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

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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.

 

This is the location where Jacqueline McCalop’s body was found. Photos contributed

Ms. McCalop was a black female, 5’5”. She weighed approximately 110 pounds.

Her death continues to be actively investigated by police. Numerous leads have been followed-up on throughout this investigation, however, 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 Ms. McCalop’s family.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Livingston by calling 845-677-7300 or 518-851-2001. Refer to case# 3033979.

This way to the egret, as ECO rescues big bird

Photos contributed Even with a broken leg, the great egret tries to escape capture. Photo contributed

CHATHAM—On August 24 state Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) James Davey received a report of an injured great egret on Ooms Pond in the town of Chatham. The egret reportedly had a severely broken leg tangled in discarded fishing line.

Environmental Conservation Officer Davey with the great egret. Photo contributed

ECO Davey formulated a plan with the help of concerned local citizens, which led to him piloting a boat toward the injured bird. After several attempts, ECO Davey managed to get a hand on the wading bird while avoiding its sharp yellow bill and returned to shore.

Injured egret with brace placed on its leg by Friends of the Feathered and Furry Wildlife Center. Photo contributed

The officer turned the egret over to Friends of the Feathered and Furry Wildlife Center, where staff placed a brace on the bird’s leg to stabilize the fracture. The bird will undergo rehabilitation and be released back into the wild at a future date.

Hudson PD joins North American rail-safety operation

HUDSON – The Hudson City Police Department is joining forces with first responder agencies in the U.S. and Canada for “Operation Clear Track” — the largest rail-safety initiative in North America.

Coordinated by Amtrak, Operation Lifesaver Inc. and Operation Lifesaver Canada, Operation Clear Track aims to reduce the number of railway crossing and trespassing incidents in the U.S. and Canada, incidents which seriously injure or kill more than 2,100 people each year. The event is held during the annual observance of Rail Safety Week, September 21 to 27.

“In light of the recent tragedy just north of our city, this awareness program is particularly relevant,” said Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore in a press release.

On September 11 of this year, a woman was killed when she was struck by an Amtrak train as she walked on the tracks about a mile or mile and a half north of the Hudson station.

“The goal of Operation Clear Track and Rail Safety Week is to raise awareness of the importance of safe behavior near tracks and trains, in support of OLI’s mission to save lives,” Operation Lifesaver, Inc. Executive Director Rachel Maleh said in the release.

Because of the ongoing pandemic, first responder agencies will participate in a virtual Operation Clear Track event this year. These agencies across North America will promoting rail safety through social media messages, by sharing Operation Lifesaver’s #STOPTrackTragedies public service announcements and other videos, and by posting other rail safety information to their department websites. Participants will also be emphasizing the importance of obeying rail crossing and trespassing laws throughout Rail Safety Week.

For more information about Rail Safety Week, Operation Clear Track, and other rail-safety initiatives and tips visit www.oli.org.

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