Police Beat, Sept. 30, 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. 21

9:40 a.m. While on patrol, police were advised of EMS enroute to the Granville Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in regard to a resident 66-year-old man threatening to harm others. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with staff who stated the man had an issue with a charge nurse the night prior and made some threats today, but the staff were unable to elaborate. After speaking with the 66-year-old man, the officer learned the man was not feeling well after eating a tube of anti-fungal cream and wished to be transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center. EMS transported the 66-year-old man without incident.

Sept. 22

2:42 p.m. Police observed a 61-year-old Williams Street man lying on the ground having a medical emergency while the officer was conducting crosswalk duty on Quaker Street. Police requested EMS, and the 61-year-old finally opened his eyes but was not talking. EMS arrived and loaded the man onto a stretcher but he was still not answering questions. Paramedics checked the man’s blood sugar and it was fine. The man was identified by the officer through a non-driver’s identification card located in the man’s pocket. The 61-year-old was then turned over to EMS for transport.

5 p.m. An officer was flagged down by a 31-year-old Water Street woman reporting an incident that occurred a short time prior. The woman advised the officer that she and a 31-year-old Water Street man were driving their tractor back from Middle Granville down the rail trail, and the bucket of the tractor struck a sign at the intersection with North Street. The officer informed the woman they would document the incident and have the day shift advise the village Department of Public Works. The officer patrolled to the location described and observed a stop sign and a North Street sign on the cemetery side of North Street laying down.

8:31 p.m. Police were dispatched to Granville Junior/Senior High School for reports of a juvenile refusing to leave school property and causing a disturbance. Upon arrival, police observed two children, a 14-year-old Lawrence Street girl and a 9-year-old Lawrence Street boy, along with several other youth. The 14-year-old girl and 9-year-old boy told the officer the other group of kids, involving an 11-year-old Irving Avenue girl, an 11-year-old Columbus Street boy and another Irving Avenue girl, were picking on the 9-year-old Lawrence street boy. The complainant, a 44-year-old East Potter Avenue woman, came out and asked the 9-year-old to leave after causing issues. Police made contact with the 14-year-old Lawrence Street girl and 9-year-old Lawrence Street boy’s legal guardian, a 35-year-old Lawrence Street woman who ended up taking the 9-year-old boy home. The 14-year-old girl said her bike was missing from the bike rack on the school’s property and that it was the same bike as the 11-year-old Columbus Street boy’s, and he may have taken it by mistake. The unknown aged Irving Avenue girl told the officer she rode it away thinking it was the 11-year-old Columbus Street boy’s bike and left it out in front of Stewart’s. The girl said when she came back out from Stewart’s, it was gone. On Sept. 23, the bike was returned to the 14-year-old Lawrence Street girl.

Sept. 23

7:25 a.m. An officer on patrol was dispatched to a North Street apartment due to an 18-year-old Church Street man being verbally aggressive toward a 40-year-old North Street man and 34-year-old Church Street woman. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the 40-year-old man and 34-year-old woman who said they were trying to wake the 18-year-old man up for work and the 18-year-old refused and stated he is moving out to live in Bennington, Vermont. The 18-year-old advised the officer he was upset following a breakup the night prior and that he wants to go to Bennington to smoke weed. The officer spoke with the 18-year-old who indicated no signs of inflicting harm on himself. He told the officer he just wanted to go and get high.

3:40 p.m. Police received a call on the station line from a woman at the Granville Little League complex reporting a group of boys using foul language in the playground area near where she was with her young child. The officer patrolled the area and spoke with the woman who advised the boys who were swearing that she had called the police. The officer located the two groups of kids and spoke with them in regard to using foul language.

Whitehall Police Department

Sept. 18

9 p.m. An officer was dispatched to 9 Skene St. for a report of kids banging on the side of the residence and banging on the front door. The officer spoke with a 42-year-old woman and a 49-year-old man who stated that around eight kids were knocking on his door and his parents’ door next door to him. The man stated he saw the kids on camera, but it was unclear as to who they are or where they live. The woman stated that they have had issues with the kids in the past. The man stated his door was damaged and part of it was kicked in, but he was able to fix it, and he didn’t want any charges filed, only for them to be talked to. The officer was unable to locate anyone in the surrounding area, and the officer advised them that the police would frequent the area more often and charges of criminal mischief would be filed if they desired.

