Police Beat, Aug. 19, 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. 6

10:45 p.m. Police were called back to the station for a walk-in where a 34-year-old Church Street woman was waiting for the officer. The woman requested a civil stand-by while she dropped off property at a River Street residence. The 34-year-old woman told the officer that she wanted a witness that could say she didn’t damage the returned property and that it would be left on the porch of the River Street residence. The officer remained on scene until all property was returned.

Whitehall Police Department

Aug. 5

9:50 p.m. Police received a call from a 42-year-old Saunders Street woman saying her 33-year-old husband’s truck had been hit while parked in their driveway. Police spoke with the couple. The 42-year-old woman said she had just arrived home from work and observed their trash bins in the roadway, After further examination, the woman said she observed her husband’s truck on the passenger side to be damaged. The husband said that he had been inside for most of the day and had heard a noise but didn’t think anything of it. The officer observed pieces of what appeared to be a tail light left behind by the suspect vehicle and collected them to be placed in evidence. After further examination, it appeared there was a transfer of white paint on the front of the man’s truck. The incident is under investigation.

Aug. 6

4:43 p.m. Dispatched to a School Street residence for reports of a woman struck by a motor vehicle, police located a 34-year-old West Street woman standing down the street by her vehicle and a 30-year-old School Street woman sitting in a parking lot complaining of right arm and right ankle pain. EMS was dispatched and the 30-year-old woman was transported to Glens Falls Hospital. Police spoke with a 54-year-old School Street man who said the 30-year-old woman went to the 34-year-old woman’s car and started striking it. Then, the 34-year-old woman pulled out, hit the 30-year-old woman and the 30-year-old stayed on the car and fell off after some distance. The officer noted in the incident report that the 54-year-old man would be in the station on Aug. 7 to give a statement. The man continued to say that the 30-year-old woman was hitting the 34-year-old’s car and told the 34-year-old that her child was in her car. The man told the officer that the 34-year-old woman said she was scared about the child being in the car when the 30-year-old woman was yelling and striking the car, so the 34-year-old woman attempted to drive away. One of the South Street women sent the officer a video of the incident via email. The 30-year-old woman said she would go to the police station with medical paperwork and to give a statement when she returned home from the hospital.

On Aug. 8, police received a call from the 30-year-old woman advising that she needed to make a statement and turn over medical paperwork for her sustained injuries. The responding officer received a signed deposition from the 30-year-old woman stating she had gone to her mother’s house on Saunders Street to get the lawn mower. When the 30-year-old woman returned home, she realized she forgot the gas can. On her way back to her mother’s house, the 30-year-old woman observed the 34-year-old woman standing outside of her vehicle and screaming at her wanting to know why the 30-year-old woman was following her. The 30-year-old woman said she was not following her, she was on her way to retrieve the gas can she forgot at her mother’s house. The 30-year-old woman said the 34-year-old woman had become irate and locked herself in the car and was still yelling, with the 30-year-old woman telling the 34-year-old woman that she better leave her alone and to go  way. The 30-year-old woman said she went to go to the sidewalk and the 34-year-old put her vehicle into drive and tried to run the 30-year-old woman over without success. from where The 30-year-old approached the driver’s side window and asked the woman if she was “(expletive) crazy,” as she had her child in the car. The 30-year-old said the driver’s side window was partially down and she had her fingers from her left hand curled over the top of the glass, with the 34-year-old woman rolling the window up with the 30-year-old woman’s hand still in it. The 30-year-old said she began to punch the glass with her right hand when the 34-year-old took off again, peeling out with her stuck to the car. The 30-year-old said she was running with the vehicle trying to free herself. After turning into the School Street parking lot, the 30-year-old was able to free her hand and observed the 34-year-old drive away down School Street. At that point, the 30-year-old said the neighbors came out and called 911 with people trying to calm the 30-year-old down and keep the 34-year-old away. The 30-year-old said the 34-year-old came back to the scene to argue with the 30-year-old’s mother. The original officer had then arrived on scene and rendered aid until EMS arrived. The 30-year-old was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder, a broken humorous, cuts and scrapes from road rash, as well as a hole in her elbow from when she fell that almost required surgery. The 30-year-old was released from the hospital the same night with follow-ups with a specialist. The case remains under investigation.

