Criminal Mischief

Seneca County Sheriff’s reports that on 8/10/2022 at approx. 2000hrs deputies arrested Joslyn N Solomon, 26 of Geneva for Criminal Mischief in the 4th degree. The arrest stems from an incident where deputies were called to a business in the Town of Waterloo on 08/02/2022 from a report of damage done to property. Upon investigation it is alleged that Solomon recklessly caused damage to said property. Solomon was issued an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Town of Waterloo Court on 8/24/2022 at 1700 hrs to answer to the charges. 22SH12287

Aggravated Harassment

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on 8/7/22 at 11:01 AM Deputies arrested Ernest L. Voorheis, Age 59 of Lodi, for Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree, a class A Misdemeanor. The incident occurred on 7/18/22 where it is alleged Voorheis harassed the victim via telephone (text) threatening harm to the victim and their property. The NYSP located Voorheis the morning of 8/7/22, for unrelated charges, and Deputies placed Voorheis into custody and turned him over to the Seneca County Correctional Facility to await CAP Court. Deputies requested an order of protection on the victim’s behalf.

Harrassment

On 08/06/22 at 11:30 p.m. the Seneca County Sheriff Deputies responded to 508 State Route 89 in the Town of Tyre for a Disorderly Conduct Complaint. When the Deputies arrived on scene they discovered that Mathew Palmer, 23, of 1177 State Route 14, Lyons, NY, had touched a 17 yr old female without her consent. Deputies arrested and Charged Palmer for Harassment in the 2nd degree. Palmer was brought to the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center to await CAP Court. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Department put in a request for an Order of Protection against Palmer for the 17 yr old female.

Cayuga Indian Nation Demolition Event and Conflict

On August 3rd, 2022, at about 5:58 PM Seneca County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to 2778 County Road 124, in the Town of Varick for a complaint of suspicious activity. It was discovered that the Cayuga Indian Nation Police under the direction of Clint Halftown were on the scene of property and a house located at 2906 County Road 124. These premises are owned by the Cayuga Indian Nation. The Nation Police produced a copy of a demolition order issued by the Nation zoning and code enforcement officer.  

Deputies and State Troopers at the scene observed a conflict in progress between the CIN Police and a group of individuals who oppose Clint Halftown as the leader of the CIN when they arrived. It appeared to be escalating.

As in past conflicts Officers assumed a neutral stand and did not take sides with the opposing factions. -Both factions challenge the legitimacy of each other although the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs has recognized Clint Halftown as the federally recognized leader of the Cayuga Nation. The faction opposing Halftown—(sometimes called the traditionalists) have also challenged the legitimacy of the existing CIN Police. The United States Department of the Interior has advised Seneca County Police Agencies  that the CIN has the right to form their police department and have jurisdiction on Nation owned property.

County Road 124 was shut down between Route 89 and Kings Corners Road for all but local traffic during the event for about 2 hours. Officers maintained a foot patrol presence on CR 124 during the event to keep the peace and keep local residents safe. An ambulance was staged near the scene and responded to check persons exposed to pepper spray that was deployed by the CIN Police during the event. At the time of this release no personal injuries have been reported to the Sheriff’s Office. No Officers were injured during the event.

Two buildings: a house and a barn, were demolished at the location involved.

Sheriff Luce continues to urge the opposing Cayuga Nation factions to find common ground and put an end to the conflicts. The Sheriff is offering a safe and neutral location at the Sheriff’s Office for representatives from both groups to meet if they so desire.

Anyone who requires humanitarian aid or is displaced because of this event can contact Commissioner Tracy Vanvleck at 315-539-1830 and appropriate aid will be provided.

Menacing/criminal mischief

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on July 27th, 2022 at around 1:30 pm Deputies arrested Ernest F. Sorber, 18 years old, of 2045 West Seneca Street in Ovid. The arrest is the result of an investigation of a domestic incident were it is alleged that Sorber menaced a family member with a weapon and damaged property. Sorber was charged with Criminal Mischief 3rd, Menacing 2nd, and Harassment 2nd. Sorber was transported to the Seneca County Correctional Facility where he was held for Centralized Arraignment.

PI MVA

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a one- car motor vehicle accident that occurred on County Road 138 in the Town of Ovid early afternoon on the 25th of July 2022. Deputies arrived on scene and located a 2019 Toyota Tundra resting on a culvert pipe connecting Moorehouse Rd and CR 138. The vehicle involved appeared to have sustained heavy damage. The vehicle operator was identified as Philip Nelson 61, from Maine NY. Other motorists who witnessed the accident stated that Nelson’s truck was traveling west on CR 138 when it “ Just drifted across the road” striking the ditch on the South side of CR 138 and flipped 2 times before coming to a rest on the culvert pipe. Nelson suffered non -life threatening injuries and was transported to Cayuga Medical Center via South Seneca Ambulance. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Seneca County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Ovid Fire Department, NYSP, South Seneca Ambulance and Route 89 Auto.