Sept. 19

8:30 p.m. An officer was dispatched to 166 Broadway Ave. for a landlord and tenant issue. The officer spoke with half of the parties who stated their 44-year-old landlord shut off the power to the apartment after they got into a verbal argument. They stated they rent a room from the man, who rents from someone else. As the officer was speaking with the tenant, the landlord started to walk up the driveway. The officer spoke with the man who stated that he did in fact shut off the power because he got upset with them after receiving a letter from his landlord stating that the other party needed to leave in 30 days or else everyone would need to vacate the residence. The man stated there have been issues with money exchanges and paying rent and that the issues stemmed from that. The officer advised the landlord to stay away from them and talk to the other landlord about these issues. The officer then spoke with the other parties, and the woman stated that the landlord had hit her and she wanted him arrested. As the officer was attempting to explain the process of her signing a statement and a complaint to have him arrested, she became irate with the officer after he said she would need to walk to the police station. The woman went inside the house refusing to sign a statement or complaint and didn’t provide her name. The officer told the landlord to keep his distance and let his landlord sort it out.

Sept. 21

3:09 a.m. A 36-year-old South WIlliams Street man reported a man with green hair and a woman were attempting to break into the garage with a large metal pole. An officer checked the area and was unable to locate anyone or any damage to the garage.

4:30 p.m. An officer was called to 120 Broadway Ave. by a 56-year-old man who stated his tenant, a 49-year-old man, was continuously parking in the wrong spot after being told multiple times he can’t park there. The officer spoke with the man who stated he texted his landlord about moving his truck because of roof repairs being done, and he didn’t want to damage his truck with parts from the roof. The landlord also stated he had spoken with the man multiple times. The officer spoke with the tenant again who said he was given permission months ago by his landlord that he could park there and there had never been an issue before. The officer advised the tenant that he is renting 118 Broadway Ave. and not 120 Broadway, therefore he couldn’t be parked there and needed to move. The tenant advised he would move his truck and park in the roadway until he went to court and resolved the issue.

Sept. 21

6:30 p.m. While at the station, an officer received a call from a 36-year-old woman who is an employee of the library. The woman stated that her neighbor, a 47-year-old man, had parked his vehicle facing the wrong way and extremely close to her vehicle. When the man exited the vehicle, he looked at the woman and began to laugh and asked her why she didn’t park out back like normal. The woman became scared because she thought the man was going to do something when she left work that night. An officer patrolled to the library and observed a silver Dodge Durango parked facing the wrong way and very close to a silver car. The officer spoke with the man’s girlfriend and advised her the truck needed to be moved as it was illegally parked, and she moved it off the roadway. When the officer was about to leave, the library director requested his presence at the library again. As soon as the officer got to the library, the man’s girlfriend was exiting the truck and speaking with the man. The man began yelling that he was upset because the Village of Whitehall had blocked access to his backyard. The officer attempted to tell the man that it was village property and if they wanted to have barriers, they could do that. The man told the officer he didn’t want to talk to him anymore and that they needed to leave and take the lady with them. The officer advised him again that it is village property and they could stand where they were if they wanted to, and the man stated he was going to call the real cops on him. The officer advised the library director to cease speaking to him and that they would talk to the man another time to come up with a resolution for the issues.

New York State Police

Sept. 22

3:01 p.m. Melissa M. Palombo, 45, of Whitehall was arrested in Malta on two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor, and was issued an appearance ticket. She also was arrested for bail jumping, a class A misdemeanor, and was released on her own recognizance. At the same time, Kristin L. Hill, 48, also of Whitehall, was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and possession of a hypodermic instrument, both class A misdemeanors. She was issued an appearance ticket.

5:21 p.m. Rachael L. Morehouse, 29, of Hudson Falls was arrested in Queensbury for petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, and was issued an appearance ticket.

7:01 p.m. Courtney R. Hahn, 31, of Hartford was arrested in Greenwich for falsely reporting an impending incident, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

Sept. 19

6:35 p.m. Robert F. Moriarty, 50, of Manchester, Vermont, was arrested in White Creek for DWI, first offense, and aggravated DWI, no prior, both class U misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

Aug. 2

3:05 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a motor vehicle crash near 4597 Vermont Route 30 in Hubbardton. The driver was a 16-year-old from Brandon. Investigation revealed that the young person was traveling south on Vermont Route 30 and became distracted by a bee that had entered the vehicle through an open window. The vehicle left the west shoulder of the roadway and struck a power pole, rendering the 2006 Jeep Commander a total loss. The young person suffered no injuries. Hubbardton Fire Department, Regional Ambulance Service, Green Mountain Power, and Carraras Towing responded to the crash.

