The homicide investigation of Selena Hidalgo-Calderon and the search for her missing 14-month-old son, Owen Hidalgo-Calderon, continues as I write this column. I would like to thank the following agencies and organizations for their assistance with personnel and resources — Cayuga, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca and Yates county sheriff’s offices; ENCON Police; State Police Federation of Search and Rescue; fire department members from Monroe, Ontario, Seneca and Wayne counties; Lyons and Sodus town ambulances; Wayne County Emergency Management Office; Wayne County Fire Coordinator’s Office; Wayne County ALS; Wayne County Probation; Missing and Exploited Children investigators; Monroe County Department of Environmental Services; and especially the NYS Forest Rangers in preparing the search grids and Wayne County Deputy Fire Coordinator William Bellingham for organizing the fire service searchers.
Thank you to the following neighbors, businesses and organizations that donated food, cooked meals and provided services to the Joy Road Sodus detail location — the Doyle families, Cassidy Virts, Newark Wegmans, Sodus Market Place Grocery, Williamson Breen’s Grocery, Newark Walmart, Ontario Tops, Victim’s Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Sodus Center FD Auxiliary, Wayne County Nursing Home, Hots Point Sodus Point, Bubba’s Roadhouse Sodus, Anova Williamson and Heintzelman’s BBQ Pit Ontario.
Thank you to all the first responders, fire department searchers and law enforcement officers working together for the common goal to bring justice for victim, Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, and to searching for her missing 14-month-old child, Owen Hidalgo-Calderon.
I want to assure everyone that — no matter your ethnicity, race, creed, religion or color — if you are a victim, my deputies and I will help you and if you are a criminal suspect, we will pursue you. But to be clear, Wayne County is not a “sanctuary county,” nor do I want or advocate for Wayne County to be a sanctuary county no matter what the internet map shows.
In April 2018, 75 males and 21 females were committed to the jail facility. There were 76 transports, 8,832 inmate meals served and $27,328.88 collected from 33 inmates released on bail and fines. Inmates worked 1,765 hours of labor in laundry, facility cleaning and food service. The jail facility boarded 21 inmates from Ontario, Orleans, Oswego and Seneca county sheriff’s offices, and secured 14 parole violators and seven inmates that were ready for transfer to state prison.
Court security officers cleared 3,170 people entering the Hall of Justice through the magnetometer, securing 48 weapons and 786 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 122,895 miles on patrol, investigating 64 motor vehicle accidents in which seven people were injured, 27 animal complaints, 408 minor crimes, 17 major crimes, 11 fire investigations and 2,576 miscellaneous complaints, totaling 3,122 for the month. Deputies issued 441 traffic tickets, seven DWIs and made 153 violation, misdemeanor and felony arrests and 19 mental health arrests.
The Records Office registered 36 sex offenders. Deputies verified 47 offender home addresses, processed 78 requests for reports and conducted 131 records checks. The Pistol Permit Unit processed 49 pistol permit applications and 59 pistol permit amendments requiring a Brady Check. The Civil Office served 105 legal papers and 96 family court orders, handled 15 evictions, received $134,078.20 and paid out $129,883.62 to creditors. The county treasurer received $15,798.84 for the county’s general fund.
Wayne County law enforcement charged 14 people with DWI: Newark PD, one; WCSO, seven; and NYSP, six. Please drink responsibly.
Deputies Justin Lucia, Caley Gaziano and Travis Dunn attended the Interview and Interrogation School at the Monroe County Training Center. Chief Deputy Stephen Sklenar and Lt. Matt Ryndock attended the civil supervisors training in Saratoga Springs. Sgt./Investigator Matt Hilkert, Sgt. George Lorenz, Sgt. Larry Lindner and deputies Chris VerStraete, Joe Roeland, Nick Yates and Matt Carr attended Tactical Week in Oriskany; Undersheriff Jeff Fosdick and Lt. Dave Ambeau attended the New York State Association of Incarcerated Education annual training conference in Saratoga Springs. Lts. Matt Ryndock, Joe Croft and Rob Milby attended the active threat exercise at Finger Lakes Community College in Hopewell. Lts. Joe Croft, Rob Milby and Matt Ryndock, Sgts. Larry Lindner and George Lorenz, Investigator Matt Hilkert and deputies Joe Roeland, Chris VerStraete, Matt Carr, Robert Mansell and Nick Yates attended the Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Academy active threat training in Clifton Springs. Sgt./Investigator Tammy Ryndock and Deputy Heather Laws attended the New York State Police Crimes Against Children seminar at the New York State Police Academy. Lts. Joe Croft, Rob Milby and Matt Ryndock, Sgts. Larry Lindner and George Lorenz, Investigator Matt Hilkert and deputies Joe Roeland, Chris VerStraete, Matt Carr, Robert Mansell and Nick Yates attended an honor guard detail for the Association of Rochester Police and Area Law Enforcement Retirees Inc. at the Locust Club in Rochester. Deputies Sam Ross and Justin Lucia attended the Traffic Stops Scenarios at the Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Academy in Canandaigua. Deputies Sam Ross, Justin Lucia, Joe Roeland and Zach Aunkst attended the Crimes in Progress Scenarios at the Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Academy in Canandaigua, and I attended the New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal advisory committee annual meeting at The Sagamore in Bolton Landing and the Stop-DWI conference in Cooperstown.
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, Facebook page “Wayne County Sheriff’s Office,” Twitter accounts @SheriffVirts and @WayneCoSheriff and 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.