Police Beat, April 1, 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 20

1:10 p.m. Peter Collinger, 66, of Poultney, Vermont, was ticketed for failing to yield the right-of-way at Pine Street and North Street. The officer on patrol observed Collinger initially stop his vehicle but not yield to an oncoming vehicle. Collinger came to almost a complete stop to avoid a collision and was then pulled over by the patrolling officer.

5 p.m. Police were dispatched to a Potter Avenue apartment for a civil dispute between a couple who had just broken up. The man, 32, and the woman, 20, wanted to know who had rights to the apartment since only one of their names was on the lease. The officer informed the two that because they both resided at the apartment, they both had equal rights there.

March 23

10:10 p.m. Police responded to a Church Street residence to assist Granville Engine & Hose Co. #1 and Granville EMS with a man who had fallen out of bed and required assistance getting up. The man refused any medical treatment after being placed back in bed.

March 24

5:14 a.m. Granville police and fire were dispatched to Potter Avenue for a report of a structure fire. Upon arrival, the officer observed a working fire on the porch and checked to see if the residence was evacuated. The officer located a man on the porch who was putting water on the fire to try and extinguish the flames and found the homeowner who was told to exit the residence until the fire department arrived. Granville fire chief Ryan Pedone determined the fire was contained to the porch only. The responding officer asked a man at the residence if he had an idea of what could have caused the fire and the man said his girlfriend typically smokes cigarettes right there. The girlfriend, a 27-year-old woman, was walking to work at Telescope Casual Furniture Inc. when she was questioned by the officer. The 27-year-old woman said that she was, in fact, smoking a cigarette in that area and she believed she did not put out the cigarette completely before leaving for work. The fire department determined the fire to be completely extinguished and turned the scene over to Washington County Bureau of Fire.

1:30 p.m. Jonathan E. Combs, 41, of Church Street, was ticketed for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, after being stopped on West Main Street. While stationary at Bardin’s Tire Service, the patrolling officer observed a red Jeep travel southbound past the officer’s location on Quaker Street, and the officer recognized the driver as Combs, who had been known to not have a license. After pulling out of Dunkin’ Donuts and driving past the officer again, the officer conducted a motor vehicle stop with reasonable suspicion that Combs was operating the vehicle without a license. Combs told the officer when he approached the vehicle that he was unlicensed and only driving because the passenger and owner of the vehicle, a 38-year-old man, was sick. According to the officer, Combs had continuously demanded he be let go or have the officer follow him home. The officer explained to Combs that could not be done for liability reasons, making Combs upset. A DMV check revealed Combs had three suspensions on two dates. The vehicle was turned over to the 38-year-old man and Combs, after receiving his ticket, informed the officer that he was “not going to stop driving.”

4 p.m. A 28-year-old man came to the police station to report and request youths be removed from his residence on North Maple Street. The officer patrolled to the 28-year-old man’s location where the man showed the officer video footage of kids smoking marijuana on his front porch. The officer confronted two boys, 16 and 14, and it was determined the 16-year-old was the one smoking. The 16-year-old turned over two empty bags of marijuana and a glass pipe from his backpack to the officer to be seized for destruction. The 16-year-old was given a courtesy ride to his legal guardian’s residence on Route 22A, where both he and his 73-year-old grandmother were informed that he was no longer welcome at the North Maple Street residence.

Whitehall Police Department

March 19

12:15 p.m. The officer responded to property dispute between 51-year-old man and 55-year-old man. Both men were claiming ownership of a parcel of land and the reporting officer advised them to handle the issue in civil court.

March 24

2:30 p.m. The responding officer was dispatched to a residence on Broadway Avenue due to a 34-year-old woman not giving a 33-year-old man his keys back after an argument. When the officer arrived, the man had his keys in his possession and didn’t want anything more to come of the incident because he and the woman were long-time friends. The man was drinking so he called his 26-year-old sister-in-law to come and get him and the vehicle and bring it to her residence on Broadway. She arrived and took the man and the vehicle.

