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Seneca County Sheriff W. Timothy Luce
Seneca County Sheriff
W. Timothy Luce

Seneca County Undersheriff John P. Cleere
Seneca County Undersheriff
John P. Cleere
Updates
Alerts from the SCSO

Honored Officer

March 8,2016

 Deputy Daniel Jacobsen a two year veteran of the Seneca County Sheriff Office was honored today by the Seneca County Stop DWI Committee as Officer of the Year 2015.

Deputy Jacobsen was honored along with other Officers in the County at a luncheon at the Holiday Inn Waterloo.

Congratulations  Deputy Jacobsen

 


Travel Advisory

Sheriff Timothy Luce is issuing a travel advisory for Seneca County. It is recommended that citizens do not engage in unnecessary travel. Roads in Seneca County are open but are snow covered and slippery in areas. citizens are advised to drive slowly and allow extra time to travel to appointments and work. Deputies are continuing to monitor the roadways and check for stranded motorists off the road or in the ditch.

HEROIN/DRUGS

In lieu of the Drug problem in and around Seneca County.

Just a reminder that the Seneca County Sheriff's Office does have a DRUG TIP LINE in your County.

CONFIDENTIAL DRUG TIP LINE

800-GO-TO-JAIL

1-800-468-6524

ALL CALLS WILL BE KEPT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL. 


IRS SCAM

Sheriff Timothy Luce wants citizens to be aware of I.R.S. scams. “This is the season where scammers try and dupe citizens with bogus phone calls, text messages or emails from persons claiming to be from the I.R.S.”, said Sheriff Luce. The Sheriff’s Office has already begun to receive complaints of these scams in Seneca County. Some citizens have received phone calls or messages stating that the I.R.S. is taking some sort of legal action against them.  The Sheriff offers these tips for citizens: Do not return these phone calls, emails or texts. Once the scammer thinks they are hooking you they can be relentless.  Scammers often use fake names and badge numbers. They will sometimes start with a phone call and follow up with an email or text. They will even have appropriate background noise to sound like a busy office. Scammers will threaten victims with jail time, legal action or suspension of your driver’s license. This is a sure sign of a scam. The real I.R.S. will usually initiate contact with a citizen via the U.S. mail. A citizen can always check with the I.R.S. on tax issues by calling  1-800-829-1040.  Do not give out any personal information. The best way is to hang up immediately on suspected scammers and not return any messages. They can be very manipulative and convincing. Report any suspected scams to your local police and to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484

fraud alert

  Seneca County Sheriff Jack Stenberg reports a phone scam that is going on around the area -where people are contacted by someone claiming to be from the M & T Bank fraud unit and requests people to give out their credit card numbers  to "help" them .

Sheriff Stenberg reminds the public to never give out any personal information - including bank account and credit card account numbers.  


Free Boater Safety Courses.

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office will be holding free boater safety classes this spring and summer. The courses will be held March 14th , April 11th, May 2nd and June 6th, 2015 from 8:00AM to 4:00 PM at the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center 6150 Route 96, Romulus, N.Y. 14541. This course is for adults and children and provides students with Personal Watercraft (Jet Ski) certification for persons 14 years of age and older. The course also provides motor boat certification for persons 10 years of age and older. Sheriff Jack Stenberg is reminding citizens that there have been changes to the law regarding motor boat certification. A boater safety course, such as this one, is mandatory for anyone operating a motorboat born on or after May 1st, 1996.Students are to bring a lunch and a writing instrument. All other materials will be provided. At the successful completion of the course students will receive their certification immediately.Space is limited; attendees must register in advance by calling Chief Deputy John Cleere at 315-220-3408 or e-mail jcleere@co.seneca.ny.us.Persons under 10 are not eligible to take the course. 

Beware of ongoing scams

Residents in Seneca County are being bombarded with bogus emails, phone calls and letters using a variety of scams.

Elderly residents are receiving phone calls from young sounding subjects portraying themselves as a grandchild who has been arrested and needs money to get out of jail.  Other residents are receiving calls that their utility bills are overdue and are asked to purchase "green dot" cards and send them to the scammer and their utilities won't be shut off.

Residents are receiving letters and emails originating from outside of the United States advising them they had won a large sum of money, or, they were just discovered as a beneficiary to a large life insurance settlement.

"Each and every day, Seneca County residents are being targeted with a wide variety of scams intended to swindle money from honest, hard working people in Seneca County" , said Undersheriff Gary S. Sullivan. "Never give personal information out over the phone or internet, and by all means don't fall victim to these scams.  If you are in doubt, call 911 and request a police officer to respond who can assess the validity of these countless bogus scams", said Sullivan


2013 Sheriff's Annual Report available online

The 2013 Seneca County Sheriff's Office Annual Report is now available on line by clicking on 2013 Annual Report on our main Sheriff's page on this website.

News from the SCSO

Welfare Fraud Arrest

On August 24, 2016, at about 2:14pm, Seneca County Sheriff's Investigators arrested Taretha J. Douglas, age 37, of 25 Peterman Road, Apartment D8, Seneca Falls, New York, on charges of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree (two counts), Misuse of Food Stamps, Petit Larceny, and Welfare Fraud in the Fifth Degree.  The charges stem from an investigation into Douglas not reporting income to Seneca County while receiving public benefits.  Douglas was arraigned in the Fayette Town Court and released on her own reognizance.  Douglas is to reappear in the Waterloo Village Court at a later date.

Narcotics Arrest

On August 23, 2016, at about 5:45pm, the Seneca County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit arrested Anthony M. Lagana, age 23, of 66 Stark Street, Waterloo, New York, on the charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B Felony, and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, a Violation.  The charges stem from a traffic stop conducted by Sheriff's Investigators where Lagana was allegedly in possession of seventy-one (71) baggies of heroin and a small quantity of marihuana.  Lagana was arraigned in the Waterloo Town Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $3,000 cash bail/$6,000 secured bond.  Lagana is to reappear in the Waterloo Town Court on August 26, 2016 at 8:15am. 

The Narcotics Unit was assisted by members of the Sheriff's Office Road Patrol, New York State Police, and Waterloo Police Department. 


DWI

On 08/18/16 at 06:18pm, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office  arrested Derik Smith, age 38, of 5341 Bassett RD, Burdett  for Driving while intoxicated and aggravated DWI-blood alcohol content.18 or higher. Deputies report they located Smith and his vehicle at a business in the Town of Romulus following a traffic complaint of erratic driving . Smith was arraigned in the Town of Romulus Court and RORed. Smith is to reappear in the Town of Romulus Court on 8/26/16 at 10:00am to answer to the charges.


Narcotics Arrest

On August 18, 2016, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested two people related to the sale and distribution of prescription pills in the Town of Seneca Falls.

Arrested were the following:

Benjamin U. Massey, age 42, of 2 Fall Street, Apartment 15, Seneca Falls, New York, on two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, Class D Felonies.  It is alleged that Massey sold quantities of Amphetamine and Diazepam on two separate occasions while in the Town of Seneca Falls.  Massey was arraigned in the Tyre Town Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $500 cash bail/$1,000 secured bond.  Massey is to reappear in the Seneca Falls Town Court at a later date.

Michael A. Thompson, age 61, of 2 Fall Street, Apartment 9, Seneca Falls, New York, on two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, Class D Felonies.  It is alleged that Thompson sold quantities of Clonazepam on two separate occasions while in the Town of Seneca Falls.  Thompson was arraigned in the Tyre Town Court and released on his own recognizance.  Thompson is to reappear in the Seneca Falls Town Court at a later date.

The Narcotics Unit was assisted by members of the Sheriff’s Uniform Road Patrol and Seneca Falls Police Department.


Bench Warrant

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 08/17/2017 at 10:53AM   Deputies arrested Sarah J. Mathews age 33 of   2347 220th St. Mt. Pleasant, IA on a Seneca County Court Warrant.  Mathews was transported to the Seneca County Jail. Mathews court appearance will be at a later date and time as determined by the court.


Family Court Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 08/15/2016 at approximately 7:30PM Deputies arrested Destiny R. Haust, age 32, of Main St. Canandaigua, NY.  The arrest stems from an arrest warrant issued out of Seneca County Family Court for a violation of the Family Court Act.  Haust was arraigned at the Town of Waterloo Court where she was RDR'd.

 

 


Welfare Fraud Arrests

The Seneca Co Sheriff's Office reports that Investigators arrested three individuals on arrest warrants between 8/12/16 and 8/15/16. Arrested were:

Grace F. Compton, 25, of 7588 Co. Rd. 131 Ovid NY for the charges of Offering a False Instrument for Filing 1st degree (class E felony), Welfare Fraud in the 5th degree, Petit Larceny and Misuse of Food Stamps(all class A misd). Compton is accused of fraudulently obtaining SNAP benefits in the amount of $706 which she was not entitled to. Compton was arrested on 8/12/16.

Stacey M. Maneiro, 33, formerly of 29 W. Main St Waterloo for the charges of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 1st degree( 2 cts) (class E felony), Welfare Fraud in the 5th degree, Petit Larceny and Misuse of Food Stamps( class A misd). Mineiro is accused of fraudulently obtaining SNAP benefits in the amount of $554 in which she was not entitled to.

Kailyn E. Gable, 26, of 7010 Co. Rd. 132A Romulus NY for the charges of Welfare Fraud in the 4th degree, Grand Larceny 4th degree and Misuse of Food Stamps( all class E felonies). It is alledged that Gable fraudulently obtained SNAP benefits in the amount of $2310 in which Gable was not entitled to. 

Both Gable and Maneiro were arrested on 8/15/16. 

All three subjects were arraigned in the Town of Fayette Court in front of Justice Sapio.  The subjects were ROR'ed and will appear on 9/7/16 at 5pm in the Village of Waterloo court to answer the charges.


Bench Warrant

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 08/11/2016 at approximately 8:30PM Deputies arrested Danielle L. Bell, age 27, of 3994 SR 414, Burdett, NY.  The arrest stems from a Bench Warrant issued out of the Lodi Town Court for Failure to Pay Fine from an original charge of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 5th.  Bell was arraigned a the Town of Lodi Court where she paid her fine and was released.

 


Domestic Dispute

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on Aug 10 2016 at about 4:30pm Sheriff's  Deputies arrested Steven T. Grillone age 29 of 280 Fall St Apt C3 Seneca Falls NY on several criminal charges.  Grillone was charged with Burglary 2nd a class C Felony, 4 counts of Endanger the welfare of a child, Reckless Endangerment, Attempted assault 3rd, and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation; all are misdemeanors.  Grillone was also charged with Unlawful possession of Marijuana, a violation.   All charges stem from a Domestic dispute  that occured at a residence in the Town of Waterloo, in which Grillone broke into the residence and assaulted a female in the presence of 4 young children. Sheriff's Deputies were assisted by the Waterloo Police Department , who located Grillone after he left the scene. Deputies report that  Grillone was arraigned before the Town of Covert court and committed on $5000 cash / $10,000 bail and  is to reappear before the Town of Covert Court at a later date. 


Welfare Fraud Arrest

On August 9, 2016, at about 2:30pm, Seneca County Sheriff's Office Investigators arrested Victor I. Abadom, age 24, of 2163 Route 89, Seneca Falls, New York, on two counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, Class E Felonies.  The charges stem from an investigation into Abadom receiving public benefits and allegedly not disclosing his income to Seneca County.  Abadom was arraigned in the Fayette Town Court and released on his own recognizance.  Abadom is to reappear in the Waterloo Village Court on August 17, 2016 at 5pm.

DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on August 5, 2016 at 11:41pm, Seneca County Depuites arrested Leon R Rider Jr, age 66, of 119 Kirkless Road Pittsford, NY, on State Route 5 in the Town of Waterloo. Rider was charged with Failure to keep right, driving while intoxicated and Driving with .08% or more. This arrest stems from a traffic stop conducted in the town of Waterloo on St Rt 5. Deputies report Rider was released on appearance tickets and is to appear in Waterloo Town Court at a later date to answer the charges.    



Warrant Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on August 3rd, 2016 at around 13:30 pm Nathan G. Jones, 36 years old, of  Cayuga St Interlaken, NY was arrested by Sheriff's Deputies on a Bench Warrant issued from the Town of Romulus. The Warrant was issued by the Court as Jones failed to pay his fine. Jones was arraigned at the Town of Fayette Court, and was Remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $128.75 bail. Jones is scheduled to reappear in the Town of Romulus Court on 08-12-2016 at 10am.

