The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on January 30th, 2020, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Dylan Slack, age 27 of Albany, NY. Slack was wanted by New York State Parole due to being an absconder from the supervision of the Department of Corrections. Slack was located at a residence in the Town of Romulus. Slack was then transported to the Seneca County Correctional Facility to await a Parole Hearing. Members of the Narcotics Unit were assisted by K9 “Coski” and the New York State Police.


The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on February 12, 2020 at 2:30pm, Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Casty O. Rodriguez Jr., age 34, currently being held at the Seneca County Correctional Facility, Romulus, New York, on a charge of Promoting Prison Contraband in the Second Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor. The charges stem from an investigation where it is alleged Rodriguez Jr. was in possession of a lighter after a Corrections Officer searched his cell. Rodriguez Jr. is to appear in the Romulus Town Court on February 28, 2020 at 10:00am.

Travel Advisory Update

Sheriff Timothy Luce is issuing a no unnecessary travel Advisory in Seneca County. It is recommended that citizens do not engage in unnecessary travel. Roads in Seneca County are open but are snow covered and slipper. Citizens are advised to drive slowly and allow extra time to travel if need be. Deputies are continuing to monitor the roadways and check for stranded motorists off the road or in the ditch. This no unnecessary travel advisory will remain in place until 9:00 A.M. Saturday 2/8/2020.

Also See the attached explanation of Seneca County Travel orders.

Seneca County Emergency Travel Restrictions

The first two restrictions can be issued by the County Sheriff or Emergency Management Director to warn the public of hazardous road conditions. (1) Travel Advisory; caution is advised since hazardous conditions could be encountered. (2) No Unnecessary Travel; Hazardous driving conditions exist and o unnecessary travel is recommended. This restriction is not mandatory and is left to the traveling public to decide their comfort zone on the roadways, however, if it is essential to travel, do so with caution in considering the changing weather conditions. The next two can be enacted by the following. The Sheriff may close the roads by declaring a State of Special Emergency under General Municipal Law (209-F), or the Chairman of the legislative board declares a State Of Emergency under Executive Law Article 2B when conditions are so hazardous they could threaten life and/ or property. (3) Road closed Except for Essential Travel; travel is limited to medical personnel, Fire, Law Enforcement, Emergency services and personnel essential to the emergency and those on their way to and from performing essential acts associated with the preservation of life and/or property. (4) Roads Closed Except for Emergency Travel; Travel is limited to emergency vehicles or vehicles on their way to and from performing emergency acts associated with the preservation of life and/or property.

Travel Advisory

Seneca County Sheriff W. Timothy Luce would like to advise the residence of Seneca County of the severity of the impending storm starting this morning and continuing into Saturday. Snow fall is expected to fall at a rate of 2-3 inches of snow per hour for a period of 4-6 hours. Roads will become snow covered and slippery throughout the day.

A travel advisory will be placed in effect from 7:00 A.M. today until 9:00 A.M. Saturday. The roads will be snow covered and slippery but passable with caution.

If you do not have to travel that is advised so plows can continue to clear the roads unobstucted.

Monthly Snapshot


Total Calls For Service: 1172 Total Arrests: 64

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 17; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $714.00

NARCO: Total new drug cases: 4 Total arrests: 3

CORRECTIONS: Average Number of Inmates: 53 Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $41,258.69; Yearly Total: $41,258.69

CIVIL: Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 50 Total Income Executions: 35 Total Evictions: 10

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH: January 2nd, 2020: NARCO arrested an alleged crack cocaine dealer for selling and possessing an “A felony” amount of crack cocaine in Waterloo.

January 6th, 2020: The Family Services Unit charged a suspect with Predatory Sexual Assault and Rape 1st degree for allegedly molesting a young child in the Town of Covert.

January 13th, 2020: Investigators closed a Grand Larceny case by arrest in the Town of Junius.

January 23rd, 2020: Deputies responded to a 3 car accident on Route 318 in the Town of Junius. One person was killed. The accident is still under investigation.

January 24th, 2020: A new K9 and her assigned deputy finished training. K9 “Coski” and Deputy Zack Nelson are now on patrol. Coski is a tracking and narcotics detection dog.

January 24th, 2020: The Department’s newest DARE Officer completed training. Deputy Jordan Rapa will be instructing the DARE program at South Seneca School this year.

