Police Beat, June 17, 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

June 4

2:15 p.m. A 55-year-old Williams Street man came to the police station to report he was a victim of fraud after he received a bank statement claiming there was a $500 hold on his card from a Pilot Gas Station in El Paso, Texas. The officer contacted the gas station company and they confirmed the man’s card was used on pump number 19 on June 4 for $495. The gas station company said the man needed to go to his bank and have them refund his money. A short time later, the man came back to the station saying the bank required a police report before they could move forward. The man said he would be back on Monday, June 7, to pick up a copy of the police report.

5 p.m. Police responded to a Factory Street residence where a 10-year-old boy was bitten by a dog. The boy said he was playing with the neighbor up the street and their dog started running at him and broke its chain. He said he got scared and started running but the dog caught up and bit his hand. The child added that he had tripped and scraped his knee in the process. The responding officer observed a cut of about one inch on the top of his arm and wrist. EMS arrived to transport the boy and his 34-year-old mother to Glens Falls Hospital. Police patrolled to the South Maple Street residence where the 10-year-old boy was and notified the 31-year-old man who resided there that animal control had been notified and would be in contact with him for further action.

June 5

6 a.m. A 9-1-1 report of a 75-year-old Church Street man with senile dementia threatening to kill his wife resulted in police presence. The 76-year-old wife said the man has become increasingly aggressive with her, including that morning threatening to murder her with no specific means. There was no physical violence that morning, but there were instances last week where there was physical violence, causing the woman to feel unsafe. The responding officer observed the 75-year-old man to have some form of cognitive impairment, as he was speaking to a bowl of fruit in the kitchen as if it were a person. The man had no issues stating his name correctly to the officer but could not accurately answer other questions. Both the husband and wife agreed the man should be transported to Glens Falls Hospital by the Granville Rescue Squad for evaluation.

10:10 a.m. Annie Bell, 32, of Wells, Vermont, was ticketed for the aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, a misdemeanor, and failing to stop at a stop sign when she was pulled over on Mettowee Street. Bell had a valid Vermont driver’s license but suspended privileges in New York State.

June 8

3:35 a.m. Police were dispatched to an East Main Street residence for reports of a bat in the house. Upon arrival and speaking with the 98-year-old woman who made the call, the officer observed a bat flying in the living room. The officer opened the kitchen door and was able to get the bat to fly into the kitchen and, eventually, out of the house.

1:40 p.m. A 14-year-old girl came to the police station to report that her 9-year-old brother was not listening to her and was going to go to the store to buy things with her money. The officer located the 9-year-old boy in the Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru, and he took off north up Quaker Street. The officer was able to stop the boy in front of Bardin Tire Service and the boy gave his sister her money back. The officer contacted the legal guardian, a 35-year-old Lawrence Street woman, who said she would be home in a few minutes to address the situation with the two children.

Whitehall Police Department

June 5

9:03 p.m. Police received a call for a welfare check for a residence of Davis Street. A 44-year-old woman was interviewed and stated that someone was just trying to start drama because she moved back in with a 42-year-old man. The woman appeared to be in good health and advised she was fine.

June 6

10 a.m. A 60-year-old man drove over a 56-year-old man’s driveway and gave him the middle finger as he went by. The 56-year-old man wanted the incident documented.

June 7

8 a.m. A 43-year-old woman stated that water is coming from the upstairs apartment. An officer checked the upstairs apartment and the door was locked. The officer advised the woman to contact her landlord about gaining entry to the apartment.

June 8

8:10 a.m. A resident of Elizabeth Street reported finding a weedwhacker and a bicycle missing a tire near the bridge on Poultney Street in the brush. An officer advised them to hold on to the items for a week in hopes someone reports the items missing. The Department of Public Works is in possession of the items.

8:50 a.m. An officer on patrol was flagged down and advised that there was a vehicle broken down by the intersection of Route 22 and Saunders Street. The officer observed the vehicle and assisted in getting the 47-year-old woman a tow. A friend picked up the woman and she moved most of her belongings out of her vehicle into her friends. Dudley’s arrived for the tow.

2:33 p.m. An officer on patrol in the area of 116 Broadway and the Dollar General parking lot observed a man throwing belongings out of his car and another man walking out. The officer identified the owner to be a 69-year-old man of Whitney Drive in Mechanicville, who stated he worked at a rehab center in Albany and was transporting two individuals, one of whombecame out of control and stated he was going to drop him off at the police station and let police deal with it. The officer advised that he was not going to do that and he was going to bring the man back to where he needed to go. The man stated he was in a hurry and loaded the man back into the vehicle along with his belongings and left. It appeared that no crime occurred and it was unknown what the issue was. All parties were uncooperative.