 

 

 


Reckless Driving Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 08/03/2016 at approx 4:45PM Deputies arrested Matthew Easling, age 30, of 50 Charles St., Dresden, NY.  Deputies report that while they were on patrol, Easling nearly caused a head on crash with officers on Whiskey Hill Rd. in the Town of Junius.  It is alleged that Easling was passing a vehicle while on a blind curve at 80MPH in a 55MPH.  As Deputies attempted to stop Easling, he attempted to avoid officers by driving behind a residence and parking next to a barn on the property.  Easling was charged with Reckless Driving and multiple Vehicle and Traffic Law violations.  Easling was arraigned at the Town of Junius Court where he was committed to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $1000.  Deputies were assisted at the scene by the NYSP and also their K-9 unit.

 

 


Warrant- Welfare Fraud

On Wednesday August 3rd 2016 at 0947 a.m. The Seneca County Sheriff's Office arrested Aaron L. Maybury, age 45 of 3320 Aikens Rd. Savannah, NY 13146. Maybury was arrested on a warrant issued out of the Waterloo Village Court charging him with Welfare Fraud in the 4th degree, Grand Larceny 4th degree and Misuse of Food Stamps. Maybury was arraigned before the Town of Ovid Court by Justice VanCleef at which time he was released on his own recognizance. Aaron Maybury is scheduled to return to the Waterloo Village Court on August 17th 2016 to further answer the charges. 

Family Court Warrant Arrest

Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on August 2nd, 2016 at 11:15AM, Sheriff's Deputies arrested Tracey R. Morehouse, age 36, of 50 Troy St. Seneca Falls, on a Family Court Warrant issued out of Seneca County Family Court.

Morehouse was arraigned before the Town of Junius Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility in lieu of $2,500.00 bail. Morehouse is to appear before Seneca County Family Court at a later date.

 

 


Welfare fraud arrest

On 7/27/16 at 4:30 pm, Seneca County Sheriff's Office Investigators arrested Tammy L. Ticer age 44 of 9 Chapel St. Seneca Falls.  She was charged with offering a false instrument for filing first degree, welfare fraud in the fifth degree, petit larceny and misuse of food stamps.  Ticer allegedly received $494.00 in (SNAP) benefits that she was not entitled to.  She was arraigned in the Town of Seneca Falls Court where she was released without bail and is to re-appear in the Village of Waterloo Court on 08/03/16 to answer to the charges. 

Sheriff Tim Luce Announces

 Participation in

Sheriffs’ Summer Camp Program

 

Seneca County Sheriff  Tim Luce announced today that  10 children from the county are attending the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute’s 2016 Summer Camp.  The Sheriffs’ Summer Camp is designed to provide a solid recreational program combined with the development of a sense of good citizenship.  This will mark the 39th year of the camp’s operation.

 

The Sheriffs’ Summer Camp, which is located near Penn Yan in Yates County, is supported by the Sheriffs’ Association Institute’s Honorary Members through their contributions and annual dues.  This year the camp will accommodate over 900 deserving boys and girls from across New York State.  Sheriff Luce stated “This is a great opportunity for our county youth and  I personally thank  Seneca County residents for donating and making this possible.”            

 

Sheriff Luce in  discussing the objectives and goals of the camp said, “the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp Program is designed to provide a child who ordinarily would not have the chance, an opportunity to go away during the summer.”  Sheriff Luce pointed out that, “The primary objective is to create positive interaction between the kids attending camp and the Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs who participate in the camp programs.  We have found from experiences during the first 38 summer camps that the kids develop a renewed respect and understanding for the men and women who enforce the laws.  “The deputies become their friends and in some cases substitute parents for a week,” a proud Sheriff  Luce states.

 

Throughout the week-long stay, the children observe special exhibits and demonstrations presented by Sheriffs’ Offices from across the State.  Included in these presentations are D.A.R.E. presentations, boat and bike safety programs, law enforcement equipment and technical demonstrations and even a talent show just for fun.

 

Upon completion of their stay, all children will be awarded a diploma for their participation in a program of “Good Citizenship and Law Enforcement Studies.”


Burglary Arrest

On July 20th, 2016, at about 11:00am, Seneca County Sheriff's Investigators arrested Robert M. Heroux, age 41, of 5085 Terrell Road, Trumansburg, New York, on charges of Burglary in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony, and Petit Larceny, a Class A Misdemeanor.  The charges stem from an incident where Heroux allegedly entered a Town of Covert business while the business was closed and stole a quantity of money.  Heroux was arraigned in the Covert Town Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on no bail.  Heroux is to reappear in the Covert Town Court on July 25th, 2016 at 9am.

Assault 3rd Endangering Welfare of Child, Crim Mischief 4th

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 07-16-2016 Dustin E. Robinson, 23 years old, no permeantent address, was arrested for Assualt 3rd, Criminal Mischief 4th, and two count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The arrest was the result of a domestic incident that occured around 11:30pm that occured in the Town of Lodi. It is alleged that Robinson struck a female in the face, causing an injury, while in the presence of two children. Robinson was arraigned in the Town of Lodi Court, and was remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $1,000 Cash Bail, $2,000 Secured Bond. Robinson is to reappear in the Town of Lodi Court on July 20th at 10:00AM.

AUO 2nd

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 07-15-2016 Charlie Perez-Pastor, 27 years old, of Rochester,NY was arrested for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Second Degree. Perez-Pastor was originally pulled over for speeding, when it was later determined that his non-driver ID was suspended. Perez-Pastor was issued appearance tickets, and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Waterloo Court on 08-12-2016 at 09:30am to answer to the charges.


Criminal Mischief Arrest

Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on July 14th, 2016 at approximately 12:45 PM, Sheriff's Deputies arrested Scott W. Meldrum age 28, of 120 East Main Street Waterloo, New York for Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree. The charge stems from an incident at a Town of Waterloo Business where Meldrum is accused of damaging a wall. The damage was estimated at $150.00. Meldrum was located at a residence in the Village of Waterloo and taken into custody. Meldrum was arraigned before the Town of Junius Court and committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility in lieu of $250.00 bail/$500.00 bond. Meldrum is to appear before the Town of Waterloo Court on August 12th, 2016 at 9:30 AM for further action.

 


DWI

 

On the evening of 07/12/2016 Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to two car personal injury crash that occurred on Packwood Rd in the Town of Waterloo.  Upon investigating the incident Deputies learned that Rusty D Kerns  age 27 of 4075 Old State Rt 96 in the Town Waterloo had struck a vehicle operated by David C. Thiriot age 67 of 14212 Snickersville Dr, Gainesville VA and had fled the scene. Thiriot was operating a fifteen passenger van full of people. Deputies report one 15 year old female occupant was injured  was transported to Geneva General hospital  by North Seneca Ambulance with a complaint of back and neck pain.  Deputies located Kerns, and  he was charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury crash, driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated with a BAC of .08 or higher.  Kerns is due in the Town of Waterloo court at a later date and time to answer for the charges. 


 

 


Monthly Snapshot

                     SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

                   MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR JUNE 2016 

LAW ENFORCEMENT: 

Total Calls For Service: 1098

Total Arrests: 28 

NARCO: 

Total new drug cases: 13

Total arrests: 20 

CORRECTIONS: 

Average Number of Inmates: 81

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $57401.64; Yearly Total: $316,697.94

CIVIL: 

Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 51

Total Income Executions: 26

Total Evictions: 8

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH: 

06/01/2016:  The new Family Services Unit was implemented. Almost immediately 3 Domestic Violence cases were adopted for further action and follow up by the F.S.U. 

06/08/2016: DARE FUN DAY was conducted at Vince’s Park in Seneca Falls. Over 300 5th graders from all Seneca County Public Schools attended for a day of fun and interaction with Officers   

06/08/2016: The Narco Unit concluded a Drug Sweep operation involving area drug dealers. The investigation lasted several months. 5 adult males were arrested for trafficking crack cocaine and heroin in Seneca County.  

06/13/2016: A Residential Burglary in the Town of Tyre was solved. Two Burglars were arrested for stealing $10,000 from an occupied residence.  

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere    


Narcotics Arrest

On July 6, 2016, at about 1:28pm, the Seneca County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit arrested Christine L. Cirre, age 33, of 2484 Lower Lake Road, Apartment 1, Seneca Falls, New York, on charges related to the sale of prescription pills in the Town of Seneca Falls.  The investigation concluded with the execution of a search warrant at her residence by members of the Sheriff's Office and Seneca Falls Police Department.  It is alleged that Cirre sold a controlled substance known as "Lyrica" on two separate occasions from her residence.  Cirre was subsequently charged with two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, Class D Felonies.  Cirre was arraigned in the Fayette Town Court and released to pre-trial diversion.  Cirre is to reappear in the Seneca Falls Town Court on July 11, 2016 at 5pm. 

DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 07/08/2016 at 10:24pm   Deputies arrested Dustin E. Coleman age 32 of 5854 State Rt. 96 Romulus, NY  for  DWI  and Aggravated DWI blood alcohol content .18 or greater . Deputies report that Coleman  was operating a motor vehicle in the Town of Ovid under the influence. Coleman was processed and released on appearance tickets. Coleman is to appear in the Town of Ovid Court at a later date and time.

 


Auo 2nd and Endangering the Welfare of a Child


Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on July 8th, 2016 at around 2:35Pm Deputies arrested Erika A Santiago, 52 of Kingston NY in the Town of Junius for AUO 2nd and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. It is alleged that Santiago left a small child in a vehicle while she entered a business for a period of time. While on scene Deputies found that Kingston had been operating her vehicle with a suspended license. Santiago was arraigned in the Town Of Waterloo court and remanded to jail on 500 cash 1000 bond. She is to reappear in the Town of Junius court on 7/19/16 at 7pm to answer to the charges.


Structure Fire

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on July 6th, 2016 at approximately 12:35pm Sheriff's Deputies responded to a Structure Fire located at 9181 Schier Rd  in the Town of Covert. Deputies report that when they arrived the fire was extinguished by the Trumansburg Fire Dept. The house, owned by  Mariah M. Plumlee age 36 of the same address sustained minor damage. The Trumansburg Fire Department was the lead agency and was also assisted by Interlaken Fire Department,  and Trumansburg Ambulance  assisted at the scene. There were no injuries reported from this fire. The cause of the fire was a cigarette that was discarded outside a second story window. The cigarette was smoldering and  started the wood siding on fire. The damage was contained to the wood siding just below the the second story window.

 

                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                        


Criminal Contempt 2nd

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on July 5th at about 1:30 pm, Seneca County Deputies arrested Michael P Virgo, age 37, of 1021 Waterloo Geneva Road Lot #10 He was charged with  Criminal Contempt in the second degree.

The arrest stems from Virgo being at a Town of Waterloo residence while a Class "A" (stay away order) order of protection is in effect.  Virgo was arraigned in the Town of Waterloo Court and released on his own recognizance. Virgo is to appear in the Town of Waterloo Court on July 8th at 9:30 am to answer the charges.  

 

 

                                                                            

                                                                      


Weapons Charge

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on July 4th at about 10:37pm, Seneca County Deputies arrested Michael P Virgo, age 37, of 1021 Waterloo Geneva Road Lot #10, at 1021 Waterloo Geneva Road lot #10 in the Town of Waterloo. He was charged with 7 Counts of Criminal Possession of a Firearm in the 4th degree.

The arrest stems for the 911 call that a shot was fired in the area outside the home. When Deputies arrived they found Virgo in the back yard of the home and he was taken into custody without incident. Upon further investigation Deputies determined that Virgo was in possession of  7 different long guns, when  he is prohibited from possession any guns . Virgo was arraigned in the Village of Waterloo Court and released on his own recognizance. Virgo is to appear in the Town of Waterloo Court on July 8th to answer the charges.  


Felony DWI/Felony AUO 1st

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on July 3rd 2016 at 8:21 PM, Seneca County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Edward D Eddington, 57, no known address, on Steele Rd in the Town of Waterloo. Eddington was charged with Felony Driving While Intoxicated, Felony Driving with .08% of 1% or more, Felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operator in the 1st degree and Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident. The arrest stems from an investigation into a one car property damage accident on Steele Rd in the Town of Waterloo. Eddington was arraigned in the Village of Waterloo and committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $5,000 cash bail $10,000 secured bond and is to reappear in the Town of Waterloo on date to answer the charges.


DWI

Seneca County Sheriffs Office reports thaton July 1 at 8:04PM Deputies arrested George P Laughlin age 42 of 30 Dixon Ave Geneva on the charge of Driving while intoxicated.  Deputies Stopped Laughlin on Taylor ave in the Village of Waterloo.  Laughlin was alos charged with refusal to submit to a chemical test.  Laughlin was arraigned in the Village of Waterloo Court and committed to jail in lieu of $1,000.00 cash or $2,000.00 Bond  He is to re appear on Aug 3, at 5:00 Pm.

