Found Property

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.

Update to Serious Motor Vehicle Accident Investigation

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.

June Snapshot




Total Calls For Service: 1210

Total Arrests: 93  

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 28; Yearly Total Cost Recouped:  $138,428.49

Mental Health Calls: 15


Total new drug cases: 6

Total arrests: 42


Average Number of Inmates: 51

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $33,640.16; Yearly Total: $203,223.71


Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 42

Total Income Executions: 15

Total Evictions: 1


June 5th, 2021: A Domestic Violence call in Varick resulted in multiple arrests. It was alleged the suspect violated a court order of protection, trespassed, assaulted and threatened with a knife.

June 11th, 2021: Investigators arrested a suspect for stealing a car, wallet and credit cards in Waterloo. The property was recovered.

June 22nd, 2021: NARCO charged a suspect for allegedly possessing and selling methamphetamine in Waterloo.

June 23rd, 2021: Alleged thieves from the Outlet Center in Junius fled and crashed into a car while leaving. They then fled the scene of the crash. The driver who was hit was seriously injured and later died. An adult and 1 adolescent offender have been charged.  

June 27th, 2021: Corrections Officers organized a team to raise money for Special Olympics by playing flag football at the Buffalo Bills field. Over $6500 was raised—enough to sponsor 13 Special Olympics athletes for a year.

June 30th, 2021: Deputies responded to a 3 car crash in Ovid that resulted in multiple injuries.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere


On 7/8/2021 at about 1:30 PM Investigators arrested Brittany M. Neagele, 24, of Geneva NY on one count of Robbery 3rd(class D Felony), two counts of Grand Larceny 4th(Class E Felony) and one count of Petit Larceny. Its alleged that on 5/16/2021 Neagele was at a residence in the Town of Waterloo where a struggle ensued and Neagele removed a wallet containing cash and credit cards from the victim before fleeing the scene. Neagele was taken into custody by Seneca Co. Road Patrol and transported to the LEC where she is being held pending arraignment in CAP Court.

Narcotics Arrests

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on July 9th, 2021, members of the Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at 20 Mynderse St. Seneca, Falls, NY. The following individuals were arrested for various charges pursuant to the search warrant:

Rachael R. Winfield, age 38, of 20 Mynderse St. Seneca Falls

-Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree
-Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd degree
-Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree
-Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the 2nd degree (2 counts)
-Unlawfully Dealing with a Child
-Endangering the Welfare of a Child

Daquan T. James, age 25, of 20 Mynderse St. Seneca Falls

-Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree
-Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd degree
-Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree
-Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the 2nd degree (2 counts)

It is alleged that Winfield and James possessed over 60 grams of cocaine, 86 Oxycodone Pills, digital scales, dilutants, and an electronic stun gun. Also seized were various items of jewelry and United States Currency. It is further alleged that Winfield allowed a child under the age of 12 to consume marihuana.

Winfield and James were both held at Centralized Arraignment Part for arraignment purposes. Child Protective Services have been contacted and made aware of the allegations involving the juvenile. Members of the Narcotics Unit were assisted by the Sheriff’s Department Uniformed Road Patrol and Criminal Investigation Division. The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, Canandaigua Police Department, and Seneca Falls Police Department also assisted in the investigation.

Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on June 22nd, 2021, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Karrie M. Maslyn, age 41 of Seneca Falls, NY. Maslyn was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the fifth degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the fifth degree. It is alleged that Maslyn sold methamphetamine while in the Town of Waterloo. Maslyn was arraigned at CAP where she has since been released from custody. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by members of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Parole, and Seneca Falls Police Department.

3 Car PI MVA Town of Ovid

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on June 30, 2021 at around 3:10 PM, Deputies responded to the area of State Route 414 and West Wycoff Road in the Town of Ovid for a three car motor vehicle accident with injuries. The operators of the vehicles involved were Annja I. Aho, 54 of 2347 East Seneca Street Lodi, Zechariah E. Champion 18 , of 2385 Parmenter Road Lodi, and Samuel Butts IV 52,of 17 Troy Street in Seneca Falls. Sheriff’s Deputies report while heading south on State Route 414, a uninvolved vehicle braked suddenly to miss an animal that came out into the roadway, causing  Aho to brake suddenly, Champion was unable to stop and struck the back of Aho’s vehicle . Butts was also unable to stop and struck the rear of the Champion vehicle. Annja Aho was transported by Hector Ambulance to Cayuga Medical center to be treated for back and neck pain . Zechariah Champion was transported by South Seneca Ambulance also to Cayuga Medical Center for a complaint of a head injury. Butts was uninjured . All vehicles sustained heavy damage and were towed from the scene. Assisting at the accident scene was South Seneca Ambulance, Hector Ambulance, the Lodi Fire Department, and the Ovid Fire Department.

Crim poss of Controlled Sub / AUO Town of Covert

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on June 25, 2021 at 8:50 PM, Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Robert Heroux age 46 of 5085 Terrel Rd, Trumansburg NY , after a traffic stop in the Town of Covert. Deputies report Heroux was stopped for speeding Northbound on State Route 96. During the Traffic Stop, Heroux was found to have a suspended license and a Warrant out of Tompkins County for AUO . Upon further investigation, Deputies located a controlled substance in his vehicle. Heroux was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree , and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle 3rd , and was released on an appearance ticket to appear on 07/05/2021 in the Town of Covert Court. Heroux was transported to Tompkins County to face further court action there .

Structure fire Town of Junius

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on 6/27/21 at 1:33 PM Deputies and Emergency Services responded to 334 Rte 318, the North Seneca Sportsman Club, in the Town of Junius for a structure fire. Upon arrival first responders located a pole barn garage with heavy smoke conditions. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire and determined the fire to be accidental. The structure sustained heavy damages to the south, west and east sides as well as the roof. No one was inside the structure although one dog perished in the blaze. The Seneca County Fire Investigation Team and Codes responded to the scene for further investigation. Deputies report several Departments responded for mutual aid including: Junius Fire, The Seneca County Fire Coordinator, Border City fire, Waterloo Fire, Fayette fire, North Seneca Ambulance, Lyons Fire and Seneca County Code Enforcement.

Warrant arrests Poss controlled substance , manufacturing of Meth /Town of Ovid

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on June 16, 2021 at 3:30 PM, Deputies arrested Benjamin R. Nichols age 28 of 2868 Munson Road in Ovid, NY on a Warrant From Seneca County Court on charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd, Criminal possession of a weapon 3rd, , and Unlawful Manufacturing of Methamphetamine , stemming from a case in Dec 2019 in the Town of Ovid in which Nichols failed to appear. Nichols was arraigned at CAP court and released . Nichols also had a Bench Warrant out of the Town of Ovid for violating a pre-trial release agreement on the charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd; charges that stem from a traffic stop in March 2020 in which Nichols was driving with a suspended license and was in possession of methamphetamine in the Town of Ovid. Nichols was also arraigned at CAP court on the Ovid Bench Warrant and was committed on $5 bail . After bail was paid Nichols was turned over to Schuyler County for unrelated charges .
Nichols will appear in Ovid Town Court and Seneca County Court at a later date.
CR#21SH00147 and CR#20SH12320