Police Beat, March 25, 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

March 13

10 a.m. Valentina M. Cassarino, 21, of Maple Street, was ticketed for parking illegally on Church Street where her vehicle hindered the path of pedestrians by parking over the sidewalk.

10 p.m. Granville police assisted Granville Rescue Squad at a Morrison Avenue residence for a reported woman having a seizure. Upon arrival, officers observed a woman on the floor having a medical issue. The superior officer rode with the EMS squad to Glens Falls Hospital due to the woman being combative.

March 16

8:10 p.m. While on patrol, an officer was advised to contact dispatch regarding a welfare check. A 44-year-old Mettowee Street man who was in Ohio had called the police claiming his wife, a 44-year-old woman, had called him saying their 15-year-old daughter had taken off from the house. The officer went to the location and spoke with the mother and the daughter about the incident, where the daughter said she would remain home for the remainder of the night.

March 17

3:45 p.m. Police were dispatched to the area of North Maple Street and West Main Street for a reported mental health incident. The officer spoke with a 19-year-old Main Street man who had requested transport to Glens Falls Hospital, on advice from his counselor at Four Winds. The man stated he had been feeling depressed and had thoughts of harming himself. The officer provided the man with a voluntary transport to Glens Falls Hospital.

7:01 p.m. Police responded to a reported physical domestic on Washington Street between a 44-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man. Upon arrival, one officer spoke to the woman who was standing in the driveway and the other officer with the man who was sitting on the stairs leading up to the apartment. The woman stated the man had come at her and got in her face, leading to her pushing him away. While pushing him away, the woman fell backwards and hit her head on a dresser. She declined help from EMS and showed the officer a red abrasion on her right arm. The woman told the officer she did not want the man arrested, only for him to get his stuff and leave. The man told the other officer he was getting someone to pick up him and his belongings and that he had been arguing all day long with the woman. The man claimed the woman had choked him, leading to him pushing her off him. The man declined to press charges and left.

Whitehall Police Department

March 12

3:05 p.m. The reporting officer was dispatched by EMS to a residence on Broadway Avenue for an unconscious 40-year-old man who had fallen and hit his head and suffered a bleeding wound. The man was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center.

9:42 p.m. A 32-year-old woman who resides on Maple Street was looking to report an issue with her mother. She went into the station and advised that her mother was messaging her making threats. The person reporting advised that her mother was also messaging a friend of hers and brother saying that she was coming after her as well as making comments that she would lose.  The person interviewed also advised she has blocked her mother’s number and is trying to stop all communication. The person interviewed indicated that she has sole physical and legal custody of two children, one 14 and the other 11. The person interviewed advised that she wanted an order of protection against her mother. She was advised to go to Washington County Family Court.

10:16 p.m. There was a report of two 911 hang-up calls on Mountain Street. On the second call there were sounds of buttons being pushed and children’s voices. The reporting officer patrolled the area and spoke with residents but was unable to locate where the call originated.

March 17

1:02 a.m. Reporting officer observed a 33-year-old male on the side of the Upstate Discount Warehouse on Broadway Avenue near the dumpster and also observed his vehicle running with the lights off. The reporting officer made contact with the person who stated he was looking for cardboard to build a cat tower. While interviewing the reporting officer asked why so late, to which the individual replied he has not been home and was coming back from Granville where he bought a washer which the reporting officer observed to be tied on his car roof. The person interviewed advised that the owner knows he picks from the dumpster. The reporting officer advised him to move on.

March 18

The reporting officer was dispatched to Boardman Street for a 60-year-old woman who was unresponsive. Upon arrival, the reporting officer observed the woman to be unconscious and not alert and was having a difficult time breathing. The fire department responded as well and placed the patient on oxygen and awaited the arrival of EMS which transported her to a hospital.

New York State Police

March 15

5:45 p.m. Aaron Arquette, 29, of Hudson Falls was arrested in Queensbury on a charge of assault in the third degree with intent to cause physical injury, a class A misdemeanor that was committed on Feb. 10. He was being held pending investigation.

