Welfare Fraud Arrest

On February 1, 2019, at about 3:00pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Erik M. Suess, age 47, of 4093 West Seneca Road, Trumansburg, New York, following a Welfare Fraud investigation. It is alleged that Suess failed to disclose household income in September of 2018 while receiving monetary benefits from Seneca County. Suess was charged with Welfare Fraud in the Fifth Degree and Misuse of Food Stamps. Suess was issued appearance tickets and is to appear in the Village of Waterloo Court on February 6th 2019 at 5:00pm.


Warrant- unlawfully dealing w child 1st

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 02/04/19 at approx. 1000 hrs Deputies arrested Philip M Campbell,27, of Munson Rd  Interlaken on an arrest warrant for unlawfully dealing with a child in the 1st degree and Criminal possession of marijuana in the 4th degree. The arrest stems from an incident in which Deputies responded to a home in Covert  on 10/07/18 for a complaint . While there they located marijuana inside the home which was easily accessible to children who were under the age of 16 . At arraignment Campbell agreed to a plea deal with the District attorney’s office and plead guilty to unlawfully dealing with a child in the 1st degree. Campbell was sentenced to six months in jail to be ran concurrent with the State time he is currently serving out of Tompkins County on an unrelated matter.  CR18SH10768



Agg DWI / Reckless driving/ failed to comply w police officer

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on February 3rd 2019 at 12:45 AM, Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Cassie M Mcghan, 25, of 9 Anthony Dr Seneca Falls NY in the Town of Tyre. Mcghan was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated DWI-Blood Alcohol Content .18 or Higher, Reckless Driving, Failure To Comply with a Police Officer, Failure to Keep Right and Inadequate headlights. Deputies report that Mcghan was stopped at Gravel Rd and ST RT 318 without any headlights on. When  Deputies attempted to stop Mcghan , she  failed to stop – leading Deputies on a short pursuit, during the pursuit it is alleged that Mcghan was driving into oncoming traffic before losing control and entering into a snow filled ditch. Deputies report that there were no injuries from this incident. Mcghan was committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility awaiting arraignment for the charges.    – 19SH01234


MVA leaving the scene / DWI / AUO 1st arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on January 28, 2019 at approximately 0153hrs, Anthony M. Vanhorn, age 27 of  1413 County Road 132 Ovid NY, was arrested by Deputies after leaving the scene of a property damage accident that occurred at the Fastrac store in the Town of  Ovid. Deputies report Vanhorn left the scene and was located shortly after. Deputies charged VanHorn with Driving while intoxicated, Aggravated unlicensed operation in the 1st degree, and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.  VanHorn was committed to the Seneca County Correctional facility and was arraigned at the CAP court and committed on $5000 cash / $10,000 bail , and he is to appear in Ovid Town Court on Feb 19 2019 at 10AM to answer the charges.



Grand Larceny/Offering False Instrument for Filing 1st

The Seneca Co. Sheriff’s Office reports that Investigators arrested RaShawn D. Hightower,31, formerly of 341 W. Kennedy St in Syracuse on the charges of Grand Larceny 3rd degree (class D Felony) and 5 counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing 1st degree (class E felony). It is alleged that while Hightower was employed at the Waterloo Premium Outlet Mall that Hightower made 5 false transactions on a company computer and passed merchandise past the point of sale on numerous occasions between 11/15/17 and 11/30/17. The estimated loss is valued in excess of $3400.
Investigators learned in the course of the investigation that Hightower relocated to Brooklyn N.Y. in early 2018 and obtained an arrest warrant for Hightower. On 1/21/2018 Hightower was arrested on unrelated charges in Brooklyn N.Y. and after appearing in court there, Hightower was extradited from Brooklyn N.Y. by the Sheriff’s Office Road Patrol division and returned to the Seneca Co. Jail to be arraigned in the CAP Court.
Hightower was arraigned in Cap Court in front of Justice Duffy on 1/24/19 and released on $500 cash bail and a date to appear in Junius Town Court was set.

Scam alert

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce is advising local residents about some recent telephone scams in the area. Sheriff Luce reports that the 911 center has received reports that a caller claims to be from Social Security and that the victims card has been cancelled and then the caller wants to verify the social security number.  Another similar scam is that the caller claims a vehicle was found on the Mexican border with blood and cocaine and then wants to confirm the victims social security number.  Sheriff Luce wants to remind residents that these types of calls are fraudulent and to never give out personal information over the phone.


DWI arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on January 22, 2019, at about 10:14 PM, Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Zachary C Rayno , Age 25, of 2878 County Road 139 Ovid NY , on County Road 139 in the Town of Ovid. Rayno was charged with Driving while intoxicated, Driving while intoxicated with a BAC greater that .08% and Failure to keep right.

Deputies report that the arrest stems from a Traffic stop on County Road 139 in the Town of Ovid. After further investigation Deputies  found Rayno to be intoxicated . Rayno was released on appearance tickets and is to appear before the Ovid Town court on February 12th, 2019 to answer the charges.





Seneca County Sheriff Luce has set a travel advisory for Seneca County to last until Sunday at 1:00 P.M.  The roads are snow covered and slippery but passable at this time. Winds will pick up later causing drifting. The Sheriff asks for no unnecessary travel until Sunday at 1:00 P.M.  Please remember if you have to travel to make sure your vehicle is in good repair and you have extra clothing and emergency supplies in case you get stuck or break down. Deputies and highway workers will continue to monitor the road conditions and update when needed.

Weather Advisory

Seneca County Sheriff W. Timothy Luce would like to advise the Residents of Seneca County of the severity of the impending storm predicted for this weekend. It is predicted that starting Saturday in the afternoon hours will start and continue into Sunday. The accumulation is predicted to be 12 to 18 inches of snow fall. More importantly starting Sunday into Monday the wind will pick up and the wind chill is expected to be 20 to 35 degrees below zero. Please be prepared for this storm in advance, and remember during the extreme cold to take safety precautions. Deputies, County Highway personnel and Emergency Management Office Personnel will be monitoring road and weather conditions as the storm develops. Updates will be put out as needed.

Welfare Fraud Arrest

On January 16, 2019 at about 5:45pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Dawn M. Freeland, age 49, of 636 Dublin Road, Clyde, New York, on charges of Welfare Fraud in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony, and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a Class E Felony. It is alleged that Freeland failed to report household income while receiving monetary benefits from Seneca County in the amount of $4,168.54. Freeland was arraigned in the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court and released on her own recognizance. Freeland is to reappear in the Waterloo Village Court on February 6, 2019 at 5pm.