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.


Larceny arrest Town of Romulus

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that, on January 20, 2020, at approximately 7PM, Deputies arrested Timothy M. Tandle, age 37 of 510 State Route 318  Waterloo, in connection with a theft that had occurred on January 15, 2020 in the Town of Romulus.  Deputies report that Tandle had stolen a Go Kart from a residence in the Town of Romulus, and then attempted to sell the stolen property to another party in the Town of Lodi.  Deputies recovered the go kart after the buyer of the Go Kart spotted an advertisement on Facebook market place, listing the same Go Kart that she had purchased as stolen. Deputies impounded the property and located the owner, who also reported the Go Kart stolen. Deputies conducted several interviews and ultimately charged Tandle with Petit Larceny in regards to the case. Tandle was released with an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Seneca County CAP Court on a later date to answer the charge. 20SH00580

DWI arrests Town of Fayette

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 1/19/2020 at approximately 2:30AM, Deputies responded to the area of Co Rd 121 ( Canoga Road ) in the Town of Fayette for the report of a vehicle in the ditch. While Deputies were in route, witnesses observed Victoria L Scharett age 30 of Whiskey Hill Road in Waterloo leave the scene of the accident in another vehicle. Responding officers then stopped a vehicle operated by William F. Petrie age 46 of Route 89 in Fayette. After further investigation Deputies arrested both Scharett and Petrie for Driving While Intoxicated. Scharett was processed and released on UTT’s for DWI and DWI of BAC .08 or higher, Failure to maintain lane and leaving the scene of an accident. Petrie was also issued UTTs for DWI and  Aggravated DWI .18 or higher. Both parties are to reappear in CAP court on a later date to answer the charges. 20SH00659

MVA / assist GPD on vehicle pursuit -Town of Ovid

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on January 16, 2020, at approximately 0245HRS, Deputies responded to County Rd 131 in the Town of Ovid for a one car crash.

 Deputies report that the Geneva Police Department had attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle, which then fled from police at a high rate of speed.

The suspect vehicle refused to stop for Geneva PD and continued on Rt 96A down to the Town of Ovid just North of Lodi, where on County Road 131, the  vehicle lost control, striking a guardrail and overturning in the roadway. Deputies responded to assist and  Members of the Geneva Police Department and Seneca County Sheriff’s Office were able to take the driver of the vehicle, Shadad H. Alghaithy age 18 of North Clinton Avenue of Rochester NY into custody. The vehicle, a 2016 Toyota Corolla, was completely destroyed in the accident, and was towed from the scene.  During the investigation , it was discovered that Alghaithy was operating with a suspended New York license.  Alghaithy was charged by  Deputies with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd, a traffic Misdemeanor, and speeding . Alghaithy also faces multiple charges from the Geneva Police Department regarding the pursuit . Alghaithy was transported to Geneva General Hospital by South Seneca Ambulance where he received treatment for contusions and abrasions . The Ovid Fire Department and Lodi Fire Department were also dispatched to the accident, and assisted Law Enforcement on scene. Alghaithy  is to appear in Seneca County CAP court at a later date.


Grand Larceny Arrest

On January 13, 2020, at about 9:40am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators arrested Mercedes R. Smith, age 21, of 111 Shirley Drive, Syracuse, New York, on an arrest warrant on a charge of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a Class E Felony. It is alleged that Smith stole merchandise in an amount exceeding $1,000 from a business in the Town of Junius in July of 2019. Smith was held at the Seneca County Correctional Facility awaiting arraignment in the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court on 01-13-20 at 7pm.


Monthly Snapshot


LAW ENFORCEMENT: Total Calls For Service: 964 Total Arrests: 69

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 36; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $200,833.54

NARCO: Total new drug cases: 6 Total arrests: 18

CORRECTIONS: Average Number of Inmates: 59 Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $44,195.24; Yearly Total: $541,890.82

CIVIL: Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 33 Total Income Executions: 24 Total Evictions: 3


December 4th, 2019: NARCO charged 2 suspects for allegedly selling narcotic medication and possessing fentanyl in Waterloo.

December 7th, 2019: Deputies conducted the 5th annual “Shop with a Sheriff” event.

December 12th, 2019: A Meth Lab was discovered in Ovid. After the execution of a search warrant a suspect was charged with multiple class A felonies.

December 14th, 2019: Deputies engaged in a vehicle chase in Interlaken. The suspect was revoked for DWI, driving without a mandated interlock devise and had 2 small children in the car.

December 20th, 2019: NARCO charged a suspect for allegedly selling a large amount of cocaine in Waterloo.

December 21st, 2019: Investigators charged a suspect with several felonies relating to Welfare Fraud in Waterloo.

December 2019: Preparing for Bail and other Criminal Justice law changes was a major activity throughout the month.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

 Undersheriff John Cleere

DWI arrest Town of Ovid

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 01-11-2020 at around 10:15pm Deputies responded to a one car property damage motor vehicle accident in the Town of Ovid. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Jacquelyn M. Morrow, 44 years old, of 9284 Keedy Road in Lodi, New York. Upon further investigation Morrow was taken into custody for Driving While Intoxicated. Deputies report Morrow was charged with Moving from Lane Unsafely, Felony Dwi (previous conviction) , Felony Aggravated Dwi and Uninspected Motor Vehicle.  Morrow was processed and released on appearance tickets to a third party. Morrow is to appear in Seneca County CAP court on 01-29-2020 at 0800am to be arraigned.


Warrant arrest Town of Lodi

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on  01/09/2020 at about 2:40PM  Seneca County Deputies arrested Christopher A. Burchell Age 52 of 2040 County Rd 23 Watkins Glenn on an arrest warrant out of the Town of Lodi Court. Sheriff’s Deputies report in Sept 2019 Burchell  received money for construction materials and never delivered them. Seneca County was assisted by Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office who also arrested Burchell.   Burchell was transported to the Seneca County LEC where he was processed and arraigned by CAP Court and is to reappear at a later date and time.


Longer Waits at Seneca County Sheriff’s Records/Civil/Pistol Permit Office

From Wednesday January 8th through January 9th 2020 there will be renovations in progress at the Records/Civil/Pistol Permit Offices of the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office. Citizens may wish to postpone their business if possible as these renovations will result in longer than usual waiting times. The patience of the public is appreciated and we expect business as usual by Friday January 10th,  2020.