Deputy injured in crash en route to incident in Hudson

A Columbia County Sheriff’s deputy and patrol car were involved in a one-car accident the night of November 29. Photo by Lance Wheeler

HUDSON—A Columbia County Sheriff’s deputy was hurt in a patrol car crash, November 29 at 9:11 p.m.

The deputy, who was not identified in a press release from Columbia County Sheriff Donald Krapf, was driving a patrol car on South Third Street in the city, responding to assist Hudson Police on a “fight in progress” call.

The patrol car, the only vehicle involved, went off the road into a wooded area and rolled over, according to newsman on the scene Lance Wheeler.

The Greenport Rescue Squad took the deputy to the Albany Medical Center, where the deputy was treated for minor injuries and released.

The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Branch has been assigned to the case. Additional details were not released at because it is an open and active investigation, the press release said.

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Officers patrol to ensure hunters follow law

GHENT—New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) are advancing “Operation Safe Harvest” this big game hunting season as part of a statewide initiative to ensure all hunters are following the state’s hunting laws and safety guidelines while afield. ECOs will be patrolling and conducting a variety of field operations to help ensure a safe and enjoyable big game hunting season.

“New York is fortunate to have a large population of hunters and trappers who abide by the state’s hunting laws and respect their fellow hunters and others enjoying the outdoors. DEC’s ECOs will be out in force this season to ensure compliance, engage with new and experienced hunters, and continue their important work promoting public safety in our communities and protecting our natural resources,” Commissioner Seggos said in a press release.

“Many of our ECOs are avid hunters themselves and participate in New York’s cherished big game hunting seasons. Unfortunately, not everyone respects the laws and safety guidelines that come with this storied tradition. In response, I’ve directed my Officers to be on the lookout this season for the night hunters, poachers, and baiters who blatantly disregard the State’s stringent hunting laws,” DEC’s Director of the Division of Law Enforcement Karen Przyklek said in the release.

This statewide enforcement initiative began October 22 when the regular deer and bear season opened in the Northern Zone. So far, ECOs have written nearly 150 tickets, including 50 misdemeanor level charges. The regular firearms season for deer and bear in the Southern Zone, which draws hundreds of thousands of hunters to New York each year, got underway November 19.

In addition to statewide enforcement, officers educate hunters on New York’s hunting laws and safety guidelines, both in the field and as instructors for the New York State Hunter Education Program. New York State continues to prioritize hunter safety year-round and the 2021 hunting seasons in New York were the safest ever, with the lowest number of incidents since record-keeping began.

DEC Law Enforcement also reminds hunters they are key partners in protecting New York deer from Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Chronic Wasting Disease continues to spread in other states, and hunters are key to preventing CWD introduction to New York. CWD is always fatal to deer. If introduced, it could spread rapidly and be practically impossible to eliminate once established.

The regular firearms season for deer and bear in the Southern Zone runs through Sunday, December 11, and includes participation from approximately 85% of New York’s 550,000 licensed hunters. For a breakdown of New York’s hunting seasons visit:

https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/65231.html

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