New York Cuffs & Collars – April 18th, 2014

Several illegal deer
(Fulton County)
ECOs Steve Shaw and Robert Higgins were on patrol in Saratoga County during the opening weekend of the Southern Zone regular season when they received a call from dispatch stating that a Fulton County sheriff’s deputy had a vehicle stopped on State Route 29 right near the Saratoga County border. The deputy believed that there were illegal deer stored in the trunk of the vehicle he had stopped. The ECOs arrived at the scene to find a suspect outside of his vehicle with the trunk open and three deer lying on the side of State Route 29.  The deputy then began to fill in the ECOs on the story, the most significant part being that the suspect was a convicted felon who shot the deer with a rifle in Herkimer County.  After learning this, the ECOs searched the suspect’s vehicle and secured two rifles found in the vehicle. The suspect was then interviewed further and he admitted to shooting all of the deer the day before in the town of Danube, Herkimer County. He also admitted to putting a bow/muzzleloader tag on one of the bucks and an incorrect DMP tag on the doe. The ECOs then loaded the illegal deer onto their patrol vehicle and the suspect was brought to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department for processing. There, the suspect was interviewed further and it was determined there may have been more people involved and also more deer shot.  Herkimer County ECO Corey Schoonover was contacted in order to go to two residences in Dolgeville, where he located two does incorrectly tagged with the wrong DMP for the area for where they had been shot. One of those deer had been shot by the original subject and the other by a friend, who was issued a summons for that violation. Back in Fulton County, the suspect was charged by the sheriff’s deputy with criminal possession of a weapon under the Penal Law. The ECOs then took the suspect to the town of Danube in Herkimer County for arraignment in front of the town judge on seven Environmental Conservation Law offenses. The suspect was then released on his own recognizance to appear in court on a future date. 

A decoy named Sue
(Washington County)
ECOs Steve Gonyeau, George LaPoint, and Tom Wensley decided to make use of a new decoy. Based on a complaint with some good information about a group of road hunters, the officers picked a field along a likely route. Within five minutes of setting out the decoy a car came slowly down the road. As it drew abreast of the decoy, the car stopped and the passenger exited the vehicle and shot across the road, hitting the decoy approximately 125 yards away. LaPoint was close enough to stop the occupants until the others arrived. The woman who shot the decoy claimed responsibility and stated that her daughter, the driver, had nothing to do with it. The decoy will now be named Sue after the person who put the first hole in it.

Yes, deer
(Saratoga County)
ECOs Mark Klein and Robert Higgins were on patrol during the Northern Zone regular deer season and stopped at one of the local deer processors and noticed there was a buck tagged by someone who the officers didn’t believe hunted at all. The officers then went to the residence of the individual in question to ask her about the deer she shot. The woman showed them where she shot the deer, but her story was not making sense. The officers pointed out a large pile of corn under the treestand where she claimed she shot the deer. After confronting the subject with her inconsistencies and also how she could be charged for taking a deer over bait, she admitted that her husband shot the deer. The deer was confiscated and the husband was issued tickets for the illegal taking of deer as not permitted and also for the violations of hunting deer over bait and failure to tag deer as required.  The charges were pending in Day Town Court.

Better late than never
(Franklin County)
After four days in the Franklin County Jail, a subject decided to report to corrections Sgt. Hudson that he had a trap line out for muskrats on the St. Regis River and no way to check his traps from jail, since he was incarcerated for domestic violence and was being held for lack of bail. The corrections sergeant notified DEC law enforcement about the situation. ECO James Cranker interviewed the subject in jail and arrangements were made for a licensed trapper familiar with the St. Regis River to retrieve the deployed traps. A check of the DECALS system showed the subject did not hold a license to trap. 

Illegal deer for a convicted felon
(Oneida County)
ECOs Ricardo Grisolini and Chrisman Starczek were on foot patrol in the town of Kirkland when they discovered two fresh gut piles and a set of truck tracks that led to an address on South Street in Kirkland. As Starczek returned to retrieve the vehicle, Grisolini followed the truck tracks to a residence where he found a Jeep with fresh blood dripping from the back of the tailgate.  Shortly after running the license plate, Grisolini noticed the registered owner and another individual exit the residence. Starczek arrived on scene and both officers were given consent to search the vehicle, and upon searching they recovered two untagged does and also two firearms. Both parties admitted to taking the deer, knowing they were not holding legal DMPs for either whitetail. Upon questioning, one subject about the incident, it was revealed that he had a felony conviction in 2008. A subsequent criminal history was run that confirmed his conviction for grand larceny, and he was taken into custody and processed at the Town of Kirkland Police Department for criminal possession of a weapon and the illegal deer. 

Secret behind the burn
(Greene County)
ECO Anthony Glorioso responded to a complaint of an odor of smoldering fire in the town of Catskill for 2-3 weeks, day and night. Prior to exiting the vehicle, Glorioso noticed a small piece of smoldering wood in the front yard of the residence and several video cameras on the roof of the house. As he exited his vehicle, he detected a strong smell of marijuana. He proceeded to the front door, where he was greeted by two large barking dogs inside the residence; however, no one was at home. Glorioso was headed back to his vehicle when he noticed the tops of several marijuana plants growing in the yard and requested assistance from state police. Glorioso could hear a fan blowing inside an RV, with an exhaust dryer vent port coming out of the rear of the RV. State police applied for a search warrant for the RV and found more marijuana in the process of being dried out.  A total of 26 pounds of marijuana along with four large mature marijuana plants was seized. And investigation later found the suspect was smoldering the wood for several weeks to reduce the smell of the marijuana in the area.

