Police Beat, Jan. 7, 2021


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. 23

1:46 a.m. Thomas W. Blake, 27, of North Creek was ticketed for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, a misdemeanor, operating a motor vehicle with improper plates, operating an unregistered vehicle on highway, along with the Granville police officer executing the warrant of Blake’s arrest out of Saratoga County after being stopped on Quaker Street. While stationary on Quaker Street, the officer observed the vehicle travel past him, knowing from prior involvements that the license plates were from another vehicle and suspended. The officer requested dispatch to do a Department of Motor Vehicles check and confirmed the plates to still be suspended and belonging to a different vehicle. After activating his emergency lights, the officer conducted a motor vehicle stop where Blake said he was just giving his girlfriend a ride home. The officer advised Blake to pull into the driveway and to get his girlfriend’s license because Blake only had a permit. After running Blake’s ID, dispatch confirmed Blake’s warrant for arrest out of Saratoga County. Blake was upset over getting stopped and stated he just wanted to go inside and sleep. The officer asked Blake to take his hands out of his pockets and was asked if he had any weapons on him, to which Blake replied that he did not. The officer advised Blake to put his hands behind his back, placed him in handcuffs and told him he was in custody for the warrant. Blake became furious and stated he had to go to work in the morning and that the situation was “bulls–t”. The officer told Blake the warrant was out of his control, with Blake saying he was going to freak out if the officer didn’t take the handcuffs off and that the officer was messing up Blake’s life. Blake said the warrant was bogus because he only missed one court date. Blake was transported to Granville Police Department until the officer was advised that Blake would need to be transported to Fort Edward Police Department to be transferred over to Saratoga County deputies.

7 p.m. A 21-year-old Church Street woman came to the police station to report an ongoing harassment by a man, unknown age or location. The woman claimed she was receiving unwanted, harassing in nature emails from said man. She also stated there was an incident at Price Chopper where he was following her. The woman was advised the incident would need to be addressed with the New York State Police or Sheriff’s Office. Police contact was made with the man and he was informed the 21-year-old woman did not want to have contact with her in any form. The woman was advised that the man was contacted by police and to come back if issues continue.

Dec. 26

10:06 a.m. A 14-year-old minor was issued an appearance ticket for the criminal intent of damaging property, a misdemeanor, for the damage of Christmas lights at the Pember Library and Museum of Natural History stemming from November. The minor’s father, a 40-year-old West Main Street man, was contacted by Granville police and gave permission to the officer to speak with his child alone. The minor stated they had damaged the light on a Saturday in November but did not remember the exact date or time it happened. The minor revealed they were with a friend, a minor from Fair Haven, Vermont. and they damaged the lights together, and that the Fair Haven minor had damaged the lights on the Church Street bridge.

Dec. 29

1:20 a.m. Police observed a black passenger car believed to be a newer-style Cadillac traveling south on Quaker Street and quickly pulling into Cumberland Farms. When the vehicle left, the officer estimated the speed to be 40 MPH traveling North on Quaker Street. The officer confirmed the speed to be 43 MPH and quickly accelerating. The officer then activated his lights near the old Henry Hose Fire Station where the passenger car continued accelerating and drove past the stop signs at the intersection of Quaker Street and Mettowee Street and Columbus Street and Mettowee Street. After activating both the emergency lights and siren to get the driver’s attention, the officer advised dispatch of the failure to comply. The driver failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Mettowee Street and Route 22 and went north on Route 22 accelerating at a high speed. The vehicle continued and turned onto Route 22A where the officer lost sight of the vehicle in the area of the Vermont border and advised Vermont State Police of the vehicle’s description. Granville Police and Vermont State Police were unable to locate the vehicle but a Granville officer was able to locate a set of tire tracks that appeared to enter County Route 18 A at a very high rate of speed. No vehicle was found in multiple different locations and police checked to see if the vehicle had crashed.

11:30 p.m. A 38-year-old Lawrence Street man was taken into custody for medical evaluation at Glens Falls Hospital. The mother, a Granville native, called Granville police concerned for the welfare of her son after he had called the police multiple times that night. The mother was advised to notify Glens Falls Hospital and request a pick-up order to be signed and shipped to Granville Police Department. After dispatch notified the officer a pick-up order was signed, an additional officer joined the answering officer as he has a rapport with the man who was likely to cause self-harm. The man was taken into custody with no incident after being informed of the pick-up order and was transported to Glens Falls Hospital, which took custody of the 38-year-old man for medical evaluation. The man’s brother advised the police that he would contact his brother when the hospital staff allowed him to do so.

Whitehall Police Department

Dec. 29

6:15 a.m. The reporting officer patrolled to Cumberland Farms at 191 Broadway for a report of a hypodermic needle. The officer located the needle in the parking lot near the fuel pumps and returned to the police station with the needle and secured it in a disposal container.

9:28 p.m. Chelsey Wilcox, 24 of Williams Street, was issued a ticket for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree and a ticket for an inadequate tail lamp. A police officer observed a blue Chevrolet Silverado making a right turn onto Williams Street. The vehicle’s driver’s side tail lamp appeared to be out so the officer initiated a traffic stop. Wilcox was identified by her Vermont Learner’s Permit. When asked to produce a driver’s license and registration, Wilcox could only produce her permit. When asked if there were any suspensions on her license Wilcox said, “Not that I’m aware of.” Dispatch yielded 11 total suspensions. The officer advised that Wilcox was suspended and she said she was unaware of that fact and was also unaware that the I.D. that she gave the officer was a permit. Both tickets are returnable to Whitehall Village Court on Jan 11 at 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 30

1:04 p.m. A 63-year-old Broadway woman arrived at the police station to report a theft of her two trash cans. The woman stated that they were last seen on Dec. 27 at around 9:45 p.m. She reported that when she noticed them missing, she contacted her trash removal company. She said that they might not have gotten the payment in time, but this was not the case. She stated that they did not remove the cans. The officer advised her that the incident would be documented if she needed a copy of the report.