STOP-DWI JULY 4TH CRACK DOWN

STOP-DWI Crackdown Enforcement for Independence Day Weekend:

 

 

The Seneca County STOP-DWI Program has announced police agencies across Seneca County will participate in a special statewide enforcement effort to crack down on impaired driving throughout the Independence Day holiday weekend. In an ongoing collaborative effort the New York State Police, Seneca County Sheriff and all local Law Enforcement agencies will be out in force in this coordinated effort to aggressively target those who put lives in danger. The holiday enforcement period begins July 1 and ends on July 5th.

 

The Fourth of July holiday is one of the deadliest on the highway. This is a preventable situation. Don’t let a memorable holiday weekend celebrating our nations independence turn into a tragic life changing event.

 

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce


Felony DWI AUO 1st

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 06/27/2016 at approximately 5PM, Deputies arrested Sherry L. Taranto, age 52, of 5756 Sunset Court, Romulus, NY.  Taranto was charged with DWI-Felony, DWI .18% BAC or greater-Felony, and AUO 1st-Felony.  Deputies report that Taranto was involved in a Property Damage Motor Vehicle Accident on SR 96A in the Town of Waterloo. Deputies report Taranto lost control of her vehicle on the on ramp to Rt 96A from Rt 5, and struck a grass embankment., coming to rest on Rt 96A.  Taranto was uninjured in the accident.  She was arraigned at the Town of Fayette Court where she was committed to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $10,000/$20,000 secured bond, and is to appear in the Town of Fayette Court at a later date.

 


DWAI-Drugs arrest

The Seneca County Office reports that on June 25th , 2016 at 6:57pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Jesse J Jolly age 19, of 1640 McCallister Mill RD Scranton, SC, at 5196 St Rt 89, in the Town of Varick. Upon investigation Jolly was charged with Driving while ability impaired by drugs.

Deputies responded the report of a two car property damage accident at 5196 St Rt 89. Upon arrival Deputies found that Jolly had hit a parked car.  Upon further investigation Deputies determined Jolly to be impaired by drugs . There were no injuries reported. Jolly  was released on appearance tickets is to appear in Varick Town court at a later date.


arrest warrant

The Seneca Co Shgeriff's Office reports that on 6/21/16 deputies arrested Gary S. Mashaw,53, of  Utica NY on an arrest warrant for petit larceny. It is alledged that in April 2007 Mashaw applied for services through Seneca County and did not report his income at the time. Mashaw was arraigned in the Town of Tyre Court. Mashaw plead guilty in court and a  $250 fine  was imposed, along with restitution of $738.

Warrant Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's office reports on June 19, 2016 at approximately 11:15 am Sheriff's Deputies arrested Latoya K Duffield, age 34 of 500 Pultney St Apt 29 Geneva, NY, on an arrest warrant issued out of Seneca County Family Court.  Duffield was arraigned at the Village of Waterloo Court where she was remanded to the Seneca County Correction al Facility in lieu of $100 cash, $200 secured bond.  She is to reappear at Seneca County Family Court on a later date. 


Warrant of Arrest - Violation of a Conditional Discharge

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on June 14, 2016 at approximately 5:00pm Sheriff Deputies arrested Ginger Hayes, age 51 of 34 Cayuga St, Clyde with the assistance of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. Hayes was arrested on a warrant of arrest issued out of the Town of Seneca Falls Court for a charge of violation of conditional discharge. Hayes allegedly violated her conditional discharge from prior DWI charges. Deputies report Hayes was arraigned at the Town of Tyre Court where she was remanded to the Seneca County Sheriff's Correctional Facility on $1,000 cash bail, $2,000 secured bond.  She is to reappear at the Town of Seneca Falls Court on July 7, 2016 at 5:00pm.


Burglary arrest

Seneca County Investigators have arrested two suspects of a morning burglary at a residence in the Town of Tyre.  Kari L. Snyder, age 31 of 5076 Gray Street North Rose , NY was arrested on June 13th 2016 at the scene of the burglary and charged with Burglary 2nd, a class C felony and Grand Larceny 3rd, a class D felony.  Ryan J. Faniel, age 28 of 41 Mill Street Sodus, NY was arrested on June 13th 2016 at a residence in the Village of Clyde.  He was charged with Burglary 2nd, a class C felony and Grand Larceny 3rd, a class D felony.  It is alledged that Snyder and Faniel acted in concert to enter a residence through a window while the homeowner was sleeping and steal $10,000.00 in cash.  Both suspects were arraigned in the Town of Waterloo court where Faniel was commited to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on no bail and Snyder was commited in lieu of $1,000.00 cash or $2,000.00 bail bond.  Both are to appear in the Town of Tyre court at a later date. 


Criminal Mischief arrest

The Seneca County sheriff's Office reports that on 6/12/16 at about 5:45am, Sheriff's Deputies arrested 34 year old Corrie M. Hibbard of 4867 state Route 96A in the Town of Varick for one misdemeanor count of Criminal Mischief 4th. The arrest stems from a domestic dispute where it is alleged Hibbard pushed a window mounted air conditioner that was placed in a window of her ex boyfriend's home, onto the floor causing it to break. Hibbard was arraigned in the town of Varick Court where she was ROR'D. A class a order of protection was issued to the victim. Hibbard will appear in the Town of Varick Court at a later date to answer the charge. 

House Fire

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on June 11th, 2016 at approximately 2:37pm Sheriff's Deputies responded to a Structure Fire located at 5198 Kings Corners Rd  in the Town of Varick. Deputies report that when they arrived the House was fully engulfed with heavy smoke showing. The house, owned by   Kyle Patchen age 29 & Meghan  Patchen, 32   of the same address was a total loss. The Romulus Fire Department was the lead agency and was also assisted by Fayette, Varick, Canoga, and Ovid Fire Departments. South Seneca Ambulance and the Red Cross assisted at the scene. There were no injuries reported from this fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

 

 

                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                         


DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 06/10/2016 at about 10:12pm, Seneca County Deputies arrested John M Linehan, age 48, of 2093 Vinings Cir Wellington, FL, on St Rt 96A in the Town of Fayette. Linehan was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated with .08% or more. Deputies report that this arrest stemmed from a property damage accident on 96A in the Town of Fayette. Linehan is to appear before the Town of Fayette Court on the 6th day of July to answer the charges.  


Drug Sweep

June 3rd – June 8th: The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested five people related to the sale and distribution of illicit drugs throughout the Seneca County community. This drug sweep was the culmination of 10 months of investigation. Arrested were the following:Raymond J. Anderson, age 24, of 2190 East Seneca Street, Lodi, New York, on charges of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B Felony, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B Felony.  It is alleged that Anderson sold a quantity of heroin in the Village of Ovid.  Anderson was arraigned in the Ovid Town Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $1,000 cash bail/$2,000 secured bond.  Anderson was to reappear in the Ovid Town Court on June 7, 2016 at 11:30am.Calvin L. Butler, Jr., age 42, of 163 North Street, Geneva, New York, on charges of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (two counts), Class B Felonies, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (two counts).  It is alleged that Butler sold a quantity of crack cocaine on two separate occasions while in the Village of Waterloo.  Butler was arraigned in the Waterloo Town Court and released on his own recognizance.  Butler is currently out on bail on drug related charges.  Butler is to reappear in the Waterloo Village Court on June 15, 2016 at 5pm.  The Geneva Police Department and Ontario County Sheriff’s Office assisted in this investigation.Timothy M. Anderson, age 23, of 41 Church Street, Apartment F2, Waterloo, New York. He was charged with: Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B Felony, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B Felony.  It is alleged that Anderson sold a quantity of heroin in the Village of Waterloo.  Anderson was arraigned in the Waterloo Town Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $2,000 cash bail/$4,000 secured bond.  Anderson was to reappear in the Waterloo Village Court on June 8, 2016 at 5pm.  The Waterloo Police Department assisted in this arrest.James A. Hennigan, age 21, of 146 Virginia Street, Waterloo, New York. He was charged with: Sale of an Imitation Controlled Substance, a Class A Misdemeanor. It is alleged that Hennigan sold a substance portrayed as heroin in the Village of Waterloo. Hennigan was released on an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on July 13, 2016 at 5pm.Patrick O Snider, age 42, of 83 Canal Street, Lyons, New York. He was charged with: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (five counts), Class B Felonies, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (four counts), Class B Felonies, Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, a Violation and Consumption of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle, a Traffic Infraction.It is alleged that Snider possessed crack cocaine on five separate dates and sold crack cocaine on four separate occasions in the Town of Waterloo.Snider was arraigned in the Waterloo Town Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on no bail.  Snider is to reappear in the Waterloo Town Court on June 10, 2016 at 11am.The Narcotics Unit was assisted by members of the Sheriff’s Office Road Patrol Division, New York State Police, and Wayne-NET (Wayne County Narcotics Enforcement Team).

D.A.R.E. Fun Day

June 8th, 2016: The third annual Seneca County D.A.R.E.—(Drug Abuse Resistance Education), Fun Day was held at Vince’s Park in the Town of Seneca Falls. Over three hundred fifth grade students from Romulus, South Seneca, Waterloo and Seneca Falls school districts attended this event. The Fun Day was organized and made possible by Seneca County Sheriff’s and Seneca Falls Police D.A.R.E. Officers. It was a reward to the students for successfully completing the program and focused on positive activities. Students spent the day with their D.A.R.E. Officers and enjoyed swimming, kick ball, wiffle ball, dancing and a popcorn party. Deputy Sheriffs from the Sheriff’s Office and Seneca Falls Police Officers stopped in to congratulate the D.A.R.E. graduates and interact with them in an informal setting. Seneca County Sheriff’s Sergeant John Fowler and his K-9 “Izak” made a special visit to spend time with the students. Sheriff Tim Luce and Seneca Falls Police Chief Stu Peenstra both attended the event. The Sheriff commended the officers involved and stated that it was a great Community Policing activity. He thanked all the Community members who donated time, services and money to support the event. Police unions from the Sheriff’s Office, Seneca Falls Police and Waterloo Police Departments denoted money to fund the event. Ken Paradise denoted his services as a D.J. and provided music and a dance contest. The Seneca Falls Office of Parks and Recreation donated the use of Vince’s Park.         

Assault 3rd/Menacing 3rd

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, Sheriff Deputies arrested Zachary J. Herman, age 24, of 2546 Edwards Rd. Waterloo, NY on 06/08/2016 for Assault in the 3rd degree and Menacing in the 3rd degree. The charges stem from an altercation in the Town of Junius on 06/04/2016 at approximately 11pm where it is alleged Herman struck a male victim with a dangerous instrument while engaged in a physical altercation causing physical injury. Herman was released on appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Junius Court on 07/05/2016 to answer the charges. 135


Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the 2nd Degree

On June 6, 2016 at approximately 12:12am,on Rt 414 in the Town of Tyre, Sheriff's Deputies arrested Daniel J. Usselman age 27, of 32 Webster Manor Drive Apt 6, Webster, for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Second Degree, a misdemeanor following a traffic stop for no/inadequate lights. Usselman was arraigned in the Town of Tyre Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility, and held on $500 cash bail, $1,000 Secured Bond.  Usselman is to appear in the Town of Tyre Court on June 21, 2016 at 5:00pm to answer the charges.


 


Bench Warrant Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s office reports that on May 29th, 2016 at 9:57 PM, Seneca County Deputies arrested Russell C Noftell, age 30, of 11 E Elisha St Waterloo, NY.  The arrest stemmed from a bench warrant being issued from Noftell not paying a fine from a criminal trespass charge. Noftell was arraigned in the Town of Romulus Court and released on his own recognizance.


Monthly Snapshot

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

 MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR MAY 2016 

LAW ENFORCEMENT: 

Total Calls For Service: 1097

Total Arrests: 50 

NARCO: Total new drug cases: 8

Total arrests: 7 

CORRECTIONS: 

Average Number of Inmates: 80

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $66,765.24; Yearly Total: $259,296.30 

CIVIL: 

Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 71

Total Income Executions: 20

Total Evictions: 12

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH:

05/05/2016: The Narco Unit arrested a crack cocaine dealer for selling crack in Waterloo.  

05/13/2016: Road Patrol made a narcotic pills possession arrest and a violation of an order of protection arrest during a domestic violence incident in the Town of Covert.   

05/13/2016: K-9 “Izak” located a suicidal subject who was hiding in a wooded area in Romulus. The subject was apprehended safely and turned over to Mental Health Services. 

05/13/2016: The Sheriff’s Office launched a facebook page. 

05/15/2016: Road Patrol netted a female for heroin possession and a man wanted for felony assault during a traffic stop. 

