DWAI drugs arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on June 26th 2019 at about 2 pm Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Shawn C. Lurcock age 43 of 1600 W Blaine Road Romulus NY for DWAI-drugs following a traffic stop on Washington Street in the Village of Waterloo. Lurcock was arraigned in Romulus and committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility in lieu of $500 cash or $1000 bond. Lurcock will appear in Waterloo Village court on July 3rd at 5 pm.




Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on June 28th, 2019, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Gisbert J. Hanft, age 46, of 141 Cameo Cir, Breeseport, N.Y. The arrest stems from an investigation where it is alleged that on June 27th 2019, Hanft was in possession of cocaine while incarcerated at the Seneca County Correctional Facility. Hanft has been charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree and Promoting Prison Contraband in the Second Degree both Class A Misdemeanors. Hanft was issued appearance tickets and is currently being held at the Seneca County Correctional on other unrelated Charges. Hanft is to appear in Romulus Town Court on the 29th of August at 10:00am.


Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on June 28th, 2019, at approximately 7:00am, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Mykel A. Wing, age 29, of 17 South Seneca Street, Waterloo, New York. Wing was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree, a class A Misdemeanor. It is alleged that Wing possessed a quantity of heroin while in the parking lot of the Law Enforcement Center. Wing was held for Centralized Arraignment Court and will return to the Town of Romulus Court at a later date.


Press Release

On 06/28/2019 Adam T Bowen, age 25, of Geneva N.Y. was charged by the Geneva Police Department for:


Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree &

Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree


Bowen is a Corrections Officer at the Seneca County Correctional Facility. He has been employed there since July 2015.


On June 11th, 2019 the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office initiated an internal investigation into certain activities and conduct of this Officer. The law prevents any details of this investigation from being released. At this same time the Geneva Police Department was conducting a Criminal Investigation involving Bowen.


Internal Investigations are conducted by our Professional Conduct Unit and are separate from the Criminal Investigation. Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office were detailed to assist Geneva Police Department with their investigation.


On 06/28/2019 at 7:00 AM. Bowen was taken into custody at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office by Sheriff’s Investigators. He was immediately suspended without pay at which time he immediately resigned. He was then transported to the Geneva Police Department and turned over to their detectives.


It is a sad day when you have to investigate your own people but a necessary part of maintaining a transparent and credible Office. Adam Bowen is innocent until proven guilty but at the very least he appears to have committed acts that are a betrayal to the Sheriff’s Office and his sister and brother Corrections Officers.


It is with a saddened heart that I make this report. It’s a black eye to all of law enforcement and that’s what is most upsetting. Our goal is to make the Sheriff’s office a safe and fair place to work for everyone. We expect everyone here to follow the law. My hopes are that the public will continue to have confidence and trust in all enforcement in our area as do I.

.I would like to thank the Geneva Police Department, Chief Passalaqua and his team for their excellent and thorough investigation of this matter.


This case remains open and active. Anyone with information is requested to contact: the Geneva Police Department or the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office.


Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Family Court Warrant

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on June 26th 2019 at approx. 12 pm,  Deputies arrested Thomas H. Burgess, 55 , of 116 Radisson Court Apt F in Syracuse for a Family Court Warrant, for Failure to Pay Child Support. Burgess was arrested by the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office for an unrelated incident and turned over to Seneca County Deputies. Burgess was transported to the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center for Centralized arraignment.


DWI arrest T/Romulus


The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 6/22/2019 at approximately 11:30PM Deputies arrested Blas Ramirez age 58 of 47 Sherrill Street Geneva. The arrest stems from a traffic stop that occurred on Rt 96A in the Town of Romulus where Ramirez was observed not stopping for a stop sign and speeding. After further investigation it was determined that Ramirez was intoxicated and placed under arrest for Driving While intoxicated. Ramirez was issued UTT’s for Failure to stop at a stop sign, Speeding in a 55MPH zone , DWI and  Driving with a BAC of .08 or higher. Ramirez was processed then released and is to appear in the T/ Romulus court on a later date to answer the charges.



3 car PI MVA T/Ovid


   The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on  06/20/2019 at 07:34am Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a three car personal injury crash that occurred on State Rt. 89 in the Town of Ovid.  Upon investigating the accident Deputies learned that  Melissa Toyryla age 41 of 46 Tompkins St. Spencer N.Y, and a second vehicle driven by Brooke Morsch age 23 of 63  Elizabeth Way of Landing NJ ,  had been southbound on Rt 89 and were stopped in traffic due to flooded road conditions when they were struck from behind by a third vehicle driven by  Hope E. Baird age 64 of 3451 Potter Rd in the Town of Ovid . Baird and Morsch were checked over and treated  by ambulance personnel at the scene.  Toyryla was transported to Geneva General Hospital for the complaint of neck pain by South Seneca Ambulance. All the vehicles sustained moderate damage and were towed from the scene.  Deputies report Baird was issued a Ticket for speed not reasonable and is to appear in the Town of Ovid Court at a later date and time.

CR# 19SH05817



Boater Advisory

Sheriffs’ Marine patrols reporting that with the heavy rains this week combined with today’s downpour many creeks and gulley’s that empty into the Seneca and Cayuga Lakes have washed assorted debris into the lakes, and they can be a floating hazard to navigation. Boaters are cautioned to be observant of floating tree limbs, branches, logs, misc. debris in the water.

A reminder that it’s the NYS Navigation Law on Cayuga and Seneca Lake to be no more than 5 mph boating within 100 feet of shore. Any hidden obstructions will likely be inside those distances.


Bench Warrant arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff Office reports that on June 20th, 2019 Deputies arrested Eric D. Robinson Jr., 19, of 100 Oak Street Geneva, New York. Deputies report that Robinson had an active Bench Warrant out of the Town of Junius Court for Failure to Pay Fine form a Burglary and petit larceny case.  Robinson was being held at the Ontario County Correctional Facility, and was turned over to Seneca County Deputies when released from their facility. Robinson was transported to the Seneca County Correctional Facility for Centralized Arraignment.



Travel Advisory

“The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office along with the Seneca County Office of Emergency Management has issued a travel advisory for Seneca County until 6pm tonight. Seneca County is currently under a Flash Flood Watch. Please use caution when traveling throughout the county due to flooded roadways. If you come across a flooded roadway, do NOT attempt to drive through it. Vehicles can float with a very insignificant amount of water. Remember the phrase, “turn around, don’t drown”. “