Domestic arrest

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 10/18/21 at approx. 2109 hrs. Deputies arrested Richard D Fairbanks, 49 of Kirkville NY on harassment 2nd a violation. The arrests stems from a domestic complaint in the Town of Tyre. It is alleged that Fairbanks struck a female in the face during a domestic dispute. Fairbanks was transported to the Seneca County jail where he was arraigned in CAP court. Fairbanks was ROR’ed and a Class A order of protection was issued protecting the victim. Fairbanks is to reappear in the Town of Tyre on 11/10/21 At 1600hrs to answer to the charges. Seneca County Deputies were assisted by the NYSP.

Two Car Crash With Injuries

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on October 15, 2021 at 4:30 pm, Deputies responded to a two-car personal injury accident at the intersection of State Route 96 and Brewer Road in the Town of Waterloo. A vehicle being operated by Stacey Remillard, 52, of Andover, NY was traveling North bound on Brewer Road when Remillard’s vehicle came to a stop at the intersection of Brewer Road and State Route 96. Remillard continued traveling North bound, crossing over State Route 96 to Whiskey Hill Road, when she failed to yield the right of way to another vehicle who was traveling West bound on State Route 96. The other vehicle was being operated by Jeffrey Payne, 46, of 2 Fall Street Seneca Falls, NY. Both vehicles suffered extensive front end damage and were towed from the scene. Remillard declined medical attention. Payne complained of back pain and was transported by North Seneca Ambulance to Geneva General Hospital. Assisting at the scene was Waterloo Police Department, North Seneca Ambulance, and Waterloo Fire Department.      134/21SH12419

Criminal Possession Of A Forged Instrument 1st arrest

On 10/13/21 at 1100 am Investigators arrested Linda L. Barnard ,64, of 9419 Lodi Center Rd Lodi NY for one count of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 1st degree (class C Felony). It is alleged that on 9/1/21 while at a business in Ovid, Barnard tried to use a counterfeit $100 bill while knowing the bill was counterfeit. Barnard was issued an appearance ticket for the Town of Ovid Court on 10/19/21 at 10am to answer the charge.


At around 09:14 AM the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 10/11/2021 Sheriff’s Deputies along with New York State Police, Clyde Fire Department, and North Seneca Ambulance responded to the area of 1629 Odell road in the Town of Tyre for a one car motor vehicle accident. Upon further investigation it was discovered the driver, Tsianina Lewis age 46 of 1739 Cayuga Street Clyde, New York was traveling north bound on State Route 414 and attempted to make a left hand turn on Strang road when her vehicle left the roadway and made impact with a house located at 1629 Odell Road . Tsianina Lewis was transported by North Seneca Ambulance to Geneva General Hospital for her injuries. Currently, The Sheriff’s Office has charged the driver, Tsianina with aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree and driving while intoxicated. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the investigation is still underway.


South Seneca County Drug Take Back

On Saturday, October 23rd , 2021, The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, partnering with the DEA and the Seneca County United Way , will conduct a DRUG TAKE BACK DAY in South Seneca County. A deputy will be stationed at the Law Enforcement Center 6150 Route 96, Romulus,  N.Y. and at Kinney Drug Store,  North Main Street, Ovid N.Y  from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Deputies will be there to collect potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction. This service is free and anonymous with no questions asked and no paperwork to complete.  

Deputies and members from the Seneca County Substance Abuse Coalition will also be available to answer questions if so desired.

In addition to the TAKE BACK DAY citizens may drop off these drugs at any time in one of the Sheriff’s two Unwanted/Unused Prescription Drug Drop-Off Return Kiosks. These kiosks are located in the main lobby of the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center in Romulus and the first floor, (near D.M.V.), of the Seneca County Office Building, 1 Dipronio Drive, Waterloo, N.Y.

Sheriff Luce stated: “Take Back Day is a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs. It is important to get these potentially dangerous drugs out of your home before they find a new home. “

Syringes and needles are not eligible for Take Back or Drop Off.    


