Police Beat, Oct. 8


Granville Police Department

Sept. 24

5 a.m. Following a reported disturbance of criminal mischief, Benjamin M. Ploski, 22, of Granville was charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a Class A misdemeanor, and possession of marijuana, a violation, after ripping flags off light poles on Main Street.

The 63-year-old woman who came running across Veterans Park said Ploski was ripping flags off the poles and that he started walking in the other direction when he observed the patrol car. After police located Ploski on Main Street, he was taken back to the scene so the complainant could identify him. Ploski admitted to being highly intoxicated and that he wanted a flag so he ripped one off the flag pole. Ploski then admitted to ripping down several flags (six were recovered) because he was drunk and wasn’t thinking straight. After searching through Ploski’s bag, police found an American flag sitting on two bottles, one which was observed to be soda and the other observed to be an open liquor bottle. The officer conducting the search then detected an odor of marijuana and Ploski admitted to having a small sandwich bag of marijuana in his bag. He was issued an appearance ticket. The Village of Granville is seeking restitution for the damaged flags and poles, submitting a bill of $239.92 for eight flag poles that were purchased to replace the damaged ones.

9 p.m. While on patrol, police were approached by a school official who claimed there were about 20 youths out behind Granville Elementary School. After locating the group, the officer learned the group of children were playing a game called “Manhunt.” The officer told the group they needed to move along and they complied.

10 p.m. An officer was dispatched to Mettowee Park on Church Street for a report of several youths in the park. After locating and talking to the group, the officer learned they were playing “Manhunt.” The officer told the group the park was closed, to which they were unaware. The group agreed to leave.

Sept. 27

3 p.m. Police responded to a call stating the garage at the Granville Little League baseball field on Prospect Street was broken into. Police observed the side door was kicked in and that it appeared nothing was taken, only moved around. A picture of a shoe imprint on the door was taken.

Sept. 29

12:30 p.m. While on patrol, police were approached by a 64-year-old woman and a 54-year-old woman on Rawson Avenue. The women explained their landlord, a 67-year-old man, left a note claiming a dumpster was coming for Sept. 30 and that any belongings inside the house excluding the upstairs would be removed as unclaimed property. The officer advised the women that he could not act on anything because no physical action has been made by the landlord. The officer also told the women if there was an issue regarding property during the removal to call the police to address the issue then.

2:00 p.m. A 76-year-old man came to the police station to report his political sign from his front lawn was stolen. The man later called to say he located the sign in the front yard of the house next to Stewart’s on Quaker Street. The man did not request any further assistance.

6:45 p.m. Police responded to a home on Mettowee Street for a noise complaint. The 23-year-old complainant stated he heard a man and woman yelling at each other. After arriving, police spoke with a 53-year-old man who said his daughter was playing video games upstairs and can get loud and out-of-hand sometimes. The complainant said that made sense with the comments overheard.

Sept. 30

8:45 a.m. While on patrol, police responded to a reported trespassing in progress on Potter Avenue. Upon arrival, the officer realized the address is known to have ongoing issues between the landlord and tenants. Police noticed a dumpster in the driveway but no vehicle or individuals immediately visible. A 54-year-old woman appeared from the upstairs window and claimed her 64-year-old sister called the police and was down the street on her way. The officer advised the 54-year-old woman there appeared to be nobody else on the property. The 54-year-old woman said she couldn’t deal with the Granville police, began crying and shut the window. The 64-year-old sister then arrived and advised the officer a note was left by the landlord saying any personal property prior to that date needed to be removed or it would be assumed to be abandoned and thrown in the dumpster. The 64-year-old advised the officer she no longer lives at the Potter Avenue residence and that she had no access to the downstairs of the house where she had property. The officer spoke with the 67-year-old landlord who agreed to let the ladies into the downstairs to claim their belongings. The landlord was advised to use caution when disposing the property after that date, and to see if it did not blatantly appear to be garbage.

10:40 a.m. Police responded to the Stewart’s parking lot on Quaker Street where a 73-year-old woman bumped her car into a 38-year-old man’s parked car. The officer observed a small dent in the bumper of the man’s car and a cracked headlight module on the woman’s car. Both individuals denied an accident report and personal information was exchanged.

