Crim Contempt/ Unlaw Imp/ Criminal mischief Town of Covert

The Seneca County sheriff’s Office reports on 12/27/20 at 3:30 pm Deputies arrested Mario A. Ramirez, age 23 of Interlaken, for several domestic violence related charges. After investigation, Deputies arrested Ramirez for the following charges; Criminal Contempt in the first degree, Unlawful Imprisonment, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Criminal Mischief in the Forth Degree and Harassment in the Second Degree. The arrests stem from a domestic incident where it is alleged that Ramirez violated a  Class A Order of Protection and subjected the victim to unwanted physical contact.  Sheriff’s Deputies report Ramirez physically restrained the victim and during the struggle  tore the victim’s jeans while trying to keep her from leaving the residence. This entire incident reportedly happened in front of a 9 month old child. Ramirez was turned over to the custody of the Seneca County jail and arraigned at  CAP court and released to appear in Covert Town Court at a later date.


Crim Contempt Town of Covert

The Seneca County Sheriffs office reports that on 12/25/20 at approximately 3:00am, Deputies responded to an address in Interlaken for the report of a Harassment. After further investigation, Deputies arrested John B. Orak age 52 of 36 King Street in Trumansburg after it was determined he violated a class A Order of protection by sending several text messages to the protected party. Orak was charged with Criminal Contempt in the 1st degree and committed to the Seneca County jail where he was arraigned at  CAP court and released to appear in Covert Town Court at a later date. 


DWI / CPCS 7th Town of Waterloo

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 12/11/20 at around 7:00am, deputies arrested Robert Morris, age 53, of Savannah , NY for Driving While Intoxicated following a single vehicle crash in the Town of Waterloo. Deputies say Morris was traveling on State Route 5 when his vehicle went off the road way and crashed into a ditch. Morris was subsequently charged with DWI, driving with a BAC over 0.08%, failure to keep right, having an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, and speed not reasonable.  Sheriff’s Deputies also located a white powder which tested positive for cocaine . Morris was also charged with Criminal Possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree. He is scheduled to answer charges on a later date. No injuries were reported


Christmas Angel Visits the Sheriff’s Office

Tuesday December 22, 2020 started as any other day at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office. We were dealing with COVID19, police reform and many other mundane duties of the day. It was getting near the end of the day when the records clerk from the front office of the Sheriff’s office came to me and said there is a man in the front lobby who wants the Deputies to hand out some cards. Not knowing what kind of cards, I told her to get the Road Lieutenant to speak to him. Of course being the end of the day, he had already left for the day.  So I told the clerk I would go and speak to the man.

The man was just an average looking man, soft spoken, a mild mannered subject. He went on to ask me if I knew any families in need. I advised him the Sheriff’s Office helped Glove house in getting Christmas gifts for 20 some families in need to get gifts for their children. The Sheriff’s Office also does what we call shop with a Sheriff which helps about 15 or so families in providing presents to their children.  The man stated that’s great here is some cards I would like you to hand out also. The man handed me two envelopes with $5000 in $100 food cards. I told the man that was awesome, pulled out my pen and asked his name. The man said: “ oh no you don’t need to know my name; I just want you to help needy families”. He then turned and left. That’s when I knew a Christmas angel came to the Sheriff’s Office. 

The next day Wednesday December 23, 2020  the Undersheriff and I went to Glove house where the Chief Deputy dressed as Santa and a couple of employees from the Correctional Facility dressed as elfs. They handed out presents to the children and the Undersheriff and I gave each family a gift card. We also gave another group of Sheriff Employees cards to be handed out to the children’s families who were receive gifts from shop with a Sheriff. At the end of the day the Undersheriff and I had some left over cards so we went to a few locations in the County and handed out the rest of the cards to people we felt could use the cards.

