Welfare Fraud Arrest

On April 14, 2021, at about 10:00am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Bryan T. Rugenstein, age 57, of 2022 Balsley Road, Apartment 128, Seneca Falls, New York, on charges of Welfare Fraud in the Fifth Degree and Misuse of Food Stamps, both Class A Misdemeanors. It is alleged that Rugenstein allowed a subject to unlawfully use his county benefits card in January of 2021. Rugenstein was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on May 5, 2021 at 5pm.

Welfare Fraud Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on April 13th 2021, investigators arrested Robert J. Law Jr., age 38, of Waterloo, NY. Law was charged with Welfare Fraud in the fourth degree and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the first degree. It is alleged that Law received public assistance benefits from Seneca County that he was not entitled to due to unreported income. During the arrest, it was discovered that Law had an active warrant for his arrest out of Wayne County stemming from failing to appear in Family Court. Law was released on an appearance ticket and turned over to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. He is scheduled to appear at the Village of Waterloo Court at a later date.

Welfare Fraud Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff Office reports, Sheriff Investigators arrested Victoria L. Scharett age 31 of 1318 Whiskey Hill Rd Waterloo NY for Welfare Fraud in the 4th degree. Scharett was also charged with Misuse of Food Stamps and Offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree. All charges are felonies. Scharett was issued an appearance ticket and is to appear before the Village of Waterloo Court on 05/05/21 at 1700 hrs to answer to the charges.

Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on March 26, 2021, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Peter B Vanderwall III, age 31, of Waterloo, NY. Vanderwall 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 Vanderwall sold “crack” cocaine to another person while in the Town of Seneca Falls. Vanderwall was released on appearance tickets and scheduled to appear in the Town of Seneca Falls Court at a later date. Investigators were assisted by members of the Seneca Falls Police Department.

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Falsely Reporting an Incident 2nd/Criminal Mischief 4th Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on March 17, 2021, Investigators arrested Timothy R Brown, age 35, currently an inmate in the Seneca County Correctional Facility. It is alleged that on March 17, 2021 at approximately 1:00am, Brown intentionally damaged a sprinkler head located in his cell. His actions resulted in his cell to flood and for the fire alarm to be activated, requiring emergency response from Sheriff’s Office personnel and the Romulus Fire Department. Brown did this knowing no fire existed. He was charged with Falsely Reporting an Incident 2nd and Criminal Mischief 4th. Brown is scheduled to appear at the Seneca County CAP Court to answer the charges.

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Domestic Incident Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports Investigators arrested Arrell S. Henhawk, age 45, of 3016 County Road 124, Romulus NY, on a felony arrest warrant stemming from a serious physical domestic that occurred in the Town of Varick. Henhawk was charged with Menacing in the 2nd degree, a class E felony, Assault in the 2nd degree, a class D felony, Strangulation in the 2nd degree, a class D felony, and misdemeanor charges of Criminal Obstruction of breath and blood circulation (3 Counts), Unlawful imprisonment in the 2nd degree, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th degree. The victim was treated by North Seneca Ambulance and tranported to Strong Memorial Hospital for further treatment. The victim has since been released, but was treated for physical injuries. Henhawk was arraigned in the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $5,000/$10,000 secured bond. Henhawk is to reappear for a preliminary hearing on 03/08/21 at 12:00pm in the Town of Varick Court. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Cornell University Police Department and the Ithaca Police Department for their assistance in the safe arrest of Henhawk. The investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Drug Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on February 25th, 2021 at approximately 3pm, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Timothy J. Skinner III of Waterloo, NY. Skinner was charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, three counts of criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the second degree, and one count of Criminal Possession of a controlled Substance in the seventh degree. It is alleged that while in the Village of Waterloo, Skinner was in possession of approximately one third of an ounce of crack cocaine, digital scales, a cutting agent, glassine baggies and Suboxone. United States Currency and a vehicle owned by Skinner were also seized. Skinner was released on appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear in the Village of Waterloo Court at a later date.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by members of the Waterloo Police Department, Seneca Falls Police Department, New York State Police, and the Ontario County Drug Task Force.

Burglary Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on February 3, 2021, at approximately 10:30pm, Deputies and Investigators responded to a call in the Town of Waterloo of a male who forcibly broke into a residence. As a result of the investigation, a Geneva man was taken into custody. Trevon G Clark, age 23 of Geneva NY, is accused of unlawfully entering the residence and while inside engaging in physical altercations with its residents, a female victim and a male victim. There were also two young children inside the residence and were present for the altercations. Clark was charged with Burglary 2nd, Unlawful Imprisonment 2nd, Criminal Mischief 4th and 2 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was arraigned at Seneca County CAP Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility in lieu of $250 cash, $500 secured bond. Orders of Protections were issued on behalf of the victims.

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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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