Police Beat, Sept. 16, 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

Sept. 7

8:20 a.m. Police responded to a Factory Street home for a carbon monoxide alarm that was beeping every few minutes for the last hour, according to the 78-year-old woman reporting the issue. Granville Engine & Hose Company #1 arrived and assessed the situation to learn there was a battery issue with the alarm.

Sept. 8

12:15 p.m. A report was received by police regarding a woman in a blue BMW who threw a bag of garbage out her vehicle’s window near the donation box in the Tractor Supply parking lot on Quaker Street. The license plate number that was provided to the police traced back to a 45-year-old Mettowee Street woman. The responding officer checked the area with no observation of bags or garbage on the ground.

Whitehall Police Department

Sept. 3

9:15 p.m. An unknown caller reported a suspicious fire at 127 Broadway Ave. The caller thought the residents were burning something other than wood. An officer patrolled to the location and spoke with a 27-year-old man who stated they were just burning wood and showed the burning wood, which was legal. The officer advised the residents to keep their music down to a reasonable level.

10:05 p.m. A responding officer received a phone call from an employee at Dollar General who said a 30-year-old man was inside the store and refusing to leave. An officer patrolled to the location and saw the man getting on his bike. The employee requested that the police be called because someone he didn’t like came into the store, and he did not want to get in trouble if the other man said something to him. The man advised he was leaving at the time.

Sept. 4

12:55 a.m. A 47-year-old woman called the station to report that her 52-year-old husband was drunk and throwing things on the house and had moved outside and started banging on the windows. An officer patrolled to 38 Vaughn St. Extension, and the woman came outside and told him that her husband had been drinking all night and became upset, throwing things and flipping the couch on its side. The woman showed the officer numerous text messages her husband been sending, among them one that stated he was going to burn the house down. The officer spoke with the man, who was upset that the police were at his house. The man stated that his wife is causing his stress and that he was upset because he had been laid off from work two weeks ago. New York State Police were on scene for backup, and while troopers spoke to the man outside, the Whitehall officer went inside with the woman to talk to her privately. The officer asked the woman if she would like to file a complaint and have her husband arrested for breaking a coffee mug, and she said no, pointing out that her husband is on probation, and she did not want to get him into any more trouble. The officer advised the husband that his wife was upset but did not want him arrested because he is on probation. The husband said he had nowhere else to go for the night. The husband agreed to stay in the camper he had been staying in for the past few days. A domestic incident report was completed.

9:30 p.m. A responding officer was called to 88 South Williams St. for a report of three to four subjects arguing in the roadway. The officer observed four subjects walking in the Stewart’s parking lot toward South Williams Street. The officer spoke with one man who stated it was the people walking behind him who were yelling. The officer spoke with a 20-year-old man and a 15-year-old girl who was known by the officer. The 20-year-old man stated he was walking by a green house on South Williams Street when people behind the house started yelling obscenities at him. The officer advised him to ignore them and to keep walking. The officer also advised the man that he needs to stay away from that residence because of issues he has had with the residents in the past, and the man agreed. The officer patrolled to 91 South Williams Street and was met by a 25-year-old woman who stated her boyfriend, a 26-year-old man, was drunk and was the one who was yelling. The officer spoke with the 26-year-old who stated he yelled at the 20-year-old man because he does not like him because of incidents that have occurred in the past few months. The officer advised the man to call the police when he has issues that need to be sorted out.

10:15 p.m. A responding officer was called to 91 South Williams St. for a report of three to four subjects arguing in the roadway. While leaving the station a man approached the officer and stated that he was traveling down South Williams Street when a man walked out in front of him and yelled at him saying that he was going too fast. The officer patrolled to the location and saw a 26-year-old man standing on the side of the road. The officer also noticed a water bottle and a beer can in the roadway. The 26-year-old man was upset that vehicles were traveling down his street at a high rate of speed. The man said numerous times that he was going to continue to walk in front of traffic because he had the right of way and it was legal. The officer advised the man that he could not just walk into traffic and cause a disturbance. The officer advised the man to go back to his residence and to call in the future if he has information regarding a traffic complaint. The officer said police would make a note to increase patrols in the area.

Sept. 5

5:45 p.m. A responding officer was called to 12 Main St. to speak with a 74-year-old woman about work being done to her home. The woman said a man was doing work on her house, and she had an agreement with him and also through a loan company. The woman stated the man had yet to come back to finish the work he had agreed to do. The woman stated she had paid the man $1,900 to re-do the siding on her house a few weeks ago but he had not been back in a week. The officer advised the woman that she would need to take her paperwork into civil court and ask the judge for further guidance, as it as a civil issue. The woman stated she would go to court the next time it is in session.

New York State Police

Sept. 5

5:23 p.m. Brian C. Ramey, 41, of Granville 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.

9:15 p.m. Jasmine N. Ball, 26, of Schuylerville was arrested in Saratoga Springs for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

Sept. 6

9:33 a.m. James C. Hynd, 19, of Hoosick Falls, was arrested in the town of Jackson for DWI, first offense, a class U misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Sept. 7

8:07 a.m. Joshua L. Grant, 34, of Hudson Falls was arrested in Queensbury for criminal trespassing in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor, and stalking in the fourth degree, specifically initiating communication, a class B misdemeanor. He was being held.

Sept. 8

6:25 p.m. Brett C. Malcolm, 31, of Hudson Falls was arrested in Queensbury for petit larceny, specifically shoplifting, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Sept. 10

9:58 a.m. John P. Sgorrano, 27, of Fort Edward was arrested for criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor, and issued an appearance ticket.

