Warrant arrests Poss controlled substance , manufacturing of Meth /Town of Ovid

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on June 16, 2021 at 3:30 PM, Deputies arrested Benjamin R. Nichols age 28 of 2868 Munson Road in Ovid, NY on a Warrant From Seneca County Court on charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd, Criminal possession of a weapon 3rd, , and Unlawful Manufacturing of Methamphetamine , stemming from a case in Dec 2019 in the Town of Ovid in which Nichols failed to appear. Nichols was arraigned at CAP court and released . Nichols also had a Bench Warrant out of the Town of Ovid for violating a pre-trial release agreement on the charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd; charges that stem from a traffic stop in March 2020 in which Nichols was driving with a suspended license and was in possession of methamphetamine in the Town of Ovid. Nichols was also arraigned at CAP court on the Ovid Bench Warrant and was committed on $5 bail . After bail was paid Nichols was turned over to Schuyler County for unrelated charges .
Nichols will appear in Ovid Town Court and Seneca County Court at a later date.
CR#21SH00147 and CR#20SH12320

Bench warrant arrest Varick Town Court

The Seneca County Sheriff’s reports that on June 16, 2021 at 10:00 PM, Deputies arrested John D. Russell, 21 of Elmira, NY, on a Bench Warrant from Varick Town Court for failing to appear on the original charges of Unlawful Imprisonment 2nd and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing. Deputies report Russell was involved in an altercation in Dec 2017 and failed to appear on the charges . Russell was transported to the Seneca County correctional facility and arraigned in CAP court and released on pre-trial and is to appear in Varick court at a later date.

Warrant arrest Family Court

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on June 12, 2021, Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Shawn Standbrook age 36 of 19 N Park St Clyde NY , on an Arrest Warrant issued from the Seneca County Family Court for a Family Court Violation. Deputies report Standbrook was arrested at the Ontario County Jail, where Standbrook was held on another Warrant. Standbrook was then transported to the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center for CAP Court and was released to appear in Family Court at a later date.

Serious Personal Injury Motor Vehicle Accident

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on June 23, 2021 at approximately 7:15pm Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators responded to a serious personal injury motor vehicle accident on State Route 318 in the Town of Junius. A 2013 Mercedes Benz being operated by Shyquest K Powell, age 20 of Syracuse NY, was travelling eastbound in a reckless manner on State Route 318 when it rear ended into a 2009 Pontiac Vibe being operated by Brett Rising, age 66 of Junius, NY.

The Pontiac Vibe exited the roadway on the south side of Route 318 and rolled several times before coming to rest along a utility pole. Rising was ejected from the vehicle and sustained life threatening injuries. The Mercedes came to rest in the middle of the roadway when the driver, Powell, and a 17 year old female passenger exited the vehicle and attempted to flee the scene on foot to evade police. The two females were picked up by a passing motorist who was not involved in the accident. Witnesses report the two females from the Mercedes were loading a large quantity of clothing from their vehicle to the passing motorist’s vehicle before leaving the scene. That vehicle was subsequently pulled over on State Route 5 in the Town of Seneca Falls by Officers from the Seneca Falls Police Department and Sheriff Deputies. Powell and the the 17 yr old female were taken into custody without incident. Neither Powell nor the 17 yr old sustained any injuries from the accident. Rising was treated at the scene by North Seneca Ambulance and subsequently flown via LifeNet to Strong Memorial Hospital for further treatment, where he is listed in unsatisfactory condition. As a result of the investigation it was found that Powell and the 17 year old female were in possession of a large quantity of stolen merchandise from several retail stores in and out of the area.

Shyquest Powell was charged with Reckless Endangerment 1st(Class D Felony), Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd(Class D Felony) and Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Motor Vehicle Accident(Class E Felony). In addition, Powell was issued traffic citations for Reckless Driving, Following Too Closely, Speed not Reasonable and Prudent, Failure to Reduce Speed for Special Hazards, and Unlicensed Operator. Powell was arraigned at Seneca County CAP Court where she was ROR’d due to New York State Bail Reform and is to reappear at the Junius Town Court at a later date. The 17 year old female was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd. She was released on an appearance ticket and turned over to her legal guardian. She is to appear on July 27, 2021 at the Seneca County Youth Part Court to answer the charge.

The accident was reconstructed by the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Reconstruction Team. Both vehicles involved sustained extensive damage and were towed from the scene and impounded at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office. Also assisting at the scene was the New York State Police, the Seneca Falls Police Department, Junius Fire Department, North Seneca Ambulance and LifeNet Air Medical. The investigation is still ongoing.

