Tractor Trailer Accident

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on 5/20/22 at 10:19 am, Deputies responded to Route 96 in the area of Bromka Road in the Town of Romulus for a single tractor trailer accident. Deputies report the tractor trailer, operated by Tauvis Travis, age 33 of Alabama, was northbound on Route 96 when the trailer portion had an equipment malfunction. The rear axle detached from the trailer causing the the tractor trailer to overturn into the east side ditch of Route 96 and ultimately come to rest on its passenger side. Tauvis was safely extracted from the tractor trailer and reported no injuries from the crash. He was checked over by North Seneca Ambulance and refused further medical attention. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the New York State Police, Ovid Fire Department, Romulus Fire Department, and North Seneca Ambulance. A portion of Route 96 from Bromka Road to Yerkes Road was shut down for several hours while Route 89 Auto removed the tractor trailer from the ditch.

Updated Information from the Love’s Travel Plaza Incident


The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that further information is now available for media release in relation to the Love’s Travel Plaza incident from May 3, 2022.

On May 3, 2022, at about 5:33am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Love’s Travel Plaza located at 1262 Route 414 in the Town of Tyre for the report of several fires inside the building. Upon the arrival of Sheriff’s Deputies, a male and female were taken into custody for allegedly causing the fires and attempting to light a one year old child on fire. A second child, four years old, was located in the cab of a tractor trailer in the parking lot of the business. The second child had apparent head injuries. Both children were transported to Geneva General Hospital by North Seneca Ambulance. The four year old child was later transported to Strong Memorial Hospital by LifeNet Air Ambulance. Both children have since been released from medical treatment and are expected to make full recoveries.

As a result of the subsequent investigation, both suspects taken into custody were indicted by a Seneca County Grand Jury on charges of:
Attempted Aggravated Murder. a Class B Felony
Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a Class B Felony
Arson in the Second Degree, a Class B Felony
Attempted Arson in the Second Degree, a Class C Felony
Attempted Assault in the First Degree, a Class C Felony
Endangering the Welfare of a Child (2 counts), Class A Misdemeanors

The suspects were identified as Jamie L. Avery, Jr., age 28, and Lisbeth Collado, age 25, both of 4570 Old Military Trail, West Palm Beach, Florida. It is believed that the two are currently in a domestic relationship and are the parents to both children.

Both Avery and Collado were arraigned in the Seneca County Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $200,000 cash bail/$400,000 secured bond/$800,000 partially secured bond. Both Avery and Collado are to reappear in the Seneca County Court on July 27, 2022. Both remain in custody.

Sheriff’s Investigators are working closely with Seneca County Child Protective Services and the Seneca County District Attorney’s Office. The children are in a safe location, but their whereabouts cannot be disclosed at this time. Orders of protections were issued on behalf of the victims. A motive for the crimes is still unclear.

No further information can be released at this time as it could jeopardize the ongoing investigation.

Jamie L. Avery, Jr.
Lisbeth Collado

Press Conference on May 3rd Love’s truck stop incident in the Town of Tyre

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating an incident that occurred at the Love’s truck stop 1262 Rt 414 in the Town of Tyre, on May 3, 2022. Due to the sensitivity of the investigation, details were not released at the time of the incident. This morning charges were filed against one suspect with another suspect pending. Charges include Attempted Aggravated Murder.

A press conference on this incident will be held at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office 6150 Route 96, Romulus NY at 3:30 PM today May 4th 2022.

Public Information

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating an incident that occurred at a business in the Town of Tyre on May 3, 2022. Due to the sensitivity of the investigation, details cannot be released at this time. In the near future, a full media release will be issued. The Sheriff’s Office can report that there is no active threat to the community. Any media inquiries should be directed to Seneca County Sheriff W. Timothy Luce at (315) 220-3200.

Sex Offender Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on April 29, 2022 at approximately 5:00pm, Investigators arrested Joseph F Greene, age 40 of 5596 Tipperary St Romulus, NY. Greene was charged with Failure to Mail an Annual Verification Form within 10 days, as required of him by The Division of Criminal Justice Services Sex Offender Registry. He was to mail in the Annual Verification form within 10 days of receiving it as a requirement but failed to do so, in violation of the Sex Offender Registry Act. Greene was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear at the Varick Town Court on May 24, 2022 to answer the charge.

