Police Beat, Feb. 11, 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.

DUI stop leads to theft charges

By Jay Mullen

A Whitehall man faces a bevy of charges after State Police said that he drove under the influence on Dix Avenue in Hudson Falls on Feb. 1.

Matthew T. Pomainville, 25, had also been arrested just two days earlier following a series of thefts from a Target store in Queensbury.

The Dix Avenue stop took place around 3:05 a.m., according to a press release.

He was stopped for a series of traffic violations, and he appeared to match the description of a man who had committed the larcenies from the Target store, State Police said.

A probable cause search of his car was executed, and it was found that he was in possession of multiple electronic items that had been stolen from Target earlier that same day.

A number of thefts took place on several dates at the Target store and Pomainville is accused of stealing about $2,000 worth of goods, State Police said.

He was charged with one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and five counts of petit larceny, all misdemeanors, and he was issued an appearance ticket and is due back in Queensbury Town Court at 1 p.m. on March 3.

Pomainville was stopped again by State Police after he was reportedly involved in a hit-and-run accident on U.S. Route 4 in Kingsbury. An initial investigation determined that he was traveling north on Main Street in South Glens Falls when he exited the road and struck a crosswalk sign.

He then reportedly backed into another vehicle and left the scene.

State Police located Pomainville after he entered the town of Kingsbury. While he was being interviewed troopers observed signs that he was impaired.

He was then given field sobriety tests, which police reported he failed. Pomainville was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.

He was then charged with two counts of aggravated unlicensed operation in the first-degree, a class E felony, and with driving while ability Impaired by drugs, which is a misdemeanor.

Pomainville was released and is due back in Kingsbury Town Court on March 3 at 1 p.m, the same time and date as his scheduled court date in the Queensbury Town Court.

Granville Police Department

Jan. 29

12 p.m. A 54-year-old West Main Street woman called the station to report she had been receiving harassing phone calls from someone stating her information was “found” in Texas. The responding officer told the woman to not entertain any phone calls from numbers she doesn’t recognize and to contact her phone provider to block such numbers. She did not reveal any of her personal information to the caller.

Feb. 3

7:45 a.m. Police were dispatched to St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Bulkley Avenue for a suspicious vehicle called in by a passerby. The license plate returned to a 39-year-old Salem man. Police contacted the man who was aware of his vehicle being there, as he is the one who plows the parking lot. The vehicle will be moved as necessary and no complaints have come in from the church at this time.

Feb. 5

11:15 a.m. A 42-year-old East Potter Avenue man called police to request a welfare check on a 60-year-old Park Avenue man. The 60-year-old man had recently lost his wife and the 42-year-old man had been unable to contact him for several days. Upon arrival at the Park Avenue residence, the 42-year-old man was outside and said he had knocked loudly on the door and got no answer. The officer shined his light through the side window where the 60-year-old man sat up and came to the door. The 60-year-old man stated he was fine mentally and physically and did not require any assistance from the officer.

Whitehall Police Department

Jan. 31

11:42 a.m. A 20-year-old West Road woman called police in an attempt to recover property that was left at a Broadway residence when she was dating a 23-year-old Broadway man. She told police that the property had been left at the residence for more than a year. The reporting officer advised that they would attempt to contact the 43-year-old Broadway woman and see if the property was still there. When the reporting officer arrived at the residence, they spoke with a 17-year-old woman who stated that she thought the clothes were still at the house, but her mother would know for sure. The officer advised the 20-year-old woman that they would advise her when the 43-year-old called back. After the clothes were picked up by the 20-year-old woman she returned to the police station and reported that all but 10 items in the bags were not her clothing. She said that the bags contained kids clothing. The reporting officer called the 43-year-old woman who stated that all of the items that belonged to the 20-year-old woman were there and that they did not have anything else of hers. The 20-year-old woman was referred to Small Claims Court for further action.

5:53 p.m. Dispatched to a Poultney Street address for a disturbance, the officer found a 61-year-old Poultney Street woman and a 55-year-old Poultney Street man yelling at each other. The woman stated that she wanted the man to leave. The reporting officer, knowing that the man lived at the residence, informed the woman that he would need to be evicted and cannot just be kicked out. After interviewing both individuals it was made known that the man had been sleeping in his truck for an extended period of time. The woman stated that the only reason that the man is angry is because he doesn’t have any marijuana left. She stated that every time the man runs out he gets angry. She stated that she didn’t want anything to happen to him, she just wanted him to cool off for the night. When asked if the man smoked marijuana in the house while the kids were home she vehemently denied that this ever takes place. The reporting officer asked the man if he would like a warmer place to sleep for the night than his truck. He said that he would. The reporting officer asked the woman again what she wanted to come from this incident, and she said that she just wanted him to calm down and that they would figure it out in the morning.

Feb. 2

10:09 a.m. A 33-year-old Williams Street woman requested advice about the status of her property that she needed to retrieve from a 49-year-old Poultney Street man’s residence. She stated that she was moving out after breaking up with the man and he was threatening to throw her belongings away. The reporting officer advised that if she holds residence status that he cannot throw away or destroy any property. Since the case is out of village jurisdiction the woman was advised to contact State Police or the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Feb. 3

12:17 p.m. The reporting officer was dispatched to a High Street residence for a report of two males acting suspicious. The caller, a 35-year-old High Street woman, said the two men came and knocked on her door stating that they were looking to purchase some houses in the area. The woman told them to move along. She informed the officer that they left in a black Dodge Dakota pickup truck.

