Tractor Trailer Accident

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on 5/20/22 at 10:19 am, Deputies responded to Route 96 in the area of Bromka Road in the Town of Romulus for a single tractor trailer accident. Deputies report the tractor trailer, operated by Tauvis Travis, age 33 of Alabama, was northbound on Route 96 when the trailer portion had an equipment malfunction. The rear axle detached from the trailer causing the the tractor trailer to overturn into the east side ditch of Route 96 and ultimately come to rest on its passenger side. Tauvis was safely extracted from the tractor trailer and reported no injuries from the crash. He was checked over by North Seneca Ambulance and refused further medical attention. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the New York State Police, Ovid Fire Department, Romulus Fire Department, and North Seneca Ambulance. A portion of Route 96 from Bromka Road to Yerkes Road was shut down for several hours while Route 89 Auto removed the tractor trailer from the ditch.

Updated Information from the Love’s Travel Plaza Incident


The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that further information is now available for media release in relation to the Love’s Travel Plaza incident from May 3, 2022.

On May 3, 2022, at about 5:33am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Love’s Travel Plaza located at 1262 Route 414 in the Town of Tyre for the report of several fires inside the building. Upon the arrival of Sheriff’s Deputies, a male and female were taken into custody for allegedly causing the fires and attempting to light a one year old child on fire. A second child, four years old, was located in the cab of a tractor trailer in the parking lot of the business. The second child had apparent head injuries. Both children were transported to Geneva General Hospital by North Seneca Ambulance. The four year old child was later transported to Strong Memorial Hospital by LifeNet Air Ambulance. Both children have since been released from medical treatment and are expected to make full recoveries.

As a result of the subsequent investigation, both suspects taken into custody were indicted by a Seneca County Grand Jury on charges of:
Attempted Aggravated Murder. a Class B Felony
Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a Class B Felony
Arson in the Second Degree, a Class B Felony
Attempted Arson in the Second Degree, a Class C Felony
Attempted Assault in the First Degree, a Class C Felony
Endangering the Welfare of a Child (2 counts), Class A Misdemeanors

The suspects were identified as Jamie L. Avery, Jr., age 28, and Lisbeth Collado, age 25, both of 4570 Old Military Trail, West Palm Beach, Florida. It is believed that the two are currently in a domestic relationship and are the parents to both children.

Both Avery and Collado were arraigned in the Seneca County Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $200,000 cash bail/$400,000 secured bond/$800,000 partially secured bond. Both Avery and Collado are to reappear in the Seneca County Court on July 27, 2022. Both remain in custody.

Sheriff’s Investigators are working closely with Seneca County Child Protective Services and the Seneca County District Attorney’s Office. The children are in a safe location, but their whereabouts cannot be disclosed at this time. Orders of protections were issued on behalf of the victims. A motive for the crimes is still unclear.

No further information can be released at this time as it could jeopardize the ongoing investigation.

Jamie L. Avery, Jr.
Lisbeth Collado

Public Information

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating an incident that occurred at a business in the Town of Tyre on May 3, 2022. Due to the sensitivity of the investigation, details cannot be released at this time. In the near future, a full media release will be issued. The Sheriff’s Office can report that there is no active threat to the community. Any media inquiries should be directed to Seneca County Sheriff W. Timothy Luce at (315) 220-3200.

Sex Offender Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on April 29, 2022 at approximately 5:00pm, Investigators arrested Joseph F Greene, age 40 of 5596 Tipperary St Romulus, NY. Greene was charged with Failure to Mail an Annual Verification Form within 10 days, as required of him by The Division of Criminal Justice Services Sex Offender Registry. He was to mail in the Annual Verification form within 10 days of receiving it as a requirement but failed to do so, in violation of the Sex Offender Registry Act. Greene was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear at the Varick Town Court on May 24, 2022 to answer the charge.

Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on April 6th, 2022, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Joshua Rotondo, age 24, of 298 Border City Road, Waterloo NY. Rotondo was charged with one count of Criminal Sale of Controlled Substance in the third degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree. It is alleged that Rotondo sold ecstasy while in the Village of Waterloo. Rotondo was arraigned at the Central Arraignment Court and is to appear to Village Waterloo Court at a later date.

Aggravated Family Offense/Criminal Contempt Arrest

On March 25, 2022, at about 11:15am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Richard D. Bruce, Jr., age 40, on one count of Aggravated Family Offense, a Class E Felony, and five counts of Criminal Contempt in the Second Degree, Class A Misdemeanors. It is alleged that Bruce violated an order of protection by attempting to contact the protected party on five different occasions by telephone. At the time, Bruce was being held as a Seneca County Correctional Facility inmate. Due to previous criminal convictions, Bruce was also charged with the Aggravated Family Offense. Bruce was held for pre-arraignment detention and will be arraigned in the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court on March 25, 2022 at 7pm.

Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Jerek D. Abrams, age 37, of 32 Green Street, Seneca Falls and David Brownell, age 58, of 183 Fall Street, Seneca Falls. Abrams was charged with one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree and one count of Conspiracy in the fourth degree. Brownell was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree and one count of Conspiracy in the fourth degree. On February 28th, 2022 members of the Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant on a vehicle that Abrams was operating and Brownell was a passenger. Pursuant to the search warrant, officers located approximately one half ounce of cocaine. Abrams and Brownell were both arraigned at Centralized Arraignment Part and are scheduled to appear in the Town of Seneca Falls Court at a later date. Members of the Sheriff’s Office were assisted by the New York State Police and Seneca Falls Police Department.

Burglary Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on March 15, 2022 at approximately 9:00am Sheriff Investigators arrested Felicia M Jablonski, age 28 of 304 Louisiana Ave Endicott, NY. The arrest stems from an investigation into a Burglary that occurred on Saturday March 12, 2022. It is alleged that Jablonski forced her way into a residence in the Town of Romulus, and while inside ransacked and damaged household items. The owners of the residence were not home at the time of the break-in. As a result of the investigation Jablonski was charged with Burglary 2nd, Criminal Mischief 3rd and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, as there was a young child with her at the time of the incident. Jablonski is currently being held at the Seneca County Correctional Facility awaiting arraignment.

Sex Offender Compliance Detail

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports Investigators recently completed a county-wide Sex Offender Compliance Check that lasted several days. During that time, Investigators responded to the residences of nearly 70 registered sex offenders residing within the Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction. The purpose of compliance check was to physically verify their addresses, as well as verify other information that is required to be reported under the New York State Sex Offender Registration Act. As a result, Sheriff’s Office Investigators report the arrest of a Level 2 offender residing in Ovid, NY. Michael J Travis, age 47 of 2194 County Road 139 Ovid was charged with a Sex Offender Registry Violation and Offering a False Instrument for Filing 1st, both felonies. It is alleged that Travis purposely failed to report required information to the Registry. Travis was arraigned at Seneca County CAP Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility. He is to reappear at the Romulus Town Court on a later date.

Narcotics/Promoting Prison Contraband Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on March 4th, 2022, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Shelly Baran, age 46, of Seneca Falls, NY. Baran was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree and one count of Promoting Prison Contraband in the second degree. It is alleged that Baran possessed a controlled substance located on her person by correction officers when she reported to the jail for weekend commitment. Baran was released on an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Romulus Court on March 25th, 2022 at 10:00am.