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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Sex Offender Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on July 17, 2020 Investigators arrested Robert J Giggetts, age 58 of 37 Ovid St Seneca Falls, for violating New York State Sex offender requirements. Giggetts, who is a registered sex offender in New York State, failed to notify law enforcement and the NYS Sex Offender Registry of a change to his address, within the allotted time required by law. Giggetts was charged with Failure to Report Change of Address/Status within 10 days. He was released on an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear at the Romulus Town Court on August 28, 2020 to answer the charge.

Grand Larceny Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on July 15th, 2020, at about 7:30am, Investigators charged Brian S. Cuatt, age 29, of Wolcott, NY, on a charge of Grand Larceny in the third degree. Cuatt was taken into custody on the evening of July 14th on a felony arrest warrant related to the grand larceny charge by Sheriff’s Deputies and Seneca Falls Police Officers after they located him operating a motor vehicle in the Town of Seneca Falls. After he was taken into custody,  Cuatt was found to be in possession of a quantity of suboxone and was operating the motor vehicle on a suspended driver’s license. Subsequently, Cuatt was further charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree, two counts of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the second degree, and a Warrant for Violation of Parole. The original grand larceny charge stems from incidents on the nights of May 28th and May 29th, 2020, where Cuatt allegedly stole four jet skis and two trailers valued at approximately $30,000 from a business in the Town of Fayette. Sheriff’s Investigators were able to locate and recover all stolen property related to the case in various locations in Wayne and Cayuga Counties. Throughout the course of the investigation and ultimate arrest of Cuatt, Sheriff’s Investigators were assisted by the following agencies: Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office, Seneca Falls Police Department, Auburn Police Department, New York State Police, and New York State Parole. Sheriff’s Investigators also report that further charges are pending against individuals who illegally possessed the stolen property and the case remains under investigation.

Cuatt was arraigned in the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court and was remanded without bail. Cuatt is to reappear in the Town of Fayette Court on July 17, 2020 at 12pm.

Burglary Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on July 7, 2020, at about 1:00pm, Investigators arrested Francis A. Cermak, age 37, of 2175 Route 14, Geneva, New York, on charges of Burglary in the Second Degree, a Class C Felony, and Petit Larceny, a Class A Misdemeanor. The charges stem from an incident that occurred on 06-20-20 where a female victim arrived home at her residence in the Town of Junius to find an unknown male inside rummaging through her belongings. When the homeowner confronted the unknown male, he fled the scene. Deputies and Investigators responded to the scene and initiated an investigation. Through that investigation, Investigators were able to identify Cermak as the suspect and he was ultimately arrested on the charges. Cermak was transported to the Seneca County Correctional Facility to await arraignment.

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Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on July 6th, 2020, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Pamela S. Merilahti, age 59, of 9140 Keady Road, Lodi, NY. Merilahti was charged with Criminal Nuisance in the first degree, a class E felony and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. It is alleged that Merilahti allowed individuals to sell “crack” cocaine from her trailer. It is further alleged that Merilahti possessed a quantity of “crack” cocaine. Merilahti was released on an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Lodi Court on August 19th, 2020 at 10:00AM.

Welfare Fraud Arrests

Over the past week, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested four subjects following multiple welfare fraud investigations in Seneca County.

Arrested were the following:

Lynn M. Caci, age 49, of 192 Ovid Street, Lot 45, Seneca Falls, New York, was charged with one count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a Class E Felony, and one count of Welfare Fraud in the Fifth Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Brandy K. Elliott, age 27, of 26 Chapin Street, Lot 29, was charged with one count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a Class E Felony, one count of Welfare Fraud in the Fifth Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor, and one count of Misuse of Food Stamps, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Paul L. Elliott, age 48, of 2815 Miller Road, Lot A, Waterloo, New York, was charged with two counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, Class E Felonies, and one count of Welfare Fraud in the Fourth Degree, a Class E Felony.

Tania C. Hoover, age 46, of 25 Peterman Road, Apt. H2, Seneca Falls, New York, was charged with one count of Welfare Fraud in the Fourth Degree, a Class E Felony.

It is alleged that all four subjects received monetary assistance from Seneca County that they were not entitled to as they failed to disclose their true household income. All four subjects were released on appearance tickets to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on August 5, 2020, at 5pm.

Criminal Trespass Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on June 17, 2020, Investigators arrested Nicholas M. Fish, age 31, of Seneca Falls, NY, on a single charge of Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor. It is alleged that on April 26, 2020, Fish was found to be in a motel room in the Town of Seneca Falls after being advised to leave prior by members of the Seneca County Division of Human Services. Fish was released on an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear at the Town of Seneca Falls Court August 12, 2020 at 9AM.

Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on June 5th, 2020, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Kyle J. Cieri, age 29, of Waterloo, NY. Cieri was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree. It is alleged that Cieri sold cocaine in the Town of Waterloo. While taking Cieri in to custody, he was found to be in possession of Aderall, a controlled substance, without a prescription. Cieri was released on an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Waterloo Court on August 12th, 2020 at 5:00pm.

Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on May 14th, 2020, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Chad A. Cornish, age 39 of Ovid, NY. Cornish was charged with one count of Conspiracy in the fourth degree, a Class E Felony. It is alleged that Cornish conspired with another person to sell cocaine in the Town of Romulus on March 19th, 2020. Cornish was released with an appearance ticket. He is scheduled to appear on June 1st, 2020 at 0800hrs for arraignment at CAP Court.