On October 29, 2021, at about 6:52am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Route 96 just north of White Road in the Town of Varick for a serious personal injury motor vehicle accident. A vehicle being operated by Christopher M. Bilyk, age 36, of 210 Washington Street, Ithaca, New York, was headed southbound on Route 96 and crossed the center line. Bilyk’s vehicle then struck the front end of a northbound pickup truck being operated by Wayne A. Shafer, age 56, of 887 Taughannock Boulevard, Ithaca, New York. As a result of the accident, Bilyk suffered serious leg and chest injuries. Bilyk was trapped in the vehicle for a short time and was extricated by firefighters. Bilyk was then treated at the scene by South Seneca Ambulance and was flown from the scene to Strong Memorial Hospital by Lifenet Air Ambulance. Shafer, and a passenger in his vehicle, Robert E. Gates, age 59, suffered minor injuries and were transported to Geneva General Hospital. The Romulus Fire Department, Varick Fire Department, and North Seneca Ambulance also responded to the scene. Both vehicles suffered extensive damage and were towed from the scene. The accident remains under investigation.
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on October 25th, 2021, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Kaseem “Rudy” Hoover, age 28, of 25 Peterman Rd., Seneca Falls, NY. Hoover 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. It is alleged that Hoover sold “crack” cocaine while in the Town of Seneca Falls. Hoover was released on an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Seneca Falls Court on November 23rd, 2021 at 1000hrs. The Narcotics Unit was assisted by members of the Seneca Falls Police Department.
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on October 27th, 2021, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Jayson C. DelPapa. DelPapa was wanted by New York State Parole on an absconder warrant. Deputies observed him walking in the Village of Waterloo. He was subsequently placed into custody without incident. DelPapa is currently being held at the Seneca County Jail awaiting a parole hearing.
On October 19, 2021, at about 7:00am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a structure fire at Hart Towing, 1116 Waterloo/Geneva Road, in the Town of Waterloo. Deputies report the business was fully engulfed upon their arrival. Fire Departments from Waterloo, Seneca Falls, Fayette, and Border City were on scene for several hours containing the fire. The scene is being investigated by the Seneca County Fire Investigation Team and Sheriff’s Office Investigators. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Also assisting at the scene were Fire Police and North Seneca Ambulance. The business suffered extensive damage and is reported to be insured.
On October 5, 2021, at about 12:33pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Christopher M. Cooper, age 38, no permanent address, on charges of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree and Welfare Fraud in the Fifth Degree. The charges stem from Cooper allegedly filing false information with Seneca County in an effort to obtain financial assistance. Cooper is to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on October 20, 2021 at 5pm. Cooper was placed in custody by Sheriff’s Deputies in the Village of Waterloo and later turned over to the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding warrant.
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on September 13th, 2021 at around 4:45pm Deputies responded to 4003 Deerlick Springs Road in the Town of Ovid for a Domestic Incident. Upon investigation it was found that Adam G. Mclaughlin, 40 years old, of Covert New York, had struck his ex wife on the head in front of a child, and subsequently arrested for Harassment 2nd (a violation) and Endangering the Welfare of a Child (A Class A Misdemeanor). Mclaughlin was transported to the Seneca County CAP Court and was arraigned. Mclaughlin was released on his own recognizance and an Order of Protection was put in place to protect the victim. Mclaughlin is to appear in the Town of Ovid Court at a later date.
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on September 11th, 2021 at around 9pm Deputies responded to 4037 Rte 96 in the Town of Fayette for a Personal Injury accident involving a dirt bike. Deputies discovered that the operator of the dirt bike, Cole Short, 18 years old from Fayette, was riding on the Rte 96 property when he struck a piece of farm equipment. Short suffered a severe injury to his left leg, and was treated on scene by members of North Seneca Ambulance. Due the severity of the injury Life Net Emergency services were requested and eventually flew Short to Upstate Medical Center. Deputies were also assisted on scene by members of the Fayette Fire Department.
On September 2, 2021, at about 12:50pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Trey W. Torres, age 26, of 618 West State Street, Ithaca, New York, on charges of Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Second Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree. The charges stem from an incident inside the Seneca County Correctional Facility where Torres intentionally damaged a sprinkler head while incarcerated at the facility. The sprinkler head activated which caused an emergency response from Sheriff’s Office personnel and the Romulus Fire Department. Torres was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Romulus Town Court on September 24, 2021 at 10am.
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on August 19th, 2021 members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Nathan E. Lewis, age 30, of Waterloo, NY. Lewis was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree and one count of Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the second degree. Lewis also had an active warrant for his arrest out of the Town of Seneca Falls for failure to appear. It is alleged that Lewis possessed methamphetamine and a digital scale while located at a residence in the Town of Waterloo. Lewis was arraigned at CAP on the above charges and was subsequently released on his own recognizance. Lewis is scheduled to appear at the Town of Waterloo Court at a later date.
On August 23, 2021, at about 11:05am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested David W. Lewin, age 53, of 2133 Routes 5 & 20, Apt. 15B, Seneca Falls, New York, on charges of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree (two counts) and Welfare Fraud in the Fourth Degree. It is alleged that Lewin failed to disclose household income while receiving monetary benefits from Seneca County. Lewin was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on September 1, 2021, at 5pm.