Domestic incident Town of Waterloo

 On August 13th at around 3:30 PM Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residence on Burgess Road in the Town of Waterloo for a Domestic Incident. After  investigation it was found that 28 year old Daniel Bailey was involved in a Domestic incident , in  which  he placed a plastic bag over the head of a family member , then destroyed property in the home. Sheriff’s Deputies report Bailey was charged with Criminal Mischief in the 3rd degree a class E felony, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing a class A misdemeanor, menacing in the 3rd degree a class B Misdemeanor, and Harassment in the 2nd degree a violation. Daniel Bailey was taken into custody and transported to the Seneca County Jail ,arraigned  and released to appear in Waterloo Town Court at a later date .


Harassment arrest Town of Tyre

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on Aug 8 2020 at approx. 1130 PM , Deputies responded to 1918 Rt 318 Seneca Falls for a report of a smoke condition in the area of the Del Lago casino. Magee Fire responded and extinguished a fire consisting of tires and other rubbish. Sheriff’s Deputies charged the homeowner  ;  Donald J Bennett age 52 with 3 counts of Harassment after it was discovered that Bennett allegedly threatened fireman that responded to the scene. Bennett was issued an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Town of Tyre court at a later date.  Deputies report DEC was contacted and followed up on the case as well .  Deputies were assisted at the scene by the NYSP and the New York State Park Police.  20sh08443

MVA / DWAI drug arrest Town of Waterloo

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 08/20/2020 at around 4:00 am, Deputies responded to 326 Border City Rd for the report of a vehicle that struck a house. Deputies say that Alexender B Capalongo, age 26, of 1782 Chase Road  Waterloo, NY, was traveling westbound on Border City Rd when he fell asleep and lost control of his vehicle. Capalongo’s vehicle left the roadway where it traveled through multiple front lawns and struck a house where it came to final rest. Upon further investigation, Deputies  determined that Capalongo was Under the Influence of a Drug. He was arrested and charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by a Drug, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 1st, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and other traffic violations. Capalongo is scheduled to appear at Waterloo Town Court on 9/23/2020 at 5:00 pm to answer charges. The vehicle sustained heavy damage and was towed from the scene. The house sustained minor damage. No injuries were reported by the homeowners John and Joanne Benedicks.  


Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Saturday August 22nd, 2020, at approximately 4:14 PM, Deputies responded to the intersection of Halls Corners Road and Arden Road in the Town of Covert for the report of a motor vehicle accident involving an all terrain vehicle and a passenger vehicle.

The investigation into the accident determined that a passenger vehicle being operated by Dakota Potenza, age 45, of Trumansburg, New York, was traveling west on Halls Corners Road when an all terrain vehicle suddenly crossed the intersection after failing to stop at the stop sign on Arden Road. The all terrain vehicle was being operated by Robert Veeder, age 53, of Interlaken, New York. As a result of the accident, Veeder sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by Seneca County Coroner Wade Morabito. Potenza was uninjured.

The roadway remained closed for approximately three hours while Deputies and Investigators reconstructed the accident. Both vehicles were towed from the scene and the accident remains under investigation. The Sheriff’s Office also asks anyone that may have witnessed the accident to contact Investigators at (315) 220-3240.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Interlaken Fire Department, Lodi Fire Department, Ovid Fire Department, Trumansburg Ambulance, New York State Police and the New York State Park Police.


PI MVA Town of Waterloo

 The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Wednesday August 19th at approximately 3:56AM, Deputies responded to the area of State Route 96 and Pre Emption Street in the T/Waterloo for a report of a two car personal injury accident. After further investigation It was determined than Jeffery Disanto, age 36 of Clifton Springs was traveling Eastbound on State Route 96 when he struck the side of a vehicle being operated by Katie Schroeder age 19 of Seneca Falls traveling in a Southbound direction on Pre Emption. Deputies report that Schroeder failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection causing the crash. Three passengers in Schroeder’s vehicle:  Brandon Pealo age 19 of Seneca Falls had injures to his hand and head, Kennedy Clark age 22 of Waterloo with a hip injury and Shannon Praylor 15 of Geneva with a back injury were transported  by ambulance to Geneva General Hospital for treatment . Schroeder was issued a UTT for Failure to Stop at a Stop sign and Disanto was issued a UTT for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation. Both are to appear in Waterloo Town Court at a later date. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage and were towed from the scene.  Deputies were assisted at the scene  by the Border City Fire Department .


