Police Beat, May 6, 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

April 22

5:40 p.m. Police were dispatched to a Quaker Street apartment where a 21-year-old woman called saying the downstairs tenant, a 27-year-old woman, was banging on the walls and yelling the 21-year-old woman’s name. The two responding officers spoke with both women upon arrival. The 27-year-old woman said she was packing boxes and moving around, but never banged on the walls or yelled.

April 23

8:15 a.m. An officer was dispatched to the Granville Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation for a patient who was reporting she had been abused. Upon arrival, police spoke with the unknown-aged woman who called; she is a new arrival who has been unable to manage her pain with assistance from nurses and was handed a diaper to put on herself, not by the staff. The director of nursing said they have been having difficulty managing the resident’s pain and that every time they get close to her, the woman scratches the employees. One nurse showed the officer scratches that did not appear to break the skin. The officer explained to the resident that she may need to be more patient while the nurses get her medications right, and not to get physical with the staff members trying to help and do their jobs. While clearing the scene, the officer observed the manager addressing the staff that when assisting the resident, nobody is to respond to that room alone because of the woman’s allegations. Later in the day the officer was advised of the same reports from earlier and tried to contact the woman through her room phone but was unsuccessful. The woman was patched through to the officer by dispatch and continued to say she needed medication for her pain and the names of the nurses who abused her. The resident called 911 once again after the officer informed the woman of the nursing director’s role. The resident requested a business card from the officer so he could be in the lawsuit she said she was going to file and became upset when the officer wrote down his name and badge number on a piece of paper for her. There was no evidence of abuse, just complaints of the delay in retrieving medication for the resident. The nursing director said access to the woman’s phone would be monitored so she’s not constantly calling 911.

3:15 p.m. A 52-year-old man called the station to request a welfare check on a 71-year-old Quaker Street woman. The man said he spoke with the woman that morning and she told the man that she was going to take a nap and call him back when she woke up. The man said he could not contact the woman. The officer patrolled over and contacted the woman who had just woke up and said she would call the 52-year-old man. The man was made aware of this. A second welfare check was requested by the 52-year-old on April 25 at 10:26 a.m. The officer contacted the 71-year-old woman again and she said she would call the 52-year-old man again.

April 24

4 a.m. Police were dispatched to a Quaker Street apartment for a report of loud music being refused to be turned down and keeping a 41-year-old man awake. The individual in question, a 23-year-old man, was interviewed and had a strong odor of alcohol coming off his breath. The 23-year-old agreed to turn the music down for the night and offered the officer a beer, which the officer refused. The 41-year-old man told the officer he would keep an eye on the situation due to how intoxicated the 23-year-old man was.

April 25

12:30 a.m. Two officers were dispatched to the area of Church Street near Granville Junior/Senior High School for a reported 911 hang-up. Dispatch informed the officers it sounded like a party was being held in the background noise of the call. The officers located a group of people having a party behind a Church Street residence to find out the individual who called 911 pocket-dialed by accident.

1:45 a.m. A Whitehall patrol officer requested assistance from two Granville officers in assisting with an individual on Bolton Street. While en route, the Whitehall officer radioed the two Granville officers to “step it up.” Upon arrival, the Granville officers observed the Whitehall officer had one man in custody and was attempting to get the man in the back of the patrol car. The two Granville officers assisted with processing and provided the man a courtesy ride to his residence on South Williams Street.

12:30 p.m. Police were dispatched to the Granville Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation for the report of a resident attacking his roommate. Upon arrival, the officer was advised that a 58-year-old man had gotten out of bed and grabbed his 65-year-old roommate. The 58-year-old man wanted to turn the 65-year-old man’s television off and then pushed his elbow into the 65-year-old man’s chest. Staff rushed in to stop the incident. The 65-year-old man then told staff he wanted the 58-year-old man out of his room, and EMS was called. While waiting for EMS, the 58-year-old man asked repeatedly for the officer to leave the room and that he would not do what he did to the 65-year-old man again if the officer left. The officer informed the 58-year-old man that he could not leave the room. The 58-year-old man got out of bed, grabbed the officer by the arm and attempted to escort the officer out of the room. The 58-year-old man was told to take his hands off the officer and he did not. The officer grabbed the 58-year-old man’s hand and removed it from his arm, telling the 58-year-old man to get back and not touch him again. The 58-year-old man was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center in Vermont for evaluation upon the arrival of Granville Rescue Squad. No one was injured.

April 27

12:30 a.m. Police were dispatched to a Morrison Avenue residence for a report of a 33-year-old woman who had a significant laceration to her leg and was unable to control the bleeding. Upon arrival, the officers located the woman sitting on her porch with a cut-off bed sheet tied around her leg to be used as a tourniquet, that stopped the bleeding. The laceration was about three inches. When questioned on the cause of the cut, the woman said she fell in the roadway in the construction area. One of the officers observed blood on the woman’s porch coming out of the doorway, appearing to be attempted to be cleaned up by someone prior to the officers’ arrival. The woman said it was either spilt chocolate milk or possibly blood, but she wasn’t sure. The woman was turned over to Granville EMS and the officers checked both sides of the roadway and sidewalk areas, unable to locate any blood or ripped clothing that would be consistent with the events the woman described taking place.

