The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on 12/05/23 at around 2120 deputies responded for a reported shed fire at 598 Yale Farm Rd in the Town of Varick. On Deputies arrival the shed was fully engulfed. Through a subsequent investigation the cause of the fire was determined to be from a faulty laser etching device that was being utilized within the shed. The owner, Matthew E Jones, age 37, was treated on scene by North Seneca Ambulance for smoke inhalation and burns and was eventually transported to the hospital via personal vehicle. No other injuries were reported. Varick Fire Department was assisted on scene by the Romulus Fire Department, Border City Fire Department, Ovid Fire Department, Waterloo Fire Department, North Seneca Ambulance and the Seneca County Fire Coordinator’s Office.


On 12/04/2023 the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the Arrest of 70 year old Harold R. Matasar a resident of Syracuse NY for the Charges of DWI, DWAI by Drugs and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance In the 7th degree all Class A Misdemeanors. The Arrest stems from an incident that occurred in the Town of Varick on State Route 414 when 911 was called for the report of a male that had fallen out of his vehicle and ran himself over in the middle of the roadway. Deputies responded to the scene only to find that the male had left the scene, Deputies checked the area and located the vehicle traveling south in the Town of Romulus and initiated a traffic stop. During the Investigation Deputies found that 70 year old Harold Matasar had an open bottle of alcohol within the vehicle and appeared to be impaired by prescription medications after Standardized Field Sobriety Tests were administered. Matasar was taken into custody after being checked over by South Seneca Ambulance. After refusing medical treatment he was taken to the jail later on for processing. Matasar was released on Appearance tickets and is to appear to the Town of Romulus Court on a later date.


Due to unforseen circumstances, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office will be closing the Civil, Pistol Permit, and Records Offices early on Thursday, December 28, 2023. The Offices will be open from 8:00am until 2:00pm. We apologize for any inconvenience, and ask people to plan accordingly. The offices will resume normal office hours, 8:00am- 4:00pm, on Friday December 29, 2023.


The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that around 0720 am on November 19th, 2023 Deputies arrested Chad Williams, 49 years old, of Savannah New York for Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated. The arrest was the result of a traffic stop conducted in the Town of Fayette. It was determined that William’s Blood Alcohol Content was 0.25%. Williams was processed, released on appearance tickets, and turned over to a sober third party. Williams is to appear in the Town of Fayette Court at a later date.


The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Reports the arrest of 30 year old Joshua A. Jones DOB 05/30/1993 a resident of the Town of Waterloo for the Charges of Harassment 2nd a Violation and Attempted Criminal Mischief a Class B Misdemeanor. Deputies report that the charges stemmed from the report and response to a Domestic Incident in the Town of Waterloo that had occurred on November 18th at around 2:00 AM. It was reported that during the Domestic Jones struck another party in the head with objects while throwing them. Deputies reported that he was then taken into custody and was very uncooperative and attempted to damage a Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Patrol car while secured in the back seat and charged for that as well. Jones was transported the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office to await CAP Court, an Order of Protection was requested on behalf of the Victim.


The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on November 18th, 2023, at approximately 4:49PM, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a traffic stop in the Village of Lodi. During the traffic stop deputies had suspicion the driver, identified as Shaelynn E. Kelly, was intoxicated. Upon further investigation, to include field sobriety tests, Kelly showed signs of intoxication and was placed under arrest for DWI. Kelly was then transported to the Seneca County Correctional Facility where she was processed and released on an appearance ticket. Charges include driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC over .08, and speeding in a 55mph zone. Kelly was released on an appearance ticket and is set to answer the charges in the T/Lodi court on 12/20/2023 at 10:00AM


The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on November 14th, 2023, at approximately 4:40PM, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Mark S. Belliveau,37, of Ovid. The arrest stemmed from a report of a domestic dispute on Water St. in the Village of Ovid at approximately 3:43PM. The individual was taken into custody without incident. Belliveau was taken to the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center to await CAP court without incident. Belliveau was charged with Criminal Contempt in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor and Disorderly Conduct, a violation.


The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on 11/12/23 at around 4:11pm, deputies responded to the area of SR 89 and Canoga Island Rd, in the Town of Fayette for the reported PI Accident. Deputies arrived and located a single car accident with three occupants. The driver, Sergey Klimova, age 62 of Webster was uninjured in the crash. Two female occupants identified as Svetlana Braun, age 52 of Webster and Valentina Klimova, age 94 of Webster both complained of head and neck pain. North Seneca Ambulance and Finger Lakes Ambulance responded to the scene and transported both Klimova and Braun to Geneva General Hospital. After subsequent investigation deputies determined that Klimova had attempted to swerve to miss a deer resulting in the crash. Klimova was not cited. Deputies were assisted on Scene by the Canoga Fire Department as well as the Fayette Fire Department.

False Personation

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Saturday November 11th, 2023 at around 3:09am, Deputies arrested 24 year old Donald L. Spencer of Tonowanda, New York following a Property Damage Accident Complaint that Deputies responded to in the Village of Waterloo. While investigating the accident scene, it was made known that Donald L. Spencer had knowingly given a false name and date of birth to deputies to avoid the consequences of only having a New York State Non – Driver ID Only while operating a Commercial motor vehicle on a New York state roadway. Spencer was then arrested and charged with False Personation, a Class B Misdemeanor and was also issued several UTT’s. Spencer was then transported to the Seneca County Correctional Facility where he was processed and subsequently released with an appearance ticket. Spencer is to appear in Waterloo Town Court at a later date to answer the charge.


The Seneca County Sheriff’s office reports that on November 1st, 2023 at 8:28pm, Seneca County Deputies arrested Dakota Bean age 33 of 1127 Stone Church Road , Junius with Harassment second degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child
Deputies report that the arrest stems from a domestic incident where Bean made physical contact with the victim while a child was present. Bean was turned over to the Seneca County Jail to await arraignment. An order of protection was requested on behalf of the victim and child.