Boat sinking Seneca Lake Town of Ovid

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.


Warrant arrest Town of Ovid

 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.


DWAI / AUO 1st arrest Town of Tyre

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 .


House Fire Town of Junius

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.

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Weapon possession arrest Town of Fayette

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.


DWI arrest Town of Tyre

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.


Larceny / Poss stolen Property Town of Junius

                                                                                                                                       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.


1 car PIMVA / Town of Covert

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on March 10, 2020 at 8:15 PM, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 1 car personal injury Motor Vehicle Accident at State Route 89 in the Town of Covert. When Deputies arrived on scene the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle Katie Anne Leister, 31, of 10029 REDWOOD LANE MIDDLEBURY, INDIANA, was treated on scene and later transported to Cayuga medical Center by Trumansburg Ambulance , for complaint of chest pain.  Deputies report Leister was texting while driving,  causing her to drift towards the East side guard rail and strike it. The vehicle then crossed the oncoming lane and hit the Westside guard rail where the vehicle came to a rest. The vehicle sustained major front end damage and was towed from the scene .  The  Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Trumansburg Fire Department, who temporarily shut down State Route 89 while Deputies investigated the scene. Leister was issued a Traffic Ticket for operating a motor vehicle while using a electronic device, and will appear in Covert Town Court at a later date to answer the charge.


Fatal MVA Town of Waterloo

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on 3/6/2020 at about 1220 AM ,  Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a two vehicle MVA on Burgess Road in the Town of Waterloo.  Deputies report that Jon Lamere age 29 of 920 Caroline Road Waterloo was Northbound on Burgess Road when he failed to observe a utility truck that was doing work on Burgess Road.  Deputies report Lamere failed to see the traffic cones and hazard lights on the truck , and ran into the rear of the truck- striking and killing the worker; Paul J Kelley  age 49 of Co Rd 132 Ovid NY. Burgess Road was closed for several hours while Sheriff’s accident reconstruction and Investigators processed the scene. Kelley was pronounced dead at the scene by Seneca County Coroner Rick Coe. Sheriff’s Deputies and investigators charged Lamere with Driving while intoxicated ,Vehicular manslaughter 2nd , reckless driving , unlawful possession of marihuana, and using a cell phone without a handsfree device  and he will be released to appear at CAP court at a later date.  Deputies were assisted by Waterloo Fire , Waterloo PD and North Seneca Ambulance. Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce reports the case remains under investigation.