Falconer man facing numerous charges in deer jacking case
New York State Depart-ment of Environmental Con-servation Police charged a Chautauqua County man with 54 misdemeanor charges after an investigation of a deer jacking case.
In addition to deer jacking – the illegal practice of shooting deer with the use of an artificial light – the investigation unveiled numerous other offenses.
Bruce Giddy, 60, of Falconer, was charged with 46 misdemeanors and 8 penal law misdemeanors. The misdemeanors include:
- Prohibited use of a weapon (4 counts)
- Reckless endangerment, second degree (4 counts)
- Possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle (4 counts)
- Taking deer while in a motor vehicle (4 counts)
- Taking a deer from a public highway (4 counts)
- Taking deer out of season (3 counts)
- Taking deer out of legal hunting hours (1 count)
- Illegal taking of a deer (4 counts)
- Hunting deer with an artificial light (4 counts)
- Discharging a firearm over a road (4 counts)
- Discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a school property (1 count)
- Discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a factory (1 count)
The case began when the Jamestown Police Depart-ment contacted DEC Police on Nov. 25 to report that a deer had been shot and left on a school property in Jamestown over Thanksgiv-ing weekend.
Witness reports indicated that the man shot the deer from his vehicle within a residential area and on a school property.
After careful investigation spanning four months, DEC Police were able to track down the suspect and also link him to numerous similar incidents where deer had been shot in residential areas and left behind, as well as with a lengthy list of other hunting-related violations.
In addition to being charged with misdemeanors of Environmental Conserva-tion Law, charges against Giddy also include reckless endangerment charges for shooting on public property and within a residential area.
Each misdemeanor carries a jail term of up to one year and fines range from $200 to $2,000 per charge.
Giddy will be arraigned on the Town of Ellicott charges on April 16 and on the city of Jamestown charges on April 23.
Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office
CHERRY CREEK – Charles R. Houser II, 27, of Gerry, was charged Monday with driving while intoxicated, aggravated DWI with a blood alcohol content over .18 percent, failure to stay within lane and traffic law violations after an accident on Route 83. Deputies were called to the scene of a one-car accident at 8:20 p.m. Houser allegedly drove his vehicle into a fence and came to rest in a ditch. He received appearance tickets.
Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office
DAYTON – David J. Becker, 39, of Gowanda, was charged Monday with felony driving while intoxicated common law, felony DWI with a blood alcohol content above .08 percent, criminal mischief and vehicle and traffic violations after a domestic incident. Deputies were called to Gable Street around 3 a.m. to investigate a domestic incident. Becker returned to the scene and was found to be intoxicated. He was arraigned in the Perrysburg Town Court and sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail on $1,500 bail. He will appear in the Dayton Town Court at a later date.
Silver Creek Court
Kevin J. Andes, 49, of Buffalo pleaded guilty to charges of driving while intoxicated, failure to keep right, and a turn signal violation. He was fined a total of $1,145.
Emily D. Burroughs, 23, of Central Avenue in Silver Creek pleaded guilty to unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and was fined $235.
Brittany A. Cettell, 23, of Fredonia was arraigned on a charge of petit larceny. She was released on her own recognizance and returns to court in May.
Cody J. Cook, 20, of Irving was arraigned on a charge of second-degree harassment. He was released on his own recognizance and returns to court in May.
Jennifer R. Laspesa, 33, of Main Street in Silver Creek pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment and disorderly conduct. She was fined $225.
Colby A. Newton, 42, of Christy Street in Silver Creek pleaded guilty to facilitating aggravated unlicensed operation and was fined $360.
Donald D. Pierce Jr., 22, of Lawtons pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was fined $225.
A 16-year-old Silver Creek male pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment and was fined $100.
Neal R. Sikorski, 60, of Irving pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and was fined $1,150.
Justin J. Vara, 21, of Fenner Street in Silver Creek was arraigned on eight charges of petit larceny. He was released on his own recognizance and returns to court in May.
Lance Vosburgh, 23, of Little Valley pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment and was fined $100.