Today Thursday December 24, 2020 early in the morning in my office while no one was around I was contemplating the year 2020 and how miserable the year had really been especially dealing with COVID and how many people were sick and how many had lost family members. That’s when I realized a Christmas Angel came to the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office  on December 22, 2020 and I realized the Christmas spirit is alive and well even in these trying time we live in. I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

God Bless

Sheriff Luce    

Warrant arrest Town of Junius Crim Contempt 2nd

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on 12/15/20 at 12:46 pm Deputies arrested Mitchell A. Aaserud, age 32  (homeless )  formerly of Auburn, NY on an arrest warrant for Criminal Contempt in the Second Degree. Deputies responded to the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office and placed Aaserud into custody after he finished his sentence at the Cayuga Co Jail. The arrest warrant stems from an incident on 9/8/20, in the Town of Junius, where it alleged Aaserud contacted the protected party of a class A order of protection. The stay away order of protection mandated Aaserud to not have any contact with the protected party. Aaserud was turned over to the Seneca County Jail and arraigned at CAP court and committed on $1000 cash or $2000 bail bond.

DWI Town of Covert

 The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of  Steven Gravina 63  of Trumansburg N.Y. , after a property damage accident on RTE 96 in the Town of Covert. Deputies report  that around 3pm on December 20, 2020, Deputies located  Gravina  in the ditch of the north bound lane of RTE 96 just north of the Tompkins County Line.  Upon further investigation , Deputies discovered Gravina to be intoxicated .  Gravina is charged with moving from the lane unsafely, driving while intoxicated, and  aggravated  DWI .  Gravina was released to appear in the  Town of Covert Court January 4th, 2021 at 10am. 

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Warrant arrest Town of Tyre

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports at around 10:00 a.m. on  December 14, 2020, Sheriff’s Deputies arrested  Deanna N. Houghtaling  34 of 105 West Genesee Street in Clyde, NY.  Deputies report that  the arrest stems from a bench warrant that was issued by the Tyre Town Court. Houghtaling failed to show in court to answer for the original alleged charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th. Houghtaling  was taken to the Seneca County Correctional facility where she was arraigned at CAP and was released on her own recognizance, and is to appear back in court at a later date . Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted by the Auburn Police Department.


Endangering the Welfare of a Child Arrests

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on December 10, 2020, Investigators arrested Samuel K Stoltzfus, age 27, and Fannie H Stoltzfus, age 26, both of 2407 Ernsberger Road, Romulus, New York, following the investigation into the death of a 3 year old child. On the morning of October 23, 2020, Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators responded to the Ernsberger Road address for the report of an unresponsive 3 year old male. Deputies, along with first responders from the Romulus Fire Department, North Seneca Ambulance and South Seneca Ambulance performed extensive life saving measures on the child who was subsequently transported to Geneva General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Sheriff’s Investigators and Seneca County Child Protective Services performed an extensive investigation that resulted in the discovery that the child was left alone in a barn. As a result of the lack of supervision, the child accidentally drowned in a container filled with liquid. Following the discovery of the child, both parents did act appropriately and called for emergency medical services. Both defendants were charged with one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and are to appear in the Varick Town Court at a later date to answer the charges.


Criminal Contempt/Agg. Family Offense

On 12/10/2020 at about 2:30 PM the Seneca Co Sheriff’s Office arrested Damon M. Steele,22, currently incarcerated at the Seneca Co Correctional Facility for Attempted Criminal Contempt 2nd(A Misdemeanor) and Aggravated Family Offense( class E felony). Investigators said that on 12/8/2020 Steele attempted to contact a person whom was a protected party in a class A order of protection by having a fellow inmate mail the victim a letter from Steele in violation of the court order. The letter was subsequently intercepted and Steele was charged. Steele was issued an appearance ticket for the Town of Romulus Court and is to appear on 1/24/2021 at 10:30am to answer the charges.

Welfare Fraud Arrest

On December 9, 2020, at about 3:45pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Marshall J Wood Jr, age 48 of 55 West Bayard St Seneca Falls, New York, as a result of a welfare fraud investigation. It is alleged that Wood failed to disclose household income while receiving monetary benefits from Seneca County. Wood was charged with Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree and Welfare Fraud in the Fifth Degree. Wood was released on an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on January 6, 2021 to answer the charges.