UPDATE: Tribal Tension In Seneca Falls

Seneca Falls Police Release-

Five people are facing several charges following an incident at the Great Swamp Enterprises, located at 61 Ovid Street, Seneca Falls, NY.

At approximately 5:09 a.m. the Seneca Falls Police Department officers were dispatched for a report of a subject in a van trying to get over the fence that borders the property of 61 Ovid Street. Officers had previously been dispatched to that location earlier that night for a report of some sort of disturbance, but were unable to locate the source of the disturbance. Officers continued to check the area prior to receiving a second call to that location.

Town police arrived on scene shortly after dispatch advised officers of a second complaint at that location and an officer observed a van ramming into the fence in what appeared to be an attempt to gain unlawful entry onto the premises.

Upon arrival at the scene, a town police officer pulled into the location behind the van and reportedly saw the van back up quickly towards the officer's marked patrol vehicle. The van struck the driver's side of the marked patrol vehicle near where the officer was sitting, causing severe damage to the vehicle. Witnesses reported seeing the patrol vehicle emergency lights activated upon the officer's arrival and prior to the van backing up into the marked patrol vehicle.

The officer involved was not injured and was able to safely exit the vehicle without major incident. The officer observed 5 occupants inside the van and followed safety protocols and requested additional assistance at the scene.

Officers from the Waterloo Police Department and Seneca County Sheriff's Office assisted town police in detaining the 5 individuals, 4 males and a the 17-year-old female, until the initial investigation could be completed. Upon further investigation at the scene, officers determined that all 5 occupants, including a 17-year-old female whose name is being withheld due to her age, had been consuming alcoholic beverages inside the vehicle and had provided alcohol to the 17-year-old female.

Upon a further search of the vehicle's contents, officers also located a small quantity of marijuana inside the vehicle.

When interviewing all occupants, the driver was determined to show signs consistent with alcohol intoxication. The driver, Carlin T. Seneca, age 30, of 100 Hawk Meadows Dr, Irving, NY refused to submit to completing field sobriety tests, an alcohol pre-screening, and refused to take a Breathalyzer test. A criminal history check showed that Carlin Seneca has a prior conviction for DWI within the last 10 years, making this arrest a felony.

At the conclusion of the investigation all 5 occupants are facing charges related to this incident. All were arraigned in front of the Honorable Sean Laquidari in Seneca Falls Town Court.

Charged are the following:

Carlin Seneca

Carlin T. Seneca- Felony DWI, Reckless Driving, Refusal to Submit to a Breath Test, Unsafe Backing, Open Container, Failure to Notify DMV of Change of Address, 2 Counts of Reckless Endangerment in the 2nd Degree, Unlawfully Dealing with a Child in the 1st Degree, Reckless Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree, and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. He was arraigned and committed to SCCF on $10,000 Cash/$20,000 Bond. He is to appear in court for felony hearing on 05/15/14 at 9:00 a.m. to answer the charges.


Joshua Waterman

Joshua S. Waterman, age 28, of 13063 State Route 438, Guanda, NY- Unlawfully Dealing with a Child 1st Degree, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, and Open Container. He was arraigned and committed to SCCF on $1500 Cash/$3000 Bond.


Tyler Seneca

Tyler W. Seneca, age 28, of 125 Hawk Meadows Dr, Irving, NY-Unlawfully Dealing with a Child 1st Degree, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, and Open Container. He was arraigned and committed to SCCF on $1500 Cash/$3000 Bond.


Elijah Jimmerson


Elijah L. Jimmerson, age 27, of 3191 Garden Street Extension, Seneca Falls, NY- Unlawfully Dealing with a Child, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, and Open Container. He was arraigned and committed to SCCF on $1500 Cash/$3000 Bond. (This was the second run-in with Clint Halftown lead Cayuga faction for Jimmerson.  He is the man that drove his truck into the tribe's headquarters building in 2011.)

The 17-Year-Old Female was charged with Possession of Alcohol While Under 21-Years-of-Age, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, and Open Container. She was arraigned and committed to SCCF on $500 Cash/$1000 Bond. Her name is being withheld due to her eligibility for youthful offender status.

All except Carlin Seneca are to reappear in court on 05/19/14 at 6:00 p.m. to answer the charges. New York State Police along with the Seneca County Sheriff's Office and Waterloo Police Department assisted in the investigation.


Tribal tension turned violent early Sunday morning in Seneca Falls.

Just after 5am a van with five people inside attempted to crash through locked gates on property owned by the Cayuga Indian Nation at 61 Ovid Street in Seneca Falls.

The property is the former Kilonsky Scrap Yard, where its' believed the Cayuga Indian Nation manufactures cigarettes.  The New York Times reported in February 2012 that the tribe bought the property for 135 thousand dollars and was going to use it to make the cigarettes to sell at their Lake Side Trading gas stations.

After attempting to crash through the fence, the van backed up and struck a Seneca Falls Police SUV. Waterloo Village Police and the Seneca County Sheriff's Department also responded to the scene. 

Photos by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio.

The five men were arrested. Their names and the charges have not yet been released.

Saturday morning several members of the tribe's Unity Council again tried to takeover the Lake Side Trading gas station in Union Springs. It's the second attempt in the last two months by the council to oust leader Clint Halftown and his followers.

Last month the Unity Council took over both Lake Side gas stations in Seneca Falls and Union Springs and closed them.  Halftown later took back control of the Union Springs store, the Unity Council kept control of the Seneca Falls store.

Halftown then filed a show cause order forcing the Unity Council to defend its decision to oust him as the executive officer of the nation's enterprises.  The order was signed by Acting Supreme Court Judges Dennis Bender in Seneca County and Thomas Leone in Cayuga County.  The issue will be heard in Seneca County Court on May 16th and Cayuga County Court on May 20th.

The standoff Saturday in Union Springs ended when attorneys for both sides met with Judge Leone and agreed to allow the current agreement to continue until the two sides meet in court.

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