05/19/2016: The Narco Unit arrested a heroin dealer for selling heroin in Waterloo. 

05/27/2016: Two subjects were arrested for felony welfare fraud.      

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere


Seneca County Sheriff starts Family Services Unit

06/01/2016: Sheriff Tim Luce announced the implementation of a Family Services Unit at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office. The Unit was created to support and assist families involved with domestic violence, missing persons and abused or neglected persons. Two Investigators within the Criminal Investigation Division are assigned to the Unit; they have received and will continue to receive specialized training. The Family Services Unit will be responsible for conducting investigations involving child abuse, abuse of vulnerable adults and domestic violence victims.  The Unit will review all incidents of domestic violence to detect patterns, issues and make appropriate follow ups and referrals.  The Unit will also oversee incidents of Juvenile Crime and participate in Juvenile Crime Prevention programs.  The Investigators assigned will work closely with Probation, School Resource Officers and youth services agencies.   Sheriff Luce stated that Unit was created by redeploying existing manpower and workload resulting in no additional cost to the taxpayers. Officers assigned to the Unit are Investigator Melinda Marquart and Investigator Chris Felice.

DWI/AUO

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on May 28th, 2016 at 03:30 AM, Seneca County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Steven C Mayo, 37, of 6960 1st St Ovid NY on State Route 96 in the Town of Covert. Mayo was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving with .08% of 1% or more, Aggravated Unlicensed Operator in the 1st Degree a Felony and Speeding. Mayo was released on appearance tickets and is to appear in the Town of Covert Court on June 6thth 2016 to answer the charges.


Civil Supervisors School

Sergeant David Smith from Seneca County completes Statewide Training Program:

Saratoga Springs, NY - Sixty Deputy Sheriff's and Civillian staff from forty three Sheriff's Offices around the state attended the New York State Sheriff's Association/Sheriff's Institute Civil Supervisors Training Conference in May at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, NY, Including Sergeant David Smith from Seneca Count. The three day training program is part of a training series offere...d each year jointly by the NYS Sheriff's Association (NYSSA) and the NYS Sheriff's Institute.

All Sheriff's have civil law enforcement functions, including the service of process and enfocement of judgements and other court orders and mandates. The conference provides participants with training in the latest advances in civil law enforcement and a forum to discuss current civil law enforcement issues and share best practices.

NYSSA is a not-for-profit corporation formed in 1934 to assist New York's Sheriff's in the effective delivery of services to the public. It comprises all 58 Sheriff's in New York State. The Sheriff's Institute was established in 1979 to advance criminal justice education, prevent juvenile delinquency, and support victims of crime and their families.


DWI

On 05-27-16 at about 12:08am Sheriff Deputies arrested Damian J. Fox age 37 of 26 Kirkwood Ave Geneva NY for DWI. The charges stem from a traffic stop that was initiated on ST RT 5 in the Town of Seneca Falls, it is alleged that Fox failed to maintain his lane as he was traveling down the roadway. Fox was charged with failure to use lane and DWI and is to appear in the Town of Seneca Falls Court on 06-02-16 at 09:30am .


Juvenile Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 05/27/2016 at approximately 4PM deputies charged a juvenile  with Criminal Mischief 4th.  Deputies report that a 12 year old  damaged property to a Waterloo Central School District bus during an incident  05/25/2016 while  in the Town of Junius.  The juvenile and his parents were given an appearance ticket to appear at Seneca County Probation on 06/10/2016 at 4:00PM.

 


Domestic dispute

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 05/26/2016 at approximately 7:30PM deputies responded to a domestic dispute that occurred in a vehicle on Hecker Rd. in the Town of Waterloo.  Deputies arrested Joshua NMI Clark, age 42, of 2395 Reed Rd. Waterloo, NY.  Clark was charged with three counts of Reckless Endangerment 2nd, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing, and Harassment 2nd.  It is alleged that Clark was involved in a physical domestic dispute with a female who was operating a vehicle Westbound on Hecker Rd.  Clark began to punch and choke the female which caused her to lose control of the vehicle.  The vehicle left the North side of the roadway striking a fence and multiple posts.  The vehicle continued to spin out of control and re-entered the roadway crossing over in to the South shoulder.  The female was then able to gain control of the vehicle. At that time, Clark exited the car and the female drove off.  During the incident, there were young children in the back seat. None of the victims requested medical attention from the incident. Clark was arraigned at the Town of Waterloo Court where he was committed to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $5,000/$10,000.  He is scheduled to re-appear on 06/10/2016 at 0930hrs. A class "A" Order of Protection was put in to effect on behalf of the victims. Child Protective Services were also notified of the incident.  Sheriff's Deputies report that the investigation is continuing.

 

 


DWI Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 5/26/2016 at 2:33AM, Sheriff's Deputies arrested 24 year old Curtis A. Tompkins of 1500 Trumansburg Road Ithaca N.Y. for DWI following a traffic stop on State Route 96 in the Town of Ovid. Deputies observed Tompkins speeding (80/55) and following further investigation charged him with DWI including operating a motor vehicle with .08%bac or greater. Tompkins was released on utt's and is to appear in the Town of Ovid court on the 21st of June at 10AM.

PI MVA

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 5-22-16 at about 1109 am Sheriff's Deputies responded to a 1 car PI MVA that occurred on ROUTE 96A in the Town of Romulus . Deputies report a car driven by Stacy L. Watson age 36 of 504 W Chemung St. Painted Post, NY was Southbound on Route 96A,  when the vehicle went off the East side of the road and struck a ditch and rolled over. The vehicle suffered extensive damage.  Watson and her two passengers Holly M Duvall age 41 of 80 John St. Corning, NY and Jason R. Robinson age 16 of 504 W Chemung St. Painted Post, NY were complaining of head and neck pain all three were transported by South Seneca Ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital. Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Ovid and Romulus Fire Departments. The accident remains under investigation.

                                                                                 

                                                                      


Narcotics Arrest

On May 19, 2016 at about 11:59am, the Seneca County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit arrested Austin T. Wheeler, age 19, no permanent address, on a bench warrant issued out of the Waterloo Town Court for failing to appear on a charge of Sale of an Imitation Controlled Substance in the Town of Waterloo.  Sheriff's Investigators also charged Wheeler with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B Felony, and one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B Felony, which relates to an incident in April of 2016 where Wheeler sold a quantity of heroin in the Town of Waterloo.  Wheeler was arraigned in the Waterloo Town Court and was released on his own recognizance.  Wheeler is to reappear in the Waterloo Town Court on May 27, 2016 at 9:30am.

Bench Warrant

Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on May 19th 2016 at 12:30 PM sheriff deputies arrested Jason M Sutton, 22, of 26 E Water St Waterloo NY on a Bench Warrant issued out of the Town of Waterloo Court for Failure to Appear on an original charge of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle in the 3rd Degree. Sutton was arraigned in the Town of Waterloo Court and committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $250 cash bail/$500 secured bond. Sutton is to reappear in the Town of Waterloo Court on May 27th 2016 at 09:30 AM to answer the charges.  

Drug/Hindering Prosecution Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 05/15/2016 at approximately 6:45PM Deputies arrested Courtney B. Bower, age 18, of 4324 Rt. 414, Seneca Falls, NY and John J. Pisano, age 29, with no current address.  The arrest stems from a traffic stop on Hecker Rd. in the Town of Waterloo.  Deputies observed Pisano riding in the passenger seat of a vehicle being operated by Bower.  Deputies had knowledge that Pisano was actively being sought out of the Village of Waterloo for a felony Assault that occurred in April.  As Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, Pisano fled on foot in the area of Hecker Rd. and Brewer Rd.  Pisano fled through an open field and then a hedgerow before being caught by Deputies.  Pisano was then turned over to the Waterloo Police Department for further court action.

Bower was charged with Hindering Prosecution 3rd and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th.  It is alleged that Bower knew there was an active felony warrant for the arrest of Pisano and continued to provide him transportation.  Deputies also report that Bower possessed a quantity of heroin.

Bower was released on appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear at the Town of Waterloo Court on 06/22/2016 to answer to the charges.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by the New York State Police and Waterloo Police Department.

 

 


FC Warrant

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 05/13/2016 at approximately 4:00PM, Deputies arrested James Mosher, age 25, of Elmira, NY.  The arrest stems from Mosher failing to appear for Family Court.  A bench warrant was issued for Mosher and he was located in Horseheads and subsequently turned over to the Sheriff's office.  Mosher was arraigned at the Town of Romulus Court where he was committed to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $2,500.  Mosher is scheduled to appear at the next available Family Court date.

 

 


Drug possession

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 05/13/2016 at approxiamtely 11:30PM Deputies arrested Kristin Carney AKA Kristin Richthammer, age 34, of 4365 Seneca Rd. Lot 43, Trumansburg, NY.  Richthammer was charged with 4 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th and one count of Unlawfully Dealing with a Child 1st.  It is alleged that Carney possessed multiple different controlled substances in her residence.  It is further alleged that Carney possessed the controlled substances while there were children staying at the residence.  Carney was arraigned at the Town of Lodi Court where she was committed to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $1,000.  She is scheduled to appear at the Town of Covert Court on 06/06/2016 at 10:00AM.

Deputies report Child Protective Services were notified about the incident.

 

 


Domestic Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on Friday May 13th shortly after 11pm, Sheriff's Deputies arrested 41 year old Michael J. Schott of 4365 West Seneca Road lot #43 in Trumansburg for 2 Counts of Criminal Contempt in the 2nd degree. The arrest stems from Sheriff's Deputies responding to the residence for the report of a domestic dispute. Deputies later learned that Schott was not supposed to be around a female victim or her 16 year old daughter who were both at the residence. Schott was arraigned in the Town of Lodi court and remanded to the custody of the sheriff in lieu of $250 cash bail and is to re-appear in the Town of Covert court on June 6th. Deputies were assisted on scene by members of the Trumansburg Police Department.

CPCS 7th / AUO 3rd

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 05/12/2016 at 08:08am   Deputies arrested Harriet Ndagire age 30 of 311 Arborwood Lane Rochester, NY for the charge of AUO in the third degree also two counts of Criminal Possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree. While checking on a report of a reckless driver , and locating and pulling the vehicle over , Deputies found that Ndagire was operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license  on Rt 96A in the Town of Romulus. Upon further investigation Deputies found  Ndagire to be in possession of controlled substances that where not prescribed to her.  Ndagire was arranged in the Town of Varick and was committed to the Seneca County Jail on $500.00 cash bail or $1,000.00 Secured Bond. Ndagire is to appear in the Town of Romulus Court at a later date and time. Deputies report that the investigation is continuing.


DI Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on May 11, 2016 at approximately 10:00pm Sheriff's Deputies arrested Matthew J Haws, age 29 of 4265 St Rt 96A Fayette, for Harassment 2nd.  It is alleged that on April 30, 2016 while at a residence in the Town of Waterloo Haws engaged in a physical altercation with a female victim that resulted in the victim sustaining minor injuries.  Haws was arraigned at the Waterloo Town Court where he was ROR'd.  Haws is schedule to reappear on May 27, 2016.  An Order of Protection was issued on behalf of the victim.

 

 


IRS SCAMS

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office has been getting alot of calls in regards to the following:

Sheriff Timothy Luce wants citizens to be aware of I.R.S. scams. “This is the season where scammers try and dupe citizens with bogus phone calls, text messages or emails from persons claiming to be from the I.R.S.”, said Sheriff Luce. The Sheriff’s Office has already begun to receive complaints of these scams in Seneca County. Some citizens have received phone calls or messages stating that the I.R.S. is taking some sort of legal action against them.  The Sheriff offers these tips for citizens:

 

Do not return these phone calls, emails or texts. Once the scammer thinks they are hooking you they can be relentless.

 

Scammers often use fake names and badge numbers. They will sometimes start with a phone call and follow up with an email or text. They will even have appropriate background noise to sound like a busy office.

 

Scammers will threaten victims with jail time, legal action or suspension of your driver’s license. This is a sure sign of a scam. The real I.R.S. will usually initiate contact with a citizen via the U.S. mail. A citizen can always check with the I.R.S. on tax issues by calling  1-800-829-1040.

 

Do not give out any personal information. The best way is to hang up immediately on suspected scammers and not return any messages. They can be very manipulative and convincing.

 

Report any suspected scams to your local police and to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484


Domestic Dispute

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 05/08/2016 at approximately 3:30PM Deputies responded to Yellow Tavern Rd. for the report of a domestic dispute.  Deputies arrested Sonya Gussler, age 33, of 5854 Rt. 96, Romulus, NY.  Gussler was charged with Harassment 2nd and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  Gussler is accussed of punching a male in the face causing swelling and bruising while in close proximity to a small child.  Gussler was arraigned at the Town of Fayette Court where she was released on her own recognizance.  She is scheduled to re-appear on 06/01/2016 at 7PM.  A class "A" order of protection was issued on behalf of the victims. 

