Police Beat, Feb. 4, 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

Jan. 23

12:45 a.m. Two Granville police officers were requested to assist Vermont State Police for an active domestic between a man and a woman on Route 30 in Wells, Vermont. While on the way, Vermont State Police dispatch advised Granville police that the caller reporting claimed the man in the domestic had a gun and was outside. Upon arrival, the officers could hear a man screaming at a woman. The officers were able to defuse the situation, secure the weapons and turn the scene over to Vermont State Police when they arrived.

Jan. 24

Police were dispatched to a Westview Drive residence where a 70-year-old woman claimed two boys, 16 and 15, had come to her house demanding money from the 70-year-old woman’s 15-year-old granddaughter. The grandmother told the officer that the boys said the granddaughter owes the boys money for a vape pen that was sold to her. The 15-year-old girl stated she does not owe the boys money, resulting in the boys leaving and yelling profanities at the grandmother. The 70-year-old woman wants the two boys to be told they are not allowed to set foot on her property again, and she was told by the officer to contact the police if they show up again.

Jan. 28

12 p.m. Dispatched to a North Street apartment for a reported landlord-tenant issue, police learned that the tenant, a 41-year-old woman, felt her landlord selling the building she lives in and telling her to clean up the place so he can sell it was “harassing” in nature. The woman was advised that this is not harassment and of the instances in which the landlord is legally allowed to access her apartment.

4:15 p.m. While on patrol, an officer was dispatched to the Granville Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing for a reported assault between an employee administering a COVID-19 test and a 56-year-old man who is a resident. According to the woman employee, at 8:30 a.m., she was grabbed by the shirt and hit on the chin by the man resisting the COVID-19 test. Police spoke with the man who claimed he was being pushed down onto the bed after refusing to take the test and defended himself. The man was advised he cannot get physical with the staff and that if he has an issue with a staff member, he needs to report it to an administrator. The woman went to the police station to provide a statement as requested by the administrator but wished to not press charges against the 56-year-old man. The officer advised her the incident would be documented.

Whitehall Police Department

Jan. 22

10 a.m. The reporting officer was dispatched to Maple Street for a semi-truck in need of assistance. Upon arrival the officer observed a full-size semi-truck parked on Maple Street at the intersection of Broadway facing west. He spoke with the driver who was looking for Green Mountain Produce and made a wrong turn. The driver noticed that he wouldn’t pass through the utility wires and called for assistance. The officer activated his emergency lights and blocked traffic allowing the truck to back out safely onto Broadway.

3:10 p.m. The reporting officer was dispatched for a potential domestic dispute at a Broadway residence. Upon arrival only a 21-year-old Broadway man was there. A 22-year-old Broadway woman came to the apartment from across the street and denied any argument taking place between the two. She stated that the man is loud, so the neighbors call.

11:02 p.m. A welfare check was called in by dispatch while the county was on radio silence for a man reportedly walking from Queen Street to Broadway and appeared to be intoxicated. The reporting officer observed the 29-year-old County Route 7 man on Poultney Street appearing to be stumbling. The officer initiated contact with the man who stated that he was faking stumbling and did not want to talk any further. The officer advised the man that he was only making sure that he was okay. The man stated that he was fine and proceeded onward.

Jan. 26

6:52 p.m. The reporting officer was dispatched to a State Route 22 residence for a parking complaint. The officer located a Toyota Tacoma bearing a New York registration parked on Neddo Street Extension. The officer interviewed the driver, a 34-year-old Main Street man, who stated that he was parked because he was on the phone with his wife. The officer advised the man that he was not able to be parked there due to the fact that he was blocking a driveway. The officer told the man that he needed to move his vehicle.

Jan. 28

9:46 a.m. An elderly man called police in reference to receiving a notification that he needed to send bail to a location reportedly in New Jersey to have his 15-year-old grandson released. The man was upset until he was reassured that it was nothing more than a bail scam. The man said that he did not act on anything or provide any personal information.

New York State Police

Jan. 23

8:04 p.m. Gregory D. Stevens, 43, of Greenwich was pulled over by New York State Police and charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs in the first degree and driving while ability impaired with a combination of drugs and alcohol, both class U misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

9:50 p.m. Bruce R. Winchell, 30, of Fort Ann was arrested in Hartford for criminal impersonation in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor, and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08%, his first offense, a class U misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Jan. 26

10:15 a.m. Tommy R. Brace, 49, of North Ferrisburgh, Vermont, was arrested in Fort Ann for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a class D felony, and criminal use of drug paraphernalia, specifically scales, in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

7:25 p.m. Kimberly S. Groesbeck, 42, of Salem was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor for which she was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

Jan. 10

11:31 a.m. Vermont State Police stopped Todd Popovitch, 39, of West Rutland on suspicion of driving with a criminally suspended license. He was cited to appear at the Rutland County Court.

Jan. 16

12:02 a.m. Vermont State Police stopped a vehicle on Route 7 in the Town of Rutland for an observed motor vehicle violation. During the course of the traffic stop, troopers observed several signs of impairment and subsequently screened the operator, identified as Jarren J. Fitzgerald, 26 of Rutland for driving under the influence. Fitzgerald was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI and transported processing. He was released to a sober adult with a citation to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division.

12:52 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a trespassing complaint at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Rutland Town. Through investigation it was determined Jamie Vaccaro, 34, of Rutland had trespassed within Dick’s Sporting Goods on three separate occasions. Vaccaro was later located and issued a citation to appear at Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division at a later date.

Jan. 22

9:37 a.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a single vehicle crash on Vermont Route 30 in the Town of Wells. Through investigation it was determined that Andrea Noble, 31, of Wells, was traveling north on when she lost control of her vehicle and struck a tree stump. Her 2008 Ford F-350 sustained significant damage to the driver side doors. Noble was not injured, and her truck was towed from the scene. Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by Poultney Rescue Squad and Poultney Fire Department.

4:03 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a three-vehicle crash at the intersection of Killington Avenue and Victoria Drive, in Rutland Town. Through investigation it was determined that William Vasiluth, 65, of Rutland while traveling west on Killington Avenue in icy and wet conditions when he lost control of his 2006 Subaru Legacy in an attempt to avoid rear-ending a 2018 Subaru Forester being driven by Helen Getty, 39, of Rutland. Vasiluth steered around Getty’s vehicle, sideswiping it, and crashed head-on into a 2006 Ford F-150 being driven by Connor Quigley, 29, of Rutland. Both Vasiluth’s and Quigley’s vehicles were totaled, while Getty was able to drive away from the scene. Getty and Quigley suffered no injuries but Vasiluth was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center for treatment. Vermont State Police were assisted on the scene by Rutland Town Fire Department and Regional Ambulance Service.