Monthly Snapshot




Total Calls For Service: 998

Total Arrests: 63

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 36; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $66, 105.54


Total new drug cases: 12

Total arrests: 3


Average Number of Inmates: 58

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $42,798.96; Yearly Total: $110,281.84


Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 41

Total Income Executions: 35

Total Evictions: 4 


March 2, 2019: Officers from Corrections and Road Patrol formed a team and played in the annual Snow Bowl flag football event in Buffalo to raise money for Special Olympics.

March 13, 2019: NARCO charged a suspect for maintaining a residence for drug activity in Seneca Falls.

March 14, 2019: Deputies responded to a Domestic Violence call in the Town of Covert involving weapons and a small child. The suspect was apprehended and no one was injured.

March 25, 2019: NARCO closed a case when they charged a suspect for selling prescription, narcotic medication in Seneca County.

March 29, 2019: Deputy Jason Lanphear was honored at the STOP DWI Banquet for having the most DWI arrests for the Sheriff’s Office and the most in the County.

March 2019: In addition to the Snow Bowl, Officers participated in Other Community Policing events this month including the Elks Drug Quiz Show and a Career Fair for High School kids.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

Fatal Train Accident

On April 18, 2019 at about 10:17am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an industrial train accident on the former Seneca Army Depot property, in the Town of Romulus.  Upon the arrival of Sheriff’s Deputies, it was determined that an employee of the Andersons Rail Group had been severely injured after being struck by a moving train. The employee, identified as Thomas J. Horn, age 46, of 5854 Route 96, Apt. 222A, Romulus, New York, was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Paul MacPherson. At the time of the accident, Horn and another employee were attempting to move rail cars to another location and were the only ones present. The second employee was uninjured in the event. At this point, Deputies report that it appears Horn possibly fell and was struck by the train . The Fayette Fire Department, Varick Fire Department, South Seneca Ambulance, and New York State Police also responded to the scene. The case remains under investigation and Sheriff’s Investigators will continue to work closely with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on the incident. Sheriff Tim Luce reports that the Seneca County E-911 Center was a valuable resource during the event as they worked hard to coordinate the many different resources needed to respond to events like these.


Drug Take Back and Child I.D. Day.

On April 27th, 2019, from 10:00 Am until 2:00 PM, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office will be sponsoring a dual public safety event.  The first will be a Take Back Day for citizens to turn in unwanted and expired medications.  Deputies will be on hand to collect these medications at two locations: The Law Enforcement Center at 6150 Route 96, Romulus and the Waterloo North Station 44 West William Street, Waterloo. No questions will be asked and no paperwork is required. During these same hours at the L.E.C. Deputies will be offering the Operation Safe Child Identification Program. This program furnishes parents or guardians with a child I.D. card and allows quick dissemination of vital information in the event a child becomes missing. The child must be present to be photographed and a parent or guardian must give written permission.

Sheriff Luce stated that both of these programs are proven to enhance public safety and public service.  Proper disposal of unwanted/expired medication keeps it from getting into the wrong hands– especially youth.

Time is always a critical issue with a missing child. Operation Safe Child enables Law Enforcement  to get the information out quickly and effectively increasing the odds of a safe return.

Leaving the scene of PDMVA/ reckless endangerment/ criminal mischief

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on April 11th 2019 at 0745am, Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 39 year old John H. Houghtaling of 9000 Wayne Center Rd. , Lyons New York following a lengthy investigation into a motor vehicle crash that occurred on  February 26th 2019 at  9:39 AM. Deputies report that on Feb 26 , Houghtaling  was operating a 2000 gray Chevrolet Silverado eastbound on state route 318 in the town of Tyre in a reckless manner, striking another eastbound vehicle in the rear , before leaving the scene. The other vehicle sustained heavy rear end damage and was a total loss as a result of the crash. Following the investigation, Sheriff’s Deputies charged Houghtaling with one count of Criminal mischief in the 4th degree, one count of reckless endangerment in the second degree (both Class A misdemeanor’s), Houghtaling was additionally charged with the vehicle and traffic sections of leaving the scene of a property damage crash, following too closely, speed not reasonable or prudent and reckless driving. Houghtaling was arraigned at the Seneca County Correctional facility CAP court where he was released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in the T-Tyre court on the 26th of April at 130pm to answer the charges.  



Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on April 9th, 2019, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Brian L. Buck, age 49, of 75 Virginia Street Apt 4, Waterloo, New York. The arrest stems from an investigation where It is alleged that Buck was in possession of drug paraphernalia and crack cocaine. Subsequently, Buck was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree. Buck was arraigned at the Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility. Buck is to reappear at a later date to answer the charges.


2 car PI MVA

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on 04/ 10/2019 at about 6:40 AM , Deputies responded to two car personal injury crash that occurred on State Rt. 414 the Town of Fayette.  Upon investigating the incident Deputies learned that Jennifer Carroll age 38 of 7045 1st St. Ovid in the of Town of Romulus was north bound when she became distracted and rear ended Timothy Sanpietro age 19 of 5542 McDuffie Town Rd Romulus  when he was  stopped and attempting to turn left onto Yellow Tavern Rd.  Carroll  complained of chest pain. Sanpietro  complained of right leg pain. Both were transported to Geneva General Hospital by North Seneca Ambulance for further medial observation.  Both vehicles were towed from the scene.




DWI / Agg DWI Felony

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Reports on 04/11/2019 at approximately 01:00 A.M., Deputies arrested Trevon N. Kangumine, 24, of Ovid, for Felony DWI, Aggravated DWI, Obstructing Traffic at an Intersection and Open Container. The arrest stems from an investigation into the report of an unconscious male driver in the middle of an intersection of  Seneca and Main St in Ovid .  After several failed attempts of knocking on the window to wake the driver up, the passenger window had to be smashed in order to wake him up. The driver was Identified as Kangumine and after speaking to Kangumine, he was found to be intoxicated. Kangumine was committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility and held awaiting arraignment.


CR#: 19SH03518


Car fire

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on April 9, 2019 at around 6:30pm, Deputies were dispatched to 8825 State Route 96 in the Town of Covert for the report of a vehicle fire in a garage. Erin Butler, Age 36, of  ( same address ) Interlaken NY was alone in the garage working on his 1978 Fiat when a solenoid sparked and caught the fuel that had come from the carburetor on fire. The engine bay and Erin’s coat were engulfed with flames. Interlaken FD was on scene  and was able to put out most of the fire with a fire extinguisher. FD trucks arrived on scene and put out the rest. Ovid and Lodi Fire Departments were called off from further assistance prior to arrival. Trumansburg Fire Department and ambulance were on scene to assist. No one was injured in the event. The vehicle is covered under the homeowners insurance and will have to cover about $3,000 in damages to the vehicle.


Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on April 8th, 2019, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Steven C. Mayo , age 40, of 6960 1st Street, Ovid, N. Y. The arrest stems from an investigation into a larceny of prescription medication from a local business. It is alleged that Mayo stole a controlled substance ( Morphine ) from a local business in the town of Ovid on March 26th 2019. Mayo was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh Degree. Mayo was arraigned at CAP and released. Mayo is to re-appear at a later date to answer the charges.


DWI arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on April 9th 2019 at 04:00 AM deputies arrested Travis M-G Sheldon, 24, of 5571 State Route 96 Romulus NY, at 2202 State Route 96 in the Town of Ovid. Sheldon was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Driving with .08% of 1% or more BAC. The arrest stems from an investigation of a suspicious vehicle and person at the FastTrac store in the Town of Ovid . Sheldon was released on appearance tickets and is to appear in the Town of Ovid Court on May 21st 2019 to answer the charges.