Use of a Stolen Credit Card

Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators are currently investigating the use of a stolen credit card at a business in the Village of Ovid. If anyone recognizes the masked individuals depicted in the photos, they are encouraged to contact Investigator Felice at (315) 220-3445 or the Criminal Investigation Division at (315) 220-3240. Calls may remain anonymous.

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Search Incident

Seneca County Sheriff W. Timothy Luce reports the conclusion to a large-scale search effort for a missing endangered adult in the Town of Fayette that spanned about sixteen hours. On July 26, 2022, at about 12:00am, Sheriff’s Deputies were alerted to an area along West River Road where it was believed that a missing endangered adult was in a wooded area. Responding Sheriff’s Deputies initiated a ground search using foot patrols, an all-terrain vehicle, K-9 unit, and a marine unit with unsuccessful results. Following this phase of the search, further efforts to locate the missing endangered adult using the Sheriff’s Office Drone Unit, New York State Police Aviation Unit, and LifeNet Air Ambulance were deployed. These efforts were also unsuccessful. Due to the thick terrain and challenging environmental conditions, a joint operation between the Sheriff’s Office, numerous Fire Departments, and the New York State Park Police was deployed using coordinated line searches. In the late afternoon, the missing endangered adult was found deceased in a heavily wooded area within the search area. Sheriff’s Investigators have determined that the death appears to be self-inflicted and does not involve foul play. The Seneca County Coroner’s Office also responded to the scene and Sheriff’s Investigators will be partnering with them to determine an official cause of death. The name of the victim will not be released out of respect for the family.

The following agencies assisted the Sheriff’s Office in response to this incident:

Border City Fire Department
Canoga Fire Department
Fayette Fire Department
Geneva Fire Department
Geneva Police Department
LifeNet Air Ambulance
New York State Park Police
New York State Police
North Seneca Ambulance
Ontario County Sheriff’s Office
Seneca County E-911 Center
Seneca County Fire Coordinator’s Office
Seneca Falls Police Department
Varick Fire Department
Waterloo Fire Department
Waterloo Police Department

Sheriff Luce would like to thank all agencies for their assistance in this incident. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office extends its deepest condolences to the family of the victim.

DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Sunday July 24th, 2022 at around 3:46am, Deputies, while on routine patrol came across a single vehicle crash in the area of 1501 Lodi Point Road in the Town of Lodi, New York. Upon arrival, Deputies found the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, identified as Jack J. Mott, age 21, of Lodi, New York attempting to extricate himself from the drivers side of the vehicle. Upon further investigation it was made known to Deputies that Mott had been driving westbound on Lodi Point Road when his vehicle left the roadway multiple times striking a mailbox and guardrail before coming to rest in a ditch causing significant damage to the vehicle. South Seneca Ambulance responded for a check over of Mott. Mott was showing signs of intoxication and Deputies concluded that alcohol was the contributing factor in the cause of the crash. Mott was put through Standardized Field Sobriety Tests which he ultimately failed and was subsequently placed under arrest for DWI. Mott was transported by Deputies to the Seneca County Correctional facility where he was processed and released with Appearance Tickets. Charges include DWI, Aggravated DWI (BAC of .18 or higher), Failure To Keep Right, and Moved From Lane Unsafely. Mott is due back in the Town of Lodi Court at a later date in August, 2022 to answer all charges.

DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday July 22nd, 2022 at around 1:17am, Deputies responded to the area of 8370 State Route 89 in the Town of Covert for the single vehicle crash. Upon arrival, Deputies found the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, identified as Randy S. Eads, age 34 of County Road 132, Willard, New York standing next to the involved vehicle. Upon further investigation it was made known that Eads had been traveling northbound on State Route 89 when his vehicle left the roadway, traveling down an embankment off the east shoulder of the roadway and came to an abrupt stop at the base of a large tree causing significant damage to the vehicle. Trumansburg Ambulance Responded for a check over of Eads. Eads was showing signs of intoxication on scene and Deputies concluded that alcohol was the contributing factor in the cause of the crash. During the investigation Eads was showing signs of intoxication. After the investigation, Eads was subsequently placed under arrest for DWI. A records check did reveal that Eads’s New York State driving privileges were suspended currently. Eads was transported by Deputies to the Seneca County Correctional facility where he was processed and released with Appearance Tickets. Charges include DWI, Aggravated DWI (BAC of .18 or higher), Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd, and Moved From Lane Unsafely. Eads is due back to the Town of Covert Court at a later date in September, 2022 to answer all charges.