Aug. 6

8:36 p.m. Police responded to a Lower Bellamy Street residence for a harassment complaint and the responding officer spoke with a 45-year-old West Street woman who said someone in a motorcycle helmet with full face protection had headbutted her boyfriend, a 51-year-old Lower Bellamy Street man, in the face while he was attempting to retrieve cigarettes from his vehicle. The 51-year-old was bleeding from the head and had other facial injuries and was transported to Glens Falls Hospital by EMS. Police spoke with a 51-year-old Lower Bellamy Street woman said her friend was at her house and rode a motorcycle. She told the the officer that her friend was outside revving his motor trying to annoy the 45-year-old woman and the 51-year-old man, and that she told the man to stop. The 51-year-old woman said she then went inside and did not see the biker headbutt the 51-year-old man. The 51-year-old woman said she did not know her friend’s real name, but as soon as she found out she would contact the police. She also told the officer he had a tattoo on his left forearm and that he lives in the Port Henry area. The 51-year-old woman said the 45-year-old woman told her she was going to “kick her (expletive).” The officer had another domestic call and he advised the woman to come in the station later that night or the following day. The responding officer spoke with a supervising officer about the incident the next day. At 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 7, the supervising officer was dispatched to a reported disturbance on Lower Bellamy Street at the same address. The caller told dispatch that the woman’s friend had returned and had left before the supervising officer arrived. On Aug. 8 at 11:55 p.m., the supervising officer went to the Lower Bellamy Street residence again to speak with the 51-year-old woman in an attempt to identify the suspect. The supervising officer approached the door and observed a man lying on the floor and a white, full-shield motorcycle helmet on a table. After identifying himself, the officer observed the man get up and walk into another room, followed by the 51-year-old woman. The officer heard the 51-year-old woman tell the man, “You need to go out there and talk to them.” The man returned and took his helmet and approached the door. The man told the officer that he was uncomfortable with speaking to the officer, so he would speak through the door. He said that he was outside his truck when the 51-year-old man was talking about him and the 51-year-old woman and began to walk towards him, getting inches away. The man said the 51-year-old never had a chance to touch or hit him and that there had been ongoing issues between both parties for four months.

On Aug. 8 at 5:30 p.m., police received a phone call from the 51-year-old woman who said she wished to only report the incident to leave a paper trail and was told to do that by two officers. The 51-year-old woman told the officer that her ex-boyfriend, the 51-year-old man, now lives across the street from her with his girlfriend, the 45-year-old woman. The 51-year-old woman said the couple across the street have yelled names to her from across the street and that on Aug. 8, the 51-year-old man’s mother was yelling at her for no reason. No threats were made but the 51-year-old woman said she was becoming annoyed. The responding officer advised the woman to go to family court to obtain an order of protection.

Aug. 8

5:58 p.m. Police were dispatched to the vicinity of Elizabeth Street for reports of wires down following a thunderstorm and the officer observed a large pine tree had fallen on top of power lines that lead from the pole in front of the house. The officer observed a gray Toyota Tacoma that had been damaged with the tree still on top of the truck with most of the damage being in the truck bed. A request for a report was fulfilled as the officer interviewed a 55-year-old Elizabeth Street woman.

6:45 p.m. Austin M. Howarth, 23, of Whitehall, was charged with harassment in the second degree with physical contact when he allegedly pushed his 11-year-old brother into their cat at their apartment building on Lower Bellamy Street.

Aug. 9

8 a.m. A 48-year-old Bellamy Street woman called the police to report that her husband had lost the key to his motorcycle on his mail delivery route today. The route was Saunders Street, Main Street and all of the avenues.

Aug. 10

8 p.m. Amanda E. Emery, 31, of Whitehall was arrested on a warrant for her arrest out of Franklin County after failing to appear in court after a summons was served when she was recognized on Poultney street. The Whitehall officer met with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office to transfer Emery.

