Slow down, allow extra travel time and display your headlights and taillights when driving in extreme weather conditions to comply with the law and for your safety. Make sure your tires have good tread, air pressure is sufficient, place extra clothing in your vehicle and keep your gas tank at least halfway full.
Warm your vehicle up, and clean off all the snow and ice so you can see 360 degrees around your vehicle. Drive with your headlights and taillights on. Leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, and move as far as possible to the right portion of the roadway when a snow plow is approaching. Remember, it is impossible and economically infeasible for the state and town highway departments to have roadways free of snow and ice with our winter weather conditions. Please drive slowly and safely this winter.
If you shop at night, park in a well-lit area and do not leave packages or valuables in plain sight in your car. Lock them in the trunk. When you use an ATM, protect your PIN by shielding the keypad from anyone standing near you and do not throw your receipt away at the ATM location. Notify the credit card issuer and law enforcement immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.
Be aware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, con artists may try various methods of distracting you with intentions to steal your money and/or packages. Donate to recognized charitable organizations, not just anyone soliciting money contributions.
A free holiday gift for your loved ones is the Yellow Dot program designed to help emergency first responders provide life-saving medical attention during the first “golden hour” after a crash or other emergency.
The Yellow Dot program contains a medical information card and a Yellow Dot. Participants complete the card, attach a recent photo, place the card in the glove compartment of their vehicle and place the Yellow Dot decal on the rear driver’s side window. The Yellow Dot kit can be used to alert those who respond to an emergency in your home. Simply place a Yellow Dot decal on or beside your front door, and place a completed card for each occupant in a clear plastic freezer bag and in a visible location in the freezer compartment of your refrigerator. Contact Betty Rose Chardeen at (315) 946-5799 or bchardeen@co.wayne.ny.us, or have a kit mailed to you by visiting nysheriffs.org/yellowdot.
It is unlawful to operate a snowmobile at a speed greater than 55 mph; in any careless, reckless or negligent manner; while intoxicated; on railroad tracks; within 100 feet of a dwelling between midnight and 6 a.m. at a speed greater than the minimum speed required to maintain forward motion; and on private property without the consent of the owner. I encourage all snowmobilers to enjoy their winter sport in a safe manner and to respect the rights of home and landowners.
The snowmobile clubs in Wayne County are Lakeshore Riders (lakeshoreriders.org), Williamson Drift Riders (driftriders.com) and the Webster Ridge Runners (websterridgerunners.com/wp). Wayne County’s trail season is scheduled to begin on Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. The snowmobile clubs post conditions of whether the trails are rideable or not.
In October 2019, 62 males and 10 females were committed to the jail facility. There were 85 transports, 6,000 inmate meals served, and $20,674.95 collected from 16 inmates released on bail and fines. Inmates worked 1,645 hours of labor in laundry, facility cleaning and food service.
The jail facility secured 14 parole violators and eight inmates ready for transfer to state prison.
Court security officers cleared 3,152 people entering the Hall of Justice through the magnetometer, securing 27 weapons and 78 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 104,311 miles on patrol, investigating 126 motor vehicle accidents in which 15 people were injured, 100 crash investigations, six missing persons, 24 animal complaints, seven fire investigations, 1,196 miscellaneous complaints, six major and 292 minor crimes, and 678 other complaints. Deputies issued 254 traffic tickets and five DWIs, and made 151 violation, misdemeanor and felony arrests plus 24 mental health arrests.
The Records Office registered 35 sex offenders, processed 64 requests for reports and conducted 55 records checks. The Pistol Permit Unit processed 29 pistol permit applications and 37 pistol permit amendments requiring a Brady Check. The Civil Office processed 96 legal papers and 151 Family Court orders, handled 10 evictions, received $165,543.63 and paid out $168,139.49 to creditors. This month, $16,404.20 was remitted to the Treasurer’s Office for the general fund.
Wayne County law enforcement charged 15 people with DWI: six by Macedon PD, two by Wolcott PD, five by the Sheriff’s Office and two by New York State Police. Please drink responsibly!
Deputy Steve Mitchell attended the recertification of radars and data master in Albany. Chief Deputy Steve Sklenar, Sgts. Gil Sterk and Craig Pagnotti, and Deputy Sam Ross attended a collision reconstruction seminar in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Sgt. Investigators Matt Hilkert, Kevin Kuntz, Tom Virts, Joe Ayotte and Mark Loveless attended a fire arson investigation seminar in Montour Falls. Sgt. George Lorenz attended a K-9 dog food donation pick-up in Dunkirk. Sgt. Investigator Tammy Ryndock and deputies Heather Laws and Lacey Hendershot attended a sexual offense trauma-informed training in Oneida County. Lts.Rob Milby and Matt Ryndock attended a threat assessment training in Penfield. Lt. Rob Milby, Sgt. Investigator Tammy Ryndock and Deputy Heather Laws attended the Believe Conference in Geneva. Lt. Rob Milby attended the state enforcement and law updates training in Monroe County. Sgt. Joseph Hendler attended a taser CEW instructor certification in Schenectady.
Correction officer Julie VanLeeuwen completed 35 years of full- and part-time service, and senior account clerk Cindy Tyler completed 10 years of service. I salute Julie and Cindy for their service!
Search Wayne County NY Sheriff to download the mobile app onto your smartphone or tablet. It is available free of charge from the iTunes and Google Play (Android) app stores. The new app will help Wayne County citizens stay tuned to important information from the Sheriff’s Office. After downloading the app onto your smartphone, you can receive alerts, news and resources.
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.
I wish for everyone to have a safe Christmas holiday season.