Seneca County Sheriff’s Office October Snapshot

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR OCTOBER 2022

LAW ENFORCEMENT:

Total Calls For Service: 1477

Total Arrests: 54  

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 4; Yearly Total Cost Recouped:  $128,525.18

Mental Health Calls: 20

NARCO:

Total new drug cases: 6

Total arrests: 10

CORRECTIONS:

Average Number of Inmates: 28

Transports: 68     

CIVIL:

Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 25

Total Income Executions: 20

Total Evictions: 8

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH:

October 2nd, 2022: Pheasants raised by inmates at the jail were released into the wild. 50 pheasants were raised this year.

October 4th, 2022: Deputies responded to a dispute with a gun involved in Waterloo. A suspect was charged with menacing and the gun was safely recovered.

October 13th, 2022: Deputies responded to a fatal car accident on State Route 318, Town of Tyre. Investigators and accident reconstruction were deployed. The case is still open.

October 21st, 2022: Officers responded to a fight in Tyre. A suspect was charged with assault and resisting arrest.

October 24th, 2022: NARCO charged 2 suspects in Waterloo during a cocaine sale investigation. $11,000 cash and 30 grams of crack cocaine were seized.  

October 24th, 2022: Investigators charged a 33 year old suspect in Covert for allegedly disseminating indecent material to a 16 year old victim.

October 28th, 2022: NARCO recovered a 50 caliber assault weapon possessed in violation of an Order of Protection in Ovid.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce, Undersheriff John Cleere

DRUG TAKE BACK IN SENECA COUNTY

On Saturday, October 29th, 2022, 10am to 2pm, Seneca County Police Agencies will be partnering with the DEA and the Seneca County Substance Abuse Coalition, to  conduct a DRUG TAKE BACK DAY in  Seneca County. Officers will be at 3 different locations to collect potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction. This service is free and anonymous with no questions asked and no paperwork to complete.

Seneca Falls Police Department will be at Kinney: Rt. 5&20 Seneca Falls.

Waterloo Police Department will be at Walgreens: 1929 Rt. 5&20 Waterloo.

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office will be at Kinney 7115 North Main St. Ovid.

Police Officers and members from the Seneca County Substance Abuse Coalition will also be available to answer questions and provide helpful information about substance abuse if so desired. Gun Safety Locks will be available at all locations. There will be The sites cannot accept liquids, needles or other sharps—only pills or patches please!

CITIZEN’S POLICE ACADEMY

Sheriff Tim Luce has announced that the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office will be holding its annual Citizen’s Police Academy this November. The purpose of the academy is to give the citizens of Seneca County a better understanding about law enforcement and how the Sheriff’s Office operates within the community.

The academy will consist of four Wednesday night sessions: November 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 30th, 2022. Sessions will begin at 6:00 PM  and last until approximately 9:00 PM. Each session will focus on a different division of the Sheriff’s Office and give an inside look at Administration, Road Patrol, Investigations and Corrections. Classroom and hands-on activities will be conducted by the professionals who do the job.

Candidates that complete the program will be scheduled for an optional ride-a-long with a Deputy, receive a certificate of completion, and a t-shirt.

Candidates must be able to attend all four sessions. Anyone that is interested can contact Danielle Thompson at 315-220-3403. Or email dthompson@co.seneca.ny.us.  A light background check will be conducted on all interested candidates.

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, a resident of Seneca County, and also have a genuine interest in good citizenship. There are no physical requirements, only a desire to learn.

The academy class size will be kept small to maximize the experience. Eligible applicants that do not make this academy will be considered for future academies.

Seneca County Sheriff’s Monthly Snapshot for August 2022

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR AUGUST 2022

LAW ENFORCEMENT:

Total Calls For Service: 1278

Total Arrests: 49  

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 10  Yearly Total Cost Recouped:  $102,283.18

Mental Health Calls: 16

NARCO:

Total new drug cases: 9

Total arrests: 15

CORRECTIONS:

Average Number of Inmates: 22

Transports: 69     

CIVIL:

Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 33

Total Income Executions: 25

Total Evictions: 5

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH:

August 3rd, 2022: CR 124 in Varick was shut down for about 2 hours when the Cayuga Indian Nation demolished a residence. Deputies maintained the peace during this volatile event.

