Fraud Arrest

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports, on July 1st, 2024 at approximately 4:30pm Investigators arrested Arcangel L. Soler, age 55 of Waterloo, NY, for 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 1st, Petit Larceny and Scheme to Defraud.  The arrest stems from an incident that occurred at a Town of Waterloo Business where it is alleged that Arcangel Soler did utter a counterfeit $100 bill in exchange for goods and was provided U.S. currency as change to the transaction.  Arcangel Soler returned to the business on a later date and attempted to do the same. In addition to the above charges Arcangel Soler was also charged with False Personation.  It is alleged that on June 25, 2024 Soler provided Sheriff’s Deputies with a false name and date of birth following a traffic stop in the Town of Waterloo.  Soler was arraigned at Seneca County CAP Court where he was remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility.

Over the past two weeks The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, The Seneca Falls Police Department and the Waterloo Police Department have fielded numerous calls about receiving counterfeit $100 bills.  Anyone that has had any counterfeit money passed to them should contact Investigator James Altemari by phone at 315-220-3443 or by email at jaltemari@co.seneca.ny.us

D.A.R.E. Program

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office continues the tradition of teaching D.A.R.E. to students within the County at South Seneca, Romulus, and Waterloo Schools.

D.A.R.E. is a ten week program based on teaching the youth in our community to make safe and responsible choices as they grow and are faced with new obstacles in life. Topics covered in D.A.R.E. include facts about and the health effects of alcohol and tobacco use, bullying, how to be a good citizen, what peer pressure is and how to handle it, effective listening and confident communication skills, as well as ways to seek out help.

The D.A.R.E. program is solely funded by donations. These donations are used to purchase program workbooks and materials to be used in class, D.A.R.E. merchandise, and for a celebration with the students at the end of the program.

As the 2024 program wraps up, after another year of sharing this knowledge with the youth of our community, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the below sponsors who help to make the D.A.R.E. program possible in Seneca County – 

· Seneca Meadows Landfill (Waste Connections)

· Generations Bank

· Mull Funeral Home

· Connie’s Diner

· Savannah Bank

· Valley Pharmacy

· D&M Grocery

· Community Bank

· French Family Dentistry 

Aggravated DWI

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports, on June 7th at approximately 10:50 PM Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Samantha L. Fitzgerald, age 38, of 69 Layton St, Lyons NY in the Town of Waterloo for Driving While Intoxicated a misdemeanor.

The arrest stems from a property damage accident where it is alleged that Fitzgerald backed into a ditch causing minor damages. After an official police investigation, Fitzgerald was arrested for Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated. No one was injured during this incident.

Fitzgerald is scheduled to appear in the Town of Waterloo court on July  10th, 2024 at 5:00 PM. 

Fugitive From Justice- Extradition

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports, on May 31st, Investigators placed Ron E. Poore in custody at the Kennebec County Jail in the state of Maine. Poore was wanted by the Sheriff’s Office for failure to appear on multiple counts of Robbery. Additionally, Poore had a sealed indictment warrant for his arrest. Poore was extradited back to Seneca County where he was arraigned at Centralized Arraignment Part on June 1st. Poore was released on his own recognizance on the warrants for failure to appear, but ultimately held on the sealed indictment warrant. On June 5th, Poore was arraigned in Seneca County Superior Court. The indictment was unsealed, and Poore was arraigned on multiple counts of Robbery and Bail Jumping. Due to the Bail Jumping charge being a qualifying offense, Poore is being held at the Seneca County Jail on $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond. Poore is scheduled to appear in Seneca County Superior Court on August 7th at 11:00am.

Contempt

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports on June 5th, 2024 at approximately 1:30 PM Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Michael R Mclean, age 44, an incarcerated individual at the Seneca County Jail for 2 counts of Criminal Contempt in the first degree and 2 counts of Aggravated Family Offense. The arrest stems from an investigation in to an order of protection violation where it is alleged Mclean made contact with a protected party multiple times. Mclean was arraigned at the Centralized Arraignment Court and is to appear before the Town of Romulus Court at a future date..

Carlson Update Arrest

Seneca County Sheriff Timothy Thompson reports, on May 24, 2024, Investigators arrested Brandon A. Carlson, age 38 of 96 State Street in Seneca Falls for two counts of Reckless Endangerment in the first degree.  The charges are a result of an investigation into Carlson’s reckless operation of a motor vehicle on May 21, 2024, where it is alleged that he fled from law enforcement officials and put the lives of pedestrians and motorists in danger.  Carlson was arraigned at the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Part Court.  Carlson will be expected to appear before the Fayette Town Court at a later date.

Larceny Arrest

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports on May 15th, 2024 at approximately 11:15 AM, Deputies arrested Jevonte T. Harris, age 29, of 1 Bardin St. Rochester, NY and Carlos Marquez, age 35, 93 Lorimer St. Rochester, NY for Petit Larceny.

The arrest stems from an incident where it is alleged that Harris and Marquez stole merchandise from a local business. Upon further investigation, both suspects were alleged to have stolen merchandise from the same business on May 12th, 2024, amounting to over $1000 dollars. Both suspects were charged with Grand Larceny in the fourth degree and Conspiracy in the fifth degree. It is also alleged that Marquez assumed the identity of another and signed paperwork under that name resulting in Criminal Impersonation in the second degree and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the first degree charges being filed.

Both suspects were arraigned and are scheduled to reappear at the Town of Waterloo Court at a later date to answer to the charges.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the New York State Police.

Narcotics/Promoting Prison Contraband Arrest

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports, on May 14,2024 at approximately 3:00pm, Sheriff’s Investigator’s arrested James A. Hennigan, age 29, of 313 East Main Street in Waterloo for Promoting Prison Contraband in the second degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree. The arrest stems from an incident in which Hennigan was found to be in possession of crack cocaine, while being an incarcerated individual. Hennigan was arraigned at Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Parts Court and is currently being held at the Seneca County Correctional Facility on unrelated charges.

Animal Cruelty Arrest

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports, on May 2nd , 2024 at 9:30 AM, Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Timothy M Tandle, age 41, of 510 State Route 318 in the Town of Junius for Cruelty to Animals. The arrest stems from Deputies attempting to serve a civil judgement to Tandle, which then lead to the discovery of a dogs under his care being observed with an injury to its eye. Upon further investigation it was found that Tandle failed to provide the dog with proper veterinary care causing further injury to the dog’s eye. Tandle was issued an appearance ticket and is to appear before the Town of Junius on May 20, 2024 to answer for the charge. 

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Town of Junius Dog Control Officer, who seized the dog and brought it to a veterinary clinic where it received proper medical treatment that included removal of the dogs eye.

Criminal Mischief Arrest

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports, on April 6, 2024 at approximately 11:00am, Sheriff’s Investigator’s arrested Vidalina J. Ruiz, age 42, of 22 Stewart Street, Waterloo, New York for Criminal Mischief in the 2nd degree and Criminal Mischief in the 3rd degree. The arrest stems from an incident where it is alleged that on two separate occasions, Ruiz caused damage to two different individuals vehicles. The first incident, the amount of damage was over $1,500.00. The second incident, the amount of damage was over $250.00. Ruiz was released on an appearance ticket and is to appear before Fayette Town Court on May 14, 2024 to answer the charges.