Sept. 11

11:15 a.m. Vermont State Police were dispatched to a car – bicycle crash on U.S. Route 7 in the Town of Wallingford. Upon arrival, troopers learned through evidence on scene and statements provided that Randall McLellan, 51, of Danby was riding his bicycle north in the northbound lane of travel. Shawn C. Johnson, 52, of Mt. Tabor also was traveling northbound on U.S. Route 7 in a 2008 GMC Sierra. As Johnson approached McLellan, he moved toward the center of the road to give space to McLellan on his bicycle. McLellan swerved farther into the northbound lane at the last minute, and Johnson was unable to move any farther as he would have entered the southbound lane of travel. The side view towing mirror of Johnson’s vehicle struck McLellan, forcing him off the east side of the roadway. McClellan suffered minor injuries that were treated at Rutland Regional Medical Center. State Police were assisted by Wallingford Fire Department.

Sept. 17

2 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to the area of Culver Lane in Dorset on a report that Mark Guertin, 34, of Mount Tabor was at the residence of Danielle Metcalfe, 33, of Dorset, yelling and banging on the doors and windows. Guertin had been issued a notice against trespass for Metcalfe’s residence along with an active conditions-of-release to be 300 feet from Metcalfe and her residence. Upon arrival, Guertin was still outside Metcalfe’s residence. While on scene dispatch advised Guertin also had an active warrant for his arrest. Guertin resisted arrest while being taken into custody. Guertin was transported to Manchester Police Department for processing and then transported to Marble Valley Correctional Facility for lack of $200 bail. He was issued a criminal citation to appear at the Bennington Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date. Vermont State Police were assisted by the Manchester Police Department.

8:37 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a vehicle blocking a driveway with two unconscious adults inside in the vicinity of 5449 Vermont Route 116 South in Bristol. With the assistance of Bristol Rescue Squad, troopers determined both adults were safe and unharmed. Investigation revealed the operator was Charles Swanner, 40, of Fair Haven. Troopers determined Swanner had driven to the location and was in physical control of the vehicle when the troopers arrived. Troopers detected signs of impairment, and Swanner participated in standardized field sobriety tests after which he was arrested for DUI drugs. Swanner was cited to appear in Addison County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

8:52 a.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a two-vehicle crash in which one driver attempted to flee the scene. A person who witnessed the crash followed the vehicle at fault and subsequently made contact with the driver until troopers arrived on scene. Through investigation it was determined that Reginald Beede, 41, of Brandon was traveling eastbound on McKinley Avenue in a 2005 Toyota Avalon. Danielle Intagliato, 45 of Rutland City, driving a 2005 VW Passat, was traveling westbound on McKinley Avenue. Beede’s car crossed into the westbound lane of travel forcing Intagliato’s VW slightly off the roadway. Beede then swerved and sideswiped Intagliato’s car but did not stop until he was intercepted by the witness at another location. Both cars sustained damage to their driver-side mirrors. Intagliato was transported by Regional Ambulance Service to Rutland Regional Medical Center for minor neck and head pain. Beede was issued a citation to appear at Vermont Superior Court, Rutland Criminal Division, at a later date. Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by Rutland Town Police Department, Regional Ambulance Service and Rutland Town Fire Department.

11:36 p.m. Rutland City Police Dispatch aired a “be on the lookout” (BOLO) for a vehicle that was reported to be driven by an operator who was under the influence. Vermont State Police located the vehicle and initiated a motor vehicle stop on Whipple Hollow Road in the Town of West Rutland. Troopers identified the operator as Nicole Fischer, 36, of West Rutland. Throughout the troopers’ interaction with Fischer she displayed signs of impairment. She was screened, subsequently taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence and processed, after which she was released on a citation to appear at the Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date and time. Troopers were assisted by the Rutland County Sheriff’s Department.

Sept. 18

12:42 a.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Lincoln Avenue near West Street in the City of Rutland for an observed motor vehicle violation. Troopers identified the operator of the vehicle as Garrett Hathaway, 21, of Rutland City, who showed signs of impairment and was screened for DUI. He was subsequently taken into custody for suspicion of DUI. After processing, Hathaway was released with a citation to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division at a later date.

2:01 p.m. Vermont State Police located a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 7 at Marcell Fuel Company in Pittsford. Through investigation it was determined that Candice Child, 68, of Newbury, Massachusetts, was traveling north on U.S. Route 7 in a 2013 BMW X5. Hunter Tremblay, 17, of Rutland, was traveling south on Route 7 in a 2009 Chevrolet Impala when Child’s vehicle crossed the double yellow centerline and collided head-on with Tremblay’s car. Both drivers sustained serious injuries that are not expected to be life threatening, and both cars were totaled. Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by Pittsford Fire/Rescue and Regional Ambulance Service.

