Police Beat, Oct. 15


Whitehall resident charged with promoting prison contraband

Morgan Harris

According to Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrested Morgan Harris, 27, of Whitehall for promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a class D felony.

The investigation indicated that Harris was in possession of a hypodermic needle containing a liquid substance while being processed into the Washington County Correctional Facility, where she was confined for an unrelated incident.

Harris was arraigned at the Fort Edward Town Court and released without bail; however she remains remanded at the Washington County Correctional Facility for unrelated charges.

The officer handling the investigation is Investigator Jen Noble. Assisting agencies are Washington County Sheriff’s Corrections.

Granville Police Department

Oct. 2

9 a.m. An unrecognized loose dog was found on Columbus Street. A 47-year-old man and owner of the dog called the police station claiming the dog was his and was the animal was turned over to him.

4 p.m. A 54-year-old woman called the police station to report a 20-year-old man squealing his vehicle’s tires and speeding down Pacific Street. The complainant stated this has become a recurring issue and has addressed it with the 20-year-old man. The officer advised the complainant he would ask other patrols to increase monitoring the area.

8 p.m. Police responded to a Lawrence Street home for a reported barking dog complaint. The officer attempted but failed to contact the owner after knocking on the residence multiple times and walking around the residence. While checking the surroundings, the officer observed the dog tied up under the deck as well as a vehicle in the driveway. The officer advised other patrols of the issue and will continue to try and contact the owner.

Oct. 6

4 p.m. While on patrol, police responded to a barking dog complaint on South Street. Upon arrival, the officer was immediately flagged down by the 61-year-old man complaining that this is an ongoing issue and that the dog needs to be removed. The officer advised the complainant the Animal Control Officer should be contacted, which didn’t go over well with the complainant who had failed in attempts to reach the Animal Control Officer. The officer then told the complainant he did not have the resources to remove the dog from the premises but would try to contact the owner. The officer succeeded in contacting the 32-year-old woman who owns the dog and she was very apologetic. The woman claimed the landlord showed up to her residence to trim shrubs out front, instigating the dog to bark. The dog-owner told the officer she is in the process of removing the dog, and the officer relayed that information to the complainant.

Oct. 7

11 a.m. Police responded to a Madison Street home in regard to alleged harassment over the purchase of goats in Whitehall. The complainant, a 31-year-old woman, said a 15-year-old child had received text messages from the alleged harasser, calling them names, posting photos of the 15-year-old child on Facebook and yelling at the complainant at the Auction Barn in Cambridge. The officer advised the child to block the alleged harrasser’s phone number and social media accounts, on top of notifying the police if the harasser showed up at the residence. The child was referred to the New York State Police for further assistance if they decide to report any dealings in Whitehall or Cambridge.

Whitehall Police Department

Oct. 2

2:53 p.m. A 56-year-old Ithaca man reported that his car battery had died and was requesting a jump start on Skenesborough Drive. The reporting officer jump-started the vehicle with the man, who was very appreciative.

3:40 p.m. A 63-year-old Broadway woman reported a fraudulent call stating that someone had stolen her identity in Texas and was arrested with a large amount of cocaine. The call also asked the woman to positively identify herself by stating the last four digits of her social security number. The woman provided the last four digits. The reporting officer advised the woman to block the number, contact the Social Security department, banks and credit card agencies that she holds accounts with and advise them all that her information may have been compromised. The reporting officer explained that this is common and advised her not to answer the phone for unfamiliar numbers from this point forward.

6:19 p.m. The reporting officer was dispatched to the Whitehall Recreation Center on Williams Street for a pit bull running loose with no collar. Because it was raining the reporting officer took the dog into the police station while waiting to hear from the Animal Control Officer. After finally getting in touch with the Animal Control Officer the reporting officer was informed that the Animal Control Officer had an ETA of 50 minutes. The dog’s owner retrieved the dog after seeing its image on Facebook reporting the lost dog.

10:14 p.m. The reporting officer patrolled to Gilmore Street for a 911 hang-up call. When the officer arrived he spoke with a 38-year-old Gilmore Street woman who was on her front porch speaking with her mother on the phone. The reporting officer advised the woman of the call. The woman said her 8-year-old son must have accidentally called 911 while playing with her other phone upstairs. The woman retrieved the phone from her son. The son was informed not to play with phones so he can avoid any future accidental calls to 911.

Oct. 3

1:23 a.m. The reporting officer responded to County Route 21 for a reported accident involving a vehicle and a deer. The vehicle was said to be on fire. The closest responding Washington County unit was responding from Hartford. Upon arrival the reporting officer located the vehicle parked at the end of a driveway on County Route 21. The reporting officer advised dispatch of the working vehicle fire and that the occupant was outside of the vehicle. A fire extinguisher was utilized by the reporting officer from the patrol car and the flames were extinguished. Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company arrived and confirmed that the fire was completely out. The Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived on the scene to handle the incident.

Oct. 4

1:47 a.m. The reporting officer patrolled to a Montcalm Avenue residence for a report of a potential heart attack of an 82-year-old Montcalm Avenue man. The officer spoke to the man upon arrival who stated that he has a history of cardiac issues and was having chest pains, causing him concern. Skenesborough EMS arrived on the scene and transported the man to Glens Falls Hospital.

