Police Beat, Oct. 7, 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

Granville Police Department

Sept. 28

2:20 p.m. Police received a call on the station line for a reported physical altercation behind the Granville Area Chamber of Commerce building on Church Street. The responding officer spoke with a group of people in the parking lot who said a man showed up and started yelling at the group then left. The group of individuals said they were all fine.

5:45 p.m. While on patrol, police were dispatched to a 79-year-old Quaker Street woman’s residence to address the situation of the woman reportedly not being able to pay for a cab ride. The officer was advised by dispatch just prior to their arrival that the cab driver had received payment. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the cab driver who said everything was fine and that the 79-year-old woman paid by check. A short time later, the officer received a call from the 79-year-old woman saying she had written the check out wrong and was refusing to pay. The officer contacted the woman, who then wrote a new check for the cab driver.

Whitehall Police Department

Sept. 25

6:30 p.m. Police were dispatched to an apartment complex on Broadway for a noise complaint. The responding officer could hear loud talking, but not an argument coming from inside. After knocking on the door, the officer spoke with a 22-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man and both said they were fine and there were no issues. The woman advised the officer she had been called in to work an overnight shift and both she and the 22-year-old man did not want her to go to work.

9:15 p.m. An officer was dispatched to a Broadway residence for an anonymous complaint of a 30-year-old Broadway man, having a fire behind his residence with heavy smoke in the neighborhood. The responding officer observed a three-to-four-foot-tall fire with nobody around. The officer noticed the fire to be containing only wood and no garbage. The officer located the 30-year-old man in the basement of the residence and advised him to put out the fire. The homeowner was also informed by the office of the requirements to have an open fire in the village.

Sept. 26

6:30 p.m. While on patrol, police were called to the Whitehall Rec Center for a report of kids trespassing. The officer spoke with an employee who said he was driving by and saw teenagers on the roof of a dugout in the back part of the field. The officer then spoke with three children who stated one child was on the roof trying to get away from the other kids chasing him and joking around. After hearing from the officer about the dangers of being on the roof and how it could cause damage to the building or themselves, the teenagers said they understood and would no longer go on the roof.

Sept. 27

5:15 p.m. A reported 911 hang-up call was traced back to a Poultney Street residence. The responding officer spoke with a 70-year-old woman who stated her new Apple Watch had dialed the number on accident.

5:30 p.m. Police were dispatched to the area of the canal behind the firehouse on Skenesborough Drive for a man reported to be yelling and screaming. Police located a 41-year-old Broadway man whom the officer recognized from prior interactions and knew him to be a loud person. Following a conversation with the man, the officer learned the man was okay, he was just excited about his new business adventure he had just figured out.

Sept. 28

5:05 p.m. Police were dispatched to a Lafayette Street residence for reports of an individual burning furniture. Upon the officer’s arrival, the fire department was already on scene with the homeowner, a 58-year-old man, extinguishing the fire consisting of wood.

Sept. 30

7:45 p.m. Police responded to a Broadway apartment for a woman, 22, yelling for help. The officer observed a quiet hallway before knocking on the door. Upon entry, the officer observed the woman and a 22-year-old man in the apartment, with the woman wanting the man gone and an order of protection against the man. After interviewing them, the officer advised the two that it was in their best interest to separate for the evening, but that the officer couldn’t force that decision of either of them leaving because no incident had occurred. The man was going to leave but was taking his time, so the woman took her child and went to her brother’s residence downstairs. The woman was advised by the officer that because there was no evidence of any altercation occurring, the officer could not get her an order of protection to remove the man. The woman was referred to family court for an order of protection and both were referred to family court for possible child custody.

New York State Police

Sept. 26

6:23 p.m. Ginger M. Springer, 43, of Rutland was arrested in Queensbury for grand larceny in the fourth degree of property valued at more than $1,000, a class E felony. She was being held.

7:45 p.m. Cody R. Coulter, 48, of Greenwich was arrested for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08%, his first offense, and DWI, first offense, both class U misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

7:55 p.m. Zachary J. Michalak, 33, of Ticonderoga was arrested in Queensbury for petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Sept. 28

12:10 a.m. Timothy R. Lee, 36, of Granville was arrested in Queensbury on two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. At the same time, Carl F. Venosa, 36, of Glens Falls was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and possession of a hypodermic instrument, both class A misdemeanors. Both were issued appearance tickets.

Sept. 30

12:30 a.m. Katelyn R. Fredette, 24, of Fort Ann was arrested for DWI, first offense, and aggravated DWI, per se, no prior, both class U misdemeanors. She was issued an appearance ticket.

6:47 p.m. Brittany P. Maxwell, 39, of Hudson Falls was arrested in Queensbury for petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

Oct. 1

12:19 p.m. Kimberly Belden, 40, of Kingsbury was arrested in Granville for an incident that occurred on May 6, 2020, specifically grand larceny in the fourth degree, a class E felony. She was issued an appearance ticket.

8:48 p.m. DJ J Finefrock, 37, of Hoosick Falls was arrested in White Creek for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol in the first degree, a class E felony. He also was arrested for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08%, first offense, and DWI, first offense, both class U misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Oct. 2

8:52 p.m. Billie Jo Parker, 46, of Hudson Falls was arrested in Queensbury for petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

9:34 p.m. Earl T. Walsh, 28, of Greenwich was arrested in Easton for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% with two priors and DWI with two previous convictions within the past 10 years, both class D felonies. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

April 23

1:12 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a motor vehicle crash on Cold River Road in Shrewsbury. The drive was identified as Natasha Gould, 25, of West Rutland. Investigation revealed that Gould was traveling north on Cold River Road when her 2014 Jeep Patriot suffered a steering malfunction causing her to lose control of the vehicle. Gould’s car left the west shoulder of the roadway striking a large boulder and damaging a mailbox. No injuries were reported. The Jeep sustained substantial contact damage.

