Criminal contempt 1st / stalking

On August 21, 2018 at approximately 10:00 A.M. , The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office arrested John C. Mancuso, age 81, of 6413 Kims Drive  Victor NY  for Stalking in the 4th Degree, Criminal Contempt 1st and Aggravated Family Offense. The arrest stems from  an ongoing case in which Mancuso called the victim who is an Ovid resident  multiple times over a few days while a class A order of protection was in effect. Mancuso has also violated the order on six other occasions. Mancuso was arraigned in the Town of Ovid Court where he was remanded to the Seneca County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 secure bond. He is to reappear at the Seneca County Court and that date is still to be determined.

case number 18SH08686


Computer Crimes Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Steven L. Cooley, age 33, of 3069 Cemetery Rd. Seneca Falls, NY 13148. Cooley was arrested by Sheriff’s Investigators on August 8th, 2018 following an investigation of a complaint where it was alleged that he was in possession of computer related data that he did not have permission to access. Following an extensive investigation, Sheriff’s Investigators charged Cooley with the following:

• 1 count of Criminal Possession of Computer Related Material (class E felony)
• 1 count of Computer Trespass (class E felony)
• 10 counts of Unlawful Duplication of Computer Related Material (class E felony)
• Multiple vehicle and traffic infractions and one misdemeanor

Cooley was also charged with multiple traffic offenses due to his alleged reckless operation of a motor vehicle within the Town of Seneca Falls prior to being taken into custody. Cooley was secured at the Seneca County Correctional Facility pending an arraignment in the Central Arraignment Court on 08/09/18 at 8:00am. After arraignment Cooley was remanded to the custody of the Seneca County Sheriff in lieu of $500.00 cash bail or $1,000.00 secured bond and scheduled to reappear in the Town of Seneca Falls Court at a later date.

DWAI – drugs

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on August 18th 2018 at approximately 9:04PM, Deputies responded to the area of State Route 414 for the report of a vehicle into a pole.  After further investigation, Deputies arrested Ashley N. Swarey age 29 of 3512 Ritter Road for DWI Drugs.  It is alleged that Swarey was Southbound on State Route 414 when she dozed off at the wheel, striking a small pole and mailbox.  Swarey was issued UTT’s and is scheduled to appear in the T/Seneca Falls court on a later date.


Domestic incident

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office  reports that on August 19th 2018 at approximately 12:18AM, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a Domestic incident on Waterloo-Geneva Road. Upon arrival, Waterloo PD was already on scene assisting and had the parties separated.  After further investigation Deputies arrested Luis A. Vargas age 24 of 1008 Waterloo Geneva Road Lot 4 for Endangering the Welfare of a Child. It is alleged that Vargas returned home intoxicated and began to fight with a female and destroy property while in front of a seven year old child. Vargas was transported to the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center where he will await arraignment on the charge.


warrant arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on August 16, 2018 at approximately 5:30am Sheriff Deputies arrested Steven J Kirby, age 41 of Rochester NY, on a warrant for Violating Probation. Kirby was transported to the Seneca County Correctional Facility where he awaiting arraignment.

Aggravated DWI/Personal Injury MVA

On August 11th, 2018, at approximately 6:30 PM, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies  responded to a report of a rollover Personal Injury Motor Vehicle Accident in the area of Yost Road north of Zwick Road in the Town of Fayette.  After investigation, it was found that a truck had been traveling northbound on Yost Road when the driver lost control of the vehicle heading off the roadway and flipping end over end. The driver who was identified as Joshua Szymanski, age 22, of 2772 Ovid Lodi Town Line Road, Ovid, New York, and the passenger, Jesse Wickham, age 24, were treated for minor injuries on scene and refused further medical treatment.  Other passengers, Megan Waite, age 33,  of 4870 Route 89, Romulus, New York, and David Denton, age 26, of Moravia, New York, were transported by ambulance to Geneva General Hospital and Strong Memorial Hospital for minor injuries. After further investigation, it was found that alcohol had been involved and played a role in the accident.  The driver, Joshua Szymanski, was charged with DWI, Aggravated DWI BAC % greater than .18, Failure to keep right, and not wearing a seat belt.  Joshua was released on appearance tickets and is to appear at the Town of Fayette Court on 09/19/2018 at 7:00 PM to answer the charges.  The New York State Police, Fayette Fire Department, North Seneca Ambulance, and South Seneca Ambulance also responded to the scene.

CR #18SH08632

State of Emergency Update / Evacuation

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office along with the Seneca County Emergency Management Office has updated the status of the State of Emergency to include a Mandatory Evacuation for all residents of the Lodi Point Area.   Emergency crews are currently evacuating residents by boat and taking  them to a shelter at the Ovid Federated Church on Main St in Ovid. Residents in need of emergency assistance are to call 911.

State of Emergency

Effective immediately, Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce and the Seneca County Emergency Management Office has declared a State of Emergency for the Towns of Covert, Lodi, Ovid, and Romulus. This includes the Villages of Interlaken, Lodi, and Ovid. Heavy rain has caused major flooding in those affected areas. Many roadways are now closed and no unnecessary travel is advised. Emergency crews are working diligently to assist citizens. Citizens are urged to shelter in place and move to higher ground if they are experiencing high water.

travel advisory

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that heavy rain has resulted in major flooding in the Towns of Covert, and Lodi . Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce reports at this time, no unnecessary travel is advised. Numerous homes and roadways are flooded, and the roads are impassable. All residents are advised to shelter in place. further updates to follow

Falsely Reporting an Incident

On 8/10/18 at approximately 4pm, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Town of Tyre business for the reported bomb threat. Deputies quickly identified the subject in question and detained him pending an investigation.
Upon the conclusion of the investigation, Deputies and Investigators arrested Ronald W. Sibs, 53, of 51 Sheppard St., Rochester, New York, for Disorderly Conduct (Violation) and Falsely Reporting an Incident 2nd degree (Class E Felony). The charges stem from Sibs using obscene language and threatening to detonate a bomb all while on the phone outside of the business.  This was overheard by a witness who called 911 initiating a police, fire and EMS response. It was determined that this bomb threat was false and there was no threat to the public.
Sibs was held at the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center pending Centralized Arraignment Court on 8/11/18 at 8am. Sibs was arraigned at 8am in front of Justice Folk in the presence of the Seneca County District Attorneys Office and the Seneca County Public Defenders Office. Sibs was held without bail pending due to prior felony convictions. A felony hearing was scheduled for 8/15/18 at 6pm.