A Sherman man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with last week's hunting accident on Armenian Road that claimed the life of a woman walking her dogs in a field near her house.
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says the county Grand Jury returned a two-count indictment against 34 year-old Thomas Jadlowski Thursday for second-degree manslaughter, and hunting after Sunset. Swanson says Jadlowski was not charged at the scene in the death of 43 year-old Rosemary Billquist because their investigation was not complete.
Swanson says Jadlowski was able to post the $50,000 bail, $100,000 property bond set during his arraignment. Regional State Department of Environmental Conservation Captain Frank Lauracello praised Swanson and County Sheriff Joe Gerace for their thorough investigation and, says this case shows why firearms safety is so important.
Jadlowski is accused of hunting with a 35-mm handgun last Wednesday night, shortly before 5:30 p.m when he said he saw what he thought was a deer and he fired one shot. However, that shot hit Billquist, who later died at an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital.
Jadlowski faces up to 5 to 15 years in prison if convicted on the manslaughter count.
Officials with the state Department of Environmental Conservation are stressing the importance of hunter safety and expressing concern over recent incidents across the state, including last week's fatal incident in Chautauqua County.
DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos held a news conference in Albany Thursday morning in Albany. While he would not comment about possibility of charges from a grand jury hearing the case in Sherman, Seggos indicated there was clearly hunter error involved.
Sheriff's officers say 34-year-old Thomas Jadlowski of Sherman is accused of firing the shot that killed 43-year-old Rosemary Billquist of Sherman back on November 22.
During the news conference, Seggos emphasized the importance following hunter safety rules and using common sense when taking part in the sport. He says it you aren't sure what you're shooting at, "don't pull the trigger."
Chautauqua County Sheriff's Officers are investigating a two-car, head-on collision in the Town of Sheridan that sent six people to the hospital, two with serious injuries.
Deputies say they responded to a reported motor vehicle accident with personal injury on Route 20 shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday. Early investigation showed that the vehicle operated by 25 year-old Jonathan Eddings of Silver Creek, crossed the center line and struck the vehicle operated by 32 year-old Nicholas Coppola the fourth. also of Silver Creek.
Both Eddings and his passenger, 31 year-old Brian Nowak, were flown to a nearby trauma center for treatment of serious injuries. Coppola and his three passenger were taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk for treatment of minor injuries. The Sheriff's Department Accident Reconstruction Team was also called to the scene. Charges are pending.
A Fredonia man is jailed on $3,000 bail after allegedly being found in possession of a controlled substance while driving on a suspended license Tuesday night in Ripley.
Sheriff Deputies say they made a traffic stop on Route 5 for a traffic infraction and, identified the driver as 25 year-old Travis Rice. After a brief investigation, Rice was found to allegedly be driving with a suspended license.
After Rice was in custody officers a controlled substance was found in the vehicle and he was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Rice was charged with several additional charges including speeding and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. He was arraigned in the village of Ripley court and sent to the county lock-up.
One of the St. Susan's Center's biggest fund-raisers and food drives is coming up in mid-December to help the Jamestown area's largest soup kitchen get through the holiday season.
St. Susan's Director Jeff Smith says the fourth-annual Holiday Haul is set to be held in the parking lot of the Jamestown Cycle Shop December 14 through the 16.
Jamestown Community College Athletic Director Keith Martin is again hosting the event, which Smith says again has the goal of filling a Jamestown Mattress truck with food stuffs, and other items needed by St. Susan's.
Smith says they'll also be accepting monitary donations to help St. Susan's buy kitchen items and, others that they need. He also reminds residents that they can get seven-dollars worth of items from the Food Bank of Western New York for each dollar St. Susan's spends with them.
However, Smith says they also need supplies, like dishwashing detergent, that they don't have donated, and is not available from the Food Bank. Smith says they are still working out the hours for the Holiday Haul but, says Martin is again looking forward to the event because of the support from the community.
The St. Susan's Center is continuing it's current fund-raiser of selling their "Three Sisters Soup" as an off-shot of it's "Soup and a Song" fund-raisers.
That from Center Director Jeff Smith, who says residents can purchase packages of the bean, corn, and squash soup mix at their 31 Water Street headquarters. Smith says it was first distributed by previous director Sue Colwell.
Smith says they've been working with Chief Rusty Fredell at the Ashville BOCES and one of his students on creating the soup and, The Basket Company to package and market the soup, which costs 5-dollars per package. He says you just add water, and the seasoning packet provided, and cook on the stove top.
For more information on the St. Susan's Center and it's activities, call 664-2253 or go on-line to StSusansCenter.org
A Pennsylvania man suspected of firing a gun in an upstate New York mall crowded with holiday shoppers has been arraigned on reckless endangerment and assault charges.
Michael Perez Rodriguez pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday. Two people suffered minor injuries when the gun discharged at Galleria at Crystal Run in the Orange County town of Wallkill on Sunday afternoon.
The shooting sent shoppers scurrying for safety. Assistant District Attorney Jason Rosenwasser tells the Times Herald-Record in Middletown that Perez Rodriguez turned himself in Tuesday night after police released video showing the suspect entering the mall with a woman, a young child and an infant.
Rosenwasser says Perez Rodriguez is a lawful pistol permit holder in New York and Pennsylvania and has a carry permit. Perez Rodriguez returns to court Monday