Please Be Safe this Hunting Season from the

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Today, thousands are finally taking their guns afield after months of anticipation and preparation. Fortunately, hunting accidents are rare. However, it's worth remembering that last year, three people died in hunting-related accidents in Livingston County. One hunter fell from a West Sparta tree stand on opening day and another hunter suffered a fatal medical problem in Springwater later in the season. In Caledonia, … [Read more...]

Hunter Asks for License Back after Killing Sister in Law in Caledonia

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The Rochester man who pled guilty to a felony for a fatal Caledonia hunting accident late last year is on a mission to get his hunting privileges back. John Lander, 51, asked Judge Robert Wiggins if he could have his hunting license back now that he has pled guilty to felony Criminally Negligent Homicide and been sentenced to 4 months of weekends with work release eligibility and a Conditional Discharge requiring a … [Read more...]

DEC Reminds Hunters of Safety Rules After Caledonia Shooting Conviction

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation released a reminder to hunters to respect firearm safety rules following the April 4 conviction of hunter John Lander for Criminally Negligent Homicide. A press release from the Livingston County District Attorney's Office reiterated that John Lander, 50, pled guilty to felony Criminally Negligent Homicide and agreed to serve 4 months of weekends in jail for shooting and … [Read more...]

Lander Shakily Pleads Guilty in Caledonia Fatal Shooting

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The man accused of shooting and killing his sister in law while hunting pled guilty to a felony Tuesday morning in Livingston County Court. John Lander, 50, pled guilty to felony Criminally Negligent Homicide for causing the death of Sharon Lander. He stood firmly with his feet shoulder-width as he answered Judge Robert Wiggins' routine questions in a low, barely audible voice. He then answered questions by Assistant … [Read more...]

Family Shows at City Man’s Court Date for Fatal Shooting of Sister in Law in Caledonia

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Family members came to the Tuesday court date for the man accused of fatally shooting his sister in law while hunting in Caledonia. John Lander III, 50, is charged with felony Criminally Negligent Homicide. He appeared with Assistant Public Defender Lindsay Pratt-Quintilone, who clarified for the record that Chief Public Defender Marcea Clark Tetamore is handling the case. Lander stood silently at the defense table as … [Read more...]

Cops Arrest Hunter for Fatally Shooting Family Member in Caledonia

CALEDONIA – The Livingston County Sheriff's Office arrested a Rochester man on Wednesday for fatally shooting another hunter on Nov. 27. According to a press release from Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, John Lander, 50, was arrested for felony Criminally Negligent Homicide. “We remind all hunters to remember safety first,” said Dougherty. “We do not call these accidents because these types of incidents are preventable by hunting safely and … [Read more...]

Sheriff Closes 2 of 3 Livingston County Hunting Fatality Investigations

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The Livingston County Sheriff's Office has closed two of three investigations into hunter fatalities this hunting season. Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty said at a Friday press conference that a hunter's fatal fall from a West Sparta tree stand on opening day and another hunter's fatal medical problem in Springwater are considered accidental incidents and that no charges will be filed. The investigation … [Read more...]

DEC Calls Caledonia Hunter Shooting ‘Accidental’

NYLON – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) said that hunting-related shooting fatalities within the past week in Caledonia and Sandy Creek, NY were accidental and preventable. A press release from DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said that DEC Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) are currently investigating two hunting-related shooting fatalities that occurred within the past week, calling both 'accidental … [Read more...]

Police Identify Hunter Who Fatally Shot Woman in Caledonia


UPDATE: DEC Calls Caledonia Hunter Shooting ‘Accidental’ CALEDONIA – The Livingston County Sheriff's Office has identified the man who is alleged to have fatally shot a hunting companion on Sunday. According to a press release from Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, the man is identified as John Lander, 50, of Rochester. On Nov. 27 at approximately 3:50 p.m., the Livingston County Emergency Communications Center (E-911) received a call of a … [Read more...]