March 18

7:45 p.m. Daniel A. Lewis, 28, of Granville was arrested in Fort Ann on one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, specifically cocaine, a class D felony, as well as six counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of a hypodermic instrument and one count of criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree, specifically scales, all class A misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

March 19

3:50 a.m. Lynn M. Huntington, 41, of Hudson Falls was arrested in Wilton for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, specifically cocaine, a class D felony. She was issued an appearance ticket.

4:33 p.m. Roger K. Hooker, 30, of Cambridge was arrested in Jackson on charges related to a domestic dispute that occurred last Nov. 24, specifically strangulation in the second degree, a class D felony. He was being held pending investigation.

March 20

11:35 p.m. Egbert A. Shaw, 35, of Salem was arrested in Hebron for criminal contempt in the second degree related to a domestic dispute, specifically disobeying the court, a class A misdemeanor. He was being held.

March 21

3:37 a.m. Chandler J. Manney, 20, of Whitehall was arrested in Moreau for DWI, first offense, a class U misdemeanor. He was released to a third party pending investigation.

Vermont State Police

March 14

4:17 a.m. Vermont State Police were dispatched to an assault in Proctor. During the investigation, troopers determined that Faith L. Dick, 42, of Rutland had caused bodily injury to Victoria Draper, 26, by throwing an object that struck Draper. Dick will answer the charge at Vermont Superior Court, Rutland Criminal Division, at a later date.

11:01 p.m. Vermont State Police were dispatched to a disturbance that occurred on U.S. Route 7 in Rutland Town. Troopers arrived on scene and spoke with the victims who stated that they were assaulted with a deadly weapon by a household/family member. The accused was identified as Mark A. Poro, 35, of Clarendon. Poro was ordered held without bail, subsequently lodged at Southern State Correctional Center and is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

March 15

5:42 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to an emergency call of a possible vehicle crash with injury at 615 U.S. Route 7 in Danby. Upon arrival on scene, troopers located the victim with critical injuries receiving medical treatment in the road and a 2020 black Jeep Grand Cherokee stopped nearby. The victim was subsequently identified as Sarah E. Smiley, 34, of Bennington. Following further investigation, troopers determined that no crash had occurred, and that Smiley had been a passenger in the northbound Jeep when she apparently intentionally exited the vehicle. The speed the Jeep was traveling at the time is under investigation. Lifesaving efforts ultimately were unsuccessful, and the victim was pronounced dead on scene. The death is being investigated as a suspected suicide. Troopers spoke with the Jeep’s operator, Elizabeth Kurman, 63, of Bennington, the victim’s mother. She displayed signs of impairment, underwent roadside examination and was then processed on suspicion of DUI. She was cited to appear in Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date. U.S. 7 was closed for nearly four hours during the investigation, which involved members of the Vermont State Police Field Force and Criminal divisions and the Crash Reconstruction Team. State Police were aided on scene by the Danby Mt. Tabor Volunteer Fire Department and the Northshire Rescue Squad. The victim’s body was transported to the chief medical examiner’s office in Burlington for an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.

March 18

6:14 a.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a single vehicle crash with injury at the intersection of U.S. Route 7 and East Pittsford Road in the Town of Rutland. Through investigation it was determined that Brian Tarmy, 50, of Rutland came to stop on East Pittsford Road in his 2011 GMC Terrain. Tarmy put the vehicle in park and exited it to check the rear seat, at which point the car began to roll into U.S. Route 7. Tarmy tried to stop the car but was struck by the rear door, which resulted in him falling and the rear tire running over his left leg. The car continued across Route 7 and went down an embankment, striking several trees and a large rock. Tarmy’s car sustained moderate damage to the left fender and front bumper, and Tarmy was taken to Rutland Regional Medical Center for treatment of a minor injury to his left leg. Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by the Rutland Town Fire Department, Regional Ambulance Service, Howe Center Auto and Carrara’s Towing.

March 19

6:36 p.m. Vermont State Police were dispatched to a motor vehicle complaint on North Grove Street in Rutland Town. Troopers located the vehicle and identified the operator as Christopher Natho, 39, of Rutland City. Natho showed signs of impairment and was subsequently taken into custody for suspicion of DUI and transported to the State Police Barracks in Rutland for processing. After processing, Natho was released with a citation to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.