Craryville man dies in motorcycle crash

Police investigators examine the charred motorcycle involved in a fatal crash at the hospital entrance. Photo by Lance Wheeler

HUDSON—A Craryville man was killed when his motorcycle crashed into a car and erupted in flames at the entrance to Columbia Memorial Hospital, 71 Prospect Avenue, October 14 at 1:57 p.m.

State Police from Livingston are investigating and identified the motorcycle operator as Thomas P. Golden, 37, of Craryville. An obituary for Mr. Golden appears in this issue of The Columbia Paper.

Hudson firefighters and the Greenport Rescue Squad were called to the scene. Read more…

Mother charged with manslaughter in toddler’s death

GREENPORT—State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Livingston arrested Sareese M. Stewart, 30, of Greenport for second degree manslaughter, a class C felony, October 6.

State Police responded to Ten Broeck Lane in Greenport with emergency medical service personnel, June 23, for an unresponsive child, who was later pronounced dead at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

The subsequent investigation in conjunction with the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office and the Columbia County Coroner’s Office determined Ms. Stewart allegedly recklessly caused the death of her 21-month-old son. Read more…

Cold Case: State Police press case of Catskill woman’s 2000 homicide

LIVINGSTON—New York State Police from the Livingston barracks continue to investigate the homicide of 43-year-old Jacqueline McCalop of Catskill.

Jacqueline McCalop

On September 30, 2000, the State Police responded to the shoreline of the Hudson River, south of the city of Hudson. Two duck hunters discovered a body on the east shoreline of the river in a secluded but accessible area at a boat launch off Hallenbeck Road in Greenport.

The victim, identified as Jacqueline McCalop, had died as a result of stab wounds to her torso.

An investigation revealed Ms. McCalop’s family had not seen her since September 14, 2000 and had reported her missing on September 24, 2000. Read more…

Investigation continues after woman is struck by train

GREENPORT—A New York City woman was killed when she was struck by an Amtrak train, September 11.

Columbia County 911 dispatched the Hudson Fire Department, the Greenport Rescue Squad and the Hudson Police Department to the railroad tracks, north of the Hudson Amtrak Train Station for a report of a person struck by a train at 7:50 p.m. When officials subsequently determined that the incident was in the Town of Greenport, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation.

They found that a southbound Amtrak passenger train destined for New York City, struck and killed Anna M. Podgorbunski, 54, of New York City as she walked northbound on the train tracks. The incident occurred about a mile or mile and a half north of the Hudson station. Read more…

County emergency notification system changes

GREENPORT—Columbia County is changing its mass emergency alert system to the system provided by New York State known as NY Alert.

Currently, all disaster, weather-related and other emergency warnings and alerts for county residents are provided by the Code Red mass alert system. This is a system that Columbia County purchased and has paid to maintain for the past several years.

Beginning August 29, emergency alerts and notifications for tornadoes, earthquakes, severe storms and other weather, natural or man-made disaster and important emergency warnings and information will be provided by the NY Alert system.

After extensive research by County 911 Director Rob Lopez, he and Emergency Management Director David Harrison, Jr., have recommended to the county Board of Supervisors that Columbia County make the change, rather than renew the annual contract with Code Red. Mr Lopez and Mr. Harrison noted in a press release that New York State has worked consistently in recent years to provide an improved system, which has proven to be a professional and reliable alert system for communities statewide. Read more…