Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on June 27th 2022, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Justin R. Bluto, age 36, of Waterloo, NY. Bluto was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree. It is alleged that Bluto sold cocaine to another person while in the Town of Waterloo. Bluto also had an active arrest warrant for Violation of Probation stemming from a narcotics conviction in 2020 in which he violated the terms and conditions of Probation. Bluto was held at the Seneca County Jail to await arraignment at CAP Court. The Narcotics Unit was assisted by members of the Uniformed Road Patrol and Seneca County Probation.

Sex Offender Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a New York State registered sex offender. On June 13, 2022 Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Trevor P Spooner, age 25 of Oswego, NY for failing to update his registered address. It is alleged that Spooner, who had a been living in the Town of Ovid, left his registered address and failed to update a new address within 10 days as required by the New York State Sex Offender Registry Act. Spooner, who is also on parole, was taken into custody and appeared at Seneca County CAP Court where he was remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility. Also assisting with the arrest of Spooner was New York State Parole.

Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on May 28th, 2022 members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Christopher M. Williams, age 32, of Lyons, New York. Williams was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree. It is alleged that Williams sold cocaine while in Town of Seneca Falls. Williams is currently being held at the Seneca County Jail due to numerous prior felony convictions. The Narcotics Unit was assisted by members of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police.

Missing person/ Stolen vehicle

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 5/30/2022 at approximately 7:30 pm, deputies responded to assist the New York State Police with the report of a missing Juvenile from the Town of Junius. While deputies were assisting with locating the juvenile, they received a call reporting a stolen vehicle from a residence in the Town of Junius. Deputies were able to locate the stolen vehicle at 1041 State Route 414 in Wayne County. The vehicle which was being operated by a Town of Junius Juvenile then left the driveway of the residence it was at. Deputies attempted to block the vehicle but were unable to contain it within the driveway. The vehicle then traveled southbound at a high rate of speed where Deputies observed it straddling the center line of the road and driving into the oncoming lane creating an extremely dangerous traffic hazard. Deputies remained at a safe distance in an attempt to get the Juvenile to slow down but the vehicle continued at a high rate of speed until it collided with the rear axle of a tractor trailer at the New York State Thruway exit. The juvenile was assessed by North Seneca Ambulance and flown by Life Net to Strong Memorial Hospital for further treatment. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured. The investigation is still active. Assisting on the scene was New York State Police, Waterloo Police Department, Seneca Falls Police Department, Clyde Fire Department and North Seneca Ambulance.

Endangering the welfare of a child

he Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Wednesday May 25th, 2022 at around 5:00am, Deputies arrested 22 year old Matthew R. Conlin of 311 Hoffman Street Newark, New York following a traffic stop in the Town of Varick, New York. It was made known to deputies during their roadside investigation that Conlin had allowed a 15 year old male who did not have a driver’s license, to operate the motor vehicle on a state roadway and did operate said vehicle in an erratic state prior to being pulled over. Conlin was subsequently arrested and charged with Endangering the welfare of a child, a Class A Misdemeanor. Conlin was then transported to the Seneca County Correctional Facility where he was processed and released with an appearance ticket. Conlin is to appear in Varick Town Court at a later date to answer the charge.

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

Press Conference on May 3rd Love’s truck stop incident in the Town of Tyre

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating an incident that occurred at the Love’s truck stop 1262 Rt 414 in the Town of Tyre, on May 3, 2022. Due to the sensitivity of the investigation, details were not released at the time of the incident. This morning charges were filed against one suspect with another suspect pending. Charges include Attempted Aggravated Murder.

A press conference on this incident will be held at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office 6150 Route 96, Romulus NY at 3:30 PM today May 4th 2022.

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.