It is hunting season, so here is some information on the do’s and don’ts.
It is illegal to discharge a firearm so that the load passes over any part of a public highway; is within 500 feet of any school, playground or an occupied factory or church; and/or within 500 feet of a dwelling, farm building or structure in occupation or use unless you own it, lease it, are an immediate member of the family, an employee or have the owner’s consent. You may hunt waterfowl over water within 500 feet of a dwelling or public structures as long as neither is within 500 feet in the direction you are shooting.
It is illegal to take or hunt wildlife while in or on a motor vehicle (except by the holder of a nonambulatory hunter permit), with the aid of a vehicle’s lights, on or from any public road, with any firearm equipped with a silencer, with any firearm that continues to fire as long as the trigger is held back (an automatic firearm), or with any semi-automatic firearm with a capacity to hold more than six rounds (some exception). A person may not transport or possess a shotgun or rifle in or on a motor vehicle unless the firearm is unloaded in both chamber and magazine. A loaded firearm may be carried or possessed in a motorboat while legally hunting migratory game birds.
It is best to have written permission if you are hunting on another person’s property. You can get a landowner rermission record card by visiting the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website at or from a DEC officer.
Know your target and the background you are shooting into and toward. Safety first!
In September 2018, 72 males and 18 females were committed to the jail facility. There were 98 transports, 9,807 inmate meals served and $27,860.56 collected from 36 inmates released on bail and fines. Inmates worked 1,668 hours of labor in laundry, facility cleaning and food service.
The jail facility boarded 23 inmates from sheriff’s offices in Cayuga, Ontario and Oswego counties, and secured 19 parole violators and 12 inmates who were ready for transfer to state prison.
Court security officers cleared 2,869 people entering the Hall of Justice through the magnetometer, securing 33 weapons and 773 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 100,046 miles on patrol, investigating 62 motor vehicle accidents in which 15 people were injured, two missing persons, 28 animal complaints, 420 minor crimes, seven major crimes, one fire investigation and 1,041 miscellaneous complaints, totaling 2,234 for the month. Deputies issued 248 traffic tickets and eight DWIs, and made 137 violation, misdemeanor and felony arrests plus 18 mental health arrests.
The Records Office registered 47 sex offenders. Deputies verified 70 offender home addresses, processed 78 requests for reports and conducted 239 records checks. The Pistol Permit Unit processed 28 pistol permit applications and 47 pistol permit amendments requiring a Brady Check. The Civil Office served 91 legal papers and 87 Family Court orders, handled six evictions, received $126,373.32, and paid out $124,045.47 to creditors. This month, $13,675.53 was remitted to the County Treasurer’s Office for the general fund.
Wayne County law enforcement charged 12 people with DWI: Newark PD, one; Sheriff’s Office, eight; and State Police, three. Please drink responsibly!
Undersheriff Jeff Fosdick attended the Executive Development Seminar in Varysburg. Chief Deputy Steve Sklenar, Lt. Matt Ryndock, Deputy Paul Montemorano and Senior Account Clerk Cindy Tyler attended the Civil Refresher School at the Ramada Inn Hotel in Geneva. Deputy Heather Laws attended the 2018 Believe Conference in Geneva. Undersheriff Jeff Fosdick and Lt. Dave Ambeau attended the Sallyport Users Group Meeting in East Syracuse. Deputies Robert Mansell, Justin Klinkman, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Rachel Connor, Brian Pitt and Brian Steinruck attended the Current Trends in Teen Drug Abuse in Waterloo. Detective Sgt. Roger LaClair attended the Criminal Investigations Cell Technologies in Rochester. Investigators Matt Hilkert and Joe Ayotte attended the Vehicle Arson Awareness Program in Monroe County. Chief Deputy Steve Sklenar, Sgts. Gil Sterk and Craig Pagnotti, and deputies Andrew Hares and Sam Ross attended the Collision Reconstruction Seminar in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Undersheriff Jeff Fosdick and I attended the New York State Sheriff’s Association Jail Committee meeting in Oneida County.
Correction Sgt. Frank Paddock completed 25 years of service, Senior Account Clerk Julianna Lake completed 10 years of service and Deputy Robert Mansell completed five years of service. I salute Frank, Julianna and Robert for their service!
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