 

 


DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 05/07/2016 at approximately 8PM Deputies arrested Lindsay Cameron-Rayno, age 34, of 418 Woodhill, Newark, NY.  Cameron-Rayno was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Driving with a BAC of.08 % or more.  Cameron-Rayno's arrest stems from a civilian complaint of an intoxicated driver at a Town of Junius business.  Cameron-Rayno was released on appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Junius Court on 05/31/2016 at 7:00PM. 

 

 


Narcotics Arrest

On May 6, 2016, at about 12:05pm, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested Austin T. Wheeler, age 19, no permanent address, on two counts of Sale of an Imitation Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana following a narcotics investigation.  It is alleged that Wheeler sold imitation controlled substances in the Village of Waterloo and Town of Waterloo.  While taking Wheeler into custody, Sheriff’s Deputies discovered Wheeler was in possession of a quantity of marihuana.  Wheeler was arraigned in the Waterloo Town Court before Judge Folk and released on his own recognizance.  Wheeler is to reappear in the Waterloo Town Court on May 13, 2016 at 12pm and is to reappear in the Waterloo Village Court on June 1, 2016 at 5pm.


Fugitive from justice arrest

On 5-6-16 Seneca County Sheriff's Investigators arrested Karen J. McBroom, age 44 of 9 Barker Street Seneca Falls, NY as a fugitive from justice.  While being released from the Seneca County Correctional Facility it was discovered that McBroom had an active arrest warrant from the State of Missouri.  McBroom was arraigned in the Town of Fayette where she was comitted to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on no bail.  McBroom will appear in Seneca County Court for a extradition hearing at a later date.        

Narcotics Arrest

On May 5, 2016, at about 10:15am, the Seneca County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit arrested Samuel L. McCullough, age 25, of 104 Hickory Manor Drive, Rochester, New York, on charges of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B Felony, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B Felony.  It is alleged that McCullough sold crack cocaine in the Town of Waterloo.  McCullough was arraigned in the Covert Town Court and remanded back to the Seneca County Correctional Facility as he is currently being held on $100,000 cash bail/$200,000 secured bond related to multiple other charges.

Drug arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 05/02/2016 at approximately 4PM deputies made multiple arrests after a traffic stop on State Route 5 and 20 in the Town of Waterloo. Deputies arrested Erin Smith, age 24, and Daniel Smith, age 29, both of 43 1/2 Fall St. Seneca Falls, NY and Amanda Eaves, age 31 of 73 Madison St. Geneva, NY.  Daniel Smith was charged with AUO 3rd after a traffic stop.  Upon further investigation, it is alleged that the passengers and driver all possessed cocaine and heroin.  All three occupants were charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th.  They were then arraigned at the Town of Junius Court where they were committed to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $750/$1500.  They are scheduled to appear at the Town of Waterloo Court on 05/12/2016 at 12:30PM.  Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Seneca County Sheriff's Office K9 Unit and the New York State Police.

  


Domestic Dispute

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 05/01/2016 at approximately 7PM Deputies responded to 2238 Edwards Rd., Waterloo, NY for the report of a domestic dispute.  Deputies arrested Michael Tighe, age 26, of the above address and charged him with the following:

Endangering the Welfare of a Child- Class A Misdemeanor

Unlawful Imprisonment 2nd- Class A Misdemeanor

Criminal Mischief 4th- Class A Misdemeanor

Harassment 2nd- Violation.

It is alleged that Tighe was involved in an altercation while in the presence of a child.  Tighe refused to let the victims leave the residence and barricaded the door.  He also allegedly broke a picture frame and threatened physical violence towards the victims.

Tighe was arraigned at the Town of Waterloo Court where he was released on his own recognizance.  He is scheduled to appear at the Town of Waterloo Court on 05/27/2016 at 9:30AM.  A class "A" order of protection was issued on behalf of the victims.  Child Protective Services were notified of the incident.

 

 


PIMVA

  The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 4-29-16 at about 1205 am Sheriff's Deputies responded to a 1 car mva that occurred on Co Rd 139 in the Town of Ovid . Deputies report a truck driven by Kaili M Collins age 25 of 8262 County Rd 129 Lodi was Westbound on County Road 139 , just west of Co Rd 129, when the vehicle went off the north side of the road and struck a rock lined ditch. The vehicle suffered extensive damage and Collins was treated at the scene by Trumansburg Ambulance and transported to Geneva General Hospital where she was then airlifted by Lifenet to Upstate Medical Hospital in Syracuse , where she is being treated for head injuries and is in critical condition. Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Ovid , Lodi and Interlaken Fire Departments. The accident remains under investigation


Forcible Touching/Pubilc Lewdness

The Seneca County Sheriff’s office reports that on April 27, 2016at 6:33pm, Seneca County Deputies arrested Andrew McDougal , age 17, of 4887 St Rt 96a, Romulus, NY, at 4887 St Rt 96a in the Town of Varick.  He was Charged with Forcible Touching (Class A Misdemeanor), Public Lewdness (Class B Misdemeanor) and Harassment 2nd (a Violation).

The arrest stemmed from an incident that occurred April 24th around 10:30pm. It is alleged that McDougal Pulled down his pants in front of someone and then grabbed them. McDougal was arraigned in the Town of Varick Court and released on his own recognizance. McDougal is to appear again in court the 29th of June at 7pm in the Town of Varick Court.  


Criminal Impersonation Arrest

On 04/26/16 at 5:10 pm, The Seneca County Sheriff's Office Investigators arrested Desiree R. Bates age 28 of 23 Seneca Road Seneca Falls, NY for criminal impersonation in the second degree.  The charge stems from an investigation into an incident on march 29, 2016 at the Seneca County Jail where Bates is incarcerated .  Bates made a phone call to another person pretending to be a employee of the Seneca County Jail to get them to release her from jail.  Bates was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of Romulus Court on May 13, 2016 to answer to the charge.   

Welfare Fraud and Grand Larceny

The Seneca County Sheriffs Office reports on April 20,2016 at 4:45pm, Sheriff Investigators arrested Shelby J. Betts age 25 of 114 Madison St Apt 4 Newark NY on a warrant issued out of the Village of Waterloo Court for Welfare Fraud 4th degree and Grand Larceny 4th degree, both charges are class E felonies.  Betts was arriagned before the Village of Waterloo Court, ROR'd and is to reappear on May 4, 2016 at 5 pm to answer to the charge. 

AUO 1st

               The Seneca  County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 04-24-2016 at approximately 8pm a couple from Staten Island were arrested following a traffic stop. Deputies report that a vehicle was observed heading West bound on State Route 96, in the Town of Ovid, passing another vehicle on a solid line. Deputies stopped the vehicle and it was determined that the driver, Deveraler T. Mark, 70, of 52 South St ,  Staten Island  NY was operating the motor vehicle with a Suspended License involving 21 tickets on 12 separate dates. Deveraler was arrested for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 1st, and Improper Passing. Deputies also report that upon further investigation the passenger, Miranda Mark, 56, (same address) reported that she knew her husband, Deveraler, had a suspended license.  Deputies charged Miranda Mark for Facilitating Unlicensed Operation 1st.

Both were arrigned in the Town of Romulus Court and  Deveraler Mark  was remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility, and held on $5,000 cash bail, $10,000 Secured Bond. Miranda Mark  was remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility, and held on $1,000 cash bail, and $10,000 Secured Bond. Both parties are to appear in the Town of Ovid Court on 04-28-2016 at 8pm.


DWI/ Agg DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 04-22-2016 at approximately  9 pm a Penn Yan resident was charged with Aggravated Driving while Intoxicated following a  one car Motor Vehicle Accident. Deputies report, Jessica A. Robideau, 29, of 114 Main St Penn Yan was charged with Aggravated Driving while Intoxicated BAC .18 or Higher, Driving While Intoxicated, and Failure to Use Designated Lane. Deputies were originally called to the area of State Route 96A and West River Road, in the Town of Fayette for a Motor Vehicle Accident. Deputies report that Robideau had struck a sign and went off the road into the ditch,  upon further investigation,  Deputies determined  Robideau to be under the influence of Alcohol.  Robideau was issued appearance tickets, and is to appear in the Town of Fayette Court on 05-18-2016 at 7pm to answer to the charges.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by the NY State Troopers, Border City Fire Department, and North Seneca Ambulance

larceny

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Department reports that a Syracuse man was arrested following an incident that occurred at the Waterloo Outlet mall on April 13th around 3:20 pm.

 

Gregory T. Cerul, 31, of Syracuse is accused of stealing merchandise valued at $215.00 from a Town of Junius business.  Sheriff’s Deputies charged Cerul with petit larceny, and issued him an Appearance Ticket.

 Cerul is scheduled to appear in Junius Town Court on May 12th at 6:00 pm to answer the charge against him.

Endangering and harassment

The Seneca County Office reports that on April 22nd, 2018 at 2:47pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Shania Sullivan age 19, of 4887 St Rt 96A Romulus, NY, at 4887 St Rt 96A, in the Town of Varick. Upon investigation Sullivan was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child and Harassment 2nd.

Deputies report that the arrest stems from an incident that occurred around 7:58am when Sullivan allegedly punched and choked a 14 year old female. Sullivan is to appear in Varick court on 04/27/2016 to answer the charges.


Criminal Mischief

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 04/19/2016 at approximately 6:30PM Deputies responded to Main St. Willard for the report of a domestic dispute.  Deputies arrested Briana P. Dahl, age 21 of 145 Cottage St. Apt 1, Auburn, NY.  It is alleged that Dahl damaged property in excess of $250 during the dispute.  Dahl was charged with one count of Criminal Mischief 3rd, Class E Felony.  Dahl was released on an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear at the Town of Romulus Court on 06/03/2016 at 10:00AM.

 

 


Scheme to Defraud/Larceny Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 04/19/2016, Deputies arrested Nikolas P. Sinn, age 24, of 1400 W. River Rd. Waterloo, NY.  Sinn was charged with one count of Petit Larceny and one count of Scheme to Defraud.  It is alleged that Sinn attempted to sell items via the internet to multiple individuals that he did not own, and did not deliver.  Sinn, who is currently incarcerated at the Seneca County Jail on similar charges, was released on appearance tickets.  He is scheduled to appear at the Town of Fayette Court on 06/15/2016 at 7:00PM.  Deputies ask that if there are any more suspected victims of Sinn, to contact the Sheriff's Office at 315 539-9241 to report the crime.

 

 


Family Court Warrants

On April 18th, 2016 at approximately 11:30am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Office arrested Samuel J Eckert, age 27, of Waterloo, on two warrants issued out of Family Court.  Eckert was arraigned in the Town of Fayette Court and was RORed. He was to reappear in Family Court on April 18th at 1:30pm


Barn Fire

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on April 16, 2016 at approximately 6:47pm Sheriff's Deputies responded to a barn fire located at 2302 Yerkes Road in the Town of Romulus. Deputies report that when they arrived the barn was fully engulfed with heavy black smoke showing. The barn , owned by Mark Otto age 34 of the same address had no valuables or livestock inside but barn was a total loss.

 

Romulus Fire Department was the lead agency and was also assisted by Fayette, Varick, Canoga, Hector and Ovid Fire Departments. There were no injuries reported from this fire. The cause of the fire was reported as a brush fire that was carried by the wind to the nearby barn.


Structure Fire

The Seneca County Sheriff's office reports that on April 14th at 1045PM, Sheriff's Deputies responded to the Verona Village Apartment complex located at 2276 County road 139 in the Town of Ovid for the report of a Structure fire. Upon Deputies arrival, they noticed heavy thick black smoke and flames coming from the C block of the complex. Deputies immediatly began evacuating the apartments. Several elderly tenants were woken up by Sheriff's Deputies and removed from their smoke filling apartments. One tennant was treated at the scene by South Seneca Ambulance for smoke inhalation. The fire was started in apartment #C1, rented by 69 year old Douglas O. Sickler. The blaze was believed to be caused by a cigarette butt that was not properly put out inside of a butt can located directly outside of the front door to apartment #C1. the Ovid fire department extinguished the fire along with mutual aid from the Interlaken, Lodi and Trumansburg fire departments. Deputies were also assisted on scene by the New York State Park Police.

