Welfare Fraud Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on September 28th, 2020, Investigators arrested McKenzie L. Schenk, age 26, of Seneca Falls NY. Schenk was charged with Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the first degree, a class E felony, Welfare Fraud in the fifth degree and Misuse of Food Stamps, both Class A Misdemeanors. It is alleged that Schenk filed paperwork with Seneca County DHS claiming a family member was living with her in order to obtain a higher amount of funds. It was determined the family member was not residing with Schenk, but collected those benefits anyways. Schenk was released on appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear in the Village of Waterloo Court on October 21st, 2020 at 5:00PM.

Welfare Fraud Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports Investigators arrested Kendra M. Rugg age 34, of 350 Waterloo Geneva Rd, Apt 4, Waterloo, NY, for one count of Welfare Fraud in the 4th degree and one count of Misuse of Food Stamps. Both charges are class E felonies. Rugg was released on an appearance ticket and is to appear before the Village of Waterloo Court on 10/21/2020 at 5pm to answer to the charges.

Welfare Fraud Arrest

On September 24, 2020, at about 10:00am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Timothy R. Sherlock, age 38, of 2133 Routes 5&20, Apartment 6C, Seneca Falls, New York, following a welfare fraud investigation. Sherlock was charged with Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree (two counts), Misuse of Food Stamps, and Welfare Fraud in the Fourth Degree. It is alleged that Sherlock failed to disclose household income while receiving monetary benefits from Seneca County. Sherlock was released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on October 21, 2020 at 5pm.

Promoting Prison Contraband Arrests

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on September 11, 2020 Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Kevin J Connell, age 28, on a charge of Promoting Prison Contraband in the Second Degree. Connell is currently incarcerated in the Seneca County Correctional Facility and was found to be in possession of an electronic communications device in his cell. Connell was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear at the Romulus Town Court on September 25, 2020 to answer the charge.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on September 2, 2020 Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Timothy J Fridley, age 40, on a charge of Promoting Prison Contraband in the Second Degree. Fridley is currently incarcerated in the Seneca County Correctional Facility and was found to be in possession of items that he is prohibited to have in the facility. Fridley was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear at the Romulus Town Court on September 25, 2020 to answer the charge.

Promoting Prison Contraband/Criminal Possession of a Weapon Arrest

On September 10, 2020, at about 12:15pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Joshua S. Moriarity, age 29, on charges of Promoting Prison Contraband in the First Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, both Class D Felonies. It is alleged that Moriarity was found to be in possession of a homemade edged weapon while confined as an inmate in the Seneca County Correctional Facility. Moriarity is to be arraigned in the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court on September 10, 2020 at 7pm.

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Promoting Prison Contraband Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff Office reports, Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Aaron M. Ward, age 35, on a charge of Promoting Prison Contraband in the Second Degree. Ward is currently incarcerated in the Seneca County Correctional Facility and was found to be in possession of an electronic communications device in his cell. Ward was issued an appearance ticket and is to appear before the Town of Romulus Court on 09/25/2020 at 1000 hours to answer the charge.

Forcible Touching Arrest

On August 31, 2020, at about 6:20pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators charged Phillip J. Humphries, age 24, on one count of Forcible Touching. The charge stems from an investigation that Humphries allegedly touched the intimate parts of the victim without their consent while at a residence in the Village of Interlaken. Humphries was arraigned in the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court and released on his own recognizance. A Class A Order of Protection was issued on behalf of the victim. Humphries is to reappear in the Covert Town Court at a later date.

Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Saturday August 22nd, 2020, at approximately 4:14 PM, Deputies responded to the intersection of Halls Corners Road and Arden Road in the Town of Covert for the report of a motor vehicle accident involving an all terrain vehicle and a passenger vehicle.

The investigation into the accident determined that a passenger vehicle being operated by Dakota Potenza, age 45, of Trumansburg, New York, was traveling west on Halls Corners Road when an all terrain vehicle suddenly crossed the intersection after failing to stop at the stop sign on Arden Road. The all terrain vehicle was being operated by Robert Veeder, age 53, of Interlaken, New York. As a result of the accident, Veeder sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by Seneca County Coroner Wade Morabito. Potenza was uninjured.

The roadway remained closed for approximately three hours while Deputies and Investigators reconstructed the accident. Both vehicles were towed from the scene and the accident remains under investigation. The Sheriff’s Office also asks anyone that may have witnessed the accident to contact Investigators at (315) 220-3240.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Interlaken Fire Department, Lodi Fire Department, Ovid Fire Department, Trumansburg Ambulance, New York State Police and the New York State Park Police.

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Drug Arrests

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, members of the Narcotics Unit made the following arrests:

Rebecca E. Hackney, age 34, of Seneca Falls, NY. Hackney was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the fourth degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the fifth degree. It is alleged that Hackney sold a quantity of Suboxone while in the Town of Seneca Falls. Hackney was released on appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Seneca Falls Court at a later date. Investigators were assisted by the Seneca Falls Police Department.

Justin R. Bluto, age 34, of Waterloo, NY. Bluto was charged with three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled substance in the third degree, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, two counts of Unlawfully Dealing with a Child in the first degree and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana in the second degree. It is alleged that Bluto sold cocaine while in the Town of Seneca Falls. It is also alleged that Bluto possessed nearly an ounce of cocaine and marihuana at his residence in the Village of Waterloo where two children were residing. Bluto was released on appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Seneca Falls Court and Village of Waterloo Court at later dates. Investigators were assisted by the Seneca Falls Police Department.

Alicia A. Wright, age 33, of Waterloo, NY. Wright was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the second degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled substance in the third degree, and two counts of Unlawfully Dealing with a Child in the first degree. It is alleged that Wright sold over a half ounce of methamphetamine at her residence where two children were residing. Three separate search warrants were conducted and $10,000 cash, along with nearly four ounces of methamphetamine were recovered. Investigators were assisted by members of the Ontario County Drug Task Force and Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

A 17 year old male from Ovid was arrested and charged with Burglary in the third degree, Criminal Mischief in the second degree and Grand Larceny in the fourth degree. It is alleged that the male entered a greenhouse, stole and damaged numerous hemp plants. The male was arrested and referred to the Youth Part of Seneca County Court. He is scheduled to appear at a later date.

Welfare Fraud Arrest

On July 27, 2020, at about 1:10pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Taneisha N. Brooks, age 38, of 41 Church Street, Apartment F4, Waterloo, New York, on a charge of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a Class E Felony. The charge stems from an investigation where Brooks allegedly failed to disclose household income while receiving monetary benefits from Seneca County. Brooks was released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on September 16, 2020 at 5pm.

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