Welfare Fraud Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Waterloo resident following the investigation into a Welfare Fraud. On October 29, 2019 Investigators arrested Michael E Bennett, age 54 of Hecker Rd Waterloo. It is alleged that between the dates of October 2018 and August 2019 Bennett failed to report income while receiving public assistance. As a result, Bennett was charged with Welfare Fraud 3rd, a class D Felony, and two counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing 1st, a Class E Felony. Bennett was arraigned at Seneca County CAP Court where he was remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility. He is to reappear at the Village of Waterloo Court at a later date.


one car PIMVA T/Fayette

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on  10/29/2019 at about 11:17 AM , Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a one car personal injury crash that occurred on County Rd 121 in the Town of Fayette. Upon investigating the accident Deputies learned that Beverly Jennings age 81 of 4233 Rt. 96 Waterloo was north bound and turned in to the opposite lane for an unknown reason. Jennings then attempted to steer back into the north bound lane, overcorrected and went off the east shoulder of the road colliding with an earthen ditch. Her vehicle then continued north bound on the grassy shoulder then coming to a stop. Deputies report that Jennings  had minor scrapes on her forehead and elbow , and was transported to Geneva  General Hospital by North Seneca ambulance with the chief complaint of chest pain. The vehicle sustained some heavy damage and was towed from the scene.  Sheriff’s Deputies were  also assisted  by  Waterloo and Border City Fire on scene.


DWI Arrest Town of Ovid

On October 25th, 2019 the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that Lawrence S. Barnes Jr., 27 , of 7567 Rock River Road  Ovid  was arrested for DWI following a traffic complaint in the Town of Ovid . Deputies report that at around 7:23pm they received a complaint of a possible intoxicated driver. Deputies located the vehicle and stopped it  for Failure to Keep Right and upon further investigation it was determined that Barnes was driving while intoxicated. Barnes was taken into custody and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Intoxicated with .08% BAC, Unlicensed Operator, and Failure to Keep Right. Barnes was processed and released with appearance tickets to a third party. Barnes is to appear in the Town of Ovid Court on November 18th, at 10:00 am to answer to the charges.


House Fire Town of Romulus

  The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 10/26/19 at approximately 2:00 am, Deputies responded to 2081 Yerkes Rd, in the Town of Romulus, for the house fire. Deputies report that David Esh, 22, Henry Esh, 24, Levina Esh, 20, Lena Esh, 23, and one child were sleeping when the fire from their wood stove grew out of control and quickly spread to the second floor of the home. Deputies state that no one was upstairs during the time of the fire and everyone was able to get out safely. The Fire was put by members of Romulus FD, Varick FD, Fayette FD, Ovid FD, Interlaken FD, Lodi FD, Canoga FD, Border City FD, Waterloo FD and Junius FD. The apparent cause of the fire was determined to be from the wood stove. The damage resulted in a total loss of the home and is insured through the Amish Church.


DWI arrest Town of Tyre

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on October 23, 2019 at 10:30 PM, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Jonathon A. Oliver, 21, of 92 Old Stage Road, Groton NY.  Deputies report Oliver was observed at a high rate of speed on State Route 318 in the Town of Tyre. After stopping the vehicle and upon further investigation , Oliver was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving with a BAC of  .08%  or more, Open Container, and Speeding over 55mph. Oliver was released on appearance tickets and is to appear in the Town of Tyre Court on November 20, 2019 to answer the charges.


DWI arrest Town of Fayette

The Seneca County Sheriff’s office reports that on October 21, 2019 at about 11:05 PM, Seneca County Deputies arrested Brianne C Parish, Age 31, of 5580 St Rt 96, on St Rt 96 in the Town of Fayette. Parish was charged with Driving while intoxicated and fail to keep right. Deputies report that the arrest stems from a Property damage accident in which Parish struck a pole on Rt 96 in the Town of Fayette. After investigation of the accident it was determined that Parish was intoxicated. Parish was released on appearance tickets and is appear before the Town of Fayette Court on December 4th at 7:00 pm to answer the charges.


Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on October 21st, 2019 at approximately 3PM, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Stephanie F. Kuti, age 32 of Waterloo, New York.  Kuti was charged with one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree and one count Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, Class B Felonies.  It is alleged that Kuti sold “crack” cocaine while in the Town of Seneca Falls.  At the time of her arrest, a passenger in her vehicle, Rianne S. Seoud, age 28 of Geneva, NY, was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree and Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the second degree, class A Misdemeanors. It is alleged that Seoud possessed a quantity of Suboxone, a digital scale, and packaging material used for distributing and weighing of controlled substances.  Kuti was held in the Seneca County Correctional Facility on a County Court Indictment Warrant. Kuti was then arraigned at County Court where she was released on her own recognizance. Seoud was released on appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Waterloo Court at a later date.  Members of the Narcotics Unit were assisted by the Geneva Police Department and Seneca Falls Police Department.

Drug Take Back For South Seneca County

On Saturday, October 26th, 2019, The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, partnering with the DEA and Kinney Drug Stores, will conduct a DRUG TAKE BACK DAY in South Seneca County. A deputy will be stationed at the Kinney Drug Store, 7115 North Main Street, Ovid, N.Y. from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM to collect potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction. This service is free and anonymous with no questions asked and no paperwork to complete. In addition to the TAKE BACK DAY citizens may drop off these drugs at any time in one of the Sheriff’s two Unwanted/Unused Prescription Drug Drop-Off Return Kiosks. These kiosks are located in the main lobby of the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center in Romulus and the first floor, (near D.M.V.), of the Seneca County Office Building, 1 Dipronio Drive, Waterloo, N.Y. Sheriff Luce stated: “Take Back Day is a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs. It is important to get these potentially dangerous drugs out of your home before they find a new home.” 

Syringes and needles are not eligible for Take Back or Drop Off.

Petit larceny arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s office reports that on 10/15/19 at approx. 1045 am, Deputies arrested Brad M. Schoffner age 30 of 5260 Route 227 in Trumansburg for Petit Larceny. The arrest stems from an incident that occurred on 10/11/19 where Schoffner allegedly stole a weed whacker  in the Town of Covert belonging to a local business. Schoffner was committed to the Seneca County Jail where he was arraigned at CAP court and paid $100 bail and is to appear in the Town of Covert Court at a later date.


Criminal Mischief arrest T/ Waterloo

 The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 10/14/19 at approx. 9:42 pm Deputies arrested Alan J White age 42 of Waterloo for Criminal Mischief 3rd class E Felony, Reckless endangerment 2nd class A misdemeanor, obstructing government official 2nd misdemeanor and trespass a violation. The arrest stems from an incident where Deputies were called to the Byrne Dairy store on Rt 5 in the Town of  Waterloo for a report of a male throwing rocks thru the window of the store, nearly hitting the clerk.  Deputies located the male in the area, and after a brief foot chase, Deputies were able to place White into custody with the assistance of NYSP, Geneva Police Department and Waterloo Police department. White was then turned over to corrections and  arraigned at CAP court where he was committed to the correctional facility without bail . White is to appear in Waterloo Town Court at a later date.