Town of Lodi Burglary Solved

04/13/2016: Seneca County Sheriff's Investigators arrested David J. Rosenberger, age 31, of 665 School Street, Skaneateles Falls, N.Y. on two felony charges as the result of a Burglary Investigation. It is alleged that Rosenberger entered a Town of Lodi residence on or around 04/06/2016 and stole $1250.00 worth of Jewlery. Rosenberger was charged with Burglary 2nd, a class C felony and Grand Larceny 4th, a class E felony. Sheriff Luce stated that Investigators recovered the stolen property at a pawn shop in the City of Auburn. Rosenberger was arrested at his residence and then arraigned in the Town of Lodi Court. He was released by the Court to appear at a later date to answer the charges.

Narcotics Arrest

On April 11, 2016, at about 11:10am, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested Teshawn L. Jones, age 23, of 141 High Street, Apartment Seven, Geneva, New York, on several charges related to the sale and distribution of crack cocaine in the local community.  It is alleged that Jones sold crack cocaine on two separate occasions recently in the Town of Waterloo.  After Jones was taken into custody, he attempted to conceal a quantity of crack cocaine intended to be sold which was later discovered by Sheriff’s Deputies.  Jones was charged with:

Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (two counts), Class B Felonies

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (three counts), Class B Felonies

Jones was arraigned in the Covert Town Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $5,000 cash bail/$10,000 secured bond.  Jones is to reappear in the Waterloo Town Court on April 14, 2016 at 5pm.

The Narcotics Unit was assisted by members of the Sheriff’s Office Uniform Road Patrol and the New York State Police.


DWAI-drug /CPCS Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on April 10, 2016 at approximately 3:00pm Sheriff Deputies arrested Vincent E Freeman, age 51 of 14 Castle St Geneva, for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th and Criminal Possession of Marijuana 4th.  Also arrested was James R Boorman, age 27 of 3580 Route 96 Waterloo, for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th and Criminal Possession of Marijuana 4th.  The arrests stems from an investigation into a suspicious vehicle on Zwick Rd in the Town of Fayette. 

Freeman, who is also on NYS Parole, was arraigned on the above charges as well as a Violation of Parole Warrant that was issued by NYS Parole as a result of this incident.  Freeman was remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility without bail.  He is scheduled to reappear at the Fayette Town Court on May 4, 2016.

Boorman was released on appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear at the Fayette Town Court on May 4, 2016 to answer the charges.


Trespass

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on April 10th, 2016 at 01:12 AM,  Deputies arrested Allison R Perozzi, 19, of 2469 Route 444 Bloomfield NY on Rt 336 in the Town of Varick for a Trespass that had occurred in the Town of Romulus. It is alleged that Perozzi was involved in a dispute  in the Town of Romulus and fled the scene. Perozzi was then later apprehended following a routine traffic stop on Rt336 for Failure to Keep Right. Perozzi was released on appearance tickets and is to appear in the Town of Romulus Court on May 20th 2016, to answer the charges.


Larceny

The Seneca County, Sheriff's Office reports, on 04/09/2016 at approximately 4:45PM, Deputies arrested Shyasia West, age 18, of 117 Charlotte St., Syracuse, NY.  West was charged with Petit Larceny and two counts of Possession of Burglars Tools.  It is alleged that West stole items from a Town of Junius business.  It is further alleged that West was in possession of two separate items used to facilitate the larceny.  West was released on appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear at the Town of Junius Court on 05/10/2016 at 7:00PM.  Deputies were assisted at the scene by the NYSP.

 


Warrant Petit Larceny

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 04/08/2016 at 07:15am Deputies arrested Jamahl J. Null age 46 of 45 Hillside Drive Geneva NY.  The warrant was  out of the Town of Waterloo court for petit larceny. Deputies report that on Oct 8 2015 Null allegedly took alcohol from a Town of Waterloo business.   Jamahl was arraigned by Town of Waterloo Court before Justice Folk and was ROR’ed on the charges. Jamahl is to reappear back in Waterloo Town court at a later date and time.


Drug Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 04/06/2016 at approxiamtely 4PM, Deputies stopped a vehicle on Stark St. in the Village of Waterloo.  Upon further investigation, Sheriff's  Deputies charged a passenger in the vehicle, Mariah Dann, age 21, of 8471 King St., Port Byron, NY with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th.   It is alleged that Dann possessed a quantity of Oxycodone.  Dann was released on an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear at the Village of Waterloo Court on 04/27/2016 at 5:00PM.  Deputies were assisted at the scene by the New York State Police.

 

  


Warrant Arrest

The Seneca County sheriff's Office reports that on April 6th at 5:45AM, Sheriff's Deputies arrested 26 year old Stacey L. Courtright of 7183 main street Ovid N.Y. on a warrant issued out of Seneca County Court for Violation of Probation. As County Court was not in session, Courtright was committed directly to the Seneca County Correctional Facility pending further Court action.

Oswego man charged with manslaughter


Seneca County Sheriff  Tim Luce reports that Seneca County Sheriff’s investigators, working in conjunction with the Seneca County District Attorney’s office , after an extensive investigation has charged Ralph C brown AGE 57 of 37 Wintergreen point Road in Oswego New York for the following:

Criminal Offenses are  : Manslaughter in the second degree a class C felony, criminally negligent homicide, a class E felony, assault in the second degree a class D felony and assault in the third degree a class a misdemeanor. Vehicle and traffic Offenses are :  reckless driving, driving while the ability impaired, failure to keep right, failure to use designated lane and failure to yield one half of roadway.

The charges stem from a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred on NY State Route five in the area of the Montezuma wildlife refuge on August 9th 2015.  It is alleged that Brown was operating a 2007 Ford F350 pickup truck westbound while his ability was impaired .  Investigators report Brown crossed  the centerline into oncoming traffic striking a 2008 Ford F150 pickup truck being operated by Josiah P Robin AGE: 20 of 10641 State Route 90 Locke New York,  head- on in the eastbound lane.  Browns vehicle came to rest on State Route five and Robin’s vehicle left the roadway and came to rest in the south ditch turning onto its driver’s side.  Brown’s vehicle after the crash had a minor fire which was extinguished.  Robin’s vehicle after coming to rest in the ditch caught fire.  Robin was pinned inside the vehicle and several bystanders including members of the New York State Park police attempted to extinguish the fire and remove Robin from the vehicle.  They were unable to extricate Robin from the vehicle before it was fully engulfed in flames.  Robin perished in the fire from his injuries.  Brown and his passenger were taken from the scene and transported to upstate medical hospital in Syracuse New York.  Brown was admitted to the hospital and his passenger was treated and released. The   Seneca County Sheriff’s Department reconstructed the scene and the roadway was closed for several hours.     Investigators report Brown was arraigned before Seneca County Superior Court Judge Bender on 04-04-16 at two pm where he was ROR'd and is to reappear at a later date for further court action.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the York State Park police, Seneca County District Attorney’s Office, north Seneca ambulance, Magee, Seneca falls and red jacket fire departments, Seneca County Fire coordinators, Seneca falls police and state police.

 

 

 



Warrant Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 3/30/2016 at 7PM, Sheriff's Deputies arrested 24 year old Nikolas P. Sinn of 1400 West River Road in Waterloo on a Bench Warrant issued out of the Town of Ovid Court stemming from the original charges of petit larceny and Scheme to defraud. Sinn was arraigned in the Town of Romulus court and was committed to the custody of the
Sheriff in lieu of $10,000 cash bail $20,000 bond. He is to re-appear in the Town of Ovid Court on the 12th of April at 10am.

AUO 3RD

On March 29, 2016 at approx.  2:15pm, in the Town of Waterloo, Sheriff Deputies arrested John H. Houghtaling age 36, of 9000 WYN CTR Rd Lyons, for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Third Degree a class A misdemeanor following a traffic stop for Speeding on State Route 96. Houghtaling was issued UTTS and is to appear in the Town of Waterloo court on 04/27/16 to answer to the charges.


Harassment 2nd /CM 4th Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on March 24, 2016 at approximately 8:00 am Sheriff Deputies arrested Shawn C Lurcock, age 40 of 1600 W Blaine Rd Romulus, for Harassment 2nd and Criminal Mischief 4th.  It is alleged that Lurcock struck a male victim and also damaged property belonging to the victim during a domestic dispute.  Lurcock was arraigned at the Covert Town Court where he was remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility in lieu of $250 cash $500 secured bond.  Lurcock is to reappear at the Romulus Town Court at a later date.  An Order of Protection was issued on behalf of the victim.

 

 


UPM /DWAI Drugs

    On March 18th 2016  at approx. 9 pm Sheriff's Deputies arrested Patrick W. Walsh age 64 of 731 Irdell Rd Trumansburg for DWAI- drugs and unlawful possession of Marijuana. The arrest stems from a traffic stop on State Route 5 and 20 in the Town of Waterloo where the vehicle Walsh was operating had an insufficient tail lamp. Upon further investigation Walsh was found to be in possession of a quantity of marihuana and Sheriff's Deputies found him to be driving while his ability was impaired by drugs.   Walsh was released on appearance tickets and issued a traffic tickets. Walsh is to appear in the Town of Waterloo Court on 04/13/2016 at 1:30pm to answer to the charges.

Narcotics Arrest

On March 25, 2016, at about 9:30am, the Seneca County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit arrested Fabian T. Reid, age 36, of 100 Lewis Street, Apartment One, Geneva, New York, on charges related to the sale and distribution of crack cocaine in the local community.  It is alleged that Reid sold crack cocaine in the Town of Waterloo.  Reid was charged with:

*Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B Felony

*Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B Felony

Reid was arraigned in the Waterloo Town Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on no bail.  Reid is to reappear in the Waterloo Town Court on March 30, 2016 at 1pm.


Endangering welfare of Child Arrest

On 03/24/16 Seneca County Sheriff Investigators arrested Norman J. Harrell age 58 of 9 Wycliffe Rd. Waterloo, NY for endangering the welfare of child.  The charge stems from an investigation conducted by Sheriff's Investigators along with Child Protective Service Caseworkers. An incident was discovered that occurred between August and November of 2014, in which Harrell was watching pornography with a child on his lap.  Harrell was arraigned in the Town of Fayette Court where he was placed on pre-trial release. A full stay away order of protection was issued. He is to re-appear in the Village of Waterloo Court on 04/06/16 to answer to the charge. 


Sheriff's Association Honorary Membership

         NEW YORK STATE SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION  INSTITUTE, INC.  
 
                                                   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE             Sheriff TIMOTHY LUCE ANNOUNCES MEMBERSHIP DRIVE             The New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute will begin its annual Honorary Membership drive in Seneca County within the next few days according to Sheriff Timothy Luce.            The New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute was established in 1979. It is a not-for-profit corporation, tax exempt organization, and contributions to the Institute are tax deductible.             While the Sheriff’s Office is a unit of county government, many of the concerns of Sheriffs and other law enforcement agencies are best addressed on a statewide level. The Sheriffs’ Institute provides centralized training programs and services for all Sheriffs’ Offices, where those programs and services would be unavailable or impractical on a single county basis.             The flagship program of the Sheriffs’ Institute is the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp for economically challenged children. The Sheriffs’ Camp, in its 40th year of operation, is located on Keuka Lake and 840 children from across New York State attend each summer. The Sheriffs’ Institute pays the entire cost of the camp stay and transportation.  Most children attending wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity for vacation travel or a summer camp experience.             The Sheriffs’ Camp program combines summer recreation with activities designed to teach an understanding of, and respect for, our laws and the men and women who enforce them. The strong camper to counselor ratio allows for individual attention with an emphasis on the development of self esteem.             “In these difficult economic times we cannot forget our youth who will not have the opportunity for a summer camp experience or a summer vacation,” Sheriff Timothy Luce said. “By becoming an honorary member you are supporting the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp for economically disadvantaged children.”             In addition, the Sheriffs’ Institute operates a scholarship program that provides one scholarship to each of New York State’s Community College’s Criminal Justice Programs. This program is designed to help attract the best and the brightest to the criminal justice vocation.             For more information about the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp and other Sheriffs’ Institute Programs, visit our website, www.sheriffsinstitute.org or simply google  “Sheriffs’ Institute kids” and it will be your first option.             Financial support for many of the Sheriffs’ Institute programs comes from Honorary Membership dues. Invitations for Honorary Membership are extended on a non-partisan basis, and the invitees are selected at random. Any persons interested in supporting the efforts of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute by becoming an Honorary Member should contact the Sheriff if they do not receive an invitation in the mail, or visit our web site at: www.sheriffsinstitute.org to download an application.             All donations made to the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute are tax deductible. In addition, Sheriffs’ Institute is registered with the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau. 