6:50 p.m. A 44-year-old man and woman reported a person not yet interviewed had been contacting them making threats. Upon arrival, both parties were out talking to the woman on the phone. No direct threats or harm were heard. Both parties report no direct threats, just implied threats. The man wanted to establish a course of conduct as this is reoccurring. No crime occurred.

March 25

1:52 a.m. A 35-year-old man contacted State Police and reported getting into a fight with an unknown man and injured his hand on South Williams Street. The responding officer observed minor abrasions on the left knuckle. The man requested EMS for an evaluation. He refused further medical attention after being evaluated and went inside for the night.

7:10 a.m. A truck driver called the station to report he was heading into the village from Route 4 South and had been following a vehicle with Florida registration. He stated that the vehicle would slow down and speed up causing traffic congestion. An officer responded to Route 4 but found neither vehicle.

March 26

An employee of Stewart’s on Poultney Street accidentally triggered the burglar alarm when closing. Employee stated that the alarm was reset.

New York State Police

March 23

7:20 p.m. Christopher L. Harwood, 37, of Cambridge was arrested in the Town of Jackson for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08%, his first offense and a class U misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

8:15 p.m. Catherine E. Giordano, 53, of Granville was arrested on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and possession of a hypodermic instrument, both class A misdemeanors. She was issued an appearance ticket[bz1] .

March 24

9:20 a.m. Joseph J. Lambert, 37, of Fort Edward was arrested in Malta on a charge of criminal trespass on an enclosed property in the third degree reported on March 7, and at 4:20 p.m. Scott K. Ballard, 53, of Gansevoort was arrested on the same charge reported on March 7. Both were issued appearance tickets for this offense, a class B misdemeanor.

6:37 p.m. Joseph W. Darfler, 40, of Eagle Bridge was arrested for criminal contempt in the second degree, specifically disobeying a court order, a class A misdemeanor. He was being held.

March 25

8:12 p.m. Nicholas C. Martin, 22, of Whitehall was arrested in Granville for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% and DWI, both first offenses and class U misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

March 26

9:30 a.m. Christopher K. King, 27, of Greenwich was arrested in Jackson for criminal mischief in the third degree involving property valued at more than $250, a class E felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance, specifically methamphetamine, a class C felony. He was being held.

9:15 p.m. Maxwell A. Nitto, 24, of Atlantic Islands, New Jersey, was arrested in Whitehall on two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

March 27

1:30 a.m. Jonathon E. Jurnak, 24, of Whitehall was arrested in Fort Ann for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket. At the same time, Jarod V. Therrien, 24, of Whitehall was arrested in Fort Ann for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, specifically narcotic drugs with intent to sell, a class B felony, and two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree, specifically packaging and scales, both class A misdemeanors. He was being held.

6:15 p.m. Jesse J. Tyrell, 33, of Granville was arrested on two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

10:50 p.m. DJ J. Finestock, 36, of Hoosick Falls was arrested in White Creek on two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

11:05 p.m. Walter M. Winchell, 46, of Hudson Falls was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor, and driving while ability impaired by a combination of drugs and alcohol, a class U misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

March 21

6:43 p.m. Vermont State Police were dispatched to an assault at the Holiday Inn in Rutland Town. Upon investigation it was determined that Kathleen McHenry 53, of Rutland Town, and Melissa Godette, 45, also of Rutland Town, had been arguing, and the argument became physical. Godette and McHenry were cited to appear in Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division to answer to the charges of simple assault and disorderly conduct at a later date.

March 25

6:02 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a reported retail theft at the Hannaford Supermarket in the Town of Rutland. A woman matching the description of the shoplifter was located behind the Hampton Inn. Further investigation revealed that the woman, identified as Joanne Davis, 42, of Florence, had taken numerous items from the Hannaford supermarket that were not paid for. The items were recovered and Davis was cited to appear in Vermont Superior Court, Rutland Criminal Division, at a later date, to answer to the offense of retail theft.