The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on March 23rd 2021 Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Scott Meldrum age 33 of Rt 96 Romulus on charges of Criminal Mischief in the fourth degree and harassment in the second degree. Deputies report the charges stem from an incident where Meldrum had broken a window and made threats while at a Romulus residence . Meldrum was taken into custody and was arraigned at CAP court and released to appear in Romulus Court at a later date
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on March 21, 2021 at about 9 PM, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an Order of Protection Violation Complaint at 1884 State Route 318 Pine View Circle, in the Town of Tyre. Deputies report that Mitchell Sikes 57 of Main St Waterloo, was in Violation of a Class A Order of Protection . Deputies located Sikes at the residence of the protected party. During the investigation Deputies found Sikes to be in possession of bags of Crack Cocaine when Deputies made contact with him. Deputies placed Sikes into custody for Criminal Contempt in the 2nd degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree . Sikes was brought to the Seneca County Correctional Facility and arraigned at CAP Court and released to appear in Tyre Town Court at a later date.
The Seneca County Sheriffs Office reports that on 03-14-2021 Deputies arrested Steven D. Downey, 32 , of Rt 89 Interlaken New York for Trespass and Criminal Mischief 4th. It’s alleged that Downey remaining unlawfully on a neighbors property and intentionally damaged property . Downey was issued an Appearance Ticket and is to appear in the Town of Ovid Court at a later date to answer to the charges.
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on February 22, 2021 at 9:00 PM, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Glenda L. Pelham, 43, of 118 Pulteney Street, Geneva, NY 14456 on West River Road in the Town of Waterloo. Deputies report that Pelham was traveling East bound on West River Road when she left the shoulder of the roadway and came to rest in a snowbank. The vehicle did not suffer any damage but was towed from the scene. After responding to the scene and upon further investigation, Pelham was taken to Geneva General Hospital where a blood draw was administered. Pelham was initially charged with Driving While Intoxicated, and Crossing Hazardous Markings. On March 15 Deputies charged Pelham with Driving with a BAC of .18% or more, Pelham was released on appearance tickets and is to return to Waterloo town court on April 14, 2021 at 5:00 PM to answer the charges.
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on March 14, 2021 at approximately 12:05am, Sheriff’s Deputies while on patrol , discovered a single car motor vehicle accident on State Route 96 in the Town of Ovid. The single occupant, identified as Erin Taylor, age 47, of 2117 Water Street, Ovid was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated after failing a series of standard field sobriety tests. Deputies report Taylor was southbound on Rt 96 when she crossed over the road and went into the ditch on the east side of Rt 96. Taylor was issued traffic citations for failing to keep right, driving while intoxicated, and aggravated driving while intoxicated. Taylor was released on appearance tickets and is to answer to the charges on March 16 in Ovid Town Court.
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on March 09, 2021 at about 8:15 pm, Deputies responded to State Route 336 in the Town of Varick for a an Order of Protection Violation Complaint. Deputies report the Suspect, Michael Mclean age 41 of 55 W Bayard St Seneca Falls, was located at the residence of the Order’s protected party , in Violation of a Class A Order of Protection out of the Varick Town Court. Deputies placed Mclean into custody for Criminal Contempt in the 2nd degree and he was brought to the Seneca County Correctional Facility and arraigned in CAP court .
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on March 17, 2021, Investigators arrested Timothy R Brown, age 35, currently an inmate in the Seneca County Correctional Facility. It is alleged that on March 17, 2021 at approximately 1:00am, Brown intentionally damaged a sprinkler head located in his cell. His actions resulted in his cell to flood and for the fire alarm to be activated, requiring emergency response from Sheriff’s Office personnel and the Romulus Fire Department. Brown did this knowing no fire existed. He was charged with Falsely Reporting an Incident 2nd and Criminal Mischief 4th. Brown is scheduled to appear at the Seneca County CAP Court to answer the charges.
SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR FEBRUARY 2021
Total Calls For Service: 1272
Total Arrests: 42
D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 21; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $26,497
Mental Health Calls: 8
Total new drug cases: 6
Total arrests: 7
Average Number of Inmates: 40
Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $30,002; Yearly Total: $63,089.84
Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 36
Total Income Executions: 7
Total Evictions: 0
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH:
February 3rd, 2021: Deputies responded to a Domestic Violence call in the Town of Fayette. It was alleged a victim was threatened and restrained. The suspect was arrested without incident.
February 3rd, 2021: Investigators arrested a suspect for allegedly committing a residential burglary in the Town of Waterloo.
February 22nd, 2021: Deputies responded to a structure fire at a farm in the Town of Romulus. Losses exceeded $150,000. The cause was determined to be accidental.
February 23rd, 2021: The Sheriff’s Office presented their Reform plan to the Seneca County Board of Supervisors at an open meeting. The plan was approved and filed with Albany.
February 25th, 2021: NARCO arrested a suspect for allegedly possessing and selling crack cocaine in Waterloo.
February 2021: An Investigator completed Forensic Interviewing of Children certification training.
Sheriff W. Timothy Luce
Undersheriff John Cleere
Sheriff W. Timothy Luce reports the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office had a successful and safe conclusion to an armed standoff with a male on County Road 139 in the Town of Ovid. The incident began on March 11, 2021, at about 4:28pm when Deputies and Investigators responded to 2463 County Road 139 for the report of a male threatening self-harm and believed to be armed. A perimeter was immediately established and Sheriff’s Office crisis negotiators were requested to the scene. Crisis negotiators who were also CIT–(Crisis Intervention Team), trained immediately began communicating with the male by phone to obtain his safe surrender. The male refused to comply and would not exit the residence. The crisis negotiations continued through the night.
The Sheriff’s Office Drone Unit was deployed and a drone was used to survey the scene and enhance safety of perimeter officers.
At about 9am on March 12th, the male surrendered to Sheriff’s Deputies unharmed and was taken into custody.
The subsequent investigation into the incident led to a search warrant execution where Sheriff’s Investigators seized an unlawful firearm, namely a “sawed-off” shotgun. As a result, Mark H. Taggerty, age 62, of 2463 County Road 139, Ovid, New York, was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony.
Taggerty was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Ovid Town Court on March 15, 2021, at 10am. Taggerty was then taken to a psychiatric facility for an evaluation.
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the New York State Police, Ovid Fire Department, South Seneca Ambulance, Seneca County Highway Department, and the Seneca County E-911 Center.
A special thanks goes out to the Fire Police who blockaded the roadway so that more Officers could be devoted to the incident.
The Sheriff’s Office would also like to thank the community for their continued patience during the incident. A power outage in the area during this incident was coincidental and not related.
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports Investigators arrested Arrell S. Henhawk, age 45, of 3016 County Road 124, Romulus NY, on a felony arrest warrant stemming from a serious physical domestic that occurred in the Town of Varick. Henhawk was charged with Menacing in the 2nd degree, a class E felony, Assault in the 2nd degree, a class D felony, Strangulation in the 2nd degree, a class D felony, and misdemeanor charges of Criminal Obstruction of breath and blood circulation (3 Counts), Unlawful imprisonment in the 2nd degree, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th degree. The victim was treated by North Seneca Ambulance and tranported to Strong Memorial Hospital for further treatment. The victim has since been released, but was treated for physical injuries. Henhawk was arraigned in the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $5,000/$10,000 secured bond. Henhawk is to reappear for a preliminary hearing on 03/08/21 at 12:00pm in the Town of Varick Court. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Cornell University Police Department and the Ithaca Police Department for their assistance in the safe arrest of Henhawk. The investigation remains ongoing at this time.