Larceny Arrest

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports on May 15th, 2024 at approximately 11:15 AM, Deputies arrested Jevonte T. Harris, age 29, of 1 Bardin St. Rochester, NY and Carlos Marquez, age 35, 93 Lorimer St. Rochester, NY for Petit Larceny.

The arrest stems from an incident where it is alleged that Harris and Marquez stole merchandise from a local business. Upon further investigation, both suspects were alleged to have stolen merchandise from the same business on May 12th, 2024, amounting to over $1000 dollars. Both suspects were charged with Grand Larceny in the fourth degree and Conspiracy in the fifth degree. It is also alleged that Marquez assumed the identity of another and signed paperwork under that name resulting in Criminal Impersonation in the second degree and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the first degree charges being filed.

Both suspects were arraigned and are scheduled to reappear at the Town of Waterloo Court at a later date to answer to the charges.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the New York State Police.

Seeking Information

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and the Seneca Falls Police Department are seeking assistance from anyone that may have witnessed the events that transpired on May 21, 2024, at about 4pm during the police pursuit that originated in the Town of Seneca Falls and extended into the Village of Waterloo and the Town of Fayette. The alleged suspect endangered the lives of the public by operating his motor vehicle recklessly and at high rates of speed through residential areas. If anyone witnessed the incident or were forced to take evasive action to avoid a collision, we ask that you contact Deputy Jarrod Surine by phone at (315) 220-3446 or by email at jsurine@co.seneca.ny.us. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and the Seneca Falls Police Department are committed to ensuring that all of our citizens and visitors are able to freely travel throughout this community without the fear of becoming victimized by the irresponsible and reckless behaviors of others. We appreciate any assistance that you can provide.

The attached pictures are the actual vehicle involved in the incident and a picture of the alleged suspect.

STOP-DWI Announcement


For Immediate Release

Seneca County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
“High Visibility Engagement Campaign”

STOP-DWI Impaired Driving High Visibility Engagement Campaign runs May 24-27, 2024

Seneca County Sheriff and STOP-DWI Coordinator Timothy J. Thompson, Jr. announced today that Seneca County police agencies and STOP-DWI Coordinators will participate in special efforts to bring awareness to the dangers of impaired driving.

The statewide STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign will start on May 24th and will end on May 27th. Memorial Day is one of the busiest travel holidays of the year and marks the official start of summer. New York State Police, County Sheriffs, municipal law enforcement agencies and local STOP-DWI Programs will collaborate across the state and will be out in force in this coordinated effort to reduce the number of impaired driving-related injuries and deaths.

“Enjoy this special weekend but make smart decisions. Please drink responsibly and have a plan. Do not make a mistake that you will regret,” stated Seneca County Sheriff and STOP-DWI Coordinator Timothy J. Thompson, Jr.

The STOP-DWI Memorial Day Weekend High Visibility Engagement Campaign is one of many statewide initiatives promoted by STOP-DWI NY and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The Statewide STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign also targets the 4th of July, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Holiday Season, Super Bowl weekend and St. Patrick’s Day.

Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.

You can help to make a difference by Having a Sober Plan! Download our mobile app – “Have a Plan” and you will always be able to find a safe ride home www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp. Impaired driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning.


Multi-Agency Arrest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: From the offices of Chief Timothy Snyder and Seneca County Sheriff Timothy Thompson

Subject: High-Speed Pursuit Culminates in Arrest of Brandon A. Carlson, age 38, of 96 State Street, Seneca Falls, NY 13148 Following Dangerous Chase Through Multiple Towns

A high-speed vehicle pursuit involving Brandon A. Carlson, a suspect with a history of evading law enforcement, was brought to a successful conclusion by the collaborative efforts of the Seneca Falls Police Department and the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident began with a routine traffic stop in the town of Seneca Falls. Carlson, instead of complying, chose to flee the scene, initiating a high-speed pursuit. The chase extended from the town of Seneca Falls, through the Village of Waterloo, and into the town of Fayette. During this dangerous pursuit, Carlson reached speeds of up to 130 mph, significantly endangering the safety of the community and other motorists.

