November 2013

Seneca Falls Police 

November 2013

Monthly Report

 Town of Seneca Falls Board Meeting

December 3, 2013

 Submitted by: Chief Stuart W. Peenstra

November Statistics

In the month of November 2013, the Seneca Falls Police Department handled 602 calls for service. Of these 602 calls for service, 35 resulted in criminal arrests. The Seneca Falls Police Department responded to 44 traffic accidents. SFPD also conducted 197 traffic stops for the month of November with 109 traffic tickets issued and 2 Driving While Intoxicated arrests.

In comparing November 2013 to November of 2012, calls for service were down 4% (623/602); Criminal arrests were down 20% (46/35); traffic arrests were down 23% (142/109); traffic accidents were down 15% (52/44); and Driving While Intoxicated arrests were down 78% (9/2).

The Seneca Falls Police Department was assisted by outside law enforcement agencies on 32 calls for service and assisted other outside law enforcement agencies on 17 calls for service in the month of November 2013.

Criminal Investigation Division

During November 2013, the Criminal Investigation Division of the Seneca Falls Police Department arrested (3) individuals on a total of (3) charges. There were (2) felony arrests and (1) unclassified misdemeanor. This closed (2) CID cases by arrest.

The (2) felony charges stemmed from the August 21st, 2013 Armed Robbery Investigation at the Seneca Falls McDonalds. Two suspects were identified and charged with Robbery in the First Degree a class B felony. The New York State Police BCI assisted with this case.

The (1) unclassified misdemeanor stemmed from a September 2013 incident where a Colt AR-15 semi-automatic rifle was discharged at Clinton and Oak Street(s). This case was also referred to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and further charges may be pending based on the unique factors in this case.

On 11.06.2013, CID assisted the Seneca County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit with an investigation / search warrant at 2 Fall Street. As a result a “METH Lab” was confiscated and numerous criminal charges were filed against (2) individuals.

On 11.07.2013, CID executed a search warrant in the Village of Waterloo on an open criminal investigation. Waterloo Village Police and NYS BCI assisted CID at the scene. Evidence from the search warrant is currently being tested by the New York State Police Computer Crimes Unit.

On 11.11.2013, CID assisted the New York State Police with a Robbery investigation. The incident occurred at the Outlet Mall and a suspect living in Seneca Falls was identified.

On 11.13.2013, CID assisted The New York State Police and the Seneca County Sheriff’s Narcotics unit with a dual search warrant at the home of the Robbery suspect in the Town of Seneca Falls. As a result the Robbery suspect was charged with the Robbery and drug charges. Additional drug arrests were made with multiple charges.

On 11.24.2013, CID assisted the road patrol with a motor vehicle accident involving a fatality on S R 5 & 20. The incident was determined to be medically related and not of a criminal nature.

CID was assigned at least (6) new criminal investigations in the month of November. In addition to these new cases, CID continued to work the numerous open CID cases along with assisting the road patrol with criminal cases under their control.

CID and the Seneca County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit have made arrangements to meet bi-monthly and discuss drug issues in the Town of Seneca Falls.

Noteworthy Case’s for November

On August 21, 2013 the Seneca Falls Police Department received a report of an armed robbery that had occurred at the McDonalds Restaurant located on Mound Rd. in the Town of Seneca Falls. After an extensive investigation, Alexander Marsh of Waterloo and Francis Morley of Seneca Falls were arrested on November 19, 2013 in connection with this robbery. Both were charged with Robbery in the 1st degree.

On November 15, 2013 officers conducted a traffic stop on Bridge St. in the Town of Seneca Falls. During the stop, Officers found a set of brass knuckles and a large amount of marijuana inside the vehicle. All three subjects in the vehicle were arrested.

Charged were:

1. Colton Price of Waterloo, NY with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th degree.

2. Paul Sturiale of Phelps, NY with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th degree and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.

3. Pabla Carrasquillo of Phelps, NY with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th degree and Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the 3rd degree.

Staffing

On November 17, 2013 Officer Brandon Manheim lateral transferred from the Seneca Falls Police Department to the Village of Cayuga Heights Police Department located in Ithaca NY. Officer Manheim has been a Police Officer with the Seneca Falls Police Department since May of 2012. Officer Manheim has been a dedicated officer during his time with the Seneca Falls Police Department and his service will be missed not only in the department, but within the community as well. Officer Manheim had special training in bicycle patrol and Child Passenger Restraints installation and inspection.

The members of the Seneca Falls Police Department wish Officer Manheim well in the next chapter of his Law Enforcement carrier.

The Seneca Falls Police Department is actively recruiting to fill this vacant position created by this lateral transfer.

Service ammunition

The Seneca Falls Police Department is requesting Supervisor Earle and the Town Board Members to approve placing $3,240 into the Vehicle and Equipment Reserve Account. This money came from the sale of 227 boxes of ammunition the police department had in stock. The Seneca Falls Police Department is in their final stage for the transition from a Glock 9MM with a double retention holster to a Glock 45 caliber with a triple retention holster. Money placed in this account would be used to purchase future ammunition during out transition and beyond.

Training

On 11-06-13, Chief Peenstra attended NYMIR training for Risk Management Techniques for Law Enforcement Professionals which was held at the Genesee County Fire Training Academy and Emergency Management Office in Batavia, NY. This training consisted of NYMIR Online training programs, Risk Management, Liability Claims, and use of Social Media in Law Enforcement.

Blue-line Group Online Training in the following topics was completed:

Blood-borne Pathogens

- Officer Reynolds, Officer Gentile

Hazardous Materials

-Officer Gentile

Suspicious Activity Reporting or SAR Online Training in the following topics was completed:

Discovery for Police

– Sgt./Inv. Calabrese, Sgt. Petrocci, Sgt. Snyder, Sgt. Hawker, Officer Quick, Officer Gentile and Officer Zettlemoyer

Photo Array

– Sgt./Inv. Calabrese, Sgt. Petrocci, Sgt. Snyder, Sgt. Hawker, Officer Reynolds, Officer Quick, Officer Gentile, Officer Zettlemoyer, and Officer Lichak

Terrorism

– Sgt./Inv. Calabrese, Sgt. Petrocci, Sgt. Snyder, Sgt. Hawker, Officer Quick, Officer Gentile, and Officer Zettlemoyer

Public Safety Communications

– Sgt. Snyder

Emergency Management Training

– Sgt. Snyder and Officer Reynolds

On 11-10-13, Officer Reynolds completed his NYS DCJS BAC Recertification which allows Officer Reynolds to assist Officers and other agencies that make DWI arrests with conducting the Data-Master test to determine Blood Alcohol Content or BAC.

On 11-20-13, Officer Reynolds completed Mandated Training Reporter which helps in identifying and reporting child abuse and maltreatment.

All of the above training was free of charge and was completed online during the Sergeant(s) / Officer(s) regularly scheduled shift.

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