April 28

10 p.m. Police went to the area of Main Street and Glen street where a 20-year-old man was requesting transport to Glens Falls Hospital’s Behavioral Health Unit. The officer located the man on the sidewalk who said his uncle talked about evicting him and it upset him. The man said his anxiety was going up so he wanted to speak with a professional at the hospital. The officer transported the man to Glens Falls Hospital where he was turned over for a mental health evaluation.

Whitehall Police Department

April 20

9:20 a.m. A 26-year-old woman came to the station with a harassment complaint. The woman stated that before she was assisted in a civil standby by Whitehall Police Department, a 27-year-old man stated to her “I’m going to drag you out of this car and smash your face in.” The woman did not want the man arrested; she just wanted the issue documented. A domestic incident report was issued to the woman.

April 26

7:52 a.m. An officer performed a Department of Transportation check with the state. The DOT inspector checked four trucks, put two put of service and wrote seven traffic tickets.

April 27

9:15 a.m. An officer responded to a Main Street residence for a civil standby while a 26-year-old woman had half retrieved her property from the apartment; the woman had several other individuals to assist her. At about 9:26 a.m., a responding officer requested another officer to respond. Initially a 27-year-old man had declined to allow the woman to take any of her property but then later advised who could enter and what could be taken. A bed and mattress seemed to be an issue with the woman stating that she was the owner. Officers explained if ownership was disputed the property would remain until addressed through court and confirming ownership. The man finally agreed to let the woman have the property. The only thing left and still under dispute were nightstands. The man advised she owns the property but he needed to go through the drawers and remove his property before he would allow her to remove them. The officers stayed until the woman and her friends were out of the area.

April 29

8:22 p.m. A woman of Poultney Street reported a noise complaint from upstairs and people parking in her customer’s designated spots. The responding officer advised a 52-year-old man upstairs to keep the noise down and open parking for the customers downstairs. The officer gave a call back to the woman and was advised that no one should be parking there for any reason as the tenant did not have vehicles. The officer referred her to civil court as she claimed the tenants are not supposed to live there as they do not pay rent.

New York State Police

April 25

5:13 p.m. Kyler H. James, 21, of Hudson Falls was arrested in Hudson Falls for an incident reported on April 24: simple assault in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

April 26

1:35 p.m. Ryan J. Rescott, 30, of Hudson Falls was arrested in Hudson Falls for burglary in the third degree, illegal entry with intent, a class D felony, an event that was reported on April 19. He was being held.

April 27

11:13 a.m. Patricia E. Gaulin, 30, of South Glens Falls was arrested in the Town of Fort Ann for exposing herself, a class A misdemeanor, and was issued an appearance ticket.

9 p.m. Russell C. Hedger, 55, of Hudson Falls was arrested in the Town of Moreau for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

April 28

2:20 p.m. Jeffrey J. Whitney, 48, of Granville was arrested in the Town of Moreau for violating an order of protection, criminal contempt in the first degree, a class E felony, and was issued an appearance ticket


April 29

12:30 p.m. Jared D. Reid, 34, of Brentwood, New York, was arrested in the Town of Fort Ann for possession of prison contraband in the first degree, a class D felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

April 30

4:36 p.m. Andrea M. Caputo, 49, of Argyle was arrested in Argyle on a charge of criminal mischief that was reported on April 22, specifically intent to damage property, a class A misdemeanor She was issued an appearance ticket.

May 1

12:08 p.m. Michael B. Taylor, 30, of Schuylerville was arrested in the Town of Wilton for DWI with two previous convictions within the past 10 years, a class D felony. He was issued an appearance ticket.

2:51 p.m. John L. Carter, 27, of Middletown Springs, Vermont, was arrested in the Town of Wilton for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor, and was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

April 29

In August 2020, Vermont State Police were advised by Harold Watters, 78, and Marcy Bednaz, 45, both of Arlington, that purchases had been made to their credit/debit cards that they did not authorize. Investigation revealed that Meggan Touzin, 33, of Barre used Watters’ and Bednaz’s credit/debit cards without their permission and made several fraudulent transactions. On April 29, Touzin was cited to appear in Vermont Superior Court, Bennington Criminal Division, at a later date to answer to these charges. Touzin was released on her own recognizance.

May 1

11:07 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a family fight at a residence on Gleason Road in the Town of Rutland. Investigation revealed Jacob B. Omand, 30, of Rutland attempted to cause, or willfully or recklessly caused, serious bodily injury and pain to a family or household member. Omand further prevented that family or household member from attempting to contact emergency services. He was taken into custody on May 2 and ordered held without bail. Omand was cited to appear at Vermont Superior Court, Rutland Criminal Division, on May 3 and was subsequently transported to the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield where he was lodged pending arraignment.

May 2

6:24 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a citizen dispute at a residence on Vermont Route 103 in the Town of Mount Holly. Investigation revealed Torrie VanGuilder, 18, of Mount Holly was armed with a firearm when she threatened to cause, or willfully or recklessly caused, serious bodily injury and pain to a family or household member. VanGuilder assaulted two officers on the scene while they were taking her into custody. She was taken into custody and ordered held without bail. She was cited to appear at Vermont Superior Court, Rutland Criminal Division, on May 3 and was subsequently transported to the Chittenden County Correctional Center in South Burlington where she was lodged pending arraignment.