At around 3:00 AM the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 10/02/2021 Sheriff’s Deputies along with several fire agencies responded to the area of 8913 state route 96 in the Town of Covert for a serious one car motor vehicle accident. Upon further investigation it was discovered the driver, Tacara Ortiz age 22 of 162 Ludlowville road Lansing, New York was traveling north bound on state route 96 when her vehicle left the roadway and made impact with a culvert, this resulted in the vehicle becoming airborne and to roll on its side where it came to rest in a nearby ditch. Fire crews from Interlaken, Lodi, Ovid, and Trumansburg along with members from Trumansburg ambulance used stabilization and extraction equipment to safely remove the driver. Tacara Ortiz was transported to Cayuga Medical Center where she later succumbed to her injuries. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the cause of the accident.

Vehicle Pursuit

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on October 9, 2021 Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Eric Scott Weiler Age 18, of 7045 Garner Rd, Wolcott, NY, in the Town Of Junius at 6:16pm. Eric Scott Weiler was charged with 2 counts of Speed over 55(violation) Reckless driving (unclassified misdemeanor) and unlawfully fleeing a police officer in the 3rd degree (Class A Misdemeanor).

Deputies report that Weiler was observed traveling above the State speed limit of 55mph and when a Seneca County Deputy attempted to stop the vehicle it attempted to flee the Deputy. Weiler was taken into custody a short time later and no injuries were reported. Weiler was issued an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Town of Juinus court on October 21st to answer the charges. 

Monthly Snapshot




Total Calls For Service: 1321

Total Arrests: 37  

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 24; Total 2021 Cost Recouped:  $204,109.99

Mental Health Calls: 14


Total new drug cases: 3

Total arrests: 2


Average Number of Inmates: 48

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $25,411.72; Yearly Total: $287,455.55


Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 44

Total Income Executions: 20

Total Evictions: 1


September 2nd, 2021: Investigators, working with Geneva P.D., apprehended a suspect wanted in connection to a double homicide in Rochester.

September 3rd, 2021: Deputies apprehended a motorist that fled a traffic stop and led officers on a pursuit through several Seneca County townships.

September 11th, 2021: An ATV accident under investigation in Fayette left a victim in critical condition.

September 14th, 2021: A new targeted enforcement program: D.D.A.C.T.S.–(Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety) was launched at the Outlet Center in Junius.

September 19th, 2021: Deputies partnered with Seneca Falls and Waterloo PD to conduct a Child Safety Seat detail at the Seneca Falls Fire Department.

September 28th, 2021: A truck struck an asphalt roller on Rt 89 in Ovid. Officers are reconstructing the accident which caused a fire, a hazardous spill and left a man in critical condition.

September 30th, 2021: A man was arrested when Deputies responded to a Domestic in Fayette. It was alleged that a woman was strangled and pushed with a young child present.  

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce / Undersheriff John Cleere

PI Accident / DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 10/06/2021 at around 9:00 pm, deputies arrested Frederick K Keefer, 76, of Seneca Falls, NY for Driving While Intoxicated following a single vehicle crash. Deputies responded to the area of Seybolt Rd and Cemetery Rd in the Town of Fayette for the report of a vehicle in the ditch. Deputies say Keefer was traveling southbound on Seybolt when his vehicle left the roadway and went into the ditch. Keefer was treated and transported to Geneva General Hospital for minor injuries. Keefer was charged with DWI and other Traffic Violations and is scheduled to appear in court on a later date to answer charges.


Citizen’s Police Academy

Sheriff Tim Luce has announced that the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office will be holding its annual Citizen’s Police Academy this November. The purpose of the academy is to give the citizens of Seneca County a better understanding about law enforcement and how the Sheriff’s Office operates within the community.

The academy will consist of four Wednesday night sessions: November 3rd, 10th, 17th, and December 1st 2021. Sessions will begin at 6:00 PM  and last until approximately 9:00 PM. Each session will focus on a different division of the Sheriff’s Office and give an inside look at Administration, Road Patrol, Investigations and Corrections. Classroom and hands-on activities will be conducted  by the professionals who do the job.

Candidates that complete the program will be scheduled for an optional ride-a-long with a Deputy, receive a certificate of completion, and a t-shirt.

Candidates must be able to attend all four sessions. Anyone that is interested can contact Danielle Thompson at 315-220-3403. Or email  A light background check will be conducted on all interested candidates.

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, a resident of Seneca County, and also have a genuine interest in good citizenship. There are no physical requirements, only a desire to learn.

Covid-19 protocols are currently in place so please bring a mask. Masks will also be available free of charge.

The academy class size will be kept small to maximize the experience. Eligible applicants that do not make this academy will be considered for future academies.