Police Beat, June 24, 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 11

6 p.m. A 16-year-old Bulkley Avenue girl made threats to harm herself, resulting in police presence. The girl told the responding officers she needed to talk to a professional. The girl was transported to Glens Falls Hospital’s Behavioral Health Unit by one of the responding officers.

June 13

6:30 p.m. A Columbus Street man was taken into custody for being mentally ill and likely to harm himself. Police received a call at the station from a 34-year-old Granville woman and a 36-year-old Pawlet, Vermont, man claiming the Columbus Street man had gotten into her car parked on East Main Street. The 34-year-old woman said by the time she had got outside to confront the man, he was out of the car and he wouldn’t show her what was in his pockets and started walking down East Main Street. The complainants provided a clothing description to the responding officer who located the man walking on West Main Street and stopped him in the area of the Henry Hose Firehouse. The Columbus Street man told the officer he really wanted a car but wasn’t going to steal anything, he just wanted to get in the car because he thought it was nice. The man let the officer conduct a search and then accepted the officer’s offer of a courtesy ride home. Upon arrival at the residence, the Columbus Street man told the officer that he really missed his step-brother. The officer spoke with the man’s 61-year-old mother who said that the man has not been acting right as of late. The man admitted he had thoughts of suicide earlier that day and considered cutting his throat with a knife. The officer put the man in custody and transported him to Glens Falls Hospital where he was turned over to hospital town. The complainants did not want to press charges.

June 15

3:24 p.m. Police responded to a Berkowitz Drive residence for a reported physical domestic between a 17-year-old boy and a 37-year-old man. The 37-year-old man said the 17-year-old boy got upset and angry when he was asked to do something. The 37-year-old man stated the boy then got in his face, started pointing his finger in his face screaming at him and eventually pushing the man. The officer spoke with the 35-year-old mother who tried calling the 17-year-old’s probation officer but they did not answer. The mother was told to call the probation officer when the 17-year-old acts out. At this time, State Police arrived on the scene and spoke with the boy who said he would keep to himself for the remainder of the evening. The responding Granville police advised the probation officer who was unable to be contacted by the mother of the situation, who then requested a copy of the incident for their records.

June 16

3:45 p.m. Police were dispatched to the Granville Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at 17 Madison Street for reports of a 32-year-old New York man who had been terminated from his employment but refused to leave the location. Upon arrival, the responding officer was met by staff and the 32-year-old man who came outside. The man said he didn’t want to leave because he felt he was fired without cause. He then said he felt he was being racially profiled, and that’s why he was fired. The man wanted to go inside to grab his belongings and agreed to leave after. The man collected his things and left the property with no further issues.

Whitehall Police Department

June 11

10:03 p.m. An anonymous caller stated they could hear loud yelling coming from 16 Montcalm Ave. An officer spoke with a 68-year-old man who stated his grandson was playing a video game.

June 13

12:45 a.m. While on patrol, an officer came across a 24-year-old man back at his residence of State Route 4 after a complaint. The complainant was a 63-year-old West Avenue woman on the phone with 911 at the same time. The officer conducted a vehicle stop and advised the man to stay away from the residence.

June 14

8:50 a.m. A Maple Street resident found a note on her door that stated “if you want us out of here next week u’ll keep this lane open!!! And ur big mouth shut!!! Thank u.” An officer went upstairs to speak to the 53-year-old man and no one answered the door. The woman stated that she is afraid of the people upstairs. The officer advised her if there are any problems or she thinks they are going to be a problem to call the police. The officer obtained a video of the note.

1 p.m. An officer got a call of a woman out of control, yelling and throwing things. An officer spoke with a 45-year-old Williams Street resident and he stated she is bipolar and has been yelling and throwing things at him in the bedroom. The officer spoke with her and she didn’t threaten herself or anyone else. This is the first time that she has been acting like this. When the officer talked with her, she seemed to have calmed down. The officer spoke with the man who called and he stated that things are a lot better and if the problem persists, he will call again. No crime was committed or charges made. The officer advised the man to call her doctor and they may give the police a pickup order to take her to a behavioral health unit.

June 15

11:45 a.m. A 74-year-old man reported having to tow a vehicle into a driveway that was blocked by an unknown vehicle that did not belong there. Upon running the plates, it was shown that a 42-year-old Broadway Avenue woman owned the vehicle. The responding officer asked her to move the vehicle to which she stated she would once a 21-year-old man returned with the keys. The officer saw the 21-year-old passing the station a while later and the officer spoke with him and he stated he would move it right away.

2:16 p.m. A 29-year-old Poultney Street and 33-year-old Poultney Street man went to the station seeking a trespass order for a 30-year-old Broadway Avenue man. The man and woman reported that the man helps himself to their property and often goes inside their garage and porch to access their belongings. The man and woman stated that if seen they wish to have him removed but not charged. A statement was taken documenting the revoked permission.

