The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office participate in the No Empty Chair and Teen Initiative Campaign on April 23-27 to complement our ongoing teen driver public educational efforts. Deputies will be concentrated around school campuses to enforce speeding in school zones, seatbelts and child restraints, cell phone use and texting, passing stopped school buses and underage drinking and impaired driving. The goal of the No Empty Chair campaign is to have no teenage driver become a victim of a tragic motor vehicle collision. This initiative is funded by a grant through the governor’s traffic safety committee.
On April 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 PD, Galen’s Express Lane, 17 Sodus St., Clyde; WCSO, Lyons National Bank, state Route 31, Lyons; Macedon PD, Public Safety Building, 1620 Wayneport Road, Macedon; Newark PD, Wegmans, 800 W. Miller St., Newark; New York State Police, Williamson Barracks, 3957 state Route 104; Palmyra PD, Police Station 144 E. Main St., Palmyra; Sodus PD, Village Highway Building, 39 Gaylord St., Sodus; WCSO, Ontario Substation, 1850 Ridge Road; and 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.
To provide outreach and education to you is very important to me. A recent training opportunity to our county’s churches gathered over 300 attendees to learn how to survive an active shooter threat. Several requests have been presented to me to provide this training again. I have also had several requests to provide a firearms safety and use of force training. So, I have partnered with Ohmann Theatre to do just that.
Chief Deputy Steve Sklenar and I will present a free Run, Hide, Fight training on May 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. that is open for the public at the Ohmann Theatre, 65 William St., Lyons. The presentation is to prepare you on how to survive an active shooter threat.
Sgt. Larry Lindner and I will present a free firearms safety course on May 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. that is open for the public at Ohmann Theatre. The presentation includes firearms safety, use of force and Q&A period.
In February 2018, 74 males and 11 females were committed to the jail facility. There were 93 transports, 7,960 inmate meals served and $22,723.50 collected from 32 inmates released on bail and fines. Inmates worked 1,660 hours of labor in laundry, facility cleaning and food service. The jail facility boarded 22 inmates from Ontario, Oswego and Seneca sheriff’s offices, and secured 15 parole violators and seven inmates that were ready for transfer to state prison.
Court security officers cleared 2,994 people entering the Hall of Justice through the magnetometer, securing 56 weapons and 781 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 103,489 miles on patrol, investigating 88 motor vehicle accidents in which 13 people were injured, 39 animal complaints, 382 minor crimes, 11 major crimes, five fire investigations and 2,702 miscellaneous complaints, totaling 3,237 for the month. Deputies issued 495 traffic tickets, 19 DWIs and made 184 violation, misdemeanor and felony arrests and 14 mental health arrests.
The Records Office registered 44 sex offenders. Deputies verified 125 offender home addresses, processed 109 requests for reports and conducted 89 records checks. The Pistol Permit Unit processed 31 pistol permit applications and 61 pistol permit amendments requiring a Brady Check. The Civil Office served 118 legal papers and 72 Family Court orders, handled five evictions, received $111,529.65 and paid out $109,829.50 to creditors. The county treasurer received $14,281.70 for the county’s general fund.
Wayne County law enforcement charged 37 people with DWI: Newark PD, two; Palmyra PD, one; WCSO, 19; and NYSP, 15.
Deputy Heather Laws attended a Daisy/Brownie Scouts meeting for a presentation at the Al Sigl Center in Rochester and the Basic Police Officer’s School at Westchester Police Academy. Correction officers Lindsey McEvoy, Cole Otto, Matthew Lewellyn and Dustin Martinez attended the Seneca County Basic Correction Officer Academy located at the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center in Romulus. Sgt. Matt Hilkert and Deputy Chris VerStraete attended a Use of Force and Legal Updates Training at Onondaga County. Deputy Nicholas Yates attended a K-9 Explosive Detection Awareness training in Saratoga Springs. Lt. Matt Ryndock attended the NYS Tactical Team Leadership Forum in Saratoga Springs. Undersheriff Jeff Fosdick attended the Columbia County Jail Accreditation in Hudson. Deputy Heather Laws attended the Cayuga County Youth Fair for a Safe Child Detail at the Bass Pro Shop in Auburn. Lts. Matt Ryndock and Joe Croft attended the Climate Following Charlottesville Seminar at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. Sgt. Craig Pagnotti and deputies Joe Roeland, Zach Aunkst and Nick Yates attended Tactics in Traffic Seminar in Cortland County. Betty Rose Chardeen and deputies Matt Carr and Brian Pitt attended the Region 2 Passenger Safety Training Conference in Long Branch, New Jersey. Lt. Robert Milby and Deputy Laws attended the annual Safe Schools Initiative Seminar at Center of Arts in Buffalo. Undersheriff Jeff Fosdick attended the New York State Sheriff’s Association Jail Assessment in Jamesville. Corrections officers Tim Trayer, Eric Wood, Armand Miale, Lena Wilson, Courtney Brownell and Shane Donahue attended the Cell Block Survival Training at the Erie County Jail in Buffalo. Detective Sgt. Kevin Kuntz attended the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program-ViCap Hands on Database Training at the NYS Intelligence Center in East Greenbush. Sgt. Investigator Matt Hilkert and Deputy Chris VerStraete attended the Seneca County Basic Correction Officer Academy – Defensive Tactics Instructors course at the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center in Romulus.
Deputy Rick Halvorsen completed 25 years of service. Correction Officer Robert Spry completed 15 years of service, and Correction Officer Andrew Pullin completed five years of service. I salute Rick, Robert and Andrew 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 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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