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DEC tickets, Lewis County

December 23, 2011

By Gordon Block, WatertownDailyTimes.com

The Department of Environmental Conservation Wednesday afternoon released its list of individuals charged with violating state conservation rules while hunting in Region 6, which includes Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida and St. Lawrence counties during the big game season. The individuals charged in Lewis County are:

■ On Sept. 17, Clay Duncan, 39; Greig, Barrett Mikalunas, 45, Sherburne; and Lucas Mikalunas, 20, Sherburne, were charged with hunting bear with the aid of a bait pile, a violation. Mr. Lucas and Mr. Mikalunas were additionally charged with failure to carry their hunting licenses, a violation. All subjects were issued tickets returnable to the town of Greig Court.

■ On Oct. 2, Roger Croniser, 52, West Leyden, was charged with violating a DEC permit condition, and illegal possession of protected wildlife, both violations, in connection with a captive deer that the defendant houses. The tickets are returnable to the town of Lewis Court and he faces fines up to $500 and/or up to 30 days in jail.

■ On Oct. 3, a 15-year-old juvenile, New Bremen, was charged with possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle and taking wild deer out of season, stemming from an investigation in September. The case was referred to Lewis County Probation and he was sentenced to 40 hours of community service.

■ On Oct. 6, Allen Bender, 34, Croghan, was charged with placing a salt lick for non-agricultural means, a violation. A ticket was issued for the town of Watson Court.

■ On Oct. 14, Ervin Seelman, 30, West Leyden, was charged with spotlighting while in possession of an unsecure firearm, a misdemeanor. He was issued a ticket returnable to the town of Lewis Court.

■ On Oct. 15, Stephen Malone, 50, Lowville, was charged with discharging a firearm from a public highway, a misdemeanor. He was issued a ticket returnable to the town of Pinckney Court.

■ On Oct. 18, Richard Rice, 64, New Bremen, was charged with possession of an untagged deer. He pleaded guilty and received a $100 fine in the town of New Bremen Court.

■ On Oct. 23, Lewis County Sheriff’s Department charged Travis I. Shampine, 19, Carthage, with second-degree manslaughter and remanded to Lewis County Jail on $15,000 bail, in relation to the hunting-related shooting death of Arnold Camidge, 55, Carthage. Pending Environmental Conservation Law violations against Mr. Shampine include: hunting deer with rimfire ammunition; hunting big game during closed hours (after sunset) and hunting big game without a valid license. Two other members of the hunting party, Stuart A. Shampine, 38, and Shawn P. Edick, 29, Carthage, have each been charged with hunting big game after sunset and hunting big game without a valid license. Their charges are answerable in town of Denmark Court in January.

■ On Oct. 26, Scott Riccio, 21, Beaver Falls, was charged with the possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. An appearance ticket was issued and was returnable to New Bremen Town Justice.

■ On Nov. 3, Elwood E. Mcdougall, 33, Port Leyden, was charged with failure to report a deer kill within seven days, answerable in the town of Lyonsdale Court. Mr. Mcdougall was also charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the town of Watson.

■ On Nov. 5, David L. Womack, 23, Lowville, was charged with hunting during closed hours and trespassing, both violations. The charges are answerable in the town of Pinckney Court.

■ On Nov. 7, Andrew Peters, 28, Croghan, was charged with the possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. An appearance ticket was issued and was returnable to New Bremen Town Justice.

■ On Nov. 8, three Port Leyden brothers, Brian A. Nagy, 21, Robert K. Nagy, 24, and Chase A. Nagy, 25, were each charged with misdemeanors of taking deer with the aid of artificial light; taking an illegal deer and possessing an unsecured firearm while using artificial light on lands inhabited by deer. The three were also charged with the violation of taking wildlife with the aid of a motor vehicle. The three are to appear in the town of Lyonsdale Court in February.

■ On Nov. 13, Joseph E. Cullings, 48, West Leyden, was charged with possessing a loaded gun in a motor vehicle and shooting from a public highway. Both charges are misdemeanors. Case is returnable to town of Lewis Court.

■ On Nov. 14, Robert E. Seelman, 54, West Leyden, was charged with use of light with an unsecured gun. Case is a misdemeanor returnable to town of Lewis Court.

■ On Nov. 15, Robert P. Manning, 52, Lyons Falls, was charged with use of a light with an unsecured gun. Case is a misdemeanor returnable to town of Turin Court.

■ On Nov. 18, Gary Mayer, 51, Boonville, was charged with failing to tag deer as required, a violation. Case is returnable to the town of Leyden Court.

■ On Nov. 18, Christopher Earl, 51, Constableville, was charged with possessing the license of another, a violation. Case is returnable to town of West Turin Court.

■ On Nov. 22, Christopher Thomas, 42, Lowville, was charged with hunting big game without the possession of carcass tags, a violation. The charge is answerable to town of Montague Court.

■ On Nov. 23, Michael Dobbins, 23, Lorraine, was charged with the possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle and using artificial lights from a motor vehicle while possessing a firearm, both misdemeanors. Joshua Beutel, 19, Adams Center, and Derek Ritz, 22, Rodman, were also charged with using artificial lights from a motor vehicle while possessing a firearm, a misdemeanor. Appearance tickets were issued and all are returnable to Harrisburg Town Court.

■ On Dec. 3, Jason Cullen, 33, Carthage, was charged with discharging a firearm from a public highway, a misdemeanor. He was issued a ticket for the town of Croghan Court.

■ On Dec. 3, Steven Waite, 49, Carthage, and Kevin Deforges, 48, of Whiting, Vt., were charged with discharging a firearm from a public highway and possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle.

■ On Dec. 3, Peter LaFramboise, 47, Cornwall, Vt., was issued a ticket for hunting with the aid of a motor vehicle, a violation. The ticket issued is returnable in the town of Croghan Court.

■ On Dec. 13, James F. Hancock, 34, Denmark, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of illegally taking wild whitetail deer and taking big game in excess of bag limit. The first buck, an eight-pointer, was taken before the defendant had purchased his hunting license. A couple of weeks later, Mr. Hancock shot an 11-point buck and used his brother’s regular season tag in an attempt to pass the buck off as if it was taken legally. He was charged with the violations of possessing tags of another, hunting without a license and failure to comply with a lawful order. Mr. Hancock was issued a total of six tickets. His brother, Dustin R. Hancock, 28, Carthage, was also charged with the violation of lending carcass tags to another person, in connection with the taking of the second buck. Both sets of antlers and all of the meat were seized as evidence. The brothers are to appear in town of Denmark Court.

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