What is domestic violence? Domestic violence is one person’s use of a variety of tactics to control another person in an intimate relationship. Does your partner hit, punch, slap, kick, shove or bite you? Threaten to hurt you or your children? Abuse or threaten to harm pets? Have sudden outbursts of anger or rage? Become jealous without reason? Isolate you from family or friends? Prevent you from going where you want, when you want? Interfere with your job or going to school? Destroy personal property? Deny you access to bank accounts, credit cards or car? Control all finances? Force you to have sex or do things that make you uncomfortable? Insult you or call you names? Follow you or spy on you? Humiliate you in front of others? If you answered yes to one or more of the above, you might be abused. You are not alone. Call 911 for help and assistance. You can also contact the Victims Resource Center in Newark for help, assistance and advocacy at (315) 331-1171. I will also be partnering with acting District Attorney Chris Bokelman, Chairman Steven LeRoy and the Wayne County board of supervisors to bring awareness to domestic violence.
Wayne County will “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence.”: The county’s sheriff’s office, public safety and courthouse buildings will all be illuminated in purple light throughout October as Wayne County marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Purple is the symbolic color for domestic violence awareness and, historically, the battered women’s movement. Wear purple on Thursday, Oct. 19, to help generate discussion and awareness, and recognize the victims and survivors of domestic violence.
On Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., all Wayne County law enforcement agencies will offer the opportunity to prevent drug abuse and theft of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs from their homes.
Bring your expired, unused and unwanted medications for disposal to the following nine locations: Clyde Police Department, Galen’s Express Lane, 17 Sodus St., Clyde; WCSO, Lyons National Bank, 2 Forgham St., Lyons; Macedon PD, Public Safety Building, 1620 Wayneport Road, Macedon; Newark PD, Wegman’s, 800 W. Miller St., Newark; New York State Police, Williamson Barracks, 3957 state Route 104, Williamson; Palmyra PD, Police Station, 144 E. Main St., Palmyra; Sodus PD, Village Highway Building, 39 Gaylord St., Sodus; WCSO, Ontario Substation, 1850 Ridge Road, Ontario; Wolcott PD, Police Station, 6015 New Hartford St., Wolcott.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Law enforcement will be at all locations to receive and dispose of old and/or no longer used medication and prescription drugs. All the Wayne County law enforcement agencies will partner to provide this disposal service to reduce the abuse of prescription medication and prevent polluting our landfills and water supplies. If you have prescription drugs or medications that are no longer needed or used, please use this disposal service to rid your home of any unneeded medications.
In August 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 33 people with DWI in the month of August: Newark PD, two; Macedon PD, two; Wolcott PD, two; WCSO, nine; and New York State Police, 19. Please drink responsibly.
Criminal Records Clerk Debby Jayne assisted with Operation SafeChild at the New York State Fair in Syracuse; Sgt. Matt Hilkert and Deputy Matt Carr attended the Woodland Tactics training at the State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany; Lt. Matt Ryndock attended the TacOps East Tactical Training Conference in Arlington, Virginia; Sgts. Matt Hilkert and Tammy Ryndock attended a Homicide Seminar at the NYSP Academy in Albany; Lts. Rob Milby and Joe Croft attended the 2017 Law Enforcement Supervisors’ Training Program at the Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Springs; Court Security Supervisor Dawn Pisciotti assisted Columbia County Sheriff’s Office with the NYSSA Court Security Accreditation in Hudson; Deputy Chris VerStraete attended Taser CEW Instructor Recertification in Lancaster; Deputy Robert Mansell attended the SWAT Operator School in Monroe County; Lts. Matt Ryndock and Joe Croft, Sgt. George Lorenz and deputies Christopher VerStraete and Matt Carr attended the SWAT Safety Officer Training in Leicester; Sgt. Gil Sterk attended the Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Pilot Delivery in Oriskany; Deputy Andrew Hares attended a Physical Fitness Instructor Course in Monroe County; Undersheriff Jeff Fosdick and Lt. David Ambeau attended the NYSSA Jail Administrators Training Conference in Saratoga Springs; and I attended the NYSAC Fall Seminar in Syracuse.
Sgt. Joseph Hendler, Correction Officer Ronald Corey and Lyndsi Wernert, Deputy Thomas VanEtten and Caley Gaziano completed five years of service. I salute Joseph, Ronald, Lyndsi, Thomas and Caley 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 bvirts@co.wayne.ny.us 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.
Visit us at our social media sites — our Facebook page, “Wayne County Sheriff’s Office,” two Twitter accounts @SheriffVirts and @WayneCoSheriff and website waynecosheriff.org. Load the free MobilePatrol App on your smartphone for a one stop resource for all WCSO information.
Please contact me at 315-946-5797 or at bvirts@co.wayne.ny.us with any questions or concerns you may have.