Teen driver seriously injured in Route 23 crash

Sheriff’s Office personnel investigated a two-vehicle crash in Claverack. A teenager was trapped when her vehicle rolled over into the woods. Photo contributed

CLAVERACK—A Copake teenager was seriously hurt in a two- vehicle crash at 1076 Route 23, December 14 at 7:41 a.m.

Columbia County 911 dispatched Sheriff’s deputies to the crash scene. Deputies determined that a 1996 Buick operated by Jessica Spencer, 17, of Copake, who was trying to turn around, pulled into the path of a 2011 Ford SUV operated by Amanda Baird of Hillsdale, who was headed west on state Route 23.

The collision caused the Spencer vehicle to leave the highway and roll over, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

Craryville firefighters using the Jaws of Life extricated Jessica from the vehicle.

No passengers were in either vehicle. A Life Net helicopter airlifted Jessica to the Albany Medical Center, where as of December 18, she remained in critical but stable condition.

The Greenport Rescue Squad took Ms. Baird to Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson, where she was treated and released.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation by Sheriff’s Office investigators along with members of the Sheriff’s Office Accident Investigation Team.

State Route 23 was closed from 7:56 to 10:41 a.m. between County Route 11 and Martindale Road.

Assisting on the scene were Craryville and Philmont firefighters, Greenport and Community rescue squads and the State Department of Transportation.

On scene from the Sheriff’s Office were Sheriff Bartlett, Undersheriff John Davi, Captain John DeRocha, Senior Investigators Mark Dunspaugh and Kevin Skype, First Sergeant Louis Bray, Investigator William Dunspaugh, Deputies Daniel Keyser, Pulcher, Guntert and Leonard.

Firefighters were back in service at 10:42 a.m.


Matthew A. Hogencamp, 27, of Chatham was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, endangering the welfare of a child and fourth degree criminal mischief (preventing an emergency call), all class A misdemeanors, by State Police from Kinderhook, December 13.

At 10:10 p.m. Columbia County 911 dispatched troopers to County Route 32 for a reported domestic dispute. An investigation determined Mr. Hogencamp allegedly placed his hands on the victims neck, and obstructed her breathing while she was holding a young child. He then allegedly prevented her from calling 911 until he left the residence.

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Wayne Lopez confirmed to The Columbia Paper that Mr. Hogencamp is employed by the Sheriff’s Office as a correction officer in the county jail, but said the matter is a personnel issue and would not be discussed further.

Mr. Hogencamp was arraigned in Chatham Town Court and released on his own recognizance with a later return court date.


A Catskill man was arrested for grand larceny in Greenport.

Nicholas Birk, 28, of Catskill was charged with fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony, by State Police from the Livingston barracks, December 10.

State Police received a complaint about a stolen Bobcat hydraulic jack hammer from a business, November 30. The jack hammer, with an estimated value of $2,600, was recovered a short time later.

Mr. Birk was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Greenport Court at a later date.

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Cold case is still on State Police radar

LIVINGSTON—State Police continue to investigate the 2000 homicide of a Catskill woman, according to a press release issued on a recent “Cold Case Tuesday.”

State Police from the Livingston barracks continue to investigate the murder of Jacqueline McCalop, 43, of Catskill, New York.

State Police responded to the shoreline of the Hudson River, south of the City of Hudson, September 30, 2000. Two duck hunters discovered a body on the east shoreline of the river in a secluded but accessible area at a boat launch off of Hallenbeck Road in Greenport. The victim, identified as Ms. McCalop, had died as a result of stab wounds to her torso.

A subsequent investigation revealed Ms. McCalop’s family had not seen her since September 14, 2000, and had reported her missing on September 24, 2000.

Aerial shot of the location where Ms. McCalop’s body was recovered. Photo contributed 

She was described by police as a black female, 5’5” tall, weighing about 110 pounds.

Her death continues to be actively investigated by police. Numerous leads have been followed-up on throughout the investigation, but this homicide has never been solved. Police believe that someone in the City of Hudson has information that could lead to an arrest. The information could help bring closure to McCalop’s family.

Jacqueline McCalop

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Livingston by calling 845-677-7300 or 518-851-2001. Refer to SJS # 3033979. All calls may be kept confidential.

State Police cast a wide net

ALBANY—The New York State Police arrested 215 people for impaired driving over the Thanksgiving holiday

State Police announced that troopers issued a total of 15,115 tickets statewide during this year’s special Thanksgiving holiday traffic enforcement period.

The Thanksgiving enforcement period began Wednesday, November 21 and continued through Sunday, November 25.

During the campaign, which was funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, State Police set up sobriety checkpoints, added additional DWI patrols and ticketed distracted drivers who used handheld electronic devices.

Troopers arrested 215 people for DWI and investigated 1,244 accidents, including one fatality.

As part of the enforcement, troopers also targeted speeding and aggressive drivers across the state.

Below is a sampling of the total tickets that were issued: speeding 5,834; distracted driving 774; seatbelt violations 485 and move over law 218.

During last year’s Thanksgiving holiday enforcement campaign, the State Police issued 15,360 total tickets and arrested 242 people for DWI.

Police: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”

ALBANY—State Police will join the national enforcement initiative to crack down on impaired driving this holiday season.

State Police and local law enforcement agencies will participate in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, now through Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints, along with more troopers on roadways during this campaign.

In addition to the DWI checkpoints and patrols, troopers will be watching for distracted drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, and drivers violating the “Move Over Law,” which requires motorists to exercise extreme caution when passing emergency vehicles that are stopped in or on the side of the road. State Police will also conduct underage drinker enforcement details statewide.

During the campaign, troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles as part of the operation. The CITE vehicles allow troopers to more easily identify motorists who are using handheld devices while driving. CITE vehicles allow the trooper to better observe distracted driving violations. These vehicles blend in with every day traffic, but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.

These traffic enforcement campaigns are funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

The free Have a Plan app from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and the NYS STOP-DWI Foundation allows people to designate a driver, call a cab or ride share, and to review the consequences of impaired driving. The app can be used to report a drunk or drugged driver. The app is available for Apple, Android, and Windows smart phones.

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