7 p.m. A 57-year-old Main Street man reported that he was receiving messages from his ex-girlfriend, a 63-year-old West Street woman, stating that she was going to do something stupid and wanted to say goodbye. The man said he would like a welfare check executed for her and to advise her not to contact him anymore. The reporting officer advised that if he would like to discontinue contact he should block her number. The man said that he would do that. The reporting officer patrolled to an address on West Street to speak with the woman who stated that she and the man had just ended a relationship that lasted two-and-a-half years and she was a little depressed. She stated that when she said that she wanted to say goodbye it was in reference to them ending their relationship and that she was fine. The woman stated that she was just on the phone with her friend and her daughter who left shortly before the officer had arrived. The reporting officer asked if the woman had any intentions of harming herself or thoughts of suicide, she said that she did not. The officer asked if there was any need to go to the hospital to speak to someone and she replied no and that she was happy and fine. The officer advised her that if she needed to she can contact the police for assistance at any time she needed and that her ex-boyfriend would like her to stop contacting him. She stated that was fine because she did not want to speak with him anymore as well.

Oct. 5

5:37 p.m. A 59-year-old South Williams Street man stated that a 46-year-old Country Route 12 woman passed him in a white Jeep with white rims while flipping him off. He believes that she called him a “Jew” but he is not exactly sure what she said. The man said that there is a long history of this behavior which had stopped for a while but is starting back up once again. The man wanted the incident reported and documented.

Oct. 6

7:19 p.m. The reporting officer took a phone call at the police station from Smith Street Auto about a lost license plate. The officer patrolled to Smith Street Auto and spoke with an employee and she advised the officer that they had lost a trailer plate at some point that day. The officer filled out a lost plate form for the employee. Nothing further.

New York State Police

Sept. 24

9:28 a.m. Dustin Pierro, 34, of Granville was arrested for unlawfully growing cannabis, a class A misdemeanor, and was issued an appearance ticket.

1:10 p.m. John P. McFarren, 55, of Granville was arrested for unlawfully growing cannabis, a class A misdemeanor, and was issued an appearance ticket.

3:28 p.m. Ernest J. Wood, 72, of Granville was arrested for unlawfully growing cannabis, a class A misdemeanor, and was issued an appearance ticket.

Oct. 5

2 p.m. Patrick L. Pugh, 31, of New York City was arrested in Fort Ann for criminal possession of narcotics in the fourth degree, a class C felony; criminal possession of a controlled substance, specifically narcotics, in the third degree, with intent to sell, a class B felony; and criminal use of drug paraphernalia, specifically packaging and scales, both class A misdemeanors. He was being held.

10:48 p.m. Darren W. Houghton, 33, of Manchester, Vermont, was arrested in Easton for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08%, his first offense, and of DWI, first offense, both class U misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Oct. 6

9:15 a.m. Mary Beth King, 48, of Hudson Falls, was arrested for filing a false instrument with the intent to defraud, a class E felony. She was issued an appearance ticket.

10:28 a.m. Douglas J. Desarle of Hoosick Falls was arrested for DWI, first offense, and aggravated DWI, both class U misdemeanors, and was issued an appearance ticket.

Oct. 8

2:40 p.m. Sherae M. Jordon, 32, of Fort Edward, was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor, and was issued an appearance ticket.

Oct. 9

5:25 p.m. Tyler Sellingham, 25, of Fort Edward, was arrested for criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor, and was issued an appearance ticket.

Oct. 10

12:38 a.m. Joshua A. Granger, 22, of Hudson Falls, was arrested in Lake George for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08%, his first offense, and of DWI, first offense, both class U misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

12:43 a.m. Carly A. Kennedy, 19, of Argyle, was arrested in Lake George for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08%, her first offense, and of DWI, first offense, both class U misdemeanors. She was issued an appearance ticket.

3:40 p.m. Lucas J. Seeley, 24, of Queensbury, was arrested in Hudson Falls for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

5:30 p.m. Frederick Burch, 21, of Granville, was arrested in Hartford for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

9:45 p.m. Lisa M. Hudson, 44, of Salem, was arrested for stalking in the fourth degree, a class B misdemeanor, and falsely reporting an incident in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

Sept. 22

5:28 p.m. State Police initiated a traffic stop for multiple violations on Route 7A in Arlington. During the traffic stop there was suspicion of drug activity, and consent to search the vehicle was granted. Crack cocaine was found inside the vehicle. The operator, Derek Klick, 35, of Manchester, was arrested for the possession of crack cocaine. Klick was given a criminal citation to appear at the Bennington Superior Court – Criminal Division on Monday, Nov. 2.

Oct. 8

On Aug. 28, a juvenile victim reported being sexually assaulted by Brian Jackson, 60, of Pittsford. The case was assigned to the Rutland County Special Investigation Unit, Child First Advocacy Center, along with the Department of Children and Families. The investigation continued, and on Oct. 8, Jackson was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child, as well as lewd or lascivious conduct with a child. Jackson was transported to Marble Valley Correctional Center and later transferred to Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield.

Oct. 10

9:56 p.m. State Police responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash on North Grove Street in the Town of Rutland. Upon making contact with the operator, Keith Decker, 49, of Brandon, troopers suspected Decker to be under the influence of alcohol. Decker was transported to the Rutland Regional Medical Center to be treated for his injuries and was processed for driving under the influence. Decker was issued a citation to appear at the Rutland Superior Court (Criminal Division) at a later date.