FALCONER - A massive state probe into illegal deer killings that includes firing a weapon on school property has led to dozens of charges against a Falconer resident.
Bruce Giddy, 60, was cited with 54 misdemeanor charges by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police. State authorities were tipped off by Jamestown police in November after a dead deer was located next to Bush Elementary School in the city.
A lengthy investigation found that Giddy, on at least four occasions, would allegedly shoot a deer after shining a bright light on it. The practice - known as deer jacking - is illegal in the state.
"This is the highest number of violations we've had associated with a single deer jacking case within our region," said Frank Lauricella, Region 9 DEC police captain.
"Thanks to the months-long investigation and dedicated work of our Environmental Conservation Officers, DEC was able to successfully solve this particularly egregious deer case that involved multiple serious offenses."
Jamestown police on Nov. 25 received a 911 call at 6:42 p.m. for a report of shots fired near Bush Elementary School. Officers found a dead deer and contacted local DEC officials.
"It's extremely dangerous to be out there shooting," said Capt. Robert Samuelson of Jamestown Police Department. "The houses are close together up there near the school. It's never a good idea to be shooting, and it's why we have laws against it."
After a four-month investigation, DEC police linked Giddy to similar incidents in which a deer had been shot in residential areas and left behind.
"We were able to match a description of the vehicle seen to Giddy based on witnesses," Lauricella told The Post-Journal on Tuesday. "We had certain information that led us to him."
He continued, "It's a big case. There were so many places that we investigated."
Giddy faces 46 misdemeanors for violating Environmental Conservation Law and eight penal law misdemeanors. The charges include: Four counts of prohibited use of a weapon; four counts of reckless endangerment; four counts of possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle; four counts of taking deer while in a motor vehicle; four counts of taking deer from a public highway; and three counts of taking deer out of season.
Other charges include: One count of taking deer out of legal hunting hours; four counts of illegal taking of a deer; four counts of hunting deer with an artificial light; and four counts of discharging a firearm over a road.
The Falconer resident also is facing one count each of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of school property and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a factory. He recently was issued appearance tickets on the charges.
"It was quite a big packet of appearance tickets that we issued him," Lauricella said.
Giddy is scheduled to be arraigned in Ellicott Court on April 16 and in Jamestown Court on April 23. Each misdemeanor carries a jail term of up to one year and fines from $200-$2,000 per charge.