Unusual Occurrence

On July 27, 2021, at about 11:35am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators responded to the area of Nielsen Road and Route 96A in the Town of Fayette for the report of a fourteen year old male that had sustained a gunshot to the arm. Upon the arrival of responding officers, a tourniquet was applied to the unidentified male by Sheriff’s Deputies and members of the Varick Fire Department in an effort to control his bleeding. The male was then treated on scene by North Seneca Ambulance and airlifted from the scene to Strong Memorial Hospital by Lifenet. The male is expected to survive.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the male was firing a shotgun in a field and the shotgun malfunctioned which caused the barrel to explode. The male was then struck by a piece of the shrapnel from the barrel and was never struck by a round from the shotgun. The cause into the malfunction remains under investigation.

Found Property

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the owner of a paddle boat, also known as a pedal boat, that was found in Cayuga Lake in the area of Camp Barton near the Seneca/Tompkins County line. The paddle boat was discovered by the Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol and the Underwater Recovery Team during an unrelated investigation. Anyone wishing to claim the item is asked to call (315) 220-3240. Please be prepared to produce proof of ownership or be able to describe the item in detail.

Update to Serious Motor Vehicle Accident Investigation

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports an update to the investigation of a serious motor vehicle accident that occurred on State Route 318 in the Town of Junius on June 23, 2021. Brett Rising, who was operating the Pontiac Vibe, has succumbed to his injuries sustained from the accident and passed away on June 30, 2021 at Strong Memorial Hospital. The operator of the Mercedes Benz, Shyquest K Powell, and a 17 year old female passenger, whose name is being withheld due to her age, are now facing additional charges. It was discovered during the course of the investigation that Powell and the 17 year old had just committed a Grand Larceny at a store located at the Waterloo Premium Outlet Mall. The two then attempted to flee the area traveling eastbound on State Route 318 in a Mercedes Benz at a high rate of speed when they caused the accident with Brett Rising’s vehicle. Powell was previously charged with Reckless Endangerment 1st, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd, Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Motor Vehicle Accident, and other Vehicle and Traffic violations. Powell was ROR’d on those charges but failed to comply with the conditions of her release. As a result, a warrant was issued for Powell for Violation of Pre-Trial Release. On July 12, 2021 at approximately 9:30am Powell was taken into custody on the warrant and was also additionally charged with the following relating to the incident: Manslaughter 2nd (C Felony), Assault 1st (B Felony), Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident (D Felony), Grand Larceny 3rd (D Felony) and Conspiracy 5th (Class A Misdemeanor). Powell was arraigned at Seneca County CAP Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility. On July 13, 2021 at approximately 11:15am, the 17 year old female was issued an appearance ticket for the additional charges of Assault 1st, Grand Larceny 3rd, and Conspiracy 5th. She was arraigned at the Seneca County Youth Part Court and released. Assisting in the arrest of Powell was the Syracuse Police Department.

Narcotics Arrests

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on July 9th, 2021, members of the Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at 20 Mynderse St. Seneca, Falls, NY. The following individuals were arrested for various charges pursuant to the search warrant:

Rachael R. Winfield, age 38, of 20 Mynderse St. Seneca Falls

-Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree
-Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd degree
-Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree
-Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the 2nd degree (2 counts)
-Unlawfully Dealing with a Child
-Endangering the Welfare of a Child

Daquan T. James, age 25, of 20 Mynderse St. Seneca Falls

-Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree
-Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd degree
-Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree
-Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the 2nd degree (2 counts)

It is alleged that Winfield and James possessed over 60 grams of cocaine, 86 Oxycodone Pills, digital scales, dilutants, and an electronic stun gun. Also seized were various items of jewelry and United States Currency. It is further alleged that Winfield allowed a child under the age of 12 to consume marihuana.

Winfield and James were both held at Centralized Arraignment Part for arraignment purposes. Child Protective Services have been contacted and made aware of the allegations involving the juvenile. Members of the Narcotics Unit were assisted by the Sheriff’s Department Uniformed Road Patrol and Criminal Investigation Division. The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, Canandaigua Police Department, and Seneca Falls Police Department also assisted in the investigation.

Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on June 22nd, 2021, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Karrie M. Maslyn, age 41 of Seneca Falls, NY. Maslyn was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the fifth degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the fifth degree. It is alleged that Maslyn sold methamphetamine while in the Town of Waterloo. Maslyn was arraigned at CAP where she has since been released from custody. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by members of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Parole, and Seneca Falls Police Department.

