Police Beat, March 4, 2021


Granville Police Department

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.

Feb. 19

2:48 p.m. Rachel A. Belanger, 39, of Granville was ticketed for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, a misdemeanor, and operating a motor vehicle without an inspection certificate when she was stopped on Church Street. Belanger had a suspended license but stated she had turned all documents and plates into the Department of Motor Vehicles to lift the suspension.

Feb. 20

8:23 a.m. Christopher A. Fitzpatrick, 28, of Granville was ticketed for  unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, as well as failure to stop at a stop sign on Mettowee Street. The officer on patrol noticed Fitzpatrick’s vehicle drive right through the Mettowee Street intersection without braking for the stop sign, engaged his emergency lights and siren and conducted a vehicle stop. As the officer was catching up to Fitzpatrick’s vehicle, he noticed Fitzpatrick leaning aggressively forward over the center console area, appearing to reach towards the floorboard of the passenger side, all while beginning to brake. The vehicle stopped in the lane of travel with several feet of available space to the right, even with the snow on the side of the road, so the officer advised Fitzpatrick to pull over out of the way of traffic. Fitzpatrick claimed that it was a total accident and that he slid right through the stop sign. The officer observed Fitzpatrick to be extremely nervous and shaking, followed by noticing a small amount of what appeared to be marijuana shake on the center console between the shifter and the two cup holders. After stating he does not consume marijuana or possess any, Fitzpatrick told the officer there may be a bowl underneath the passenger’s seat, but that was it. Upon removing Fitzpatrick from the vehicle and conducting a vehicle search, the officer discovered a glass bowl underneath the passenger’s seat, as well as a chocolate box containing a small amount of burnt marijuana residue and two sandwich bags each having small amounts of marijuana. After looking through the trunk, the officer located a small plastic tupperware container with two more marijuana pipes, two grinders and loose shake. All items were seized as evidence.

Feb. 21

3:03 p.m. A 68-year-old Court Street man went to the police station to request documentation for an ongoing harassment situation with a 55-year-old Potter Avenue woman. The man claimed the woman had disassembled and or knocked over a makeshift workbench the man had been working on several times. The man provided officers with video footage from 3 p.m. on Feb. 20 and 8:45 a.m. on Feb. 21 of the woman flipping off the camera, cursing and flipping the workbench, stating it is “illegal.” The man was advised by the officer in the station to continue to document when incidents like this occur because it could potentially build into a harassment case. On Feb. 22 at 5:45 p.m., the man returned to the police station to report the 55-year-old woman flipping over the workbench again, after he had put it back together that afternoon. The 68-year-old man provided video evidence once again for the officer, who said he would contact the District Attorney’s office the next day to inquire if this behavior constitutes as an example of harassment.

Feb. 23

12:39 p.m. Justin T. Pogue, 26, of Pownal, Vermont was charged with the criminal possession of a controlled substance, a seventh-degree misdemeanor, and the unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, when he and the driver, a 22-year-old Manchester, Vermont woman, were stopped on Mettowee Street. The patrolling officer observed the vehicle driving Westbound on Mettowee Street without a front license plate. The officer conducted a vehicle stop. When walking up to the vehicle, the officer observed the license plate was a dealer plate from Vermont. Both passengers were visibly nervous and hesitant to make eye contact with the officer. The woman said she just got the vehicle she was driving, a Honda CRV, as a loaner from a repair shop in Hoosick Falls, as her vehicle was having its brakes fixed. The woman made a phone call to the repair shop to confirm that this was a loaned vehicle and her personal vehicle was being repaired. While waiting for confirmation, the driver was looking for her credit card in her purse and continued to open and close her handbag. The officer detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and then inquired if the individuals had smoked or were in possession of marijuana. Pogue and the woman became offended stating they don’t smoke marijuana and wanted to know why they couldn’t just be let go. The officer then informed the two that he had probable cause to search the vehicle and asked the driver to turn off the vehicle, exit, and conducted a pat down which was negative for locating any weapons. The officer observed Pogue pacing back-and-forth and talking quietly to the 22-year-old woman. The officer located a black backpack in the rear seat of the vehicle and asked Pogue if there were any needles in the bag that could poke the officer, to which Pogue replied “no.” As soon as the officer opened the bag, he observed several syringes, some capped and some unknown. In the main compartment of the bag, the officer located a glass mason jar with five glassine envelopes folded inside. As the officer produced the jar, Pogue crouched down with his hands over his face, admitting it was heroin and that he hoped it’s empty. Because Pogue was acting nervously, he was detained by the officer. Pogue continuously apologized to the officer stating he didn’t know there were needles in the bag and didn’t want them to poke the officer.  Theofficer discovered a small residual amount of heroin in each envelope, as well as a clear glass crack pipe with burnt steel wool in one end, a vape pen and a glass bowl with burnt marijuana residue. Pogue was transported to Granville Police Department, processed, and released with appearance tickets.

5:37 p.m. Police were dispatched to a Morrison Avenue residence for a mental-health related incident. Dispatch advised the officer that the subject, a 50-year-old woman, had told a third-party that people might start to listen to her if she hurt herself. Upon arrival, the 50-year-old woman said she was depressed and needed to talk to someone. After speaking to the woman about the comments she made over the phone, the officer advised her he was going to take her to the Behavioral Health Unit at Glens Falls Hospital so she could speak with a professional.

