Correction Officer Week is May 7-13 and Police Officer Week is May 15-21. All Wayne County correction officers, deputy sheriffs, police officers and state troopers are recognized for their specialized responsibilities in serving our communities in Wayne County by serving you to protect life and property against disorder and violence. If you know or see a correction officer or police officer, please thank them for their committed service to you and our communities. I will be presenting proclamations to pay tribute to the correction officers and police officers with board of supervisors Chairman Steve LeRoy at the May 16 board of supervisors meeting.
High water on Lake Ontario is affecting the shoreline of the lake and our bays, causing erosion and flooding. An inmate work detail supervised by correction officers has been working since April 20 filling sandbags for homeowners and business. The detail has been working out of the Williamson town and Sodus Point village highway departments. Correction officers and town highway superintendents of Ontario, Williamson, Sodus, Huron, Wolcott, village of Sodus Point and Wayne County have coordinated this detail. Thank you to the inmates on the detail for their work and efforts in helping the communities. This work detail will continue as long as there is a need.
Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol vessels are staged in Sodus Point and ready to be launched for any emergencies that may occur. The seasonal waterways patrol schedule will be staffed about May 15 with extended patrol hours to start about June 30. Until further notice there is a state of emergency on all Wayne County bays, harbors and coves of idle only — no wake.
The police departments, state police and WCSO teamed up and collected 847 pounds of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs and medication at nine sites around the county April 29. The collected pharmaceutical items will be stored at WCSO and later transported to the Rochester Drug Enforcement Administration Office for destruction at a later date. Thank you to Lt. Robert Milby for his work in organizing and supervising this countywide service.
In March, 74 males and 15 females, 89 total, were committed to the jail facility; there were 81 transports; 8,552 inmate meals were served; and $43,245.86 was collected from 45 inmates released on bail and fines. Inmates worked a total of 1,508 hours of labor in laundry, facility cleaning and food service. The jail facility boarded in 26 inmates from Oswego and Ontario counties, sheriff’s offices and Batavia Federal Immigration Detention; and secured 14 parole violators and 13 inmates that were state ready for transfer to state prison.
Court security officers cleared 2,919 people entering the Hall of Justice through the magnetometer, securing 48 weapons and 708 other contraband items similar to Transportation Security Administration airport security — firearms, ammunition, knives, scissors, cell phones, glass bottles, umbrellas, helmets, hand tools, etc. Deputies traveled 126,762 miles on patrol, investigating 93 motor vehicle accidents in which 10 people were injured; 29 animal complaints; 435 minor crimes; eight major crimes; 14 fire investigations; and 3,263 miscellaneous complaints, totaling 3,847 for the month. Deputies issued 713 traffic tickets, 14 DWIs and made 275 violation, misdemeanor and felony arrests and 25 mental health arrests.
The Records Office registered 46 sex offenders, and deputies verified 51 offender home addresses, processed 77 requests for reports and conducted 70 records checks. The Pistol Permit Unit processed 110 pistol permit applications and 83 pistol permit amendments requiring a Brady Check. The Civil Office served 117 legal papers and 129 Family Court orders, handled nine evictions, received $104,927.96 and paid out $102,585.58 to creditors. County Treasurer Thomas Warnick received $14,128.02 for the county’s general fund.
Wayne County Law Enforcement charged 22 people with DWI in the month of March: Macedon Police Department, two; Newark PD, two; WCSO, 14; and New York State Police, four.
Deputies Anthony Hollebrandt and Thomas D’Amato attended the Empire State Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Conference in Albany. Sgt. Roger LaClair and Deputy Zach Powell attended a Medical Marijuana Training in Canandaigua. Lts. Robert Milby and Matt Ryndock, Sgts. George Lorenz, Gil Sterk, Joe Croft, Rod Gifford and Matt Hilkert and deputies Robert Harkins, Chris VerStraete, Matt Carr, Robert Fiorito, Larry Lindner, Joe Roeland and Nick Yates attended the Tactical Team Conference in Verona. Sgt. Tammy Ryndock and Deputy Laura Elsbree attended the Bivona Child Abuse Training in Rochester. Undersheriff Jeff Fosdick and court security supervisor Dawn Pisciotti attended the 7th Judicial District Court Security Coordinators meeting in Rochester. Sgt. Richard Morrison and I attended the Victim’s Information and Notification Training in Albany. Betty Rose Chardeen and I attended the Federal Equitable Sharing Training in Syracuse.
Court security officer Paul Orlopp completed five years of service. I salute Paul for his service! Special thanks to Fosdick and Pisciotti for their work in assisting the NYS Sheriffs’ Association as Accreditation Assessors. With a NYS Sheriffs’ Association audit team, Fosdick audited the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office Jail Facility, and Pisciotti audited the Yates County Sheriff’s Office Court Security operation.
If you see something, say something. Call 911 to report any suspicious activity.
Social media is used to inform you of events and arrests that would be released to the media, but timelier to keep you informed. Social media sites are not used as an official communication tool. Concerns and inquiries should be directed to me by calling 315-946-5797, by emailing or mailing Sheriff Barry Virts, 7376 state Route 31, Suite 1000, Lyons, NY, 14489. If you have a complaint that is an emergency or time sensitive, call 911 to have law enforcement respond immediately.
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