Serious Personal Injury Motor Vehicle Accident

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on June 23, 2021 at approximately 7:15pm Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators responded to a serious personal injury motor vehicle accident on State Route 318 in the Town of Junius. A 2013 Mercedes Benz being operated by Shyquest K Powell, age 20 of Syracuse NY, was travelling eastbound in a reckless manner on State Route 318 when it rear ended into a 2009 Pontiac Vibe being operated by Brett Rising, age 66 of Junius, NY.

The Pontiac Vibe exited the roadway on the south side of Route 318 and rolled several times before coming to rest along a utility pole. Rising was ejected from the vehicle and sustained life threatening injuries. The Mercedes came to rest in the middle of the roadway when the driver, Powell, and a 17 year old female passenger exited the vehicle and attempted to flee the scene on foot to evade police. The two females were picked up by a passing motorist who was not involved in the accident. Witnesses report the two females from the Mercedes were loading a large quantity of clothing from their vehicle to the passing motorist’s vehicle before leaving the scene. That vehicle was subsequently pulled over on State Route 5 in the Town of Seneca Falls by Officers from the Seneca Falls Police Department and Sheriff Deputies. Powell and the the 17 yr old female were taken into custody without incident. Neither Powell nor the 17 yr old sustained any injuries from the accident. Rising was treated at the scene by North Seneca Ambulance and subsequently flown via LifeNet to Strong Memorial Hospital for further treatment, where he is listed in unsatisfactory condition. As a result of the investigation it was found that Powell and the 17 year old female were in possession of a large quantity of stolen merchandise from several retail stores in and out of the area.

Shyquest Powell was charged with Reckless Endangerment 1st(Class D Felony), Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd(Class D Felony) and Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Motor Vehicle Accident(Class E Felony). In addition, Powell was issued traffic citations for Reckless Driving, Following Too Closely, Speed not Reasonable and Prudent, Failure to Reduce Speed for Special Hazards, and Unlicensed Operator. Powell was arraigned at Seneca County CAP Court where she was ROR’d due to New York State Bail Reform and is to reappear at the Junius Town Court at a later date. The 17 year old female was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd. She was released on an appearance ticket and turned over to her legal guardian. She is to appear on July 27, 2021 at the Seneca County Youth Part Court to answer the charge.

The accident was reconstructed by the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Reconstruction Team. Both vehicles involved sustained extensive damage and were towed from the scene and impounded at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office. Also assisting at the scene was the New York State Police, the Seneca Falls Police Department, Junius Fire Department, North Seneca Ambulance and LifeNet Air Medical. The investigation is still ongoing.

Disseminating Indecent Material to Minors Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports Investigators arrested Jason L. Kimbell, age 48, of 7 Sawdey Road, Horseheads, New York on June 4, 2021. Kimbell was charged with two counts of Disseminating indecent material to a minor in the first degree, Obscenity in the third degree and Endangering the welfare of a child. The charges stem from an investigation into an inappropriate relationship that Kimbell procured with a minor in the Town of Lodi. It is further alleged that Kimbell sent the minor pictures and videos of a sexual nature. Kimbell was arraigned before the Seneca County CAP Court on 06/05/21 at 0800 hrs. Kimbell was remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $500 cash bail/$1000 secured bond. Kimbell is to reappear before the Town of Lodi Court on 06/09/21 at 10:00am to answer the charges.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office.

Criminal Contempt Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on June 7th 2021, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Samuel Eckert, age 32, an inmate at the Seneca County Jail, on 19 counts of Criminal Contempt in the first degree and 19 counts of Aggravated Family Offense. It is alleged that Eckert contacted a person who is listed as a protected party on an order of protection 19 separate times from May 26th, 2021 through June 3rd, 2021. Eckert is to be arraigned at CAP on June 7, 2021 at 7:00pm.

Narcotics Arrest


The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on May 27th, 2021 members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Zachary Renner, age 29, of Shortsville, NY. Renner was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree. It is alleged that Renner was in possession of Fentanyl, with the intent to sell it, while at a Town of Seneca Falls business. Subsequent to his arrest, members of the Narcotics Unit and Ontario County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at his residence where numerous items related to the distribution of Fentanyl were located and seized. Renner was released on an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear at the Town of Seneca Falls Court on June 9th, 2021 at 9:00am. The Narcotics Unit was assisted by members of the Uniformed Road Patrol, Ontario County Drug Task Force, and Seneca Falls Police Department.