Serious Personal Injury Motor Vehicle Accident

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on June 23, 2021 at approximately 7:15pm Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators responded to a serious personal injury motor vehicle accident on State Route 318 in the Town of Junius. A 2013 Mercedes Benz being operated by Shyquest K Powell, age 20 of Syracuse NY, was travelling eastbound in a reckless manner on State Route 318 when it rear ended into a 2009 Pontiac Vibe being operated by Brett Rising, age 66 of Junius, NY.

The Pontiac Vibe exited the roadway on the south side of Route 318 and rolled several times before coming to rest along a utility pole. Rising was ejected from the vehicle and sustained life threatening injuries. The Mercedes came to rest in the middle of the roadway when the driver, Powell, and a 17 year old female passenger exited the vehicle and attempted to flee the scene on foot to evade police. The two females were picked up by a passing motorist who was not involved in the accident. Witnesses report the two females from the Mercedes were loading a large quantity of clothing from their vehicle to the passing motorist’s vehicle before leaving the scene. That vehicle was subsequently pulled over on State Route 5 in the Town of Seneca Falls by Officers from the Seneca Falls Police Department and Sheriff Deputies. Powell and the the 17 yr old female were taken into custody without incident. Neither Powell nor the 17 yr old sustained any injuries from the accident. Rising was treated at the scene by North Seneca Ambulance and subsequently flown via LifeNet to Strong Memorial Hospital for further treatment, where he is listed in unsatisfactory condition. As a result of the investigation it was found that Powell and the 17 year old female were in possession of a large quantity of stolen merchandise from several retail stores in and out of the area.

Shyquest Powell was charged with Reckless Endangerment 1st(Class D Felony), Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd(Class D Felony) and Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Motor Vehicle Accident(Class E Felony). In addition, Powell was issued traffic citations for Reckless Driving, Following Too Closely, Speed not Reasonable and Prudent, Failure to Reduce Speed for Special Hazards, and Unlicensed Operator. Powell was arraigned at Seneca County CAP Court where she was ROR’d due to New York State Bail Reform and is to reappear at the Junius Town Court at a later date. The 17 year old female was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd. She was released on an appearance ticket and turned over to her legal guardian. She is to appear on July 27, 2021 at the Seneca County Youth Part Court to answer the charge.

The accident was reconstructed by the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Reconstruction Team. Both vehicles involved sustained extensive damage and were towed from the scene and impounded at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office. Also assisting at the scene was the New York State Police, the Seneca Falls Police Department, Junius Fire Department, North Seneca Ambulance and LifeNet Air Medical. The investigation is still ongoing.

Disseminating Indecent Material to Minors Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports Investigators arrested Jason L. Kimbell, age 48, of 7 Sawdey Road, Horseheads, New York on June 4, 2021. Kimbell was charged with two counts of Disseminating indecent material to a minor in the first degree, Obscenity in the third degree and Endangering the welfare of a child. The charges stem from an investigation into an inappropriate relationship that Kimbell procured with a minor in the Town of Lodi. It is further alleged that Kimbell sent the minor pictures and videos of a sexual nature. Kimbell was arraigned before the Seneca County CAP Court on 06/05/21 at 0800 hrs. Kimbell was remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $500 cash bail/$1000 secured bond. Kimbell is to reappear before the Town of Lodi Court on 06/09/21 at 10:00am to answer the charges.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office.

Criminal Contempt Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on June 7th 2021, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Samuel Eckert, age 32, an inmate at the Seneca County Jail, on 19 counts of Criminal Contempt in the first degree and 19 counts of Aggravated Family Offense. It is alleged that Eckert contacted a person who is listed as a protected party on an order of protection 19 separate times from May 26th, 2021 through June 3rd, 2021. Eckert is to be arraigned at CAP on June 7, 2021 at 7:00pm.

Narcotics Arrest


The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on May 27th, 2021 members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Zachary Renner, age 29, of Shortsville, NY. Renner was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree. It is alleged that Renner was in possession of Fentanyl, with the intent to sell it, while at a Town of Seneca Falls business. Subsequent to his arrest, members of the Narcotics Unit and Ontario County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at his residence where numerous items related to the distribution of Fentanyl were located and seized. Renner was released on an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear at the Town of Seneca Falls Court on June 9th, 2021 at 9:00am. The Narcotics Unit was assisted by members of the Uniformed Road Patrol, Ontario County Drug Task Force, and Seneca Falls Police Department.

Welfare Fraud Arrest

On May 25, 2021, at about 10:05am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Ronald L. Miller, age 50, of 1908 Burgess Road, Apartment 7, Waterloo, New York, on charges of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree (7 counts) and Welfare Fraud in the Fourth Degree. It is alleged that Miller failed to disclose household income while receiving monetary benefits from Seneca County. Miller was issued an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on June 2, 2021 at 5pm.

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