Structure Fire Town of Romulus

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on 2/22/21 at 9:50 AM Deputies responded to 2539 Vineyard Rd in Romulus for a structure fire. The owners of the farm, Stephen and Fannie Hertzler, called 911 reporting a work shop was fully engulfed in flames and that  a barn with 11,000 chickens was next to the blaze. Romulus Fire Department arrived and were assisted on scene by Ovid Fire Department, Varick Fire Department, Fayette Fire Department, Interlaken Fire Department, Waterloo Fire Department, Border City Fire and South Seneca Ambulance and the Seneca County 911 center. The work shop, along with several dogs and cows  and equipment, was unsalvageable and a total loss of over $150,000. The barn with the 11,000 chickens was slightly damaged with no loss of livestock. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


Monthly Snapshot




Total Calls For Service: 1207

Total Arrests: 52  

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 16; Yearly Total Cost Recouped:  $963.00

Mental Health Calls: 2


Total new drug cases: 9

Total arrests: 4


Average Number of Inmates: 37

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $33,087.84; Yearly Total: $33,087.84


Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 25

Total Income Executions: 6

Total Evictions: 0


January 7th & 13th, 2021: A suspect from the Town of Waterloo was arrested twice for violating the same Stay Away Order of Protection.

January 8th, 2021: Investigators charged a suspect for allegedly stealing a car in the Town of Waterloo.

January 11th, 2021: Investigators charged a suspect in Romulus for allegedly systematically sexually abusing a child. 

January 12th, 2021: A suspect was charged with a felony for allegedly falsifying information on a Seneca County pistol permit application.

January 15th, 2021: Deputies charged a suspect for allegedly possessing heroin in the Town of Tyre.

January 16th, 2021: Deputies responded and assisted at a serious injury logging accident in the Town of Waterloo. The victim was flown from the scene.

January 31st, 2021: A serious Domestic Violence Incident in the Town of Tyre resulted in the arrest of a parolee. It is alleged that the victim was threatened with a gun.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce /Undersheriff John Cleere

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.


Domestic incident Town of Fayette . Unlawful Imprisonment / Coercion/Crim Mischief/ Harassment

  The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Feb 3rd  2021  at around 12:15 am, Deputies arrested Nicholas W Andrews, age 35, of Oxford, NY. Deputies responded to a Fayette residence for the report of a domestic dispute. Deputies report Andrews grabbed and threatened the victim and broke items in the residence during the incident .   Andrews  was taken into custody without incident and was charged with Criminal Mischief 4th, Unlawful Imprisonment 2nd Degree, Coercion 2nd Degree, and Harassment 2nd. Andrews was arraigned in CAP Court and released to appear in Fayette Town court at a later date.

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Warrant Arrest DI Agg Family offense /Menacing Town of Tyre

   The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on January 31, 2021 at about 3pm, Deputies arrested Cassidy J  Ward, age 37, of Seneca Falls NY, on an arrest warrant from the Town of Tyre Court .   Deputies report Ward was charged with Aggravated family offense , Menacing 2nd , Harassment 2nd  and 2 counts of endangering the welfare of a child . The charges stem from an incident that occurred on January 22, 2021, in which  Ward allegedly entered a residence in the Town of Tyre and aggressively confronted the victim in front of her children, including threatening her life with a firearm. Ward left the residence and an Arrest Warrant was obtained after he was unable to be located . On  Jan 31 st, members of  the  Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Seneca Falls Police Department, New York State Parole, and the U.S. Marshalls  located Ward  in a residence in the Town of Tyre and  took him into custody without incident. Ward was arraigned at 7pm the same day at the Seneca County CAP Court, and held on no bail along with  a parole detainer.


Warrant Criminal Contempt 1st / Town of Waterloo

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on January 28, 2021 at 6PM, Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Freddy Sapp, Age 56, of Geneva New York, on an arrest warrant  for  Criminal Contempt in the first degree. Deputies state the charge stems from an investigation on November 28, 2020  in which  Sapp  communicated with a subject  in the Town of Waterloo , who he had a Order of Protection  to have no contact with. Sapp was arraigned on January 28, 2021 at 7pm at the Seneca Co. CAP Court and then transported back to Ontario County Jail where he is currently sentenced to prison on a separate charge.


Criminal Possession of Controlled sub 7th T/ Tyre

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on January 15, 2021, Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Aaron J. Vanopdurp, age 28 of 24 Queen Street, Lyons, NY. Vanopdurp was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. While investigating a suspicious complaint at a housing complex in Tyre, Deputies  discovered that Vanopdurp had a small amount of heroin on his person. Vanopdurp was processed released on an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Tyre Court at a later date.


Criminal impersonation / Crim Poss controlled substance 7th Town of Junius

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on January 17, 2021 at 6:00 PM Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Jessica Jones, 33, of 1406 Levanna Road, Union Springs NY, at The Waterloo Premium Outlets  in the Town of Junius for two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree and Criminal impersonation.  Deputies report that during the course of a larceny investigation , Jones gave Deputies a false name and date of birth and  also was found to be in possession of controlled substances .  Jones was released on appearance tickets and is to appear in the Town of Junius Court on February 12, 2020 to answer the charges.


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.

2 Criminal Contempt 2nd arrests Town / Village Waterloo

 The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on Jan 7th 2021 at about 3:15 pm Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residence in the Town of Waterloo for a domestic incident. Upon further investigation , Deputies arrested Jacob M  Dixon age 29 of 2551 Brewer Rd Waterloo for Criminal Contempt 2nd after finding he was with a subject in which a stay away order of protection was in place. Dixon was arraigned at CAP court and released to appear in Waterloo Town Court . Then on Jan 13 2021 at about 12:30 pm,  while at the County Office Building  in the Village of Waterloo ,  Deputies discovered Dixon to again be with the same subject to which he still had an order of protection to stay away from.  Dixon was again charged with Criminal Contempt in the 2nd degree and was arraigned at CAP court and committed on $500 cash bail to appear in the Village of Waterloo court on that charge.

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