Aggravated Family Offense/Criminal Contempt Arrest

On March 25, 2022, at about 11:15am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Richard D. Bruce, Jr., age 40, on one count of Aggravated Family Offense, a Class E Felony, and five counts of Criminal Contempt in the Second Degree, Class A Misdemeanors. It is alleged that Bruce violated an order of protection by attempting to contact the protected party on five different occasions by telephone. At the time, Bruce was being held as a Seneca County Correctional Facility inmate. Due to previous criminal convictions, Bruce was also charged with the Aggravated Family Offense. Bruce was held for pre-arraignment detention and will be arraigned in the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court on March 25, 2022 at 7pm.

Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Jerek D. Abrams, age 37, of 32 Green Street, Seneca Falls and David Brownell, age 58, of 183 Fall Street, Seneca Falls. Abrams was charged with one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree and one count of Conspiracy in the fourth degree. Brownell was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree and one count of Conspiracy in the fourth degree. On February 28th, 2022 members of the Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant on a vehicle that Abrams was operating and Brownell was a passenger. Pursuant to the search warrant, officers located approximately one half ounce of cocaine. Abrams and Brownell were both arraigned at Centralized Arraignment Part and are scheduled to appear in the Town of Seneca Falls Court at a later date. Members of the Sheriff’s Office were assisted by the New York State Police and Seneca Falls Police Department.

Burglary Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on March 15, 2022 at approximately 9:00am Sheriff Investigators arrested Felicia M Jablonski, age 28 of 304 Louisiana Ave Endicott, NY. The arrest stems from an investigation into a Burglary that occurred on Saturday March 12, 2022. It is alleged that Jablonski forced her way into a residence in the Town of Romulus, and while inside ransacked and damaged household items. The owners of the residence were not home at the time of the break-in. As a result of the investigation Jablonski was charged with Burglary 2nd, Criminal Mischief 3rd and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, as there was a young child with her at the time of the incident. Jablonski is currently being held at the Seneca County Correctional Facility awaiting arraignment.

Sex Offender Compliance Detail

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports Investigators recently completed a county-wide Sex Offender Compliance Check that lasted several days. During that time, Investigators responded to the residences of nearly 70 registered sex offenders residing within the Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction. The purpose of compliance check was to physically verify their addresses, as well as verify other information that is required to be reported under the New York State Sex Offender Registration Act. As a result, Sheriff’s Office Investigators report the arrest of a Level 2 offender residing in Ovid, NY. Michael J Travis, age 47 of 2194 County Road 139 Ovid was charged with a Sex Offender Registry Violation and Offering a False Instrument for Filing 1st, both felonies. It is alleged that Travis purposely failed to report required information to the Registry. Travis was arraigned at Seneca County CAP Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility. He is to reappear at the Romulus Town Court on a later date.

Narcotics/Promoting Prison Contraband Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on March 4th, 2022, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Shelly Baran, age 46, of Seneca Falls, NY. Baran was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree and one count of Promoting Prison Contraband in the second degree. It is alleged that Baran possessed a controlled substance located on her person by correction officers when she reported to the jail for weekend commitment. Baran was released on an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Romulus Court on March 25th, 2022 at 10:00am.

Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on February 24, 2022 at approximately 1:45PM, Members of the Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at 183 Fall Street, Apartment #1, Seneca Falls, New York. Upon execution of the search warrant, investigators seized cocaine and crack cocaine, digital scales, glassine baggies, and illegal knives. Located and arrested at the residence was David G. Brownell age 58 of the above address. He was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the third degree, and two counts of Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the second degree. Brownell was arraigned at the Law Enforcement Center and is being held at the Seneca County Jail on no bail due to previous felony convictions. Members of the Sheriff’s Office were assisted by the Seneca Falls Police Department, New York State Police and Ontario County Sheriff’s Office.

Menacing/Criminal Possession of a Firearm/Criminal Possession of a Weapon Arrest


The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on February 23, 2022, at about 11:21am, Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Laron J. Cheeks, age 23, formerly of 2478 Reed Road, Waterloo New York. The charges stem from a dispute where it is alleged that Cheeks threatened to shoot two Town of Waterloo residents with a handgun. Deputies and Investigators responded to the scene following a 911 call and immediately took Cheeks into custody. Cheeks attempted to conceal the handgun prior to the arrival of law enforcement, but it was later recovered following the execution of a search warrant. Upon the discovery of the handgun, it was found to be defaced with no serial number present.

Cheeks was charged with two counts of Menacing in the 2nd Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor, Criminal Possession of a Firearm, a Class E Felony, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony. Cheeks was arraigned on 02/23/22 at the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Part Court where he was released on his own recognizance due to New York State Bail reform laws. Cheeks will reappear at a later date at the Town of Waterloo Court.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the New York State Police and the Waterloo Police Department. North Seneca Ambulance also stood-by until the scene was declared safe.

Welfare Fraud Arrest

On February 14, 2022, at about 2:19pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Tina M. Lupo, age 49, of 3641 Railroad Avenue, Apartment 1, Interlaken, New York, on charges of Welfare Fraud in the Fourth Degree and Misuse of Food Stamps. The charges stem from a welfare fraud investigation where Lupo allegedly failed to disclose household income while receiving monetary benefits from Seneca County. Lupo was issued an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on March 2, 2022, at 5pm.

Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on February 16th, 2022 at approximately 3:30pm, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Shane E. Smolinski, age 43, of Seneca Falls, NY. Smolinski was charged with Resisting Arrest and Obstructing Governmental Administration. It is alleged that officers observed Smolinski, who had multiple active felony warrants for his arrest, on Bridge Street in the Town of Seneca Falls. Officers attempted to place Smolinski in to custody in which he fled on foot and actively resisted arrest. Officers were able to pursue Smolinski where he was taken into custody in the parking lot of a nearby business. Smolinski was then turned over to members of the Probation Department. Smolinski was released on appearance tickets for the local charges and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Seneca Falls Court on March 16th, 2022. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by members of Seneca County Probation and the Town of Seneca Falls Police Department.

Grand Larceny/Burglary Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that the Road Patrol arrested Roy L. Searles, 33, of 364 Trumbulls Corners Road, Newfield, New York, on an arrest warrant for Grand Larceny in the 2nd degree (Class C Felony). Searles was picked up from the Onondaga County Justice Center and brought back to Seneca County. Investigators further charged Searles with two counts of Burglary in the 3rd degree (Class D Felony), one count of Grand Larceny in the 3rd degree (Class D Felony) and one count of Petit Larceny (Class A Misdemeanor).
The Grand Larceny 2nd degree charge stems from an incident on 12/29/21 where Searles stole a Ford pickup truck from Main Street in the Village of Ovid in broad daylight. After a search of the area and notifying neighboring agencies, the pickup truck was seen in the area of Trumbulls Corners Road where it was involved in a motor vehicle accident and fled the scene. The pickup truck was located on 12/30/21 in Tioga County and recovered by the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office.
The Burglary and Larceny charges are from incidents in the Town of Ovid and the Town of Fayette where Searles allegedly broke into storage units in both locations and stole property from inside. It is alleged that Searles stole over $5000 in tools from the Ovid location and over $100 from the Fayette location. Investigators believe these incidents took place between 12/26/2021 and 12/28/2021.
Searles was held and arraigned in the Seneca County CAP Court. Searles was released on his own recognizance and will appear at a later date.