Police Beat, Aug. 12, 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

Aug. 3

7 p.m. A 33-year-old Columbus Street woman called police to report her 13-year-old son had taken off from their residence and was possibly with his teenage girlfriend. The woman advised the officer that she had reason to believe her son and his girlfriend were at the Little League ballpark. Police contacted the 39-year-old mother of the teenage girl and made her aware of the situation. The 39-year-old mother was able to track her daughter’s phone by pinging it to the Little League field. Police located the young couple and returned the 13-year-old boy to his mother. At 10:05 p.m., police were notified by a supervisor that there was a possible domestic in the area of Pacific Street and Columbus Street. Police were able to observe it to be at the house of the 33-year-old woman and her 13-year-old son. After an interview, police deemed the incident not to be a domestic. The 33-year-old woman said she was in an argument with her son because he wanted his girlfriend to spend the night. The responding officer advised the boy of legal issues that could arise, as well as noting that at 13, he probably didn’t need his girlfriend to spend the night. The officer was able to calm the boy down and the mother said she didn’t want him taken to the Behavioral Health Unit at Glens Falls Hospital but would call the police if there were further issues.

Whitehall Police Department

Aug. 3

11:29 a.m. An officer was called to Lower Belhamey for a report of a woman taking wood from the property without permission. The officer found a 51-year-old woman loading a black Ford pickup with wood. The officer asked the woman what she was doing and she stated she had permission to take the wood. The officer asked who gave her permission and she stated the man who lives there, who was a friend. The officer asked for his name and she told the officer she could not say nad stated he may be dead. The officer asked how she got permission if he was dead and she stated he gave her permission two years ago. The woman went on to say that she has not seen him in a long time and that the wood might be on the railroad property. The officer explained that regardless, she needed to have permission either from the homeowner or the railroad and could not just take something. The officer made her unload the truck and stood by until it was unloaded and she had left the property. Later, the officer learned that was the second load of wood she had taken.

1:20 p.m. A 67-year-old store operator reported he had cashed two checks on April 13 for a 50-year-old man, one for $588.39 and the other for $162.24. He said he later learned that the checks were duplicates and the 50-year-old man had cashed them twice. The 67-year-old man reported the 50-year-old man worked for Whitehall Plywood and had reported his checks missing. Whitehall Plywood advised him they reissued the checks to him which were cashed. They reported to the 67-year-old man that a short time later, the 50-year-old man cashed the original checks at his store which he took back out of the store accounts as the checks were no good. The 67-year-old man reported he has mailed him letters and he has not come back to the store since he cashed them.

An officer located the 50-year-old man at his residence and was told he had lost the checks because they got mailed to Hills Pond Road. He said a friend showed up and gave him the checks and he then cashed them at the store. The officer explained to him repeatedly that the company reissued him checks as he reported them lost or missing, and he cashed them. The man stated that he only cashed them once. He could not explain the second set of checks but did confirm he reported them missing and later a friend giving him the checks which had been mailed. The 50-year-old man advised he would pay the store the money and the 67-year-old man reported later that he did.

August 4

4:01 p.m. An officer patrolled to the station for a walk-in and interviewed a 37-year-old man who said he needed to file a report, stating that his vehicle was destroyed in an accident. The officer filled out a Motor Vehicle-78B form for him and advised him that an incident report will be filed.

New York State Police

July 29

6 p.m. A 17-year-old boy from Granville was arrested for unlawful dealing with a child in the first degree, specifically providing alcohol to a juvenile, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Aug. 3

4:30 p.m. Justin L. Panoushek, 38, of Whitehall was arrested in Dresden for criminal contempt in the first degree, specifically harassment of another with a weapon, a class E felony. He was being held.

Aug. 4

4:30 p.m. Trevor D. Hunt, 41, of Cambridge, was arrested for an incident reported on April 24, at 4:23 p.m., specifically sexual abuse in the first degree involving contact with an individual younger than 11 years, a class D felony, and predatory sexual assault against a child, a class A felony. He was being held.

Aug. 6

9:36 a.m. Paul R. Wilson, 35, of Fort Edward was arrested on charges of obscenity/pornography, specifically possession of sexual performances by a child, a class E felony. He was being held.

3:15 p.m. David M. Downing, 33, of Whitehall was arrested for criminal contempt in the first degree, specifically telephoning another under an order of protection in a domestic dispute, a class E felony. He was being held.

Vermont State Police

July 28

2:44 p.m. Vermont State Police are investigating an armed robbery that took place at Mac’s gas station at 786 Vermont Route 22A in Fair Haven. No one was injured in the incident. Investigation showed that a lone man entered the store, displayed a knife that was about 5 or 6 inches long, and demanded the clerk hand over money from the cash drawer and the safe. The man was wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, light-colored jeans with rips in the legs and a flat-brimmed, dark-colored baseball cap. He fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash in a green bank bag with a broken zipper. Anyone with information that may be relevant to this investigation is asked to contact the Vermont State Police in Rutland at 802-773-9101. Tips also may be submitted anonymously online at http://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.

