Police Beat, Oct. 29


Editor’s note: An arrest or a charge is not a conviction. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed.

Granville Police Department

Oct. 16

12 p.m. A 55-year-old woman called the police station line upset that the Washington County Sheriff’s Office referred her back to Granville Police Department for what she felt was an invasion of privacy at her residence on Potter Avenue. The complainant stated she noticed a camera connected to her WIFI at the house but initially couldn’t find it. After locating two cameras, one on the porch and one in a tree facing the yard, the complainant said to the officer that it was illegal for her to be surveilled 24/7 without her permission. The officer advised the woman that the cameras are for security purposes set up by the 67-year-old man landlord who owns the property. As long as the cameras are not inside her living space or a room for privacy, it is legal. The woman became irate, insinuated that the officer was not helping her at all and hung up.

12 p.m. While on patrol on North Street, an officer located a blue stroller against the north side fence. The officer then contacted the caretaker who stated the stroller had been left on the property for over a month. The officer notified the Department of Public Works who will store the stroller for a short time.

Oct. 20

1:41 a.m. An officer observed and stopped a vehicle traveling on Potter Avenue with a loud exhaust. While interviewing the driver and front seat passenger, the officer recognized the passenger in the back seat as a juvenile on probation. The 17-year-old boy stated he was still on probation, and when asked if he had a curfew, he said yes but didn’t think it was that late at night and didn’t know what time it was. The 17-year-old was accompanied by a 32-year-old man and a 19-year-old man, who both said they were just talking after leaving the parking lot of the Slate Valley Museum. The juvenile understood why the officer was filing a report due to him being out past curfew and on probation.

11:30 a.m. Police were dispatched to a West Main Street home for a prior burglary with items missing. Upon arrival, the officer contacted one of the four co-investors of the house, a 41-year-old man. He stated that another one of the co-owners, a 57-year-old man, is accusing the other owners of removing items without discussing it with him. The 57-year-old man told the officer he found several items to be missing, including two rolls of 12-2 wire, a vise and a few radiators that were outside under a tarp. The 57-year-old man continuously explained to the officer that he did not trust any of the three co-owners, but that he also wanted things to take for himself that were already taken by the other owners. The officer advised the 57-year-old man that all the co-owners have equal rights to the contents of the property, making it a civil matter. The officer stood by as the owners conversed on how to fix the situation confrontationally. The officer advised all the owners that better communication needs to be attempted while dealing with items that may be interested or claimed by more than one person.

4:10 p.m. Upon arriving at a Water Street residence for a report of suspicious activity of two individuals trying to open the back doors of the building, the officer checked the area and was unable to make contact. The officer spoke with a staff member to the building who stated she just reported it to the police because of prior incidents at the same location.

Oct. 22

4:51 a.m. Police were dispatched to a Morrison Avenue residence for a 33-year-old woman reporting she was choked by a 35-year-old man in the residence. Dispatch advised the officer that the woman had consumed alcohol and has an extensive history of mental health issues. After knocking several times on the door, both the man and woman answered the door clothed and surprised to see the officer. The man asked the officer if there was a problem and the woman asked the man to stay inside the house while she spoke to the officer outside. The woman asked the officer to look at the marks on her neck and stated that the man choked her. After shining a flashlight on the woman’s neck, the officer did not observe any marks or redness on her neck. The officer asked the woman what happened and the woman replied that the man went up to her, grabbed her by the neck and started choking her. The officer asked the woman if she wanted EMS, to which she declined. The officer advised her to stay on the porch while he spoke with the man inside. The man explained that everything was fine and that they were about to cook breakfast. Additionally, the man said he never grabbed her neck or choked her. The man did say that he placed his hand on her neck while having sex earlier in the night. The woman stated she was having a PTSD attack, to which they both stopped. The man told the officer that the woman didn’t respond well to a phone call involving her children due to only being able to speak to them 15 minutes a day. After the man stated again that he never grabbed the woman by the neck or choked her, the woman told the officer that she wanted EMS to look at her neck. After calling for EMS, the woman told the officer he didn’t know how to do his job and that the Granville Police Department does nothing when she calls them. The woman then told the officer she wanted the man to leave, so the officer advised the man to gather his belongings and leave the property. Before the man left, he told the officer he suspected she had some sort of mental health issues and that the woman told him that the Granville Police Department beat her up. After EMS arrived, they declared the woman had redness on her neck due to the woman putting her hand around her neck and holding her neck while they went inside. The officer advised the woman to come in the next morning when she sobered up if she wanted to provide a statement.

6:13 p.m. Police were advised by dispatch that a 52-year-old man had used a counterfeit $100 bill at the Cumberland Farms on Quaker Street. Police said the man stated his grandson found it on the street and gave it to him and that he never really looked at it before using it.

Whitehall Police Department

Oct. 17

9 a.m. A 43-year-old First Avenue woman reported to police that her husband, a 48-year-old First Avenue man, had changed the locks on all the entrances to their home. This was because the woman had gone out to dinner with her family at the Railyard and did not return home when the man wanted her to. The woman said that the man was not currently at the residence to let her in, but he had been in contact with her via text message. The husband said that the woman had abandoned her home by not coming back at the appropriate time and that she no longer lived there. The reporting officer explained to the woman that is not how the process works and that she has the right to be in that home since she is a resident. The woman is staying with her son at his residence in the village until she can talk to her husband and either work things out or get some of her belongings so she can continue to stay with her son. The woman refused paperwork for a domestic incident report but did sign the refusal of statement and took the victim’s rights page that the officer went over with her. Currently the woman wanted documentation only and would contact police if her husband would not let her retrieve her essential belongings. A domestic incident report was completed by police.

Oct. 18

4:29 a.m. A 37-year-old Queen Street man reported that someone was breaking into his window. Upon arrival the reporting officer found no evidence of a break in. Nothing further.

11:40 p.m. Jeremy Omrod, a 26-year-old Pennsylvania man, received a ticket for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree and failure to obey a traffic control device. The reporting officer was on patrol when he saw a grey Toyota truck traveling eastbound on Poultney Street going 43 MPH in a 30 MPH zone. The officer initiated a traffic stop and confirmed the driver to be Omrod. Upon confirming the DMV information with dispatch, the officer was notified that Omrod was suspended in New York for failure to pay a fine out of Albany County.

Oct. 19

3:29 p.m. A 23-year-old Broadway man reported that a 38-year-old Broadway man grabbed his neck from behind and was throwing his belongings, including a laptop and cellphone, around the apartment. The reporting officer separated both parties. No items were broken, and the officer observed a red mark on the 23-year-old man’s neck. Neither party wanted to press charges. The 38-year-old man said that the 23-year-old threw water at him and shoved him, which was recorded and displayed for the reporting officer. The 38-year-old requested officer assistance in obtaining his rabbit and the 23-year-old also received officer assistance with his belongings.

Oct. 22

12:55 a.m. A 40-year-old Montcalm Avenue woman reported teens causing a disturbance in the apartment complex. The reporting officer spoke with an unidentified teen who stated that he and his friends were being loud but were done for the night.

5:10 a.m. The reporting officer received a call in to the station stating that there was a man lying in the road on Adams Street. The officer responded to the area but was unable to locate the caller or the victim. The officer observed nothing on other nearby streets.

New York State Police

Oct. 11

4:39 a.m. Three unnamed young men, an 18-year-old from Fort Ann, a 17-year-old from Hampton and an 18-year-old from Wells, Vermont, were arrested on Oct. 19 and 20 for criminal mischief with intent to damage property, a class A misdemeanor. All three were issued appearance tickets.

Oct. 19

8:05 p.m. Logan A. Winney, 21, of Whitehall, was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Oct. 20

9:20 a.m. Brittany L. Burch, 24, of Cambridge was arrested in Greenwich for facilitated aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree, a class U misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

10:21 a.m. Justin G. Walker, 33, of Utica, was arrested in Fort Ann for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

5:10 p.m. Sydney L. Freed, 25, of Queensbury was arrested in Hartford for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor, and Robert P. Infield, 30, of Hudson Falls also was arrested in Hartford for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and possession of a hypodermic instrument, both class A misdemeanors. The two were issued appearance tickets.

Oct. 24

1:59 a.m. Jordan S. Branchcomb, 26, of Fort Edward was arrested for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% and DWI, both first offenses, as well as with aggravated DWI per se, no prior, all class U misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

6:15 p.m. Robert G. Orton, 36, of South Glens Falls 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.

11 p.m. Tonika Z. Jenkins, 37, of Fairfax, Vermont, was arrested in Fort Ann for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

Oct. 15

5:09 p.m. State Police stopped Tiffany Wood, 35, of Rutland, on suspicion of driving with a criminally suspended license. She is cited to appear at the Rutland County Court on Dec. 7.

Oct. 17

12:18 a.m. The West Rutland Fire Department responded to 416 Main St. in West Rutland for a reported structure fire. Upon arrival, fire crews found the structure with heavy smoke and fire coming from the first floor and beginning to extend to the second floor. Fire crews immediately began fire suppression efforts. Due to the quick response and fire suppression efforts by the fire department, the building was saved. All occupants and pets within the residence were able to escape without injury. As part of his scene assessment, West Rutland Fire Chief Michael Skaza contacted the Vermont Department of Public Safety Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit for assistance in determining the origin and cause of the fire. The investigation revealed the origin of the fire but the cause was undetermined. The fire is considered suspicious at this time. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Det. Sgt. James Wright at 802-442-5421 or the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program (VATAP) hotline at 800-322-7766. VATAP will pay up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Oct. 19

6:50 p.m. Austin Wilcox, 25, of Pawlet was involved in a crash on Dorset West Road in Dorset. Because Wilcox was cited on suspicion of driving with a criminally suspended license, he is to appear at the Bennington County Court on Nov. 20.

Oct. 21

2:44 p.m. State Police were dispatched to Vermont Route 30 in the area of Columbia Drive in Hubbardton for a white van that had gone into Lake Beebee. While en route, dispatch advised that an unresponsive man was found lying on the side of the road near the crash scene. Preliminary investigation found the driver was Kevin Kearney, 56, of West Rutland. The vehicle had driven off the road and then into Lake Beebee. Kearney was able to get out of the vehicle before it went into the water and submerged. He appeared to have suffered a medical event prior to the crash and was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Hospital by ambulance. Vermont State Police were assisted by Hubbardton Fire personnel. Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact Sgt. Blake Cushing of the Vermont State Police at 802-773-9101.

Oct. 20

5:36 p.m. State Police observed a vehicle traveling on U.S. Route 4 at 85 miles per hour in a posted 50-mile-per-hour zone. Troopers conducted a motor vehicle stop and identified the driver as Lawrence Jackson, 49, of Rutland, who was taken into custody for careless and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. During the investigation it was learned that Justin Pogue, a passenger in the vehicle, had a warrant for his arrest out of Bennington County. Lawrence was processed and released on citation. Pogue was transported to the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility and lodged on the warrant.

Oct. 23

3:10 p.m. State Police were notified of a three-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 7 near Seward Road in Rutland Town. It was determined that Stacey Brutkoski, 36, of Bomoseen was traveling north and the driver of the second vehicle, Robert King, 77, of Rutland, was traveling north at a complete stop. Lawrence Gorman, 66, of Middletown Springs, was driving the third vehicle, traveling north on US Route 7 and coming to a stop. Brotkoski’s Kia Sportage rear-ended King’s Dodge Ram, which resulted in King’s vehicle being pushed forward into Gorman’s Chevy Silverado. Brutkoski’s vehicle was towed from the crash scene. King’s and Gorman’s vehicles were able to be driven away. None of the operators sustained any significant injury. The Vermont State Police were assisted by Regional Ambulance Service, Rutland Town Fire Department, and Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.

Oct. 24

12:35 a.m. State Police stopped a vehicle for an observed motor vehicle violation. During the traffic stop, troopers observed several signs of impairment and subsequently screened the driver, Christina L. Condon, 38, of Rutland, for driving under the influence. Condon was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI and after processing she was released with a citation to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

10:02 a.m. State Police were notified of a domestic assault that occurred on Ross Street in the Town of West Rutland. Through investigation it was determined that John Sorrentino, 50, of West Rutland caused pain and injury to a family or household member. Sorrentino was fingerprinted and photographed at the Rutland Barracks and released on citation to appear at Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division.