Police Beat, Sept. 23, 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. 10

11:30 a.m. A 34-year-old North Street man came to the police station to report an incident where he believed someone was targeting cars on North Street, including his. The man said the weather stripping on the passenger side of his windshield was removed, and that he doesn’t think it just fell off. There are no suspects at this time.

8 p.m. A 64-year-old Pine Street man reported to an officer his belief that someone went through his car overnight. The man said there were skid marks in dirt in the driveway from what he assumed to be a bike and that there were some documents in his car that were moved around. The responding officer notified night patrols to be aware.

Sept. 14

12 p.m. While on patrol, police were advised that a 36-year-old Whitehall man’s sister was concerned for the man’s mental health. Police located the man outside of O’Reilly’s Auto Parts on Main Street. The 36-year-old inquired if a man had signed a harassment complaint against him, which the officer had no knowledge of. The Whitehall man said he had no thoughts of harming himself or others, despite his sister’s report. The officer was advised the man was doing jumping-jacks saying “f— Granville” and was scaring his sister. The sister confirmed no threats of harm or anything other than odd behavior and was advised to call 911 if she felt she was in danger.

Whitehall Police Department

Sept. 10

7:07 p.m. An officer was called to 76 N. William St. for suspicious men on the property. A 53-year-old woman reported she could see three to four subjects on her friend’s property. The owners of the property live in Florida, so the woman keeps an eye on the property for them. An officer spoke with the three men who stated they were renting a house in the area and the landlord told them they were allowed to sit down by the water. The officer advised them that it was private property and they could not be in that location to which they stated it was a misunderstanding. The men agreed to leave without incident. The responding officer spoke with the 53-year-old woman to advise her of the same and she will be notifying the owners.

Sept. 11

3:59 a.m. An officer was dispatched to a woman and man domestic dispute at 125 Broadway Ave. Dispatch advised that the woman had punched the man in the face. The officer spoke to the 29-year-old woman who stated that her 30-year-old boyfriend was yelling at her about cheating and lying. The woman said she became defensive and punched the man in the face to get him to back off.

The officer spoke to the man who stated that he suspected the 29-year-old woman was cheating on him and he called her out on it, and she punched him in the face and he wanted something done about it. The officer advised the man that he would need to sign a statement at the station for charges to be filed. The man stated he did not want the woman to go to jail and decided he no longer wanted charges filed. Further, the man stated that he had no other place to go because he got kicked out of the last place he was living. The officer spoke to the man’s father’s girlfriend who stated that he could go to her house in Hudson falls for the night. A ride was arranged for the man and a domestic incident report was completed.

Sept. 14

7:10 p.m. While at the station a 36-year-old man stated a vehicle was parked by the library and blocking access to his garage. The man stated he did not want to confront the driver because he did not want to cause issues with them. The man stated it was someone who was in the library. An officer patrolled to the library and spoke with members there who stated the vehicle had already left, but they would make sure no one parks there anymore. The responding officer also advised them of the no-parking sign which is visible.

Sept. 16

7:45 p.m. A 66-year-old man came into the station to report a dog had attacked another dog while he was fishing on the northern side of the bridge in South Bay in the town of Dresden. The man stated the dog had come up to him and attacked his dog and another dog that he was unfamiliar with. The owner of the dog needed to kick the suspect dog in an attempt to break up the fight. Once the dogs were separated the suspect dog ran over to the man and was fine. The man stated he got the dog into his car and had no issues after that. The man came into the police station to get answers on what to do. The officer on duty contacted animal control officer Nancy Quell who provided the officer with the name of the Dresden animal control officer. The officer contacted the Dresden animal control officer and told the man to meet her at the Dresden Firehouse to file a complaint with her.

New York State Police

Sept. 12

9 a.m. Steven P. McMahon, 27, of Granville was arrested for criminal contempt in the second degree, disobeying a court order of protection, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Sept. 13

1:35 p.m. Peter M. Fusco, 26, of Fort Ann was arrested in Granville for criminal obstruction of breathing by applying pressure and criminal mischief in the fourth degree, specifically property damage, both class A misdemeanors. He was being held.

Sept. 14

9:20 p.m. Mathew R. Devlin, 29, of Fort Ann was arrested in Greenwich for criminal contempt in the second degree, specifically disobeying a court order of protection, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Sept. 15

3:29 p.m. Brett C. Malcolm, 31, of Hudson Falls was arrested in Queensbury for five counts of petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, and was issued an appearance ticket.

Sept. 15

1:53 p.m. Theron A. Erickson, 30, of Salem was arrested in Greenwich for DWI, first offense, a class U misdemeanor, in connection with an incident reported on Sept. 2 at 5:44 a.m. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Sept. 17

3:30 p.m. Billie J. Boyce, 40, of Greenwich was arrested on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child, non-domestic, a class A misdemeanor, and was issued an appearance ticket. The incident is pending investigation.

Sept. 18

10:29 p.m. Hayley A. Batchelder, 24, of Hudson Falls was arrested in Queensbury 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.

11:43 p.m. Robert G. Petrescu, 41, of Shaftsbury, Vermont, was arrested in the Town of White Creek 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.

Sept. 19

3:47 a.m. Lindsie M. Baker, 23, of Hudson Falls was arrested in Lake George 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.

Vermont State Police

Sept. 3

11:26 a.m. Vermont State Police were dispatched to a one-car motor vehicle crash on Vermont Route 3 in the Town of Proctor. Upon arrival, troopers concluded the drive, Kaelin Reopell, 25, of West Rutland, was traveling north on Route 3 prior to the crash. Reopell drove off the west side of the roadway to avoid a deer. Her 2020 Ford Escape impacted a drainage culvert below a driveway, drove up an embankment, became airborne and overturned. The vehicle came to rest on its driver’s side door. Pittsford Fire Department were able to extricate Reopell from the vehicle at which time she was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center by Regional Ambulance Service for injuries resulting from the crash. Vermont State Police were assisted by Pittsford Fire Department and Regional Ambulance Service.

Sept. 13

7:45 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a family fight at 3204 Vermont Route 144 in Benson. Investigation revealed Samantha West, 49, of Benson struck and strangled a family member causing them pain and injury. The victim was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center for medical treatment. West was taken into custody and processed at the Rutland Barracks. She was issued conditions and cited into court. Troopers were assisted on scene by Benson First Response and Fair Haven Rescue Squad.

Sept. 14

6:15 p.m. Manchester Fire Department received a report of a structure fire at the Walgreens at 4993 Main St. in Manchester. Upon arrival, fire crews found heavy smoke in the back storage area of the structure. Fire suppression sprinklers had activated and helped prevent the spread of the fire. The store was closed to the public at the time of the fire due to server issues. Employees who remained in the building working on the servers noticed the smoke and alerted the fire department. No injuries were reported. Manchester Fire Chief Chris Towslee contacted the Vermont Department of Public Safety Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit for assistance in determining the origin and cause of the fire. Members of the unit responded and determined that the fire began in the storage area and was put out by the activation of the sprinkler system. The cause of the fire remains under investigation; however, it is not considered suspicious at this time. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Sergeant James Wright at 802-442-5421 or the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program (VATAP) hotline at 800-322-7766. VATAP will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Sept. 16

1:38 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a two-vehicle crash on Simons Avenue at Barrett Hill Road. During investigation Dale Dauphinais, 65, of Rutland displayed signs of impairment and was screened for DUI. Dauphinais was subsequently arrested for DUI and transported to the Rutland Barracks for processing. He was later released on citation to appear at Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.