Police Beat, Dec. 31


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

Dec. 19

7:43 a.m. A 56-year-old man called Granville police to notify an officer of a Honda parked on Main Street preventing snow removal. The officer attempted to contact the 27-year-old man who is the owner of the vehicle but was unsuccessful. The officer then issued a parking ticket for parking on Main Street all night long during the overnight winter street parking ban. The 56-year-old man contacted the vehicle owner’s father, leading to the 27-year-old man moving the car shortly later in the day.

Dec. 21

7:20 p.m. While on patrol, police were advised by dispatch of a 911 hang-up near the area of Quaker Street. According to the dispatcher, the woman on the line said “I’m at…” and hung up. The voicemail belonged to a 28-year-old woman and the address is flagged by Public Health. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with the caller and her 54-year-old mother. The mother claimed, “things have been better, my son is coming to get my husband for the night,” but she and her daughter would not provide any further information and refused assistance despite the daughter being visibly upset. Shortly after clearing the scene, the officer was called back for an active domestic between the daughter and the 59-year-old father. The 28-year-old claimed the father threw her against a wall. Upon arrival, the officer was told the 28-year-old had gone upstairs to shower while the mother and father were sitting quietly on the couch. The father appeared to be intoxicated and angry and refused to speak to the officer. The daughter came downstairs after her shower and explained her father is drunk and threw her against the wall but she was not injured. The mother opened the door and said to the officer, “I want to know what’s being said because I don’t want this in the Sentinel.” The officer explained to the mother that due to her reluctance to speak to him earlier in the evening, the change in the daughter’s demeanor when the mother opened the door and the fact that her daughter is not a minor, the daughter does not need her mother present to explain to the officer what happened or have the mother influence her decisions. The mother reluctantly went back inside. The daughter agreed to go to the police station with the officer to give a statement and sign a harassment complaint because she felt afraid of her father and wanted him out of the house. The 28-year-old woman told the officer she needed to go inside to grab shoes and requested the officer to not follow her inside. The 28-year-old stood in the living room and spoke to her mother for several minutes before returning outside still barefoot. She stated at that time she no longer wished to sign a complaint and everything is fine because her father is leaving for the night. The officer advised the 28-year-old woman that signing a complaint is her sole decision. The daughter said she wanted to think it over but still did not want to complete a report.

11:25 p.m. Police were dispatched to an East Main Street residence for a 33-year-old man claiming he and his 26-year-old girlfriend were being harassed by his 33-year-old ex-wife. The man showed the officer several messages from his ex-wife inquiring why the man was with a new woman and that the ex-wife had concerns of her kids being around the new girlfriend. Additionally, the man said there were Facebook posts that he felt were harassing. The officer advised the man that he would interview his girlfriend and that if there was a custody dispute between him and his ex-wife, then they would need to go through family court going forward. Upon interviewing the 26-year-old woman, the officer was informed of ongoing issues between her and the 33-year-old woman. The 26-year-old stated she and the 33-year-old woman used to be friends but it’s been a problem since she’s been dating the 33-year-old man. The girlfriend told the officer she has seen the ex-wife drive by the house numerous times and that there were issues on social media. The 26-year-old woman was advised by the officer to block the 33-year-old woman on all forms of social media, to which the 26-year-old responded that she already had done. She said the ex-wife had continued to make posts that the 26-year-old woman felt were directed towards her as harassment. The officer advised the 26-year-old woman that a lot of it was covered by the 1st Amendment’s Freedom of Speech but asked her if the ex-wife driving by the house was causing a disturbance, and she replied that it was not. The officer advised the couple he would be contacting the 33-year-old woman to stop contacting the 26-year-old woman. The officer contacted the 33-year-old woman who was upset and shocked that her ex-husband and girlfriend would call the police on her. The ex-wife stated she had concerns with her ex-husband having the kids and was going to family court in the morning. The 33-year-old woman agreed not to contact the couple anymore, and only to contact the ex-husband in regard to their children.

Dec. 22

A 63-year-old man on Franklin Street called the police to report a prior issue with his wife’s in-home aides. The man explained to the officer he wanted to make a report that there had been ongoing issues between himself and two aides, a 57-year-old woman and another woman with an unknown age. The man claimed he told the 57-year-old woman not to bring the other woman back the next day after a prior altercation in the house last week before the 57-year-old and the other woman left the house for the night. He said both returned to the house the next morning and asked them to leave, which they did, but not before words were exchanged by both sides. The man wished to have the two aides put on notice not to return and was also referred to Adult Protective in reference to some quality care concerns. The officer contacted the 57-year-old aide who gave the same version of events, that she and her co-worker were advised not to return and to make their employer aware so adjustments to assignments could be made.

