Forensics Lecture for High School Students

On January 31st, 2018 Officer Greg Bendzlowicz of the Village of Waterloo Police Department went to the Waterloo High School and conducted three Police Forensic lectures. The three lectures were presented to Waterloo H.S. students in Science Teacher Heather Gill’s classroom.

The lectures were given to two FLCC College level Biology classes and one Biology Extended 2 class. The lectures are part of an effort to expose science students to the use of science and scientific principles as they apply to modern police work.

There were several topics covered such as Locards Theory of Transference as it relates to latent and patent prints and footwear impressions, trace evidence, DNA, blood spatter interpretation, processing of a crime scene and the Chain of Evidence in criminal prosecutions. Some hands on experiments were conducted.


Officer Greg Bendzlowicz is a retired Detective Lieutenant from the City of Geneva Police Department with 26 years of full time law enforcement experience. He is a former evidence technician and for the last 3 ½ years he has worked part-time for the Village of Waterloo Police Department. His duties at the Village of Waterloo Police Dept. now include, uniformed patrol, evidence & property management, as well as firearms instruction.

Criminal Mischief Arrest

On Sunday, January 21st, 2018, at about 11:45 PM, The Waterloo Police
Department arrested Timothy O. Jones, age 52, of 8 Rollins Avenue, Village
of Waterloo for criminal mischief 4th degree, a class “A” misdemeanor.

The arrest was made following an investigation into a domestic incident
that occurred at his residence involving his girlfriend. During a verbal
argument, it is alleged Jones damaged property with a kitchen knife and
physically destroyed other household items.

Jones was arraigned in the Village of Waterloo Court and held in the
Seneca County Correctional Facility on $500.00 bail. He is to reappear at
a later date to answer to this charge.

Menacing, EWOC, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance Arrest

On 01/19/2018 at approximately 7:00pm, the Waterloo Police Department
responded to 400 W. Main Street for a report of domestic incident
involving a knife.  Upon arrival, it was determined by officers after
speaking to witnesses and completing their investigation that Damon M.
Moody attempted to use a kitchen knife during an altercation with his
family after consuming crack and cocaine.

Mr. Moody was arrested for Menacing in the 2nd Degree, Endangering the
Welfare of a Child, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in
the 7th Degree.  Mr. Moody was arraigned in the Village of Waterloo Court
in front of Judge Struzik and was released without bail.  He is to
reappear in the Village of Waterloo Court on 02/07/2018 to answer for the
alleged charges.

Criminal Mischief, Disorderly Conduct Arrest

The Waterloo Police Department reports that on January 14th, 2018,
officers arrested Nicholas E. Schessl, age 26, of 428 W Main St in the
Village of Waterloo. Schessl was charged with Disorderly Conduct
(Violation), and Criminal Mischief in the second degree (Class D Felony).
The charges stem from a complaint where it is alleged that Schessl threw a
beer bottle inside of a Village of Waterloo business, and damaged a
digital juke box. Schessl was arraigned in the Village of Waterloo Court
and committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility in lieu of $1,000
cash/$2,000 secured bond bail. Schessl is to appear back in the Village of
Waterloo Court on January 17th, 2018 at 4:00pm.

Harassment Arrest

The Waterloo Police Department repots that on January 7th, 2018 at about
2:30am, officers arrested Mark L. Cooley, age 57, of 59 North Virginia
Street in the Village of Waterloo. Cooley was charged with Harassment in
the second degree after it was alleged that he pushed another Village of
Waterloo resident to the ground during a domestic dispute. Cooley was
arraigned in the Town of Tyre Court and committed to the Seneca County
Correctional Facility on $1,000 cash/$2,000 secured bond bail. Cooley is
to appear in the Village of Waterloo Court on 1-17-18 at 5:00pm.

Social Media Safety

Many of us use Facebook to connect with friends and share moments of our lives with them.  Unfortunately, some people see Facebook as just another tool to gain personal information and use it to gain lines of credit and other services. 

Recently, posts are being shared that are similar to a survey and are normally titled “let’s get to know you”.  These posts ask personal questions about yourself that you answer and then share for your friends to see.  Some of these are harmless while others are created to gather information about you.  Some of these questions asked in the survey are the same security questions that are asked when creating accounts.  Some examples of these are, where have you lived, what was your first car, what was your high school mascot etc.  Hackers can then build profiles with your information and these questions to establish lines of credit or possibly gaining access to your existing accounts. 

All Facebook users should refrain from participating in these posts as there is no way to determine which ones are safe and which ones are not. 

As a reminder, there are many types of scams ranging from phone, email and social media.  Everyone should be cautious in providing any personal information over these platforms.  Phone scams are still very popular and many scammers are now cloaking or disguising their numbers as local phone numbers in efforts to get more people to answer their calls.  If you feel that you have suffered the effects of a scam, contact your local law enforcement agency for assistance. 

Respectfully yours,

Chief Jason E. Godley

Waterloo Police Department