Seneca Falls Police
Town of Seneca Falls
September 12, 2013
Submitted by: Chief Stuart W. Peenstra
In the month of August 2013, the Seneca Falls Police Department handled 824 calls for service. Of these 824 calls for service, 73 resulted in criminal arrests. The Seneca Falls Police Department responded to 43 traffic accidents. SFPD also conducted 216 traffic stops for the month of August with 166 traffic tickets issued and 9 Driving While Intoxicated arrests.
In comparing August 2013 to August of 2012, calls for service were down 2.5% (845/824); Criminal arrests were down 23% (95/73); traffic arrests were up 121% (75/166); traffic accidents were up 26.5% (34/43); and Driving While Intoxicated arrests were up 28.5% (7/9).
The Seneca Falls Police Department was assisted by outside law enforcement agencies on 41 calls for service and assisted other outside law enforcement agencies on 9 calls for service in the month of August 2013.
Criminal Investigation Division
During August of 2013, the Criminal Investigation Division of SFPD arrested (4) individuals on a total of (4) charges. Three of these charges were misdemeanor charges.
The first couple weeks of August 2013 were spent working on the bomb threat at the Seneca Falls Wal-Mart that occurred in the end of July. During the investigation, a person of interest was developed and subsequently interviewed. SFPD CID was assisted by a NYSP investigator with this case.
On 08.21.2013 – CID was assigned the armed robbery case at the Seneca Falls McDonald’s. Several interviews have been completed and evidence in this case has been sent out for laboratory testing.
CID took in over six new cases during August of 2013. CID continued working on numerous open cases and continues to assist the road patrol with open cases. CID was able to close out two cases resulting in no criminal charges.
Sergeant/Investigator Calabrese worked with Officer Zettlemoyer on the evidence room. Sgt./Inv. Calabrese is currently responsible for the evidence room. Officer Zettlemoyer will be assisting / assuming primary responsibilities of this duty.
CID and NYSP CID traveled to Rochester on an open Grand Larceny case and were able to confirm who the suspects were and that they have fled New York State.
CID also met with a Seneca County Drug Task force member on drug related issues in the Town.
On August 5th, 2013 the following members of the Town of Seneca Falls Police Dept. received annual training on CPR/AED/First Aid at the Seneca Falls Police Dept. instructed by Officer Craig Reynolds.
On August 20th and August 21st, 2013, Sgt. Petrocci attended and completed Initial Response to Active Shooters/Law Enforcement Direct Threat Self Care. This training was at the NYS Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany, NY. Training included classroom and scenario based active shooter incidents and how to perform tactical combat care.
On August 20th and August 21st, 2013, Data Entry Clerk Linda Sherman attended a Microsoft Excel Basics and Microsoft Excel Beyond Basics training in Syracuse, NY. Training included general knowledge of creating spreadsheets and Macros using Microsoft Excel. Also included in this class were general knowledge of creating formulas and templates using Microsoft Excel shortcuts to save time and increase efficiency.
1. On August 22nd, 2013 The President of the United States, President Barack Obama, visited our town. The Seneca Falls Police Department worked in conjunction with the U.S. Secret Service, New York State Police, Seneca County Sheriff’s Department, Waterloo Police Department and the Seneca County E-911 Center to insure his visit was safe and peaceful. We are pleased to report that there were no major incidents in connection with The President’s Visit.
2. On August 23rd, 2013 the Town of Seneca Falls Police Department, along with the New York State Police and the Seneca County Sheriff’s Department conducted a 4 hour Sobriety Check Point on Fall Street in the Town of Seneca Falls. A total of 3 people were arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and 2 people were arrested for Drugs. A total of 22 tickets were issued for Vehicle and Traffic Violations. Grant M. Price, age 19, of 1170 Whiskey Hill Road Waterloo, NY was charged with Uninspected Motor Vehicle and Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the 5th degree. Price is to appear in the Town of Seneca Falls Court on 08/29/13 at 10:00 am. Samantha M. Lombardo age, 39, of 28 Pleasant Street Seneca Falls, NY was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. Lombardo is to appear in the Town of Seneca Falls Court on 09/05/13 at 10:00 am. Marcie A. Tandle age, 39, of 4 Troy Street Seneca Falls, NY was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Driving With .08% or more alcohol. Tandle is to appear in the Town of Seneca Falls Court on 08/29/13 at 10:00am. John F. Meyer age, 28, of 227 East William Street Waterloo, NY was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Driving With .08% or more alcohol. Meyer is to appear in the Town of Seneca Falls Court on 08/29/13 at 10:00am. Carlos H. Lozada age, 22, of 35 Columbus Street Auburn NY, was charged with Uninspected Motor Vehicle and Driving While Ability impaired by Alcohol. Lozada is to appear in the Town of Seneca Falls Court on 09/12/13 at 10:00am.
Harbor / Parking Attendant Report
There were a total of 25 handicapped parking tickets written between Fall St. and State Street:
• Ten (10) of these tickets were ripped up due to the person showing their handicap tag in which they did not place on their rear view mirror.
• Five (5) of these tickets were voided at the police station due to them showing their handicap tag when they came in.
• Ten (10) tickets were given and the process of them showing up to court was begun.
• 1st Week
o 11 Tickets written
• 2nd Week
o 7 Tickets Written
• 3rd Week
o 5 Tickets Written
• 4th Week
o 2 Tickets Written
Two (2) hour parking:
There were a total of 53 courtesy tickets written for the purpose of the two (2) hour parking.
• Fifty-one (51) tickets were written due to staying longer then the two hours allotted.
• Six (10) of these tickets were written to out of state vehicles.
• Three (2) of these tickets were written for parking in a no parking area (parked in front of Jessica’s Boutique.
There were a total of four (4) tickets written for the purpose of exceeding the two (2) hour parking limit.
• 1st Week
o 18 Courtesy tickets written
• 2nd Week
o 15 Courtesy tickets written
• 3rd Week
o 12 Courtesy tickets written
• 4th Week
o 8 Courtesy tickets written
For the month of August, there were a total of twenty-five (25) boats who registered when docking at the harbor.
I suggest the following for next year:
1. Change the code to the shower rooms on a yearly basis. Kids know the code and are able to get into the shower rooms.
2. Weeds along the harbor should be taken care of on a bi-weekly basis. This also can be taken care of at the beginning of the season with the right spray to kill all weeds.
3. Clearly define the handicap sign that is in front of the Hairtique. The road has two parking spots with symbols. Patrons were very confused with this situation.
At this point, these are my suggestions for next year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for allowing me to fulfill this position for the summer. It was a great experience and would like to continue this next year.