Fugitive from Justice Arrest

On February 12, 2019, at about 11:00am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Maria V. Castro, age 31, of 350 Waterloo-Geneva Road, Apartment 6, Waterloo, New York, as a Fugitive from Justice.  Castro is currently remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on other matters and is currently wanted by the FBI for Distribution of Controlled Substances in Puerto Rico.  Castro was arraigned in the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded back to the Correctional Facility without bail.  Castro will be turned over to the FBI at a later date.

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Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on February 6th, 2019, members of the Narcotics Unit aided by members of the Criminal Investigation Division, Road Patrol Division, New York State Police, and Seneca Falls Police Department executed a search warrant at 25 Peterman Road, Apartment B-2, in the Town of Seneca Falls. As a result of the ongoing investigation and search warrant execution, Sheriff’s Investigators charged William F. London, age 21, and Yritza Cendeno, age 21, both of that address, with multiple crimes.

London was charged with:

Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (two counts), Class B Felonies
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (two counts), Class B Felonies Criminal Nuisance in the First Degree, a Class E Felony
Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the Second Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor

Cendeno was charged with:

Criminal Nuisance in the First Degree, a Class E Felony
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the Second Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor

It is alleged that London sold crack cocaine in the Town of Seneca Falls on at least two occasions. The search warrant resulted in the discovery of a quantity of United States Currency, a quantity of crack cocaine, packaging material commonly used to package illicit drugs, and a digital scale. Both London and Cendeno are being held at the Seneca County Correctional Facility awaiting arraignment in the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court.

 

(Cendeno is pictured at the top / London is pictured at the bottom)

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Welfare Fraud Arrest

On February 1, 2019, at about 3:00pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Erik M. Suess, age 47, of 4093 West Seneca Road, Trumansburg, New York, following a Welfare Fraud investigation. It is alleged that Suess failed to disclose household income in September of 2018 while receiving monetary benefits from Seneca County. Suess was charged with Welfare Fraud in the Fifth Degree and Misuse of Food Stamps. Suess was issued appearance tickets and is to appear in the Village of Waterloo Court on February 6th 2019 at 5:00pm.

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Welfare Fraud Arrest

On January 16, 2019 at about 5:45pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Dawn M. Freeland, age 49, of 636 Dublin Road, Clyde, New York, on charges of Welfare Fraud in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony, and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a Class E Felony. It is alleged that Freeland failed to report household income while receiving monetary benefits from Seneca County in the amount of $4,168.54. Freeland was arraigned in the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court and released on her own recognizance. Freeland is to reappear in the Waterloo Village Court on February 6, 2019 at 5pm.

Identity Theft/Larceny Arrests

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of two individuals following an investigation into a larceny complaint. On January 10, 2019 Investigators arrested Charles D McNeil, age 37 of Waterloo NY, on the charges of Grand Larceny 4th degree and Identity Theft 2nd degree, both Class E Felonies. On January 14, 2019 Investigators also arrested Dawne M McNeil, age 43 of Waterloo NY, on the charges of Petit Larceny, a Class A Misdemeanor, and Identity Theft 2nd degree, a Class E Felony. It is alleged that both suspects used the Debit Card belonging to a male victim on numerous occasions and  withdrew money without the victim’s knowledge or permission.  As a result, the male victim sustained substantial financial loss.  Charles McNeil is currently incarcerated at the Seneca County Correctional Facility on unrelated charges.  Both Charles and Dawne were released on appearance tickets and are scheduled to appear at the Waterloo Town Court on January 23, 2019 to answer the charges.

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Criminal Mischief/Tampering with Physical Evidence

On January 10, 2019, at about 12:30pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Kyle G. Clawson, age 41, and Steven J. Kirby, also age 41, on a charge of Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor. Kirby was additionally charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence, a Class E Felony. The charges stem from an incident that occurred within the Seneca County Correctional Facility on 01-08-19 at about 7:10pm. At that time, Clawson and Kirby were confined as inmates and it is alleged that they intentionally damaged a speaker in a Housing Unit. Following the act, it is further alleged that Kirby concealed the damaged pieces of the speaker in an effort to conceal it from Correction Officers. Both Clawson and Kirby were arraigned in the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded back to the Seneca County Correctional Facility.

