State of Emergency Update / Evacuation

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office along with the Seneca County Emergency Management Office has updated the status of the State of Emergency to include a Mandatory Evacuation for all residents of the Lodi Point Area.   Emergency crews are currently evacuating residents by boat and taking  them to a shelter at the Ovid Federated Church on Main St in Ovid. Residents in need of emergency assistance are to call 911.

State of Emergency

Effective immediately, Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce and the Seneca County Emergency Management Office has declared a State of Emergency for the Towns of Covert, Lodi, Ovid, and Romulus. This includes the Villages of Interlaken, Lodi, and Ovid. Heavy rain has caused major flooding in those affected areas. Many roadways are now closed and no unnecessary travel is advised. Emergency crews are working diligently to assist citizens. Citizens are urged to shelter in place and move to higher ground if they are experiencing high water.

travel advisory

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that heavy rain has resulted in major flooding in the Towns of Covert, and Lodi . Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce reports at this time, no unnecessary travel is advised. Numerous homes and roadways are flooded, and the roads are impassable. All residents are advised to shelter in place. further updates to follow

Falsely Reporting an Incident

On 8/10/18 at approximately 4pm, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Town of Tyre business for the reported bomb threat. Deputies quickly identified the subject in question and detained him pending an investigation.
Upon the conclusion of the investigation, Deputies and Investigators arrested Ronald W. Sibs, 53, of 51 Sheppard St., Rochester, New York, for Disorderly Conduct (Violation) and Falsely Reporting an Incident 2nd degree (Class E Felony). The charges stem from Sibs using obscene language and threatening to detonate a bomb all while on the phone outside of the business.  This was overheard by a witness who called 911 initiating a police, fire and EMS response. It was determined that this bomb threat was false and there was no threat to the public.
Sibs was held at the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center pending Centralized Arraignment Court on 8/11/18 at 8am. Sibs was arraigned at 8am in front of Justice Folk in the presence of the Seneca County District Attorneys Office and the Seneca County Public Defenders Office. Sibs was held without bail pending due to prior felony convictions. A felony hearing was scheduled for 8/15/18 at 6pm.