Police Beat, July 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

June 17

7:24 p.m. While on patrol, police were informed by dispatch of an ongoing car chase with a disturbance on Quaker Street. Police arrived at the residence in question and spoke with a 36-year-old woman who said she was having issues with her 33-year-old Morrison Avenue neighbor playing vulgar music at a high volume. While speaking with the 36-year-old woman, the responding officer observed the 33-year-old woman on her front porch yelling over. The 36-year-old woman advised the officer that a 35-year-old Morrison Avenue man had left on foot after trying to calm the 33-year-old woman down. While heading over to the Morrison Avenue residence to speak with the 33-year-old woman, the 35-year-old man appeared and was bleeding from his right hand. He refused medical attention multiple times. The 33-year-old woman said she’s had ongoing issues with her neighbors. After being told she needed to turn the music down due to the language used, the 33-year-old woman agreed and said she would only play it inside her residence. The 33-year-old woman then asked the officer to speak with a 34-year-old Quaker Street man who had been revving his engine in the early morning hours. The officer advised both parties to be mindful of each other as neighbors.

June 18

4:51 p.m. Police responded to the Price Chopper parking lot on Church Street for a three-car collision with injuries. Upon arrival, the officer observed one woman still in her vehicle and two unoccupied vehicles that were involved. The officer stood by until a Washington County Sheriff’s Office car arrived.

June 19

5:20 p.m. Police were dispatched to a North Street residence for a mental health call involving a 55-year-old woman who said she wanted to kill herself after falling for a scam. Police requested EMS assistance due to the woman not feeling well, leading to Fort Ann Rescue Squad arriving to transport the woman to Glens Falls Hospital’s behavioral health unit.

June 22

12:30 p.m. Dispatched to the area of Woodard Street for a welfare check of a child with no shoes in the street, police observed a child stand up on the side of the road and when the officer turned around the child was gone. A 50-year-old Woodard Street man described the child as a boy who said they had been sitting there for a while but got very little response from the child other than the child saying they were staying with their 58-year-old grandmother who lived on East Main Street. After checking the backyards of the area with negative results, the officer located the grandmother who said the child, a 14-year-old State Route 40 girl, was staying with her temporarily. The child appeared and said she was just taking a walk and that she does not feel safe where she is. The officer spoke with the child alone who said that they didn’t have any concerns, felt safe, but was uncomfortable around the police. The girl was advised by the officer that the police’s main concern was her safety, and that they would help her if she ever needed it. The child was informed on how to contact the police if she ever needs assistance, and the officer observed the child to be a lot more comfortable after the interaction.

June 23

5:22 p.m. Police responded to a two-car motor vehicle accident at the intersection of State Route 22 and State Route 149. Police assisted with traffic control.

Whitehall Police Department

June 19

12:46 a.m. A 35-year-old man reported a gray Chevrolet pulled up alongside his residence on South Williams Street and was asking about the whereabouts of an unknown woman and brandished a gun at him and proceeded south on County Route 12. An officer patrolled to the area and spoke with the man who called. There was no evidence of the event occurring. A plate description was given to the officer of NY registration LKM7956 which nothing returned on file.

10:12 p.m. A 64-year-old woman called and reported a rabid racoon on First Avenue. An officer patrolled to the area and the racoon was gone on arrival.

June 20

4:07 a.m. A resident of Main Street reported a fire next door in a charcoal grill which was still burning and the sparks were possibly posing a threat to nearby brush and a propane tank. An officer patrolled to the area and observed what was not a fire hazard. The officer advised the caller of the information, but he insisted it needed to be put out. The officer dumped water on the burning coals.

June 22

8:03 a.m. A transformer was reported to be smoking on Main Street during a power outage. The fire and power companies were notified and the power was restored around 11:55 a.m.

10:20 a.m. A woman reported sewer issues at her residence. An officer notified village officials for response.

5:45 p.m. Dispatch requested an area check on the southern portion of the village for a suspicious person traveling northbound from Fort Ann Village where the call originated. An officer sat on the village line and was unable to locate the described vehicle.

June 23

6:20 a.m. An officer was notified of an open door at the Old Village Court Room. The officer patrolled over to the area and observed an open-door leading up to the old court room. The officer cleared the building with negative results. The officer shut the door and was unable to lock it due to having only a dead bolt.

11:30 a.m. A 44-year-old man walked into the station and stated that he needed to file a report of child abuse. The man stated that an 11-year-old girl was being abused at home. Upon speaking with the girl, she stated that she got spanked on the butt for leaving an empty chip bag on the floor. The man was also requesting copies of the reports from the past incidents that he had reported. He was advised that he would need to come back the following day to speak with the Chief because he releases the reports. The officer advised the man that what he and the girl had advised the officer of is considered a form of discipline and allowed to certain extent. The man stated he was aware of it and wanted it documented for the courts.

5:35 p.m. An officer on patrol on Broadway Avenue observed two vehicles with their hazard lights on. As the officer turned onto Poultney Street, they were flagged down by one of the motorists who stated that the car in front of her died and was not able to move. At that time, the officer activated his emergency lights to caution oncoming traffic, both vehicles were on the shoulder of the road but close to the travel lane. The driver was able to contact Smith Street Auto who arrived a short time later to tow the vehicle to their shop.

