Police Beat, Sept. 9, 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. 27

10:54 a.m. A Granville woman came to the police station to report two men across the street at Stewart’s Shops spraying gasoline onto the exterior of their pickup truck. A responding officer observed two men wiping down the bed of the truck with rags and a significant amount of gas on the ground around the truck. The officer requested Granville Engine & Hose Co. #1 to respond with Speedy Dry and to ensure there was no hazard, as well as Environmental Conservation (EnCon) officers due to the nature of the incident. The fire department assessed the situation, applied Speedy Dry and left. The two men identified themselves as 19-year-olds of North Augusta, South Carolina, who come to the area to paint barns and coat roofs. While driving, the two men said a bucket of aluminum tipped over and got on the paint of the truck and the only way to remove aluminum is with gasoline. EnCon issued a citation to the men for discharging fuel onto the ground and Stewart’s employees began the cleanup.

Aug. 31

10:10 a.m. A 25-year-old Bomoseen, Vermont man walked into the station to report an incident at the Cumberland Farms parking lot on Quaker Street. The man said he was backing out of a parking spot when a 58-year-old Pacific Street woman came walking Northbound across his path. The man said he applied the brakes as quickly as possible and the woman told him he bumped her arm. The Vermont man asked if she was okay and the woman told him that whatever he does, do not report the incident. The man offered his information to the woman multiple times to which she said “give me $20 and call it good,” so the man did. The 25-year-old decided anyway to report the incident in case the woman reported any other claims. The man described the woman as older with short blonde hair, with other witnesses telling him “she’s probably already drunk.” The officer BOLO’d the area for the woman to ensure she was not injured but did not locate her.

Sept. 1

5:37 p.m. Multiple police units were dispatched to a Quaker Street parking lot for a reported two-vehicle pedestrian automobile accident. Police spoke with a 56-year-old West View Drive woman, who said she was backing out of a parking space and did not see the other car. The woman said she spoke with the operator of the other car, a woman, who was no longer on scene. The 56-year-old said the woman driving the other vehicle looked at her car and said there was no damage and she was not going to wait around. Police obtained the 56-year-old’s information to document the incident and observed no damage to her vehicle.

Whitehall Police Department

Aug. 28

2:29 p.m. A responding officer was dispatched to a 911 hang-up call at Skene Street and yelling could be heard in the background of the call. The officer found a 37-year-old man and 38-year-old woman outside in the yard. The man had a backpack on and was walking down the driveway of the residence to leave. The officer asked him where he was going and he replied that he and the woman had an argument and he made comments about her calling the cops on him multiple times. The man stated that he had to go to work and left on foot. The officer said the woman did not want to give a written statement and was not forthcoming with the information. She said she did not want the man arrested. She said he put his hands on her by the front door and side porch, but she would not elaborate. She also stated that the man said he would smash her face in before the cops got there. the officer offered the woman paperwork for the victim’s rights program and Catholic Charities, but she refused. The woman said she was not concerned that the man would come back to the house due to him being at work and her leaving for her job while he was gone.

Aug. 31

3:48 p.m. An officer was dispatched to 120 Broadway for a parking complaint and interviewed a 56-year-old man, who said there was a white Dodge Charger parked on his property. The man stated the vehicle has been parked on his property for several months and he would like it moved before he has it towed away. The officer advised the man to give patrol a day to try to locate the owner before he has the vehicle towed. An officer contacted the 36-year-old registered owner of the Dodge Charger. The officer advised the woman she had to move her vehicle today otherwise it would be towed. The woman stated she would have the vehicle moves sometime during the day.

Sept. 1

9:10 p.m. While on patrol an officer was called to 32 Gilmore St. for report of a snake in the caller’s kitchen. The officer spoke with a 74-year-old woman who stated a black snake had come from the kitchen and gone under the couch. The officer contacted ENCON Officer Gordon who advised she would come and assist. The snake was removed and released in a safe location.

8:08 p.m. An officer was called to 17 Gilmore Street for a reported verbal domestic dispute between a 57-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman. The officer spoke with the woman who stated her husband had paperwork for their children and was not giving it to her. The woman stated it didn’t get physical, just arguing back and forth. The officer was able to get the paperwork back to the woman. The woman stated she had somewhere she could go for the night but would need a ride. The officer provided the woman with a ride to her friends’ house where she would be staying for the night.

Vermont State Police

Aug. 2

12:53 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a dispute near 89 U.S. Route 4 in the Town of Rutland. Investigation revealed that Sara Goyette, 30, of Rutland Town had violated her court-ordered conditions of release. Goyette was served a citation to appear in court at a later date.

Aug. 3

12:24 a.m. Vermont State Police located a crash on Wheelerville Road at the intersection of Legal Trail 6 in the Town of Mendon. Troopers were able to determine that John Wells, 32, of Rutland was traveling south on Wheelerville Road in his 2015 Subaru Outback and left the roadway. Wells’ vehicle went over an embankment and was totaled. Wells, who was wearing his seatbelt, was uninjured in the crash. Troopers were assisted at the scene by Regional Ambulance and Rutland City Fire Department.

12:27 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a woman going through a vehicle in the parking lot of Lefferts Pond in the Town of Chittenden. Investigation revealed that Elizabeth Capen, 29, of Rutland City had committed the offense of petit larceny and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. Capen was served a citation to appear in court at a later date.

