Murder Investigation

Seneca County Sheriff W. Timothy Luce reports an update to the murder investigation in the Town of Waterloo.

On September 30, 2022, at about 1:08am, the Seneca County E-911 Center received a call of a male that had been shot at 121 Route 96 in the Town of Waterloo. Members of the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, and Waterloo Police Department immediately responded to the scene. Upon their arrival, the suspects had fled the scene. Officers immediately started rendering aid to the victim. The victim was then transported to Geneva General Hospital by North Seneca Ambulance where he was pronounced dead. The victim has been identified as William J. Waugh, age 33, of 404 Vine Street, Euless, Texas.

An intense investigation was immediately launched by Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators with assistance from the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Ontario County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, and Seneca County District Attorney’s Office. At this time, Sheriff Luce can report that two male suspects are now in custody in relation to the incident.

Christopher T. Kesterson, age 36, of 12 Quarry Street, Phelps, New York, has been charged with Murder in the Second Degree and Assault in the First Degree in relation to his role in the crime. Kesterson was arraigned in the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court on October 1, 2022, and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on no bail. Kesterson is to reappear in the Waterloo Town Court on October 5, 2022, at 5pm.

Wayne J. Ellison, Jr., age 37, of 75 Virginia Street, Apt. 2, Waterloo, New York, is currently being held in Tampa, Florida, on an arrest warrant on charges of Murder in the Second Degree, Criminal Use of a Firearm in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Ellison was taken into custody by the Tampa Police Department and will be extradited back to the State of New York at a later date.

Sheriff Luce would like to thank the New York State Police, Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, Geneva Police Department, Seneca Falls Police Department, Seneca County E-911 Center, Tampa Police Department, and the Waterloo Police Department for their assistance in this case.

At this time, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators are continuing the investigation and all media inquiries may be directed to Investigator Lieutenant Tim Thompson by e-mail at tthompson@co.seneca.ny.us or by phone at (315) 220-3449.



Murder Investigation

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division is currently conducting a murder investigation in the Town of Waterloo. At this point, the investigation is ongoing and more details will be released when available. Sheriff Luce can confirm that the victim was the intended target and this was not a random act of violence. Sheriff Luce also reports there should be no further risk to the community and residents should not be alarmed. The Sheriff’s Office is working closely with the Seneca County District Attorney’s Office, Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, and New York State Police. Anyone with information related to the case is encouraged to contact Lt. Thompson at (315) 220-3449.

Suspicious Incidents

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating three suspicious incidents that have occurred in the Towns of Lodi and Ovid over the past week. Sheriff’s Deputies have received three reports of what appears to be glass jars being thrown at moving vehicles by the occupants of an oncoming vehicle. As the vehicles pass each other in opposite directions, the suspects are engaging in the acts. The first two reports occurred on September 14th on Route 414 in the Town of Lodi which resulted in property damage to one vehicle and no damage to the second vehicle. The third report occurred on September 17th on Route 96 in the Town of Ovid which resulted in the driver being injured and his vehicle leaving the roadway. All three incidents occurred in the evening hours after it was dark. Sheriff’s Investigators are actively pursuing leads and are seeking information from the public. If anyone has any information, they are asked to contact Lt. Thompson by phone at (315) 220-3449 or by e-mail at tthompson@co.seneca.ny.us. Information may be kept confidential.

Welfare Fraud/Weapon Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on September 14th , 2022, Sheriff’s Investigators arrested David L Brinson, age 59, of 3053 Seneca Blvd., Waterloo, New York. Brinson was arrested on two counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 1st Degree. During the course of the investigation, Brinson was also found to be in possession of a rifle. Due to his prior felony convictions, he was subsequently charged with Criminal Possession of a Firearm in the 4th degree. Brinson was arraigned at the Centralized Arraignment Court and held on no bail due to his previous felony convictions. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by members of New York State Parole.

Child Passenger Safety Seat Event

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Seneca Falls Police Department, Waterloo Police Department, and the Waterloo Fire Department, will be conducting a Child Passenger Safety Seat check event at the Waterloo Fire Station on September 24, 2022 from 1100 until 1400. This event held at 39 East Water Street in Waterloo will allow parents and caregivers of children ranging from newborn to 8 years old, the opportunity to ensure that their child is traveling safely and their seat is installed and being used properly.
Participants will not need an appointment and should allow 45 minutes for inspection of each seat. Anyone with questions about the event can reach Deputy Rick Youngs at ryoungs@co.seneca.ny.us
Funding for the Child Passenger Safety Program and events such as this one, are provided through a grant from the New York State Governors Traffic Safety Committee.

Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on August 11th 2022, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Shawn M. Rousseau, age 37 of 9140 Keady Road, Lodi, New York. Rousseau had an active arrest warrant for Unlawful Fleeing in a Motor Vehicle and Reckless Driving. It is alleged that Rousseau failed to comply with officers and engaged in a pursuit on July 15th, 2022 in the Village of Waterloo. After Rousseau was taken into custody on the warrant, Investigators executed a search warrant on his vehicle. Subsequent to the warrant, the following items were discovered and seized 5 ounces of powder and crack cocaine. Psilocybin, fentanyl, methamphetamine, Suboxone, Xanax, Adderal, a digital scale, and United States Currency.

Rousseau was charged with following crimes:

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the second degree
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree (4cts)
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the fifth degree (3cts)
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree (2cts)
Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the second degree
Unlawfully Fleeing in a Motor Vehicle
Reckless Driving

Rousseau was arraigned at CAP. He is being held in the custody of the Sheriff on no bail due to previous felony convictions. The Narcotics Unit was assisted by members of the Uniformed Road Patrol, Waterloo Police Department and New York State Police.

Use of a Stolen Credit Card

Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators are currently investigating the use of a stolen credit card at a business in the Village of Ovid. If anyone recognizes the masked individuals depicted in the photos, they are encouraged to contact Investigator Felice at (315) 220-3445 or the Criminal Investigation Division at (315) 220-3240. Calls may remain anonymous.

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Search Incident

Seneca County Sheriff W. Timothy Luce reports the conclusion to a large-scale search effort for a missing endangered adult in the Town of Fayette that spanned about sixteen hours. On July 26, 2022, at about 12:00am, Sheriff’s Deputies were alerted to an area along West River Road where it was believed that a missing endangered adult was in a wooded area. Responding Sheriff’s Deputies initiated a ground search using foot patrols, an all-terrain vehicle, K-9 unit, and a marine unit with unsuccessful results. Following this phase of the search, further efforts to locate the missing endangered adult using the Sheriff’s Office Drone Unit, New York State Police Aviation Unit, and LifeNet Air Ambulance were deployed. These efforts were also unsuccessful. Due to the thick terrain and challenging environmental conditions, a joint operation between the Sheriff’s Office, numerous Fire Departments, and the New York State Park Police was deployed using coordinated line searches. In the late afternoon, the missing endangered adult was found deceased in a heavily wooded area within the search area. Sheriff’s Investigators have determined that the death appears to be self-inflicted and does not involve foul play. The Seneca County Coroner’s Office also responded to the scene and Sheriff’s Investigators will be partnering with them to determine an official cause of death. The name of the victim will not be released out of respect for the family.

The following agencies assisted the Sheriff’s Office in response to this incident:

Border City Fire Department
Canoga Fire Department
Fayette Fire Department
Geneva Fire Department
Geneva Police Department
LifeNet Air Ambulance
New York State Park Police
New York State Police
North Seneca Ambulance
Ontario County Sheriff’s Office
Seneca County E-911 Center
Seneca County Fire Coordinator’s Office
Seneca Falls Police Department
Varick Fire Department
Waterloo Fire Department
Waterloo Police Department

Sheriff Luce would like to thank all agencies for their assistance in this incident. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office extends its deepest condolences to the family of the victim.

Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on June 27th 2022, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Justin R. Bluto, age 36, of Waterloo, NY. Bluto was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree. It is alleged that Bluto sold cocaine to another person while in the Town of Waterloo. Bluto also had an active arrest warrant for Violation of Probation stemming from a narcotics conviction in 2020 in which he violated the terms and conditions of Probation. Bluto was held at the Seneca County Jail to await arraignment at CAP Court. The Narcotics Unit was assisted by members of the Uniformed Road Patrol and Seneca County Probation.

Sex Offender Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a New York State registered sex offender. On June 13, 2022 Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Trevor P Spooner, age 25 of Oswego, NY for failing to update his registered address. It is alleged that Spooner, who had a been living in the Town of Ovid, left his registered address and failed to update a new address within 10 days as required by the New York State Sex Offender Registry Act. Spooner, who is also on parole, was taken into custody and appeared at Seneca County CAP Court where he was remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility. Also assisting with the arrest of Spooner was New York State Parole.