Whitehall Police Department

Sept. 25

2 p.m. A 24-year-old Queen Street woman reported that a 32-year-old man of Route 40 in Granville was attempting to contact her via telephone or text messages. Nothing threatening was reported. The woman was advised by the reporting officer that only threats to harm would constitute as aggravated harassment. The woman said that the man told her that he would be going to her residence. The woman informed the officer that the man is not welcome there. The woman was advised by police to call if he shows up to the residence and the reporting officer will remove him. No further action was taken.

Sept. 27

8:28 p.m. A 39-year-old Corinth woman reported a man in a black Hyundai entered the screened in-porch of a Williams Street residence of a 53-year-old man. The man removed a “No Trespassing” sign from the door, left it there and left the property. The reporting officer said that the incident would be documented and patrols in the area would be increased. The woman stated that the Williams Street man had no idea who could be doing something like this and would seek to have them arrested if they were caught.

Sept. 28

3:46 p.m. A 38-year-old Broadway woman reported two individuals attempting to access her apartment and that they would probably be on their way to the station. A 20-year-old Ticonderoga man and a 19-year-old man whose address was not reported arrived at the station and stated that the 20-year-old man used to live with the Broadway woman. They were trying to get some clothes that the 20-year-old man had left behind before he moves out of state. Both parties agreed on a meeting time.

5:28 p.m. A 52-year-old School Street man reported that his daughter’s bike had been stolen the previous night. The man described the bike as a pink Dynacraft bicycle with “outcast” labeled on in, a bell on the left handle, gold stickers on the front plate near the handlebars and pegs. The reporting officer advised that a report would be generated and that he would keep an eye out for the bike. The police had been made aware of a bike fitting that description a few hours prior. Police said they would notify the owner.

5:50 p.m. A 36-year old Montcalm Avenue man and a 33-year-old woman reported that while waiting for court they were being harassed by a 17-year-old woman. It was reported that the 17-year-old woman kept walking in their direction and near them and that it was harassment. The reporting officer explained the actual definition of harassment and advised them that the ADA would speak with them. The ADA advised the 33-year-old woman and the 36-year-old man that there is not much to go off of criminally but advised them to speak with their attorney and keep collecting evidence. The two were unsatisfied with those answers and left. No further action taken.

Sept. 29

4:30 p.m. A County Route 12 man whose age was not reported went to the Whitehall police with his laptop which contained an email he received from an unknown source. The email sender address was the man’s address, making it appear that he had sent this to himself. The email threatened the man with bodily harm if he did not agree to make a Bitcoin deposit. The man is a New York State corrections officer and was concerned about someone actually doing him physical harm. The man was advised by police that the email was a phishing scam and to not respond to the email and delete it immediately.

8:30 p.m. A 36-year-old Montcalm Avenue man and a 33-year-old woman reported that a 52-year-old Broadway man continues to call their cell phones and hang up. The Montcalm Avenue pair stated that the Broadway man masks his number with the use of an app but they know that it is him. The pair had recorded a phone call that the Broadway man had made where he was bad-mouthing the Montcalm Avenue man and said that he would have the Montcalm Avenue man arrested for rape. The Montcalm Avenue pair did not want any criminal action taken. They just wanted the incident to be reported.

11:59 p.m. A 25-year-old North Mountain Street woman reported that a 21-year-old Broadway man was at her residence threatening her. The woman refused to sign a complaint and stated she had already left the parole officer a message. The reporting officer patrolled the area but was unable to locate the man.

New York State Police

Sept. 28

5:40 p.m. Tristan J. Anderson, 21, of Greenwich was arrested for property damage and charged with two counts of reckless endangerment in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor, and one count of criminal mischief in the third degree, committing damage to property worth more than $250, a class E felony. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Sept. 29

2:45 p.m. Joseph J. Ash, 37, of Argyle was arrested for unlawfully growing cannabis, a class A misdemeanor, and was issued an appearance ticket.

5:56 p.m. Joseph H. Edwards, 60, of Granville was arrested for property damage while operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08%, his first offense, and of DWI, first offense, both class U misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Sept. 30

10:05 p.m. Darnell M. Martin, 27, and John Sawyer, 22, both of Philadelphia, New York, were arrested in Fort Ann for possession of controlled substances. Specifically, Martin was charged with one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor; one count of criminal possession of narcotics in the fourth degree, a class C felony; one count of criminal possession of narcotics in the third degree with intent to sell, a class B felony; and one count each of criminal use of drug paraphernalia, in particular packaging and scales, in the second degree, both class A misdemeanors. Sawyer was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor; one count of criminal possession of narcotics in the fourth degree, a class C felony; one count of criminal possession of narcotics in the third degree with intent to sell, a class B felony; and one count each of criminal use of drug paraphernalia, in particular packaging and scales, in the second degree, both class A misdemeanors. The suspects are being held.

