Update to Suspicious Incident

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the suspicious incident that occurred on December 12, 2018 at or about 11:15am on South Main Street in the Village of Ovid. Sheriff’s Investigators have discovered that the suspicious vehicle was a tractor trailer with a maroon power unit and a white trailer with the words of “E-Way Express LLC” on the side. E-Way Express is a nationwide company that is based out of the State of Missouri and Investigators have been in communication with their ownership to determine who the driver was at the time of the incident. The following pictures are also being distributed to the media in an attempt to assist Investigators in determining who the driver was. The male driver was described as a Hispanic male with short brown hair, blue jeans, white t-shirt, and an orange/reddish-colored jacket. Initially, the tractor trailer drove southbound on Main Street through the Village of Ovid and drove northbound through the Village of Ovid about fifteen minutes later. If anyone has information on the identity of the driver, they are urged to call the Seneca County 911 Center at (315) 539-9241. The Sheriff’s Office would like to urge citizens that no criminal charges have been lodged at this time and ask the public not to confront the driver if encountered. If a tractor trailer similar to the one depicted is encountered, the Sheriff’s Office asks that you relay the license plate number, description, and location to authorities. The investigation is ongoing and Investigators are only seeking to interview the driver at this time.

Suspicious Incident

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a suspicious incident that occurred on December 12, 2018 at or about 11:15am on South Main Street near the South Seneca Jr./Sr. High School in the Village of Ovid. A twelve year old male reported that he was approached by a Hispanic male with short brown hair wearing blue jeans, a white shirt, and an orange /reddish-colored jacket. The Hispanic male allegedly attempted to engage the twelve year old male into conversation and it appears that he tried to lure him into a box van. The box van was described to be burgundy-colored in the front and white in the back with green lettering with a big upper case letter of “E” that stood out to the child. The Sheriff’s Office is working closely with the South Seneca Jr./Sr. High School and Interlaken Police Department.

Sheriff’s Investigators are also working closely with members of the Geneva Police Department to determine if their recent rash of events are connected.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce would like to remind residents to be vigilant, be aware of their surroundings at all times, and avoid walking alone. Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators will be providing an added presence during the school dismissal. Citizens are urged to call 911 to report any suspicious activity.

There was a significant delay in the reporting of this incident to the Sheriff’s Office which explains the reason for the media release on today’s date.

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Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on December 18th, 2018, members of the Narcotics Unit charged Kyle G. Clawson and Meredith J. Bell of Seneca Road, Lodi, New York with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the second degree, a class A-II Felony. The arrest stemmed from a search warrant at their residence on November 12th, 2018. A laboratory analysis of the evidence obtained resulted in the charge. It is alleged that both Clawson and Bell possessed approximately 6 ounces of methamphetamine. They were arraigned at Centralized Arraignment Court where they were committed to the custody of the Sheriff on no bail. A preliminary hearing date is scheduled for December 21st, 2018 at 5:30PM at the Town of Lodi Court.

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Criminal Mischief Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on December 14th, 2018, at approximately 8:45AM, Investigators arrested Raymond J. Tortorello, age 30, formerly of 312 Gravel Road, Seneca Falls, New York.  Tortorello was charged with Criminal Mischief in the second degree, a class D Felony, and Petit Larceny, a class A Misdemeanor. It is alleged that Tortorello caused extensive damage to a residence that he was renting and also stole a wood stove.  Tortorello is being held at the Law Enforcement Center awaiting arraignment at centralized arraignment court.  Investigators were assisted by Officers from the Seneca County Probation Department and Cayuga County Probation Department.

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Welfare Fraud Arrests

On November 21, 2018, at about 10:14am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Investigators arrested William L. Hildreth, age 59, and Tammy Havemann, age 48, both of 4365 West Seneca Road, Trumansburg, New York, following a welfare fraud investigation. Both Hildreth and Havemann were charged with Welfare Fraud in the Fifth Degree, Offering a False Instrument for Filing, and Misuse of Food Stamps. It is alleged that the two failed to disclose household income while receiving benefits from Seneca County. Hildreth and Havemann were issued appearance tickets and are to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on December 5, 2018 at 5:00pm.

