A Special Birthday Wish – St. Lawrence County Outreach
ECOs Ryan and Canary recently joined members of the New York State Police and St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office to grant a special birthday request from a four-year-old battling an illness. The birthday girl requested a birthday parade from local law enforcement agencies. Her mom said that while treatment is going well, the parade could help boost her daughter’s spirits. ECOs didn’t think twice about joining their law enforcement partners to grant this birthday wish. Police, fire, and rescue vehicles drove past the girl’s home with lights flashing as she and her family stood outside waving and enjoying the show. On their second loop around, ECOs Ryan and Canary stopped by to drop off some presents, say hello, and share their wishes for a speedy recovery.
ECOs Ryan and Canary meet with the birthday girl
Intentional Deer Strike – Herkimer County
On March 31, Town of Webb Police contacted ECO Noyes about a deer struck and killed by a vehicle in the village of Old Forge. Multiple eyewitnesses claimed the driver intentionally accelerated his truck toward two deer standing in the road, striking one and dragging it approximately 70 to 100 yards down the road. ECO Noyes accessed video footage from a local business’ security camera that corroborated eyewitness statements. With help from Old Forge Police, ECOs located the truck and driver in the town of Forestport, Oneida County, and found deer hair in the front bumper of the suspect’s truck. After interviewing the driver and presenting him with the evidence, the driver admitted to accelerating toward the deer, striking one, and dragging it down the road before stopping. The subject was issued appearance tickets to the Town of Webb Court for Environmental Conservation Law violations of taking deer from a public highway, taking deer while in a motor vehicle, and taking deer during the closed season.
Somebody’s Always Watching – St. Lawrence County
On March 8, ECO Schneller received a call from a concerned local law enforcement officer, claiming an ice fisherman on the St. Lawrence River in the town of Waddington had caught several walleye without returning the fish to the water. The Officer advised that the angler was well over his daily limit of three walleye. ECO Schneller responded to the location, approached the suspected poacher, and noticed four walleyes on the ice next to his portable ice shelter and three more concealed in the bottom of the portable ice shack. The Officer issued one ticket to the angler for going over the daily walleye limit. ECOs cover large areas and sometimes rely on information from local residents to report environmental crimes.
CSI Sampling Team Highlight
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, DEC’s Division of Law Enforcement CSI Sampling Team has been performing thousands of N95 respirator fit tests for first responders statewide. The team has also been assisting other agencies, including the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, to create and develop respirator fit testing standards in compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. Acting Lieutenant Stephens developed an instructional PowerPoint presentation and helped produce and star in a video last week. The video will help train new fit test machine operators to test up to 14,000 employees statewide.