Police Beat, Nov. 4, 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. 22

3:23 p.m. Police were dispatched to a Potter Avenue residence for reports of an out-of-control 12-year-old autistic boy. Upon arrival, the responding officer spoke with a 61-year-old woman who said the 12-year-old had flipped out when she didn’t know how to set up one of his gaming systems. The officer was able to communicate with the 12-year-old and had the boy go inside with the 61-year-old woman, waiting for the boy’s father to arrive.

7:15 p.m. While on patrol, police were dispatched to Granville Elementary School for reports of multiple youths knocking on the windows of the school building. Upon arrival, the responding officer located a group of kids who said they were playing manhunt. The officer advised the children to move along.

11:35 p.m. Police were dispatched for a fight in-progress at On the Rocks Pub on Main Street. Upon arrival, officers were informed the subjects involved had left the scene and that the witnesses refused to cooperate other than telling the officers that no one was struck or injured.

Oct. 23

2 p.m. After receiving a call on the station line from a Morrison Avenue resident, police arrived at a neighboring Morrison Avenue residence for reports of a fire in the backyard. The officer informed the residing couple of the new local law on open burning that was just passed, stating they could only burn clean wood. The couple said they were not aware of a new local law and would comply.

Oct. 24

10:04 p.m. Two North Maple Street individuals, a 32-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man, came to the station to report a 14-year-old child who was friends with their son had been over at their residence and accidentally damaged their laptop by breaking the screen. The 32-year-old woman said she needed the computer for work and for her daughter’s homeschooling and that she had gone to the 14-year-old child’s house to speak with their mother about having the computer fixed. Shortly after explaining her side, State Police notified Granville Police they were responding to a call in the Town of Granville related to the computer incident. The Granville officer notified State Police that the other party was at Granville Police Department. The subjects were all advised that everything to this point was civil, with the 32-year-old feeling the 14-year-old did not intentionally destroy the computer. State Police interviewed the 32-year-old woman and advised her how to go about dealing with the issue in court.

Oct. 25

7:45 p.m. A Main Street man called the police to report a group of youths banging on the windows and cursing at a group doing a bible study. Upon arrival, police could not find the group but later did. The youths denied any issue when they were near the church, stating “We didn’t say anything to them, we just left.” The youths were advised not to engage in such behavior.

Oct. 27

2:38 p.m. Police were dispatched to Big Lots on Quaker Street for reports of three individuals trespassing in the store who were not welcome there. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with an employee, a woman, who said the boys, an 18-year-old North Street man, an 18-year-old New York man and a 14-year-old Rupert, Vermont boy, were all in the back of the store coming from the bathroom. The officer identified all three individuals from prior encounters and advised the group that they were all no longer welcome in the store and would be arrested for trespassing if they came back.

3:20 p.m. Police received a call on the station line that a brown pit bull was on the loose in the area of Lincoln Street. The caller told the officer that the dog had almost bit him. The officer patrolled the location multiple times throughout their shift with no luck finding the dog.

Whitehall Police Department

Oct. 27

6 a.m. A responding officer was dispatched to the area under the Saunders Street bridge for a small boat that was possibly sinking and was unattended. Upon arrival, the officer located a boat that was leaning to one side as the rainwater had all flowed to one corner of the vessel. The officer was able to locate the owner, a 33-year-old man, who came down to take care of it. He advised he was going to try and get the boat out of the water as soon as possible.

Oct. 28

7:10 p.m. While on patrol a responding officer was called to 25 School St. for a possible domestic. The officer spoke with a 29-year-old woman who stated everything was fine. She and her boyfriend had a small argument, and she stated the officer could go upstairs to ensure everything was okay. The officer could hear a man saying something from another room about how the system isn’t working along with other random things. The woman stated her boyfriend, a 27-year-old man, got upset with her and was saying Americans are messed up and he is going back to Jamaica. The woman advised it was not physical at all, and the man stated the same. The woman stated she did not have anywhere to go but was going for a walk so that both of them could cool down and talk it over after. Upon leaving, the responding officer met up with the woman down the road and spoke with her privately about the incident, and she stated that the man had lightly pushed her but did not want to file any charges. The responding officer advised that it would be best if they could separate for the night. The woman advised she has a brother in Glens Falls and would call him if she needed to and would call the police if things escalated when she went home. The responding officer also advised that if she changed her mind about charges to call in to fill out a statement but she refused to sign a statement on a domestic incident report.

8:50 p.m. While on patrol, a responding officer was called to 15 Montcalm Ave. for a man locked out of his residence. An officer spoke with a 39-year-old woman who stated her son, a 19-year-old, got into an argument with her and her boyfriend, a 45-year-old, about turning up the heat in the house. The woman told her son that he needed to go outside to separate the parties involved. The 19-year-old was outside with only a T-shirt, jeans and boots on when the officer arrived. The woman stated when her son left the residence, he slammed the door causing it to slightly break, but there was no mention of charges being filed for damage to the door. The woman stated that her son could come back inside once she and the 45-year-old man had gone upstairs, as he sleeps downstairs. The officer spoke with the 19-year-old who stated his mom had just come home and asked who turned up the heat to which he said it was not him or his brother, implying it was the 45-year-old man. The man became upset with him and started calling him a child molester for having a 17-year-old girlfriend. The 19-year-old was advised he could go for a walk to cool down and let the woman and her partner go upstairs so they were not around each other any longer. The 19-year-old requested a ride to the library for Wi-Fi while he waited. The responding officer transported him to the library per his request.

