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Autumn-Action in the Adirondacks

October 27th, 2010 · 2 Comments · News

The AdirondacksNothing serious in the latest DEC activity report. Sounds like they were busy. Here are the highlights:

  • Various ailments in the High Peaks
  • Falling on Phelps, Ampersand, Snowy, Owl
  • Broken elevator and trapped on Whiteface Summit
  • Missed “Spot Locator” signal results in Search
  • “Rescue” on Mt. Jo
  • Boy Scouts….Not Prepared
  • Lost….near Lost Pond
  • Various other lost hikers and hunters
  • “growing up in the city you never holler back” (uh…ok.)

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Early Season…. for Poachers

October 25th, 2010 · No Comments · News

October 25, 2010

Essex County
On, Sunday, October 17, 2010 at approximately 10:30 am, two hunters were shot at by a property owner in the Town of Minerva, Essex County. One of the hunters had accidentally crossed onto property owned by Michael P Ardito, Jr., 70, of Margaretteville, NY. When told to get off the property, the hunter complied and turned to leave. It is alleged that Mr. Ardito then fired two shots over the head of the hunter, in the direction of a ridge where the second hunter was located.

The hunters reported the incident to the New York State Police, who notified DEC Environmental Conservation Police. A State Trooper and an Environmental Conservation Officer responded to Mr. Ardito’s residence and encountered him returning from hunting on his property. Allegedly, he was in possession of a rifle, although only the deer muzzleloading season was open.

Ardito was charged with two felonies – reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon, and two misdemeanors – menacing and hunting deer with a rifle during the muzzleloading season. He was arraigned in Town of Minerva Court and released after posting bail.

Hamilton County
On, Sunday October 17, responding to reports from a DEC Forest Ranger, DEC Environmental Conservation Officers investigated a deer illegally taken near Great Camp Sagamore in the Town of Long Lake, Hamilton County. Two officers and a K9 were able to locate evidence indicating that a muzzleloader had been discharged with 500 feet of a dwelling. Terry Gordon, 49, of Keeseville, NY, was issued tickets for taking illegal deer, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, both misdemeanors, and shooting within a safety zone, a violation. The case is returnable in the Town of Long Lake Town Court.

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All subjects in this report are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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DEC Commissioner Grannis Fired

October 22nd, 2010 · 4 Comments · News

Alexander "Pete" Grannis - Commissioner NYS DECOh Wow. Poststar and ADE are reporting this morning that DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis was fired yesterday for “poor performance and insubordination”.  Likely a result of “The Memo” which recently appeared that criticized the potential department cuts proposed by the Paterson Administration.

As a Spitzer appointee, it’s actually amazing that Grannis lasted this long. Now with DEC leaderless, except for the remaining career-staff, this department will be in limbo until a new Governor and his minions are “elected”. On the plus-side, he can now speak freely.

After seeing that travesty of a “debate”, are we really left with one choice? Will New York ever get out of this Death-spiral?

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