New York State Police

June 21

11:20 a.m. David Woodruff, 62, of Whitehall was arrested on charges related to a domestic dispute, specifically criminal contempt in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was being held.

11:45 a.m. Benjamin J. Gates, 36, of Granville was arrested for unlawfully growing cannabis and unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, both class A misdemeanors. He was being held.

June 22

9:50 a.m. Sheekesha A. Taylor, 44, of Baldwinsville, New York, was arrested in Fort Ann for introducing contraband into prison in the second degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, both class A misdemeanors, as well as introducing dangerous contraband into prison in the first degree, a class D felony. She was issued an appearance ticket.

10:50 p.m. Noah J. Bourn, 23, of Schuylerville was arrested in Saratoga for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% and DWI, both first offenses and class U misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

June 24

11:48 p.m. Casey J. Hurley, 22, of Salem was arrested for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% and DWI, both first offenses and class U misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

June 25

11:26 p.m. Jesse J. Tracy, 37, of Whitehall was arrested for reckless endangerment in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

June 16

5:52 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a conditions of release violation that occurred at 48 Terra Lane, Mendon. Investigation revealed that Brian Gates, 57, of Mendon violated his conditions of release by harassing a protected party of the conditions, Douglas Earle, 45, of Mendon with a sound-projecting device. Gates was issued a citation to appear at the Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

June 18

9:07 a.m. Vermont State Police took a report of a stolen vehicle from a residence in the Town of Mendon. During the investigation, troopers learned that the vehicle was last seen 30 days before the report was filed. The vehicle is described as a 1990 Jeep Wrangler bearing Vermont registration FXD305. Troopers are asking for the public’s assistance in locating this vehicle. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of this vehicle, please contact Trooper Hall at 802-773-9101.

3:10 p.m. Vermont State Police were on patrol on Clarendon Avenue in the Town of West Rutland when they observed Zachary Lapointe, 31, of West Rutland, walking. Troopers arrested Lapointe on an outstanding parole violation warrant. Lapointe also has underlying charges to include possession of stolen property, larceny, burglary and the sale of cocaine. He was transported to Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility where he was released to the custody of the Vermont Department of Corrections.

June 20

9:20 p.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Stage Road in the Town of Benson. The operator of the vehicle was identified a, Scott Clark, 38, of Goshen. Clark displayed signs of impairment and was subsequently screened and ultimately arrested for suspicion of DUI. Clark was transported to the Castleton Police Barracks and released on citation.

June 21

12:30 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a residence on Cross Road in the Town of Rupert for a report of a family disturbance. Through investigation, troopers learned that Bryce Gurney, 33, of Glens Falls, New York, had operated a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. After a brief struggle, Gurney was taken into custody. Neither Gurney nor any of the troopers were injured. Gurney was placed under arrest for DUI #3 and resisting arrest and subsequently transported to the Manchester Police Department for processing. He ultimately was released on citation to appear at the Bennington County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

June 22

5:55 p.m. Vermont State Police received a report of a disorderly man refusing to exit a bus at the Leicester Park & Ride in the Town of Leicester. Through the course of the investigation, it was found that James Bryant, 41, of Rutland had engaged in violent, tumultuous behavior, made unreasonable noise and used obscene language in a public place. It was also found that Bryant had violated multiple active conditions of release and was motivated by actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ancestry, age, service in the U.S. Armed Forces or disability of his victims, Floribeth Jimenez, 50, and Seth Sargeant, 52, both of Rutland. Bryant was placed under arrest and transported to the New Haven Barracks for processing. A judge set bail at $1,000. Bryant was lodged at the Northwest Correctional Center for lack of bail.

June 23

11 a.m. Vermont State Police were advised of a motor vehicle crash on Vermont Route 22A in the Town of West Haven. Initial investigation showed Gary J. Sweeney, 69, of Castleton was traveling north on Vermont Route 22A when the southbound vehicle, a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado driven by William S. Wade, 78, of Petersburg, New York, entered into the northbound lane of travel and hit Sweeney’s 2016 Subaru Legacy head-on. Sweeney died of his injuries. Wade was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center for minor injuries. This investigation was ongoing. Anyone with any information regarding the crash is asked to contact the Vermont State Police at 802-773-9101.

June 24

10:43 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a residence in Pittsfield for an incident. Investigation revealed Ryan Wilbur, 34, of Clarendon committed a domestic assault on a household/family member. Wilbur was taken into custody on charges of two counts of domestic assault/simple assault and three counts of reckless endangerment. Wilbur was transported to the Vermont State Police, Rutland Barracks for processing and was released with conditions and a citation to appear in Vermont Superior Court, Rutland Criminal Division, at a later date.

June 27

9:26 a.m. Vermont State Police were dispatched to a report of a 2013 Ford pick-up truck that had crashed into a tree in the area of 590 Danby Mountain Rd. in the Town of Dorset. The 16-year-old operator of the truck reported a white sedan was driving on the incorrect side of the road when he rounded a turn. The 16-year-old swerved to avoid a collision and ultimately ran off the road and struck a tree head-on. The 16-year-old was wearing a seatbelt and did not report any injuries. At this time the make or model of the other vehicle is unknown. Vermont State Police were assisted by the Manchester Police Department, Dorset Fire Department and Paul’s Towing.