7:12 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single-vehicle motorcycle crash on Cold River Road in the Town of Clarendon. Upon arrival, troopers identified the driver as Steven Pomerleau, 23, of Clarendon. Pomerleau was traveling east on Cold River Road and attempted to negotiate a curve. He left the traveled portion of the roadway and crashed his motorcycle into an embankment on Cold River Road. Through investigation, it was determined Pomerleau was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Because of the extent of his injuries, Pomerleau was immediately transported to the Rutland Regional Medical Center Emergency Department.

Sept. 19

2:10 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a theft from the H.N. Williams Store on Vermont Route 30 in Dorset. Upon arrival, troopers learned that Brenda Jean Streiber, 62, of Pawlet left the store with a 12-pack of beer and a package of candy without paying for the items. Streiber was issued a citation to appear in Bennington Superior Court, Criminal Division, for retail theft.

7:33 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single vehicle motorcycle crash on Corn Hill Road in the Town of Pittsford. Troopers identified the operator as Joseph Kay, 30, of Rutland. Due to the extent of his injuries, Kay was transported to the Rutland Regional Medical Center. Through investigation it was determined Kay was traveling south on Corn Hill Road when he went off the west side of the roadway. Kay left the traveled portion of the roadway and crashed his motorcycle into an embankment on the west side of Corn Hill Road. Kay was wearing a helmet.

Argument leads to order of protection

By Austin Crosier

A harassment complaint reported to the Granville Police Department resulted in the issuance of an order of protection and criminal summons to appear in court.

Police were dispatched on Friday, Sept. 17, at 3:30 p.m. to the vicinity of the Granville Little League complex for a harassment complaint that took place on Church Street, where the responding officer spoke with a 29-year-old Church Street woman.

The Church Street woman told the officer that she had gotten into a verbal argument with her father, a 54-year-old Church Street man, that turned physical when the father hit the daughter in the stomach with a car door.

Police patrolled to the father’s residence to get his perspective, to which the man agreed there was a verbal argument because he wanted to speak with his grandson, the daughter’s 8-year-old son. The man said his daughter grabbed him from behind and he pushed her off.

The officer then spoke with neighbors across the street on South Street who witnessed the incident. A 46-year-old woman told the officer she didn’t see the beginning of the altercation, but she heard yelling for help and saw the two pushing each other.

The 46-year-old woman said her 17-year-old daughter saw what happened through the window facing the location of the incident. The 17-year-old girl told the officer she saw the 54-year-old man near the car by the 8-year-old boy, and then the man and the 29-year-old woman began pushing each other.

The 46-year-old woman chimed in and said the mail lady was in the area when the incident occurred and intervened.

The 29-year-old woman provided a statement at the police station and requested an order of protection. Upon their return to the police station, the officer provided documentation to the court for a criminal summons and order of protection request and then gave a call to the Child Protection Services mandated reporter hotline.

On Sept. 21, the criminal summons and order of protection were served to the 54-year-old man. The 29-year-old woman was left a voicemail that the 54-year-old man had received both forms of documentation and that a copy for her was available at the police station.

Family fracas leads to charges

By Austin Crosier

Granville police arrested a 44-year-old Mettowee Street man for hitting his 16-year-old daughter and smashing her phone on the ground.

Ferhat Yildiz, 44, of Granville, was arrested on Sept. 14 for acting in a manner to injure a child younger than the age of 17, a misdemeanor, criminal mischief with the intent of damaging property in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor, and harassment in the second degree with physical contact, a violation, following an altercation.

At 6:53 p.m. an officer was approached by Yildiz in front of Granville Engine & Hose Company #1’s station, claiming he had just been in an argument with his 45-year-old wife and 16-year-old daughter at their Mettowee Street apartment.

Yildiz advised the officer he became angry at his daughter because he claimed she had stolen money out of his dresser drawer and he found a black box containing marijuana pipes and vapes.

Yildiz said the daughter kicked him in the stomach and the wife ripped his shirt. The officer advised Yildiz to go to the police station and wait in the parking lot until the officer was finished speaking to Yildiz’s wife and daughter.

Yildiz told the officer he wanted to grab some clothing and he would leave for the night and was advised by the officer to stay put until the officer was finished and then the officer would bring Yildiz back to collect his belongings.

Upon arrival at the Mettowee Street apartment, the daughter told the officer: “He hit me.”

The daughter explained that Yildiz came home and woke her up from the couch and began yelling at her for stealing money. During the argument, Yildiz found the daughter’s black box of marijuana pipes and vapes, which made her upset.

The daughter told the officer that Yildiz struck her multiple times on the head, torso, leg and arm and said Yildiz took her phone outside and smashed it on the ground and then left.

A mandated reporter hotline for Child Protection Services was called after the officer returned to the station. On Sept. 18 at 8 p.m., a copy of the order of protection against Yildiz was given to the 45-year-old woman.