DWI Felony / Agg DWI Felony Town of Romulus

The Seneca County Sheriff’s office reports that on November 11, 2020 at 6:49 PM, Seneca County Deputies arrested Erich J Minges, Age 51, of 5658 Cherry Hill Road Romulus, NY, on St Rt 96 in the Town of Romulus. Minges was charged with fail to keep right (Violation), Felony DWI: Previous conviction with the past 10 years (E Felony), Felony aggravated DWI with a BAC over .18% or more alcohol with a previous conviction with the past 10 years (E Felony). Deputies report that the arrest stems from a traffic stop on St Rt 96 in the Town of Romulus. Minges was issued appearance tickets and is to appear in the Town of Romulus at a later date to answer the charges.

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AUO 1st /DWAI drugs / Possession cont substance Town of Tyre

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on October 16, 2020 at 6:02 PM, Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Jesus M Velez , 26, of 60 Skylane Dr. Rochester NY, on State Route 414 in the Town of Tyre. Deputies report Velez was the cause of a traffic complaint on the New York State Thruway. A commuter had called about Velez’s reckless driving  on the Thruway. Deputies located Velez parked just off of Exit 41 in the town of Tyre. Upon further investigation Velez was found to be under the influence of drugs.  Deputies also found a weapon inside Velez’s vehicle, along with Suboxone, and other drug paraphernalia. Velez was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operator 1st a Felony, Driving While Ability Impaired by drugs a Misdemeanor, Criminal possession of a Controlled Substance 7th a Misdemeanor, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree a D Felony. Velez was turned over to the Seneca County Jail and arraigned in CAP Court and committed on $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.  After further investigation on 10/22/20 Deputies additionally  charged Velez with  criminal possession of a controlled substance 7th and 2 counts of criminally possessing drug paraphernalia , he was issued appearance tickets on those charges and is to appear in Tyre Town Court .

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Endangering welfare of child Town of Varick

On October 13, 2020, at approx 6:40pm,the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office arrested Michael E. Smith age 32 of 1840 SR 336  in the Town of Varick,  for endangering the welfare of a child. Deputies report the 911 center  had received a call  reporting that a minor was home and Smith  was unresponsive.  Upon investigation, it was determined that Smith was under the influence of a controlled substance while a six year old  minor was left unattended. Smith was given an appearance ticket in which he will answer to on November 25, 2020 at the Town of Varick Court.

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Farm equipment fire Town of Romulus

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports an agricultural farm equipment fire on November, 10, 2020. At approximately 3pm, Deputies arrived to the area of Swick Road and Iron Bridge Road in the Town of Romulus where a Case combine was actively burning. The fire had spread about 300 feet north towards the road, lighting a large amount of corn on fire. The driver of the vehicle, Timothy Martin, age 35 of Hector, escaped without injury. The owner, John Myer, age 66 of Ovid, was on scene while Ovid Fire Department fought the flames. Interlaken, Lodi, Romulus, Varick, and Fayette Fire Departments were called to the scene to assist. A nearby farmer, Daryl Martin, 38 of McDuffietown Rd Romulus  was also called to assist in battling the fire when he brought his tilling plow to the scene and plowed around the flames to stop the spread. It is believed that the fire started at the tail end of the tractor, catching rubber mats, engulfing the tractor, while the wind blew the flames across the field. Damage is estimated above $100,000 and is insured. Deputies report no injuries occurred.

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Double Stabbing

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce reports that on 11/13/2020 at about 2:13 am, Deputies responded to 1987 Mills Rd in the Town of Waterloo for the reported 911 hang up call. Upon arrival, Deputies discovered a large party at the residence in which two females had been stabbed. Upon arrival of Sheriff’s Deputies, they located one female who had been stabbed in the abdomen. She was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital by North Seneca Ambulance where she is currently hospitalized with serious injuries. The second female was transported by private vehicle to Newark Wayne Hospital for lacerations to the arm. She was treated and released.


Investigators responded to the scene and began an investigation leading to the arrest of Colby C. Wilson, 21, of 404 1/2 Church Street, Newark, New York, on one count of Assault in the 1st degree (class B felony) and Assault in the 2nd degree (class D felony). Investigators say that an altercation ensued between Wilson and the two females where Wilson used a knife to stab them. Wilson then fled the scene and was stopped by the Newark Police Department where he was later turned over to Sheriff’s Deputies. 


Wilson is currently being held at the Seneca County Correctional Facility awaiting arraignment. Investigators say the investigation is ongoing. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the New York State Police, Newark Police Department, Seneca Falls Police Department, and the Waterloo Police Department.

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Criminal Tampering/Criminal Mischief Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on November 13th, 2020, at 9:00am, Investigators arrested Carlos H. Lozada of Seneca Falls, New York. Lozada was charged with Criminal Tampering in the third degree and Criminal Mischief in the fourth degree. It is alleged while Lozada was incarcerated at the Seneca County Correctional Facility, he damaged a sprinkler head which caused one of the housing units to flood. Lozada was released on appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear at the Town of Romulus Court on November 27th, 2020 at 10:30am.

Aggravated Family Offense/Attempted Criminal Contempt Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on November 12, 2020, Investigators arrested an inmate in the Correctional Facility after it was reported by Jail staff that the inmate attempted to make contact with a female whom he has an order of protection with. The investigation revealed that inmate Damon D Steele, age 22 of Seneca Falls NY, wrote two letters and attempted to send them via mail to a female whom he is not allowed to be contacting per a court issued order of protection. The letters were intercepted by Corrections Officers in the outgoing mail. As a result of the investigation Damon Steele was charged with two counted of Attempted Criminal Contempt 2nd and two counts of Aggravated Family Offense. Steele was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear at the Romulus Town Court on November 27, 2020 to answer the charges.

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Grand Larceny/Falsifying Business Records Arrest

On October 9, 2020, at approximately 11:00 A.M., Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators charged Charles J McCoy, age 63, on one count of Grand Larceny in the Fourth degree and Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree. The charges stem from an investigation that McCoy allegedly had Champions Scrap Yard take possession of a vehicle and received money in return. McCoy was not the title owner of said vehicle and had no right to do so. McCoy was brought to the Correctional Facility to be arraigned at the Centralized Arraignment Court.

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Criminal Mischief Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on October 27, 2020, Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Carlos H Lozada, age 29, on a charge of Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree. Lozada is currently incarcerated in the Seneca County Correctional Facility and destroyed property valued in excess of $250 dollars belonging to the Jail. Lozada was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear at the Romulus Town Court on November 27, 2020 to answer the charge.

Fatal Accident

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on October 23, 2020 at approximately 10:25am, Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators responded to 2407 Ernsberger Road in the Town of Varick for the report of an unresponsive three year old male. Additional first responders from the Romulus Fire Department, North Seneca Ambulance, and South Seneca Ambulance also responded to the scene. Extensive lifesaving measures were deployed on the young male and he was transported to Geneva General Hospital, but succumbed to his injuries. The death appears to be accidental, but remains under investigation. Sheriff’s Investigators are working closely with members of the Seneca County Child Protective Services.

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