April was Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month. Sexual assault and child abuse is very complex, having everlasting emotional anxieties to the victim and their families. We all need to be aware and assist in the prevention of sexual violence and child abuse.
The New York State Sheriffs’ Victim Hotline or VINE is a free, confidential service that notifies those that register by phone and email when an offender is released from jail or prison. Contact VINE at (888) VINE-4-NY or go to vinelink.com for more information. You have a right to know.
Steven LeRoy, board of supervisors chairman, and District Attorney Michael Calarco have joined me in recognizing and signing proclamations that address sexual assault awareness and prevention, child abuse prevention and Victims’ Rights Week that was presented at the April 17 board of supervisors meeting. If you know of and/or have witnessed a sexual assault or child abuse, please report the crime by calling 911. For victim assistance, contact the Victim’s Resource Center in Newark by calling (315) 331.1171.
Correction Officer Week is May 6-12, and Police Officer Week is May 13-19. All Wayne County correction officers, deputy sheriffs, police officers and state troopers are recognized for their specialized responsibilities in serving our communities in Wayne County by serving you to protect life and property against disorder and violence. If you know or see a correction officer or police officer, please thank them for their committed service to you and our communities. I will be presenting proclamations to pay tribute to the correction officers and police officers with LeRoy at the May 15 board of supervisors meeting.
The police departments, state police and sheriff’s office teamed up and collected 857 pounds of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs and medication at eight sites around the county on April 28. The collected pharmaceutical items will be stored at the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and later transported to the Rochester DEA Office for destruction at a later date. Thank you to Lt. Robert Milby for his work in organizing, and Sgt. Roger LaClair for supervising this countywide service.
Sgt. James Miller 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 the Ohmann Theatre, 65 William St., Lyons. The presentation includes firearms safety, use of force and a Q&A period.
In March 2018, 20 males and 16 females were committed to the jail facility. There were 80 transports, 9,178 inmate meals served and $26,503.89 collected from 38 inmates released on bail and fines. Inmates worked 1,650 hours of labor in laundry, facility cleaning and food service. The jail facility boarded 44 inmates from Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego and Seneca sheriff’s offices, and secured 12 parole violators and 12 inmates that were ready for transfer to state prison.
Court security officers cleared 3,663 people entering the Hall of Justice through the magnetometer, securing 59 weapons and 881 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 124,531 miles on patrol, investigating 76 motor vehicle accidents in which 11 people were injured, 34 animal complaints, 413 minor crimes, eight major crimes, 12 fire investigations and 2,982 miscellaneous complaints, totaling 3,552 for the month. Deputies issued 467 traffic tickets, six DWIs and made 125 violation, misdemeanor and felony arrests and 27 mental health arrests.
The Records Office registered 38 sex offenders. Deputies verified 55 offender home addresses, processed 86 requests for reports and conducted 122 records checks. The Pistol Permit Unit processed 60 pistol permit applications and 93 pistol permit amendments requiring a Brady Check. The Civil Office served 126 legal papers and 94 Family Court orders, handled seven evictions, received $125,258.39 and paid out $122,674.69 to creditors. The county treasurer received $18,215.67 for the county’s general fund.
Wayne County law enforcement charged 23 people with DWI: Macedon PD, one; Newark PD, one; Palmyra PD, one; WCSO, six; and NYSP, 14.
Deputy Brian Pitt attended the Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools course at Steuben County Sheriff’s Office in Bath. Lt. Matt Ryndock attended Phase 1 and Phase 2 Civil Schools in Saratoga Springs. Sgt./Investigator Tammy Ryndock and Deputy Brian Wilbert attended a fraud forum in Rochester. Sgt. James Miller instructed the defensive tactics class for the Seneca County Basic Correction Officer Academy at Seneca County Law Enforcement Center in Romulus. Deputies Heather Laws and Nick Yates attended the annual Criminal Justice Professional Fair at Cayuga Community College. Detective Kevin Kuntz and Deputy Sam Ross attended a refresher forensic photography course in Rochester. Deputies Thomas D’Amato and Anthony Hollebrandt attended a DWI documentation and testimony course in Niagara County. Sgt. Richard Morrison, Sgt. Frank Paddock and correction officers Amy Cole and Lyndsi Wernert attended direct supervision training at Seneca County Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Tammy Ryndock attended a hostage negotiation training course in Monroe County. Deputies Brandon Burnett, Brian Steinruck and Anthony Senecal attended TAC Warrant School at Monroe County Public Safety Training Center. Lt. Robert Milby, Sgt. Rod Gifford and Deputy Rob Harkins attended the New York Tactical Officers Association expo in Verona. Lts. Matt Ryndock and Joe Croft; Sgts. Matt Hilkert, George Lorenz and Larry Lindner; and deputies Joe Roeland, Robert Mansell, Nick Yates and Matt Carr attended the tactical officers conference in Verona. Sgt. Joe Ayotte and Deputy Heather Laws attended the Bivona Child Abuse Summit at Riverside Convention Center in Rochester. Deputy Justin Klinkman attended the Williamson school district prom in Rochester. Deputy Brian Pitt attended the 35th annual K-9 seminar in Yates County, and Sgt. Richard Morrison and I attended the VINE conference training in Albany.
Deputy Heath Wadhams completed 15 years of service. I salute Heath, for his 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, 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.