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Dear Neighbors,

In July; 128 males and 34 females (162 total) were committed to the jail facility, 124 court transports and 13,666 inmate meals were served. Inmates worked a total of 1,729 hours of labor in laundry, facility cleaning and food service. Court Security Officers cleared 3,732 people entering the Hall of Justice through the magnetometer securing 71 weapons (knives, razors, and scissors), Deputies traveled 89,826 miles on patrol, investigating 71 motor vehicle accidents, 7 missing persons, 19 animal complaints, 1,264 miscellaneous complaints, 598 minor crimes, 20 major crimes and 8 fires. Deputies issued 352 traffic tickets, 3 DWIs and made 71 criminal arrests. The Records Office processed 29 pistol permit applications. The Marine Patrol handling 70 complaints, inspecting 15 vessels, issued 8 Navigation summons and assisted 15 disabled boats. The Civil Office served 131 legal papers, handled 13 evictions, received $223,569.10 (including bail and fines) and paid out $110,371.99 to creditors. $15,453.55 was remitted to Wayne County Treasurer Thomas Warnick for the General Fund.

In August; deputies through Operation Safe Child issued ID’s for 35 children at Walworth FD National Night Out, 20 children at Williamson Family Fun Day and 453 children at the WC Fair. 20 Child Car Seats were inspected at the county fair with 8 failing. The WC Fair was a huge success for the Sheriff’s Office and all who attended. I truly enjoyed meeting, talking with and answering the many questions from the numerous people that stopped by our booth and command post trailer at the county fair. Community festivals and parades around the county where deputies assisted were the Walworth National Night Out, Sodus Point FD Parade and 100th Anniversary Festival, Pirates on the Eire in Palmyra, Wolcott Wine and Jazz Festival, Clyde FD Carnival, WC Fire Equipment Show, WC Nursing Home State Fair, Williamson Family Fun Day, Williamson American Legion Post 394 Motorcycle Run, Sodus Point 5K, Bible Baptist Community Carnival and the County Fair.

Sergeant Steve Mitchell completed 30 years of service, Deputy George Pierce 25 years, and Sergeant Rick Morrison and Correction Officer Deb Melville 20 years. I salute them for their service.

Oswego Border Patrol Agent in Charge Pstachu S. Kohut and I met to discuss our roles, responsibilities and authority regarding local, state and federal enforcement, public safety, and border security. We assured each other of our professional responsibility to officer safety and emergency backup response. Agent in Charge Kohut’s job is driven by federal law and policy. As Sheriff, I am a constitutional officer sworn to uphold our constitution and protect our constitutional rights. Our constitution addresses our rights of due process, no unreasonable searches or seizures, our rights to bear arms, free speech, freedom to assembly and the doctrine of probable cause. My deputies enforce the violations of local and state laws with the doctrine of probable cause no matter what race, creed, color or national origin of the violator. To be clear, probable cause is the doctrine and principle deputies follow during investigations to believe a crime has been committed, not racial profiling.

The Nationwide Prescription Drug “Take-Back” Day will occur on Saturday, September 25, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in collaboration with the Western Finger Lakes Solid Waste Authority and WayneNet. Deputies will be at the Wayne County Highway Department, 7227 Rt. 31, Lyons, Palmyra Police Department, 144 East Main St., Palmyra and Sodus Central High School, 54 Mill St., Sodus to receive and dispose of old and/or no longer used medication and prescription drugs. This project is aimed to stop medication from being stolen, misused by others and from being flushed into septic and sewer systems. This project will reduce the abuse of prescription medication and help maintain water quality.

School starts up this month so watch for children walking, the display of school bus lights during the picking up and exiting of children and school speed zones. Due diligence while driving saves lives!

Exercise crime prevention to protect you, your family and property by locking your home and car doors to stop and reduce larcenies.

Please contact me at 315.946.5797 or bvirts@co.wayne.ny.us with any questions or concerns you may have.


Barry Virts, Sheriff


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