It is important that your house number is clearly displayed, unobstructed and readable from the roadway. House numbers enable first responders — law enforcement, fire and medical — to locate your residence easy and swiftly. When no house number is visible or displayed, it takes first responders longer to find the location of the emergency. The delay in service could mean the difference between life and death. This fall, as you do your yard clean up, trim the bushes and trees around your house number and make sure it is legible from the road. If you do not have a house number displayed or do not know what your house number is, contact your town or village clerk for assistance.
The area 10 feet around a school bus is where children are in the most danger of being hit. Stop your car far enough from the bus to allow children the necessary space to safely enter and exit the bus. Children walking to or from their bus are usually very comfortable with their surroundings. This makes them more likely to take risks, ignore hazards or fail to look both ways when crossing the street. Children are unpredictable. Leave for your destination a little earlier to avoid being rushed with the increased traffic and several stops of school buses. Concentrate on your driving when driving, and be alert.
An estimated 50,000 motor vehicles illegally pass New York state school buses every day. It is illegal and very dangerous to pass a stopped school bus when the large red lights located on top of the bus are flashing. Flashing lights mean the bus is picking up or discharging students. You must always stop for flashing red lights, even on divided and multilane highways and on school grounds. Also, you must stop whether you are approaching the school bus from the front or overtaking it from the rear. The first-time fine for illegally passing a school bus is a $250-$400 fine, five points on your license and/or possibly 30 days in jail. Please drive with caution.
In July 2017, 77 males and eight females, 85 total, were committed to the jail facility. There were 67 transports, 8,182 inmate meals served and $24,245.98 collected from 27 inmates released on bail and fines. Inmates worked a total of 1,741 hours of labor in laundry, facility cleaning and food service. The jail facility boarded 10 inmates from Genesee and Oswego county sheriff’s offices, and secured 11 parole violators and five inmates that were ready for transfer to state prison.
Court security officers cleared 2,681 people entering the Hall of Justice through the magnetometer, securing 47 weapons and 720 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 85,846 miles on patrol, investigating 65 motor vehicle accidents in which 15 people were injured; 26 animal complaints; 552 minor crimes; 11 major crimes; eight fire investigations; and 1,591 miscellaneous complaints, totaling 3,408 for the month. Deputies issued 532 traffic tickets, 18 DWIs and made 213 violation, misdemeanor and felony arrests and 22 mental health arrests.
The Records Office registered 37 sex offenders, and deputies verified 108 offender home addresses, processed 89 requests for reports and conducted 59 records checks. The Pistol Permit Unit processed 83 pistol permit applications and 51 pistol permit amendments requiring a Brady Check. The Civil Office served 89 legal papers and 76 Family Court orders, handled six evictions, received $112,571.78 and paid out $111,980.87 to creditors. County Treasurer Thomas Warnick received $13,916.18 for the county’s general fund.
Wayne County law enforcement charged 35 people with DWI in the month of July: Newark Police Department, two; WCSO, 18; and New York State Police, 15. Please drink responsibly.
Deputies William Benedict, Brian Pitt and Justin Klinkman attended High in Plain Sight regional training in Canandaigua; Lts. Robert Milby and Matt Ryndock attended the Active Shooter Events Response Training in Onondaga County; Betty Rose Chardeen attended a Stop DWI Event at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua; Undersheriff Jeffrey Fosdick assisted with the Yates County Jail (Corrections) Re-Accreditation Assessment at the Yates County Jail in Penn Yan, and also assisted Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in the Road Patrol Captain Promotion Evaluations in Rochester; Deputy Robert Mansell attended SWAT Operator School in Monroe County; Lts. Matt Ryndock and Joe Croft, Sgt. George Lorenz and deputies Christopher VerStraete and Matt Carr attended SWAT Safety Officer Training in Leicester; Deputy William Benedict assisted with Operation SafeChild at the NYS Fair in Syracuse; Deputy Brian Pitt attended the Basic School Resource Officer Course in Geneva; and Lts. Rob Milby and Matt Ryndock, Sgts. George Lorenz and Larry Lindner and deputies Joe Roeland and Matt Carr attended The Bullet Proof Mind course at the University of Buffalo.
Correction Officer Jodi Hares completed five years of service. I salute Jodi for her 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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