Welfare Fraud Arrest

On May 25, 2021, at about 10:05am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Ronald L. Miller, age 50, of 1908 Burgess Road, Apartment 7, Waterloo, New York, on charges of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree (7 counts) and Welfare Fraud in the Fourth Degree. It is alleged that Miller failed to disclose household income while receiving monetary benefits from Seneca County. Miller was issued an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on June 2, 2021 at 5pm.

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Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on May 24th, 2021 members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Samuel J. Eckert age 32, of 941 Waterloo-Geneva Rd. Lot 32, Waterloo, NY and Erica L. Campbell, age 22, of Auburn, NY. Eckert was charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the second degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree. Campbell was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree and one count of Possession with the Intent to Sell an Imitation of a Controlled Substance. The arrests stem from the execution of a search warrant at 941 Waterloo-Geneva Rd. Lot, 32, Waterloo, NY and a traffic stop in the Town of Seneca Falls. It is alleged that Eckert possessed a “sawed off shotgun” and a rifle with the intent to use the weapons against another. Eckert was also found to be in possession of crack cocaine. Campbell was also found to be in possession of crack cocaine and a large quantity of an unknown powdery substance that imitated a controlled substance. Campbell was released on appearance tickets and Eckert was arraigned at Centralized Arraignment Part where he was committed to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of bail or secured bond. Sheriff’s Investigators were assisted by members of the Finger Lakes Drug Task Force and the Sheriff’s Office Road Patrol Division.

Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on May 20th, 2021, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Peter B. Vanderwall III, age 31, of Waterloo, NY. Vanderwall was arrested on an arrest warrant for Failure to Appear. It is alleged that Vanderwall failed to show to court in the Town of Seneca Falls on the original charges of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree. Vanderwall was arraigned at Centralized Arraignment Part (CAP) where he was released and scheduled for a new court date in the Town of Seneca Falls.

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Welfare Fraud Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on May 21, 2021, Investigators arrested Kevin J. Gillon, age 33 of Seneca Falls, NY. Gillon was charged with one count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the first degree. It is alleged that Gillon intentionally filed a false application for public assistance benefits in which he attempted to defraud the Seneca County Division of Human Services. Gillon was processed and released on an appearance ticket. He is scheduled to appear in the Village of Waterloo Court on June 2nd, 2021 at 5:00PM.

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Scheme to Defraud 1st and Petit Larceny Arrests

On April 29, 2021, at about 3:15pm, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office arrested Carol A. Ziglar, age 25, of 51 South Avenue, Apartment 2, Cortland, New York, on an arrest warrant related to charges of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree and seven counts of Petit Larceny. It is alleged that Ziglar placed advertisements on Facebook Marketplace in an attempt to sell property. The unsuspecting victims then sent Ziglar money electronically and she refused to send the property originally for sale. It is alleged that the crimes occurred between December of 2020 and February of 2021 when Ziglar resided in the Town of Tyre. It is further alleged that Ziglar stole money from seven different victims in excess of $1,000.

Ziglar was placed in custody by the Cortland Police Department where she was then turned over to Sheriff’s Deputies. Ziglar was transported to the Seneca County Correctional Facility where she is being held pending an arraignment in Seneca County Central Arraignment Court.

The case remains under investigation and Sheriff’s Investigators believe that there are more victims in relation to this. If you have any information or believe that you are a victim in relation to this investigation, please contact Lt. Tim Thompson at (315) 220-3449.

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Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on April 14th, 2021, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Patti L. Morgan, age 47, of Seneca Falls, NY. Morgan was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, Conspiracy in the fourth degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree. It is alleged that Morgan conspired with another person to sell crack cocaine. At the time of arrest, it was discovered that Morgan was in possession of crack cocaine. Morgan was released on appearance tickets and scheduled to appear in the Town of Seneca Falls Court at a later date. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by members of the Seneca Falls Police Department.