All Wayne County corrections 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, deputy sheriff, police officer or trooper, please thank these law enforcement professionals for their committed service to you and our communities. I will be presenting proclamations to pay tribute to them with Board of Supervisors Chairman Steven LeRoy at the May 21 meeting.
An inmate work detail supervised by corrections officers started filling sandbags in preparation for Lake Ontario high water flooding at the Sodus Point Village Highway Department. Plans are in place to refill and fill sandbags at the Huron Town Highway Department for Huron and Wolcott as needed. Thank you to the inmates for their work and efforts in filling 2,000 sandbags a day. This work detail will continue as long as there is a need. Per emergency management director George Bastedo, “the first priority is to protect publicly owned infrastructure — roads, utilities, etc. Home and business owners who need sandbags should contact their town supervisors. Sandbags should not be used in an attempt to control erosion. They are not effective and can actually worsen erosion. Sandbags must also be properly placed and wrapped in plastic to protect against water infiltration.” See the county’s Emergency Management Office’s website ( for information regarding the proper use of sandbags.
Police departments, State Police and the Sheriff’s Office teamed up and collected 1,097 pounds of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs and medication at nine sites around the county. The collected pharmaceutical items will be transported to the Rochester DEA Office for destruction at a later date. Thank you to all the law enforcement agencies for their participation and Lt. Robert Milby for organizing and supervising this service.
I will host a community Sheriff’s Coffee event from 5 to 7 p.m. June 2nd at Fairville FD, 2963 state Route 88, Fairville. This community forum is open to the public. Please join me regarding your public safety questions and concerns. Come learn about your Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.
In March 2019, 67 males and 10 females were committed to the jail facility. There were 90 transports, 7,312 inmate meals served, and $114,020.91 collected from 28 inmates released on bail and fines. Inmates worked 1,688 hours of labor in laundry, facility cleaning and food service.
The jail facility boarded five inmates from sheriff’s offices in Cayuga, Ontario and Seneca counties, and secured 16 parole violators and four inmates ready for transfer to state prison.
Court security officers cleared 3,446 people entering the Hall of Justice through the magnetometer, securing 35 weapons and 53 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 112,113 miles on patrol, investigating 79 motor vehicle accidents in which 16 people were injured, two missing persons, 24 animal complaints, 366 minor crimes, six major crimes, 12 fire investigations and 1,360 miscellaneous complaints. Deputies issued 307 traffic tickets and four DWIs, and made 133 violation, misdemeanor and felony arrests plus 25 mental health arrests.
The Records Office registered 44 sex offenders, processed 79 requests for reports and conducted 288 records checks. The Pistol Permit Unit processed 46 pistol permit applications and 64 pistol permit amendments requiring a Brady Check. The Civil Office processed 119 legal papers and 98 Family Court orders, handled nine evictions, received $141,811.86 and paid out $138,105.01 to creditors. This month, $17,416 was remitted to the County Treasurer’s Office for the general fund.
Wayne County law enforcement charged 16 people with DWI: Macedon PD, five; Newark PD, one; Sheriff’s Office, four; and State Police, six. Please drink responsibly!
Sgt. Tammy Ryndock and Deputy Heather Laws attended Crimes Against Children Seminar in Albany. Lt. Joe Croft and Sgts. George Lorenz and Joe Roeland attended a K-9 Selection in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania. Deputy Steve Mitchell attended a Marine Patrol Meeting in Rochester. Deputy Robert Fiorito attended the Civil School Phase 1 in Albany. Sgt. Richard Morrison attended the VINE Conference in Albany. Sgt. George Lorenz and Deputy Steve Mitchell attended a Radar/Data Master Calibration in Albany. Deputy Zach Aunkst attended the DCJS SWAT Operator Course in Oriskany. Deputies Travis Dunn, Caitlin Fitzgerald and Heath Wadhams attended a Child Passenger Safety Certification in Gates. Sgt. Andrew Hares and Deputy Brian Wilbert attended a Fraud Forum in Warsaw. Sgt. investigators Andrew Hares, Tammy Ryndock, Kevin Kuntz and Deputy Heather Laws attended an Investigative Strategies for Child Abduction course in Monroe County. Sgt. Investigator Matt Hilkert, Sgts. Matt Carr and Joe Roeland, and Deputy Robert Mansell attended the NYTOA Swat Conference in Verona. Lt. Matt Ryndock, deputies Brian Pitt, Anthony Senecal, Justin Klinkman and Thomas VanEtten attended the Dive Team Physicals in Clifton Springs. Sgts. Andrew Hares and George Lorenz, and deputies Anthony Senecal, Brandon Burnett and Thomas VanEtten attended Aquatic Death Investigations at the Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Academy in Canandaigua. Undersheriff Jeff Fosdick attended the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office Reaccreditation in Syracuse. Deputy Heather Laws attended the 2019 Bivona Child Abuse Summit in Rochester, and Lts. Matt Ryndock and Joe Croft and I attended the SWAT School Graduation in Verona.
Chief Deputy Stephen Sklenar completed 45 years of service and Correction Officer Jon Johnville completed 10 years of service. I salute Stephen and Jon 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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