Grand Larceny Arrest

On January 13, 2020, at about 9:40am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators arrested Mercedes R. Smith, age 21, of 111 Shirley Drive, Syracuse, New York, on an arrest warrant on a charge of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a Class E Felony. It is alleged that Smith stole merchandise in an amount exceeding $1,000 from a business in the Town of Junius in July of 2019. Smith was held at the Seneca County Correctional Facility awaiting arraignment in the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court on 01-13-20 at 7pm.

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Predatory Sexual Assault/Rape 1st Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on January 6, 2020 at 6:30pm, Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Dana J. Goodman, age 34, of 4146 Halls Corners Road, Interlaken, New York, on charges of Predatory Sexual Assault, a Class A-II Felony, Rape in the First Degree, a Class B Felony, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a Class A Misdemeanor. The charges stem from an investigation where it is alleged Goodman subjected a child less than thirteen years old to sexual contact in the Town of Covert. Goodman was initially held at the Seneca County Correctional Facility and arraigned in the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court this morning. Goodman was released on his own recognizance and will be subject to electronic home monitoring supervised by the Seneca County Probation Department. A Class A Order of Protection was filed on behalf of the victim. Goodman is to reappear in the Covert Town Court on January 10, 2020 at 12:00pm. Goodman’s release was in compliance with the new bail reform laws as the least restrictive non-monetary condition imposed by the court.

Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on January 2nd, 2020, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Tyler A. Liberatore, age 23, of Geneva, New York. Liberatore was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the second degree, a class A Felony, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, a Class B Felony. It is alleged that Liberatore sold over one-half ounce of crack cocaine in November of 2019 while in the Town of Waterloo. Liberatore was released on appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear at CAP Court on January 17th, 2020 at 0800hrs. Members of the Narcotics Unit were assisted by the Geneva Police Department and Ontario County Probation Department.

Due to the new bail reform laws, the Sheriff’s Office is obligated to release Liberatore on appearance tickets in relation to this case.

The Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit previously arrested Liberatore in July of 2017 on charges of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, both Class B Felonies, when he allegedly sold cocaine in the Town of Waterloo.

Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on December 20th, 2019, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Kayla N. Glover, age 27, of Geneva, New York. Glover was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the second degree, a class A Felony. It is alleged that Glover sold over a half ounce of cocaine to another person in November of 2019. The alleged sale occurred in the Town of Waterloo. Glover was arraigned at CAP court and committed to the custody of the sheriff in lieu of no bail. Members of the Narcotics Unit were assisted by the Geneva Police Department.

Welfare Fraud Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on December 21, 2019 at approximately 2:00pm Investigators arrested Joshua M Hernandes, age 37 of Waterloo, NY. The arrest stems from an investigation into an alleged Welfare Fraud complaint. Hernandes is accused of fraudulently obtaining benefits from Seneca County. As a result of the investigation Hernandes was charged with Offering a False Instrument for Filing 1st, Welfare Fraud 3rd, Grand Larceny 3rd, and Misuse of Food Stamps. All the charges are Felonies. Hernandes is being held at the Seneca County Correctional Facility awaiting arraignment at CAP Court.

Shop with a Sheriff Event

The Seneca County Deputy Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association conducted its fifth annual “Shop with a Sheriff” event on Saturday, December 7, 2019. As in past years, members of the PBA partnered with members of the Seneca County Sheriff’s Employees Association and escorted nine children from across Seneca County that were chosen to participate in the event. Members of both organizations volunteered their time to take the children Christmas shopping at the Seneca Falls/Waterloo Walmart. Following the shopping spree, a pizza lunch was generously provided by the Seneca Falls Pat’s Pizzeria. After lunch, there was a guest appearance from Santa Claus.

This event is funded by both Sheriff’s Office employee unions through the “No Shave November” and “No Shave December” authorized by Sheriff Luce. In addition, the event is further funded by numerous sponsors. Without these sponsors, this event would not be possible.

The Deputy Sheriff’s PBA would like to thank the following sponsors for their generosity:

NEXTera Energy
Fayette Fire Department
Summit Federal Credit Union
Finger Lakes Federal Credit Union
Seneca Falls/Waterloo Walmart
Pat’s Pizzeria
Child Advocacy Center of the Finger Lakes
John and Phyllis Weekes
Douglas and Charlene Dickenson
Thomas and Eleanor Brown
William and Mary Colin
Fiona Jarrett-Thelwell Dunphy
Roger Getman
Joanne Woodard
Aaron and Cindy Covert
Eric and Pamela Happ
Nancy Baker
Frances Pedersen
Janette Rogers
Andrew Hansen
Anthony Hickock

The Deputy Sheriff’s PBA would also like to recognize the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Administration for their continued support of this program.

NOTE: Out of respect for privacy for the families, the PBA does not publish any photos that depict the faces of the children.

Narcotics Arrests

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on December 4th, 2019, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Shannon M. Markel, age 30, and Florencio L. Alicea, age 34. Markel and Alicea were both charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 4th degree, Class C Felonies, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree, Class D Felonies. Markel was charged with an additional count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree, a Class A Misdemeanor. It is alleged that Markel and Alicea sold buprenorphine (Suboxone) to another person. At the time of Markel’s arrest, it is alleged that she was in possession of a quantity of suspected Fentanyl. Both were held at the Law Enforcement Center to await arraignment at CAP Court.

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Narcotics Arrests

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on November 15th, 2019, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Mark M. Mazzoli, age 56 of Seneca Falls, New York. Mazzoli was charged with one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, both class B Felonies. On November 20th, 2019 members of the Narcotics Unit also charged Felicia F. Cesarini, age 56 of Seneca Falls, New York with one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, Class B Felonies. It is alleged that Mazzoli and Cesarini sold Oxycodone to another person in October of 2019 while in the Village of Waterloo. Both Mazoli and Cesarini have been released on their own recognizance and are due back in court at a later date.

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Welfare Fraud Arrest

On November 8, 2019, at about 12:00pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Dennis J. Zwick, age 42, of 28 Auburn Road, Apartment D2, Seneca Falls, New York, on charges of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a Class E Felony, and Welfare Fraud in the Fifth Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor. The charges stem from an investigation where Zwick allegedly filed a false application and received monetary benefits from Seneca County that he was not entitled to. Zwick was issued an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on December 4, 2019 at 5pm.

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Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on October 28th, 2019 at approximately 10AM, Investigators arrested Casty O. Rodriguez, age 34, of Seneca Falls, New York. Rodriguez was charged with one count of Criminal Contempt in the second degree. It is alleged that Rodriguez was in the presence of a female in which there was a class “A” order of protection between the two parties. Rodriguez was arraigned at CAP Court where he is being held on bail.