 

Traffic Stop/Drug Arrest

The Seneca County Office reports that on March 21st, 2016, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested  the passenger in the vehicle ; Steven K Mcinnes, Age 51, of 87 Uptown RD Ithaca, on St Rt 318, in the Town of Junius at 3:51am along with the driver - Courtney E Aston, age 37, of 66 Asbury Road, Ithaca. Upon investigation Mcinnes was charged with Possession of hypodermic instruments, a class A misdemeanor. Aston was charged with four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree, a class A misdemeanor, aggravated unlicensed operation  in the third degree , a misdemeanor and operating a motor vehicle without taillights, a violation.  

Deputies report that these arrests stemmed from a traffic stop on St Rt 318 in the Town of Junuis early Monday morning. After Deputies searched the vehicle they found four different controlled substances as well as a quantity of hypodermic needles. Mcinnes was committed to the Seneca County Jail on $500 cash and $1000 bond and Aston was committed on $1000 cash and $2000 bond. Both Mcinnes and Aston are to appear before the Town of Junius Court on April 21st at 7:00pm to answer the charges.   


Arrest Warrant Harassment 2nd and Criminal Trespass 2nd

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on March 20, 2016 at approximately 3:00pm Sheriff Deputies arrested Christopher M. Hartzell, age 41 of 2287 Lake Road Spur, Seneca Falls, on a warrant of arrest issued out of the Town of Fayette Court for charges of harassment in the second degree and criminal trespass in the second degree. Deputies report Hartzell was involved in a dispute at a Town of Fayette residence on March 15 2016. He was  arraigned at the Town of Fayette Court where he was ROR'd. He is to reappear at the Town of Fayette Court on April 6, 2016 at 7:00pm.

Aggravated Harassment Arrest

Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on March 17th, 2016, Sheriff's Deputies arrested two 16 year old males in connection with a fight that occurred on March 11th, 2016 in the Town of Romulus. Noah W. Moriarity, of 5636 State Route 96 Romulus, was charged with Aggravated Harassment in the 2nd Degree. Moriarity was released on an appearance ticket and is to appear on March 25th, 2016 at 10:00AM in the Town of Romulus Court. 

Ford J. Petrie, of 5519 State Route 96 Romulus, was charged with Aggravated Harassment in the 2nd Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Petrie is also accused of pushing a 13 year old juvenile and causing a shoulder injury during the altercation. Petrie was released on appearance tickets and is to appear in the Town of Romulus Court on March 25th, 2016 at 10:00 AM


DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on 03-17-2016 at approximately 9:45 pm, Sheriff's Deputies responded to a property damage motor vehicle accident located on County Road 139 near Blew Road in the Town of Ovid. Upon further investigation the operator Kalenna Partin, age 32 of 5040 State Route 414 Romulus, NY  was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated DWI .18 BAC, and Failure to Use Designated Lane. No injuries were reported in the accident. Partin was arraigned in the Town of Covert court and  was ROR'd to appear  in the Town of Ovid Court on 04-19-2016 at 10:00am.


Family Court Warrant

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on March 16, 2016 at approximately 12:30 pm Sheriff Deputies arrested Dale L. Tingue Jr., age 35 of 4436 Lasher Rd , Wolcott NY, on an arrest warrant issued out of Seneca County Family Court.  Tingue was arraigned at the Tyre Town Court where he posted $500.00 cash bail and was released.  He is to reappear at Family Court on a later date

 

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Family Court Warrant

Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on March 14th, 2016 at approximately 5:30 PM, Sheriff's Deputies arrested Ashley N. Head age 27, of 29 Swaby Street Seneca Falls, N.Y., for a warrant issued out of Seneca County Family Court. Head was arraigned before the Town of Fayette Court where she was released on her own recognizance. Head is to appear in Seneca County Family Court on March 15th, 2016 at 9:00 AM for further action.

 

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Arson/ Shooting arrests

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that Investigators have concluded the shooting and vehicle arson investigation that occured on Sept 10 2015 at the Cayuga Nation 'Varick House" located at 2906 Co Rd 124 in Romulus with the arrest of the last two remaining suspects:

On March 12th at approximately 2:00 P.M. Deputies arrested Marcus A. Redeye, 18, of Salamanca NY , on a warrant issued from the Town of Varick Court for Assault in the Second Degree, a Class D felony. Redeye was arraigned in the Town of Fayette Court and committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $15,000 cash bail, $30,000 secured bond. Redeye is to reappear to the Town of Fayette Court at a later date to answer the charges. Sheriff's Deputies also arrested Devin R. Bomberry, 23, of Salamanca NY, on a warrant from the Town of Varick Court for Arson 3rd a Class C Felony and Criminal Mischief 2nd a Class D Felony. Bomberry was arraigned  in the Town of Fayette and committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $15,000 cash bail, $30,000 secured bond. Bomberry is also to reappear in the Town of Fayette Court at a later date. 


Arrest Warrant Harassment 2nd

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on March 13, 2016 at approximately 11:00am Sheriff Deputies arrested Shantae Hendrix, age 28 of 2133 Route 5 & 20, Apt 19D, Seneca Falls, on a warrant of arrest issued out of the Town of Waterloo Court for a charge of harassment in the second degree. Hendrix was allegedly involved in an altercation at a Town of Waterloo business in which a Geneva resident was struck.  Deputies report Hendrix was arraigned at the Town of Waterloo Court where she was ROR'd.  She is to reappear at the Town of Waterloo Court on March 25, 2016 at 9:30am.


Family Court Warrant

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on March 13, 2016 at approximately 10:00am Sheriff Deputies arrested James A. Cardin, age 34 of 236 Spring Run, Clifton Springs, on an arrest warrant issued out of Seneca County Family Court.  Cardin was arraigned at the Waterloo Town Court where he was committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility in leu of $2000 cash, $4,000 secured bond.  He is to reappear at Family Court on a later date.


Veh Pursuit /Arrest

On March 11, 2016, at about 1:53pm, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested multiple people following a traffic stop which escalated into a high-speed police pursuit that started on Reed Road in the Town of Waterloo.  Sheriff’s Investigators and Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to stop a vehicle being operated by Samuel L. McCullough, age 25, of 104 Hickory Manor Drive, Rochester, New York.  At the time, McCullough had an active felony arrest warrant for violation of probation out of Monroe County and active felony charges from the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit.  McCullough refused to stop and intentionally crashed into an unmarked Sheriff’s Office vehicle causing extensive damage to the vehicle and caused a hand injury to a Sheriff’s Deputy.  McCullough then fled the Reed Road scene at a high rate of speed onto Hecker Road, Edwards Road, and onto Ninefoot Road.  McCullough then drove off Ninefoot Road into a field and intentionally crashed into a snow fence.  McCullough then caused extensive damage to the field with the vehicle and the vehicle ultimately became stuck in the mud in a field south of Bostwick Road.  McCullough was then forcibly removed from the vehicle by Sheriff's Deputies and taken into custody.  A second Sheriff’s Deputy suffered a back injury while taking McCullough into custody.

 

McCullough was charged with the following:

 

Attempted Assault in the First Degree, a Class C Felony

Assault in the Second Degree (two counts), Class D Felonies

Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, Class E Felonies

Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree, Class A Misdemeanor

Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, Class A Misdemeanor

Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree (four counts), Class A Misdemeanors

Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Class A Misdemeanor

Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Second Degree, Unclassified Misdemeanor

Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident, Class A Misdemeanor

Reckless Driving, Unclassified Misdemeanor

 

                McCullough was additionally charged with an additional six vehicle and traffic charges.  McCullough was arraigned in the Waterloo Town Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $100,000 cash bail/$200,000 secured bond.  McCullough is to reappear in the Waterloo Town Court on March 15, 2016 at 4pm.  Additional charges related to the sale and distribution of illegal drugs will be filed on McCullough in the near future.

 

                The three passengers in the vehicle were also taken into custody on various charges:

 

Ann M. Douglas, age 41, of 2133 Routes 5 & 20, Apartment 15A, Seneca Falls, New York, was charged with Facilitating Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle as she allowed McCullough to operate the vehicle while he had a revoked driver’s license.  Douglas was issued a uniform traffic ticket to appear in the Waterloo Town Court at a later date.  Douglas was then turned over to the Auburn Police Department as she had an arrest warrant on charges of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (two counts), Class B Felonies, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (two counts), Class B Felonies.

 

Tommy L. Crawford, age 26, no permanent address, also had an active arrest warrant for violation of probation on a charge of Robbery in the Third Degree out of Monroe County.  Crawford was turned over to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office for further action.

 

The fourth passenger was also taken into custody as she was a missing runaway juvenile from the City of Rochester.  The juvenile’s name has been withheld due to her age.  The juvenile was turned over to Seneca County Child Protective Services.

 

Both Sheriff's Deputies were treated at GGH and released.

 

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the New York State Police, New York State Parole, Seneca Falls Police Department, Waterloo Police Department, and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

 


Bench Warrant Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on March 10, 2016 at approximately 10:00am Sheriff Deputies arrested Ashley R. Shorter, age 26 of 393
Wagner Street, Lot 54, Waterloo, on a bench warrant issued out of the Town of Seneca Falls Court, Deputies report Shorter failed to appear on a charge of AUO 2nd and was arraigned at the Town of Seneca Falls Court where she was committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility in lieu of $500 cash, $1,000 secured bond.  She is to reappear at the Town of Seneca Falls Court on April 7, 2016 at 5:00pm.


Family Court Warrant

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on March 8, 2016 at approximately 10:30am Sheriff Deputies arrested Steven N. Lindon, age 27 of 350
Waterloo Geneva RD, Apt 4, Waterloo, on an arrest warrant issued out of Seneca County Family Court.  Lindon was arraigned at the Junius Town Court where he was committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility in leu of $2000 cash, $4,000 secured bond.  He is to reappear at Family Court on a later date.


Monthly Snapshot February 2016

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR FEBRUARY 2016

 LAW ENFORCEMENT: 

Total Calls For Service: 1224

Total Arrests: 52

 NARCO:

Total new drug cases:13

Total arrests: 19

 CORRECTIONS: 

Average Number of Inmates: 74

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $46,116.00; Yearly Total: $89,981.52

 CIVIL: 

Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 63

Total Income Executions: 14

Total Evictions: 4

 HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH:

02/13/2016: An arrest was made in the MacDougall Sportsmen Club Burglary case. 

02/19/2016: Two search warrants were executed simultaneously in Waterloo resulting in the arrest of two alleged Drug Dealers who were trafficking heroin and other drugs. Investigators also worked with Child Protection Services to assist the children involved. 

Drug Prevention Programs in schools, including D.A.R.E., are in full swing this month.     

The N.Y.S. Commission of Corrections had a representative on site for a week evaluating our Correctional Facility. At the conclusion we received a positive evaluation. One of the comments of the evaluator was: “Cleanest Jail in the State”.            

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere


DWI/AUO

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on March 5, 2016 at 12:15 AM, Seneca County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Bryan L Isacks Jr, 35, of 4220 South St Ext, Trumansburg NY, on State Route 96 in the Town of Covert. He was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Unlicensed Operator in the 3rd degree. Isacks was released on appearance tickets and is to appear in the Town of Covert Court on March 21st 2016 to answer the charges.


DI Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports on February 28, 2016 at approximately 9:46pm Sheriff's Deputies arrested John P Donnelly, age 35 of 73 Border City Rd Waterloo, for Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood Circulation and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  It is alleged that during a domestic dispute Donnelly choked a female victim while in the presence of an 11 year old child.  Donnelly was arraigned at the Waterloo Town Court where he was ROR'd.  He is scheduled to reappear on March 11, 2016.  An Order of Protection was issued

Drug arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 02/27/2016 at approximately 5:15PM, Deputies arrested Bryan T. Rugenstein, 51, of 1016 Waterloo-Geneva Rd., Waterloo, NY and Patrick O. Snider, 42, of 83 Canal St., Lyons, NY.  The arrest stems from a traffic stop at the Waterloo Premium Outlets.  It is alleged that Rugenstein possessed cocaine and was operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.  Rugenstein was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th, AUO 2nd, and multiple vehicle and traffic law tickets.  It is further alleged that Rugenstein was operating an unregistered and uninsured 1993 Ford Ranger with switched license plates.  The passenger in the vehicle, Snider, allegedly possessed a quantity of marihuana.  Both Rugenstein and Snider were released on appearance tickets.  They are scheduled to appear at the Town of Junius Court for arraignment at a later date.

 

 


Family Court Warrant

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 02/26/2016 at approximately 7:45PM Deputies arrested James Mosher Jr. age 25, of 373 W. Clinton St Apt. 1, Elmira, NY.  Mosher turned himself in to the Sheriff's Office on a warrant out of Seneca County Family Court. Mosher Jr. was arraigned at the Town of Romulus Court and committed to the custody of the Seneca County Sheriff in lieu of $1000. He is scheduled to appear at the next available family court date.