K9 Unit training
Six new K9s, three new handlers and three experienced handlers began their training to become the latest members of Division of Law Enforcement’s K9 Unit. The members took residence at the training Academy and began the first phase of training consisting of socialization, obedience, and spent shell casing detection. The group finished the training certified in locating spent shell casings and firearms, and have returned to their respective regions for the busy fall seasons. Training will continue this spring. The handlers and their K9s are:
• Region 3, ECO Rick Wood and K9 "Deming"
• Region 5, ECO Matt LaCroix and K9  "Diesel"
• Region 6, ECO Corey Schoonover and K9  "Jake"
• Region 7, ECO Brett Armstrong and K9 "Hawk"
• Region 8, ECO Shawn Dussault and K9 "Ski"
• Region 9, ECO Jim Hunt and K9 "Bear"

Successful K9 search
(Schoharie County)
The Cobleskill Police Department requested the assistance of T/Sgt. Keith Isles and K9 Shamey to help search for a suicidal 48-year-old woman who had cut her wrists and fled. A foot search by Cobleskill police, SUNY Cobleskill police and state police proved negative. Isles and Shamey arrived on scene and began a track at a substantial pool of blood on the rear sidewalk of the residence. The track entered and exited a wooded area, cutting through neighboring yards returning to a sidewalk where a diminishing blood trail was evident. The track turned into a schoolyard and back to the original wooded area behind the subject's residence. After circling the area, K9 Shamey broke through some brush and located the subject, semi-conscious, lying in a compost pile. Isles advised perimeter units, who responded along with EMS and transported the subject to the Cobleskill Hospital. The subject was barefoot and it was evident she had been eluding responding units until she could no longer travel.

Outdoor Writers Association Conference
(Essex County)
T/Sgt Keith Isles and K9 Shamey, and ECO Matt LaCroix and K9 Diesel performed a K9 demonstration for the annual conference of the Outdoor Writers Association in Lake Placid. The 250 outdoor writers learned the value of K9s to wildlife law enforcement and observed a demonstration of obedience, wildlife detection and handler protection. The group was also introduced to one of Division of Law Enforcement's newest K9’s – Diesel – currently assigned to Region 5.

Youth hunt
(Montgomery County)
ECOs Brian Willson and Chris Valenty assisted with a youth pheasant hunt at the Canajoharie Forest Fish and Game Club.  Over a dozen youths participated. The day was a success, with each youth getting at least one bird.

Youth pheasant hunt
(Lewis County)
The Lewis County Sportsmen’s Federation and the Conservation Alliance of New York once again hosted a youth pheasant hunt at the Brown’s Farm in the town of Martinsburg. This marked the 10th year of the hunt at the farm and it was well attended during the youth pheasant weekend. The Brown family, hosts of dedicated volunteers, hunting dogs, and Lewis County ECOs were assisted by the DEC’s pheasant stocking program and a donation from the New York State Conservation Officer’s Association to make this year’s event a huge success. Over 40 youth hunters participated in the hunt, resulting in a significant number of youth hunters being able to bag their first pheasant.

4-H Conservation Days
(Oneida County)
ECO Russell Ritzel participated in the Oneida County 4-H Conservation Days at Delta Lake State Park in the town of Western. During this event, over 400 young people participated in the program. This year, sixth graders from the Rome, New York Mills, and New Hartford school districts participated in over 12 learning stations, where they were provided a 15-minute presentation. Some of the topics and presenters included Rome Sand Plains, Living on the Farm, Sportsmen Education, Aging White-tailed Deer, Lost in the Woods, Turkey Calling and Animals from the Utica Zoo mobile. ECO Ritzel presented the topic of encountering wildlife in the wild and in your own backyard. The students were able to observe several wildlife mounts and furs and learned about respecting the presence of wildlife in both their own yard and the wild. The message of the day was, if you see wildlife do not approach it, don’t feed it, and respect its presence.

Youth waterfowl hunt
(Oneida County)
The third annual youth goose hunt was held in Oneida County sponsored by The Oneida County Sportsmen’s Federation. ECOs assisted with the event. A safety day was held on at the Cassidy Hollow Fish and Game Club in Oriskany Falls. The hunters were given a presentation on firearms safety, decoy setup and goose hunting techniques. A skeet shoot was held from layout blinds to give the hunters an idea of what the hunt would be like. Lunch was provided by the federation on both days. Ducks Unlimited, Gander Mountain, and Dick’s Sporting Goods made donations to the hunt. Twenty mentors donated their time to take out 15 youth hunters on properties around Oneida County. Property owners and farmers were gracious enough to allow the youth hunters to hunt on their land. The hunters harvested 118 geese. Mentors and hunters gathered at Cassidy Hollow after the hunt to share some stories and lunch. The mentors assisted with breasting out the birds for the hunters.  The youth hunters left that day with a better understanding of waterfowl hunting and, hopefully, a lifelong love of the sport.

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