Oct. 1

5:27 a.m. William E. Lawrence, 67, of Granville was arrested for unlawfully growing cannabis, a class A misdemeanor, and criminal possession in the first degree of at least 10 pounds of marijuana, a class C felony. He is being held.

Oct. 2

11:20 a.m. Daniel H. Dessaint, 52, of Argyle was arrested for unlawfully growing cannabis, a class A misdemeanor, and was issued an appearance ticket.

8:15 p.m. Joshua S. Hunt, 48, of Salem was arrested for unlawfully growing cannabis, a class A misdemeanor, and was issued an appearance ticket.

9:57 p.m. Rachel L. Ramsey, 31, of Hartford was arrested for disorderly conduct and disturbance, specifically, one count of disorderly disease carrier, a class U misdemeanor; one count of assault in the second degree, a class D felony; one count of criminal mischief in the third degree, specifically damaging property valued in excess of $250, a class E felony; one count of obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor; two counts of tampering with physical evidence, a class E felony, seven counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor; and one count of criminal use of drug paraphernalia, specifically packaging, in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. She is being held.

11:02 p.m. In a related incident, Robert P. Lapointe, 64, of Hartford was arrested for criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor, He was issued an appearance ticket.

Oct. 3

5:29 p.m. Darren T. Fuller, 57, of Fort Edward, was arrested for property damage sustained in an accident, specifically for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08%, first offense, and DWI, first offense, both class U misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Oct. 4

1:45 a.m. Robert M. Bailey, 30, of Granville, was arrested for violating an order of protection, specifically for forcible touching, unlawful imprisonment in the second degree and criminal contempt in the second degree, that is, disobeying a court mandate, all class A misdemeanors. He was being held.

9:25 a.m. Paul J. Marcoux, 73, of Cambridge was arrested for trespassing, specifically for criminal trespass in the third degree of an enclosed property, a class B misdemeanor; arson in the fifth degree with intent to damage property, a class A misdemeanor; and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle in the third degree, a class U misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

10:15 p.m. An 18-year-old man was arrested for drug possession, specifically criminal possession in the fourth degree of more than two ounces of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

Sept. 22

1 p.m. State Police were notified of a two-car crash on Warren Switch Road in West Pawlet. It was determined that Mark Miller, 69, of West Pawlet was traveling south on Briar Hill Road in his Ford F150 when he hit the broad side of a UPS delivery truck being driven by Michael Coarse, 39, of Rutland, moving west on Warren Switch Road. Overgrown scrub trees and bushes encroaching the intersection were contributing factors to the crash. Warner’s Autobody removed Miller’s vehicle from the roadway. The UPS truck was able to operate from the scene.

Sept. 29

3:27 p.m. Shawn Jurgen, 38, of Rutland was stopped on West Street and Green Hills Lane in Rutland on suspicion of driving with a criminally suspended license. He was cited to appear at the Rutland County Court on Nov. 9.

4:32 p.m. Michael Carrara, 54, of Castleton was stopped on Cold River Road in Rutland on suspicion of driving with a criminally suspended license. He was cited to appear at the Rutland County Court on Nov. 10.

Oct. 1

10:57 p.m. State Police responded to a one-car rollover motor vehicle crash on U.S. Route 7 in the Town of Shaftsbury. Investigation revealed that Ty Goodrich, 27, of Manchester, was traveling southbound when his vehicle left the west side of the roadway. Goodrich’s vehicle then struck an embankment before going airborne for a considerable distance. His vehicle then traveled back across both lanes of travel and off the east side of the roadway before rolling over. A DUI investigation was conducted at the hospital where he was treated for broken ribs, punctured lung and head trauma. Goodrich was later issued a citation to appear in Vermont Superior Court Bennington Criminal Division on Dec. 28, for DUI and negligent operation of a vehicle. State Police were assisted on scene by the Bennington Police Department, Bennington Rescue Squad, Shaftsbury Fire Department and Walt’s Towing Service.