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Hunter charged with manslaughter in shooting death of woman

A Chautauqua County man was charged Thursday in last week's accidental shooting death of a woman. Thomas Jadlowski, 34, is accused of opening fire at what he thought was a deer but turned out to be the woman. Rosemary Billquist, 43, of Sherman was walking her dogs behind her home when she was struck.

The shooting occurred after dark when hunting is not allowed.

"Today, Mr. Jadlowski is being held accountable for his dangerous and reckless conduct when he shot his neighbor in the dark," said Basil Seggos, commissioner of the State Department of Environmental Conservation. He joined law enforcement officials from Chautauqua County at a news conference where the charges were announced.

Jadlowski is charged with second degree manslaughter and hunting after hours. He pleaded not guilty. Bail was set at $50,000.

Jadlowski is due back in court on January 29.