(WKBW release) On Nov. 8, members of the United States Marshals Service Western District of New York under the direction of U.S. Marshal Charles Salina along with members of the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, The Wellsville Police Department, New York State Police, The New York State Division of Parole, and the Allegany County Probation Department participated in Operation Fair Banks.
The Operation, sponsored by the U.S. Marshals Service, deployed members of the participating agencies throughout Allegany County to verify the addresses of registered sex offenders living in Allegany County.
Of the one hundred sixty seven registered offenders that live in Allegany County one hundred sixteen were verified during the first three days of the operation. Another thirty-one have been verified as of Nov. 29 with twenty remaining.
As a result of Operation Fair Banks three subjects were found to be in violation of the Federal Adam Walsh Act, leaving the State and not registering, investigations into their situations have been opened by the Marshals Service.
In addition, four subjects -- Dale Miller age 44 of 4 Railroad Ave. Andover, N.Y. : Bernard Hope age 41of 5 Willets Ave. Belmont, N.Y. : Diane Link age 40 of 708 W. Green St. Olean, N.Y., and Timothy Nichols age 43 of Maple Grove Estates Friendship, N.Y. -- were arrested for failure to register their address change under the New York State Corrections law, which is a class D felony. Also arrested as a result of the investigations was Terry Burdick age 29 of the Maple Grove Estates Friendship, N.Y. on a parole violation.
U.S. Marshal Salina stated that this operation sends a clear message that law enforcement is committed to protecting our citizens by ensuring that sex offenders are in compliance with federal, state and local registry laws.
“Chief Walsh and Sheriff Whitney thanked the U.S. Marshals Service for not only the commitment they have to keep our communities safe but for providing financial and manpower resources to our agencies and the other participating agencies to make this type of Operation occur. With the resources provided by the Marshals Service, our State, County and Local Law Enforcement agencies can help make certain that residents of our communities as well as the offenders themselves know that we are committed to make the Sex Offender Registry work. “