputies report the boat was recovered this week from the shallow water .
Boaters are reminded to always have a PFD and use extreme caution when on the lakes in high winds and rough waters.
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on March 22, 2020 at 3:00 PM deputies arrested Zachary C Rayno, 26, of 1661 Trumansburg Rd Ithaca NY, for a Warrant issued out of the Town of Ovid Court for Failure To Pay Fines stemming from the original Charge of Driving While Intoxicated. Rayno was committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility to await arraignment.
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on March 19, 2020 at approx. 3:00 PM, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Tifini R Mills, 43, of 1212 State Route 318 NY on State Route 414 in the Town of Tyre. Deputies report Mills was charged with Felony AUO in the 1st Degree and Driving While Ability Impaired. The arrest stems from an investigation where it was reported two females were physically fighting alongside the roadway. Upon Deputies arrival, they discovered Mills to be impaired by alcohol , with her drivers license suspended for another DWI charge pending . Mills was committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility ,arraigned at CAp court and is to appear in Tyre Town Court at a later date to answer the charges .
Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce reports that the Child Seat Inspection event scheduled for Sat March 21 2020 at the Ovid Fire House is cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.
On March 15, 2020 at approximately 7:29PM, Deputies responded to 709 Birdsey Road in the Town of Junius for the reported structure fire. Deputies arrived and observed the east side of the residence to be completely engulfed by fire. Deputies were able to confirm on scene that the residence was unoccupied. Junius Fire Department responded to the scene and began operations. Deputies report the residents of the home; Kyle D. Good and Luanne B. Good both 21 and their infant daughter, were all out of the residence and unharmed during the fire. Junius Fire Department was assisted by Magee Fire Department, The Waterloo Fire Department, Oak’s Corners Fire Department, Border City Fire Department, North Seneca Ambulance, The Fire Investigation Team and the County Coordinators. Shortly after 9PM, the fire was put out and an investigation showed that the cause of the fire was an accident, caused by a wood stove . There were no injuries reported at the scene of the fire. The residence sustained heavy damage. Red Cross was notified, however the victims had family in the area that they opted to stay with.
On March 12th, 2020 the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that David A. Billington, 34 , of 3550 Rte 89 Apt #2 Seneca Falls in the Town of Fayette, was arrested for three counts of Criminal Possession of a Firearm, a Class E Felony. Deputies were called to the Rte 89 address to check the welfare of Billington. Upon further investigation, Billington was found to be in possession of three unregistered handguns, and does not possess a New York State Pistol Permit. Billington was processed, and released with an appearance ticket, in accordance with the New York State Bail Reform. Billington is to appear in Seneca County CAP court on March 30th, 2020 at 08:00am to answer to the charges.
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on February 23, 2020 at approximately 03:00 AM, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Noah J. Robbins, 22, of 4535 State Route 89, Seneca Falls NY. Deputies report Robbins was observed failing to keep right on State Route 318 in the Town of Tyre. After stopping the vehicle and upon further investigation, Robbins was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving with a BAC of .08% or more, and Failure to Keep Right. Robbins was released on appearance tickets and is to appear in CAP Court on March 10, 2020 to answer the charges.
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on Tuesday March 10th at around 4:58 PM Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 655 State Route 318 in the Town of Junius for a Theft Complaint. It was reported that two females were observed taking several items and leaving without paying. Deputies were able to locate two female subjects that were found to be in possession of stolen property and unlawfully possessed Marihuana. Jessica Monserrate 20 , of Syracuse was charged with three counts of Petit Larceny, three counts of Possession of Burglar’s tools, one count of conspiracy in the 6th degree, one count of possession of stolen property in the 5th degree, unlawful possession of Marihuana, and one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Brittany Johnson age 26 of Syracuse was charged with two counts of Petit Larceny, two counts of possession of burglar’s tools, one count of Conspiracy in the 6th degree along with one count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property. Both Jessica and Brittany were transported to the LEC and processed at the Jail where they were released with appearance tickets and are to appear at the Seneca County CAP court on March 27th 8:00 AM to answer the charges.