The area 10 feet around a school bus is where children are in the most danger of being hit. Stop your car far enough from the bus to allow children the necessary space to safely enter and exit the bus. Children walking to or from their bus are usually very comfortable with their surroundings. This makes them more likely to take risks, ignore hazards or fail to look both ways when crossing the street. Children are unpredictable. Leave for your destination a little earlier to avoid being rushed with the increased traffic and several stops of school buses. Concentrate on your driving when driving and be alert.
An estimated 80,000 motor vehicles illegally pass state school buses every day. It is illegal and very dangerous to pass a stopped school bus when the large red lights located on top of the bus are flashing. Flashing lights mean the bus is picking up or discharging students. You must always stop for flashing red lights, even on divided and multilane highways and on school grounds. Also, you must stop whether you are approaching the school bus from the front or overtaking it from the rear. The first-time fine for illegally passing a school bus is a $250-$400 fine, five points on your license and/or possibly 30 days in jail. Please drive with caution.
A partnership funded in part by the Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES Williamson campus, Wayne, Sodus, North Rose-Wolcott and Clyde-Savannah school districts will place deputy sheriff school resource officers in the schools for the 2018-19 school year. The duties of the SRO include, but are not limited to, instructing students in conflict resolution, crime awareness and anger management; present programs related to technology and crime, drug-related behaviors and crime awareness annually to school employees, parents and school board members; provide a police presence in the school district in order to promote and provide an atmosphere of enhanced school safety for faculty, staff, students and school visitors; and provide a law enforcement resource to students, teachers, school administrators and parents to increase student awareness about personal safety, crime prevention, internet safety, conflict resolution, violence prevention, peer mediation and other related topics through formal and informal strategies.
SROs will attend after school activities that are open to all students such as sports games, dances and other after hour activities. The SROs are not required to enforce school rules, as the matters of school discipline shall be referred to the appropriate building principal to be resolved. School district SRO assignments are as follows: Wayne Central, deputies Justin Klinkman and Robert Mansell; WFL BOCES Williamson, Deputy Brian Steinruck; Sodus Central, Deputy Caitlin Fitzgerald; North Rose-Wolcott Central, deputies Brian Pitt and Heath Wadhams; and Clyde-Savannah Central, Deputy Rachel Connor.
Every day, our school districts in Wayne County host roughly 15,000 students and staff members in the 11 school districts around the county. It is my vision to provide a SRO to every school district in the county by this office and/or with the assistance of the other police departments in the county to provide safety and security to our most vulnerable population and sites.
In July 2018, 76 males and seven females were committed to the jail facility. There were 89 transports, 9,668 inmate meals served and $20,506.90 collected from 29 inmates released on bail and fines. Inmates worked 1,915 hours of labor in laundry, facility cleaning and food service. The jail facility boarded 41 inmates from Ontario, Oswego and Seneca county sheriff’s offices, and secured 22 parole violators and nine inmates that were ready for transfer to state prison.
Court security officers cleared 3,334 people entering the Hall of Justice through the magnetometer, securing 38 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 108,912 miles on patrol, investigating 64 motor vehicle accidents in which 15 people were injured and one fatality, five missing persons, 30 animal complaints, 488 minor crimes, 17 major crimes, eight fire investigations and 1,246 miscellaneous complaints, totaling 2,766 for the month. Deputies issued 370 traffic tickets, 11 DWIs and made 186 violation, misdemeanor and felony arrests and 11 mental health arrests.
The Records Office registered 39 sex offenders. Deputies verified 166 offender home addresses, processed 119 requests for reports and conducted 89 records checks. The Pistol Permit Unit processed 41 pistol permit applications and 38 pistol permit amendments requiring a Brady Check. The Civil Office served 91 legal papers and 82 family court orders, handled six evictions, received $150,299.92 and paid out $143,242.72 to creditors. The county treasurer received $14,836.28 for the county’s general fund.
Wayne County law enforcement charged 19 people with DWI: Palmyra PD, one; WCSO, 11; and NYSP, seven. Please drink responsibly.
Undersheriff Jeff Fosdick attended the New York State Public Safety UAS Summit in Oriskany. Investigator Kevin Kuntz and Deputy Andrew Hares attended the Beast User Group 2018 in Edison, New Jersey. Deputies Robert Mansell, Rachel Connor, Caitlin Fitzgerald and Heath Wadhams attended the School Resource Officer Course in Rochester. Deputies Matt Carr and Joe Roeland attended the Basic Observer/Sniper Course in Buffalo. Deputies Heather Laws, Brian Pitt, Terry Pickett, Justin Klinkman and Brian Steinruck attended the Advanced Juvenile Officers Course in Binghamton. Deputies Justin Klinkman, Robert Mansell, Terry Pickett, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Brian Steinruck, Brian Pitt, Heath Wadhams, Rachel Connor and Lt. Matt Ryndock attended the Restorative Practices for School at the WFL BOCES Newark campus. Deputies Laura Elsbree, Thomas Munzert and Brian Schrom; Sgts. Andrea Knapp, Larry Lindner and Craig Pagnotti; and Lt. Joe Croft attended the Crisis Intervention Team training course at the sheriff’s office in Lyons, partnering with the Wayne Behavioral Health Network, Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and Mental Health Office funded by a grant from the NYS Senate sponsored by State Sen. Pam Helming, R-54th District.
Correction Officer Brian Schleede completed 25 years of service. I salute Brian 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 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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