Endangering the Welfare of a Child Arrest

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports, on February 20, 2024 at about 4:30pm, Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Tyler L. Sietmann, age 21, of 4 Skyline Circle, Brockport, New York and charged him with Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Tampering with Physical Evidence. The arrest stems from an incident where it is alleged that Sietmann had an inappropriate relationship with a juvenile through social media and also met with the juvenile in person on multiple occasions. It is further alleged that Sietmann deleted electronic media conversations he was having with the child. Sietmann was arraigned at Seneca County’s Centralized Arraignment Part Court and released on his own recognizance. Sietmann is to appear at Ovid Town Court at later date. A class “A” order of protection was issued on behalf of the victim. Investigators also report that the investigation is ongoing and future charges may develop.

DWI Refusal Town of Waterloo

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports that on 2/20/2024 at 9:52pm, Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Gregory S. Palmer, age 66, of 3200 State Route 89 Savannah, NY 13146 in the Town of Waterloo, for driving while intoxicated.

The arrest stems from an investigation after Palmer was stopped for speeding in a posted 40 MPH zone. Palmer was subsequently taken into custody after investigation. Palmer was transported to the LEC where he was processed and turned over to the corrections division to await CAP court arraignment due to him refusing to submit to a chemical test for intoxication. Palmer is to appear at CAP court at 08:00 hours on 2/21/2024 to answer the charge.

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DWI Arrest- Village of Waterloo

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports that on February 19th, 2024, at approximately 7:54 PM Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Jor L Velasquez-Guer, age 31, of 46 Swift St Apt 1 Waterloo, NY 13165 in the Village of Waterloo for Driving While Intoxicated.

The arrest stems from a traffic stop where it is alleged that Velasquez-Guer was operating a vehicle with a non-functioning head light. After a police investigation Velasquez-Guer was taken into custody of driving while intoxicated.

Velasquez-Guer was released on an appearance ticket to reappear in the Town of Waterloo Court on March 13, 2024, at 5:00PM.

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Criminal Mischief Town of Fayette

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports that on February 17, 2024,
Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Van W. Gorton, age 34, of 6935 State Route 31 East
Newark, NY in the Town of Fayette for Criminal Mischief 4th.

The arrest stems from a domestic incident where it is alleged that Gorton intentionally caused damage to the property of another person.

Gorton was transported to the Seneca County Correctional Facility to await Centralized Arraignment. Deputies were assisted by the New York State Police.

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Criminal Contempt/Aggravated Family Offense

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports that on February 18th at approximately 2:45 AM Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Kenneth Hillen, age 54, of 4424 W WALWORTH RD MACEDON NY 14502 in the Town of Tyre for Aggravated Family Offense and Criminal Contempt 1st Degree.

The arrest stems from an incident where it is alleged that Hillen was found to be in the presence of a protected party in which Hillen was court ordered to stay away from by a class A order of protection.

Hillen was turned over to correctional staff to await arraignment at the centralized arraignment proceedings to answer the charges.

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National School Resource Officer Appreciation Day


The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office appreciates the critically important work that School Resource Officers provide to our schools today and every day. We appreciate their commitment to keeping our schools safe while also building positive relationships with the students, staff, and families.


The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office provides two School Resource Officers to the South Seneca Central School District and one School Resource Officer to the Romulus Central School District.


The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is committed to the School Resource Officer Program and appreciates the positive working relationships that has been built with the School Districts. This program could also not be possible without the partnership and continued support from the Seneca County Board of Supervisors.


MEET OUR SRO’S


Deputy Zachary Nelson is currently assigned to the South Seneca Middle and Jr./Sr. High School Campus in Ovid. Deputy Nelson has extensive experience in narcotics identification and has the additional responsibility of being a K-9 handler. His partner, K-9 Coski, is stationed with him at the school. K-9 Coski is trained to passively alert in the detection of narcotics, but also loves to socialize with students and staff. Deputy Nelson has successfully completed Crisis Intervention Training and is currently a Field Training Officer, Child Car Seat Technician, Project Lifesaver Coordinator, and Police Instructor. He also has tactical experience through his time on the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team.


Deputy Tiffany Nolin is currently assigned to the South Seneca Elementary School Campus in Interlaken. Deputy Nolin has successfully completed both Basic and Advanced School Resource Officer Training. She has also successfully completed Crisis Intervention Training and is currently a Field Training Officer, Taser Instructor, Hostage Negotiator, Crime Scene Photographer, and Evidence Technician. Deputy Nolin holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Finger Lakes Community College.


Deputy Grace Lipker is currently assigned to the Romulus Central School District Campus in Romulus. Deputy Lipker started in this role in January of 2024 and looks forward to continuing to build relationships with the students and staff. Deputy Lipker has training in Emergency Response, Crisis Intervention, and Juvenile Law. She is currently working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology with New Hampshire University.

Image 1: Seneca County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers with K-9 Coski

Image 2: Deputy Zachary Nelson

Image 3: Deputy Tiffany Nolin

Image 4: Deputy Grace Lipker

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Fire in the Town of Fayette

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports that on 02/13/2024 at about 5:39pm, Deputies responded to 1436 West River Road in the Town of Fayette, New York for the reported structure fire.

Upon arrival, Deputies found the business owner, Johnathan Pulver outside of the business. It was reported that there was no one else in the business at the time of the fire.

Waterloo Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire. North Seneca Ambulance along with Mutal aid from Fayette, Seneca Falls, and Border City Fire departments responded to the scene to assist.

The Seneca County Fire investigation team responded and upon initial investigation it was determined the fire was accidental from a vehicle in the business, but it is still under investigation. Fire damage to the home is estimated to be several tens of thousands of dollars and a vehicle was damaged as well.

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Warrant Arrest

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports that on Monday February 13th, 2024, at about 3:00pm, Deputies arrested Nicole M Fuller, age 27, of Seneca Falls, NY on a Bench Warrant.

The Warrant was issued for Failure to Appear on the original charge of Misuse of Food Stamps, 3 counts of Filing False Instruments in the 1st Degree, and Welfare Fraud in the 5th Degree.

Fuller was transported to the Seneca County Correctional Facility to await arraignment.

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Swearing-In Ceremony

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office held a swearing-in ceremony on Friday, February 9, 2024, for two of its newest Deputy Sheriffs that recently joined the ranks. Seneca County Clerk Tina Lotz administered the oaths of office at the ceremony held at the Law Enforcement Center in Romulus.

Deputy Sheriff Glen Addicott (pictured in uniform) comes to the Sheriff’s Office with prior law enforcement experience with the Cornell University Police Department.

Deputy Sheriff Jordan Morgan (pictured in a suit) transferred from the Corrections Division and started the Basic Course for Police Officers Training on February 12th at the Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Academy.

Sheriff Thompson remarked, “I wish them the best and look forward to their continued success with the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office.”

Grand Larceny Arrest

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports, on February 5, 2024 at approximately 12:30pm, Sheriff’s Office Investigator’s arrested Shara K Brown, age 50, of 641 State Route 96 in the Town of Waterloo for Grand Larceny in the 4th degree.  The arrest stems from an incident where it is alleged that Brown used a victim’s Social Security Debit Card without permission, totaling approximately $1,800.00. Brown was arraigned at Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Part Court and was remanded on no bail due to multiple prior felony convictions.