House Fire Town of Junius

On March 15, 2020 at approximately 7:29PM, Deputies responded to 709 Birdsey Road in the Town of Junius for the reported structure fire. Deputies arrived and observed the east side of the residence to be completely engulfed by fire. Deputies were able to confirm on scene that the residence was unoccupied. Junius Fire Department responded to the scene and began operations.  Deputies report  the residents of the home;  Kyle D. Good and  Luanne B. Good both 21  and their infant daughter, were all out of the residence and unharmed during the fire. Junius Fire Department was assisted by Magee Fire Department, The Waterloo Fire Department, Oak’s Corners Fire Department, Border City Fire Department, North Seneca Ambulance, The Fire Investigation Team and the County Coordinators. Shortly after 9PM, the fire was put out and an investigation showed that the cause of the fire was an accident, caused by a wood stove . There were no injuries reported at the scene of the fire. The residence sustained heavy damage. Red Cross was notified, however the victims had family in the area that they opted to stay with.

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Weapon possession arrest Town of Fayette

On March 12th, 2020 the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that David A. Billington, 34 , of 3550 Rte 89 Apt #2  Seneca Falls in the Town of Fayette, was arrested for three counts of Criminal Possession of a Firearm, a Class E Felony. Deputies were called to the Rte 89 address to check the welfare of Billington. Upon further investigation, Billington was found to be in possession of three unregistered handguns, and does not possess a New York State Pistol Permit. Billington was processed, and released with an appearance ticket, in accordance with the New York State Bail Reform. Billington is to appear in Seneca County CAP court on March 30th, 2020 at 08:00am to answer to the charges.

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Inmate Visitation Suspended

March 13, 2020: Sheriff Tim Luce has temporarily suspended all visitation to the Seneca County Correctional Facility effective this date. This is a cautionary move to reduce risk on any Covid19 exposure issues. The correctional medical staff agrees with this temporary order. The Sheriff’s Office regrets any inconvenience to the public caused by this precaustion.

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Seneca Co. Sheriff W. Timothy Luce reports that on 3/10/2020 at about 6:08am the Seneca Co. Sheriff’s Office responded to 3123 Clyde River Dr. in the Town of Tyre for a reported structure fire. Upon Deputies arrival the structures northernmost end was on fire and the structure was evacuated. The owner, Kathleen Weir of Stroudsburg P.A. was the only occupant at the time of the fire. Weir was transported by Fingerlakes ambulance to Auburn Memorial Hospital for smoke inhalation. Weir was treated and released. Responding to the scene was Magee VFD, assisting was Junius, Canoga, Waterloo, Clyde, Oaks Corners, Fingerlakes Ambulance, North Seneca Ambulance as well as the Seneca County Coordinators and the Seneca Co. Fire investigation Team. The NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control- State Fire was called in to assist the fire investigation team at the scene. The cause of the fire in under investigation.

Monthly Snapshot

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR FEBRUARY 2020 LAW ENFORCEMENT:

Total Calls For Service: 1018

Total Arrests: 41 D.H.S.

Fraud Cases: 7; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $28,671

NARCO: Total new drug cases: 7 Total arrests: 9

CORRECTIONS: Average Number of Inmates: 51 Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $36,842.34; Yearly Total: $78,101.03

CIVIL: Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 46 Total Income Executions: 15 Total Evictions: 4

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH:

February 3rd, 2020: A California jury found Karl Karlsen guilty of killing his first wife 29 years ago. Seneca County Sheriff’s Office began the Karlsen Murder case in 2012 and assisted California with their part of the case.

February 19th, 2020: NARCO charged a suspect for allegedly selling a narcotic medication in Seneca Falls.

February 22nd, 2020: The Sheriff’s Office, along with New York State Police, assisted the Seneca Falls Police Department with a conflict between Cayuga Indian factions that involved the demolition of properties on Route 89 in Seneca Falls.

February 25th, 2020: NARCO apprehended 2 suspects for allegedly possessing and selling crack cocaine in the Town of Waterloo.

February 27th, 2020: Investigators charged a Seneca County inmate with felony assault charges after the inmate allegedly attacked and injured 2 Correction Officers.

