Regional Briefs – October 7, 2018

Shoe Company Started After Civil War Shuts Down

BATAVIA, N.Y. – A shoe manufacturer founded by two Civil War veteran brothers 151 years ago shut its doors on Friday, putting its 82 employees out of work, The Associated Press reported. P.W. Minor was founded by Union Army veterans Peter and Abram Minor in 1867.

NYC Seeks Hunters to Manage Record Deer Population

OLIVE, N.Y. – The operators of New York City’s reservoirs are encouraging hunters to help manage exploding deer populations, The Associated Press reported. Deer have been eating vegetation around the reservoirs, muddling water quality.

How Many Squirrels in Central Park? Count Aims to Find Out

NEW YORK – It’s one of the enduring mysteries of life in New York City: Just how many squirrels live in Central Park? Counters started roaming the 840-acre park on Saturday for its first ever Squirrel Census, The New York Times reported. Results of the two-week count will be made public in the spring.

Hunter Who Mistakenly Shot Neighbor Pleads Guilty

MAYVILLE, N.Y. – A hunter who fatally shot a neighbor he mistook for a deer pleaded guilty on Thursday to negligent homicide, the Post-Journal reported. Thomas Jadlowski shot Rosemary Billquist in 2017 as she was walking her dogs behind her home after dark. He faces up to three years in prison.

Jersey Shore Town’s Name Misspelled on Highway Sign

LAVALLETTE, N.J. – New Jersey may want to invest in a spell checker after its latest sign mishap. The state Department of Transportation sign along Route 37 reads “Lavalette, Keep Left.” But the town’s name is actually spelled Lavallette, The Associated Press reported. It’s the fourth such error in recent years.

Ex-NY District Attorney Donates Diary Written in 1842

NEW YORK – Former Manhattan district attorney Robert Morgenthau donated a family diary written in 1842 to a museum of Jewish history, The New York Times reported. The 99-year-old donated his great-grandfather’s recently-found diary about Lazarus Morgenthau’s 19th century childhood in Germany.