House Fire Town of Junius

On 06-24-2020 the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that Deputies responded to 920 Caroline Road, in the Town of Junius for a structure fire.  Upon arrival, Sheriff’s Deputies report that the mobile home had flames visible on the north side and heavy smoke throughout.   Junius Fire Department quickly responded, along with various other agencies and were able to extinguish the fire.  Deputies report the tenant of the property, Jon Lamere, 29 was not present at the time of the fire, and no one was home.  The owner of the trailer, Robert Greene, 46 of  Waterloo, was notified . The trailer was a complete loss, and  was not insured.  Junius Fire was assisted on scene by Magee, Waterloo, Fayette, Canoga, Seneca Falls, Varick, and North Seneca Ambulance. An investigation was conducted by the Seneca County Fire Investigation team and State Fire Investigators, which ruled the fire as electrical.   


Welfare Fraud Arrests

Over the past week, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested four subjects following multiple welfare fraud investigations in Seneca County.

Arrested were the following:

Lynn M. Caci, age 49, of 192 Ovid Street, Lot 45, Seneca Falls, New York, was charged with one count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a Class E Felony, and one count of Welfare Fraud in the Fifth Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Brandy K. Elliott, age 27, of 26 Chapin Street, Lot 29, was charged with one count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a Class E Felony, one count of Welfare Fraud in the Fifth Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor, and one count of Misuse of Food Stamps, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Paul L. Elliott, age 48, of 2815 Miller Road, Lot A, Waterloo, New York, was charged with two counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, Class E Felonies, and one count of Welfare Fraud in the Fourth Degree, a Class E Felony.

Tania C. Hoover, age 46, of 25 Peterman Road, Apt. H2, Seneca Falls, New York, was charged with one count of Welfare Fraud in the Fourth Degree, a Class E Felony.

It is alleged that all four subjects received monetary assistance from Seneca County that they were not entitled to as they failed to disclose their true household income. All four subjects were released on appearance tickets to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on August 5, 2020, at 5pm.

Criminal Trespass Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on June 17, 2020, Investigators arrested Nicholas M. Fish, age 31, of Seneca Falls, NY, on a single charge of Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor. It is alleged that on April 26, 2020, Fish was found to be in a motel room in the Town of Seneca Falls after being advised to leave prior by members of the Seneca County Division of Human Services. Fish was released on an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear at the Town of Seneca Falls Court August 12, 2020 at 9AM.

Monthly Snapshot


LAW ENFORCEMENT: Total Calls For Service: 1036 Total Arrests: 49 D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 2; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $75,665

NARCO: Total new drug cases: 8 Total arrests: 5

CORRECTIONS: Average Number of Inmates: 40 Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $35,100; Yearly Total: $180,687.73

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


May 4th, 2020: Deputies arrested a suspect for allegedly possessing heroin in Waterloo.

May 7th, 2020: Deputies recovered a stolen vehicle in Varick and arrested the alleged thief.

May 13th, 2020: Investigators charged 3 suspects for allegedly burglarizing a residence in Ovid.

May 13th, 2020: A suspect was charged for allegedly possessing methamphetamine and crack cocaine in the Town of Ovid.

May 14th, 2020: NARCO charged a suspect for allegedly conspiring to sell cocaine in Romulus.

May 24th, 2020: Deputies responded to a man threatening to kill people with a gun in Waterloo. A Domestic Violence Incident was discovered and a suspect with a gun was apprehended.

May 2020: Deputies and Corrections Officers completed reality based firearms training using simunition and deadly force decision making scenarios.

May 2020: A new program in Corrections involves inmates raising baby pheasants for later release in the wild.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

2 car PIMVA / DWI arrest Town of Tyre

 The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on June 14th, 2020 at approx. 7 AM  Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the intersection of Route 5 and Route 89 in the Town of Tyre  ,for a two car Personal Injury accident .   A vehicle travelling westbound on Route 5 driven by Nina Kolczynski age 47 of Port Byron , was struck from behind by a second westbound vehicle.  Upon further investigation it was found that the second driver ; Shannon M. McKiernan, 25  of Syracuse, was found to be intoxicated. Kolczynski was treated at the scene by North Seneca Ambulance and sought medical attention on her own for a complaint of pain in her ribs , hip and knee.  McKiernan was transport to Geneva General Hospital by North Seneca Ambulance to be checked over.  Both vehicles sustained heavy damage and were towed from the scene. McKiernan was arrested and issued appearance tickets for speed not reasonable and prudent, following too closely and Driving While Intoxicated , and  is to appear in the Town of Tyre Court on 07-03-2020 at 8am to answer the charges. Deputies were assisted by the Seneca Falls Police Department , the New York State Police, and Magee Fire.


PD MVA Town of Ovid

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on June 15, 2020 at approximately 3:06 PM they were called to St Rt 96A  in the area of the Rt 96 / 96A “four corners” in Ovid for a report of a property damage accident. Upon arrival it was found that a tractor trailer had left the scene after the trailer pulled wires causing a utility pole to break in two spots. This also caused low hanging wires across Main St and St Rt 96.  Sheriff’s Deputies located the tractor trailer  and the driver, Glenn Stevens age 64 of 2571 Colesville Rd Harpursville, NY, was issued a ticket of leaving the scene of a property damage accident. Deputies report that there were no injuries from the accident, but roads were closed for several hours while utility companies repaired the damage.   Ovid, Interlaken, Lodi and Romulus fire Department assisted on the scene as well as the New York State Department of Transportation and the New York State Police.   


Criminal Trespass/ Harassment Town of Covert

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports  on 6/11/2020 at approximately 5:11 pm Deputies were dispatched to the area of State Route 89 in the Town of Covert for a report of a Trespass, in which the homeowner discovered an uninvited and unknown female in her home, and when confronted- the subject pushed the homeowner and left the scene.  Upon investigation Deputies located and stopped  a Red 2004 Toyota Camry, that had been reported to the 911 center as the vehicle the suspect fled the scene in. Upon further investigation it was found that the operator of the vehicle ; Felicia A. Vanauken age 35 of  Coleridge Rd , Rochester NY  was the suspect witnesses saw leaving the scene.  Deputies arrested Vanauken on charges of Criminal Trespass, Harassment, and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. Vanauken was committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility to await CAP court and was released after arraignment due to “bail reform” . Vanauken is to appear in Covert Town Court at a later date.  


Trespass / Criminal Contempt / Criminal mischief arrest Town of Varick

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 06/12/20 at around 11:30pm, Deputies arrested Michael Mclean, age 40, of Seneca Falls, NY. The arrest stems from a domestic incident that occurred in Varick where it is alleged Mclean went to a residence uninvited and attempted to kick the door in to gain entry into the residence—causing damage to the door. Deputies report that there was an active class B order of protection in place between Mclean and the victim. Mclean was charged with Criminal Mischief 4th, Criminal Contempt 2nd and Trespass. Mclean was held at the Seneca County Jail pending arraignment.


one car PIMVA T/ Ovid

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 06/07/20 at around 1:48 am, Deputies responded to the area of County Road 129 just south pf County road 139 for the report of a single vehicle accident. Upon arrival, Deputies located a vehicle in the ditch on its side with the driver entrapped. Deputies report  the vehicle was traveling southbound on CR 129 before it left the roadway and struck mailboxes and sign posts , and continued southbound flipping over and coming to rest  into a ditch. The driver of the vehicle, Lauren Parker, 25, of Lodi, NY, was extricated from the vehicle by  Ovid and Interlaken  Fire, treated at the scene by South Seneca Ambulance  and was flown to Upstate Medical Center by Life Net helicopter. Parker sustained  broken bones and a head injury and remains in critical condition. Deputies report the passenger, David Gelatt, 30, of Romulus, NY, was transported by Trumansburg Ambulance to Geneva General Hospital  then transferred to Strong memorial in Rochester for treatment of a concussion, and an eye injury.  Sheriff’s Deputies report that the accident is still under investigation.


DWI arrest/ PDMVA Town of Lodi

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on June 6, 2020 at 4:00 AM, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Kevin D Rose, 43, of 223 S. Catherine Street, Montour Falls, NY 14865 on State Route 414 in the Town of Lodi. Deputies report that Rose was traveling South bound on State Route 414 when he left the shoulder of the roadway , striking signs,  the concrete  steps at the Lodi Historical Society, and a granite WWII monument. The vehicle suffered damage and was towed from the scene. After responding to the scene and upon further investigation, Rose was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving with a BAC of .08% or more, Moving from Lane Unsafely, and Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident. Rose was released on appearance tickets and is to return to Lodi town court on August 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM to answer the charges.