From the Sheriff: An update on sex offender totals

Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts
Anyone buying and/or selling items on the internet can use the safe exchange spot in front of the Sheriff's Office Jail Facility.

Wayne County has 365 registered sex offenders living in our towns and villages. I report this information each month to the Public Safety Committee and forward individual town data to each town supervisor.

Currently, sex offenders registered in each town are as follows: Arcadia, 73; Butler, 27; Galen, 24; Huron, 27; Lyons, 59; Macedon, 17; Marion, 14; Ontario, 26; Palmyra, 24; Rose, 12; Savannah, 15; Sodus, 38; Walworth, 7; Williamson, 19; and Wolcott, 35.

Each month, this office conducts address verification checks to assure those that must register are living at the address they registered for and their appearance has not changed. You can find out more information by visiting our website and the free Sheriff’s app. If you have any questions, please contact the Sheriff’s Office or your village/town police. This information is not to alarm you, but to give you the resources to protect yourself and your loved ones, and to prevent crime and victimization.

In front of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Jail Facility, there are two identified parking spots meant to promote safety when making the exchange of buying/selling something on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. The parking spots are under 24/7 video surveillance for your safety.

STOP-DWI stands for Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated. The program is governed by Vehicle and Traffic Law Article 31, Section 1197 and Commissioner’s Regulations Section 172 that was created by the state Legislature in 1981.

STOP-DWI efforts are funded entirely from fines paid by convicted drunk drivers; no tax dollars are used. The program functions as a financially self-sustaining alcohol and highway safety program to empower counties to coordinate local efforts to reduce the number of persons killed or injured in alcohol and other drug-related traffic crashes. The program provides funding to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution; to probation officers to handle the supervision of alcohol- and drug-related driving probationers; supports rehabilitation services to inmates in the jail facility; provides public information, awareness and educational campaigns; and DWI enforcement funds to local police departments and the Sheriff’s Office.

Please continue to wash your hands, cough into your elbow, don’t touch your face; social distance staying 6 feet apart, stay home if you are sick and wear a mask when you cannot social distance!

In June 2020, 18 males and three females were committed to the Jail Facility. There were 28 transports, 3,286 inmate meals served, and $3,944.07 collected from five inmates released on bail and fines. Inmates worked 1,456 hours of labor in laundry, facility cleaning and food service.

The Jail Facility boarded one inmate from the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office, and secured one parole violator and two inmates that were ready for transfer to state prison.

Court security officers cleared 933 people entering the Hall of Justice through the magnetometer, securing five contraband items similar to Transportation Security Administration airport security — firearms, ammunition, knives, scissors, cell phones, glass bottles, umbrellas, helmets, hand tools, etc.

Deputies traveled 126,209 miles on patrol, investigating 88 motor vehicle collisions in which eight people were injured and there was one fatality, 87 crash investigations, two missing persons, 30 animal complaints, 2,426 miscellaneous complaints, 467 minor crimes, 11 major crimes, nine fire investigations, and 1,087 other complaints. Deputies issued 396 traffic tickets, nine DWIs and made 125 violation, misdemeanor and felony arrests, plus 22 mental health arrests.

The Civil Office processed 26 legal papers and 50 Family Court orders, received $141,233.48 and paid out $140,003.15 to creditors. This month, $8,329.62 was remitted to the County Treasurer’s Office for the general fund.

Wayne County law enforcement charged 18 people with DWI: two by Macedon Police Department, two by Newark PD, nine by the Sheriff’s Office and five by the New York State Police. Please drink responsibly!

Deputy Steve Mitchell completed 40 years of service, Sgt. Rick Morrison completed 30 years of service, and deputies Lacey Hendershot and Anthony Senecal completed five years of service. I salute Steve, Rick, Lacey and Anthony 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 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 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 with any questions or concerns you may have.