Reckless Endangerment Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on March 20, 2020 at approximately 3:00pm, Investigators arrested Hunter L Rogers, age 28 of 2170 E Seneca St Ovid, for 5 counts of Reckless Endangerment 1st (Class D Felony).  It is alleged that Rogers inadvertently shot a .22 long rifle through the floor of his upstairs apartment.  It is believed that Rogers was cleaning the rifle at the time of the incident.  The bullet travelled through the ceiling of the downstairs apartment where there were five individuals inside.  No injuries were sustained by anyone involved.  Rogers was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to answer the charge at Seneca County CAP Court on April 6, 2020.

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DWAI / AUO 1st arrest Town of Tyre

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on March 19, 2020 at approx. 3:00 PM, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Tifini R Mills, 43, of 1212 State Route 318 NY on State Route 414 in the Town of Tyre. Deputies report Mills was charged with Felony AUO in the 1st Degree and Driving While Ability Impaired. The arrest stems from an investigation where it was reported two females were physically fighting alongside the roadway.  Upon Deputies arrival,  they discovered Mills to be impaired by alcohol  , with her drivers license suspended for another DWI charge pending .  Mills was committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility  ,arraigned  at CAp court and is to appear in Tyre Town Court at a later date to answer the charges .

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Sheriff Tim Luce on COVID-19

Sheriff Luce Announcement to Seneca County Citizens on COVID-19

As this situation unfolds it is important not to give in to rumors, unsubstantiated reports and fake news. The Sheriff is in daily contact with the Health Department and other County Officials to keep up on developments. Seneca County is on top of the situation and public officials are taking all reasonable precautions. A great way for citizens to keep up on the situation is to download the Seneca County Sheriff’s App at https://apps.myocv.com/share/a25713148 The App is constantly updating COVID-19 info. Local news media and the CDC website are also a reliable sources of updated information

Many measures have been taken in all Sheriff’s Office divisions to minimize exposure. For the duration of the COVID-19 situations the public can expect the following from the Sheriff’s Office:

1. There will be no reduction of emergency services and emergency responses to complaints.

2. Officers will be making enhanced use of personal protection gear such as facemasks, gloves, and other barrier protection

3. Non-emergency complaints will be handled by phone when possible.

4. Officers will to meet complainants outside of their homes when possible and appropriate.

5. Jail visitation is suspended. Inmates will be allowed a quantity of free electronic communications with family and loved ones.

6. Non-essential divisions such as Records, Pistol Permits and Civil are temporarily closed. Non-essential personnel have been furloughed and are working from home when possible.

7. The Civil Office will continue to handle emergency matters such as serving Orders of Protections and Custody Orders. Civil work mailed in will be handled. Civil Sgt David Smith is available for messaging at dsmith@co.seneca.ny.us or 315-539-1706

Sheriff Luce stated that fear and panic are the biggest challenges we face. When people are scared they can act irrationally. The Sheriff is urging all citizens to stay calm and use common sense precautions during this situation. It is important to remember that sickness like the cold and flu routinely happen and do not necessarily indicate a COVID-19 infection. Citizens should follow the advice of their medical providers and keep up on reputable news reports of the COVID-19 situation.

Sheriff’s Non-Essential Offices Closed

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce reports that the following cautionary measures are being implemented during the COVID-19 situation.

The Sheriff’s Office Records, Civil and Pistol Permit Offices will be closed starting March 18th, 2020 and will tentatively re-open April 6th, 2020.

Inmate visitation at the County jail will continue to be suspended until further notice. During this suspension inmates will be given an opportunity for a quantity of free phone calls and electronic communication with their family and loved ones.

Emergency Civil matters such as Orders of Protection and Custody Orders to be served will still be addressed. Civil Sergeant David Smith can be reached or messaged at 315-539-1706 or dsmith@co.seneca.ny.us

Freedom Of Information Requests will not be processed until after April 6th, 2020.

Sheriff Luce states that there will be no reduction in emergency police services and that the public’s patience in any delay of non-emergency services is appreciated.

Narcotics Arrests

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Sarah M. Kline, age 34 of Geneva, NY and Shawn P Mahoney, age 39 of Auburn, NY. Kline and Mahoney were both charged with the following after a traffic stop in the Town of Waterloo:

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree- Class B Felony

Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the second degree- Class A Misdemeanor (2cts)

Additionally, Mahoney was charged with Aggravated Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the second degree and Operating without an Interlock Device. Investigators recovered approximately one ounce of “crack” cocaine after the vehicle they were operating was stopped on State Route 5 and 20. Investigators also seized US Currency, digital scales, and packaging material. Kline and Mahoney were both released on appearance tickets and are scheduled to appear at CAP at a later date. Investigators were assisted by K9 “Coski” and members of the Geneva Police Department and Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

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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Structure Fire- 20SH02242

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.