Aug. 1

5:18 a.m. Vermont State Police are investigating an armed robbery that took place at the Maplefields located at the intersection of U.S. Route 7 and Vermont Route 3. No one was injured in the incident. Investigation showed a lone male entering the store and picking out a soda before going to the counter. While at the counter, the male displayed a knife and demanded the clerk hand over money from the cash drawer. The male was wearing an orange T-shirt, light-colored cargo shorts, camouflage hat, blue neck gaiter/mask and black shoes with white soles. He fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash, the soda and three packs of cigarettes. Anyone with information that may be relevant to this investigation is asked to contact the Vermont State Police in New Haven at 802-388-4919. Tips also may be submitted anonymously online at http://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.

11:34 p.m. Vermont State Police are investigating an armed robbery that took place at the Cumberland Farms store on Main Street in Wallingford. No one was injured in the incident. Investigation showed a lone male entering the store and picking out a soda before going to the counter. While at the counter, the male displayed a knife and demanded the clerk hand over money from the cash drawer. The male was wearing a black T-shirt, light-colored cargo shorts, dark-colored baseball hat with gold/yellow brim, a light blue bandana-style mask, and black shoes with white soles. He fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash, the soda, and two packs of cigarettes. Anyone with information that may be relevant to this investigation is asked to contact the Vermont State Police in Rutland at 802-773-9101. Tips also may be submitted anonymously online at http://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.

Aug. 4

7 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a dispute near Home Depot in the Town of Rutland. Investigation revealed that a male, identified as Nicholas Edward Karov, 37, of Rutland stole merchandise from Home Depot and was subsequently followed by Adam Pedicino, 48, of Mt. Holly, when Karov pointed a gun at Pedicino and fled the area. Karov was taken into custody and transported to the Vermont State Police Rutland Barracks for processing before being released on court-ordered conditions to appear in court at a later date.

Aug. 5

12:57 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to the area of U.S. Route 7 in the Town of Clarendon for a report of a single motor vehicle crash. Investigation revealed that the operator, Levi Machain, 35, of Rutland was traveling northbound when he veered off the west side of the road, coming to a position of uncontrolled rest in the median. Further investigation revealed Machain showed signs of impairment and he was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI. Machain was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center for injuries sustained during the crash and will appear in court at a later date.


Cambridge man charged with predatory sexual assault against a child

Trevor D. Hunt

On Thursday, Aug. 5, the New York State Police in Greenwich arrested 41-year-old Trevor D. Hunt of Cambridge, for predatory sexual assault against a child, a class A felony, and sexual abuse in the first degree involving contact with an individual younger than 11 years old, a class D felony.

Following a joint investigation with the Hoosick Falls Police Department, Hunt is being accused of the sexual abuse of three children, all of whom were under the age of eleven at the time of the abuse. It is believed that the abuse took place more than 10 years ago at the suspects’ residence when he lived in Cambridge and Hoosick Falls, New York.

Hunt was taken into custody and arraigned in Washington County Centralized Arraignment Part. He was remanded to Washington County Jail without bail and is due to appear in Jackson Town Court on Thursday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m.

State Police currently are investigating the possibility of additional victims. Hunt is also known to have lived in Bennington, Vermont, and Sanford, Maine.

Residents with additional information are encouraged to contact the New York State Police at 518-583-7000 or Chief Ashe at the Hoosick Falls Police Department at 518-686-7900 or [email protected].


Three robberies committed at knife-point over five days

Image of man committing robbery at knifepoint on July 28.

Vermont State Police responded to three robberies committed at locations in Fair Haven, Pittsford and Wallingford from Wednesday, July 28, through Sunday, Aug. 1.

The first took place at Mac’s gas station in Fair Haven on Wednesday, July 28, and was reported at 2:44 p.m. A lone man entered the store, displayed a knife that was about 5-6 inches long, and demanded the clerk hand over money from the cash drawer and the safe. The man was wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, light-colored jeans with rips in the legs and a flat-brimmed, dark-colored baseball cap.

On Sunday, Aug. 1, Vermont State Police took a report at 5:18 a.m. about a lone man entering the store and picking out a soda before going to the counter. While at the counter, the man displayed a knife and demanded the clerk hand over money from the cash drawer. The male was wearing an orange T-shirt, light colored cargo shorts, camouflage hat, blue neck gaiter/mask and black shoes with white soles.

Man committing robbery on Aug. 1 in the morning

Also on Sunday, Aug. 1, at 11:34 p.m., Vermont State Police took a report of an armed robber at the Cumberland Farms located on Main Street in Wallingford, Vermont. Investigation showed a lone man entering the store and picking out a soda before going to the counter. While at the counter, the man displayed a knife and demanded the clerk hand over money from the cash drawer. The man was wearing a black T-shirt, light colored cargo shorts, dark colored baseball hat with gold/yellow brim, light blue, bandana-styled mask, and black shoes with white soles.

The man fled the stores with cash in the first incident and cash, soda and cigarettes in the second and third incidents.

Anyone with information that may be relevant to these investigations is asked to contact the Vermont State Police in Rutland at 802-773-9101 or in New Haven at 802-388-4919. Tips also may be submitted anonymously online at http://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.

Man committing robbery on Aug. 1 in the late evening