10:30 p.m. Police responded to a Potter Street residence for a reported physical domestic with three or four people there and one possibly with a knife. Upon arrival, the officer met with the suspect, a 36-year-old Whitehall man, the victim, a 33-year-old Whitehall woman and the witness, a 36-year-old Whitehall woman from Potter Street. All seemed calm on the front porch with the 36-year-old woman doing most of the talking. After determining no crime had occurred, the 33-year-old woman and 36-year-old woman wanted the 36-year-old man to leave the residence. The officer spoke further with the 33-year-old woman who then requested an order of protection and to sign a complaint for harassment against the man. The officer went to the station with the 33-year-old woman and filled out the paperwork. The officer forwarded the complaint to court for a summons. On Aug. 12 at 11:30 a.m., the 36-year-old man was served a criminal summons to appear in court and an order of protection.

New York State Police

Aug. 8

9:12 a.m. Jesse J. Tyrell, 33, of Whitehall was arrested on one count each of criminal trespass in the third degree and criminal tampering in the third degree, both class B misdemeanors; criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree, both class A misdemeanors; and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree, a class U misdemeanor. He was released to a third party.

2:15 p.m. Thomas R. McCall, 32, of Fort Edward was arrested in Wilton for petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Aug. 9

8:48 p.m. Eric L. Lapan, 45, of Hudson Falls was arrested in Fort Ann 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.

10:49 p.m. Roxanne L. Gordon, 32, of Hudson Falls was arrested for petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, in relation to an incident involving shoplifting reported on Aug. 3 at 5 p.m. She was issued an appearance ticket.

Aug. 13

5:51 p.m. Cassandra A. LaFlamme, 31, of Greenwich was arrested in Wilton for petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

Aug. 14

7:01 a.m. Nancy L. Dullary, 63, of Whitehall was arrested for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% and DWI, both first offenses and class U misdemeanors. She was issued an appearance ticket.

6:34 p.m. Lucretia R. Knight, 48, of Fort Edward was arrested for petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, and was issued an appearance ticket.

8:30 p.m. Luke H. Sutliff, 22, of Greenwich was arrested in Victory for criminal contempt in the second degree, specifically disobeying a court order connected with a domestic dispute, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

Aug. 5

3:03 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified that an unconscious man was located pinned between two dumpsters at the Kayhart Brothers Farm in the Town of Addison. The victim was extracted, and first responders located on the property began performing CPR. Responding troopers processed the scene and found evidence that was consistent with an accidental death, as they located a piece of broken equipment that caused the incident. The victim was identified as Jeremy Spaulding, 30, of Whitehall, New York, who was working for Casella Waste Management at the time of the incident. Spaulding’s body was transported to the chief medical examiner’s office in Burlington for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. The death was ruled as accidental. The Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration was also investigating the incident.

Aug. 7

7:30 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a road rage incident that began on Vermont Route 22A in Addison County and continued into the Town of Benson. Investigation revealed that Matthew Haunte, 26, of Colchester operated his motor vehicle in a grossly negligent manner when he attempted to run other vehicles off the roadway. Haunte used his motor vehicle to deliberately strike another motor vehicle almost causing that vehicle to crash into oncoming traffic. He ultimately was stopped in the Town of Fair Haven, was taken into custody, processed and lodged at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility. Troopers were assisted by the Castleton Police Department and Fair Haven Police Department. Bail was set at $1,000 and Haunte was scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

Aug. 8

4:15 a.m. The Brandon Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 149 North St. in Brandon. When firefighters arrived, they found the detached garage fully involved with fire. Firefighters from Brandon and Pittsford were able to suppress the fire quickly which prevented its spread and limited property damage . Chief Kilpeck contacted the Department of Public Safety Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit (FEIU) for assistance in determining the origin and cause of the fire. FEIU investigators determined that the origin of the fire was inside the garage in the general area of the overhead door. The cause of the fire is undetermined but is not considered to be the result of direct human involvement. Property damage is estimated to be in excess of $75,000 as the family of Kelly Disorda, 51, of Brandon lost several all-terrain vehicles that were stored inside the garage.

