Logging Accident

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on 1/16/21 at 1:56 pm, Deputies responded to Dunham Road in the Town of Waterloo for a tree logging accident. Deputies state Todd E. Washburn, age 52, of Waterloo, was severely injured after a large tree fell on top of him pinning him to the ground. Several individuals were able to move Washburn out from under the tree and call for emergency services. Washburn was rendered immediate care by North Seneca Ambulance and transported to a helicopter landing zone. Mercy Flight transported Washburn to Strong Memorial Hospital and he is reportedly in stable condition with a severe leg and pelvis injury. Investigators responded to the scene to further process the accident. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the NYSP, North Seneca Ambulance, Mercy Flight, Junius Fire Department, Border City Fire Department and Waterloo Fire Department.

Sex Offense Arrest

On January 11, 2021, at about 6:30pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Joel A. Shirk, age 31, of 5268 Kings Corners Road, Romulus, New York, on multiple charges following an investigation into alleged sexual activity with a minor.

Shirk was charged with Disseminating Indecent Material to Minors in the First Degree, Criminal Sexual Act in the Third Degree (12 counts), and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. It is alleged that Shirk subjected the victim to sexual activity on at least twelve occasions between August and October of 2020.

Shirk was arraigned in the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $2,500 cash bail/$5,000 secured bond. Shirk is to reappear in the Junius Town Court on January 14, 2021 at 5pm.

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Tampering with Physical Evidence Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on January 7th, 2021, at approximately 1:15pm, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Kyle W. Craig, age 29, of 15 Water Street,.Seneca Falls, New York. Craig was charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence, a Class E Felony, and a warrant for Violation of Parole. It is alleged that Craig attempted to destroy physical evidence by flushing it down the toilet while at an apartment in the Town of Seneca Falls. Craig was held pending arraignment at CAP Court. The Narcotics Unit was assisted by New York State Parole and the Seneca Falls Police Department.

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Endangering the Welfare of a Child Arrests

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on December 10, 2020, Investigators arrested Samuel K Stoltzfus, age 27, and Fannie H Stoltzfus, age 26, both of 2407 Ernsberger Road, Romulus, New York, following the investigation into the death of a 3 year old child. On the morning of October 23, 2020, Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators responded to the Ernsberger Road address for the report of an unresponsive 3 year old male. Deputies, along with first responders from the Romulus Fire Department, North Seneca Ambulance and South Seneca Ambulance performed extensive life saving measures on the child who was subsequently transported to Geneva General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Sheriff’s Investigators and Seneca County Child Protective Services performed an extensive investigation that resulted in the discovery that the child was left alone in a barn. As a result of the lack of supervision, the child accidentally drowned in a container filled with liquid. Following the discovery of the child, both parents did act appropriately and called for emergency medical services. Both defendants were charged with one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and are to appear in the Varick Town Court at a later date to answer the charges.

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Welfare Fraud Arrest

On December 9, 2020, at about 3:45pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Marshall J Wood Jr, age 48 of 55 West Bayard St Seneca Falls, New York, as a result of a welfare fraud investigation. It is alleged that Wood failed to disclose household income while receiving monetary benefits from Seneca County. Wood was charged with Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree and Welfare Fraud in the Fifth Degree. Wood was released on an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on January 6, 2021 to answer the charges.

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Criminal Mischief/Criminal Tampering Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on November 27th, 2020, Investigators arrested Ahmed Abdulkadir Ali of Brockport, NY. Ali was charged with Criminal Mischief in the third degree and Criminal Tampering in the second degree. It is alleged that Ali damaged a sprinkler head unit within his cell causing it to overflow and flood the immediate area. Ali was released on appearance tickets and scheduled to appear at the Town of Romulus Court on January 22nd, 2021.

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Burglary Arrests

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports Investigators arrested two Rochester men following a burglary investigation that occurred at a business located at Waterloo Premium Outlets. During the early morning hours of October 27, 2020, Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators responded to the store for the reported alarm coming from the business. Upon the Deputies’ arrival, it was determined the store was broken into and a large quantity of merchandise, later determined to be valued in excess of $27,000, was stolen from the business. The two male suspects had fled the scene in a red sport utility vehicle just prior to law enforcement’s arrival. A vehicle matching the description was located on the New York State Thruway by State Police. When State Police attempted to initiate a traffic stop the vehicle fled and a pursuit ensued. During the course of the pursuit it was also determined that the suspect vehicle was reported stolen out of Rochester earlier in the evening. The pursuit ended on Route 590 in Irondequoit when the suspect vehicle crashed. The occupants were identified as Carlos Lozada-Ferrer, age 18, and Reginald Hampton, age 26, both of Rochester, NY. The two were found to be in possession of the merchandise that was reported stolen from the burglary. Both were taken to a nearby hospital for injuries sustained in the accident. Lozada-Ferrer and Hampton were charged by the State Police with offenses related to the stolen vehicle and the pursuit. They were subsequently turned over to Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators and each charged with Burglary in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony, Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, a Class D Felony, and Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor. Reginald Hampton is currently being held in the Monroe County Jail as he also had a warrant for parole absconding. Lozada-Ferrer was released on appearance tickets, due to the crimes not meeting bail requirements under the new bail reform laws that took effect at the beginning of the year. The two are scheduled to appear at the Junius Town Court on a later date.

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Grand Larceny/Criminal Possession of Stolen Property/Petit Larceny Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on November 18, 2020, Investigators arrested Jacob T Oosterling, age 29, of Clyde, NY, on charges of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree , a Class E Felony, and Petit Larceny, a Class A Misdemeanor. The charges stem from a complaint that Sheriff’s Investigators received that alleges Oosterling, over the course of his employment with a Waterloo business, made charges on a company credit card that he was not authorized to make. Oosterling was released on an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear at the Waterloo Town Court on December 9, 2020 to answer the charges.

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Endangering the Welfare of a Child Arrest

On November 23, 2020, at about 5:20pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Billyjoe Sachs, age 38, of 143 East Elisha Street, Waterloo, New York, on a charge of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. It is alleged that Sachs subjected a child to inappropriate sexual conversations and was encouraging the child to participate in sexual activity. Sachs was being held at the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center awaiting arraignment in the Centralized Arraignment Court. Sheriff’s Investigators were assisted in this case by members of the Seneca Falls Police Department and Waterloo Police Department. Seneca County Child Protective Services is also actively involved in the investigation.

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Grand Larceny/Conspiracy Arrests

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports Investigators arrested Austin T. Wheeler, age 23, and Lorainne I. DeJesus, age 21, both of Newark, NY. Wheeler and DeJesus were each charged with Grand Larceny in the fourth degree and Conspiracy in the fifth degree. It is alleged that that on October 31st and November 1st, 2020, Wheeler and DeJesus entered Lowe’s in the Town of Waterloo and stole multiple items valued at over $2,500. DeJesus was released on appearance tickets and Wheeler was held at the Seneca County Correctional Facility pending a felony hearing due to multiple prior felony convictions. Investigators were assisted by the Newark Police Department.