Grand Larceny

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports 10/25/21 at 2:06 PM Deputies arrested Grace H. Rotondo, age 22 of Waterloo, for Grand Larceny in the Forth Degree. It is alleged over the course of at least a three week period Rotondo stole $1,671.29 worth of cash and cigarette’s from her place of employment. Rotondo was arrested, released on an appearance ticket and is due to appear in the Town of Waterloo Court 11/10/21 at 5:00 PM.

Grand Larceny

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports 10/25/21 at 2:06 PM Deputies arrested Grace H. Rotondo, age 22 of Waterloo, for Grand Larceny in the Forth Degree. It is alleged over the course of at least a three week period Rotondo stole $1,671.29 worth of cash and cigarette’s from her place of employment. Rotondo was arrested, released on an appearance ticket, and is due to appear in the Town of Waterloo Court 11/10/21 at 5:00 PM.

DWI

Sheriff Luce reports that on Saturday October 23rd 2021 at around 8:40 Pm Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested 23 year old Joseph R Bowers of 8300 North Main Street Interlaken NY following a Traffic Stop. It was reported that Deputies observed a motor vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed north bound on State Route 414 just outside the village of Ovid. A traffic stop was initiated, Deputies reported that Bowers appeared to be intoxicated and failed Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. Bowers was taken into custody and charged with DWI, Aggravated DWI with a BAC of .22 over twice the legal limit and speeding in a posted 55 mph zone. Bowers was issued an appearance ticket along with traffic tickets and is to appear in the Town of Ovid Court on a later date to answer the charges.

Structure Fire

On October 19, 2021, at about 7:00am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a structure fire at Hart Towing, 1116 Waterloo/Geneva Road, in the Town of Waterloo. Deputies report the business was fully engulfed upon their arrival. Fire Departments from Waterloo, Seneca Falls, Fayette, and Border City were on scene for several hours containing the fire. The scene is being investigated by the Seneca County Fire Investigation Team and Sheriff’s Office Investigators. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Also assisting at the scene were Fire Police and North Seneca Ambulance. The business suffered extensive damage and is reported to be insured.

Domestic arrest

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 10/18/21 at approx. 2109 hrs. Deputies arrested Richard D Fairbanks, 49 of Kirkville NY on harassment 2nd a violation. The arrests stems from a domestic complaint in the Town of Tyre. It is alleged that Fairbanks struck a female in the face during a domestic dispute. Fairbanks was transported to the Seneca County jail where he was arraigned in CAP court. Fairbanks was ROR’ed and a Class A order of protection was issued protecting the victim. Fairbanks is to reappear in the Town of Tyre on 11/10/21 At 1600hrs to answer to the charges. Seneca County Deputies were assisted by the NYSP.

Two Car Crash With Injuries

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on October 15, 2021 at 4:30 pm, Deputies responded to a two-car personal injury accident at the intersection of State Route 96 and Brewer Road in the Town of Waterloo. A vehicle being operated by Stacey Remillard, 52, of Andover, NY was traveling North bound on Brewer Road when Remillard’s vehicle came to a stop at the intersection of Brewer Road and State Route 96. Remillard continued traveling North bound, crossing over State Route 96 to Whiskey Hill Road, when she failed to yield the right of way to another vehicle who was traveling West bound on State Route 96. The other vehicle was being operated by Jeffrey Payne, 46, of 2 Fall Street Seneca Falls, NY. Both vehicles suffered extensive front end damage and were towed from the scene. Remillard declined medical attention. Payne complained of back pain and was transported by North Seneca Ambulance to Geneva General Hospital. Assisting at the scene was Waterloo Police Department, North Seneca Ambulance, and Waterloo Fire Department.      134/21SH12419

Criminal Possession Of A Forged Instrument 1st arrest

On 10/13/21 at 1100 am Investigators arrested Linda L. Barnard ,64, of 9419 Lodi Center Rd Lodi NY for one count of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 1st degree (class C Felony). It is alleged that on 9/1/21 while at a business in Ovid, Barnard tried to use a counterfeit $100 bill while knowing the bill was counterfeit. Barnard was issued an appearance ticket for the Town of Ovid Court on 10/19/21 at 10am to answer the charge.

DWI CAR CRASH INTO HOUSE

At around 09:14 AM the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 10/11/2021 Sheriff’s Deputies along with New York State Police, Clyde Fire Department, and North Seneca Ambulance responded to the area of 1629 Odell road in the Town of Tyre for a one car motor vehicle accident. Upon further investigation it was discovered the driver, Tsianina Lewis age 46 of 1739 Cayuga Street Clyde, New York was traveling north bound on State Route 414 and attempted to make a left hand turn on Strang road when her vehicle left the roadway and made impact with a house located at 1629 Odell Road . Tsianina Lewis was transported by North Seneca Ambulance to Geneva General Hospital for her injuries. Currently, The Sheriff’s Office has charged the driver, Tsianina with aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree and driving while intoxicated. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the investigation is still underway.

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South Seneca County Drug Take Back

On Saturday, October 23rd , 2021, The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, partnering with the DEA and the Seneca County United Way , will conduct a DRUG TAKE BACK DAY in South Seneca County. A deputy will be stationed at the Law Enforcement Center 6150 Route 96, Romulus,  N.Y. and at Kinney Drug Store,  North Main Street, Ovid N.Y  from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Deputies will be there 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.  

Deputies and members from the Seneca County Substance Abuse Coalition will also be available to answer questions if so desired.

In addition to the TAKE BACK DAY citizens may drop off these drugs at any time in one of the Sheriff’s two Unwanted/Unused Prescription Drug Drop-Off Return Kiosks. These kiosks are located in the main lobby of the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center in Romulus and the first floor, (near D.M.V.), of the Seneca County Office Building, 1 Dipronio Drive, Waterloo, N.Y.

Sheriff Luce stated: “Take Back Day is a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs. It is important to get these potentially dangerous drugs out of your home before they find a new home. “

Syringes and needles are not eligible for Take Back or Drop Off.    

FATAL MVA

At around 3:00 AM the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 10/02/2021 Sheriff’s Deputies along with several fire agencies responded to the area of 8913 state route 96 in the Town of Covert for a serious one car motor vehicle accident. Upon further investigation it was discovered the driver, Tacara Ortiz age 22 of 162 Ludlowville road Lansing, New York was traveling north bound on state route 96 when her vehicle left the roadway and made impact with a culvert, this resulted in the vehicle becoming airborne and to roll on its side where it came to rest in a nearby ditch. Fire crews from Interlaken, Lodi, Ovid, and Trumansburg along with members from Trumansburg ambulance used stabilization and extraction equipment to safely remove the driver. Tacara Ortiz was transported to Cayuga Medical Center where she later succumbed to her injuries. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the cause of the accident.