3:18 p.m. Austin C. Miller, 25, of Fort Edward was arrested for an event that took place on Aug. 4, specifically unlawful publication of an intimate image, considered a sex offense and a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

11:02 p.m. Demetrick M. Rawlins, 25, of Hudson Falls was arrested for criminal mischief in the fourth degree, specifically preventing a person from communicating a request for emergency assistance in the course of a domestic dispute, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Sept. 11

4:34 p.m. Arthur J. Watson, 50, of Granville was arrested for an animal complaint that was reported on Sept. 10, specifically torturing/injuring/not feeding an animal, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

10:20 p.m. Robert D. Carota, 56, of Argyle was arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% with a prior conviction and a previous conviction of DWI within the past 10 years, all class E felonies. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

Aug. 28

9:50 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of an assault at Paddler’s Pub restaurant in the Town of Salisbury. Investigation revealed Sandy Letourneau, 44, of Brandon, assaulted Patricia Lafayette, 41, of Salisbury before leaving the scene. Letourneau also engaged in violent, fighting, tumultuous behavior in a public place. On Aug. 30, the Brandon Police Department located Letourneau and issued her a citation to appear in Addison County Superior Court, Criminal Division 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 Davis 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 and was arrested and transported to the Manchester Police Department for processing. Mears was released on citation to appear at Bennington County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date

Sept. 4

3:28 a.m. Vermont State Police were dispatched to a report of a man passed out in his car on U.S. Route 4 in the town of Mendon. Troopers located a vehicle pulled off the side of the road and identified the operator of the vehicle as Joseph Salisbury-Jennings, 22, of Mendon.  While speaking with Salisbury-Jennings he showed signs of impairment and was subsequently screened for DUI.  He was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI and transported to Rutland for processing.  After processing Salisbury-Jennings was released with a citation to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division at a later date.

8:08 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a domestic dispute at a residence in the Town of Clarendon. Investigation revealed that Shane Blair, 34, of Clarendon had committed the offense of domestic assault. Further investigation revealed that Blair committed the offense of aggravated domestic assault in the first degree on an earlier date. He was held without bail at Marble Valley Correctional Facility.

Sept. 5

Vermont State Police responded to a residence on York Street Extension in Poultney. Through investigation it was determined that Nathan Fox, 32, of Poultney had active pre-trial conditions of release of which he was in violation. Fox was issued a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

Sept. 6

6:23 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to the area of Cold River Road and Prospect Ridge Road in Clarendon for a single-vehicle crash. On arrival, troopers found a 2003 Ford Focus off the roadway with minor front-end damage. No one was with the vehicle. The car had collided with a traffic sign, causing damage to the sign and minimal damage to the car. Upon contacting the owner and operator, Allison L. Jordan, 35, at her residence in Clarendon, troopers observed signs of alcohol impairment. Field sobriety exercises were administered and it was determined that Jordan had been driving under the influence. She was transported to Rutland for processing and issued a citation to appear in Rutland District Court at a later date.

Sept. 7

7:26 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a juvenile who was strangled at 267 Main St. in Poultney. Investigation revealed Anthony Gaines, 22, of Rutland City strangled a juvenile, causing the juvenile pain and injury. The juvenile was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center for medical treatment. Gaines was taken into custody and processed in Rutland where he was issued conditions and ordered held without bail at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility. Troopers were assisted by the Fair Haven Rescue Squad and the Rutland City Police Department.


Fort Edward man facing multiple charges following domestic dispute

On Sept. 3, 2021, New York State Police arrested Lyndon L. Tatsey, 52, of Fort Edward for criminal contempt in the first degree, a class E felony; criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, a class A misdemeanor; criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor; and harassment in the second degree.

Police had responded to a domestic dispute at the Whippoorwill Motel and Campsites in Lake George. Tatsey is accused of pinning his victim down during a dispute and was found to be in violation of a full stay away order of protection. He also was in possession of a glass smoking pipe containing cocaine and an envelope containing a driver’s license and cash that had been stolen from the victim.

Tatsey was taken in for processing. He was arraigned in Warren County Centralized Arraignment and released on his own recognizance. He is due to appear in Lake George Town Court on a later date.


Additional information on fatal police shooting in Rutland

Officer Christopher A. Rose of the Rutland City Police Department provided a voluntary interview with Vermont State Police detectives on Wednesday, Sept. 8. Following that interview, Vermont State Police were able to provide additional information about the fatal shooting of Jonathan Mansilla that occurred on Aug. 25 in Rutland.

Following the vehicle crash on Allen Street near the McDonald’s in Rutland, Rose observed Mansilla run from the scene and into the restaurant. Rose gave chase in an attempt to apprehend the suspect and take him into custody.

According to interviews and witness statements, Mansilla fled into the men’s room inside the McDonald’s. Rose entered shortly afterward and saw Mansilla’s lower extremities under the gap at the bottom of a stall. Mansilla then exited the stall and ran toward Rose. The officer said he observed an object in Mansilla’s hand that he perceived to be an unknown weapon of some kind. Rose then fired three rounds from his department-issued handgun, striking Mansilla twice in the chest. The object Mansilla was carrying was later determined to be a cellphone.

State police detectives expect to conclude their work on the investigation in the coming weeks and turn over the matter to the Vermont Attorney General’s Office and the Bennington County State’s Attorney’s Office for independent reviews of Officer Rose’s use of deadly force.