Aug. 7

10:01 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a motor vehicle crash on US Route 4 East near Super Shoes in Rutland Town. Investigation revealed that Andrew Buzzell, 29, of Rutland City was traveling westbound on US Route 4. Buzzell was traveling over the posted speed limit and following closely a car driven by Anna Montanez, 34, of Rutland City. A stopped vehicle ahead caused both operators to brake to avoid the stopped vehicle. Buzzell’s vehicle was not able to stop in time and struck the rear end of Montanez’s. Both vehicles sustained minor damage, and no injuries were reported.

Sept. 16

3:15 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a reported burglary on Sunset Drive in the Town of Rutland. The case currently is under active investigation. Money, jewelry and clothing were taken from the residence among other property. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Vermont State Police, Rutland Barracks, at 802-773-9101, or submit a tip anonymously at https://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.

Sept. 17

12:18 a.m. Vermont State Police stopped to assist a disabled motor vehicle on Middle Road in Rutland Town. Troopers contacted the male in the driver’s seat of the vehicle and identified him as Riley Bedard, 26, of Rutland. During the contact troopers noticed multiple indicators of drug use inside the vehicle and seized Bedard and the vehicle to apply for a search warrant. Troopers subsequently obtained a search warrant and found Bedard to be in possession of cocaine. Bedard was processed and released on a citation to appear at the Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

3:53 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Vermont Route 31 near the intersection with Hill Top Road in the Town of Wells. Through investigation it was determined that Marilyn Sloane, 77, of Dorset was driving a 2017 Subaru Forest south on Vermont Route 31 when she drove off of the paved surface and into a dirt embankment along the right side of the roadway. After driving into the embankment, the car rolled onto its roof, coming to rest in the travel portion of the southbound lane. No injuries were reported on scene. The car was totaled.

Sept. 19

7:33 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single-vehicle motorcycle crash on Corn Hill Road in the Town of Pittsford. Upon arrival, troopers identified the operator as Joseph Kay, 30, of Rutland. Due to the severity of his injuries, Kay was transported to 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.

Sept. 22

9:11 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a two-car motor vehicle crash on Vermont Route 7 in the Town of Salisbury. During investigation, it was determined that a van operated by Christina Hernandez, 36, of Brandon was traveling south on Vermont Route 7. Hernandez was not paying attention to the roadway and struck an agricultural truck being driven by William Nop, 50, of Salisbury, while he was stopped waiting to turn left. Hernandez was transported to Porter Medical Center for minor injuries. Nop was not injured in the crash, and Hernandez’s Chrysler van was towed from the scene. The Vermont State Police were assisted by the Salisbury Fire Department, Middlebury Rescue, Mikes Towing and the Addison County Sheriff’s Department.

Sept. 24

3:32 p.m. Vermont State Police were dispatched to 600 Rutland Rd. in Rutland Town. Dispatch advised responding troopers they had received a call about a male who was intoxicated and driving with a child in the car. The caller stated the male had parked in a parking lot located at the address provided. Upon arrival, troopers located the vehicle and identified the driver as Michael J. Barret, 39, of Fair Haven. Through investigation troopers found Mr. Barret was under the influence of alcohol. Barret also was operating a motor vehicle with a criminally suspended license. The child was picked up by a relative. Barrett was transported and processed at the Rutland Barracks and issued a criminal citation to appear in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

4:29 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Vermont Route 30 near the intersection with Vermont Route 73 East in the Town of Sudbury. Through investigation, it was determined that Olivia Roberts, 21, of Granville, New York was driving a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe south on Vermont Route 30 when she drove off of the paved surface and into a ditch along the right side of the roadway. After driving into the ditch, Roberts’s car came to rest with the front end contacting a small tree. No injuries were reported on scene. Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by members of Whiting Fire and Rescue.

Sept. 25

10:13 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on US Route 7 at the intersection with Middle Road in the Town of Clarendon. Shortly prior to the report of the crash, several 911 calls were made to dispatch to report erratic operation of a black minivan bearing an unknown New Jersey registration. The 911 reports indicated that the vehicle was traveling north on US Route 7 at speeds exceeding the posted speed limits as well as unsafely passing vehicles. Through investigation it was determined that James DeFazio, 42, of Nutley, New Jersey, was driving a 2016 Chrysler Town & Country north on US Route 7 in a negligent manner while disregarding a red light holding northbound traffic on US Route 7. Robert Goddard, 70, of Rutland, driving a 2017 Subaru Forester, was traveling south on US Route 7 making a left turn onto Windcrest Road with a green turn signal. DeFazio’s car entered the intersection, causing a head-on collision with Goddard’s. After the collision, DeFazio continued, sliding sideway through the grassy area along the right side of the northbound US Route 7 lane for approximately 344 feet before hitting the end of a guardrail, causing the vehicle to stop. Neither operator reported injuries from the crash. Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by members of the Rutland Town Fire Department and Regional Ambulance Services.

Sept. 26

3 p.m. Vermont State Police were dispatched to a report of a vehicle that struck a mailbox on Elm Street in the Town of Pittsford and continued southbound on Elm Street. Witnesses to the crash advised troopers of the location of the vehicle. Troopers located the vehicle pulled off the side of the road and identified the operator of the vehicle as, Jeffrey R. Kurtze, 39, of Whiting. While speaking with Kurtze, troopers noted that Kurtze showed signs of impairment and subsequently screened him for DUI. Kurtze was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI and transported to the State Police Barracks in Rutland for processing. After processing Kurtze was released with a citation to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.