3:25 a.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a single-vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on U.S. Route 7 in the Town of Clarendon. Through investigation it was determined that Howard Doane, 30, of Rutland City, driving a 1999 Honda Accord, was traveling south on U.S. Route 7 near North Shrewsbury Road. A pedestrian, Carter Betourney, 16, of East Wallingford, was crossing Route 7 traveling from west to east. Doane saw Betourney in the middle of the travel lane and swerved in an attempt to avoid striking him. However, Doane struck Betourney with his car’s driver-side mirror, damaging the mirror and causing minor scratches and bruising to Betourney’s left hip. Betourney was treated for his injuries at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

Aug. 28

12:08 a.m. Vermont State Police observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on West Street in Rutland. Troopers located the vehicle and the operator, Jordan Atwood, 26, of Rutland, on Cottage Street in Rutland City. Troopers learned that Atwood had a criminally suspended license and had been driving while under the influence of alcohol. Atwood was taken in for processing and was released on a citation to appear at the Rutland Superior Court Criminal Division at a later date.

4 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a reported suspicious complaint at 4934 Vermont Route 22A in the Town of Addison. They were told that a vehicle was parked at the gas pumps and the operator was in and out of consciousness. Troopers contacted the operator, who was identified as Jimmy L. Bell, 40, of Ticonderoga, New York. While speaking with Bell, troopers detected signs of impairment, and it was determined that Bell would be taken into custody for suspicion of DUI. At this time, Bell attempted to run away, however, he was taken into custody and transported to the Vergennes Police Department for processing. A search warrant was issued to obtain a sample of Bell’s blood. He was later processed and released on a citation to appear in Addison County District Court at a later date.

Aug. 30

6:24 p.m. Vermont State Police along with officers from the Manchester Police Department responded to a report of a disturbance at the Dorset Quarry in the Town of Dorset. Upon arriving on scene, troopers located David Mears, 43, of Brattleboro, who was highly intoxicated and trespassing on the property. Mears was found to have active conditions of release preventing him from consuming alcohol. He was arrested and transported to the Manchester Police Department for processing where he was later released into the custody of a sober party. Mears was released on citation to appear at the Bennington County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date to answer to the charge of violation of conditions of release.

11:26 p.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on North Street near Grove Street in Rutland City for an observed motor vehicle violation. Troopers identified the operator of the vehicle as Caroline Vincent, 22, of Rutland City. Vincent showed signs of impairment and was subsequently screened for DUI. She was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI. After processing Vincent was released with a citation to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

Hebron man charged with assault after hitting neighbor with garden rake

On Sunday, Aug. 29, New York State Police in Greenwich arrested 36-year-old Egbert Shaw of Salem for assault in the second degree, a class D felony; criminal contempt in the first degree, a class E felony; criminal mischief in the third degree, a class E felony; criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor; menacing in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor; and resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanor, according to a press release from the New York State Police.

At approximately 9:25 p.m. on Saturday evening, Aug. 28, New York State Police responded to a report of an assault with a weapon at a residence in the town of Hebron.

Investigation at the scene determined that Shaw had a domestic dispute with a female victim who was the protected party in a full stay away order of protection against him.

During the dispute Shaw threw the victim out of the house and then up against a propane tank outside of the home.

A neighbor heard the commotion and saw Shaw in a physical altercation with the female and attempted to intervene. Shaw struck him with a garden rake multiple times, causing injury. The neighbor was treated for a laceration at Glen Falls Hospital.

Shaw resisted being taken into custody but was successfully secured and transported to the State Police in Greenwich for processing. He was arraigned in Washington County Centralized Arraignment Part and remanded to Washington County Jail on $500 cash or $1,000 bond.

He is due in Hebron Town Court at a later date.

Burglar threatens homeowner with long gun

According to a press release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Cory M. Lamarque, 19, of Hudson Falls allegedly entered an occupied residence while the owners were asleep and stole property from within.

During the burglary Lamarque was confronted by one of the owners, and Lamarque pointed a long gun at the resident before fleeing.

While the Sheriff’s Office was investigating the incident Lamarque was located a short distance from the residence by the New York State Police and was arrested.

Lamarque was held and arraigned in Washington County Centralized Arraignment and then released.

Officer grabbed by man in police car

By Austin Crosier

A Granville police officer was grabbed by a man in the back of a patrol car while driving him to Glens Falls Hospital for medical evaluation.

The officer was dispatched for a reported altercation behind a North Street residence, where he spoke with a man sitting on steps who said two men were stealing stuff from his property.

The man turned over his New York license, which was expired, but said he lived on North Street. The officer was then given a valid license out of Florida, revealing the man to be a 49-year-old Pensacola, Florida man.

The 49-year-old said he had seen two men that he did not know stealing items from his property, leading to an altercation.

The man said he had just gotten to Granville from Florida 30 minutes prior.

The officer asked dispatch to look up the owner of the property which came back to someone else’s name. Again, the officer asked the Florida man if he lived there, and the man said yes.

It turned out the 49-year-old man did live there many years ago but did not currently own or have permission to be on the property and was told to move on by the officer.

The 49-year-old said he owned the property, that he knows police are trigger-happy and the officer might as well shoot and kill him. The officer advised the man that would not happen and asked if he would like to see someone at the hospital about his thoughts, to which the Florida man agreed.

The Florida man got into the patrol car on his own and was cooperating while the officer advised dispatch that he was taking the 49-year-old to Glens Falls Hospital.

While driving near Beecher Road, the Florida man flung the middle window open, jumped up and grabbed the officer.

The officer pulled over and requested backup. The responding officer and a supervising officer were able to handcuff the man and placed him back in the patrol car where State Police followed the officer to the hospital for evaluation.