National Peace Officers Memorial Day Ceremony

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office held a National Peace Officers Memorial Day Ceremony on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, in front of the Law Enforcement Center in Romulus. The ceremony included a reading of the names of all law enforcement officers that died in the line of duty in the United States in 2023. The ceremony also featured the Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard and a wreath laying at the John Walters Memorial. Mr. John Walters is the only member of the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office to die in the line of duty. While working as the “acting turnkey” at the Seneca County Jail, Mr. Walters was murdered by two men attempting to escape on January 9, 1887.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office, Five Points Correctional Facility, Seneca Falls Police Department, New York State Police, and Waterloo Police Department were in attendance at the ceremony. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed that May 15th would be National Peace Officers Memorial Day, a day to remember the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers that have died in the line of duty.

Sheriff Thompson stated, “We will always remember our fallen brothers and sisters and this is a small way to pay tribute to them. As the leader of this organization, I take this responsibility very seriously and I sincerely appreciate our members that participated in the ceremony. I would also like to thank those that attended. We will always be indebted to our fallen law enforcement officers. I also wish nothing but safety for our brave law enforcement officers as they carry out their duties each and every day while serving their communities.”

The ceremony can be viewed on the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Official Facebook page (Facebook Page Name: Seneca County Sheriff’s Office – NY).

Undersheriff Marquart receives “Women of Distinction” Award

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce that Undersheriff Melinda Marquart has been awarded the “Women of Distinction” Award for the 58th Senate District of New York. This award was presented by New York State Senator Thomas O’Mara in a ceremony held at the Legislative Office Building in Albany, New York, on May 14th. The “Women of Distinction” Award recognizes women who make outstanding contributions to their communities. Undersheriff Marquart is the first female Undersheriff in the history of the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and has been with the agency since 2003. Prior to her role as Undersheriff, she worked as an Investigator assigned to the Family Services Unit within the Criminal Investigation Division where she handled child abuse, elder abuse, and sexual abuse cases. Earlier in her career, she worked as a Deputy Sheriff where she was assigned to patrol duties and worked as a Field Training Officer, School Resource Officer, and D.A.R.E. Officer.

Sheriff Thompson remarked, “It was an honor to witness Undersheriff Marquart receive this prestigious award. She has been a trailblazer for women in this profession and is a very deserving recipient.”

Shootout for Soldiers Fundraiser

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce that both employee unions, Seneca County Deputy Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association (PBA) and the Seneca County Sheriff’s Employees Association (SCSEA), has once again joined forces to participate in a fundraiser for local and national military veterans’ organizations. The fundraiser, Shootout for Soldiers, is a twenty-four hour lacrosse event taking place July 27-28, 2024, at the Canandaigua Academy. The event is comprised of 24 one-hour games in a row played by a variety of different teams. Members of the Sheriff’s Office have been participating in this event as a team since 2019 and have raised over $15,000 for military veterans. If anyone wishes to donate electronically towards this great cause, please follow the link listed here: https://runsignup.com/Race/138359/Donate/JT3wWfjYTEZV0kVo.

Donations can also be made in the form of bottle and can redemption at Seneca Returnables, 1950 Auburn Road, Seneca Falls, New York. You can simply drop off your bottles and cans and inform the employees that you wish to donate them to Shootout for Soldiers. Members of the Sheriff’s Office will collect the proceeds donated to the Shootout for Soldiers event.

To learn more, visit the Shootout for Soldiers website at https://canandaigua.shootoutforsoldiers.com or feel free to email Deputy Sheriff Zachary Presher at zpresher@co.seneca.ny.us with any questions.

Suspicious Incident

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspicious incident that occurred recently on Burgess Road in the Town of Waterloo. At this time, Sheriff’s Investigators can confirm that a dark-colored minivan stopped along the roadway and the male operator did interact with a young female. It is unknown at this time what the male operator’s intention was, but it was reported that he asked the female to get into the vehicle. Sheriff’s Investigators have been diligently following-up on leads and are working to confirm the identity of the male operator.

This case remains under investigation and further information will be released when available. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is working closely with multiple other law enforcement agencies on this investigation. This information is being shared for public safety purposes only at this time.

If anyone has any information related to this matter, they are requested to contact Investigator James Altemari by phone at (315) 220-3443 or by email at jaltemari@co.seneca.ny.us.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the community to always be aware of your surroundings and remind your children to be cautious with any unknown vehicles or people.