Due to the extreme risk posed by the high-speed chase, police decided to terminate the pursuit in the interest of public safety. However, law enforcement officers continued their efforts to locate Carlson. A short time later, Seneca County Deputies observed Carlson’s vehicle in the town of Fayette. Acting swiftly, they managed to stop the vehicle and take Carlson into custody without further incident.

Brandon Carlson faces multiple charges, including, three counts of Unlawful Fleeing of a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle in the 3rd degree, failed to yield the right of way, Unregistered Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Drove across Hazard Markings, Improper U-turn and Unsafe Starting. As well as outstanding felony warrants for Grand Larceny in the 3rd degree and Violate Condition of Sentence for the original charges of, Burglary in the 2nd degree, Criminal Mischief in the 3rd degree and Criminal Contempt in the 1st degree. Carlson has a notorious history of fleeing and evading police across several counties over the past few months, making his apprehension a notable success for law enforcement.

The coordinated efforts of the Seneca Falls Police Department and the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office were instrumental in ending Carlson’s reckless and dangerous behavior. Chief of Police, Timothy A. Snyder and Seneca County Sheriff Timothy Thompson both, praised the diligence and professionalism of the officers and deputies involved. “This incident highlights the importance of inter-agency cooperation and the dedication of our officers and deputies to ensuring public safety, “We are relieved that no one was injured during this pursuit and that the suspect is now in custody.”

Both the Seneca Falls Police Department and Seneca County Sheriff’s Office remains committed to protecting the community and maintaining public safety.

Carlson was arraigned at Seneca County CAP Count on May 22, 2024, on Vehicle and Traffic violations and ROR’D. Carlson is to appear in the Town of Seneca Falls Court on June 6, 204, at 12:00 pm, Fayette Town Court on July 9, 2024, at 6:00 pm and the Town of Waterloo Court on July 10, 2024 at 5:00 pm.

Carlson is being held until he is arraigned in Seneca County Court on the Violation of Conditional Sentence warrant for, Burglary in the 2nd degree, Criminal Mischief in the 3rd degree and Criminal Contempt in the 1st degree.

The Seneca Falls Police Department and the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office were assisted by the New York State Police and the New York State Park Police.


National Peace Officers Memorial Day Ceremony

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office held a National Peace Officers Memorial Day Ceremony on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, in front of the Law Enforcement Center in Romulus. The ceremony included a reading of the names of all law enforcement officers that died in the line of duty in the United States in 2023. The ceremony also featured the Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard and a wreath laying at the John Walters Memorial. Mr. John Walters is the only member of the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office to die in the line of duty. While working as the “acting turnkey” at the Seneca County Jail, Mr. Walters was murdered by two men attempting to escape on January 9, 1887.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office, Five Points Correctional Facility, Seneca Falls Police Department, New York State Police, and Waterloo Police Department were in attendance at the ceremony. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed that May 15th would be National Peace Officers Memorial Day, a day to remember the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers that have died in the line of duty.

Sheriff Thompson stated, “We will always remember our fallen brothers and sisters and this is a small way to pay tribute to them. As the leader of this organization, I take this responsibility very seriously and I sincerely appreciate our members that participated in the ceremony. I would also like to thank those that attended. We will always be indebted to our fallen law enforcement officers. I also wish nothing but safety for our brave law enforcement officers as they carry out their duties each and every day while serving their communities.”

The ceremony can be viewed on the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Official Facebook page (Facebook Page Name: Seneca County Sheriff’s Office – NY).

Narcotics/Promoting Prison Contraband Arrest

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports, on May 14,2024 at approximately 3:00pm, Sheriff’s Investigator’s arrested James A. Hennigan, age 29, of 313 East Main Street in Waterloo for Promoting Prison Contraband in the second degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree. The arrest stems from an incident in which Hennigan was found to be in possession of crack cocaine, while being an incarcerated individual. Hennigan was arraigned at Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Parts Court and is currently being held at the Seneca County Correctional Facility on unrelated charges.

