Police Beat, Dec. 2, 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

Nov. 20

10:30 a.m. A 52-year-old man called requesting a civil standby so he could remove his property from the upstairs of his parents’ home on North Street. An officer called and spoke with the man’s parents who agreed to allow him to come and remove his belongings. An officer stood by while the man removed his items.

Whitehall Police Department

Nov. 19

12:15 p.m. A man called the police department and stated that a 61-year-old man hadn’t responded to him in more than 24 hours. The man calling said the 61-year-old is his employee and his concern was due to the fact that contact via phone suddenly stopped. An officer patrolled 216 N. Mountain St. where the man lives and didn’t make contact but later was able to locate the subject at his residence.

6:30 p.m. A responding officer received a call at the station for an unwanted subject at Blount Street. Upon arrival, an officer was already on the scene and was speaking with a 49-year-old man. The responding officer spoke with a 66-year-old woman. There have been some ongoing family issues lately and the woman requested that the man not be on her property. The responding officer advised the man of this and he said that he understood and he would not be going on the property.

7:35 p.m. A responding officer was dispatched to Lafayette Street for a large fire in the backyard. Upon arrival, the responding officer spoke with a 20-year-old woman outside near the fire. The woman was burning wood pallets. The responding officer advised her that she could not have such a fire in the village, and the woman extinguished the fire. This was the second time in just over a week that the responding officer had gone to the residence for the same type of call. The woman was advised this would be the last warning given.

Nov. 20

12 a.m. While on patrol, units were called to 23 School St. for a female who had broken a cell phone and left the residence. An officer went to the location and spoke with a 29-year-old woman who was intoxicated. The woman stated she had been drinking and got upset and subsequently broke her phone. A patrolman spoke with women in front of the residence while another officer spoke to her boyfriend, a 27-year-old man, on the front porch of the residence. The man said the woman had been drinking and became upset over something and smashed her phone, then left the area. The man advised there was no physical contact but he was upset that the woman had been drinking and was trying to pick a fight with him. The man said the woman could come back into the residence if she agreed to calm down and the man would stay away from her for the remainder of the night.

12:55 p.m. A 58-year-old man walked into the station with questions about squatters and how to remove them from a building. The man said the old bakery building on Broadway should have some empty apartments in it. He heard that people were living there and shouldn’t be. The officer advised the man that he might have to evict them due to the length of time that they have been there. The man also was concerned that if he and his girlfriend did enter to inspect the building, the individuals might give them a hard time. The officer advised him that if that happens to call the police department.

Nov. 21

1 a.m. While on patrol, an officer was dispatched to 123 S. William St. for a possible furnace malfunction. The officer spoke to a 62-year-old woman who said she and her husband were awakened by a weird smell in the residence that caused their eyes to burn and was causing breathing issues. The woman said she was unsure whether it was a furnace issue. The fire department arrived on the scene with a carbon monoxide reader to check the residents with negative readings in the structure. While in the structure, a responding officer and fire department personnel were both able to detect the odor of what they determined to be a skunk. Units checked the basement for skunk activity but they were unable to locate one, and there were negative readings in the basement after the furnace was turned back on. Whitehall Fire Chief Steve Brock advised there were no issues.

Nov. 23

7:30 p.m. A responding officer was dispatched to Blount Street where a 49-year-old man was allegedly making unwanted phone calls. During an interview, a 65-year-old man advised that the man had been calling the residence about getting his guns back. There is an ongoing divorce occurring between the man’s daughter and the 49-year-old. While police were on the scene, the 49-year-old man called again. The responding officer then called the 49-year-old man back and explained that they were taking possession of an old handgun, as nobody has it on a pistol permit. The officer then advised the man that the 65-year-old didn’t want him calling anymore. The 49-year-old man advised he understood and would not be calling the residence.

New York State Police

Nov. 22

8:45 a.m. David M. Ballard, 35, of Argyle was arrested for promoting a sexual performance by a child younger than 17, a class D felony, and possessing a sexual performance by a child, a class E felony. He was being held.

7:27 p.m. Robert D. Carota, 56, of Argyle was arrested in Kingsbury for obstructing governmental administration in the second degree and resisting arrests, both class A misdemeanors, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree and DWI with a previous conviction within the last 10 years, both class E felonies, and DWI, first offense, a class U misdemeanor. He was being held.

Nov. 23

7:25 p.m. Zachary H. Hopkins, 30, of Fort Edward was arrested in Greenwich 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.

Nov. 24

3:34 p.m. Zachary M. Morgan, 31, of Stillwater was arrested in Greenwich on two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was released on his own recognizance.

Nov. 27

10:01 p.m. Michael S. Hunter, 36, of Rutland, Vermont, was arrested in Fort Ann for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree, and possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeding device, all class A misdemeanors. At the same time, Rebecca S. Mead, 44, of Rutland was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree, both class A misdemeanors. Both were issued appearance tickets.

Vermont State Police

Nov. 22

9:09 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Whipple Hollow Road in the Town of West Rutland. Initial investigation revealed that Michael Greene, 34, of West Rutland was driving a 2010 Ford F-150 southbound on Whipple Hollow Road when he drove off the east side of the roadway and collided with a telephone pole. Further investigation revealed Greene’s privilege to operate a motor vehicle in the State of Vermont was criminally suspended. He was subsequently issued a citation to appear in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date to answer to the offense of criminal DLS. State Police were assisted on scene by the West Rutland Fire Department and Green Mountain Power.

Nov. 25

1:40 a.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on U.S. Route 4 in the Town of Rutland. Investigation revealed that Bernard Tanner III, 44, of Mendon had been driving under the influence of alcohol and was driving with a suspended license. Tanner was subsequently taken into custody and transported for processing. During processing it was determined Tanner had an active arrest warrant. Tanner was lodged at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility on the warrant and issued a citation to appear at the Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

6:29 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a domestic disturbance in the Town of Pittsford. Upon arrival, Troopers determined Corey Bean, 35, of Pittsford had knowingly refused to allow a domestic partner to leave his residence. While speaking to the victim of the unlawful restraint, troopers were notified of an assault that had taken place prior to Nov. 25 involving the victim and Bean. Bean was transported to the Rutland Barracks and subsequently released on a citation to appear before the Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date to answer to the charges of domestic assault and unlawful restraint in the second degree.

Nov. 26

3:45 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a motor vehicle crash located on U.S. Route 4, at the intersection of Woodward Drive in Mendon. Rutland City Fire responded to the crash. Investigation revealed that a 17-year-old juvenile from Florence driving a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer was traveling east on U.S. Route 4. The juvenile lost traction because of accumulating snow on the roadway, resulting in the vehicle crossing the center lane line into the westbound lane. The Trailblazer struck head-on a 2012 Jeep Patriot driven by Rachel Bethmann, 26, of Rutland, who was traveling westbound on U.S. Route 4. Bethmann had observed the Trailblazer enter the westbound lane and could not avoid the collision. The crash rendered both vehicles inoperable, however, no injuries were reported. Both vehicles were removed by Killington Auto and Moonlight Towing due to disabling damage. Speed and current weather conditions were contributing causes of the crash.