The state of emergency still exists for all Wayne County bays and harbors: Sodus Bay, Port Bay, East Bay, Blind Sodus Bay, Pultneyville Harbor and Bear Creek Harbor in Wayne County. Motorized boat traffic must operate at idle speed only, causing no wake on the county’s bays and harbors because of continued higher than normal water levels. Summer boat traffic has increased, and the state of emergency orders will minimize hazardous situation, property damage and shore line erosion.
This question comes up from time to time — can all-terrain vehicles legally use the designated snowmobile trails on state Route 104? The answer? No, you cannot legally operate ATVs on the state Route 104 trails. So, where can ATVs operate? On private land owned by the ATV operator, lands where written permission is obtained by the ATV operator from the land owner or public lands designated and signage posted for ATV use. If you do not have written permission or posted signage authorizing your privilege to operate an ATV on lands, you do not have permission to operate. Do not assume you have a right to operate on lands you do not own. Please respect lands of others, and enjoy your sport with safe operation and authorized permission where you operate your ATV.
In May, 76 males and 8 females, 84 total, were committed to the jail facility. There were 74 transports, 8,502 inmate meals served and $27,950 collected from 34 inmates released on bail. Inmates worked a total of 3,086 hours of labor in laundry, facility cleaning and food service, including 1,536 hours of sandbagging for flooding detail. The jail facility boarded 24 inmates from Ontario and Oswego counties, and secured 11 parole violators and 10 inmates that were state ready for transfer to state prison.
Court security officers cleared 3,513 people entering the Hall of Justice through the magnetometer, securing 46 weapons and 848 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 116,164 miles on patrol, investigating 85 motor vehicle accidents in which 19 people were injured; 29 animal complaints; 471 minor crimes; 14 major crimes; 10 fire investigations; and 2,943 miscellaneous complaints, totaling 3,555 for the month. Deputies issued 607 traffic tickets, 12 DWIs and made 163 violation, misdemeanor and felony arrests and 20 mental health arrests.
The Records Office registered 31 sex offenders, and deputies verified 63 offender home addresses, processed 112 requests for reports and conducted 70 records checks. The Pistol Permit Unit processed 107 pistol permit applications and 72 pistol permit amendments requiring a Brady Check. The Civil Office served 102 legal papers and 120 Family Court orders, handled nine evictions, received $130,133.38 and paid out $128,666.41 to creditors. County Treasurer Thomas Warnick received $14,806.49 for the county’s general fund.
This summer I will have the pleasure to send 28 children from the county to New York State Sheriffs’ Institute’s Summer Camp. The Sheriffs’ Summer Camp is designed to provide a solid recreational program combined with the development of a sense of good citizenship and to provide a child who ordinarily would not have the opportunity for a summer camp experience. I would like to recognize and thank the following agencies and people for their help in recruiting the children — Aging and Youth, Deb VanHousen and Kathy McGonigal; Newark BOCES program, Teresa Kimball; North Rose-Wolcott Elementary School, Cathy Grasso; Sodus Elementary School, Ginger Knapp and Valerie Fanning; and Williamson Elementary School, Michelle Ryan and Ingrid Wander. After the recruitment, my secretary, Betty Rose Chardeen, then handles the registrations, logistics and coordination, and she personally supervises several trips of transportation of the kids to and from the camp. To make this all possible, it is also the goodwill and charitable giving of the Sheriffs’ Association’s’ honorary members that gives these kids the opportunity to attend the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp. Thank you to all the Wayne County honorary members of the NYS Sheriffs’ Institute. Without your donations, none of this would be possible.
Wayne County law enforcement charged 32 people with DWI in the month of May: Macedon Police Department, five; Newark PD, two; WCSO, 12; and New York State Police, 13. Please drink responsibly.
Lt. Dave Ambeau attended the Western Jail Administrators Meeting in Onondaga County, Sgt. Tammy Ryndock attended FBI Crisis Negotiation Course in Oriskany, Undersheriff Jeffrey Fosdick attended NYSSA undersheriffs training program in Saratoga Springs; Chardeen and deputies Matt Carr and Brian Pitt attended the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services National Child Passenger Safety Car Seat Technician Certification training located at Wayne County Fire Training Building in Lyons, registered nurses Bernice Miller and Lisa Santell attended inmate health care training at Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office in Auburn and Deputy Rick Halvorsen attended New York State Sheriff’s Institute Summer Camp in Penn Yan during the week Wayne County kids attended. I travelled to Reno, Nevada, for the National Sheriffs’ Association’s Summer Training Conference for my assigned Domestic Violence and Victims Services Committee and my new appointment to the Immigration Committee. As a member of the National Sheriffs’ Association and my work for the two committees, my travel, lodging and expenses are at no expense to you the taxpayer. I will continue to work nationally with the National Sheriff’s Association to learn more about issues that need attention nationally and here in Wayne County, and continue to look for and bring contemporary law enforcement training to all Wayne County law enforcement agencies.
Sgt. Kevin Kuntz completed 20 years of service, Deputy Laura Elsbree completed 15 years and correction officer Eric Carr completed 20 years. June 10 marked my 40 years of service to WCSO. I salute Kevin, Laura and Eric for their service.
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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