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...]

Goose Season Starts Friday Morning

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Shotguns rang out across the county Friday morning, the opening morning of goose hunting season. According to a press release from Basil Seggos, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the hunting season for Canada geese in all upstate hunting zones open Sept. 1 and run through Sept. 25. “New York is home to more than 200,000 resident Canada geese, and the September seasons are … [Read more...]

Shooting Geneseo Walmart with BB Gun Hits Felony Charge

GENESEO – An Avon resident is facing a felony charge for allegedly shooting and damaging a window at Walmart with a BB gun. According to a press release from Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian, Robert Santos, 23, was charged with felony Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree and Discharging a Firearm. It is alleged that Santos discharged a CO2 BB gun from the store’s parking lot and struck a window at the store, causing damage. The vehicle … [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...]

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...]

Livingston County Loves Hoop-Shooting Deputy

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Local communities are buzzing about a pickup basketball game between some local kids and Livingston County Deputy Sheriff Mike Williams. On Aug. 24, Nicole Silvernail shared these photos on Facebook. In the past two days, the post has been 'liked' over 1,000 times and shared more than 150 times. "Today while the kids were playing basketball at the park, they had a Livingston County Sheriff's Deputy stop to play with … [Read more...]

Leicester Teen Takes Snapchat of Shooting Stolen Pistol in Road

LEICESTER – A local teen was arrested on felony gun charges after he allegedly posted a Snapchat video of himself firing a stolen handgun from a vehicle. According to a press release from Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Ryan Bonadonna, 19, was arrested for felony Criminal Possession of a Firearm and Discharging a Firearm on a Roadway. On June 5, the Sheriff's Office received a complaint concerning the Snapchat … [Read more...]