December 19, 2014


A week after former Guilderland police officer Paul Mahan agreed to a civil settlement for spotlighting deer within 500 feet of a home, Mahan was charged with the same offense early Friday in Guilderland, along with misdemeanor drug possession, driving an uninsured, unregistered car and two traffic violations, police said.

Mahan, 37, of Latham, the son of Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan, was charged after a member of his former department allegedly saw him in a black Nissan Maxima shining a spotlight out of its window at around 12:30 a.m. on Wormer Road near Albany Country Club.

Police allege that Mahan was using the spotlight to locate deer with a crossbow in his car — a violation of state environmental conservation law that governs hunting and related activity.

Department of Environmental Conservation police charged Mahan with using an artificial light with an unsecured crossbow and using an artificial light on land within 500 feet of a home.

On Dec. 12, Mahan settled a case from Colonie by agreeing to pay a $1,840 civil judgment for using a floodlight to spot deer within 500 feet of a home.

That case stemmed from a Nov. 22, 2013, incident in which Mahan was stopped in Colonie after police received a complaint that someone was improperly hunting deer near a home.


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