7:19 p.m. An 81-year-old Fourth Avenue woman reported a strange smell and was concerned about possible gas poisoning. The reporting officer arrived on scene and did not smell anything. The scene was turned over to the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department.

Washington County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 26

1:38 a.m. Michael J. Haley, 51, of Argyle was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, a felony, driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to a chemical test and other vehicle and traffic infractions after he was stopped on Burgoyne Avenue in the Town of Fort Edward. He was held for arraignment and later remanded to the Washington County jail with no bail.

6:41 p.m. Mark A. Ross, 41, of Granville was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, a felony, along with other vehicle and traffic law infractions after being stopped on U.S. Route 4 in the Town of Kingsbury. Ross was released pending a court appearance in the Town of Kingsbury.

New York State Police

Dec. 27

1:21 p.m. Shaika A. Richardson, 42, of the Bronx, was arrested in Fort Ann for introduction of dangerous contraband into prison in the first degree, a class D felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was being held.

4 p.m. Robert M. Bailey, 30, of Granville was arrested for a domestic dispute, specifically criminal contempt in the second degree, disobeying a court mandate, a class A misdemeanor. He was being held.

7 p.m. Christopher S. Fleming, 28, of Whitehall, was arrested in Kingsbury for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Dec. 28

4:33 p.m. Austin D. Hanna, 24, of Granville was arrested in Malta for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, a class U misdemeanor, and operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs in the first degree, a class U misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

3:27 p.m. Zachery R. McClure, 20, of Whitehall, was arrested for an incident that was reported on June 25 at 10:45 a.m., specifically sexual abuse of a child younger than 11 years in the first degree, a class D felony, and acting in a manner injurious to a child younger than 17 years, a class A misdemeanor. He was being held. The incident is pending with evidence.

10:50 p.m. Emily H. Carey, 21, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was arrested in Fort Ann for four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor, and one count of criminal possession of cocaine in the fifth degree, a class D felony. She was issued an appearance ticket.

Dec. 29

1:06 p.m. Christopher Fuller, 30, of Argyle, was arrested for menacing in the second degree with a weapon, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

2:50 p.m. Richard Every, 65, of 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, and operation of a motor vehicle while in impaired by drugs in the first degree, a class U misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Dec. 30

3 a.m. Angel Bauzo, 32, of Orleans, Vermont, was arrested in Whitehall for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor, and criminal possession of more than 8 ounces of marijuana in the third degree, a class E felony. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Jan. 1

3:06 a.m. Cassandra L. Schultz, 29, of Hudson Falls was arrested for two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

Jan. 3

2:52 a.m. Rodney F. Humiston, 32, of Fort Edward, was arrested for driving while intoxicated, first offense, a class U misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

Dec. 26

4 p.m. Vermont State Police received a call reporting that Matthew H. Mclamb, 38, of Rutland had pushed a female into a window causing injury and struck her face with an object. Upon arrival, troopers contacted Mclamb and the victim. It was determined that Mclamb had assaulted his 46-year-old domestic partner. He was taken into custody and transported for processing, then then transported to the Southern State Correction Facility to be held without bail. He was scheduled to appear before the Rutland Superior Court Criminal Division to answer the charges of aggravated domestic assault in the first degree, an offense committed in the presence of a child.

Dec. 28

10:30 p.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop in the vicinity of Clarendon Avenue in the Town of West Rutland for an observed motor vehicle violation. Troopers identified the driver as Andrew Sheloski, 36, of Ira. Sheloski showed signs of alcohol impairment and was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI and transported to Rutland Town for processing.  Vermont State Police were assisted by members of the Rutland County Sheriff’s Department.

Jan. 1

1:05 a.m. Vermont State Police stopped a vehicle for an observed violation. The operator was identified as Colleen Oesterle, 38, of Rutland, who showed signs of impairment and was subsequently screened for driving under the influence. She was arrested and subsequently released to a sober party with a citation to appear in court at a later date.

2:44 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a motor vehicle that had collided head-on into a telephone pole on Route 315 in Rupert. The driver, Jarid Vittum, 33, of Rupert, showed signs of alcohol impairment. He was placed under arrest for the suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and was issued criminal citation to appear at the Bennington Superior Court – Criminal Division on Jan. 18

5:18 a.m. Vermont State Police were dispatched to a one-car collision on Vermont Route 4A in the Town of Ira. Based on the initial investigation, the operator of the vehicle, William A. Carris, 18, of Rutland was traveling east on Vermont Route 4A when he failed to navigate a turn. The vehicle left the roadway and impacted a drainage culvert, became airborne, broke multiple mailboxes and landed on the ground and rolled multiple times, and Carris was ejected. Carris, who suffered significant injuries, appeared to not be wearing a seatbelt prior to the crash. He was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center and then transferred to University of Vermont Medical Center. State Police were assisted on scene by West Rutland Fire Department as well as Ira Fire Department.

7 p.m. On Jan. 2, Vermont State Police were informed of a domestic assault that had occurred on Jan. 1. Investigation into the incident revealed that Justin T. Pogue, 26, of Rutland, had assaulted his girlfriend while staying at the Holiday Inn in Rutland. Pogue was arrested and ultimately released on a flash citation to appear in Rutland District Court on Jan. 4.