June 9

8:32 p.m. An officer was called to 29 West St. for a report of neighbors harassing each other. The officer was met by a 43-year-old woman who was extremely upset. She stated that her neighbors have been harassing her and her animals over the past few days because the animals had been going onto their property. When asked to elaborate, the woman stated she had seen her neighbors chasing the animals, which are cats and dogs, off their property and at one point have seen her neighbors swing shovels and rakes at the animals as well. The woman also stated that every time she is outside her neighbors constantly yell at her. The officer spoke with the neighbors, a 57-year-old woman and a 33-year-old woman. They both advised that they have in the past shooed her animals off their property because they were digging holes and urinating over the steps and plants in their yard. When asked about swinging shovels and lawn equipment at the animals, they both denied it. Both individuals stated that the woman’s dog, believed to be a pit bull, has been on the loose before and almost attacked their neighbors’ dog that was chained up. The officer advised both of them if it occurs again to call the animal control officer or call the police department so that they can contact the ACO. The officer spoke with the 43-year-old woman again and advised her that if they are her animals, she needs to ensure that they stay on her property and do not wander onto the neighbor’s property. The woman became upset and did not understand what that meant. The officer advised her that because she is the owner of the animals she is responsible for them.

June 9

8:50 p.m. While on patrol, units were called to McCotter Street for a dog going after another dog and its owner. The caller, a 70-year-old woman, stated it appeared to be a Dalmatian. She believed the dog belonged to the Brooks family on Skene Street and that the dog was back with the owners. The incident was documented and forwarded to the animal control officer.

New York State Police

June 6

10:26 a.m. Stacey Laing-Rogers, 40, of Hollywood, Florida, was arrested in 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. She was issued an appearance ticket.

8:45 p.m. Christian J. Lofgren, 19, of Schuylerville was arrested in Salem 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

June 8

7:20 a.m. David M. Downing, 32 of Whitehall was arrested for criminal mischief in the first degree, a class B felony, and arson in the fifth degree with intent to damage property, a class A misdemeanor. He was being held.

June 13

2:20 a.m. Robert R. Colon, 33, Salem was arrested 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.

June 13

2:20 a.m. Robert R. Colon, 33, Salem was arrested 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.

Vermont State Police

June 6

Vermont State People were notified of a stolen vehicle from the Holiday Inn in Rutland Town. Police located the vehicle in West Rutland and conducted a motor vehicle stop. The vehicle was towed to be returned to its rightful owner. Marlisha Turner, 29, of Proctor was issued a citation to appear in Rutland County Court for possession of stolen property and released.

June 8

5:58 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a two-car motor vehicle crash on U.S. Route 7 at Holiday Drive in Rutland Town. Reports from the crash scene indicated the vehicle at fault did not stop and left the area. No injuries were reported. Investigation into the crash determined a silver 2008 Subaru Impreza sedan with tinted windows was eastbound, pulling out of the Holiday Inn on Holiday Drive in Rutland. The second vehicle, a 2015 Kia Forte driven by Cyrus Smith, 35, of Middlebury, was headed southbound on Route 7. According to the witness(es), the Subaru failed to stop/yield at an intersection and pulled out, colliding with Smith’s Kia in the southbound lanes of Route 7. After the T-bone collision, the two vehicles continued to an uncontrolled rest. The Subaru left the scene of the accident, and the Kia sustained major damage. Further investigation into the crash continues. Vermont State Police request assistance from the public to identify the operator of the Subaru Impreza. Anyone with information is asked to contact Vermont State Police at 802-773-9101, attention Corporal Busier.

June 9

Vermont State Police were notified of an assault on North Shrewsbury Road in Clarendon on May 6 at 8 p.m. Troopers conducted further investigation that revealed Benjamin Carroll, 27, of Proctor assaulted Casey Blaisdell, 29, also of Proctor and caused him pain and injury. On June 9, Carroll was issued a citation for simple assault and scheduled to appear in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date and time.

June 13

5:16 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a Rutland residence for an incident of domestic violence. Investigation revealed Joshua Lakatos, 21, of Rutland Town committed aggravated domestic assault on a household/family member. Lakatos absconded from the area but was later located and taken into custody for aggravated domestic assault/unlawful mischief/unlawful restraint in the first degree. He was transported to the Vermont State Police Rutland Barracks for processing and was subsequently lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield, Vermont for lack of $2,500 bail. Lakatos was scheduled to appear in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, on June 14.