Unlawfully Dealing with a Minor

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Damion W. Brown 23 of Romulus NY on November 5th for Unlawfully Dealing with a Minor in the First Degree a class A Misdemeanor. The arrest stems from a report that on the 31st of October 2022 around 6:20pm, Brown had sold alcohol to a 14 year old minor while working as cashier for a local gas station. Brown was arrested and released on appearance tickets. Brown is to appear at the Covert Town Court on November 17th 2022 at 10:00am to answer the charge.

Welfare Fraud Arrests

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports Investigators arrested six people in relation to welfare fraud charges on November 2, 2022. The arrests stemmed from joint investigations between Sheriff’s Investigators and the Seneca County Division of Human Services.

Arrested were the following:

Katherine A. McConaughy, age 65, of 2345 Lower Lake Road, Seneca Falls, New York, was charged with Welfare Fraud in the Fourth Degree and Misuse of Food Stamps. It is alleged that McConaughy failed to disclose household income while receiving monetary benefits from Seneca County. McConaughy was released on an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on November 16, 2022, at 6pm.

Cherie E. Smith, age 33, of 510 Route 318, Phelps, New York, was charged with Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree and Misuse of Food Stamps. It is alleged that Smith failed to disclose household income while receiving monetary benefits from Seneca County. Smith was released on an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on November 16, 2022, at 6pm.

Robin S. Pearson, age 54, of 41 Church Street, Apartment A5, Waterloo, New York, was charged with three counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree. It is alleged that Pearson filed false information when attempting to gain monetary benefits from Seneca County. Pearson was released on an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on November 16, 2022, at 6pm.

Bethany A. Arnold, age 33, of 941 Waterloo/Geneva Road, Lot 55, Waterloo, New York, was charged with Misuse of Food Stamps and Welfare Fraud in the Fourth Degree. It is alleged that Arnold failed to disclose household income while receiving monetary benefits from Seneca County. Arnold was released on an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on November 16, 2022, at 6pm.

Sarah R. McClanahan, age 34, of 206 East Williams Street, Waterloo, New York, was charged with Misuse of Food Stamps and Welfare Fraud in the Third Degree. It is alleged that McClanahan failed to disclose household income while receiving monetary benefits from Seneca County. McClanahan was released on an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on November 16, 2022, at 6pm.

Colter J. Morrison, age 36, of 411 West Miller Street, Newark, New York, was arrested on a Bench Warrant for failing to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on charges of Welfare Fraud in the Fifth Degree and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree. Morrison was taken into custody by the Newark Police Department and turned over to the Sheriff’s Office. Morrison was held in the Seneca County Correctional Facility and arraigned in the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court. Morrison is to reappear in the Waterloo Village Court at a later date.

Narcotics Arrests

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on October 24th, 2022, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Edward Lee Cottman, age 48, and Ronald R. Hawker, age 68, both of Waterloo, NY. Cottman was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree. Hawker was charged with Conspiracy in the fourth degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree. It is alleged that Cottman sold crack cocaine to Hawker while in the Town of Waterloo. In furtherance of the investigation, Cottman was found to be in possession of 30 grams of cocaine and approximately $11,000 in U.S. Currency. Cottman was arraigned at CAP and Hawker was released on appearance tickets. The Sheriff’s Office reports that the investigation is still active and further arrests are forthcoming. Sheriff’s Investigators were assisted by the Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit, Geneva Police Department, Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, Canandaigua Police Department, and New York State Police.

Criminal Possession of a Weapon/Criminal Contempt Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on October 28th, 2022, members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Johnathan Swick, age 30 of 7952 County Road 153, Ovid, New York, for two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the third degree and one count of Criminal Contempt in the second degree. It is alleged that Swick possessed a .50 caliber assault weapon and a large capacity ammunition feeding device while he was the defendant in a valid class “A” order of protection. Said order of protection barred him from possessing firearms. Swick was arraigned at CAP and released on his own recognizance. Sheriff’s Investigators were assisted by members of the New York State Police.