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Methamphetamine Lab Arrest

On November 12, 2018, at about 10:00am, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that members of the Narcotics Unit, Criminal Investigation Division, and Road Patrol Division executed a search warrant at 1925 Seneca Road in the Town of Lodi related to the production of methamphetamine. As a result of the search warrant execution, Investigators arrested Kyle G. Clawson, age 41, and Meredith J. Bell, age 42, both residing at the address.

Clawson was charged with the following:

(6cts) Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the third degree- Class D Felonies

Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine in the third degree- Class D Felony

Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the fourth degree- Class E Felony

Criminal Possession of Precursors of Methamphetamine- Class E Felony

Unlawful Disposal of Methamphetamine Laboratory Material- Class E Felony

(2cts) Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the second degree – Class A Misdemeanors

Bell had an active Bench Warrant out of the City of Ithaca Court for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree. She was turned over to members of the Ithaca Police Department.

It is alleged that Clawson had been manufacturing methamphetamine while at his residence. Investigators discovered a substantial amount of chemicals and laboratory equipment used in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine. It is also alleged that Clawson possessed multiple long guns and a handgun that were illegally possessed due to Clawson being a convicted felon. It is further alleged that one of the long guns was stolen from Chemung County in 2014. Seneca County Code Enforcement arrived on scene and deemed the property uninhabitable. Further charges are pending after a laboratory analysis of items seized on scene.

Clawson was arraigned in the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $20,000 cash bail/$40,000 secured bond. Clawson is to reappear in the Lodi Town Court on November 14, 2018 at 12pm.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office were assisted by the Lodi Fire Department, Seneca County Code Enforcement, and New York State Police.

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Aggravated Harassment of an Employee by an Inmate

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on November 5, 2018 at approximately 5:00pm, Investigators arrested an inmate of the Correctional Facility, 26 year old, Elliot Flores. Flores was charged with Aggravated Harassment of an Employee by an Inmate, a Class E Felony. It is alleged that Flores intentionally spit blood directly in the face of a male Corrections Officer. Flores was arraigned at the Centralized Arraignment where he was turned back over to the Correctional Facility.

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Parole Warrant

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on October 31st 2018 at 3:30PM, Investigators arrested Mary C. Atkachonis, age 35, of Waterloo, NY. Atkachonis was charged with a Violation of Parole. She is currently being held at the Seneca County Correctional facility awaiting a parole hearing.

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Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on October 23, 2018 at approximately 4:15PM, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested David J. Zona, age 38, of Waterloo, NY. It is alleged that Zona has been actively selling heroin and fentanyl in the local community. At the time of arrest, Zona was found to be in possession of approximately 40 baggies of fentanyl. Zona was charged with the following:

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree- Class B Felony

Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the second degree- Class A Misdemeanor

Zona was held at the Law Enforcement Center where he was arraigned at CAP Court. He was committed to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $1,000 cash or $2,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear at the Village of Waterloo Court on October 26, 2018 at 12:00PM.

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Tampering with Physical Evidence Arrest

On October 24, 2018, at about 4:27am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Derais D. Davis, age 44, of 80 West Bayard Street, Seneca Falls, New York, on a charge of Tampering with Physical Evidence, a Class E Felony. The charge stems from an investigation that originated at a Town of Tyre business where Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the report of a stabbing. Upon their arrival, a female victim was found with knife wounds to the arm and the male suspect, Davis, had fled the scene. The victim was transported by North Seneca Ambulance to Geneva General Hospital where she was treated and released. Sheriff’s Investigators met with the victim, but she declined to pursue any criminal action at this time. The vehicle involved in the incident was located a short time later and it was learned that Davis allegedly attempted to clean the blood from the interior and exterior of the vehicle in an attempt to conceal it from law enforcement. It is further alleged that Davis discarded bloody items in a dumpster in the Village of Waterloo. Davis is currently being held at the Seneca County Correctional Facility awaiting arraignment in the Centralized Arraignment Court. The case remains under investigation.

The Seneca Falls Police Department and Waterloo Police Department also assisted in the investigation.

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