January 2020: Throughout the month the Sheriff’s Office has assisted the Calaveras County California D.A.’s office with the prosecution of Karl Karlsen alleged to have murdered his first wife. Karlsen was previously convicted in Seneca County for murdering his son.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

one car PI MVA / Agg DWI (Leandras law) Town of Ovid

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Tuesday January 28th 2020, Sheriffs Deputies arrested Cindy Walborn 62 of Interlaken N.Y. For Felony Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated (drugs). The Charges stem from personal injury one car motor vehicle accident that occurred on the 28th of January 2020 around 1:30pm on State Route 96 in the Town of Ovid. Deputies report that Walborn’s vehicle was traveling south on State Route 96 in the Town of Ovid when the vehicle went off the road, striking a tree. The vehicle sustained heavy front end damage. There was a 1 and a half year old child in the vehicle as well. The child suffered minor non-life threatening injuries. Both Child and Walborn were transported to Cayuga Medical Center for evaluation. Walborn was  Charged with Felony Aggravated DWI (Leandras Law ) Driving While Ability Impaired (Drugs), Failure to Maintain Lane, and Speed Not Reasonable and Prudent. Walborn is to appear at Seneca County CAP Court on Feb 14th, 2020 at 8:00am.


Welfare Fraud Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on January 27, 2020 at 9:30 AM, Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Paul W. Bentz, age 51, of 3 Chapel Street, Seneca Falls, New York, on charges of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a Class E Felony, and Welfare Fraud in the Fifth Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.  The charges stem from an investigation where Bentz allegedly received monetary benefits from Seneca County while grossly under reporting his income from a business.  Bentz was released on appearance tickets and is to appear at the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court on February 14, 2020 at 8AM.

3 car Fatal MVA RT 318 Town of Junius

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on 1/23/20 at about 2pm Deputies responded to a 3 car MVA that occurred on Rt 318 in the Town of Junius. Deputies report a vehicle driven by Marianne White 70 of 3 Zoar St Auburn NY was westbound on Rt 318 when she was sideswiped by an eastbound vehicle driven by Kimberly Tompkins 59 of Maryland Road Phelps NY. Whites vehicle then swerved into the eastbound lane and collided with a 3rd vehicle driven by Angelo Mascioli 45 of Newark NY.  Whites and Mascioli’s vehicles came to rest on the eastbound shoulder while Tompkins’ vehicle came to rest blocking the westbound lane of Rt 318.  Deputies were assisted by Junius and Magee fire , which extricated White and her passenger, Paul Crapo 72 also of Zoar St Auburn. Deputies report that White sustained chest injuries and was transported by North Seneca Ambulance to Geneva General Hospital where she died as a result of her injuries. Crapo was also transported to Geneva General by South Seneca Ambulance where he was treated for rib and chest injuries . Mascioli was transported by Mercy flight to Upstate Hospital in Syracuse where he is being treated for leg and hip injuries.  All the vehicles sustained heavy damage and were towed from the scene. Tompkins was uninjured and was issued tickets for failing to keep right and having an unregistered vehicle, and will appear in Junius Town Court at a later date. 

DWI Town of Junius

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on January 20th 2020 at 11:00 PM, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Derek T Excell Jr, 20, of 2016 Ninefoot Rd Waterloo NY, on Whiskey Hill Rd in the Town of Junius. He was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving with .08%  or more, Failure To Stop For A Stop Sign, Failure To Keep Right and Speeding. Excell was released on appearance tickets and is to appear at Seneca County CAP Court on February 7th 2020 to answer the charges.


House Fire Town of Romulus

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 1/21/20 at around 3:00 am, Deputies responded to 5658 Cherry Hill Rd, in the Town of Romulus for the house fire. Deputies report that Jared Minges, 20, and his sister Hannah Minges, 17, were asleep upstairs when their wood stove caught on fire. Both were able to get out safely along with their four dogs. The fire was quickly put out with fire extinguishers before it could spread to the rest of the house. Members of Romulus FD, Fayette FD, Ovid FD and Varick FD responded to the scene and assisted. The cause of fire was determined to be from the wood stove. The house is owned by Erich Minges age 50 , who was not home at the time of the fire.  Deputies report that the damage is estimated to be at approximately $30,000, and the home is not insured.