5:57 a.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a single-vehicle crash on Lilly Hill Road in Danby. Through investigation it was determined that Hannah Todd, 19, of West Rutland was traveling south on Lilly Hill Road in a 2008 Honda Civic and swerved to avoid a deer which resulted in her car exiting the roadway and crashing into a tree. Todd went to Rutland Regional Medical Center on her own for treatment of minor chest pain. The car sustained substantial damage to the left fender and front bumper

8:45 a.m. Vermont State Police located a single-vehicle crash on East Road in Tinmouth. Through investigation it was determined that Cole Aines, 19, of West Rutland and his passenger Tristen Louden, 19, of Danby were traveling south on East Road in Aines’ 2011 Honda Civic. Aines swerved to avoid a deer, which resulted in his car exiting the roadway and crashing into a tree. No injuries were reported, but the car sustained substantial damage to its front end, front bumper and rear bumper.

1:09 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a trespassing complaint at the Hannaford Supermarket in the Green Mountain Plaza in Rutland Town. Through investigation it was determined Grover Pangburn, 46, of Rutland had violated an order of no trespass by being in the Hannaford Supermarket. Pangburn was released on citation to appear at Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

Aug. 11

4:34 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to 217 Main St. in Poultney for a reported stabbing. It was reported that a juvenile had been stabbed in the parking lot of Stewart’s Shop. Investigation revealed Shania Goyette,21, of Poultney stabbed a juvenile with a knife causing injury to the victim. The juvenile was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center for medical treatment. Goyette was taken into custody and issued conditions and bail of $1,000 was set by a judge. Goyette was held at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility. Troopers were assisted on scene by the Fair Haven Police Department, Poultney Rescue and Granville Rescue.

Aug. 12

11:16 p.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on U.S. Route 4 near mile marker 13 for an observed motor vehicle violation. The operator was identified as Niclaus Clark, 20, of Rutland City. Clark showed signs of impairment and was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI. It was also determined that Clark’s privilege to operate a motor vehicle in Vermont was criminally suspended. Clark was processed and later released with a citation to appear in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

Fatality in Fort Ann

On Sunday, Aug. 8, at 7:33 p.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a missing person report on Patten Mills Road in the Town of Fort Ann.

Deputies were advised that Keith A. Hill, 40, of Ferry Boulevard in South Glens Falls had left from Patten Mills Road on his motorcycle by himself.

Friends and family became concerned when they did not hear from Hill, and deputies began to retrace what would have been his route of travel.

At around 9:20 p.m., Hill was located deceased at a crash site down an embankment well off the roadway on Patten Mills Road. Sheriff’s investigators are examining the circumstances leading up to the crash to try and determine the cause of the accident. The accident remains under investigation.

A portion of Patten Mills Road was closed while the scene was being cleared.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by West Fort Ann Fire Department and EMS squads from Fort Edward and Fort Ann.

Man dies in motorcycle crash

A Whitehall man was killed on Aug. 12 when his three-wheeled motorcycle veered off County Route 17 in Hartford.

Gerald J. Loeber, 69, was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Loeber had been traveling northeast on County Route 17 while operating his three-wheeled motorcycle when he lost control, veered off the roadway and was ejected,” the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. “Sheriff’s Investigators are investigating the circumstances leading up to the crash to try and determine the cause of the accident.”

Assisting the Sheriff’s Office were Hartford Volunteer Fire Company, Hartford first Responders and Argyle EMS.

Hartford Volunteer Fire Company chief David Swezey said his crew of 10 firefighters was able to help the sheriff’s deputies with shutting down a portion of the road rather quickly due to the location of the “unfortunate situation.”

“The bike was approximately 30 feet off the roadway,” Swezey said. “There is a sharp turn, not sure if that had anything to do with it. It does look like high speed was involved, but that’s up to the Sheriff’s Office to determine.”