Domestic violence: I have no personal or professional knowledge of the following cases I refer to, but received my information from the news media, just as you did. In the past few months, two college students were murdered and the suspected killer killed himself in Geneseo; on a busy street in Geneva a female was shot on her birthday by her estranged boyfriend, who then killed himself; and a toddler was allegedly killed by her father in Syracuse. There are many more examples locally, regionally and nationally of relationships that went horribly wrong and resulted in the loss of life, caused serious injury or placed many victims in daily fear for themselves, their child, loved one’s and pets. Take a stand against domestic violence.

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. You can also contact the Victims Resource Center in Newark for help, assistance and advocacy at 315-331-1171 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233. If your situation is an emergency, call 911 for the closest law enforcement officer to respond to your crisis. Everyone can do something to help stop domestic violence.

If you see something, say something. Call 911 to report any suspicious activity.

Marine Patrol boater safety courses: The Wayne County Sheriff's Office Recreation Safety Division will offer the New York State Safe Boating Course. The course is required for anyone who will operate a personal watercraft (jet ski or waverunner vessels) and for anyone born after May 1, 1996, to operate any vessel. Those attending must be at least 10 years old at the time of the class and will need to bring a pen and lunch. The course will be offered:


April 9: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Palmyra-Macedon High School, 151 Hyde Parkway, Palmyra. For information: 315-597-3409.
April 16 and 30: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fire Training Building, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Nye Road, Lyons. For information: 315-946-5714.

Statistical information: In January, 93 males and 22 females (115 total) were committed to the jail facility, 115 transports, 10,927 inmate meals were served and $35,905 was collected from 43 inmates released on bail. Inmates worked a total of 1,689 hours of labor in laundry, facility cleaning and food service. The jail facility boarded in six inmates from the Oswego Sheriff’s Offices and one from immigration; secured 18 parole violators and 11 inmates that were state ready for transfer to state prison. Court Security Officers cleared 3,415 people entering the Hall of Justice through the magnetometer, securing 76 weapons and 784 other contraband items similar to TSA airport security (firearms, ammunition, knives, scissors, cell phones, glass bottles, umbrellas, helmets, hand tools, etc.). Deputies traveled 109,398 miles on patrol, investigating 115 motor vehicle accidents in which 11 people were injured, there were 7 missing persons reported, 15 animal complaints, 3,169 miscellaneous complaints, 378 minor crimes, 13 major crimes and 11 fires totaling 3,708 complaints received. Deputies issued 418 traffic tickets, 5 DWIs and made 136 violation, misdemeanor and felony arrests. The Records Office processed 68 pistol permit applications, 76 pistol permit amendments requiring a Brady Check and registered 36 sex offenders. The Civil Office served 107 legal papers and 99 Family Court orders, handled 4 evictions, received $81,516.02 and paid out $80,206.98 to creditors. $10,736.55 was remitted to County Treasurer Thomas Warnick for the County’s General Fund.

Stop-DWI report: Wayne County Law Enforcement charged 28 people with DWIs in the month of January; Macedon Police Department charged two; Newark Police Department charged three; Palmyra Police Department charged three; sheriff’s office charged five and New York State Police charged 15. The St. Patrick’s Day DWI Crackdown will be March 17-21. Please drink responsibly!

School and training: Lt. Robert Milby attended a viewing of “The Coming Storm,” presented by the Rochester FBI in conjunction with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Rochester; Sgt. Roger Laclair and Deputy Zack Aunkst attended a Video Camcorder Surveillance Techniques Training in Renssalear County; and Sgt. Matt Ryndock attended the Tactics in Traffic at the Monroe County Public Safety Training Facility. Correction officer and deputy sheriffs will work on the mandated training courses required for their respect positions: Article 35: Use of Force, chemical agents, cultural diversity, county’s compliance policy, medication distribution, sexual harassment, suicide prevention, blood borne pathogens, fire prevention, victim information and notification everyday training, employee assistance program and inmate/suspect escort and transportation just to name part of our training requirements.

Service Recognition: Correction officers John Fioco and Josh Koeberle completed five years of service, and Sgt. James Miller completed 15 years of service with the sheriff’s office. I salute John, Josh and James for their service.

Social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) 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, email: bvirts@co.wayne.ny.us or by mail: 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 website: waynecosheriff.org. Load the free “MobilePatrol” App on your smartphone for a one stop resource for all Wayne County Sheriff’s Office information (inmates, news, alerts, sex offenders, etc.).

Please contact me at 315-946-5797 or at bvirts@co.wayne.ny.us with any questions or concerns you may have.

Barry Virts, sheriff