On October 19, 2021, at about 7:00am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a structure fire at Hart Towing, 1116 Waterloo/Geneva Road, in the Town of Waterloo. Deputies report the business was fully engulfed upon their arrival. Fire Departments from Waterloo, Seneca Falls, Fayette, and Border City were on scene for several hours containing the fire. The scene is being investigated by the Seneca County Fire Investigation Team and Sheriff’s Office Investigators. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Also assisting at the scene were Fire Police and North Seneca Ambulance. The business suffered extensive damage and is reported to be insured.
On October 5, 2021, at about 12:33pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Christopher M. Cooper, age 38, no permanent address, on charges of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree and Welfare Fraud in the Fifth Degree. The charges stem from Cooper allegedly filing false information with Seneca County in an effort to obtain financial assistance. Cooper is to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on October 20, 2021 at 5pm. Cooper was placed in custody by Sheriff’s Deputies in the Village of Waterloo and later turned over to the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding warrant.
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on September 13th, 2021 at around 4:45pm Deputies responded to 4003 Deerlick Springs Road in the Town of Ovid for a Domestic Incident. Upon investigation it was found that Adam G. Mclaughlin, 40 years old, of Covert New York, had struck his ex wife on the head in front of a child, and subsequently arrested for Harassment 2nd (a violation) and Endangering the Welfare of a Child (A Class A Misdemeanor). Mclaughlin was transported to the Seneca County CAP Court and was arraigned. Mclaughlin was released on his own recognizance and an Order of Protection was put in place to protect the victim. Mclaughlin is to appear in the Town of Ovid Court at a later date.
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on September 11th, 2021 at around 9pm Deputies responded to 4037 Rte 96 in the Town of Fayette for a Personal Injury accident involving a dirt bike. Deputies discovered that the operator of the dirt bike, Cole Short, 18 years old from Fayette, was riding on the Rte 96 property when he struck a piece of farm equipment. Short suffered a severe injury to his left leg, and was treated on scene by members of North Seneca Ambulance. Due the severity of the injury Life Net Emergency services were requested and eventually flew Short to Upstate Medical Center. Deputies were also assisted on scene by members of the Fayette Fire Department.
On September 2, 2021, at about 12:50pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Trey W. Torres, age 26, of 618 West State Street, Ithaca, New York, on charges of Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Second Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree. The charges stem from an incident inside the Seneca County Correctional Facility where Torres intentionally damaged a sprinkler head while incarcerated at the facility. The sprinkler head activated which caused an emergency response from Sheriff’s Office personnel and the Romulus Fire Department. Torres was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Romulus Town Court on September 24, 2021 at 10am.
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on August 19th, 2021 members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Nathan E. Lewis, age 30, of Waterloo, NY. Lewis was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree and one count of Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the second degree. Lewis also had an active warrant for his arrest out of the Town of Seneca Falls for failure to appear. It is alleged that Lewis possessed methamphetamine and a digital scale while located at a residence in the Town of Waterloo. Lewis was arraigned at CAP on the above charges and was subsequently released on his own recognizance. Lewis is scheduled to appear at the Town of Waterloo Court at a later date.
On August 23, 2021, at about 11:05am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested David W. Lewin, age 53, of 2133 Routes 5 & 20, Apt. 15B, Seneca Falls, New York, on charges of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree (two counts) and Welfare Fraud in the Fourth Degree. It is alleged that Lewin failed to disclose household income while receiving monetary benefits from Seneca County. Lewin was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on September 1, 2021, at 5pm.
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.
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.
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.