June 16

12:01 a.m. An officer reported to a domestic dispute at 91 South Williams Street. The officer met with 25-year-old woman at Stewart’s and she stated the 26-year-old man broke her TV and was threatening suicide. The officer spoke with the man who admitted to breaking the TV but denied being suicidal. The officer completed a Domestic Incident Report and arrested the man for Criminal Mischief 4, the officer issued an appearance ticket to appear on June 28. The man was intoxicated, the woman left the area, and the man was advised not to contact the woman.

3 p.m. An officer was dispatched to 8 Elizabeth Street, Skenesborough Harbor room 124 for a disturbance. Upon arrival, the officer interviewed a 64-year-old man who stated someone upstairs was making a lot of noise and dropping several items on the floor causing a disturbance. The man believed it was coming from room 114. The officer arrived upstairs and spoke to two women in front of room 116 who dropped an item on the floors that caused the loud noise. They stated that they are done moving for the day.

5 p.m. An officer was dispatched to 63 Champlain Ave. for a criminal mischief complaint. Upon arrival, the officer interviewed a 19-year-old man. The man stated that someone broke the window on the garage door. The door is located on the east side of the garage. The man stated he had no idea who could have broken the window. He also stated that he would like the incident documented and no criminal charges to be pressed if the person is located.

June 17

9:30 a.m. Village ordinance officer or code was in regarding a complaint a 41-year-old Wheeler Street woman made on June 16. The woman had called in a complaint to an officer about her neighbors having loose animals, geese, on her property. The officer contacted the woman by phone after reviewing the history on those types of calls. New ordinance that addresses this type of complaint defines a verbal warning for the first offense. Since police were unsure whether the warning had been delivered the day before, an officer responded to the residence with a copy of the ordinance and spoke with a woman at the residence. The owner was not home so the officer advised he would return to speak with her at the residence later in the day. Once the verbal warning has been issued, further calls that violate this updated ordinance will be addressed through submission to court.

New York State Police

June 5

12:05 p.m. Randy Wilson, 68, of Whitehall was arrested in Granville for criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor, regarding an incident that occurred on March 14 at 6:19 p.m. He was issued an appearance ticket.

June 14

8:45 p.m. Bernard E. Mitchell, 33, of Rutland, Vermont, was arrested in Fort Ann for bail-jumping in the second degree, a class E felony. He was being held.

June 16

6:46 p.m. Garrett T. Bard, 27, of Whitehall was arrested for criminal contempt in the second degree for disobeying a court order and aggravated harassment in the second degree, specifically for threatening someone by phone, both class A misdemeanors. He was being held.

June 19

1:50 a.m. Andrew J. Leonard, 43, of Fort Edward, was arrested in Queensbury 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 15

6:39 a.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a potential stalking order violation. Through investigation it was determined Brian Gates, 57, of Mendon violated a stalking order by having indirect contact with Douglas Earle, 46, also of Mendon. Gates was issued a citation through his attorney to appear at Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

June 16

11:44 a.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a family fight on Marble Street in West Rutland. Through investigation it was determined Logan Galante, 19, of West Rutland violated court-imposed conditions of release to not have contact with a protected person. Galante was issued a citation to appear at Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date and time.

June 17

11:04 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a found property call at the Holiday Inn in Rutland Town. Through investigation it was determined that Michael Washburn, 26, of Proctor was in possession of cocaine. Washburn was released with criminal citations to appear before Rutland County Superior Court at a later date to answer to the aforementioned charge.

June 18

9:05 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a motor-vehicle versus pedestrian crash on U,S, Route 7 South in the Town of Rutland. Initial investigation revealed that Richard J. Lucas, 77, of Bellaire, Michigan was driving a 2018 Subaru Outback traveling northbound on US Route 7 South when he struck a pedestrian, Randy M. Webster, 44, of Rutland Town. Webster was transported to the Rutland Regional Medical Center before ultimately being transported to the University of Vermont Medical Center for further treatment of injuries.


Granville man dies in tragic motorcycle accident

By Austin Crosier

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the identity of the man involved in the fatal motorcycle accident taking place on State Route 149 in Granville on June 18.

Lawrence Feola, age 63, of Granville, who had been operating his own motorcycle on State Route 149 from Granville to Hartford was initially reported missing at 2:54 p.m. by a motorcyclist friend who was riding with Feola.

“At some point, the friend noticed that Feola was no longer in sight and became concerned. The friend began looking for Feola and stopped at the Granville Police Department to report it,” the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release on June 21. “Sheriff’s deputies responded to interview the friend and began an extensive search of an approximate five mile stretch of State Route 149 where Feola was believed to have been last seen. Granville and Hartford Fire Departments as well as officials from ENCON also responded to assist in an attempt to locate Feola.

At around 5:30 p.m., Feola’s body was discovered and identified as deceased “well off the roadway and down an embankment along State Route 149 in Granville near Lily Pond Road.”

