Police Beat, Dec. 3


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. 20

9:15 a.m. Police were dispatched to the Stewart’s Shops on Quaker Street for a reported gas drive-off. After patrolling the area searching for the vehicle Stewart’s provided, officers were unable to find the matching vehicle. Police spoke with the manager of the station and reviewed security footage of a light blue or gray Jeep Liberty with Vermont license plates and an older woman as the driver. The manager stated the driver left without paying for $42.75 in gas. Police informed the manager that if they locate the driver, they will have them return to pay for the gas.

Nov. 21

4:45 p.m. An anonymous caller asked for an unwanted individual, a 23-year-old man, be removed from the property. Upon arrival to the house on East Main Street, police spoke with a 38-year-old woman stating the man was acting funny, possibly intoxicated and that she no longer wanted him there. The man was woken up and made aware of the situation and became extremely upset and argumentative with the officer. It was explained to the man that he was not being arrested, he was just being asked to leave. The man continued to argue and said he needed legal representation. The officer informed the man he would be arrested if he refused to leave, to which the man yelled an expletive and left on foot, stating he was homeless. The officer offered to contact social services and was rejected by the man.

7:30 p.m. The same unwanted 23-year-old man came to the police station requesting assistance in finding a place to stay for the night. He claimed he wasn’t welcome to stay anywhere he typically would and didn’t have any money for a room or a taxi. The officer called an on-call social worker who was unable to contact their supervisor but could arrange a stay at Code Blue in Saratoga. The 23-year-old man refused this because he would be unable to arrange his return to Granville. The officer explained the man could make arrangements with social services upon arrival, to which the man left the station declining assistance.

Nov. 23

10:44 p.m. Jessica M. Ball, 46, of Greenfield Center, was ticketed for failing to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Route 22 and Mettowee Street. The officer who was patrolling Mettowee Street noticed Ball drive right through the stop sign and initiated a motor vehicle stop. Ball claimed she was in a hurry and apologized to the officer.

Nov. 24

2:30 p.m. A 75-year-old Rawson Avenue man came to the police station to report a suspicious phone call telling him his Social Security number was used. The officer suggested the man block this number and any other suspicious numbers like this. The officer called the phone number provided by the man and a woman with a foreign accent answered saying “Social Security Administration.” After introducing himself as a police officer, the woman on the phone stated, “Don’t lie, I recognize your voice. You’re in your living room scamming, this is not police,” and hung up the phone.

Whitehall Police Department

Nov. 20

8:50 p.m. A 21-year-old U.S. Route 4 woman reported a friendly dog walking into her apartment. The woman said that she was keeping the dog in her garage until she could contact the owner. Police and the woman attempted to call multiple animal control officers in Whitehall and surrounding areas with negative results. Message left with Whitehall animal control officer.

Nov. 22

4:45 p.m. A 39-year-old Fifth Avenue woman called police to complain of a child operating a bike with a loud motor going up and down the street. The child’s age is unknown. The reporting officer patrolled the area and found nothing.

Nov. 23

1:30 a.m. A 52-year-old Clemons man arrived at the police station to report an incident on Blue Goose Road in the town of Dresden with a 29-year-old Dresden man. The Clemons man stated that the Dresden man had set fire to his father’s boat the day before and was threatening to burn down a house that evening. The closest available police unit was the New York State Police unit from a previous call as the unit was responding from Hudson Falls. The reporting officer patrolled to Blue Goose Road to keep all parties separated until State Police arrived.

Nov. 24

10:48 a.m. A 58-year-old Schuylerville man reported that a man he had evicted through Whitehall Court was squatting the apartment. The Schuylerville man showed the reporting officer a picture of the court document, but he had not had the paperwork served to save money. The reporting officer advised the man to bring the paperwork to the Civil Division and have a deputy serve the paperwork.

2 p.m. A 22-year-old Saunders Street woman reported a rusted green truck operating erratically. The truck was not able to stay in the lane properly near Warren Tire on Broadway. The woman said that the male driver appeared to be fighting with a female passenger. The reporting officer spoke with the occupants of the truck who stated they were selling an Xbox and had a quarrel, but no domestic incident occurred. The 29-year-old Granville woman said that the 27-year-old Granville man had reconstructive surgery on his ankle which attributed to the erratic operation of the truck. The Granville man held up his foot and showed police the scar on his foot. The Granville man and Granville woman again stated that there was no domestic incident occurring.

5:47 p.m. A domestic dispute was called in to police by a 43-year-old Main Street woman who stated that a 58-year-old Main Street man was throwing things around because she lit the Christmas tree. Upon arrival the reporting officer spoke with the man who said that she disobeyed him, and he threw a temper, but he was sorry. Both parties agreed to remain in the residence but in separate rooms. Domestic Incident Report completed.

Nov. 26

9 a.m. A 39-year-old Fifth Avenue woman reported online harassment through the app Tic Tok. She informed police that she had met some friends on the app who formed a chat group. They started harassing another male. When the woman stood up for the man being harassed, a New York man whose age was not reported and a Florida man whose age was not reported turned on her and started harassing her, leaving unwanted messages to her. There were no threats of violence within the messages. The reporting officer advised the woman to block them and not to respond to them if they message her further.

7:40 p.m. While patrolling the Whitehall Recreation Center an officer spoke with a 19-year-old man and several juveniles. The officer observed alcoholic beverage cans on the ground, but no one in the party admitted ownership of the cans. The reporting officer advised them to clean up the cans, which they did. The officer also advised them to leave, which they did. No one in the party seemed to be intoxicated.

New York State Police

Nov. 22

12:54 p.m. Karina E. Piispanen, 28, of Cambridge was arrested in Schuylerville for harassment, in particular two counts of stalking in the fourth degree, a class B misdemeanor. She was released on her own recognizance.

Nov. 26

12:05 a.m. Daniel J. Ball, 23, of South Glens Falls was arrested in Fort Ann for two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

2:05 a.m. Eddy Santiago, 27, of Clifton, New Jersey, was arrested for obstruction of governmental administration in the second degree, resisting arrest and criminal possession of a controlled substance, all class A misdemeanors, as well as tampering with physical evidence in an attempt to conceal or destroy it, a class E felony. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Nov. 25

5:01 p.m. Joseph P. Sharpe, 29, of Fort Edward was arrested in the town of Chester for DWI, first offense and aggravated DWI with no prior, both class U misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

Nov. 22

2:01 p.m. Vermont State Police received a report of a vehicle driving erratically and hitting a yield sign on U.S. Route 7 South in Pittsford. Police officers located the vehicle matching the description traveling south on Route 7 in Rutland City. The driver, Olivia White, 27, of Brandon showed signs of impairment and was subsequently taken into custody for suspicion of DUI. White was issued a citation for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident and is scheduled to appear in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

Nov. 23

11 a.m. Andrew Webb, 40, of Rutland was stopped on Thrall Avenue, West Rutland, on suspicion of driving with a criminally suspended license. He was cited to appear at the Rutland County Court on Jan. 25.

9:02 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a potential impaired motorist in the Dicks Sporting Goods parking lot at 320 U.S. Route 7 South in Rutland Town. Police officers made contact with the driver, Steven Lovell, 57, of Florence, South Carolina, and suspected he had been driving under the influence. Lovell performed field sobriety tests and was subsequently taken into custody for driving under the influence. He was processed and released on a citation to appear at the Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.