Police hold man for assault

CLAVERACK—State Police from the Livingston barracks arrested Christopher W. McCaul, 40, of Claverack for first degree burglary, a class B felony; first degree attempted rape, a class C felony; second degree assault, a class D felony; third degree criminal mischief, a class E felony; forcible touching, criminal obstruction of an airway, fourth degree criminal mischief (preventing an emergency call) and resisting arrest, all class A misdemeanors, May 23.

At 11:35 p.m. May 22, Columbia County 911 dispatched troopers to a residence on State Route 217 in Claverack for a possible burglary.

Troopers and Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene to find Mr. McCaul allegedly attempting to rape the victim. After a brief struggle he was taken into custody.

Further investigation determined Mr. McCaul had been conversing with the victim outside the residence then allegedly forcibly touched the victim.

The victim then ran inside and locked the house. According to police, Mr. McCaul allegedly forcibly entered the residence and was allegedly able to throw the victim’s phone away while the victim was calling 911 and then allegedly assaulted the victim.

Mr. McCaul was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital for evaluation and was then arraigned in Claverack Court. He was sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail to reappear in court at a later date.

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Bicyclist hits parked car. Columbia County 911 dispatched the Chatham Fire Department and Chatham Rescue Squad to 45 Hudson Avenue (Hudson Avenue and Maiden Lane) in the Village of Chatham for a bicycle versus car accident, May 21 at 4:25 p.m. A 10-year-old boy, who was riding his bike, was unable to stop the bike and struck a parked car. The rescue squad took the boy to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Firefighters were back in service at 4:50 p.m. State Police investigated. Photo by R.E. Lindmark


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