Police Beat, Nov. 12

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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

Nov. 1

4:30 p.m. Police received a call from a 25-year-old man claiming his ex-girlfriend, a 24-year-old Slocum Avenue woman, would not turn over his dogs. The man told the officer if his ex was unwilling to turn the dogs over, he would go there and retrieve the dogs himself. The officer told the 25-year-old man that was not a great idea and told the man he would give the 24-year-old woman a call. The woman said to the officer that her ex had not resided at the Slocum Avenue residence for two months and that when he left the dogs there, she had been caring for them the whole time. The woman told the officer her ex was not allowed at the residence and she was keeping the dogs. The officer advised the woman that if the man shows up to call 911. The officer informed the 25-year-old man about his conversation with the woman and told him that his best option would be to go through civil court if he wanted to get his dogs back in a legal and safe manner. The man said he was gone for more like two weeks instead of two months like the woman had claimed, and that he was currently in Virginia and would deal with the situation when he returned.

Nov. 2

6 p.m. While on patrol, police were informed by dispatch about a man reportedly jumping fences near Granville Elementary School and headed toward Big Lots on Quaker Street. The caller described the man was wearing a gray hoodie with a black hood who appeared to be either intoxicated or high. The caller did not wish to interview. The officer arrived at the Big Lots parking lot and checked the surrounding area and came up with negative results for anyone of the caller’s description, with no further reports of similar activity.

Nov. 3

10:15 a.m. Following a traffic stop on Quaker Street heading South, Roger G. Gauthier, 22, of Granville was ticketed for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the 3rd degree, a misdemeanor. Police were on patrol when they observed Gauthier, who police knew to have a suspended driver’s license, pull out of the Dollar General parking lot. Following the stop, a records check determined Gauthier’s license was suspended. The vehicle was transferred over to a licensed driver and Gauthier was issued the ticket.

Nov. 4

2:45 a.m. Police were dispatched to a Quaker Street residence for a 78-year-old woman complaining her neighbor, a man, took her keys and $60 from her. Upon arrival, the woman claimed she gave the man $60 to come and pick her up from the hospital. However, the woman stated the man never came to pick her up and he also took her keys so she couldn’t get into her room. The officer escorted the woman to her room, gained access to the room, and advised her he would speak with the man. The officer spoke with the man who said he was never given any money from the woman and he would never take her keys. Following his interview of the man, the officer informed the woman of his discussion and the woman claimed the man was a troublemaker and that she gave him four $20 bills. The officer advised the woman that this was a civil issue and that she needs to contact the landlord.

8 a.m. Police received a parking complaint on Main Street for a pickup truck that parked overnight on the street. The 24-year-old man, who is the owner of the truck and lives on Main Street, was advised there is a winter street parking ban in effect, and that his vehicle was parked for more than two hours as limited and posted on the street sign. The owner stated he is aware of both rulings and moved his vehicle.

Nov. 5

5:30 p.m. Police were advised to contact dispatch for a welfare check of a 43-year-old man. Dispatch informed the officer the man had told Warren County dispatchers that he was going to burn down his garage on Pearl Street and hang himself in the woods. The officer patrolled to the Pearl Street garage and was unable to contact the man.

Whitehall Police Department

Oct. 31

3:24 p.m. A 61-year-old South Williams Street woman complained to police about music coming from a 35-year-old South Williams Street man’s apartment. The reporting officer spoke to the man who said that he would keep the music down.

3:49 p.m. Police responded to a collision involving two cars on Broadway. A 33-year-old Broadway man, the owner of a parked vehicle, was inside the Dollar General while an Upper Turn Pike Road woman whose age was not reported was in the front seat waiting. She reported that they were backed into by a 23-year-old Broadway man who was found to have an expired permit. A 26-year-old Broadway man who owned the van being driven by the 23-year-old man arrived on the scene. The owner took his van, and the 23-year-old man was cited for unlicensed operation and unsafe backing. The 23-year-old man denies backing into the vehicle. Accident report completed.

5:10 p.m. A 35-year-old South Williams Street man reported a black two-door Dodge pulling into his driveway and backing out. He informed police that he noticed the two men in the Dodge drinking and heading into the village. The reporting officer did not see the vehicle while reporting to the residence and could not locate the vehicle thereafter.

Nov. 1

6 p.m. A 63-year-old Vermont man reported to police that he lost his wallet while dining at the Railyard on Broadway. He informed police that employees at the restaurant checked and did not find the wallet. He said that his Vermont I.D. was in the wallet and asked police if it had been returned to them. No wallet was returned. The phone number of the man is listed and he will be contacted if found.

6:11 p.m. A 26-year-old Corinth woman arrived at the police station to have an officer review her driver’s side headlight which she received a ticket for. The reporting officer observed the headlight which was functioning properly. The officer signed off on the ticket.

Nov. 2

11:21 p.m. Police were dispatched to a Main Street residence for an accidental fire of a rifle. When police arrived the owner of the rifle, a 27-year-old Main street man, said that he was cleaning his muzzle loader rifle when it fell from its position on the sink. He informed police that he caught the rifle and it fired a single shot into the freezer door. He said that he did not know it was loaded. Police reported that the bullet appeared to have struck the freezer door and made an exit through the side of the freezer door and into the dry wall. The reporting officer asked the man if he had consumed any alcoholic beverages. The man said, “I had a few.” The rifle was seized and taken to the Whitehall Police Station where photographs were taken. Because the man had consumed alcoholic beverages a statement was not taken until Nov. 5. The rifle was released to him after the statement was obtained.

Nov. 3

1:40 p.m. The reporting officer patrolled to Ross Chevrolet at 152 Broadway in response to an accident in the parking lot. Upon arrival the officer spoke with a 25-year-old State Route 4 man who said that he was backing out of a parking space next to the dealership and backed into a parked display vehicle because of a mechanical issue with his vehicle.

Nov. 11

7:41 p.m. A 61-year-old contacted police and said she wanted the license plates back that are currently on her son’s vehicle, which she also owns. She asked police to contact him and advise him to mail her the plates. Her son’s vehicle is currently uninsured because she canceled the policy. She told police that the vehicle would be near the old video store and Joe’s Pizza on Broadway. Neither the woman nor police were able to locate the vehicle. The woman advised that she would try to get more information as she has no contact with her son.

2:58 p.m. A 30-year-old South Williams Street woman reported that a 37-year-old South Williams Street man keeps attempting to contact her and her boyfriend via telecommunication. The woman is currently in North Carolina but would like the man to stop contacting them. The reporting officer advised her to block the numbers.

New York State Police

Nov. 1

7:31 p.m. Kendra Morelli, 32, of Warrensburg was arrested in Hudson Falls for burglary of a dwelling in the second degree, a class C felony, and criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was being held.

11:13 p.m. Michael Blake, 19, of Pawlet, Vermont, was arrested in Granville for assault in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Nov. 2

3:55 p.m. David P. Simmons, 21, of Hubbardsville, New York, 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.

5:15 p.m. Melissa M. Harrison, 43, of Granville, was arrested for criminal trespass in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was being held.

Nov. 3

11:15 a.m. Adrian J. Pettiford, 34, of Winooski, Vermont, 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.

3:47 p.m. Orpheus Nelson, 50, of Brooklyn, was arrested in Fort Ann for obstruction of governmental administration in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Nov. 6

1:20 a.m. Cassandra L. Schultz, 29, of Hudson Falls was arrested in Queensbury for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket. In a related incident at 1:15 a.m., Jeffrey D. Hulett, 28, of Saratoga was arrested in Queensbury for criminal contempt in the first degree, a class E felony. He was being held.

5:53 a.m. Anthony L. Jones, 25, of Fort Ann was arrested in Fort Ann for one count of petit larceny and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, all class A misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Nov. 7

11:19 p.m. Joshua J. Pratt, 39, of Schuylerville was arrested for a domestic dispute, specifically criminal contempt in the first degree, a class E felony, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, a class U misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

Nov. 5

2:21 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a two-vehicle crash on Vermont Route 3 at the intersection of Stevens Road in the Town of Pittsford. Through investigation it was determined that Erwin C. Atwood, 85, of Florence, was traveling west on Stevens Road. His Dodge Ram entered the intersection of Vermont Route 3 and failed to yield the right of way to John Rice Jr., 56, of Fair Haven, driving a Mack truck, who was traveling north on Vermont Route 3. Both Atwood and Rice sustained non-life threatening injuries and their trucks were removed from the scene.

Nov. 6

6:03 p.m. Vermont State Police were dispatched to a two-car crash in the area of Route 7 and Route 7A in the Town of Dorset. Investigation revealed that Warren J. McIntyre IV, 16, of Dorset, was traveling north on Route 7 when he made a left turn onto Route 7A. While doing so, McIntyre failed to yield to the car being driven by Duane G. Laughlin, 55, of Sarasota, Florida, which was traveling south on Route 7. A collision occurred, resulting in major damage to both vehicles. McIntyre was later issued a ticket for violating Title 23 VSA 1047 (vehicle turning left). Dorset Fire Department, Arlington Rescue Squad and Paul’s Towing assisted at the scene.

Nov. 8

6:46 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian in Rutland. Through investigation it was determined that Janet Salotti Page, 53, of Rutland City, was traveling north on U.S. Route 7 in the Town of Rutland near the Days Inn, when she struck Nicole Roberson, 43, of Rutland City, who was crossing U.S. Route 7. Roberson was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center where she later succumbed to her injuries. This case is pending further investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Trooper Nevison with the Vermont State Police at 802-773-9101.