Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on May 14th, 2020, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Chad A. Cornish, age 39 of Ovid, NY. Cornish was charged with one count of Conspiracy in the fourth degree, a Class E Felony. It is alleged that Cornish conspired with another person to sell cocaine in the Town of Romulus on March 19th, 2020. Cornish was released with an appearance ticket. He is scheduled to appear on June 1st, 2020 at 0800hrs for arraignment at CAP Court.

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.

Monthly Snapshot for April 2020

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR APRIL 2020:

LAW ENFORCEMENT: Total Calls For Service: 1393 Total Arrests: 10 D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 7; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $66,881

NARCO: Total new drug cases: 3 Total arrests: 0

CORRECTIONS: Average Number of Inmates: 40 Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $34,476.67; Yearly Total: $145,587.73

CIVIL: Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 15 Total Income Executions: 0 Total Evictions: 0

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH: April 4th, 2020: Deputies apprehended a suspect who fled a hit and run car accident in the Town of Romulus. The suspect was subsequently charged with D.W.I.

April 12th, 2020: Deputies and Investigators responded to a large explosion in the Town of Fayette. Three suspects were charged for causing the explosion that was heard for miles

April 24th, 2020: Deputies responded to a in progress Physical Domestic Violence Incident in the Town of Romulus. A 1 year old child was involved. The suspect was apprehended and no one was injured.

April 27th, 2020: The Sheriff’s Office opened the Pistol Permit Office for amendments by mail only.

April 29th, 2020: An investigation into vandalism at the South Seneca School in Ovid resulted in 3 persons being charged. It is alleged that the vandalism was hate motivated.

April 2020: Special training for all Sheriff’s essential personnel on responding to COVID-19 was implemented. A department pandemic policy was developed.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

Criminal trespass arrest Town of Waterloo

The Seneca County Sheriffs Office reports on May 10th 2020 at approximately 4:46PM, Deputies responded to a Waterloo business for a report of a trespass. Upon arrival Deputies found Stephen R. Schroeder, age 35 of Geneva on the property .    During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that Schroeder had knowingly made entry into the locked and secured lot, which was  enclosed by a fence around  the business without permission. Schroeder was taken into custody without incident and transported to the LEC where he was processed and released on an appearance ticket. Schroeder was charged with , Criminal Trespass in the third degree, a class B Misdemeanor. Schroeder is to appear in the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court on a future date to answer the charge. Deputies were assisted on scene by members of the NYSP/Waterloo.

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Stolen vehicle arrest Town of Varick

The Seneca County Sheriff’s office reports that on May 7, 2020 at 06:07 PM, Seneca County Deputies stopped a vehicle on Rt 96 in the Town of Varick . Upon further investigation they confirmed that the vehicle had been stolen from the City of Ithaca.  Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Reginald S Ferguson, age 28, of 504 Liberty Street Elmira, and  charged him with Criminal Possession of stolen property 3rd (D felony), Aggravated unlicensed operation 2nd (unclassified misdemeanor), Operating without an interlock device (violation) and Failure to change driver’s license address on license (violation). Ferguson was taken into custody and transported to the Seneca County Correctional Facility to await arraignment at CAP court. Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators assisted in this arrest and report the investigation is continuing.

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Criminal Possession of a controlled substance arrest Town of Waterloo

    The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on May 4th at approximately 7:45pm, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a Waterloo business for a civilian complaint of suspicious activity inside a vehicle in the parking lot. Upon further investigation , Deputies located a quantity of heroin and arrested  Timothy J. Skinner  28 of 1820 Apt #2 State route 318 in Seneca Falls for one count of Criminal possession in the 7th degree, a class A misdemeanor. Skinner was released on an appearance and is scheduled to appear in CAP court on the 1st of June at 8AM.

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Criminal mischief arrest Town of Waterloo

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 5/6/20 at approximately 1:43AM, Deputies arrested Charles J. Wheeler age 43 of 104 West Maple Ave in Newark for Criminal Mischief in the 3rd degree and leaving the scene of an accident. The arrest stems from an incident that occurred on Border City Road in the Town of Waterloo where Wheeler intentionally backed into a parked vehicle and then left the scene. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Newark PD during the investigation. Wheeler was  arrested and transported to the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center where he was arraigned in CAP Court and released to appear in the Town of Waterloo court at a later date.

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High Water Advisory

Seneca County Sheriff W. Timothy Luce has issued a high water advisory for Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake. The high water advisory includes a “no wake zone” within 500 feet of shore when traveling on the lake. Also the Seneca  County Sheriff Luce  advises to be aware of floating debris in the water. The high water advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

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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Seneca Sheriff Offers Limited Pistol Permit Services.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Pistol Permit Section is opening on a limited basis. The Pistol Permit Office will be accepting Amendments by mail only at this time. Mail your amendment to 6150 State Route 96, Romulus, NY 14541. When it is processed you will be contacted by phone to set up an appointment to pick up and pay for your process. There is a $3.00 fee for amendments. Forms may be downloaded from the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office website under pistol permit transactions. The Office will only be open one day a week for appointments only. No new Pistol Permit Applications can be processed at this time. The Pistol Permit Office is looking forward to opening for full service in the near future.

Thank You for your patience.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce