Fatal MVA 19SH00364

The Seneca County Sheriff Office reports Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators responded to a motor vehicle accident that resulted in fatal injuries to a passenger on State Route 96 in the Town of Romulus on 01/08/19 at 4:35 pm. The incident occurred when a 2005 box truck driven by Merlin R. Horst age 35 of 5570 McDuffie Town Rd Romulus, NY was traveling north bound on State Route 96, left the east side of the roadway, and overturned into a ditch. At this point, it is unclear why the vehicle left the roadway. Horst was treated at the scene by South Seneca Ambulance and refused any further medical treatment.  The sole passenger, Enos S. Hertzler, age 19, of 2539 Vineyard Rd, Romulus, NY, sustained fatal injuries as a result of the accident and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Also assisting at the scene was the NYSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, NYS DEC, South Seneca Ambulance, Life Net, Romulus Fire, Varick Fire, Ovid Fire and Fayette Fire Departments. Investigators are working closely with the Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Unit as the accident remains under investigation.  Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor.

Felony DWI arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Reports that on 01/04/19 at around 12:30am, Deputies arrested Chad C Weaver, 31, of 4231 Yost Road Waterloo, NY for Felony Driving While Intoxicated. The arrest stems from a traffic stop conducted by Deputies on State Route 96 in the Town of Varick when Deputies observed a vehicle speeding. After pulling the vehicle over, Deputies discovered Weaver to be intoxicated. Weaver was arrested for Felony DWI and Felony DWI with a BAC of .08% or more since he has prior DWI convictions within the past 10 years. He was also issued a UTT for Speeding over the State Speed Limit of 55mph. Weaver was transported to the LEC where he was processed and held for Centralized Arraignment.




Criminal Contempt / Aggravated Family offense arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 12/27/2018 at approximately 8:45 P.M. Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Edward W. Robinson, 28, of 2110 W. Seneca Street Lodi for Criminal Contempt in the 2nd degree, Criminal Trespass in the 2nd Degree and two counts of Aggravated Family Offense. The arrest stems from report of a domestic between Robinson and the victim. Robinson violated a Class A order of protection by being at the protected party’s residence. Robinson was arraigned at the Central Arraignment Court and committed to the Seneca County Jail in lieu of $10,000 Cash or $20,000 bond. He is to reappear to the Town of Lodi Court on 12/31/2018 at 10:00 A.M.



Criminal Trespass arrests

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 12/23/2018 at approximately 8:15 P.M. Deputies arrested Anne E. English, 51, and Kyle S. Armstrong, 25, both residing at 28 North Street Geneva. Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance where English and Armstrong were reported to be trespassing in a residence in the Town of Waterloo. Both were charged with Criminal Trespass in the 2nd Degree. They were arraigned at the Central Arraignment Court and both were ROR’d to appear in the Town of Waterloo Court at a later date. 




On December 26th 2018 at around 3:50 PM Seneca County Sheriff Deputies responded to  the Petro at 1255 State Route 414 for the report of a vehicle that had been driving erratically while on the NYS thruway I90 and almost struck a parked car at another location.  Deputies were able to locate the suspect vehicle and spoke with the driver who was identified as 58 year old Daniel Kavanagh of 1741  Stanley St Cazenovia NY.  After further Investigation Deputies arrested Kavanagh for DWI ,and  Aggravated DWI.  He was taken to the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center for processing and released on appearance tickets.  Kavanagh is to appear in the Town of Tyre Court on January 16th 2019 to answer to the charges.



Update of Suspicious Incident in Ovid

12/24/2018: Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Investigators have located and interviewed the driver of the involved vehicle from the suspicious incident that occurred on December 12, 2018, on South Main Street, in the Village of Ovid. Investigators have determined that this incident is not related to the reported attempted abductions in Geneva. It appears at this time that the Ovid Incident was a misunderstanding exasperated by a language barrier. Sheriff Luce extends his thanks to the many citizens that stepped up to assist in this case by providing information and added safety measures for area children. The Sheriff urges all citizens to continue to immediately report any suspicious incidents of this nature so that they can be investigated in a timely manner.

Update to Suspicious Incident

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the suspicious incident that occurred on December 12, 2018 at or about 11:15am on South Main Street in the Village of Ovid. Sheriff’s Investigators have discovered that the suspicious vehicle was a tractor trailer with a maroon power unit and a white trailer with the words of “E-Way Express LLC” on the side. E-Way Express is a nationwide company that is based out of the State of Missouri and Investigators have been in communication with their ownership to determine who the driver was at the time of the incident. The following pictures are also being distributed to the media in an attempt to assist Investigators in determining who the driver was. The male driver was described as a Hispanic male with short brown hair, blue jeans, white t-shirt, and an orange/reddish-colored jacket. Initially, the tractor trailer drove southbound on Main Street through the Village of Ovid and drove northbound through the Village of Ovid about fifteen minutes later. If anyone has information on the identity of the driver, they are urged to call the Seneca County 911 Center at (315) 539-9241. The Sheriff’s Office would like to urge citizens that no criminal charges have been lodged at this time and ask the public not to confront the driver if encountered. If a tractor trailer similar to the one depicted is encountered, the Sheriff’s Office asks that you relay the license plate number, description, and location to authorities. The investigation is ongoing and Investigators are only seeking to interview the driver at this time.

Level 3 Sex Offender- Fail to Change Address

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 12/20/2018 at about 11:00 am, the Road Patrol and Investigators arrested Felix Cruz ,30, of 4455 Co Rd. 50 Canandaigua N.Y. for one count of Failure to Change Address as a level 3 sex offender. This is in violation of the Corrections Law Sex Offender Registration Act.
Investigators report that on November 25th 2018 they were notified that Cruz moved from his residence on 11/21/18 in the Town of Waterloo. After ten days Cruz did not change his address with the Seneca Co. Sheriff’s Office and an arrest warrant was issue on 12/5/18. Cruz was arrested by Ontario Co. Sheriff’s Office at 4455 Co. Rd. 50 the D&D Motel in Canandaigua and turned over to the Seneca Co. Road Patrol division. Cruz was taken to the LEC to await CAP Court for arraignment.

Suspicious Incident

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a suspicious incident that occurred on December 12, 2018 at or about 11:15am on South Main Street near the South Seneca Jr./Sr. High School in the Village of Ovid. A twelve year old male reported that he was approached by a Hispanic male with short brown hair wearing blue jeans, a white shirt, and an orange /reddish-colored jacket. The Hispanic male allegedly attempted to engage the twelve year old male into conversation and it appears that he tried to lure him into a box van. The box van was described to be burgundy-colored in the front and white in the back with green lettering with a big upper case letter of “E” that stood out to the child. The Sheriff’s Office is working closely with the South Seneca Jr./Sr. High School and Interlaken Police Department.

Sheriff’s Investigators are also working closely with members of the Geneva Police Department to determine if their recent rash of events are connected.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce would like to remind residents to be vigilant, be aware of their surroundings at all times, and avoid walking alone. Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators will be providing an added presence during the school dismissal. Citizens are urged to call 911 to report any suspicious activity.

There was a significant delay in the reporting of this incident to the Sheriff’s Office which explains the reason for the media release on today’s date.


Sex Abuse 1st degree Arrest

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on December 11th 2018 Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Bruce A. Denmark, age 40, of 2874 Darling Rd. Lodi, NY. Denmark was taken into custody following an investigation of the sexual abuse of a child. It is alleged that Denmark subjected a 13 year old female victim to sexual contact starting in 2013. During the course of the investigation, information was also uncovered regarding the physical abuse of a 13 year old male which is alleged to have occurred in 2018.
Denmark was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court before Justice Erway on one count of Sexual Abuse in the 1st degree and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child at which time he was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $2,000.00 cash bail or $4,000.00 secured bond. Class A orders of protection were issued on behalf of the three victims and Denmark was scheduled to return to the Lodi Town Court at a later date to answer the charges.