Warrant Arrest

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports that on July 4th, 2024 Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Joshua Dyson, age 37, of 214 Fall Street Seneca Falls for an arrest warrant issued by the Seneca County Family Court. Dyson was transported to the Seneca County Correctional Facility to await Centralized Arraignment. Deputies were assisted by the Seneca Falls Police Department.

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Criminal Contempt 2nd, Town of Junius

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports that on July 3rd, 2024, at approximately 4:30 PM Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Charles Damick III, age 20, of 766 Whiskey Hill Road in the Town of Junius for Criminal Contempt 2nd.

The arrest stems from an incident where it is alleged that Damick was in the presence of a protected party of class A order of protection while Deputies were investigating a separate incident.

Damick was turned over to correctional staff to await Centralized Arraignment Proceedings and is to appear before the Town of Junius Court on a later date to answer the charge.

Driving while intoxicated, Town of Waterloo

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports that on July 4th, 2024, at approximately 9:30 PM Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Garrett Hyatt, age 31, of 905 Sonora CT, Virginia in the Town of Waterloo for Driving While Intoxicated, and Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated.

The arrest stems from a traffic stop where it is alleged that Hyatt was observed operating a vehicle with a non-functional headlamp. Upon conducting an investigation, it was found that Hyatt was operating the vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Content of more than .18%.

Hyatt was processed on the charges and released on an appearance ticket to reappear in the Town of Waterloo Court on July 24th, 2024, at 5:00 PM.

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


Criminal Obstruction of Breathing, Town of Junuis

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports that on July 4th, 2024, Deputies arrested Zachery G. Lesterhuis, Age 37, of 1016 Caroline Rd. Junius, NY. Upon investigation Lesterhuis was charged with Criminal obstruction of breathing a Class “A” Misdemeanor and two counts of Harassment 2nd (Violation).

Deputies report that Lesterhuis allegedly choked a male during a domestic dispute to the point where his breathing was obstructed and engaged in unwanted physical contact with the male and a female. Lesterhuis was held at the Seneca County Correctional facility for arraignment.


Fraud Arrest

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports, on July 1st, 2024 at approximately 4:30pm Investigators arrested Arcangel L. Soler, age 55 of Waterloo, NY, for 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 1st, Petit Larceny and Scheme to Defraud.  The arrest stems from an incident that occurred at a Town of Waterloo Business where it is alleged that Arcangel Soler did utter a counterfeit $100 bill in exchange for goods and was provided U.S. currency as change to the transaction.  Arcangel Soler returned to the business on a later date and attempted to do the same. In addition to the above charges Arcangel Soler was also charged with False Personation.  It is alleged that on June 25, 2024 Soler provided Sheriff’s Deputies with a false name and date of birth following a traffic stop in the Town of Waterloo.  Soler was arraigned at Seneca County CAP Court where he was remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility.

Over the past two weeks The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, The Seneca Falls Police Department and the Waterloo Police Department have fielded numerous calls about receiving counterfeit $100 bills.  Anyone that has had any counterfeit money passed to them should contact Investigator James Altemari by phone at 315-220-3443 or by email at jaltemari@co.seneca.ny.us

Sheriff’s Office Welcomes New Members

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office welcomed five new members to the agency today following a swearing-in ceremony at the Law Enforcement Center in Romulus.

The newest members of the agency are:
Tyrell Bluto, Correction Officer
Richard Chilson, Correction Officer
Halie Forde, Correction Officer
Marshall King, Deputy Sheriff
Noah Rhinehart, Correction Officer

Sheriff Thompson stated, “We welcome these newest members to our team. This latest round of hiring helps fill some of the vacant positions that we had. I am proud to say that we have made significant strides and are on the path to full strength. We wish these newest members the best of luck and continued safety throughout their careers. I would also like to thank our Seneca County Personnel Department for all of their help since the beginning of the year.”

Pictured (L to R): Sheriff Thompson, Undersheriff Marquart, Correction Officer Chilson, Deputy Sheriff King, Correction Officer Rhinehart, Correction Officer Bluto, Correction Officer Forde, and Chief Deputy Reed.

STOP-DWI Holiday Announcement

For Immediate Release

Seneca County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI
JULY 4th
“High Visibility Engagement Campaign”

STOP-DWI Impaired Driving High Visibility Engagement Campaign runs July 3-7, 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 July 3rd and will end on July 7th. The Fourth of July extended weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. This year the 4th of July falls on a Thursday so we expect heavy traveling to begin on Wednesday.

Americans love to celebrate the Fourth of July with family, friends, food and fireworks, but all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation’s roads. The fact is this iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to impaired-driving crashes.
Sheriff Thompson remarked, “Enjoy the holiday, but have a plan if you are drinking. Avoid a bad decision that you will regret.”

The STOP-DWI July 4th 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 Memorial Day, 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.

DWI, Town of Junius

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports that on 06/29/2024 Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Del Leon Quinones age 63, of Geneva, NY, for DWI- BAC 0.08 of 1%.

The arrest stems from a Traffic stop where Quinones was stopped for speeding on State Route 318 in the Town of Junius. After an investigation Deputies determined that Quinones was Driving While intoxicated and he was placed into custody without incident.

Quinones was released on an appearance ticket and is to appear before Junius Town Court on 07/16/2024 to answer the charges.


Petit Larceny, Town of Ovid

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports that Deputy Sheriff’s arrested Tia R. Wade 28, of Geneva N.Y. on June 26th, 2024, around 2:30pm.

The arrest stems from an incident that occurred at a local business in the Town of Waterloo on March 8th, 2024. It is alleged that Wade entered the business and stole $40.99 worth of alcohol. The arrest was the result from an executed arrest warrant. Wade has been charged with Petit Larceny and banned from the business.

Wade was arraigned at the Waterloo Town Court on June 26th, 2024, at 5:30pm, and will re-appear at a later date to answer the charges.


PI MVA, Town of Romulus

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson reports that on June 21st, 2024, at about 11:30 AM, Deputies responded to the area of State Route 89 and County Road 138 in Romulus for the report of a rollover accident with injuries.

After Deputies investigated the scene, it was determined that Richard Gunderman age 64 of Endicott NY was Northbound following four vehicles on State Route 89. One of the vehicles slowed down to turn left into a local business. At the same time Gunderman attempted to pass all the vehicles. Gunderman then swerved to miss the vehicle turning and went into a ditch. Gunderman struck a telephone pole and rolled into a vineyard. Gunderman was treated on scene for neck and chest pain then transported to Cayuga Medical Center by South Seneca Ambulance. Gunderman was issued tickets for Unsafe Passing, Speed not reasonable and Prudent and changing lanes unsafely.