Police Beat, May 27, 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

May 14

9:30 a.m. Police responded along with Granville Rescue Squad to a Broadview Terrace residence for a nine-month-old baby girl falling off her 17-year-old mother’s lap. The infant had rolled away from the mother and fell off the couch onto a carpeted floor. EMS was on scene upon police arrival and determined no injuries to the child who was acting normal with no symptoms of a head injury. It was suggested to the mother to follow-up with the child’s doctor if any symptoms arise.

May 15

1 p.m. While on patrol, police were dispatched to Stewart’s Shop on Quaker Street for a 57-year-old Rutland, Vermont man urinating outside. The individual reporting the incident said they were too upset to stay around for the police to arrive and left. Upon arrival, the officer located the 57-year-old man who said he did urinate outside at the back of the building. Other customers in the area said they didn’t witness anything. The man was advised that this is not appropriate behavior and he was sent on his way.

May 17

6 p.m. Police were dispatched back to the police station while on patrol for a walk-in complaint from a 27-year-old Columbus Street man. The man said he has had ongoing issues with his neighbors’ children coming into his yard despite the man putting up a fence. The man said he has spoken to the father of the children but that didn’t change anything. The officer on duty advised the 27-year-old man to call the police while the children were in his yard and that the police would continue to document it at this time.

8:17 p.m. Police were made aware of a 10-year-old boy who lost his school-issued Google Chromebook when he went to the park on Prospect Street after school. The responding officer spoke with the woman reporting who said the 10-year-old didn’t realize he left his backpack at the park until he got home. Once the backpack was retrieved, the Chromebook was no longer inside the backpack. The Chromebook has the boy’s name on it.

May 18

3 a.m. A 59-year-old man who resides at the Granville Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation called the police requesting to speak to an officer in regard to the care he was receiving. Upon arrival, the staff was confused as to why the officer was there. The nurse on scene, a 42-year-old man, told the officer the 59-year-old man had lost his phone privileges, so he has no clue how the 59-year-old called the police. The 59-year-old man said he was having difficulty breathing laying down and wanted sleep medication. The nurse advised the officer that the doctor had already denied the 59-year-old sleep medication, and that the man has been in-and-out of the hospital all week and returned from the hospital each time with the doctors stating nothing is wrong with him. The officer advised the nurse that he was going to call an ambulance due to the 59-year-old’s complaint of having difficulty breathing. Granville Rescue Squad arrived and transported the 59-year-old man to Glens Falls Hospital for evaluation.

May 19

4:20 p.m. While on patrol, police were dispatched to Pine Street for ongoing issues between neighbors. A 36-year-old woman said her neighbor, a 62-year-old Rogers Place man, has been harassing her over her new puppy, claiming the dog barks all day long and that he’s had enough. The woman said she lets the dog in and out frequently and it barks outside, but the dog is never outside for more than 15 minutes. Police contacted the 62-year-old man and told him to call the police to address the matter the next time it happens. The man said he has called in the past and nobody came.

May 20

10:07 a.m. A 64-year-old man called the police station requesting documentation for an incident on behalf of Telescope Casual Furniture Inc. The man said a check was sent out to a vendor but was intercepted prior to arrival and two counterfeit checks have been made based on the original check. It appears the duplicated checks have been utilized in the Rhode Island area. The man said the bank, Rockland Trust, is already in the process of reimbursing the funds, but they also requested a police report.

4:30 p.m. An employee at Tractor Supply on Quaker Street called the police saying a man stole 17 bags of play sand after purchasing one bag earlier in the day. The employee, a woman, gave the officer the man’s contact information. The officer was notified by the man that he completely forgot to pay and that he would pay over the phone. The employee called later that day saying the man came in-person to pay for the play sand.

Whitehall Police Department

May 16

11:15 p.m. A 38-year-old woman wanted a 36-year-old man removed from her residence on Skene Street. He left voluntarily to a friend’s house. Both were advised determination of who owns what would have to be handled in civil court.

May 17

9:18 p.m. An officer responded to a dispute over property on Fourth Avenue. A 34-year-old man was advised not to return unless invited back by a 35-year-old man. The 34-year-old man recovered his items and agreed to not come back.

May 18

2:30 p.m. Whitehall Police assisted a Child Protective Services in-home visit for a 14-year-old and their 35-year-old guardian.

8:55 p.m. An officer responded to a verbal domestic call between a 42-year-old man and his 14-year-old son. The father stated that the child was being disrespectful to him and his 41-year-old wife. The child stated that the father is out of control. Both parties were advised to refrain from each other for the night.

9:10 p.m. A 31-year-old reported a suspicious vehicle parked in between her residence and the Verizon building on Saunders Street. The responding officer was unable to locate the owner but confirmed that the vehicle was registered to a man yet to be interviewed. The officer attempted to contact him by phone after receiving the number for the person from dispatch with negative results. Dispatch was unable to locate a number for the Verizon building. They advised the night shift personnel.

