Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on July 18th, 2019, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Ashley N. Swarey, age 30, of Ritter Road, Waterloo, NY.  Swarey was charged with two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the fourth degree, Class C Felonies.  It is alleged that Swarey sold Buprenorphrine, also known as Suboxone, in the Town of Seneca Falls on two separate dates.  Swarey is being held at the Law Enforcement Center to await arraignment at Centralized Arraignment Court.

 

Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on July 18th, 2019 at approximately 11:30AM, members of the Narcotics Unit and Seneca County Probation arrested Kyle G. Clawson, age 41, of 1925 Seneca Road, Lodi, NY.  Clawson was arrested after a bench warrant was issued for his arrest out of the Town of Romulus Court on a charge of failure to appear after a previous criminal mischief arrest.  Subsequent to his arrest, members of the Seneca County Probation Department discovered an inactive methamphetamine lab located within a shed on his property.  A search warrant was then obtained for the property where multiple items used in the production of methamphetamine were discovered.  Sheriff’s Investigators also discovered a quantity of methamphetamine within his residence.  Clawson was charged with one count of Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine in the first degree, a Class B Felony, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.  The Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine in the first degree charge stems from a prior conviction in January of 2019 in Seneca County Court for previously manufacturing methamphetamine at the same location in November of 2018.  Sheriff’s Investigators were assisted on scene by members of Seneca County Probation, Lodi Fire Department, and New York State Police.

 

Arrests: Child Sexual Abuse Investigation

The  Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on July 18th 2019 that Sheriff’s Investigators arrested two male subjects following child sexual abuse investigations in Seneca County.

Duane L. Porterfield, age 62, of 1167 County Road 147 Romulus, NY 14541. Porterfield was taken into custody following a lengthy investigation into his alleged possible involvement in the exchange of child sexual abuse images and videos and attempts to meet and connect with children for the purposes of committing sexual crimes. As a result of this investigation, Duane L. Porterfield was charged with the following crimes:
• 24 Counts of Possessing an Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child (Class E Felony)
• 1 Count of Attempt to Commit a Crime/ Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance (Class D Felony)
• 1 Count of Attempt to Commit a Crime/ Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child (Class E Felony)
Duane L. Porterfield was processed at the Seneca County Correctional Facility on all charges and held awaiting arraignment. Porterfield was released from the Correctional Facility after posting bail in the amount of $7,500.00 and is scheduled to re-appear in the Romulus Town Court on July 26th 2019.

Robert M. Heck, age 66, of 309 West Sherman Avenue Newark, NY 14513. Heck was taken into custody following a lengthy investigation into his alleged possible involvement in the exchange of child sexual abuse images and videos while employed at a business in the Town of Seneca Falls. As a result of this investigation, Robert M. Heck was charged with the following crimes:
• 8 Counts of Possessing an Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child (Class E Felony)
• 8 Counts of Promoting and Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child (Class D Felony)
• 43 Counts of Attempt to Commit a Crime/ Promoting an Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child (Class E Felony)
Robert M. Heck was processed at the Seneca County Correctional Facility on all charges and held awaiting arraignment. Heck was released after posting bail in the amount of $10,000.00 and is scheduled to re-appear before the Seneca Falls Town Court on August 14th 2019.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office worked in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on both of these criminal investigations which are still ongoing.

 

Porterfield Photo Above

 

Heck Photo Above

Extreme Heat Warning

Sheriff Luce has received notice from Seneca County Emergency Management that we can expect excessive heat this weekend with temperatures possibly reaching 100-105 degrees.

The Sheriff urges all citizens to be wary of this weather and use appropriate measures to deal with the heat. It is important to make sure you take in enough fluids and make use of shade and air conditioned buildings. Citizens should be especially wary of heat stroke and heat exhausion when engaging in physical activities outdoors.

Citizens should pay special attention to seniors, children and pets. Any one who observes a person or pet having a heat related issue should immediately call 911. Sheriff Luce stated: “Heat related issues like heat stroke and heat exhaustion are real medical emergencies and can be life threatening.”

Detailed information on this situation and how to act are available on the Seneca County Office of Emergency Management website: https://www.co.seneca.ny.us/departments/safety-services/emergency-services/emergency-management/

Monthly Snapshot For June 2019

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR JUNE 2019

LAW ENFORCEMENT: 

Total Calls For Service: 1038

Total Arrests: 42

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 12; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $84,596.54

NARCO: 

Total new drug cases: 11

Total arrests: 4

CORRECTIONS:

Average Number of Inmates: 65

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $52,982.68; Yearly Total: $235,609.44

CIVIL: 

Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 27

Total Income Executions: 27

Total Evictions: 2 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH: 

June 3rd, 2019: Investigations charged a former Interlaken School Resource Officer with Criminal Sexual Act in the 1st degree for allegedly abusing a child in the Town of Varick.

June 11th, 2019: Deputies responded to a menacing with a firearm case in the Town of Romulus. The suspect was apprehended with an unregistered handgun and was D.W.I.

June 10th – 12th, 2019: The Sheriff’s Office hosted Marine Law Enforcement training for Officers working navigation patrols.

June 12th, 2019: Deputies seized over 2 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop in Tyre.

June 28th, 2019: The Sheriff’s Office assisted Geneva P.D. with the apprehension and arrest of a S.C.S.O. Corrections Officer on drug charges.

 

June 28th, 2019: NARCO charged a suspect for possessing heroin in Romulus.

