Endangering the Welfare of a Child Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports Investigators arrested a 19 year old Lodi resident for Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Dylan J Palmer, of Brokaw Rd in Lodi, is accused of engaging in an inappropriate sexual oriented conversation with a 13 year old female victim. The two met on a social media platform and engaged in a conversation that spanned over the course of two months. Palmer was released on an appearance ticket. He is scheduled to appear at the Fayette Town Court on June 5, 2019 to answer the charge.


DWI arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on May 18, 2019 at 10:00 PM, Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Dwayne A Crisp, 46, of 19 West Ave Geneva NY on State Route 96 in the Town of Waterloo. Crisp was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Driving while Intoxicated and Speeding. Crisp was committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility to await centralized arraignment.



Official Misconduct and Endangering the Welfare of a Child

May 16, 2019, at about 10:40pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Elisia M. Panipinto, age 20, of 3450 West Covert Road, Interlaken, New York, on charges of Official Misconduct and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The charges stem from an investigation of an alleged inappropriate relationship between Panipinto and a child in the eighth grade of the South Seneca Central School District. At the time of the alleged incident, Panipinto was employed as an Interlaken Village Police Officer serving duties as a School Resource Officer for the South Seneca Central School District. Based upon the investigation, Sheriff’s Investigators allege that Panipinto used her official capacity as a police officer to gain access to the child while at school and cultivated a physical, romantic relationship. There is no evidence of sexual conduct at this time or any indication of further victims.

The investigation was commenced after  a complaint was lodged by the Interlaken Police Department and the South Seneca Central School District.

Panipinto was arraigned in the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $250 cash bail/$500 secured bond. Panipinto is to reappear in the Ovid Town Court at a later date. A Class A Order of Protection was issued on behalf of the victim.

The investigation is continuing and multiple interviews are still pending. If anyone has any information related to this case, they are encouraged to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at (315) 220-3240.



Applicant Academy

Have you ever wanted a career in law enforcement?

Do you know how to start a career in law enforcement?

Do you have questions about a career in law enforcement?

Your opportunity starts now.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is excited to announce our very first Applicant Academy. By attending the Applicant Academy, you will interact with Correction Officers and Deputy Sheriffs who will explain the process of starting your career in this exciting field.

When: Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 9am

Where: Seneca County Sheriff’s Office (Law Enforcement Center)
6150 Route 96
Romulus, NY 14541

Topics include, but are not limited to:

Civil Service Examination Explanation and Hiring Procedure

Physical Fitness Standards

What to Expect at the Academy

Explanation of the Background Investigation Process

Explanation of the Day to Day Job

Tour of the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office/Law Enforcement Center

Explanation of the Retirement System

Explanation of the Pay and Benefits Package

To register, please contact Danielle Thompson by phone at (315) 220-3403. All attendees must be eighteen (18) years of age at the time of the Applicant Academy.

Bench Warrant arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on  05/16/2019 at about 10:30  Deputies arrested Jasmine L. Ranlowski age 26 of 118 Arnts Place # 3 Syracuse, N.Y. on a Bench Warrant for failure to appear. Deputies report Ranlowski  was charged on 3-24-19 with speeding and unauthorized use of a Motor Vehicle . Ranlowski was transported to the Seneca County Jail to await arraignment in Seneca County CAP Court , and then  will appear in Town of Tyre Court at a later date and time.


CR# 19SH03911


Animal Cruelty Investigation

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating an act of animal cruelty where a pit bull male puppy was found tied to a tree in a remote wooded area near the Route 31 Bridge in the Town of Tyre on May 9, 2019. It appears that the suspect(s) tied a rope tightly around the neck of the puppy and tied him to a tree with no food or water. Luckily, a good Samaritan heard the dog barking and contacted 911 after supplying the puppy with water. A Sheriff’s Deputy responded to the scene and contacted Beverly Animal Shelter for further assistance. The puppy is currently in good health and it appears that he was found relatively soon after the suspect(s) left him at the scene.  If anyone has any information on the identity of the puppy or the identity of the suspect(s), please contact Lt. Thompson by phone at (315) 220-3449 or the Criminal Investigation Division by phone at (315) 220-3240.  Calls may remain anonymous.

Actual photo of the puppy.



Harassment arrests T/Tyre

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on 05/11/2019 at approximately 10:30 P.M., Deputies responded to Del Lago Casino for the report of a fight in progress. Upon arrival, security staff had Leah M. Race, age 51, of 6533 Thunder Rd, Lafayette, New York and Stephen M. Velarde, age 51, of 4049 Sunset Ridge, Rock Hill, South Carolina, detained at the front entrance. After further investigation, it was discovered that Race and Velarde were gambling at a blackjack table when they got into a verbal argument with another guest who was playing at the same table. The argument escalated and Race and Velarde struck the guest multiple times in the face with open hands. Both Race and Velarde were taken into custody and issued appearance tickets for Harassment 2nd. They are both scheduled to appear in T/Tyre Court on 06/11/2019 at 5:00 P.M. to answer charges.


Grand Larceny 3rd Arrest

Seneca County Sheriff W. Timothy Luce reports that Investigators arrested Kody J. Russell, 20, of 222 West Main St Waterloo N.Y. 13165 on 5/10/19 at about 2:30 pm. Russell was charged with one count of Grand Larceny in the 3rd degree a class D Felony.
On 3/27/19 Deputies responded to a Town of Waterloo residence for the report of approximately $21,000 in U.S. currency that was missing from a safe inside a residence. It is reported by Investigators that Russell allegedly stole the missing $21,000 in cash between November 2018 and December 2108. Russell was taken to the Seneca Co. Correctional Facility to wait for arraignment in CAP court for further action.

Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on May 8th, 2019, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Kalease O. Reid, age 20, of Seneca Falls, N.Y. The arrest stems from an investigation where it is alleged that Reid had sold crack cocaine on multiple occasions in the Town of Waterloo. Reid was charged with three Counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, Class B Felonies. Reid is currently being held at the Seneca County Correctional Facility awaiting arraignment at the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court. The Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit was assisted by the Geneva Police Department and the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office.

Driver charged during “Operation Safe Stop”

   The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 05/02/19 at approx. 4:16 pm  Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Amere R Thomas,  age 21 of 142 Fall St Seneca Falls. The arrest stems from a traffic stop on Rts 5 & 20 in the Town of Waterloo while Deputies were conducting “Operation safe stop” sponsored by the Governors Traffic Safety Committee , (where Deputies and officers throughout the state are assigned to follow School buses watching for traffic violations ). During this time  a Deputy observed the vehicle Thomas was operating , pass a stopped school bus that had its lights and stop sign activated. During the investigation Deputies discovered that Thomas was operating on a permit only which was suspended and also found him to be in possession of marijuana. Thomas was issued UTT’s for Aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, unlicensed operator and failing to stop for a school bus. Thomas was also issued an appearance ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana. Thomas is to appear in the Waterloo Town Court on 05/08/19 at 1700hrs to answer to the charges.  Sheriff Tim Luce reminds all motorists to be aware of and to use extra caution when following or approaching  school buses . Sheriff Luce adds “Our children are too precious to be needlessly endangered by drivers not paying attention”