Correction Officer Basic School Graduation

On Friday, May 3, 2024, a graduation ceremony was held for some of the newest Correction Officers in the region. The ten-week Basic School for Correction Officers was sponsored by the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and had attendees from the counties of Cayuga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, and Wayne. The course was instructed by members of the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from partner agencies. These Correction Officers learned a variety of topics that included crisis de-escalation, officer wellness, defensive tactics, and a host of others.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce that their graduates were Officer Caleb Corbett, Officer Cole Henderson, Officer Dylan Jackson, Officer Michael MacCheyne, and Officer Kevin Zettlemoyer.





Pictured (L to R): Sheriff Thompson, Undersheriff Marquart, Chief Deputy Reed, Officer MacCheyne, Officer Henderson, Officer Zettlemoyer, Officer Corbett, Lieutenant Kierst, and Officer Jackson.

Full Search of the Correctional Facility

On Thursday, May 2, 2024, members of the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office conducted a full search of the Seneca County Correctional Facility in an effort to promote safety and security. The search was conducted by Correction Officers with support from both Seneca County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Units and an additional K-9 Unit from the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office. As a result of the extensive search, no illegal contraband was found within the facility or in the possession of any Incarcerated Individuals.

Sheriff Thompson stated, “I credit our Correction Officers for their hard work and determination in keeping illegal contraband out of the Correctional Facility. We will be conducting these searches regularly in the future to keep our Correction Officers, Civilian Staff, and Incarcerated Individuals safe while they are here. There will be zero tolerance for illegal contraband.”

Church Leadership Safety Meeting

On April 25, 2024, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office hosted a meeting with the church leadership across Seneca County. This meeting was designed to improve the safety and security at houses of worship. The event was very well attended and was a collaboration of ideas between the various churches represented and law enforcement. Since January, Sheriff’s Deputies have increased patrols during services at places of worship and will continue to be visible during those times.

Sheriff Thompson remarked, “This meeting was a success and we look forward to continuing this into the future. I want to thank Deputy Jacobsen and Lieutenant Steuer for their expertise. I also want to thank the church leaders for taking the time to attend. We will continue to strive to make this community safer and we hope that this event contributes to that. We know that these are tough conversations, but we must be proactive in preventing tragedies.”

Deputy Sheriff Completes Advanced Training

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce that Deputy Sheriff John Babcock recently completed extensive training related to boating accidents and investigations. The training is overseen by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and is entitled Comprehensive Boating Incident Investigation Course. This course is a unique training opportunity and provides the students with a deep understanding of how to investigate boat accidents and assess damage. The course includes extensive material on boat electrical systems, boat fires/explosions, electric shock drowning, and a host of other topics.

Sheriff Thompson remarked, “This training enhances our ability to investigate boating incidents on our waterways and protect boaters. We appreciate Deputy Babcock’s commitment to this community and will continue to work diligently to enhance our Marine Patrol.”

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN?

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating Ron E. Poore, age 40, of 734 Marston Road, Gardiner, Maine. Poore failed to appear in the Tyre Town Court as required on the charges of Robbery in the Third Degree (two counts), Attempted Robbery in the Third Degree, and two counts of Petit Larceny. There is currently a Bench Warrant issued out of the Tyre Town Court.

The charges stem from three separate incidents in March of 2024 where Poore allegedly robbed a female victim by force, robbed a convenience store by threatening the use of a firearm, and attempted to rob a male victim by force and the threat of physical harm. Poore was taken into custody following these three incidents and arraigned in the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court. Poore was subsequently released on his own recognizance due to the New York State bail reform laws and was scheduled to return to the Tyre Town Court on April 10, 2024.

Poore has ties to the State of Maine, but has been frequenting Monroe County and Seneca County. If you see him, please contact law enforcement immediately. To contact the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, please call 315-539-9241 and speak with the on-duty Road Patrol Supervisor.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the community not to take any action to detain Poore as he is to be considered potentially armed and dangerous. Sheriff Thompson added, “We want people to be safe and we ask you to contact law enforcement authorities to apprehend Mr. Poore. It is not worth putting yourself and others in harm’s way. We do not have any credible information to believe that he is in the area, but it is our goal to keep the community informed.”




National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office would like to recognize the amazing work that the Seneca County E-911 Dispatchers do for this community. As we celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, we want our Dispatchers to know that they are appreciated. They are often the unsung heroes during emergencies and the first voice to those in need.