 

June 28th, 2019: NARCO charged a S.C.S.O. inmate in the jail for possessing cocaine.

June 29th, 2019: The Sheriff’s Office held their first Applicant Academy.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument

The Seneca County Sheriff W. Timothy Luce reports that on 7/11/19 Investigators arrested Talon K. Robb, 29, of 119 Garden St in Geneva NY for one count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 1st degree(Class E Felony) and one count of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd degree( class D felony).
Investigators report that on 5/23/19 the Seneca Co. Codes Department received an electrical inspection for a job that the department never issued a permit for. The Codes department reported this to the Seneca Co. Sheriff’s Office and it resulted in an investigation that revealed that a permit that was forged was presented to the homeowner by the owner of the business responsible for obtaining the permit. This resulted in Robb, the owner of TKR Renewable Resources, being charged with Offering a False Instrument for Filing and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd. Robb was arrested in Canandaigua and returned to the Seneca Co. Correctional Facility to await arraignment in CAP Court on 7/11/19.

Deputies Threatened at Domestic Violence Incident

On 07/10/2019, at about 7:00 PM Seneca County Deputies responded to a Domestic Violence Incident in progress at 4698 Route 96A, in the Town of Varick. A family member reported that another family member was acting violently and making threats. When Deputies arrived they observed that the mailbox and wooden post at the residence had been doused with gasoline and was on fire. A deputy put out the fire with a fire extinguisher. As officers approached the scene the suspect: Victor V Gregory, age 47, of that address threatened officers with a loaded and cocked crossbow. Deputies established a perimeter and attempted to negotiate with Gregory but to no avail. Gregory continued to threaten the Officers with the crossbow.

During the exchanges with Gregory an opportunity arose when Gregory momentarily set down the crossbow. A department k-9 was utilized but Gregory unexpectedly produced a large knife and threatened the k-9. Deputies then moved in quickly and deployed a taser. Gregory continued to fight violently even after being tased. Officers physically struggled with Gregory who continued to fight and resist arrest.

Deputies were eventually able to subdue Gregory into custody. Three Officers were injured during the incident with two being taken out of work. None of the injuries are serious.

Gregory is charged with:

4 counts of menacing a police officer.

2 counts of assault 2nd degree.

1 count of criminal possession of a weapon 4th degree.

1 count of Arson 5th degree.

Resisting arrest.

Gregory is being held at the Seneca County jail awaiting Centralized Arraignment Court.

Sheriff Luce commended the actions of the Officers involved. He stated: “The Officers showed considerable restraint and more than considerable courage taking this suspect into custody without harming him. Under the circumstances they would have been justified in using deadly force. I am very proud of them”.

NYS Police and NYS Park Police provided back up and assisted at the scene.

 

Boat Fire Cayuga Lake

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on June 29th at about 3:45pm the boat patrol responded to Cayuga Lake in the area of the Cayuga Lake State park for a boat fire with a possible explosion. Upon arrival – the Sheriff’s Boat patrol found that the fire was out and the boat had been towed to shore.  Sheriff’s Marine patrol officers found that a 1990 19 foot Wellcraft  operated by Eric Matthews age 27 of 2871 Garden St Seneca Falls , had been operating just east of the State Park when a gas line began to leak onto the hot engine , which caused the fire. Matthews was able to extinguish the fire with his on board fire extinguisher, and then was towed to shore. The boat sustained fire damage to the engine and stern .  Matthews and his passengers: Katlyn Burgdorf age 26  , James Varricchio age 28 , and Sophia Catalano age 26 all of Seneca Falls were not injured in the incident.  Seneca Falls Fire also responded and assisted in cleaning up the remaining leaking fuel. The Marine Patrol issued Matthews a ticket for not having any PFDs on board, and he is to appear in Seneca Falls Town Court at a later date.  Sheriff Tim Luce reminds all boaters to inspect their boat before going out on the water , have a plan and tell someone where you are going ,and to make sure your safety equipment is on board and up to date. A personal flotation device is required for each person on board plus a throwable flotation device as well.  We want everyone to enjoy a safe boating season here in the Finger Lakes !

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Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on July 3, 2019 at approximately 11:30am, Investigators arrested John N. Amidon, age 65 of Canoga Island in the Town of Fayette. Amidon is alleged to have damaged a septic pipe on multiple occasions over the course of two years, by drilling holes into the line and filling it with spray foam, causing significant damage and loss to the victim. As a result of the investigation Amidon was charged with two counts of Criminal Mischief 3rd, a Class E Felony, and two counts of Criminal Tampering 3rd, a Class B Misdemeanor. Amidon is being held at the Seneca County Correctional Facility awaiting arraignment at the Centralized CAP Court.

DWI arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on July 2nd at approximately 3pm, Sheriff’s Deputies arrested  Rebecca L. Finch , 41  of 5854 State Route 96 Apt #227A  Romulus for DWI. The arrest stems from Deputies being called to Deerhaven Parkway in the Town of Varick (formerly the Seneca Army Depot) for a domestic disturbance, after a female crashed a truck into a wooded area on the north side of the roadway. Deputies located Finch walking away from the scene and further investigation determined that Finch was intoxicated. Finch was charged with one count of failure to keep right, DWI,  and  Aggravated DWI for operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .18% or greater. Finch was held for arraignment at CAP court where she was later arraigned and released on her own recognizance. Finch will appear in the Town of Varick Court on a later date to answer the charges.

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