August 4th, 2022: Deputies investigating a Domestic Violence case in Waterloo seized a shotgun allegedly possessed by a convicted felon involved.

August 7th, 2022: A Lodi man was charged with aggravated harassment by deputies after he allegedly threatened a victim and property over the phone.

August 10th, 2022: A suspect was charged with Criminal Mischief for allegedly damaging property at a Waterloo business.

August 11th, 2022: NARCO executed a search warrant in Lodi and made a significant cocaine bust. A suspect was charged with multiple felonies and over 5 ounces of cocaine were seized.

August 15th, 2022: Deputies and Investigators responded to a serious 2 day Domestic violence case in Fayette. A victim sustained injuries after being threatened with a knife and held against her will. The suspect was safely taken into custody and charged with multiple crimes.   

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

Cayuga Indian Nation Demolition Event and Conflict

On August 3rd, 2022, at about 5:58 PM Seneca County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to 2778 County Road 124, in the Town of Varick for a complaint of suspicious activity. It was discovered that the Cayuga Indian Nation Police under the direction of Clint Halftown were on the scene of property and a house located at 2906 County Road 124. These premises are owned by the Cayuga Indian Nation. The Nation Police produced a copy of a demolition order issued by the Nation zoning and code enforcement officer.  

Deputies and State Troopers at the scene observed a conflict in progress between the CIN Police and a group of individuals who oppose Clint Halftown as the leader of the CIN when they arrived. It appeared to be escalating.

As in past conflicts Officers assumed a neutral stand and did not take sides with the opposing factions. -Both factions challenge the legitimacy of each other although the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs has recognized Clint Halftown as the federally recognized leader of the Cayuga Nation. The faction opposing Halftown—(sometimes called the traditionalists) have also challenged the legitimacy of the existing CIN Police. The United States Department of the Interior has advised Seneca County Police Agencies  that the CIN has the right to form their police department and have jurisdiction on Nation owned property.

County Road 124 was shut down between Route 89 and Kings Corners Road for all but local traffic during the event for about 2 hours. Officers maintained a foot patrol presence on CR 124 during the event to keep the peace and keep local residents safe. An ambulance was staged near the scene and responded to check persons exposed to pepper spray that was deployed by the CIN Police during the event. At the time of this release no personal injuries have been reported to the Sheriff’s Office. No Officers were injured during the event.

Two buildings: a house and a barn, were demolished at the location involved.

Sheriff Luce continues to urge the opposing Cayuga Nation factions to find common ground and put an end to the conflicts. The Sheriff is offering a safe and neutral location at the Sheriff’s Office for representatives from both groups to meet if they so desire.

Anyone who requires humanitarian aid or is displaced because of this event can contact Commissioner Tracy Vanvleck at 315-539-1830 and appropriate aid will be provided.

Press Conference on May 3rd Love’s truck stop incident in the Town of Tyre

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating an incident that occurred at the Love’s truck stop 1262 Rt 414 in the Town of Tyre, on May 3, 2022. Due to the sensitivity of the investigation, details were not released at the time of the incident. This morning charges were filed against one suspect with another suspect pending. Charges include Attempted Aggravated Murder.

A press conference on this incident will be held at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office 6150 Route 96, Romulus NY at 3:30 PM today May 4th 2022.

Seneca County Drug Take Back

On Saturday, April 30th , 2021, 10am to 2pm, Seneca County Police Agencies will be partnering with the DEA and the Seneca County Substance Abuse Coalition , to  conduct a DRUG TAKE BACK DAY in  Seneca County. Officers will be at 3 different locations to collect potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction. This service is free and anonymous with no questions asked and no paperwork to complete.

Seneca Falls Police Department will be at Kinney: Rt. 5&20 Seneca Falls.

