Burglary Arrest

On May 13, 2020 at about 10:00am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested three individuals following an investigation into a burglary at a Town of Ovid residence. Initially, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a motor vehicle accident on Tunison Rd in the Town of Covert where it was reported a vehicle was stuck in the ditch. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the three occupants had just committed a burglary at a residence in the Town of Ovid and crashed their vehicle while fleeing from the scene. The vehicle was also found to be containing a large amount of stolen property from the burglary. Quantities of methamphetamine, crack cocaine, and marihuana were also seized as a result of the investigation.

The following were charged:

Anthony D Huddleston, age 26 of 6330 State Route 13 Cayuta, NY, was charged with:
Burglary in the Second Degree, a Class C Felony
Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, Class A Misdemeanors (two counts)

DeShana N Briggs, age 34 of 12 Mobile Lane Freeville, NY, was charged with:
Burglary in the Second Degree, a Class C Felony
Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony
Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Third Degree, an Unclassified Misdemeanor

Michelle L Kohut, age 39 of 36 Mallard Dr Ithaca, NY, was charged with:
Burglary in the Second Degree, a Class C Felony
Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony
Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, a Violation

All three individuals were arraigned at Seneca County CAP Court. Briggs was remanded to the Correctional Facility without bail due to prior felony convictions. Huddleston and Kohut were released on their own recognizance. All are to reappear at the Ovid Town Court at a later date.

Vandalism Arrests

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on April 29, 2020, members of the Road Patrol Division and Criminal Investigation Division responded to the campus of the South Seneca Junior/Senior High School for the report of numerous posters that were vandalized. The extent of the vandalism included derogatory and hateful comments directed to individual members of the graduating senior class. It is alleged that the posters were damaged during the early morning hours of April 29th. Based upon the investigation, the following individuals were arrested:

Michael J. Wilkins, age 19 of Willard, NY. Wilkins was charged with Criminal Mischief in the fourth degree, a Hate Crime, a Class E Felony and Making Graffiti, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Tangalean Kio, age 18 of Ovid, NY. Kio was charged with Criminal Mischief in the fourth degree, a Class A Misdemeanor, and Making Graffiti, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Jonathan Siccardi, age 18, of Interlaken, NY. Siccardi was charged with Criminal Mischief in the fourth degree, a Class A Misdemeanor, and Making Graffiti, a Class A Misdemeanor.

The three adults were released on appearance tickets. They are scheduled to appear at Centralized Arraignment Court on May 18th, 2020 at 8:00AM.

Two Adolescent Offenders were also identified and will be appearing at the Seneca County Probation Department at a later date.

Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office worked closely with administration and guidance counselors from the South Seneca School District.

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Reckless Endangerment Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on March 20, 2020 at approximately 3:00pm, Investigators arrested Hunter L Rogers, age 28 of 2170 E Seneca St Ovid, for 5 counts of Reckless Endangerment 1st (Class D Felony).  It is alleged that Rogers inadvertently shot a .22 long rifle through the floor of his upstairs apartment.  It is believed that Rogers was cleaning the rifle at the time of the incident.  The bullet travelled through the ceiling of the downstairs apartment where there were five individuals inside.  No injuries were sustained by anyone involved.  Rogers was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to answer the charge at Seneca County CAP Court on April 6, 2020.

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Narcotics Arrests

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Sarah M. Kline, age 34 of Geneva, NY and Shawn P Mahoney, age 39 of Auburn, NY. Kline and Mahoney were both charged with the following after a traffic stop in the Town of Waterloo:

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree- Class B Felony

Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the second degree- Class A Misdemeanor (2cts)

Additionally, Mahoney was charged with Aggravated Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the second degree and Operating without an Interlock Device. Investigators recovered approximately one ounce of “crack” cocaine after the vehicle they were operating was stopped on State Route 5 and 20. Investigators also seized US Currency, digital scales, and packaging material. Kline and Mahoney were both released on appearance tickets and are scheduled to appear at CAP at a later date. Investigators were assisted by K9 “Coski” and members of the Geneva Police Department and Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

Criminal Obstruction of Breathing/OGA 2nd Arrest

On March 4, 2020, at about 11am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Victor V. Gregory, age 48, with Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood Circulation and Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree, both Class A Misdemeanors. Gregory is currently an inmate in the Seneca County Correctional Facility and engaged in a physical confrontation with another inmate. During the altercation, a Seneca County Correction Officer intervened to break it up which resulted in Gregory choking the officer. The officer sustained minor injuries as a result of the incident. Gregory is to be arraigned on these charges at the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court on 03-04-20 at 7pm.

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Assault Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on February 27, 2020, Investigators arrested Quondall D. Davis, age 25, following an assault that occurred inside the Seneca County Correctional Facility.  On February 21, 2020, Davis, who is currently an inmate at the Correctional Facility, initiated a physical altercation with Correction Officers.  As a result of the altercation, two Correction Officers sustained injuries.  Following the investigation Davis was charged with 2 counts of Assault 2nd (Class D Felony), 2 counts of Aggravated Harassment of an Employee by an Inmate (Class E Felony), and 1 count of Criminal Mischief 4th (Class A Misdemeanor).  Davis is scheduled to appear at Seneca County CAP Court on March 13, 2020 to answer the charges.

Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on January 30th, 2020, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Dylan Slack, age 27 of Albany, NY. Slack was wanted by New York State Parole due to being an absconder from the supervision of the Department of Corrections. Slack was located at a residence in the Town of Romulus. Slack was then transported to the Seneca County Correctional Facility to await a Parole Hearing. Members of the Narcotics Unit were assisted by K9 “Coski” and the New York State Police.

Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on February 12, 2020 at 2:30pm, Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Casty O. Rodriguez Jr., age 34, currently being held at the Seneca County Correctional Facility, Romulus, New York, on a charge of Promoting Prison Contraband in the Second Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor. The charges stem from an investigation where it is alleged Rodriguez Jr. was in possession of a lighter after a Corrections Officer searched his cell. Rodriguez Jr. is to appear in the Romulus Town Court on February 28, 2020 at 10:00am.

Welfare Fraud Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on January 27, 2020 at 9:30 AM, Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Paul W. Bentz, age 51, of 3 Chapel Street, 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 Bentz allegedly received monetary benefits from Seneca County while grossly under reporting his income from a business.  Bentz was released on appearance tickets and is to appear at the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court on February 14, 2020 at 8AM.

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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