October is domestic violence awareness month. 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. Call 911 for help and assistance. You can also contact the Victims Resource Center in Newark for help, assistance and advocacy at (315) 331-1171.
Wayne County will “shine the light on domestic violence” by illuminating the Sheriff’s Office, Public Safety and Courthouse buildings in purple light throughout October. Purple is the symbolic color for domestic violence awareness and, historically, the battered women’s movement. Wear purple on Thursday, Oct. 18 to help generate discussion and awareness, and recognize the victims and survivors of domestic violence.
On Oct. 27 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 locations:
Clyde PD: Galen’s Express Lane, 17 Sodus St., Clyde.
Sheriff’s Office: Lyons National Bank, 2 Forgham St., 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, Williamson.
Palmyra PD: Police Station, 144 E. Main St., Palmyra.
Sodus PD: Village Highway Building, 39 Gaylord St., Sodus.
Sheriff’s Office: Ontario Substation, 1850 Ridge Road, Ontario.
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.
All the Wayne County law enforcement agencies will partner to provide this disposal service to reduce the abuse of prescription medication and prevent polluting our landfills and water supplies. If you have prescription drugs or medications that are no longer needed or used, please use this disposal service to rid your home of any unneeded medications.
In August 2018, 73 males and 17 females were committed to the jail facility. There were 108 transports, 9,934 inmate meals served and $23,600 collected from 29 inmates released on bail and fines. Inmates worked 2,164 hours of labor in laundry, facility cleaning and food service.
The jail facility boarded 26 inmates from Ontario and Oswego county sheriff’s offices, and secured 20 parole violators and 13 inmates who were ready for transfer to state prison.
Court security officers cleared 3,045 people entering the Hall of Justice through the magnetometer, securing 46 weapons and 765 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 103,601 miles on patrol, investigating 68 motor vehicle accidents in which 10 people were injured, six missing persons, 33 animal complaints, 417 minor crimes, 13 major crimes, seven fire investigations and 1,095 miscellaneous complaints, totaling 2,597 for the month. Deputies issued 324 traffic tickets and eight DWIs, and made 249 violation, misdemeanor and felony arrests plus 33 mental health arrests.
The Records Office registered 62 sex offenders. Deputies verified 75 offender home addresses, processed 141 requests for reports and conducted 95 records checks. The Pistol Permit Unit processed 26 pistol permit applications and 49 pistol permit amendments requiring a Brady Check. The Civil Office served 87 legal papers and 101 family court orders, handled eight evictions, received $154,317.85, and paid out $160,748.18 to creditors. This month, $15,789.24 was remitted to the County Treasurer’s Office for the General Fund.
Wayne County law enforcement charged 18 people with DWI: Newark PD, one; Palmyra PD, one; Sheriff’s Office, eight; and NYSP, eight. Please drink responsibly.
Lts. Rob Milby and Joe Croft attended the Road Patrol Supervisor’s School in Saratoga Springs. Deputy Thomas Munzert attended a Badge of Honor Recognition in Orchard Park. Deputies Robert Harkins, Robert Mansell and Zach Aunkst attended the Woodlands Tactics Course at the Madison County Sheriff’s Office in Wampsville. Lt. Matt Ryndock and Sgt. George Lorenz attended the Marine Patrol Vessel Operator Course in Lake George. Undersheriff Jeff Fosdick and Lt. David Ambeau attended the NYS Sheriffs’ Association Jail Administrator’s Training Conference in Saratoga Springs. Detectives Joe Ayotte and Mark Loveless attended the Henry Williams Homicide Seminar in Albany.
Correction Officer Greg VanFleet completed 25 years of service, Court Security Officer Margaret Fischette completed 25 years of service, correction officers Armand Miale and Robert St. Jean completed 10 years of service, and Deputy Andrew Hares completed 10 years of service. I salute Greg, Margaret, Armand, 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 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.