Police Beat, Oct. 28, 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

Oct. 14

9:05 p.m. Police were dispatched to the area of the rail trail on Main Street to assist EMS with loading a woman onto an ambulance. The call came in for a possible ankle fracture and first responders were able to transport the woman to a local hospital.

Oct. 18

10:45 a.m. A New York woman requested a welfare check be conducted on a 79-year-old East Potter Avenue woman who was not answering her phone. The woman requesting the welfare check advised the officer responding that the 79-year-old woman could potentially be at her sister’s house, but if she were home, a green car would be at the residence. An officer patrolled to the East Potter Avenue residence and did not observe a green car. The officer spoke with a neighbor who confirmed the 79-year-old woman was at her sister’s house.

Oct. 19

6 p.m. A Telescope Casual Furniture Inc. employee called the station line to report missing license plates he had ordered for a company vehicle. The man advised the officer that the Department of Motor Vehicles told him to contact and report this to the police.

8:10 p.m. While on patrol, police were dispatched to a South Maple Street residence for a possible overdose. Upon arrival, the responding officer was met outside by an EMT who said the child, a 15-year-old boy, was putting the dog out back. At this time, the boy’s 34-year-old mother came outside and was wondering why the police were there. She and the boy told the officer they had been together all day and that all was fine. The officer advised dispatch to cancel all first responders who were initially dispatched.

Oct. 20

9:40 a.m. Police patrolled to the post office on Main Street for reports of a 54-year-old Middle Grove man dumpster-diving. The responding officer located the man and advised him that the post office employees did not want him on their property.

Oct. 21

11:45 a.m. A 62-year-old Granville man flagged an officer down because the man noticed property damage to the tree in front of the new Granville Town Offices building on East Main Street. The 62-year-old man said it appeared a car may have struck the tree due to pieces of a headlight and tire marks in the crushed stone being present. The man requested the incident be documented.

Whitehall Police Department

Oct. 17

1:15 p.m. An officer was dispatched to Poultney Street for reported harassment. The officer spoke to a 27-year-old man and a witness, a man from Gansevoort. The 27-year-old stated that a man he does not know walked by him and said something. The man asked him to repeat what he said because he didn’t hear him. The unknown man then struck him in the face and threw coffee on his car and left the parking lot. The witness confirmed that the man told the officer the truth and gave the officer the registration to the car that the unknown man was driving. The registration came back to a 43-year-old man yet to be interviewed who lives in Granville. The victim declined prosecution.

4 p.m. A 19-year-old man came to the station to report that his mother told him he had to move out because she does not get along with his girlfriend and doesn’t approve of their relationship. The man stated his belongings were on the front porch. The man wanted an officer to speak with his mother about the situation. An officer patrolled to 15 Montcalm Ave. and found no belongings outside, and the 39-year-old homeowner was not at the residence. Upon speaking with the man again, he advised the conversation was hours ago and his mother was probably gone with her boyfriend getting his vehicle fixed. The 19-year-old advised he would be fine and if he needs anything he would contact the police.

Oct. 18

8 p.m. An officer was dispatched to 15 Queen St. for a 911 hang-up. Upon arrival, the officer spoke to a 40-year-old woman who advised her son had dialed 911 by accident from his pocket and there was no problem at the residence. Everything appeared to be fine at the residence.

New York State Police

Oct. 19

9:07 p.m. Edward T. Hazelton, 41, of South Glens Falls was arrested in Greenwich for issuing a bad check with the knowledge that the account had insufficient funds, a class B misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

11:32 p.m. Gordon J. Rescott, 22, of Granville was arrested on two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Oct. 20

10:57 a.m. Christopher A. Carey, 30, of Whitehall was arrested in Granville on charges of fraud, specifically one count of petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, and one count of possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, a class D felony. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Oct. 21

7 a.m. Gene Warren, 24, of Hampton was arrested for assault in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor, reckless endangerment in the first degree, a class D felony, and criminal mischief with intent to damage property, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

2:56 p.m. Peter M. Fusco, 26, of Fort Ann, was arrested for criminal mischief in the second degree, a class D felony. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Oct. 22

8:40 a.m. Kari J. Backus, 26, of Granville was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor, and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs in the first degree, a class U misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

Oct. 23

12:45 p.m. Wendy A. Leavitt, 52, of Hudson Falls was arrested in Granville for introducing contraband into prison in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

11:15 p.m. John R. Winchell, 38, of Gansevoort was arrested in Fort Edward for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% with a prior conviction and DWI with a previous conviction within the past 10 years, both class E felonies. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

Oct. 11

3:55 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a stolen vehicle from Aspen Dental in Rutland Town. Through investigation it was determined that a transient, Valerie Sullivan, 36, stole a vehicle parked at Aspen Dental that belonged to Terry Potter, 22, of Rutland City, and drove it with a criminally suspended license. Sullivan also provided false information to police. She was located on Oct. 19 and issued a citation to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date to answer to the charges of operating a motor vehicle without consent of the owner, petit larceny, operating a motor vehicle after suspension of license and providing false information to law enforcement authorities.