Criminal Mischief

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 10/24/22 at approx. 2235hrs deputies arrested Melvin J Beiler, 53 of Lodi for two counts of criminal mischief in the 4th degree, a class A Misdemeanor. The arrest stems from a complaint where deputies were called to a residence in Lodi. Upon investigation deputies discovered the Beiler damaged property belonging to another person as well as hindered a victim from calling emergency services. Beiler was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Seneca County Jail to await arraignment at CAP court.

Disseminating Indecent Materials to Minors/ Endangering

The Seneca County Sheriff’s office reports that on October 24th, 2022 ,at 2:26 PM, Seneca County Deputies arrested Margret R. Hess, Age 33, of 4265 State Route 96A Geneva, NY 14456 , on Halls Corners Road in the Town of Covert. Hess was charged with Harassment 2nd, Endangering the Welfare of a child, and Disseminating indecent material to a minor in the 2nd degree, a class E Felony.

Deputies report that the arrest stems from Hess attempting to engage in an intimate relationship with a 16 year old male. Hess is also accused of following the victim in a vehicle. Hess was held for CAP court to be arraigned. Hess will reappear in Covert Town Court on a later date.

MVA/ DWAI-Drugs

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on October 24th, 2022 at around 11am Deputies responded to a one car Personal Injury accident on Packwood Road, in the Town of Waterloo. As a result of the investigation Deputies arrested Ronald J. Difranco, 34 years old, of Webster New York for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. Difranco was issued several other traffic tickets, and was transported to the Seneca County Correctional Facility to await centralized arraignment. Deputies were assisted by the New York State Police, Border City Fire Department, and North Seneca Ambulance.

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DRUG TAKE BACK IN SENECA COUNTY

On Saturday, October 29th, 2022, 10am to 2pm, Seneca County Police Agencies will be partnering with the DEA and the Seneca County Substance Abuse Coalition, to  conduct a DRUG TAKE BACK DAY in  Seneca County. Officers will be at 3 different locations 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.

Seneca Falls Police Department will be at Kinney: Rt. 5&20 Seneca Falls.

Waterloo Police Department will be at Walgreens: 1929 Rt. 5&20 Waterloo.

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office will be at Kinney 7115 North Main St. Ovid.

Police Officers and members from the Seneca County Substance Abuse Coalition will also be available to answer questions and provide helpful information about substance abuse if so desired. Gun Safety Locks will be available at all locations. There will be The sites cannot accept liquids, needles or other sharps—only pills or patches please!

MVA/DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 10/23/2022 at 19:05 hours Deputies were dispatched to the area of 741 Lerch Rd in the Town of Fayette for the report of a 1 vehicle personal injury rollover crash. Upon arrival deputies discovered the operator of the vehicle had self-extricated from the vehicle and was uninjured. The driver was identified as Alexandra I. Nichols D.O.B. 8/1/1999. Nichols was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was subsequently arrested for Aggravated DWI .18% or higher, DWI common law, open container, and moving from lane unsafely. Alexandra was processed and released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of Fayette Court on 11/8/2022 at 18:00 hours. Deputies were assisted by Romulus Fire, Varick Fire, NSA, and NYSP.

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Assault/ Resisting

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 10/21/22 at approximately 9:00PM, Deputies responded to a local business in Tyre for the report of a fight in progress. Upon arrival, Deputies separated the party’s and conducted several interviews. After further investigation, it was determined that Byran R. Hofstra age 47 of Brockport NY initiated the altercation and was arrested for Assault 3rd after he struck another individual in the face. Hofstra was also charged with Resisting Arrest, Harassment 2nd and Disorderly Conduct. Hofstra was also charged with Criminal Mischief after he ripped the blazer of a security guard at the business. Hofstra was transported to the Seneca County Law Enforcement center and committed to the jail where he will await arraignment at CAP court.