Animal Cruelty Arrest

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports, on May 2nd , 2024 at 9:30 AM, Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Timothy M Tandle, age 41, of 510 State Route 318 in the Town of Junius for Cruelty to Animals. The arrest stems from Deputies attempting to serve a civil judgement to Tandle, which then lead to the discovery of a dogs under his care being observed with an injury to its eye. Upon further investigation it was found that Tandle failed to provide the dog with proper veterinary care causing further injury to the dog’s eye. Tandle was issued an appearance ticket and is to appear before the Town of Junius on May 20, 2024 to answer for the charge. 

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Town of Junius Dog Control Officer, who seized the dog and brought it to a veterinary clinic where it received proper medical treatment that included removal of the dogs eye.

Undersheriff Marquart receives “Women of Distinction” Award

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce that Undersheriff Melinda Marquart has been awarded the “Women of Distinction” Award for the 58th Senate District of New York. This award was presented by New York State Senator Thomas O’Mara in a ceremony held at the Legislative Office Building in Albany, New York, on May 14th. The “Women of Distinction” Award recognizes women who make outstanding contributions to their communities. Undersheriff Marquart is the first female Undersheriff in the history of the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and has been with the agency since 2003. Prior to her role as Undersheriff, she worked as an Investigator assigned to the Family Services Unit within the Criminal Investigation Division where she handled child abuse, elder abuse, and sexual abuse cases. Earlier in her career, she worked as a Deputy Sheriff where she was assigned to patrol duties and worked as a Field Training Officer, School Resource Officer, and D.A.R.E. Officer.

Sheriff Thompson remarked, “It was an honor to witness Undersheriff Marquart receive this prestigious award. She has been a trailblazer for women in this profession and is a very deserving recipient.”

Shootout for Soldiers Fundraiser

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce that both employee unions, Seneca County Deputy Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association (PBA) and the Seneca County Sheriff’s Employees Association (SCSEA), has once again joined forces to participate in a fundraiser for local and national military veterans’ organizations. The fundraiser, Shootout for Soldiers, is a twenty-four hour lacrosse event taking place July 27-28, 2024, at the Canandaigua Academy. The event is comprised of 24 one-hour games in a row played by a variety of different teams. Members of the Sheriff’s Office have been participating in this event as a team since 2019 and have raised over $15,000 for military veterans. If anyone wishes to donate electronically towards this great cause, please follow the link listed here: https://runsignup.com/Race/138359/Donate/JT3wWfjYTEZV0kVo.

Donations can also be made in the form of bottle and can redemption at Seneca Returnables, 1950 Auburn Road, Seneca Falls, New York. You can simply drop off your bottles and cans and inform the employees that you wish to donate them to Shootout for Soldiers. Members of the Sheriff’s Office will collect the proceeds donated to the Shootout for Soldiers event.

To learn more, visit the Shootout for Soldiers website at https://canandaigua.shootoutforsoldiers.com or feel free to email Deputy Sheriff Zachary Presher at zpresher@co.seneca.ny.us with any questions.

Suspicious Incident

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspicious incident that occurred recently on Burgess Road in the Town of Waterloo. At this time, Sheriff’s Investigators can confirm that a dark-colored minivan stopped along the roadway and the male operator did interact with a young female. It is unknown at this time what the male operator’s intention was, but it was reported that he asked the female to get into the vehicle. Sheriff’s Investigators have been diligently following-up on leads and are working to confirm the identity of the male operator.

This case remains under investigation and further information will be released when available. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is working closely with multiple other law enforcement agencies on this investigation. This information is being shared for public safety purposes only at this time.

If anyone has any information related to this matter, they are requested to contact Investigator James Altemari by phone at (315) 220-3443 or by email at jaltemari@co.seneca.ny.us.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the community to always be aware of your surroundings and remind your children to be cautious with any unknown vehicles or people.