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Appellate Court doesn’t take up case in Squirrel Slam

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 February 2015 at 12:00 am

Editor’s Note: This article was updated from the original version that said the appeal was denied.

ROCHESTER – An Appellate Court justice did not take up a request for an injunction to stop the Squirrel Slam hunting contest run by the Holley Fire Department.

Justice Joseph Valentino in Rochester today declined to issue a ruling for an appeal sought by Lauren Sheive of Williamson in Wayne County. Sheive and Richard Brummel of Long Island didn’t agree with a decision on Thursday by Orleans County Court Judge James Punch in dismissing a case that claimed the Fire Department did not follow state environmental laws with the Squirrel Slam.

Punch said the hunt follows state laws and does not violate environmental regulations.

Brummel appeared in court this afternoon with the appeal but Valentino did not take up the case, and did not set a hearing or schedule a submission for paperwork, Brummel said late this afternoon.