Whitehall Police Department

Dec. 18

3:56 p.m. The responding officer spoke with a 60-year-old Queen Street man over the phone who stated that his neighbor, a 47-year-old Queen Street woman, was cleaning her driveway and throwing snow into his. The man said that the snow has been removed from his driveway and there was no problem. The officer advised that this is a civil matter and that he would need to take it up with his neighbor.

Dec. 19

2:10 p.m. There was a report of a 911 open line rapid light plotting to a Poultney Street address. Dispatch advised that there was a potential drug overdose of an unknown woman in the vehicle with a man. The vehicle was reportedly outside of the Poultney Street residence and described as a silver Toyota truck. The reporting officer spoke with a 62-year-old Poultney Street man who stated that he looked in the truck and saw a woman who appeared under the influence and then saw a man walking out of the Poultney Street address in question. The officer spoke with a 45-year-old Poultney Street man who said that everything was okay at his residence and called a 71-year-old Poultney Street man to the door who also appeared to be in good health. The 45-year-old advised that the male who left in the truck was his friend who was stopping over and he did not know the other party in the truck and reported not seeing her. State Police units were called, and EMS was requested for the female.

6:17 p.m. A car accident involving three cars occurred on Broadway. While stationary at the light a blue pickup truck was struck from behind by a white Toyota Rav 4, causing it to rear end the vehicle in front of it. The air bags in the Toyota were deployed and the passenger of the vehicle was transported by EMS for knee and head pain. Photos were taken on scene and information was exchanged between the parties. The driver of the Toyota, an 18-year-old Vermont woman, was cited for following too close.

Dec. 21

11:10 p.m. A 30-year-old Williams Street woman called into the station in regard to an ongoing harassment or stalking issue with her ex-boyfriend. The woman was advised to contact Family Court and log or report future incidents. The next day on Dec. 22 a 37-year-old South Williams Street man called the station and advised that he received messages from the woman on her current boyfriend’s phone. He stated that he was told that the woman was at the station signing charges on him and he wanted it known that he has not contacted her in any way. He wanted the woman advised to not have any contact. The officer advised the man not to contact her or follow her or have any contact with her. The man said that he would not make contact with the woman.

New York State Police

Dec. 19

2:20 p.m. Sonya M. Navoian, 34, of Hoosick Falls 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.

6:05 p.m. Tyler A. Getty, 25, of Salem was arrested in the Town of Hebron for unauthorized use of a vehicle without the owner’s consent, a class A misdemeanor, and was issued an appearance ticket.

Dec. 21

1:54 a.m. Derek J. Webster, 31, of Hudson Falls was arrested for a domestic dispute, specifically criminal contempt in the second degree by disobeying the court, a class A misdemeanor, and aggravated family offense, a class E felony. He was being held.

11:25 p.m. April E. Blake, 39, of Greenwich was arrested in Queensbury for shoplifting, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

Dec. 23

9:22 p.m. Suann M. Miller, 51, of Granville was arrested in Granville for six counts of shoplifting that occurred in Queensbury on Dec. 18, all class A misdemeanors. She was issued an appearance ticket.

Dec. 24

6:17 p.m. Jareth S. McKeighan, 30, of Fort Edward, was arrested in Wilton for an incident of criminal trespass in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor, that was reported in Moreau on Dec. 23 at 10:49 p.m. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Dec. 25

12:15 a.m. Cordelle J. Pratt, 36, of Hudson Falls was arrested in Kingsbury for an incident that occurred on Dec. 24 at 8:43 p.m., specifically reckless endangerment in the second degree and fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle in the third degree, both class A misdemeanors, as well as reckless driving, a class U misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

Dec. 10

3:47 p.m. Laurie Johnson, 62, of Lake George, New York, was assisted by Trooper Nicholas Grimes after her car became stuck in a snowbank on Rupert Road in Sandgate. She was cited to appear at the Bennington County Court on Feb. 1 on suspicion of driving with a criminally suspended license.

Dec. 23

5:15 p.m. On Dec. 23 at about 5:15 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a vandalism complaint on Vermont Route 153 in the Town of West Pawlet. Investigation revealed Benjamin C. Tarbell, 33, of West Pawlet intentionally caused damage to property belonging to the West Pawlet Fire Department. Tarbell is scheduled to appear in Rutland County Superior Court–Criminal Division on Feb. 22.

Dec. 24

11:20 p.m. Vermont State Police received a report of a family fight that was taking place at a residence on West Country Club Lane in Bolton. It was reported Bryan Simons, 27, of Castleton, had entered the residence without permission and destroyed property. Simons was also found to have physically assaulted a household member during the incident. He was transported to the Williston State Police Barracks for processing and was lodged at Northwest Correctional Center for lack of $5,000 bail. He was scheduled to appear in Chittenden Superior Criminal Court on Dec. 28.