“The circumstances surrounding the accident are under investigation by Sheriff’s Investigators,” the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.

State Route 149 was reopened at around 8 p.m. on June 18 after both sides of the road were closed off to conduct the search. The closure lasted “an estimate of three-to-four hours”, according to Washington County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Winch.


18-year-old leads police on chase through two counties

On Thursday, June 17, at about 6:50 p.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist the Fort Edward Police Department with a report of a car failing to comply on Upper Broadway in the Town of Fort Edward, according to a news release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

The car continued northbound on Upper Broadway and deputies received information that there were female juveniles within the car possibly in distress and signaling for help.

Information later came from one of the juvenile’s parents that there was possibly some type of kidnapping involved with the possibility that the vehicle was stolen.

The driver, later identified as Toby J. Mechanick, 18, of Queensbury, continued through the townships of Fort Edward, Kingsbury and into Warren County as deputies followed in an attempt to keep the suspect vehicle in sight.

Additional agencies including the New York State Police and Warren County Sheriff’s Office assisted.
Mechanick ultimately drove into a stone sign at the intersection of Luzerne Road and Burnt Hills Drive where he then fled on foot into a nearby wooded area.

A perimeter was set up and Mechanick was taken into custody a short time later by a Warren County officer. There were no injuries, and the incident is under investigation.

Mechanick was charged by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangerment in the second degree and unlawfully fleeing police and multiple vehicle and traffic charges. He was arraigned in CAP Court and released.


A single-engine Cessna crashed at Argyle Airport on June 17. (Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

Plane crash in Argyle

On Thursday, June 17, at about 11:06 a.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Argyle Airport on State Route 40 in the Town of Argyle for a report of a plane crash with injuries, according to a news release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Upon arrival, deputies located a fixed wing, single-engine Cessna with heavy front-end damage that had crashed on the property of the airport. The pilot, identified as David L. Klingebiel, 80, of Bunker Hill Road, was the only occupant in the plane at the time of the crash.

Klingebiel was removed from the plane and transferred to a Lifenet Helicopter. He was flown to the Albany Medical Center with head, chest and leg injuries. The scene was turned over to officials from the the Federal Aviation Administration. The circumstances and cause of the crash remain under investigation.

Assisting agencies included Argyle Fire and EMS, Fort Edward Fire, Washington County Department of Public Safety, FAA and Lifenet.


Woman charged with DWI

An officer on patrol was advised of a possible drunk driver operating a green trailblazer in the area of Putorti’s Market on June 12.

The caller said the woman operator was possibly Malina Crump and had a man passenger with her. While enroute to the area, dispatch advised the anonymous caller reported that the vehicle had swapped plates on it as well.

Once in the area, the officer located the green Chevy trailblazer parking in front of Putorti’s Market with a single woman in the vehicle. The officer patrolled past the vehicle and was able to get a license plate number. The officer had dispatch run the plate, which came back as a 2016 Nisan Altima, and the plates were suspended for insurance not in effect.

The officer turned the patrol vehicle around near Ross Chevrolet. As he was turning around, a man came out of the store and got into the passenger’s side of the vehicle. The vehicle began moving and turned onto Queen Street.

The officer was able to get behind the vehicle on Queen Street and activated their emergency lights. The vehicle continued onto West Street before coming to a stop.

The officer walked up to the driver’s side of the vehicle and interviewed the woman. The officer asked for her license, registration, and proof of insurance for the vehicle. The officer asked if she knew why they stopped her to which she responded that the plates did not belong on the vehicle, the vehicle was insured, and she didn’t have a license.

While speaking to the woman, the officer detected an odor of alcoholic beverage. The woman also had watery blood-shot eyes. She provided the officer with her New York State Driver’s License which identified her as Malinda S. Crump.

The officer asked Crump if she had been drinking and she said yes. The officer asked what she had to drink and she stated she had two 12-ounce beers and that was it. The officer asked Crump to exit the vehicle and go back to the front of their patrol car.

Crump stated she only had swapped plates on the vehicle and was driving it because that was her only way to and from work. Crump was administered a Standardized Field Sobriety Test, which she failed. A Portable Breathalyzer Test also showed a positive reading for alcohol on Crump’s breath.

Crump was taken into custody and placed in the rear of the officer’s patrol car. Putorti’s was requested to come and tow the vehicle. Crump was transported back to the Whitehall Police Department for processing.

At the station, a Datamaster DMT test was conducted. At 7:42 p.m. a sample of Crump’s breath was captured. The sample yielded that Crump’s Blood Alcohol Content to be 0.10%. Crump was released on several Uniform Traffic Tickets for operating a vehicle with a suspended license in the third degree, unlicensed operation, improper plates, operating without financial responsibility, unregistered motor vehicle, and driving while intoxicated with a BAC of .08% or more.

Crump was ordered to appear in Whitehall Village Court on June 21 at 4:30 p.m. to answer to the charges.