AUO 2nd

The Seneca County Sheriff’s office reports that on 12/06/18 at approx. 1800 hrs Deputies arrested Ashley N Swarey, 29, of Waterloo for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the 2nd degree. Deputies report Swarey was observed driving to the County Office Building to attend the  Victim Impact Panel , while her license was suspended.   Swarey was issued a UTT and is to appear in the Village of Waterloo Court on 01/02/18 at 1700 hrs to answer to the charges. CR#18SH12799



AUO 3rd

Seneca County Sheriff’s office reports that on 12/06/18 at approx. 1436 hrs Deputies arrested Patrick R Byer, 52, of Waterloo for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the 3rd degree. The arrest stems from a traffic stop where police observed Byer operating a vehicle and had prior knowledge of his license being suspended. Byer was issued a UTT and is to appear in the Town of Seneca Falls court on 01/03/19 at 0900hrs. CR#18SH12790


1 car PI MVA /DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff’s office reports that on Saturday December 1st 2018  at 3:30am, Deputies responded to a one car personal injury accident that occurred near the intersection of State Route 96 and Brewer Road in the Town of Waterloo. Upon arrival Deputies spoke with the diver, Qingshuang Wu age 34 of West Street in Waterloo. Wu sustained a large laceration to his head and was treated on scene and transported to Geneva General hospital, by North Seneca Ambulance . After being released from the hospital, Sheriff’s Deputies charged Wu with  Driving While Intoxicated and also ticketed for Failure to Maintain Lane. Wu was then processed and released on an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Town of Waterloo court on a later date.




For Immediate Release                                                 Date 12/3/2018


Contact Information:   Sheriff W. Timothy Luce                   315-220-3200


Seneca County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI Holiday Season

Crackdown Enforcement Effort

Impaired Driving Crackdown runs     December 13,2018                         January 1,2018    


Seneca County Sheriff W. Timothy Luce announced today that      Seneca County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.


While we spend this Holiday Season celebrating with friends and family and looking forward to the blessings of a New Year the law enforcement community across New York State will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on               December 13   and will end on          January 1         . New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.


Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. Sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness about the problem.


While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities, still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers. Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.


The STOP-DWI Holiday Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by STOP-DWI NY and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign also targets the 4th of July, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Super Bowl weekend and St. Patrick’s Day.


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     Impaired driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning. We wish you and your family and friends a very safe and Happy Holiday season!

DWI/ unsafe backing/ UPM

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that, on November 17th 2018 at about 2:34AM, Deputies responded to the Del Lago Casino  in the Town of Tyre for the reported 2 car property damage accident. Upon arrival, Deputies located the accident in the parking garage and found that Ghana S Karki, age 23 of 3850 White Swan Drive in Rochester NY, had been removed from the casino by security for being intoxicated. Karki  then got in his vehicle and while attempting to leave the casino, backed into a parked car in the parking garage, causing damage to both vehicles. Karki attempted to leave the scene of the accident but was stopped by security personnel at Del Lago, who had witnessed the incident, and held Karki until Deputies arrived. During the course of the investigation, Deputies determined that Karki had been operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and he was taken into custody , and also was found to have been in possession of marihuana.  Sheriff’s Deputies charged  Karki with  Unsafe Backing, DWI, having a BAC of .08% or more and  unlawful possession of marihuana. Karki was held in the Seneca County Jail to await arraignment in the Centralized arraignment court . He is to appear in the Town of Tyre court on a later date to answer the charges.



Welfare Fraud Arrests

On November 21, 2018, at about 10:14am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Investigators arrested William L. Hildreth, age 59, and Tammy Havemann, age 48, both of 4365 West Seneca Road, Trumansburg, New York, following a welfare fraud investigation. Both Hildreth and Havemann were charged with Welfare Fraud in the Fifth Degree, Offering a False Instrument for Filing, and Misuse of Food Stamps. It is alleged that the two failed to disclose household income while receiving benefits from Seneca County. Hildreth and Havemann were issued appearance tickets and are to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on December 5, 2018 at 5:00pm.


Sex Offender Arrest

The Seneca Co. Sheriff’s Office reports that Investigators arrested Carl T. Arden, 48, of 2110 Orchard St., Lodi, N.Y. on 11/20/18 at 4:45 pm for a violation of the NYS Corrections Law regulating Sexual Offenders. Investigators report that Arden was mandated by law to update his photograph every 3 years as Arden is a designated level 1 sex offender. Arden failed to provide his photo to Invstigators and was subsequently arrested after an arrest warrant was issued out of the Lodi Town Court by Justice VanCleef. Arden was held at the LEC to be arraigned in the CAP Court. Arden was released on his own recognizance and will appear on 11/30/18 in the Town of Romulus Court at 4pm for further action.

Bench Warrant

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on 11-17-18 at about 3 AM ,Deputies arrested Karl B Wilcox Jr, 51, of 80 Water St Dundee NY, on a Bench Warrant issued out of the Town of Tyre Court for Failure to Pay Fine on the original charge of Patronizing a Prostitute. Wilcox was committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $500 cash bail, $1,000 secured bond. Wilcox is to reappear in the Town of Tyre Court on a later date to answer the charges


DWI arrest

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on November 17th 2018 at 01:00 AM,  Deputies arrested Alex W Martinez Lopez, 25, of 9216 Piney Branch Rd Maryland on State Route 96 in the Town of Ovid for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. It is alleged that Martinez Lopez was in Possession of Marihuana following a routine traffic stop for Failure to Keep Right and Unlicensed Operator. Martinez Lopez was released on an appearance tickets and is to appear in the Town of Ovid Court on December 18th 2018, to answer the charges


Methamphetamine Lab Arrest

On November 12, 2018, at about 10:00am, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that members of the Narcotics Unit, Criminal Investigation Division, and Road Patrol Division executed a search warrant at 1925 Seneca Road in the Town of Lodi related to the production of methamphetamine. As a result of the search warrant execution, Investigators arrested Kyle G. Clawson, age 41, and Meredith J. Bell, age 42, both residing at the address.

Clawson was charged with the following:

(6cts) Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the third degree- Class D Felonies

Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine in the third degree- Class D Felony

Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the fourth degree- Class E Felony

Criminal Possession of Precursors of Methamphetamine- Class E Felony

Unlawful Disposal of Methamphetamine Laboratory Material- Class E Felony

(2cts) Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the second degree – Class A Misdemeanors

Bell had an active Bench Warrant out of the City of Ithaca Court for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree. She was turned over to members of the Ithaca Police Department.

It is alleged that Clawson had been manufacturing methamphetamine while at his residence. Investigators discovered a substantial amount of chemicals and laboratory equipment used in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine. It is also alleged that Clawson possessed multiple long guns and a handgun that were illegally possessed due to Clawson being a convicted felon. It is further alleged that one of the long guns was stolen from Chemung County in 2014. Seneca County Code Enforcement arrived on scene and deemed the property uninhabitable. Further charges are pending after a laboratory analysis of items seized on scene.

Clawson was arraigned in the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $20,000 cash bail/$40,000 secured bond. Clawson is to reappear in the Lodi Town Court on November 14, 2018 at 12pm.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office were assisted by the Lodi Fire Department, Seneca County Code Enforcement, and New York State Police.