Narcotics Arrests

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on October 24th, 2022, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Edward Lee Cottman, age 48, and Ronald R. Hawker, age 68, both of Waterloo, NY. Cottman was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree. Hawker was charged with Conspiracy in the fourth degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree. It is alleged that Cottman sold crack cocaine to Hawker while in the Town of Waterloo. In furtherance of the investigation, Cottman was found to be in possession of 30 grams of cocaine and approximately $11,000 in U.S. Currency. Cottman was arraigned at CAP and Hawker was released on appearance tickets. The Sheriff’s Office reports that the investigation is still active and further arrests are forthcoming. Sheriff’s Investigators were assisted by the Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit, Geneva Police Department, Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, Canandaigua Police Department, and New York State Police.

Criminal Possession of a Weapon/Criminal Contempt Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on October 28th, 2022, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Johnathan Swick, age 30 of 7952 County Road 153, Ovid, New York, for two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the third degree and one count of Criminal Contempt in the second degree. It is alleged that Swick possessed a .50 caliber assault weapon and a large capacity ammunition feeding device while he was the defendant in a valid class “A” order of protection. Said order of protection barred him from possessing firearms. Swick was arraigned at CAP and released on his own recognizance. Sheriff’s Investigators were assisted by members of the New York State Police.

Criminal Mischief

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 10/24/22 at approx. 2235hrs deputies arrested Melvin J Beiler, 53 of Lodi for two counts of criminal mischief in the 4th degree, a class A Misdemeanor. The arrest stems from a complaint where deputies were called to a residence in Lodi. Upon investigation deputies discovered the Beiler damaged property belonging to another person as well as hindered a victim from calling emergency services. Beiler was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Seneca County Jail to await arraignment at CAP court.

Disseminating Indecent Materials to Minors/ Endangering

The Seneca County Sheriff’s office reports that on October 24th, 2022 ,at 2:26 PM, Seneca County Deputies arrested Margret R. Hess, Age 33, of 4265 State Route 96A Geneva, NY 14456 , on Halls Corners Road in the Town of Covert. Hess was charged with Harassment 2nd, Endangering the Welfare of a child, and Disseminating indecent material to a minor in the 2nd degree, a class E Felony.

Deputies report that the arrest stems from Hess attempting to engage in an intimate relationship with a 16 year old male. Hess is also accused of following the victim in a vehicle. Hess was held for CAP court to be arraigned. Hess will reappear in Covert Town Court on a later date.

MVA/ DWAI-Drugs

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on October 24th, 2022 at around 11am Deputies responded to a one car Personal Injury accident on Packwood Road, in the Town of Waterloo. As a result of the investigation Deputies arrested Ronald J. Difranco, 34 years old, of Webster New York for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. Difranco was issued several other traffic tickets, and was transported to the Seneca County Correctional Facility to await centralized arraignment. Deputies were assisted by the New York State Police, Border City Fire Department, and North Seneca Ambulance.

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DRUG TAKE BACK IN SENECA COUNTY

On Saturday, October 29th, 2022, 10am to 2pm, Seneca County Police Agencies will be partnering with the DEA and the Seneca County Substance Abuse Coalition, to  conduct a DRUG TAKE BACK DAY in  Seneca County. Officers will be at 3 different locations 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.

Seneca Falls Police Department will be at Kinney: Rt. 5&20 Seneca Falls.

Waterloo Police Department will be at Walgreens: 1929 Rt. 5&20 Waterloo.

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office will be at Kinney 7115 North Main St. Ovid.

Police Officers and members from the Seneca County Substance Abuse Coalition will also be available to answer questions and provide helpful information about substance abuse if so desired. Gun Safety Locks will be available at all locations. There will be The sites cannot accept liquids, needles or other sharps—only pills or patches please!

MVA/DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 10/23/2022 at 19:05 hours Deputies were dispatched to the area of 741 Lerch Rd in the Town of Fayette for the report of a 1 vehicle personal injury rollover crash. Upon arrival deputies discovered the operator of the vehicle had self-extricated from the vehicle and was uninjured. The driver was identified as Alexandra I. Nichols D.O.B. 8/1/1999. Nichols was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was subsequently arrested for Aggravated DWI .18% or higher, DWI common law, open container, and moving from lane unsafely. Alexandra was processed and released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of Fayette Court on 11/8/2022 at 18:00 hours. Deputies were assisted by Romulus Fire, Varick Fire, NSA, and NYSP.

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Assault/ Resisting

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 10/21/22 at approximately 9:00PM, Deputies responded to a local business in Tyre for the report of a fight in progress. Upon arrival, Deputies separated the party’s and conducted several interviews. After further investigation, it was determined that Byran R. Hofstra age 47 of Brockport NY initiated the altercation and was arrested for Assault 3rd after he struck another individual in the face. Hofstra was also charged with Resisting Arrest, Harassment 2nd and Disorderly Conduct. Hofstra was also charged with Criminal Mischief after he ripped the blazer of a security guard at the business. Hofstra was transported to the Seneca County Law Enforcement center and committed to the jail where he will await arraignment at CAP court.

Harassment/ Crim. Mishief

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on October 22, 2022 at around 3:15 p.m., Deputies responded to a Town of Tyre business for the report of a physical altercation. As a result of the following Sheriff’s Office investigation into the incident, 31 year old Michele M. Vargason of East Syracuse was taken into custody on the charges of Harassment in the Second Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree. Vargason allegedly instigated the physical altercation with a female victim during which she grabbed the victim by the hair and threw her to the ground. As a result of the physical altercation, the victim’s cell phone was also damaged. Vargason was transported to the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office where she was turned over to the Seneca County Jail for processing and arraignment in front of the Seneca County CAP Court. Vargason will be expected to answer for the charges against her at a later date at the Tyre Town Court. 22SH15823. 146.

Petit Larceny

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that Deputies arrested Toby L Grant, 40 of Seneca falls for Petit larceny. The arrest stems from an incident where deputies responded to Walmart for the reported theft. Upon investigation deputies discovered that Grant had stolen merchandise in the amount of $106.59. Grant was processed and released on an appearance ticket. Grant is to appear in the Town of Seneca Falls Court on 11/9/22 at 1000hrs.