Feb. 4

6:27 p.m. A 24-year-old New York woman reported that her grandmother, a 67-year-old Elizabeth Street woman, was missing. She stated that the grandmother had left her belongings in her apartment which is unusual for her. She stated that there is no way of contacting her grandmother. The reporting officer interviewed several neighbors, and they called the building supervisor to review camera footage. The grandmother was located shortly after before the officer and an investigator had the chance to review the footage. The grandmother was in a neighboring room and was in good health.

New York State Police

Jan. 29

6:36 a.m. Scott M. Sleezer, 38 of Granville was arrested in Easton on 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 p.m. Marybeth King, 50, of Hudson Falls, was arrested for fraudulent insurance practices and providing false statements on an insurance application, both class E felonies. She was issued an appearance ticket.

9:40 p.m. Erika L. Rodgers, 51, of Mount Holly, Vermont, was arrested is Fort Ann on two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

Jan. 30

3:07 a.m. Matthew T. Pomainville, 25, of Whitehall was arrested for criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree and five counts of petit larceny, all class A misdemeanors. He was being held.

Jan. 31

1:10 p.m. Kevin P. Therrien, 61, of Eagle Bridge was arrested in Greenwich for petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

4:42 p.m. Janet L. Christensen, 55, of Salem was arrested in Greenwich for operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs in the first degree, a class U misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

9:10 p.m. Richard E. Bates, 35, of Castleton, Vermont, was arrested in Whitehall for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08%, and DWI, both first offenses and class U misdemeanors. He was being held.

Feb. 1

6 p.m. Clinton D. English, 28, of Greenwich was arrested in Cambridge for two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

9:09 p.m. Matthew T. Pomainville, 25, of Whitehall was arrested in South Glens Falls for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, a class E felony. He was issued an appearance ticket.

9:17 p.m. Matthew T. Pomainville, 25, of Whitehall was arrested in Kingsbury for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree with more than 3 suspensions and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs in the first degree, both class U misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

Jan. 26

9:53 p.m. Vermont State Police observed a vehicle being operated in a negligent manner on U.S. Route 4 in the Town of Mendon. Troopers conducted a motor vehicle stop and identified the driver as Christian M. Laufer, 27, of Killington. During the investigation troopers observed Laufer displayed several indicators of impairment. He was taken into custody for negligent operation and suspicion of driving under the influence. Laufer was transferred for processing and released with a citation to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division.

Jan. 29

1:47 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash on Vermont Route 7A in the town of Shaftsbury. Upon arrival, troopers observed a Subaru Crosstrek off the east shoulder of the roadway. Troopers contacted the driver, who was identified as Dorothy Goode, 92, of Manchester. Investigation revealed that Goode’s vision had been obstructed by the glare of the sun. While traveling southbound, her vehicle drifted left of center where it went off the east shoulder of the road, continued in a southeasterly direction, went over a driveway entrance and was airborne prior to coming to a position of uncontrolled rest against a wrought iron fence. Goode was transported to the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. State Police were assisted at the scene by members of Shaftsbury Fire Department, Bennington Rescue Squad and Walt’s Towing.

Jan 30

8 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a single-vehicle crash with entrapment on Creek Road in the Town of Clarendon, Vermont. Troopers contacted the driver who was identified as Daniel Pelkey, 52, of Wallingford. Pelkey displayed several indicators of impairment and was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence. He was transported for processing and released with a citation to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division. Troopers were assisted on scene by Clarendon Fire and Regional Ambulance Services.

Jan. 31

8:10 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Vermont Route 313W near Benedicts Crossing Road in the Town of Arlington. Jonathan Karhu, 26, and his passenger Tanya Stewart, 35, both of Arlington, were traveling eastbound on Vermont Route 313W when Karhu lost control of his vehicle, crossed the center lane of travel and hit the ditch on the opposite side of the roadway. The vehicle was launched back into the roadway and came to rest in the eastbound lane of travel, facing northbound. Karhu showed signs of impairment and was screened for DUI. He was transported to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center to be treated for his injuries. Subsequently, Karhu was taken into custody and processed for DUI. He was released on citation to appear at Vermont Superior Court, Bennington Criminal Division.

3 a.m. Vermont State Police received a report of a lost snowboarder on the back side of the Killington Ski Area. Raymond Park, 49, of Killington was snowboarding at Killington before going out of bounds. After several hours of trying to return to the trail, he sent his GPS location to a friend just before losing power on his phone. State Police and Killington search and rescue teams located Park at 8 a.m. in good condition. Temperatures overnight were about -13 degrees. Killington Ski Area has a boundary marker to prevent skiers and riders from leaving the ski area. Skiers and riders are reminded to always stay within ski area boundaries, let someone know where they are going and, if venturing off into the back country, be prepared to spend the night in the woods.

Feb. 3

9:32 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of an intoxicated man who was lost and out of gas on Knox Hill Road in the Town of Orwell. While on scene, troopers identified the driver as Roger LaDuc, 65, of Castleton. Preliminary investigation indicated Roger was traveling on Knox Hill Road when his vehicle slid off the roadway and became stuck in the snow. While speaking with LaDuc, troopers noted indicators of alcohol impairment, and LaDuc was subsequently screened roadside, after which it was determined that LaDuc had been operating his vehicle while intoxicated. LaDuc was transported to the New Haven Barracks and was processed for DUI. He was released to a sober party with a citation to appear before the Addison County Superior Court, Criminal Division.