Endangering the welfare of a child

Seneca County Sheriff Deputies report that on 09/12/2023 around the time 1644 of hours, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies Arrested Brandy French, 35, of Waterloo NY, for Endangering the welfare of a child. It alleged that while during a domestic incident, Brandy held a knife to her own wrist while in the presence of a child. Brandy was taken to the Seneca county jail to wait CAP Court


The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on 09/09/2023 at about 10pm deputies responded to a reported one car MVA in the Town of Lodi on SR 414. On arrival deputies located a 2015 Nissan Altima that had left the roadway had come to rest in a ditch. The driver of the vehicle, identified as James H. Stafford, age 58 of Lodi NY was deemed to be the sole occupant in the vehicle. Upon further investigation to include field sobriety tests Stafford showed signs of intoxication and was subsequently placed under arrest for DWI. Stafford was transported to the Seneca Correctional Facility where he was processed and released with an Appearance Ticket. Charges included Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated DWI-Blood Alcohol Content of .18 or Higher, Improper U-Turn, Driving Across Hazard Marking and Moving From Lane Unsafely. Stafford is due back in the Town of Lodi where he will answer the charges at a later date.

Bench Warrant

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on September 8th Deputies responded to a local business in the Town of Ovid and arrested Lawrence Bonome. Bonome had an active bench warrant issued out of the Seneca County Court for failure to comply with pre trail release. Bonome was transported to the Seneca County CAP Court and was arraigned and released on his own recognizance. Bonome is to appear in the Town of Ovid Court later date.

Crim. Poss. Weapon/ Persuit

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on September 8, 2023 at 9:11pm, Seneca County Deputies arrested Kristofer M Golden, age 29, of 9750 NW 21st Manor Sunrise FL. Deputies report that Golden was charged with Criminal possession of a weapon 2nd (C Felony), Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd (D Felony) along with 16 traffic tickets.

The arrest stems from a traffic stop where a motorcycle failed to comply with Deputies and would not pull over. After a brief pursuit Deputies terminated for safety reasons. A short time later another deputy located the motorcycle pulling into a residence. During the interaction, an illegal firearm was located on the person of Golden. Golden was held for pre-arraignment at the Seneca County Correctional facility. Seneca County Investigators, Waterloo Police Department and Seneca County Probation assisted on this case. This arrest was made during an Impact detail which is designed to target high crime areas.

Free Child Safety Seat Check Event

      For immediate release:

            The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Waterloo and Seneca Falls Police Departments and the Ovid Fire Department, with sponsorship of the New York State Governors Traffic Safety Committee are hosting a child seat check event on September 23rd, 2023 from 1000-1300 at the Ovid Fire House located at 2136 Brown Street in Ovid.

            Parents and caregivers are invited to come have Nationally Certified Child Seat Technicians inspect and assist with proper installation of their child safety seats.  This event is in conjunction with several others checks throughout the state, known as Child Seat Saturday.  Experience has found that 8 out of 10 child seats inspected have some type of error in the use or installation.  It is the goal of the Sheriff’s Office and participating agencies to ensure the children of Seneca County are travelling in a safe manner.

             This event is not a child seat give away, rather we perform an inspection and assist with the proper installation of the child seat.  Caregivers as asked to come to the event with the children who will ride in the seat, for a proper installation and assessment.

Anyone with questions may contact the Sheriff’s Office at ryoungs@co.seneca.ny.us regarding this event and child passenger safety in general.


The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 09/06/23 at around 0600 Sheriff’s Deputies and members of the Romulus Fire Department were dispatched to the area of St Rte. 414 and Ernsberger Rd for the reported one car PIMVA. On arrival deputies observed a 2012 Toyota Camry that had collided with a dirt embankment head on. The driver, identified as Shoaib Zafar, age 30 of Rochester NY as well as three other occupants, two of which were small children were found to have minor injuries as a result of the accident. Witnesses on scene reported Zafar’s vehicle was observed traveling westbound on Ernsberger Rd and had continued through the intersection of SR 414 and struck the embankment head on. As a precaution all parties were transported to GGH to be checked over. Zafar was issue a citation for failure to stop at a stop sign and is due in Varick Town Court at a later date.

Structure Fire

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on August 28th 2023 around 12:19pm, Seneca County Deputies responded to 3171 Canoga Rd in the Town of Fayette for a structure fire. Multiple Fire departments arrived on scene and quickly extinguished the fire. It was reported one elderly female was inside the residence at the time the fire started. The female occupant was able to get out and call 911, and sustained no injuries. Seneca County Fire Investigation team responded to the residence to determine the cause. The residence sustained damage as a result of the fire. The cause of the fire is believed to have started by a unattended outdoor candle.

Domestic Incident

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on Friday August 25th, 2023, at approximately 7:05PM Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a domestic incident in the Town of Ovid. Upon investigation, Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Mark E. Plate age 36, of 7362 County Road 131 Lot E Ovid, New York on charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Reckless Endangerment in the 2nd Degree and Menacing in the 3rd Degree. Sheriff’s Deputies report that Plate drove a vehicle at an individual during a domestic incident while in the company of a young child. There were no injuries as a result of the incident. Plate was transported to the Seneca County Correctional Facility and held for an arraignment.

Criminal Contempt

On August 24th, 2023 Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 54 Y/O Daniel S Ubbink a resident of 20 1/2 Boston Ave in the Town of Seneca Falls for the charges of Criminal Contempt in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor and Aggravated Family Offense, a class E felony. The arrest stems from an incident that occured on August 23rd, 2023 in the town of Junius, where it was reported Ubbink violated a Class A stay away order of protection by showing up to the protected parties residence. Ubbink was ultimately secured at the Seneca County Jail to await central arraignment.

Assault 2nd

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on August 22, 2023 at approximately 9:00am Investigators arrested current Seneca County Jail inmate, 30-year-old Johnathon T. Flesch of Seneca Falls, on the charges of Assault in the second degree and Criminal Mischief in the fourth degree. The charges stem from an incident that occurred on August 8, 2023 at the Seneca County Correctional Facility, during which Flesch is accused of physically assaulting a Seneca County Corrections Officer. As a result of the assault, the said Corrections Officer did sustain injuries. It is further alleged that during the incident Flesch intentionally caused damage to property, consisting of an I- Pad, owned by the Correctional Facility. Flesch is scheduled to appear at Seneca County CAP Court to answer the charges.