SCSO Canine Aken

It is with a sad and heavy heart that we announce the passing of our recently retired K9, Aken.  He served the Citizens of Seneca County as well as all of his brothers and sisters in Law Enforcement from January 13th 2011 – August 5th 2020.  Aken had no match in terms of his loyalty, ferocity and love of the job.  He assisted in hundreds of cases during his watch.  In addition to his Law Enforcement work he also was the face of the Seneca County Sheriffs Office Community Outreach Programs.  For all who met him, his personality was as large as he was.  Rest in Peace Aken. Thank you for your service!

Monthly Snapshot


LAW ENFORCEMENT: Total Calls For Service: 1264 Total Arrests: 71

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 24; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $92,818.48


Total new drug cases: 8 Total arrests: 19

CORRECTIONS: Average Number of Inmates: 39 Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $43,566.52; Yearly Total: $262,543.54

CIVIL: Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 27 Total Income Executions: 11 Total Evictions: 0


July 1st, 2020: Deputies responded to a Domestic Violence Incident in Ovid that involved a victim being strangled and restrained. The suspect was armed with a long gun. Deputies apprehended the suspect without incident.

July 4th, 2020: Deputies responded to a Domestic Violence Incident in the Town of Waterloo. It was alleged that a woman was being held against her will. An arrest was made without incident.

July 6th, 2020: NARCO charged a suspect for allegedly possessing cocaine and allowing drug sales from their residence.

July 7th, 2020: Investigators solved a residential burglary in Junius and arrested the suspect. July 15th, 2020: Investigators solved a Grand Larceny in the Fayette and recovered over $30,000 in stolen property.

July 17th, 2020: A level 3 registered sex offender was found and arrested in the Town of Romulus after allegedly not reporting their address change.

July 2020: NARCO charged 4 suspects over several dates on numerous drug charges committed throughout Seneca County. Prescription drugs, cocaine and methamphetamine were involved.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

Endangering Welfare child Town of Romulus

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on August 3, 2020 at 6:05 PM, Seneca County Deputies arrested Sarah B Vanorden-Morrow age 40,of  6762 Log City Road Ovid, NY. She was charged with endangering the welfare of a child (Class A Misdemeanor). This arrest stems from an incident that occurred on August 3, 2020 at 6762 Log City Road in the Town of Romulus. It is alleged that a 3 year old child was left unsupervised for a period of time without being checked on by a guardian. Vanorden-Morrow was issued an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Town of Romulus Court at a later date to answer the charge.

CR# 20SH08213 

Criminal Mischief 3rd arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on 07/28/2020 at 9:15 P.M. Deputies arrested Wanya A. King, age 19, of Geneva, for Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Tampering in the 3rd Degree. The incident stems from a report of a dispute at 52 Border City Road. While investigating the incident King was found to have damaged property valued at the amount of $400.00 dollars. King was arraigned at the Seneca County Centralized arraignment court and released on his own recognizance, and is to appear in the  Town of Waterloo Court at a later date.

CR# 20SH07980

Skydiving accident Town of Ovid

On July 26th, 2020 the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that they responded to the Ovid Airport for  a sky diving accident.  Deputies report that Alisa L. Tripp age 56 of Bunker Hill West Virginia  had parachuted out of a plane but had a hard  landing, breaking both of her legs.  Sheriff’s Deputies and members of South Seneca Ambulance, rendered emergency first aid  at the scene. Tripp was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital by Mercy Flight Air Ambulance , where she continues to be treated for her injuries and remains in stable condition. Deputies were assisted on scene by Ovid and Lodi Fire Department.