Waterloo Police Department will be at Walgreens: 1929 Rt. 5&20 Waterloo.

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office will be at Kinney 7115 North Main St. Ovid.

Police Officers and members from the Seneca County Substance Abuse Coalition will also be available to answer questions and provide helpful information about substance abuse if so desired. Gun Safety Locks will be available at all locations. There will be Narcan training offered at Kinney in Seneca Falls 10am-2pm and at Walgreens in Waterloo 12pm-2pm.

The sites cannot accept liquids, needles or other sharps—only pills or patches please!

Sheriff’s Office Monthly Snapshot

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR MARCH 2022

LAW ENFORCEMENT:

Total Calls For Service: 2006

Total Arrests: 97  

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 26; Yearly Total Cost Recouped:  $49,791.50

Mental Health Calls: 15

NARCO:

Total new drug cases: 11

Total arrests: 6

CORRECTIONS:

Average Number of Inmates: 47

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $44,990.49; Yearly Total: $114,934.99

CIVIL:

Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 42

Total Income Executions: 21

Total Evictions: 6

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH:

March 4th, 2022: A car crashing into a Town of Waterloo garage resulted in a DWI arrest.

March 4th, 2022: A week-end inmate was caught and arrested allegedly trying to bring a controlled substance into the jail.

March 15th, 2022: Investigators solved a residential burglary in Romulus and made an arrest.

March 21st, 2022: NARCO charged 2 suspects for cocaine possession after executing a search warrant on a car in Seneca Falls.

March 24th, 2022: Investigators charged 2 suspects with Grand Larceny in Tyre for allegedly stealing credit cards, debit cards and jewelry.

March 25th, 2022: A suspect was charged in Romulus with Aggravated Family Offense after allegedly violating an Order of Protection at least 5 times.

March 2022: A sex offender compliance check detail was implemented over several days in March. Officers checked 70 residences to physically verify the location of registered sex offenders. A level 2 Offender in Ovid was arrested for allegedly failing to report his address.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

Monthly Snapshot

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR JANUARY 2022

LAW ENFORCEMENT:

Total Calls For Service: 2080

Total Arrests: 67  

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 30; Yearly Total Cost Recouped:  $17,622

Mental Health Calls: 8

NARCO:

Total new drug cases: 4

Total arrests: 3

CORRECTIONS:

Average Number of Inmates: 51

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $43,270.34; Yearly Total: $43,270.34

CIVIL:

Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 37

Total Income Executions: 12

Total Evictions: 1

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH:

January 6th, 2022: An inmate in the jail was charged with felony assault after attacking and injuring a Corrections Officer.

January 13th, 2022: Deputies responded and are investigating a fatal MVA in Lodi.

January 14th, 2022: NARCO executed a search warrant in Seneca Falls and seized crack cocaine and cash. A suspect was arrested without incident. SFPD assisted.

January 16th and 31st: Deputies responded to 2 structure fires: One in Fayette the other in Junius. 

January 22th, 2022: Deputies responding to a Domestic Violence call in Interlaken involving threats with a knife. A suspect was safely taken into custody and charged with several charges including menacing and unlawful imprisonment.

January 26th, 2022: Investigators solved multiple burglaries and larcenies that occurred in Ovid and Fayette totaling over $5000. A suspect was arrested without incident.

January 2022: Two suspects were investigated and charged with alleged welfare fraud totaling 2 felonies and 1 misdemeanor.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

/Undersheriff John Cleere

Mobile Home Structure Fire

Structure Fire Cr# 21SH15465

Sheriff Luce reports that on Monday December 27, 2021 at around 7:50 PM Deputies responded to a working mobile home fire at 148 State Route 318, in the Town of Junius. Multiple fire departments responded including Junius, Border City, Waterloo, Fayette and Oaks Corners. North Seneca Ambulance also responded.

The structure was deemed a total loss with the cause undetermined at this time. The Red Cross was contacted and assembled to assist property owners Howard and Dorothy Huckle along with their son Kenneth Huckle.

The property was not insured.