February 29th, 2020: The Sheriff’s Office, along with New York State Police, assisted the Seneca Falls Police Department with a Cayuga Indian Nation demonstration on Garden St. Ext. in Seneca Falls. The demonstration turned violent and degraded into a riot. The investigation is continuing. Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

DWI arrest Town of Tyre

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on February 23, 2020 at approximately 03:00 AM, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Noah J. Robbins, 22, of 4535 State Route 89, Seneca Falls NY. Deputies report Robbins was observed failing to keep right on State Route 318 in the Town of Tyre. After stopping the vehicle and upon further investigation, Robbins was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving with a BAC of .08% or more, and Failure to Keep Right. Robbins was released on appearance tickets and is to appear in CAP Court on March 10, 2020 to answer the charges.

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Larceny / Poss stolen Property Town of Junius

                                                                                                                                       The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on Tuesday March 10th at around 4:58 PM Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 655 State Route 318 in the Town of Junius for a Theft Complaint. It was reported that two females were observed taking several items and leaving without paying. Deputies were able to locate two female subjects that were found to be in possession of stolen property and unlawfully possessed Marihuana. Jessica Monserrate 20 , of Syracuse was charged with three counts of Petit Larceny, three counts of Possession of Burglar’s tools, one count of conspiracy in the 6th degree, one count of possession of stolen property in the 5th degree, unlawful possession of Marihuana, and one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Brittany Johnson age 26 of Syracuse was charged with two counts of Petit Larceny, two counts of possession of burglar’s tools, one count of Conspiracy in the 6th degree along with one count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property. Both Jessica and Brittany were transported to the LEC and processed at the Jail where they were released with appearance tickets and are to appear at the Seneca County CAP court on March 27th 8:00 AM to answer the charges.

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1 car PIMVA / Town of Covert

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on March 10, 2020 at 8:15 PM, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 1 car personal injury Motor Vehicle Accident at State Route 89 in the Town of Covert. When Deputies arrived on scene the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle Katie Anne Leister, 31, of 10029 REDWOOD LANE MIDDLEBURY, INDIANA, was treated on scene and later transported to Cayuga medical Center by Trumansburg Ambulance , for complaint of chest pain.  Deputies report Leister was texting while driving,  causing her to drift towards the East side guard rail and strike it. The vehicle then crossed the oncoming lane and hit the Westside guard rail where the vehicle came to a rest. The vehicle sustained major front end damage and was towed from the scene .  The  Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Trumansburg Fire Department, who temporarily shut down State Route 89 while Deputies investigated the scene. Leister was issued a Traffic Ticket for operating a motor vehicle while using a electronic device, and will appear in Covert Town Court at a later date to answer the charge.

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Fatal MVA Town of Waterloo

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on 3/6/2020 at about 1220 AM ,  Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a two vehicle MVA on Burgess Road in the Town of Waterloo.  Deputies report that Jon Lamere age 29 of 920 Caroline Road Waterloo was Northbound on Burgess Road when he failed to observe a utility truck that was doing work on Burgess Road.  Deputies report Lamere failed to see the traffic cones and hazard lights on the truck , and ran into the rear of the truck- striking and killing the worker; Paul J Kelley  age 49 of Co Rd 132 Ovid NY. Burgess Road was closed for several hours while Sheriff’s accident reconstruction and Investigators processed the scene. Kelley was pronounced dead at the scene by Seneca County Coroner Rick Coe. Sheriff’s Deputies and investigators charged Lamere with Driving while intoxicated ,Vehicular manslaughter 2nd , reckless driving , unlawful possession of marihuana, and using a cell phone without a handsfree device  and he will be released to appear at CAP court at a later date.  Deputies were assisted by Waterloo Fire , Waterloo PD and North Seneca Ambulance. Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce reports the case remains under investigation.

Criminal Obstruction of Breathing/OGA 2nd Arrest

On March 4, 2020, at about 11am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Victor V. Gregory, age 48, with Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood Circulation and Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree, both Class A Misdemeanors. Gregory is currently an inmate in the Seneca County Correctional Facility and engaged in a physical confrontation with another inmate. During the altercation, a Seneca County Correction Officer intervened to break it up which resulted in Gregory choking the officer. The officer sustained minor injuries as a result of the incident. Gregory is to be arraigned on these charges at the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court on 03-04-20 at 7pm.

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