Grand larceny

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office report that on 6/11/2021 at about 4pm that Investigators arrested Anthony M. McGuigan,20, of 3675 Rt 96 in Shortsville for 3 counts of Grand Larceny in the 4th degree- credit card and one count of Grand Larceny in the 4th degree- motor vehicle. It is reported by Investigators that on 6/9/2021 at about 3:30pm McGuigan stole a motor vehicle from a residence in the Town of Waterloo and drove said vehicle to Fredonia NY where he was apprehended by the Fredonia Police Department. The Fredonia Police Department and the Seneca Co Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations and Road Patrol Divisions worked collectively on the case. In the vehicle was also the victims wallet containing 3 credit cards. After arraignment in Fredonia, McGuigan was transported back to Seneca County. McGuigan was arraigned in the Seneca Co. CAP Court where he was released and is to appear in the Town of Waterloo Court at an unknown date.

Monthly Snapshot




Total Calls For Service: 1161

Total Arrests: 65  

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 23; Yearly Total Cost Recouped:  $100,688.49

Mental Health Calls: 12


Total new drug cases: 13

Total arrests: 9


Average Number of Inmates: 47

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $44,422.35; Yearly Total: $169,583.55


Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 35

Total Income Executions: 7

Total Evictions: 2


May 3rd, 2021: A suspect was picked up for failing to appear for a Criminal Contempt of Court 1st degree in the Town of Covert.

May 4th, 2021: A suspect was charged with Grand Larceny counts by Investigators. It was alleged that the suspect stole debit cards in the Town of Tyre

May 11th, 2021: A driver in the Town of Ovid was charged with Felony DWI after being involved in a personal injury car accident.

May 24th, 2021: NARCO executed a search warrant in the Town of Waterloo. A suspect was charged for allegedly possessing unlawful firearms and crack cocaine.

May 27th, 2021: NARCO charged a suspect in Seneca Falls for allegedly possessing fentanyl with intent to sell.

May 2021: 3 persons were apprehended on warrants for failing to appear in court on charges that included Theft, Criminal Contempt 1st and Criminal Sale of Cocaine.. All 3 were released upon arraignment.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

Warrant arrest – Domestic incident Criminal Contempt 1st / Menacing Town of Varick

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on June 10, 2021, at about 2pm  Deputies arrested Michael R. McLean, 41, of 55 W Bayard street in Seneca Falls on a arrest warrant. It is alleged that McLean engaged in a domestic incident on June 5, 2021, in the Town of Varick. The Town of Varick resident was also the protected party in an Order of Protection against McLean. It is alleged that during the domestic dispute, McLean punched the victim in the mouth and threatened the victim with a knife. McLean was charged with Criminal Contempt in the 1st degree, Menacing in the 2nd degree, Criminal Trespass in the 2nd degree, and Harassment in the 2nd degree. McLean was arraigned at CAP court and held at the Seneca County Correctional Facility  on no bail. McLean is also held on a parole detainer.  

Domestic incident arrest Town of Romulus

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 06/09/2021, Deputies arrested Joshua D. Crisp 25, of 1908 Seneca St in the Town of Romulus, for Criminal Mischief 4th, a class A misdemeanor. The arrest stems from a 911 call dispatchers received at approximately 01:46 AM, stating Crisp was damaging property inside the residence at 1908 Seneca St. Upon Deputies’ arrival and completing an investigation it was found that Crisp had intentionally damaged property in the residence during a domestic incident. Crisp was arraigned at CAP court  and released on pre-trial , and will appear later in Romulus Town Court on the charge.

Vehicle fire Town of Varick

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on 6/05/21 at 1:38 PM Deputies responded to 5519 State Route 96 in the Town Of Varick for a report of a vehicle fire. The Romulus Fire Dept. responded and extinguished the fire. Deputies report the 2011 Chevy Silverado pickup is owned by Issac J. Minguez age 20 of 126 E. William St. Waterloo . The truck is unsalvageable and a total loss. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


Arrest Warrant Waterloo Court for Welfare Fraud 4th and Misuse of Food Stamps

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on June 4, 2021 at 6:30 PM, Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Billie Schaeffer 46 of 192 Ovid St Lot 18 in the Town of Seneca Falls, on an Arrest Warrant issued from the Waterloo Town Court for Welfare Fraud 4th and Misuse of Food Stamps. Deputies’ report Schaeffer was originally charged on April 7th 2021 after an Investigation in the Town of Waterloo showed Schaeffer abusing the Welfare System and illegally using Food Stamps. Schaeffer then failed to appear in court on the charges. Schaeffer was arrested at her residence by Deputies with the aide of Seneca Falls Police Department without incident. Schaeffer was then transported to the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center for Centralized Arraignment. Schaeffer was released from custody and given a new court date of 07/07/2021 to appear in Waterloo Town Court.