Feb. 24

3:30 p.m. Manuel L. McGhee-Thomas, 22, of Granville was ticketed for two counts of failure to stop at a stop sign, operation of a motor vehicle without an inspection certificate, performing an unsafe turn by failing to signal and operating a motor vehicle with broken glass when he was stopped on Irving Avenue. The patrolling officer was informed of a driver of a green Subaru failing to stop at a stop sign located at Franklin Avenue and Lincoln Street before, and noticed the driver, McGhee-Thomas do this in-person. The officer said McGhee-Thomas did not even attempt to stop and just blew past the intersection at an unreasonable speed. The officer observed McGhee-Thomas fail to signal when turning onto Columbus Street, followed by issuing the tickets upon a traffic stop.

Feb. 26

3 a.m. Police seized a green glass marijuana pipe for destruction from a 24-year-old woman who was the driver and a 31-year-old man who was the passenger of a vehicle that was stopped at Main Street and Church Street for a loud exhaust. The passengers were given a verbal warning for the exhaust.

4:05 a.m. Hope E. Braymer, 22, of Granville was ticketed for the use or placement of stickers or posters on her rear windshield when she was stopped on Quaker Street. She said she was unaware she was unable to have a sticker in the rear window.

Whitehall Police Department

Feb. 19

10:22 a.m. While on patrol the reporting officer was dispatched to an Elizabeth Street residence to speak with a 69-year-old man about the maintenance man shooting snow with his snow blower toward his window. The reporting officer also spoke with a 51-year-old South Williams Street man who stated that the snow did not come close to the window and that he was just trying to keep the sidewalk clear. The officer observed the area where the snow was moved to and it was not close to the building. The officer advised the 69-year-old man that if there were any further issues to contact management of the building and they would handle it.

Feb. 22

11:51 p.m. A 29-year-old County Route 4 man was causing a problem at a Poultney Street address yelling and throwing things. The man had admitted to breaking a window. He informed police that he would pay the landlord of the property for the damages, and his ride came and picked him up. The occupant of the residence just wanted the man removed.

Feb. 23

9:46 p.m. While on patrol a reporting officer was called to a Broadway residence for a domestic dispute. The officer spoke to a 37-year-old Broadway woman who advised that she only wanted to pack her things and leave the residence. She advised police that a 48-year-old Broadway man was harassing her and making childish comments to her as she was trying to leave. The man had been drinking and making comments even with police on the scene. The woman advised that she wanted to go to her grandmother’s residence in Granville. She was advised by police that was her choice.

New York State Police

Feb. 22

10:53 p.m. Stephen J.  Petteys, 59, of Greenwich was arrested for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% and DWI, both first offenses and class U misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Feb. 23

4:17 a.m. Devin B. Mahar, 41, of Whitehall was arrested in Moreau on three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

7:03 a.m. Devin B. Mahar, 41, of Whitehall was arrested in Queensbury for bail jumping in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

2:30 p.m. Jared N. Stone, 31, of Whitehall was arrested on several charges related to a domestic dispute, specifically menacing in the second degree, criminal mischief in the fourth degree and endangering the welfare of a child, all class A misdemeanors. He also was charged with aggravated family offense, a class E felony. He was being held.

Feb. 25

12:04 a.m. Suzanne Moore, 55, of West Rupert, Vermont, was arrested in Jackson for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% and DWI, both first offenses and class U misdemeanors. She was issued an appearance ticket.

5:14 p.m. Peter N. Whelan, 34, of Pittstown, was arrested in Granville for an incident involving two counts of aggravated harassment in the second degree that occurred on Oct. 28, both class A misdemeanors. He was being held.

Feb. 26

2:01 a.m. Austin M. Daniels, 34, of Hudson Falls was arrested in Queensbury for DWI, first offense, and aggravated DWI with no prior, both class U misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

11:26 p.m. Gary E. Stewart, 30, of Cambridge was arrested in Jackson for DWI, first offense, and aggravated DWI with no prior, both class U misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Feb. 27

11:55 p.m. Brandon M. Fruda, 31, of Glens Falls was arrested in Hudson Falls for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08%, first offense, and DWI, first offense, both class U misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

Feb. 23

2:16 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to an active burglary alarm at the Sandri Sunoco store in Rutland Town and observed a shattered front door with numerous items missing from the store. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Trooper Jakubowski at 802-773-9101 or [email protected] Anonymous tips can be submitted to the Vermont State Police at http://www.vtips.info.

Feb. 26

6:02 p.m. Vermont State Police came in contact with a vehicle behind the Green Mountain Plaza during a directed patrol of the area. Troopers identified the male operator as Alan Marchinkowski, 40, of Rutland. During a roadside investigation it was determined Marchinkowski had operated his vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Marchinkowski was taken into custody and processed for DUI and released on a citation to appear at the Rutland Superior Court Criminal Division at a later date.

Feb. 27

7:27 a.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a suspicious complaint at 3829 Danby Mountain Road, where troopers located a vehicle and determined the operator to be Owen Barclay. 23, of Sunderland. Through investigation, troopers determined Barclay drove to the location where his vehicle became stuck on ice. Barclay showed signs of impairment. He was subsequently arrested for DUI and after processing he was released on citation to appear at Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.