MVA

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday April 29th, 2022 at around 11:15pm, Deputies responded to the area of County Road 132A and State Route 96A in the Town of Romulus for the report of a Personal Injury Rollover Crash with a single Jeep involved. Deputies were advised that the driver fled from the scene on foot. Upon further Investigation, Deputies identified Taylor B. Eggleston, age 26 of 4 Railroad Street, Jordan, New York as the driver and sole occupant of the involved vehicle. Eggleston was checked over and released by South Seneca Ambulance. It was apparent that alcohol was a contributing factor in the cause of the crash. Joseph Capalongo, age 36 of 124 Cayuga Street, Seneca Falls, New York, while not directly involved in the crash, did assist Eggleston in fleeing the scene. Eggleston and Capalongo were issued multiple Uniform Traffic Tickets for the Town of Romulus Court and will answer to the charges at a later date. New York State Police, Ovid fire Department and South Seneca Ambulance assisted on scene.

Larceny/criminal mischief/ AUO

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on April 29, 2022 at around 10:47 p.m., Deputies responded to 29 Inslee Street in the Village of Waterloo and arrested 25 year old Kenneth D. Saunders Jr. at his house in connection to a Larceny at the Wet, White, and Blue car wash in Ovid. Saunders was caught on a Wet, White, and Blue car wash security camera drilling out one of the locks on one of the car wash’s change machines. An investigation showed that Saunders was able to steal approximately five dollars in change as a result of the Larceny. Saunders was transported to the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center where he was processed and released on an Appearance Ticket for the charges of Petit Larceny, Criminal Mischief, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Possession of Burglar’s Tools. Saunders is due to report to the Ovid Town Court in mid-May to answer for the charges against him. 22SH08096. 146.

PI MVA

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on April 29, 2022 at around 5:30 p.m., Deputies responded to the area of 676 Gravel Road in Tyre for a single vehicle personal injury accident. The vehicle involved in the accident was a White 2012 Hyundai Sonata sedan, and it was being operated by the registered owner, 47 year old Michael E. Lofft of 810 Gravel Road in Seneca Falls. An investigation into the accident showed that the vehicle was entering a curve in the roadway as it was traveling South on Gravel Road. The vehicle was traveling too fast to negotiate the curve and ended up leaving the roadway. After leaving the roadway, the vehicle collided with a mailbox and a tree. After impacting the tree and the mailbox, the vehicle proceeded to roll until it came to rest with the roof down along the West side of the roadway. There was evidence that pointed to the fact that Lofft may have been intoxicated at the time of the accident. Lofft sustained some superficial scrapes to his arms as a result of the crash. Lofft was transported by North Seneca Ambulance to Geneva General Hospital due to a Diabetic issue that he was experiencing after the crash. A blood sample was taken from Lofft by Geneva General’s ER staff and handed over to Deputies for analysis. There are pending charges as a result of the investigation into the crash. Assisting on scene were members of the New York State Police, North Seneca Ambulance, and Clyde Fire Department. 22SH08089. 146

Structural Fire

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on April 25, 2022 at around 12pm Deputies responded to 2320 Edwards Road in the Town of Waterloo for a residential structure fire. The responding fire departments were able to quickly extinguish the fire. The residence was deemed a complete loss, and it was reported that there is no insurance coverage for the residence. The home owner, Ashley Bovard was present when the fire began, and was able to get her family and pets out of the residence. No injuries were sustained. Deputies were assisted on scene by the New York State Police, North Seneca Ambulance, Seneca County Codes and the American Red Cross. The responding Fire Agencies were Border City Fire, Waterloo Fire, Junius Fire, Geneva Fire, and Oaks Corners Fire.

PI MVA

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on April 23, 2022 at around 9:45 p.m., Deputies responded to the intersection of State Route 414 and the NYS Thruway onramp in the Town of Tyre for a two vehicle personal injury accident. An investigation into the accident yielded that the operator of the involved Gray Dodge Minivan, 45 year old Joel P. McLeod of Batavia, New York, failed to yield the right of way to Southbound traffic when he attempted to turn left from the turn lane of State Route 414 onto the NYS Thruway onramp without having sufficient time to do so. As a result, the Minivan was impacted on the passenger side front panel by the second involved vehicle, a Blue Nissan Sedan being operated by 67 year old Claudette A. Turo of Genoa, New York. At the time of the accident there was one additional passenger in each of the involved vehicles. In the front passenger seat of the Minivan was 25 year old Rayneil Daley. Daley was looked over by EMS on scene and did not require any further medical treatment. In the front passenger seat of the Sedan was 77 year old Donald S. Reeves. Reeves was also checked out at the scene by EMS and accompanied Turo to Geneva General Hospital for further medical treatment. Turo was the most severely injured party in the accident and complained of chest pain. The Minivan sustained damage to the front passenger side panel, and the Sedan sustained heavy damage to the front of the vehicle. Eagle Auto responded to the scene and removed the Minivan and towed it to their shop. Stevers responded to the scene and removed the Sedan and towed it to their shop. Assisting on scene were members of North Seneca Ambulance, and the Clyde Fire Department. 22SH07760. 146