 

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CPW 4th

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on 02/17/2016 at approximately 9:30PM Deputies arrested Seth J. Goodman, age 29, of 7232 S. Main St. Ovid, NY.  Goodman was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th.  The arrest stems from a traffic stop in the Town of Seneca Falls where it is alleged that Goodman possessed an illegal gravity knife, or more commonly known as a butterfly knife.  Goodman was released on an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear at the Town of Seneca Falls Court on 03/31/2016 at 10:00AM to answer to the charge.

 

 

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SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR JANUARY 2016

 LAW ENFORCEMENT: Total Calls For Service: 1711Total Arrests: 23 

NARCO: Total new drug cases: 6Total arrests: 16 CORRECTIONS: Average Number of Inmates: 74.48Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $43,865.52; Yearly Total: $43,865.52

 CIVIL: Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 52Total Income Executions: 22Total Evictions: 1

 HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH: 

The week of January 18th the Sheriff’s Office was assessed for Law Enforcement re-accreditation. A team of assessors conducted an intense examination of the Sheriff’s Office that included review of all policies, compliance checks and multiple interviews of employees. The Sheriff’s Office has been recommended for re-accreditation.  The assessors remarked that our Sheriff’s Office was one of the best Police Departments they had ever assessed.

  January 22nd our Narcotics Unit took down a crack cocaine dealer in the Town of Waterloo. A search warrant was executed on the Dealer, his vehicle and his home. Crack cocaine packaged for sale in Seneca County was seized. The Dealer, who had numerous prior felony convictions, was arrested on several felony drug charges. In December 2015 our Narcotics Unit took down a “Heroin House” in Waterloo where heroin was regularly being trafficked and sold. Follow ups in this case continue this month. Several children were rescued from the conditions in this house. Several Felony Arrests were made. Both of the above drug cases involved months of work and cooperation with our local and State agencies.   

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere


Felony DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports that on February 8th 2016 at 1:08am, Deputies arrested 25 year old Joshua R. Read of 0340 State Route 5&20 of Waterloo for Felony DWI. The arrest stems from a traffic stop in the Town of Seneca Falls for failure to keep right on East River Road. When Deputies conducted the traffic stop, they discovered that Read was intoxicated and charged him with failure to keep right,  DWI (felony), and  DWI for operating with a BAC of .08% or greater  (felony) . Read was arraigned in the Seneca Falls Town Court and committed to jail in lieu of $1000 cash/ $2000 bail bond and is to appear in the Town of Seneca Falls Court on a later date to answer the charges.


Poss of an Illegal VIN

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 01/31/2016 at approximately 7:30PM Deputies stopped a 1995 Honda Civic on Packwood Rd. in the Town of Waterloo for having an inadequate exhaust system.  Upon further investigation, Deputies discovered that the Vehicle Identification Number on the dashboard had been removed.  The driver, Joshua Bsoul, age 19, of 1024 Waterloo Geneva Rd. was charged with Inadequate Exhaust and Illegal Possession of a Vehicle Identification Number,(an  E Felony) .  The vehicle was impounded and transported to the Law Enforcement Center for further investigation.  Bsoul was released on appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear at the Waterloo Town Court on 02/10/16 to answer to the charges.

Agg DWI Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 01/15/16 at approximately 8:30PM Deputies arrested Mark C. Parody, age 54, of 1917 Vienna Rd. Sylvan Beach, NY.  Parody was charged with DWI and Aggravated DWI .18% BAC or Higher.  The arrest stems from a suspicious vehicle being located by Deputies on W. Tyre Rd. in the Town of Tyre. Parody was arraigned at the Town of Tyre Court and committed to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $1000/$2000.  He is scheduled to reappear on 01/19/2016 for further court action.

 

 


Foot Pursuit/Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 01/12/16 at approximately 5:30PM Deputies responded to the Waterloo Premium Outlets for the report of a larceny in progress.  Upon Deputies arrival, a suspect was identified by security on scene.  As Deputies attempted to approach the suspect, a foot pursuit ensued.  Deputies were then able to place the suspect in to custody after Taser deployment.  Deputies charged Aaron Aroneck, age 25, of 6497 County Line Rd., Skaneateles, NY with Two counts of Possession of Stolen Property 5th, One count of Resisting Arrest, and One count of Obstructing Governmental Administration.  Aroneck was arraigned at the Town of Junius Court where he was committed to the custody of the Seneca County Sheriff in lieu of $10,000 bail, $20,000 secured bond.  Aroneck is scheduled to re-appear at the Town of Junius Court on 01/21/16 at 1900hrs.


Criminal Possession of Marihuana 4th

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 01/01/16 at approximately 3:15AM Deputies arrested Devin J. Verkey, age 17, of 18 Ridge St. Seneca Falls, NY.  The arrest stems from a traffic stop on Lower Lake Rd. in Seneca Falls.  Verkey, who was a passenger in a motor vehicle, was charged with Consumption of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle and Criminal Possession of Marihuana 4th.  It is alleged that Verkey possessed over 2 ounces of Marihuana and was consuming an alcoholic beverage while as a passenger in the vehicle.  He is scheduled to appear at the Town of Seneca Falls Court on 02/25/15 at 10:00AM to answer to the charges.  The driver was issued citations for Failure to Keep Right and Inadequate Windshield.

 

 


CPSP 4th Possession of Burglars Tools

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 12/22/15 at approximately 8PM, Deputies responded to the Town of Junius for the report of a larceny in progress from a local business.  While approaching the business, Deputies located the suspect vehicle as it was exiting the parking lot.  Deputies conducted a traffic stop and discovered that the vehicle contained more than $1,000 worth of items stolen from multiple businesses.  Deputies also discovered multiple tools used to facilitate the larceny. The following individuals were charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th (E Felony) and Possession of Burglars Tools (A Misdemeanor)

 

Tajmahal Mitchell, age 20, of 169 Easton Ave, Buffalo, NY

La'Andrea Owens, age 22, of 76 Fougeron St, Buffalo, NY

Christopher Reid, age 19, of 169 Easton Ave, Buffalo, NY

Linda Garrett, age 19, of 427 E. Delaran St, Buffalo, NY

All suspects were released on appearance tickets.  They are scheduled to appear on 01/05/16 at the Town of Junius Court.


Domestic Dispute

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 12/01/15 at approximately 7PM Deputies responded to 609 Lasher Rd. in the Town of Junius for the report of a domestic dispute.  It is alleged that Clifford Bennett Sr. 55, of 771 Smith Rd. Clyde, NY was involved in a verbal and physical altercation with a 15 year old family member while in close proximity to a 13 month old child.  Bennett was charged with two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and one count of Criminal Obstruction of Breathing.  Bennett was arraigned at the Town of Junius Court where he was released on his own recognizance.  He is scheduled to re-appear on 12/17/15 at 7PM for further court action.  Orders of protection were issued on behalf of the children.

DWAI Drugs

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 11/11/15 at approximately 3PM Deputies responded to the area of SR 89 in the Town of Fayette for the report of a Property Damage Motor Vehicle Accident.  Upon completion of the investigation it was discovered that Sally Denise, age 61, of 7657 Rt. 89, Interlaken, NY was operating a 2004 Santa Fe in a Soutbound direction.  Denise then struck two separate telephone poles and the vehicle then came to rest in a laneway.  It is alleged that Denise was operating her vehicle while in an intoxicated condition.  Denise was charged with the following.  Failure to Keep Right, Driving While Intoxicated, and Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs.  Denise was released on appearance tickets.  She is scheduled to appear at the Town of Fayette Court on 12/16/15 at 7:00PM.  Deputies were assisted at the scene by the NYSP and NYSPP.

 

 


Domestic/Resisting Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 11/10/15 at approximately 4PM Deputies responded to 2195 Church St. Lodi, NY for the report of a physical domestic dispute.  While on scene, Deputies discovered that Roger A. Sackrider age 24 of the above address had struck a female resident with a closed fist.  While Deputies were attempting to place Sackrider in to custody, he struck a Deputy and began to actively resist arrest.  Sackrider was eventually subdued and charged with 2 counts of Harassment 2nd and Resisting Arrest.  Sackrider was arraigned at the Town of Lodi Court where he was released on his own recognizance.  Sackrider is scheduled to reappear on 11/18/15 at 10:00AM.  An Order of Protection was issued on behalf of the female victim.  The Deputy who was struck by Sackrider did not sustain any injuries.  Deputies were assisted at the  scene by the NYSP.

 

 


PIMVA-Leaving the Scene

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 10/11/15 at approximately 8PM Deputies were dispatched to the area of Cayuga St. in the Village of Interlaken for the report of two parked vehicles being struck by a pickup truck.  Witnesses reported that the driver of the pickup had then fled the scene.  A second witness then began to follow the pickup when he observed the vehicle roll over and crash on Arden Rd. in the Town of Covert.  Upon Deputies arrival, they discovered a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado being operated by Michael C. Holcomb, age 40, of 8268 Main Street, Interlaken, NY.  Holcomb was trapped within the vehicle and needed to be extricated by members of the Trumansburg Fire Department.  Upon extrication, Holcomb was transported to SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY via LifeNet. Holcomb has since been released from SUNY Upstate Medical Center and was treated for minor injuries. Sheriff's Deputies report that the investigation is ongoing and criminal charges are pending.

 


Felony DWI/UPM

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 10/10/15 at approximately 9:00PM Deputies responded to the area of County House Rd. and Bauer Rd. for the report of a Property Damage Motor Vehicle Accident.  Upon subsequent investigation, Deputies arrested Joshua W. Thomas, age 24, of 41 Church St. Waterloo, NY.  Thomas was charged with Failure to Use Designated Lane, Felony Driving While Intoxicated, Felony Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated .18 or Higher, and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.  Thomas was arraigned at the Town of Fayette Court where he was released on his own recognizance. 

 

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Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 10/05/15 at approxiamtely 6:30PM, Deputies arrested Kevin M. Erb, age 29, of 26 Chapin St. lot 28, Seneca Falls, NY.  The arrest stems from a traffic stop on River Rd. in the Town of Seneca Falls.  Erb was charged with the following: Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Petit Larceny, AUO 3rd, and Failure to Use Designated Lane.  Deputies discovered that Erb was operating a 2004 Freightliner box truck without the owners permission and was also in possession of multiple tires that were taken without the owners consent.  Erb is scheduled to appear at the Town of Seneca Falls Court on 11/05/15 for arraignement.

 

 


AUO 2nd

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office reports, on 08/19/15 at approximately 12:15PM Deputies arrested Frank Lagana, age 42, of Waterloo, NY and charged him with AUO 2nd and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th.  The arrest stems from Deputies observing Lagana operating a motor vehicle in the area of the Seneca County Office Building while his license was revoked.  It was also determined that Lagana was in possession of cocaine.  Lagana also had an outstanding warrant out of the Seneca Falls Police Department and was subsequently turned over to that agency.  Lagana was released on appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear at the Village of Waterloo Court on 09/02/15 at 9:00AM


CPSP 4th arrest

On 05/11/2014 at approximately 10:40 PM, Deputies stopped a vehicle on State Route 5 and 20 in the Town of Waterloo for an equipment violation. Upon further investigation, the following people were arrested:

The driver, Karl E. Haley, age 19, of 346 Sandybrook Dr. Hamlin, New York, was charged with Inadequate Lights, Unlicensed Operator, Unlawful Possesion of Marihuana, and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4th degree (Class E Felony) Haley was arraigned at the Town of Fayette Court and Committed to the Custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $2500/$5000 bond.

 Passenger, Ray Gonzalez-Rivera, age 22, of 15 Gordon St. Brockport, New York was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4th degree (Class E Felony)  Gonzalez-Rivera was arraigned at the Town of Fayette Court and Committed to the Custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $2500/$5000 bond.

 Passenger, Janelle L. Draper, age 17, of 15 Gordon St. Brockport, New York was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4th degree (Class E Felony)  Draper was arraigned at the Town of Fayette Court and Committed to the Custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $250/$500 bond.

 Passenger, Jordan W. Hardy Jr. age 20, of 858 North St., Rochester New York, was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4th degree (Class E Felony)  Hardy Jr. was arraigned at the Town of Fayette Court and Committed to the Custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $2500/$5000 bond.

 It is alleged that all individuals in the vehicle possessed over $2100 worth of stolen items from a Cayuga County business. All suspects are scheduled to appear for a Felony Hearing at the Town of Fayette Court on 05/15/14 at 2:30PM.

 The New York State Police assisted in the investigation.

 

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