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Dear Neighbors,
   Snow and icy weather will be here very soon. Please give yourself extra travel time, slow down, ensure plenty of space between the vehicles in front of you and display your headlights and taillights when driving in extreme weather conditions to comply with the law and for your safety. We all want to get to where we are going safely.
   County Highway Superintendent Kevin Rooney and I met with the Wayne County Highway Superintendants’ Association to prepare for the coming winter season. We discussed parking enforcement, weather emergencies, reducing our municipalities’ civil liabilities and how law enforcement and the highway departments can assist each other in highway safety and budgetary efficiencies. I will continue to meet with your highway superintendents throughout the winter season.   

   In October; Deputies provided assistance at the Sodus Harvest Festival Parade and presented a K-9 demonstration. At the Macedon FD Open House 20 Safe Child IDs were issued for children, at the Wolcott FD in conjunction with the Wolcott PD 10 child seats were inspected and 6 were replaced during a Child Seat Safety Inspection. Deputies spoke with students at BOCES Williamson Careers Day informing them of career opportunities in law enforcement, and how traffic radar units are used to monitor and enforce traffic speed violations. 
   In November a Child Seat Safety Inspection will be held on November 20th from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Red Creek High School for their annual Health Day. Snowmobile Safety Courses will be held on November 13th from 8:30 – 4:30 at the Wayne County Fire Training Center in Lyons, and November 29th and 30th from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Ontario Town Recreation Center at Casey Park.

   From May through October deputies assisted and provided safeguard at 35 community events throughout the county. This was accomplished by expending 274 patrol hours, 105 part-time patrol hours and 312 overtime patrol hours. I would like to thank Lieutenant Robert Milby and the event organizers for their group effort and the teamwork to make this happen and to better provide these services next year. It was also a pleasure to renew Sheriff’s Office cooperation and mutual aid with the village and town Police Chiefs in assisting them with their community events. 
   A joint Sobriety Check Point was conducted on Saturday, October 30th from 8 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. Sunday with six Macedon PD officers and 11 deputies. The joint venture arrested 3 drivers for DWI, 3 individuals for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana and 22 traffic summons were issued to other motorists.  
   In September; 168 males and 37 females (205 total) were committed to the jail facility, 106 court transports and 10,766 inmate meals were served. Inmates worked a total of 1,680 hours of labor in laundry, facility cleaning and food service. Court Security Officers cleared 3,703 people entering the Hall of Justice through the magnetometer securing 171 weapons (knives, razors, and scissors). Deputies traveled 106,529 miles on patrol, investigating 92 motor vehicle accidents, 8 missing persons, 16 animal complaints, 1,133 miscellaneous complaints, 473 minor crimes, 25 major crimes and 8 fires. Deputies issued 323 traffic tickets, 11 DWIs and made 64 criminal arrests.    
   The Records Office processed 32 pistol permit applications. The Marine Patrol handled 18 complaints, issued 1 Navigation summon and assisted 5 disabled boaters. The Civil Office served 169 legal papers, handled 19 evictions, received $161.007.99 (including bail and fines) and paid out $113,543.74 to creditors. $17,751.86 was remitted to Wayne County Treasurer Thomas Warnick for the county’s General Fund. 
   Sergeant Thomas Virts and Court Security Officer Robin Ross completed 10 years of service and Records Clerk Lynne Minisce 5 years. I salute them for their service. Also, thank you to all the Veterans for your service and in our honoring and remembrance of Veterans’ Day.
   I hope and wish you all have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving Day! 
   Please contact me at 315.946.5797 or bvirts@co.wayne.ny.us with any questions or concerns you may have.


   Barry Virts


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