Fatal Accident

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on October 23, 2020 at approximately 10:25am, Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators responded to 2407 Ernsberger Road in the Town of Varick for the report of an unresponsive three year old male. Additional first responders from the Romulus Fire Department, North Seneca Ambulance, and South Seneca Ambulance also responded to the scene. Extensive lifesaving measures were deployed on the young male and he was transported to Geneva General Hospital, but succumbed to his injuries. The death appears to be accidental, but remains under investigation. Sheriff’s Investigators are working closely with members of the Seneca County Child Protective Services.

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Drug Take Back for South Seneca County

On Saturday, October 24th, 2020, The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, partnering with the DEA , 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. from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM 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. 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.

Sheriff’s Office Monthly Snapshot.

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR SEPTEMBER 2020

LAW ENFORCEMENT: Total Calls For Service: 1054 Total Arrests: 71 D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 26; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $167,362.48 Mental Health Calls: 11

NARCO: Total new drug cases: 6 Total arrests: 2

CORRECTIONS: Average Number of Inmates: 44 Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $41,614.13; Yearly Total: $352,723.68

CIVIL: Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 37 Total Income Executions: 10 Total Evictions: 0

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH:

September 10th, 2020: An inmate at the jail was charged after Corrections Officers discovered a homemade edged weapon.

September 19th, 2020: Deputies responded to a Domestic Violence Incident where a victim was assaulted and had a knife held to her throat. The suspect was apprehended without incident.

September 21, 2019: Deputies arrested a motorist in Junius for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs with a child in the car.

September 28th, 2020: Pheasants raised by inmates in the jail were released into the wild.

September 28th, 2020: NARCO arrested a suspect for allegedly dealing cocaine in Waterloo.

September, 2020: Investigators are following up on 2 suspicious, residential porch fires in Ovid.

September, 2020: The Sheriff’s Office attended 3 public forums on police reform.

September, 2020: A Welfare Fraud crackdown resulted in 3 persons charged for 9 crimes.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

Seneca County Citizen’s Police Academy

Sheriff Tim Luce has announced that the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is holding its fourth annual Citizens Police Academy this November. The purpose of the academy is to give citizens of Seneca County a better understanding about law enforcement and how the Sheriff’s Office works within the community. The academy will consist of four Thursday night sessions starting November 5th , running from 6:00 PM to approximately 9:00 PM. Each session will focus on different aspects 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. The dates for the academy are: November 5th, 12th, 19th, and December 3rd, 2020. Candidates must be able to attend all 4 sessions. Anyone interested can contact Danielle Thompson at 315-220-3403. Or email dthompson@co.seneca.ny.us. A light background check will be conducted. Applicants must be at least 21 years old, be residents of Seneca County and have a genuine interest in good citizenship. There are no physical requirements, only a desire to learn. The academy class size will be limited to 10 persons to maximize the experience and enable COVID 19 precautions. Eligible applicants that do not make this academy will be considered for future academies.

Welfare Fraud Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on September 28th, 2020, Investigators arrested McKenzie L. Schenk, age 26, of Seneca Falls NY. Schenk was charged with Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the first degree, a class E felony, Welfare Fraud in the fifth degree and Misuse of Food Stamps, both Class A Misdemeanors. It is alleged that Schenk filed paperwork with Seneca County DHS claiming a family member was living with her in order to obtain a higher amount of funds. It was determined the family member was not residing with Schenk, but collected those benefits anyways. Schenk was released on appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear in the Village of Waterloo Court on October 21st, 2020 at 5:00PM.

Welfare Fraud Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports Investigators arrested Kendra M. Rugg age 34, of 350 Waterloo Geneva Rd, Apt 4, Waterloo, NY, for one count of Welfare Fraud in the 4th degree and one count of Misuse of Food Stamps. Both charges are class E felonies. Rugg was released on an appearance ticket and is to appear before the Village of Waterloo Court on 10/21/2020 at 5pm to answer to the charges.

MVA / DWI arrest Town of Tyre

    The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on 9/27/2020 at 4:30pm Deputies arrested Richard R. Fabiszewski, age 30, of 558 Birchwood Square, West Seneca NY on State Route 414 , at the intersection of the NYS Thruway entrance  in the Town of Tyre for Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, Refusal to submit to a Breath Test, and Failure to Yield Right of Way. The arrest stems from the investigation of a four car personal injury motor vehicle accident. Deputies report Fabiszewski was  Northbound on Rt 414 when he turned in front of a southbound vehicle driven by Larry Rodas age 61 of Clyde  NY . After the initial collision Fabiszewski’s vehicle spun around and struck two other vehicles, operated by Geoffrey Kogler age 42 of Webster NY and a tractor trailer operated by  David Gradijan age 56 of Ohio , that were on the Thruway exit driveway.  Fabiszewski was transported to Geneva General Hospital by North Seneca Ambulance, where he was treated and released for minor injuries. Fabiszewski was released on appearance tickets and is to appear in the Town of Tyre Court on 10/27/2020 to answer the charges.

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Criminal Tampering Town of Tyre

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on at 11:06 am on 9/23/20 Deputies arrested a 16 year old female Juvenile for Criminal Tampering in the Third Degree, a class B misdemeanor. Deputies responded to a residence in the Town of Tyre for the report of a Juvenile out of control. After investigation it was discovered the juvenile had tampered with the victim’s property while having no right to do so . The juvenile destroyed most of the residence causing a substantial inconvenience to the victim. The juvenile was released with an appearance ticket and due to appear at Seneca County Probation to answer to the charge

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House Fire Town of Ovid

  The  Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on September 23 at approximately 0400 hours, Deputies responded to a structure fire at 7137 Prospect Street in the Town of Ovid. Deputies report the front porch of a residence suffered extensive damage after catching fire at approximately 04:00 AM. Deputies were able to wake the residents and safely evacuate them. The Ovid and Interlaken Fire Departments quickly extinguished the fire. The Seneca County Fire Investigation Team ruled the fire undetermined and is still under investigation. The structure was insured.

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DWI arrest Town of Junius

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on September 25, 2019 at 10:45 PM, Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Francisco Juan Zavala, 30 of 1550 Ridge Rd Williamson NY, on Whiskey Hill Rd in the Town of Junius. Zavala was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated. The Arrest stems from a suspicious vehicle complaint and upon further investigation,   Deputies found Zavala to be driving while intoxicated. Zavala was held at  the Seneca County Correctional Facility and  arraigned  at  CAP Court , and released and is to appear in Junius Town Court at a later date.

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