New York State Police

May 16

6:10 p.m. Shane M. McCarty, 46, of Salem was arrested in Greenwich for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket

7:37 p.m. Justin E. Horsfield, 38, of Argyle was arrested in Greenwich for operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs in the first degree, a class U misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

May 17

1:35 p.m. Dominick M. Lashway, 25, of Fort Edward was arrested in Wilton for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor, and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, specifically an assault rifle, a class D felony. Anthony J. Lashway, 22, also of Fort Edward was arrested for criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree – an assault rifle – a class D felony. Both were on bail bond.

May 21

10:48 p.m. Garrett A. Murray, 23, of Greenwich was arrested for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08%, first offense, and DWI, first offense, both class U misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

11:12 p.m. Joshua B. Labombard, 32, of Granville was arrested in Argyle for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08%, first offense, and DWI, first offense, both class U misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

May 22

9:32 a.m. Matthew N. Clifford, 34, of Hudson Falls was arrested in Queensbury for assault with intent to cause serious injury with a weapon, a class B felony, and criminal mischief in the third degree resulting in damage to property in excess of $250, a class E felony. Cash bail was set at $25,000.

11:03 p.m. Nicholas M. Hafner, 34, of Argyle was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

May 15

11:59 a.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a single motorcycle crash with CPR in progress near 241 Blue Star Dr. in the Town of Ira. Through investigation it was determined that Rina Girardi, 33, of West Rutland was driving a 2009 Kawasaki motorcycle west on Blue Star Drive. Girardi exited the westbound lane of travel, striking a guardrail on the right side of the roadway and was ejected from the motorcycle. The motorcycle continued coasting along the guardrail for several hundred feet before it came to an uncontrolled rest. Girardi was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and died from her injuries.

7:36 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a reported family fight at a residence in the Town of Rutland. Through investigation it was determined that Eric Stephens, 55, of Rutland Town would be charged with second degree aggravated domestic assault. Stephens was subsequently arrested and transported to the Vermont State Police Rutland Barracks to be processed and was lodged at Southern State Correctional Facility for lack of $2,500 bail.

May 19

2:30 p.m. Vermont State Police received a call for a report of a man who had fallen into the Otter Creek fishing access area off U.S. Route 7/Holland Road on Mount Tabor while fishing. The man, identified as James Woods, 67, of West Rutland, was pulled from the water by a witness who observed the fall. The witness contacted 911 and attempts at resuscitation were made by the witness and Northshire rescue. Resuscitation was unsuccessful, and Woods was pronounced deceased on the scene. Preliminary investigation by the State Police determined Woods had been fishing alone and was attempting to release a fish when he fell forward into about three-foot-deep water. The reason for the fall was unknown. Woods’ body was being taken to Burlington for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. No further information was available.

May 21

1:20 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 4 near Mendon Apple Orchard in the Town of Mendon. Through investigation it was determined that Brandon Wortman, 22, of Rutland, driving a 2020 Jeep Renegade while traveling east on U.S. Route 4, intended to turn left into a parking lot. Kyle Marin, 19, of Killington, driving a 1999 Infiniti QX4, was traveling west on U.S. Route 4. Wortman made his turn in front of Marin’s vehicle when it was not safe to do so, resulting in Marin’s front right side colliding with the passenger side of Wortman’s Jeep, resulting in damage to both. Neither driver reported injuries.

4:22 p.m. Vermont State Police located a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 7 near McKinley Avenue in Rutland Town. Through investigation it was determined that Jason Weedman, 37, of Pittsford, driving a 2007 Dodge Nitro, was traveling north on U.S. Route 7. Bruce Welsh, 72, of Clarendon also traveling north on U.S. Route 7 and driving a 2007 Chevrolet Corvette intended to turn left onto McKinley Avenue. Weedman’s car struck the rear end of Welsh’s and drove over the top of it. Welsh’s passenger, Linda Watson, 73, of Clarendon and Weedman both sustained minor injuries. Welsh sustained a brain bleed and was later transported to UVM Medical Center. His injuries were not expected to be life-threatening. Weedman was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center and was processed for suspicion of DUI drugs. Prosecution is pending the results of the evidentiary blood draw. The Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by Rutland Town Fire Department and Regional Ambulance Service.

May 20

7:08 p.m. Vermont State Police stopped a vehicle in connection to an incident that took place on Black Pond Road in Hubbardton. State Police contacted the driver identified as Samuel Dunn, 21, of North Clarendon. While speaking with Dunn, troopers observed signs of impairment. Dunn was subsequently screened and arrested on suspicion of DUI. He was later released with a citation to appear at Vermont Superior Court, Rutland Criminal Division, at a later date.

May 22

4:48 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a man destroying property on Hawk Hill Road in Pittsfield. Upon arrival, troopers observed a broken light pole at a home located on Hawk Lane. Through investigation, troopers were able to identify the suspect as Frederick Sham, 33, of New York City. Sham was issued a citation for the violation of unlawful mischief.

8:24 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a reported family fight at a residence in the Town of Chittenden. Investigation revealed that Justin Muth, 30, of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, caused bodily injury to a family or household member. Muth was arrested and transported to be processed for domestic assault. Muth was released on conditions and cited to appear in court at a later date.