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Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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A very sad deer hunting accident

November 17, 2008 at 01:50 PM

Here is a very sad deer hunting accident from New York state that reiterates an early reminder about safety this coming weekend.

NYC hunter accidentally shoots upstate toddler

SWAN LAKE, N.Y. (AP)—A deer hunter has been charged with manslaughter after a bullet he fired killed a toddler inside her grandparents’ Hudson Valley home, police said Monday.

Edward Taibi, 45, of New York City, was being held without bail on a second-degree manslaughter charge related to the shooting in rural Sullivan County.

Taibi was hunting from a tree stand Sunday afternoon when he shot a deer. He came down from the stand and fired his .30-caliber rifle again about 400 feet away from a trailer home in Swan Lake, police said.

The bullet penetrated the trailer and hit 16-month-old Charly Skala in the upper body. She was flown to Westchester Medical Center, where she died.

Under state law, it’s illegal to discharge a firearm or bow within 500 feet of any occupied residence or business unless the hunter owns or leases the property, or has the owner’s consent, according to Maureen Wren of the state Department of Environmental Conserv ation.

Taibi is a friend of the owner of the neighboring property and had hunted there before, said State Police Lt. Pierce Gallagher.

His case was assigned to the Sullivan Legal Aid Bureau, where attorney Jeff Bradley said Monday it was too soon to comment on the case.

Police said the child’s parents live in nearby Woodburne. They could not be reached for comment. Several neighbors declined comment Monday afternoon when reached by The Associated Press.

Swan Lake is about 85 miles northwest of New York City.



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