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Wayne Post
  • Sheriff offers the ‘Dos and Don’ts’ of hunting

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  • Service Recognition: Senior Account Clerk Julianna Lake and Court Security Officer Adam Verkey completed 5 years of service and Correction Officer Frank Paddock 20 years of service. I salute Julianna, Adam and Frank for their service!
    October Training: Registered nurses Bernice Miller and Lisa Santell attended training for Working with High-Conflict Individuals for Health Care in Rochester, Lieutenant Jeff Fosdick conducted a Re-accreditation Assessment for the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Lieutenant Steve Sklenar, Deputy Matt Carr, Senior Account Clerk Julianna Lake, Undersheriff Richard House and I attended a Civil Process Refresher Training provided by the NYS Sheriffs’ Association in Canandaigua, Deputies Zach Aunkst, Brian Pitt, Nick Yates, Brian Wilbert and Travis Dunn attended the Tactical Warrant Service and Approach at the Monroe County Public Safety Training Center, Lieutenant Brian Ameele and Sergeants Alan Graham, Rod Gifford, Steve Mitchell and Matt Ryndock attended the Aquatic Death Investigators Training at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, and Undersheriff Richard House and I attended the New York Highway Safety Symposium in Syracuse.
    It is hunting season, so here is some information on the dos and don’ts: It is illegal to discharge a firearm so that the load passes over any part of a public highway, is within 500 feet of any school, playground, or an occupied factory or church, within 500 feet of a dwelling, farm building or structure in occupation or use unless you own it, lease it, are an immediate member of the family, an employee, or have the owner's consent. You may hunt waterfowl over water within 500 feet of a dwelling or public structures as long as neither is within 500 feet in the direction you are shooting. It is illegal to take or hunt wildlife while in or on a motor vehicle (except by the holder of a Non Ambulatory Hunter Permit), with the aid of a vehicle's lights, on or from any public road, with any firearm equipped with a silencer, with any firearm which continues to fire as long as the trigger is held back (an automatic firearm), with any semi-automatic firearm with a capacity to hold more than 6 rounds ( EXCEPT the following semi-automatic firearms: (1) firearms using .22 or .17 caliber rimfire ammunition, or (2) firearms altered to reduce their capacity to no more than 6 shells at one time in the magazine and chamber combined, or (3) auto loading pistols with a barrel length of less than eight inches). A person may not transport or possess a shotgun or rifle in or on a motor vehicle unless the firearm is unloaded in both chamber and magazine. A loaded firearm may be carried or possessed in a motorboat while legally hunting migratory game birds.
    Winter Driving: Slow down, allow extra travel time, and display your headlights and taillights when driving in extreme weather conditions to comply with the law and for your safety. Make sure your tires have good tread, air pressure is sufficient, place extra clothing in your vehicle and keep your gas tank at least half way full. Leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you and move as far as possible to the right portion of the roadway when a snow plow is approaching. Remember it is impossible and economically infeasible for the state and town highway departments to have roadways free of snow and ice with our winter weather conditions. Please drive slowly and safely this winter.
    Page 2 of 2 - I hope and wish you all have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving Day!
    Please contact me at 946-5797 or bvirts@co.wayne.ny.us with any questions or concerns you may have.

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