Deputy sheriffs Derick Fera, Brian Schrom and Heath Wadhams graduated from Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Academy on July 26. Deputies Fera, Schrom and Wadhams will be partnered with a field training officer for the next three months for further training before being released to work independently. A special thanks to the 94 instructors from 26 several agencies, and particularly Chief Deputy Steve Sklenar; Lts. Robert Milby, Alan Graham and Matt Ryndock; Sgts. Matt Hilkert, James Miller, Steve Mitchell and Tammy Ryndock; and deputies Robert Fiorito, Craig Pagnotti, Larry Lindner, Andrew Hares, Joe Roeland, Chris Verstraete and my secretary, Betty Rose Chardeen from Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, for their instructing expertise and efforts. The Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Academy is so successful because of the leadership of the academy’s director, Charles Koerner, and the collaborative work of the sheriffs and police chiefs in Livingston, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties.
In June 2017, 76 males and nine females, 85 total, were committed to the jail facility. There were 85 transports, 8,446 inmate meals served and $34,381.53 collected from 34 inmates released on bail and fines. Inmates worked a total of 1,360 hours of labor in laundry, facility cleaning and food service. The jail facility boarded 12 inmates from Genesee and Oswego county sheriff’s offices, and secured 11 parole violators and 11 inmates that were ready for transfer to state prison.
Court security officers cleared 2,954 people entering the Hall of Justice through the magnetometer, securing 52 weapons and 742 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 131,757 miles on patrol, investigating 95 motor vehicle accidents in which 17 people were injured; 38 animal complaints; 506 minor crimes; 11 major crimes; four fire investigations; and 2,807 miscellaneous complaints, totaling 3,468 for the month. Deputies issued 489 traffic tickets, eight DWIs and made 193 violation, misdemeanor and felony arrests and 24 mental health arrests.
The Records Office registered 67 sex offenders, and deputies verified 126 offender home addresses, processed 133 requests for reports and conducted 72 records checks. The Pistol Permit Unit processed 96 pistol permit applications and 59 pistol permit amendments requiring a Brady Check. The Civil Office served 83 legal papers and 114 Family Court orders, handled seven evictions, received $110,424.22 and paid out $110,749.88 to creditors. County Treasurer Thomas Warnick received $11,761.29 for the county’s general fund.
Wayne County law enforcement charged 18 people with DWI in the month of May: WCSO, eight, and New York State Police, 10. Please drink responsibly.
Lt. Matt Ryndock and Lt. Joe Croft attended a viewing of MRAP at Livingston County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Terry Pickett and Deputy Joe Roeland attended an Honor Guard Detail for Officer Robert J. Johnson in Gloversville. Deputy Craig Pagnotti attended the Traffic Crash Reconstruction Course in Oriskany. Deputy Larry Lindner attended the Manual and Shotgun Breaching at Erie County Sheriff’s Office Range. Lt. Matt Ryndock, Lt. Rob Milby and Lt. Joe Croft attended the Active Shooter Drill located at Sennett Fire Department in Auburn. Deputies Matt Carr and Joe Roeland attended the Pepper Ball Instructor/Armorer Certification at Monroe County Training Center. Sgt. Scott Knapp, Deputy Robert Mansell and Deputy Anthony Hollebrandt attended the Funeral Detail for NYSP Trooper Joel Davis at Magrath Sports Complex in Fort Drum. Deputy Paul Montemorano attended New York State Sheriff’s Institute Summer Camp in Penn Yan to help with campers during that week. Deputy Robert Harkins and Deputy Zach Aunkst attended SWAT Operator School in Monroe County, and I attended the NYS Sheriffs’ Association Summer Training Conference in Syracuse.
Correction officer James Smith, Deputy John Judge, correction officer Amy Cole and Sgt. Andrew Steel completed 10 years of service. I salute James, John, Amy and Andrew for their service.
Deputy Sheriff Terry Pickett retired July 30 with 20 years of service to the Sheriff’s Office. Terry started with the office as a correction officer, and for the past 16 years served as a deputy sheriff. Terry’s service included being on special teams, the Underwater Search and Recovery Team, Special Investigations Unit, Honor Guard and as a school resource officer at the North Rose-Wolcott School District. My very best wishes to Deputy Terry Pickett in his future endeavors and many years of health and happiness.
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