DWI in the Town of Ovid

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports that on March 2nd, 2024, at approximately 4:25PM, Deputies arrested Anya S. Harris, age 44, of 7277 Main Street Ovid NY in the town of Ovid for driving while intoxicated, Aggravated DWI BAC over .18%, crossing hazard marking, and unsafe change of lanes.

The arrest stems from a Property Damage Accident on County Road 131 in the Town of Ovid. Harris was transported to the Seneca County Correctional Facility where she was processed and released on an appearance ticket.

Harris is to appear in the Town of Ovid Court on 03/26/2024 at 10:00AM to answer the charges. Assisting Agencies include New York State Police and South Seneca Ambulance.

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“Coffee with your Sheriff’s Office”

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office hosted “Coffee with your Sheriff’s Office” on Friday, March 1, 2024. The event was held at the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center in Romulus and offered a unique opportunity for members of the community to meet and interact with members of the Sheriff’s Office.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office provided tours of the Law Enforcement Center and spoke about public safety issues affecting our community. Members from all Divisions participated in the event and the turnout exceeded expectations.

Sheriff Thompson stated, “We are committed to this community and value the public’s trust. This event turned out fantastic and we intend to continue building positive relationships with those that we serve and protect. I want to thank the community members for participating and I am very proud of our members for the amazing work that they do each and every day.”

Attempt to Identify

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help with identifying the pictured individual that was involved in a larceny investigation at a business in the Town of Junius. If anyone can identify the individual, please contact Deputy Pollotta by email at Bpollotta@co.seneca.ny.us or by phone at (315) 220-3250. Information may be kept confidential.

DWI Arrest Town of Tyre

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports that on March 2nd,2024 at approximately 1:25 AM Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Sara Baker, age 35, of 8838 DAYLIGHT DR LIVERPOOL, NY 13090 in the Town of Tyre, for Felony Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 1st Degree a Felony.  

The arrest stems from an incident where it is alleged that Baker was observed speeding on State Route 318. After a subsequent investigation Baker was taken into custody and her driver’s license was also found to be revoked for a prior Driving While Intoxicated arrest. 

Baker was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear before the Town of Tyre Court on March 13th, 2024, at 4:00PM to answer the charge.

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Resisting/OGA Arrest Town of Waterloo

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports that on February 23rd, 2024 at approximately 6:00 AM Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Desmond Reese, age 29, of 141 HIGH ST APT 8 GENEVA, NY 14456 in the Town of Waterloo for Obstructing Governmental Administration in the second degree and Resisting Arrest.

The arrest stems from an incident where Reese allegedly stole a vehicle in the City of Geneva. Reese was observed in the vehicle by the New York State Police east bound on Waterloo-Geneva Road in the Town of Waterloo. The New York State Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, which led to Reese fleeing in the vehicle. After Reese stopped the vehicle, he then fled on foot into a wooded area behind a business on Waterloo-Geneva Road. Deputies responded to assist the New York State Police. Sheriff’s Deputies and the New York State Police Officer entered the wooded area and located Reese. When Sheriff’s Deputies and the New York State Police Officer attempted to take Reese into custody, Reese physically resisted arrested. Reese was then tased and placed into custody.

Both a Sheriff’s Deputy and a New York State Police Officer sustained minor injuries during the struggle. Reese was released on appearance tickets and turned over to Geneva Police Department to face charges for the stolen vehicle.

Reese was released on an appearance ticket to reappear in the Town of Waterloo Court on February 27th, 2024, at 5:00PM.

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Welfare Fraud Arrest

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports, on February 26, 2024, Investigators arrested 36-year-old Kaylee N. Howcroft of Waterloo for the charges of Welfare Fraud in the fourth degree, Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the first degree, and Misuse of Food Stamps.  The charges stem from a welfare fraud investigation which allege that Howcroft received benefits that she was not entitled to.  Howcroft was processed at the Seneca County Jail and released on an appearance ticket.  Howcroft will be expected to appear before the Waterloo Town Court at a later date to answer to the charges. 

Swearing-In Ceremony

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office held a swearing-in ceremony on Thursday, February 22, 2024, for two of its newest Correction Officers 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.

Correction Officer Amy Ventura is returning to the Sheriff’s Office and has prior experience working in the Corrections Division.

Correction Officer Caleb Corbett comes to the Sheriff’s Office with prior experience in hospital security and starts the Basic School for Correction Officers on Monday, February 26th.

Sheriff Thompson remarked, “We are very happy to see them join the team and wish them the very best in the future.”

DWI/AUO 1st Arrest in the Town of Tyre

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports that on February 13th at approximately 1:30 AM Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Sean Miller, age 35, of 26 Norbrook Road, Fairport NY 14450 in the Town of Tyre for Driving While Intoxicated (Misdemeanor) and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 1st Degree (Felony).

The arrest stems from an incident where it is alleged that Miller was observed operating a vehicle with an obstructed license plate. After a subsequent investigation Miller was taken into custody and charged with Driving While Intoxicated. Miller’s license was also found to be previously suspended pending a chemical refusal hearing for a prior Driving While Intoxicated arrest.

Miller was issued an appearance ticket and is to appear before the Town of Tyre Court on March 13th 2024 at 4:00PM to answer the charges.
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Aggravated DWI, Town of Junius

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports that on 02/22/24 at around 1:34 am Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Justin M Bastedo, age 33, of Clyde NY on Driving While Intoxicated in the Town of Junius.

The arrest stems after Deputies responded to the area of State Route 318 for a vehicle operating erratically. When Deputies arrived, they located a vehicle that was allegedly driven by Bastedo in a ditch in front of a local business. After a subsequent investigation Bastedo was taken into custody and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated BAC .18% or Higher and multiple traffic violations.

Bastedo was transported to the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office where he was processed and released with a Uniform Appearance Ticket. He is to appear in the Town of Junius Court at a later date.

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Aggravated DWI Arrest, Town of Romulus

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports that on 2/23/2024 at 4:30 pm, Sheriff’s Deputies arrested David A. Gelatt, age 34, of 2766 State Route 96 Ovid, NY 14521, in the Town of Romulus for DWI and Aggravated DWI.

The arrest stems from a motor vehicle accident on State Route 96 in the Town of Romulus. Gelatt left the roadway struck a telephone pole causing minor damage to the vehicle. After investigation Deputies placed Gelatt in custody for driving while intoxicated.

Gelatt was issued an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Town of Romulus Court on 3/22/2024 at 10:00 AM to answer the charges.

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