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Update to Suspicious Incident

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the suspicious incident that occurred on December 12, 2018 at or about 11:15am on South Main Street in the Village of Ovid. Sheriff’s Investigators have discovered that the suspicious vehicle was a tractor trailer with a maroon power unit and a white trailer with the words of “E-Way Express LLC” on the side. E-Way Express is a nationwide company that is based out of the State of Missouri and Investigators have been in communication with their ownership to determine who the driver was at the time of the incident. The following pictures are also being distributed to the media in an attempt to assist Investigators in determining who the driver was. The male driver was described as a Hispanic male with short brown hair, blue jeans, white t-shirt, and an orange/reddish-colored jacket. Initially, the tractor trailer drove southbound on Main Street through the Village of Ovid and drove northbound through the Village of Ovid about fifteen minutes later. If anyone has information on the identity of the driver, they are urged to call the Seneca County 911 Center at (315) 539-9241. The Sheriff’s Office would like to urge citizens that no criminal charges have been lodged at this time and ask the public not to confront the driver if encountered. If a tractor trailer similar to the one depicted is encountered, the Sheriff’s Office asks that you relay the license plate number, description, and location to authorities. The investigation is ongoing and Investigators are only seeking to interview the driver at this time.

Suspicious Incident

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a suspicious incident that occurred on December 12, 2018 at or about 11:15am on South Main Street near the South Seneca Jr./Sr. High School in the Village of Ovid. A twelve year old male reported that he was approached by a Hispanic male with short brown hair wearing blue jeans, a white shirt, and an orange /reddish-colored jacket. The Hispanic male allegedly attempted to engage the twelve year old male into conversation and it appears that he tried to lure him into a box van. The box van was described to be burgundy-colored in the front and white in the back with green lettering with a big upper case letter of “E” that stood out to the child. The Sheriff’s Office is working closely with the South Seneca Jr./Sr. High School and Interlaken Police Department.

Sheriff’s Investigators are also working closely with members of the Geneva Police Department to determine if their recent rash of events are connected.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce would like to remind residents to be vigilant, be aware of their surroundings at all times, and avoid walking alone. Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators will be providing an added presence during the school dismissal. Citizens are urged to call 911 to report any suspicious activity.

There was a significant delay in the reporting of this incident to the Sheriff’s Office which explains the reason for the media release on today’s date.

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Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on December 18th, 2018, members of the Narcotics Unit charged Kyle G. Clawson and Meredith J. Bell of Seneca Road, Lodi, New York with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the second degree, a class A-II Felony. The arrest stemmed from a search warrant at their residence on November 12th, 2018. A laboratory analysis of the evidence obtained resulted in the charge. It is alleged that both Clawson and Bell possessed approximately 6 ounces of methamphetamine. They were arraigned at Centralized Arraignment Court where they were committed to the custody of the Sheriff on no bail. A preliminary hearing date is scheduled for December 21st, 2018 at 5:30PM at the Town of Lodi Court.

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Criminal Mischief Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on December 14th, 2018, at approximately 8:45AM, Investigators arrested Raymond J. Tortorello, age 30, formerly of 312 Gravel Road, Seneca Falls, New York.  Tortorello was charged with Criminal Mischief in the second degree, a class D Felony, and Petit Larceny, a class A Misdemeanor. It is alleged that Tortorello caused extensive damage to a residence that he was renting and also stole a wood stove.  Tortorello is being held at the Law Enforcement Center awaiting arraignment at centralized arraignment court.  Investigators were assisted by Officers from the Seneca County Probation Department and Cayuga County Probation Department.

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