Oct. 16

1:53 a.m. Vermont State Police assisted officers from the Rutland County Sheriff’s Office with a reported single-vehicle rollover in the area of U.S. Route 4 East, mile marker 14, in the Town of West Rutland. Troopers discovered the drive of the vehicle had left the scene of the crash and were unable to locate the driver, later identified as Jacob Northcutt, 21, of Keene, New Hampshire. At about 3:38 a.m., troopers were notified of Northcutt’s possible location and made contact with him in the Town of West Rutland. While speaking with Northcutt, troopers detected indicators of impairment. Northcutt was screened for driving under the influence and subsequently taken into custody. He was later processed at the Rutland Barracks and released with a citation to appear before the Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

Oct. 17

7:47 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Hitchcock Road in the Town of Pittsford. The operator of the vehicle, George Cook, 72, of Pittsford, was uninjured in the crash. During the crash investigation troopers observed Cook to display several indicators of impairment. He was ultimately taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence and transported to the State Police Barracks in Rutland for processing. After processing, Cook was issued a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, and released to a sober party.

Oct. 18

6:50 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on Vermont Route 31 at the intersection of Ruby Road in the Town of Poultney. Initial investigation revealed that Kyle R. Morin, 34, of Wells was driving a 1995 Ford F-150 traveling northbound on Vermont Route 31. Glenn S. Shaddock, 58, of Fair Haven was traveling southbound on Route 31 and attempted to turn left onto Ruby Road, ultimately turning in front of Morin’s truck and causing the front of Morin’s truck to collide with the rear passenger side door area of Shaddock’s 2017 Ford Focus. Morin’s truck then continued, coming to an uncontrolled rest into a tree. Shaddock was transported to the Rutland Regional Medical Center for further evaluation of his injuries. The Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by the Poultney Fire Department and Granville Rescue Squad.

Oct. 20

Following a months-long investigation, Vermont State Police arrested a suspect in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash that occurred on March 11 on U.S. Route 4 in Mendon. Dylan Gunnip, 27, of Rutland was arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of a crash with death resulting. He was processed and released on a citation to appear for arraignment in the Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date. Through investigation, troopers learned that Gunnip had been operating the Dodge Ram truck that struck and killed Henry Miles, 54, of Rutland as he crossed the highway at about 9:34 p.m. on March 11. The driver’s side rear-view mirror of a vehicle had broken off and was found by police at the scene of the crash. Investigators were able to determine the mirror had come from Gunnip’s 2019 Dodge Ram. Blood evidence also was found on the mirror that was determined to have come from the victim of the fatal crash. Assisting in the investigation of this incident were the Vermont State Police Crash Reconstruction Team, Crime Scene Search Team and Technology Investigation Unit, the Vermont Forensic Laboratory, and the Rutland County State’s Attorney’s Office.

5:58 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a family disturbance at a residence on Euclid Street in Pawlet. Further investigation indicated that Eric Turco, 31, of Pawlet had acted in a disorderly manner in a public place. Turco was issued a citation for disorderly conduct. The investigation into this incident is ongoing.

Oct. 21

8:10 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to 1290 Vermont Route 30 in the Town of West Pawlet for a motor vehicle crash. Through investigation, troopers determined that Laurie L. Folger, 58, of West Pawlet, who was driving one of the vehicles involved in the crash, was under the influence of intoxicants at the time the crash occurred. Folger was subsequently taken into custody, processed at the Castleton Police Department for DUI and released to a sober party with a citation to appear before the Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.


Man arrested on grand larceny charges Oct. 15

According to Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy, on Friday, Oct. 15, the Washington County Sheriff’s arrested Edward M. Tomchek, 43, of Schenectady, New York, for grand larceny in the third degree and possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, both class D felonies.

The Sheriff’s Office alleges that Tomchek passed fraudulent checks at both the Town of Greenwich and Town of Fort Edward branches of the Glens Falls National Bank on Friday, Aug. 20, to obtain more than $9,000 between the two banks.

Tomchek is also charged with similar crimes in Warren County.

Tomchek currently is being held on those charges including a parole violation in the Warren County Jail. He was charged in the Town of Greenwich and the Town of Fort Edward and will appear on later dates in both jurisdictions.

Officers handling the case include investigators Earl and Ashton.