New York State Police

Oct. 25

1:06 p.m. Jaszheree A. Herring, 29, of Cohoes was arrested in Fort Ann on two counts of introducing contraband into prison in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

Oct. 26

7:41 p.m. Steven J. Russell, 32, of Bennington, Vermont, was arrested in the Town of White Creek for menacing in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. His status as an arrestee was unknown.

Oct. 27

8:31 p.m. Travis R. Fassett, 32, of Meshoppen, Pennsylvania, was arrested in the Town of Greenwich for grand larceny in the fourth degree, specifically property valued at more than $1,000, a class E felony, and issuing a bad check, a class B misdemeanor. His arrestee status was unknown.

11:10 p.m. Jesse A. Stevens, 31, of Hartford was arrested for criminal mischief in the fourth degree, specifically preventing an emergency call from being made, and criminal contempt in the second degree, both in relation to a domestic dispute and both class A misdemeanors. He was being held.

Oct. 28

12:44 p.m. Howard A. Winchell, 39, of Glens Falls was arrested in the Town of Salem for criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was being held.

Oct. 29

7:23 p.m. Thomas R. McCall, 32, of Fort Edward was arrested in the Town of Wilton for one count of criminal impersonation in the second degree, two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, and one count of criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree, all class A misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket. In a related matter at 6:15 p.m., Katie F. Hayden, 21, of Lake Luzerne was arrested on two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and one count of criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree, both class A misdemeanors. Both were issued appearance tickets.

8:55 p.m. Jerry A. Dunbar, 33, of Fair Haven, Vermont, was arrested in the Town of Saratoga 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.

9:28 p.m. Makayla L. Ellis, 26, of Hoosick Falls 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.

Oct. 30

10:28 a.m. Fallon M. Dingman, 31, of Fort Ann was arrested in the City of Glens Falls for providing a false written statement in relation to unauthorized use of a vehicle, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

3:55 p.m. Walter S. Rouse, 40, of Whitehall and Shaun D. Groshans, 41, of Hudson Falls were arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, Rouse on one count and Groshams on two counts. Both were issued appearance tickets for this class A misdemeanor.

Vermont State Police

Oct. 13

11:50 p.m. Vermont State Police stopped Timothy E Shaw, 41, of Wallingford, Vermont, at 182 S. Main St. in Rutland City and cited him on suspicion of driving with a criminally suspended license. He was scheduled to appear at the Rutland County Court at a later date.

Oct. 22

Members of the Vermont State Police Tactical Services Unit and a Special Response Team of the Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Investigations Boston Field Office executed two search warrants in Rutland early in the morning at two residences, one located at 47 Baxter St. and one at 146 Maple St. The two residences were suspected of being linked by drug trafficking activity. Prior to executing the search warrant at 146 Maple St., law enforcement had received indicators that women might be confined at that location against their will. During the execution of the warrant at 146 Maple St., Vermont State Police and Homeland Security Investigations special agents located evidence indicating potential human trafficking, including a padlocked apartment door and multiple chain-link storage areas. Three women were encountered behind the padlocked apartment door. The women did not appear to be injured, but out of an abundance of caution they were checked and cleared by medical personnel. The women are in the process of being interviewed, and a victim witness advocate who specializes in human trafficking was on scene. Law enforcement is continuing to search and process evidence obtained from both residences. Members of the Vermont State Police, including the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Narcotics Investigation Unit and uniformed troopers from the Field Force Division, are working with special agents from HSI’s Burlington Regional Office and Boston Field Office, which covers all of New England. The Rutland City Police Department and Rutland County Sheriff’s Office also provided vital assistance. Due to the ongoing investigation, no further information is available at this time. Law-enforcement authorities will release additional details as the investigation proceeds, including when and if criminal charges are filed. Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact the HSI tip line at 866-347-2423.

9:11 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a family fight in the Town of Benson. Troopers arrived at a residence in Benson and made contact with a male who was identified as Keith Prevost, 53, of Benson. Investigation revealed Prevost caused bodily injury to a family or household member during an argument. Prevost was subsequently taken into custody and transported to the Fair Haven Police Department for processing. He was later released on a citation to appear at the Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

Oct. 25

10:54 p.m. Vermont State Police stopped a motor vehicle for an observed violation on Holiday Drive in the Town of Rutland. Troopers identified the operator of the vehicle as Dalton Jones, 23, of Lowville, New York. During the investigation Jones showed signs of impairment and was screened for DUI. He subsequently was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI and transported for processing. Jones was released with a citation to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.