Police Beat, Dec. 23, 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

Dec. 15

5:17 p.m. Police responded to a residential lock at Mountainview Commons on Quaker Street. Maintenance was on scene and addressed the issue at hand.

Whitehall Police Department

Dec 10

8:30 p.m. While on patrol, a responding officer came across a disabled vehicle in Stewart’s parking lot. Upon interviewing the 38-year-old man, it was determined that his car could not be repaired that night and he was looking for a place to stay. A room was located in the village of Granville for the man for the night. The man was given a courtesy ride to The Station House Bed & Breakfast, and his car remained in the Stewart’s parking lot until he returned the next day with the correct parts.

11 p.m. A responding officer was dispatched to Blount Street for a harassment complaint. Upon interview of a 65-year-old man, he advised that a 49-year-old man had been calling his residence consistently and wanted something done. The responding officer is familiar with both parties as the 49-year-old man is separating from the other man’s daughter and there have been issues lately. While at the residence, the 49-year-old man called again and the responding officer spoke with him on the phone. The man sounded intoxicated and was less cooperative with the responding officer. After further interview it was decided to unplug the home phone for the night rather than have the man arrested.

Dec. 12

9:50 p.m. A responding officer was dispatched to Poultney Street for an unwanted guest. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with a 34-year-old man who advised that he had stayed at the residence last night and has been coming and going throughout the day and now the 40-year-old woman wants him to leave. The 34-year-old man was very cooperative and did not know what was happening. Upon interview of the 40-year-old woman, she continued to swear about how the man would not let the responding officer speak. The responding officer gave the man a courtesy ride as he had been drinking and was unable to drive. The woman would not come to the door for officer Vandenburgh when he went over for further information.

Dec. 15

7:55 p.m. A 44-year-old woman contacted the police department landline stating that her 42-year-old boyfriend would not leave her alone. The officer asked the woman where she lived and she stated 16 Davis St. The officer patrolled over to that address for a follow-up and interviewed the woman in the driveway. The woman stated that her boyfriend grabbed her neck two days ago and was harassing her by punching in the air. The officer asked to see the woman’s neck and saw a small cut that looked to be several days old because the cut was scabbed over. The officer asked the woman what she’d like to see done and she stated that she does not want the man to be arrested, she just wants him to leave her alone for the night so she can watch TV. The officer asked the woman to bring the man outside so they could speak with him. The officer asked the man what happened and he stated that the woman was hitting him while he was cooking dinner and taking care of the dogs. The woman stated she never hit him. The officer advised the man if he does not stop harassing the woman, he will be arrested for violating and refraining from an order of protection. The man agreed to leave the woman alone for the evening. The woman stated she was moving to Glens Falls sometime during the next day and the officer advised her to contact the police if the man acts out again.

Dec. 16

10:55 p.m. While on patrol, a responding officer observed a subject standing in the roadway near 13 N. Williams St. After turning around, the responding officer was unable to locate the subject, however, the subject was located on the front walkway of 13 N. Williams St. The subject was identified as a 26-year-old woman who stated she was using a K2 sensor and looking for haunted buildings and spirits but would leave if she was not supposed to be there. The responding officer explained that the residence was private property and she could be in the road but not on the property as someone might think she was trying to gain entry into the building. The woman stated she would leave with no other issues.

New York State Police

Dec. 14

3:22 a.m. Seth. M. Scott, 34, of Whitehall, was arrested in Queensbury for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree, specifically scales, both class A misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Dec. 15

6:21 a.m. Kaitlin B. Andrews, 28, of Gansevoort was arrested in Greenwich for bail jumping in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued a bail bond.

4:15 a.m. Brandon M. Tubbs, 32, of Corinth was arrested in Glens Falls for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was being held.

Dec. 16

8:49 p.m. Robert F. Fitch, 51, of Gansevoort was arrested in Wilton for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% and DWI, both first offenses and class U misdemeanors. He was released to a third party.

Dec. 18

9:12 a.m. Shanieka T. Descartes, 39, of Bronx was arrested in Fort Ann for introducing dangerous contraband into prison in the first degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree with intent to sell, both class D felonies. She was being held.

Vermont State Police

Dec. 9

2:22 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a motor vehicle complaint on Vermont Route 7A in the Town of Arlington. Troopers responded and located the vehicle on Raven Rock Road in Arlington. Based on the complainant information, a traffic stop was initiated. While talking with the driver, Richard McCarty, 57, of Arlington, several indicators of impairment were observed. McCarty was subsequently screened for suspicion of driving under the influence and ultimately was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants and/or drugs. He was transported tor processing without incident. McCarty was issued a citation to appear in Bennington County Superior Court, Criminal Division at a later date.

Dec. 13

6:45 p.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Vermont Route 30 in the Town of Cornwall after observing a motor vehicle violation. Troopers identified the operator as Jennifer E. Call, 44, of Whitehall, New York. While speaking with Call, troopers detected signs of impairment. Call was screened for driving under the influence of drugs and subsequently placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI #1 (Drugs). She was transported to the Middlebury Police Department for processing and later released with a citation to appear in Addison County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date. Troopers were assisted on scene by members of the Middlebury Police Department.

Dec. 14

8:02 p.m. Vermont State Police were traveling north on Vermont Route 7A in Shaftsbury following another northbound vehicle. They observed the vehicle swerve into the southbound lane while it continued to travel north. Troopers initiated a traffic stop with the vehicle and found that the operator, Josiah Wilson, 24, of Shaftsbury, showed signs of impairment by drugs or medications. Wilson subsequently was screened for impaired driving, arrested and processed with court action pending the results of his blood test.

Dec. 15

11:30 p.m. Vermont State Police received a 911 call regarding a vehicle that was failing to maintain its lane on Route 7 between Pittsford and Rutland Town. Troopers were able to stop the vehicle on Route 7 in Rutland Town. The driver was identified as Keya Olson, 41, of Randolph. Olson displayed signs of impairment and was subsequently arrested for suspicion of DUI. She was transported to the Rutland Barracks where she was processed and released to the Grace House for detox.

Dec. 16

2:02 p.m. Vermont State Police received a report of a single-vehicle rollover crash on Corn Hill Road in the Town of Pittsford. The operator was identified as Jane Cornell, 75, of Pittsford. Investigation determined that Cornell, traveling south on Corn Hill Road, traveled off the paved portion of the roadway, striking a telephone before overturning on the roof of the vehicle. Regional Ambulance Service, Pittsford First Response and Pittsford Fire Department responded to the scene. Regional Ambulance Service transported Cornell to Rutland Regional Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries. Her 2007 Subaru Forester was totaled. Boondocks Motors and Green Mountain Power responded to the scene to assist. The incident remains under investigation. Anyone who witnessed the incident is encouraged to contact the Vermont State Police at 802-773-9101.

Dec. 17

4:12 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single-car crash on Hitchcock Road in Pittsford. Investigation revealed that Dorothy Blue, driving a 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe, was traveling north on Hitchcock Road when she fell asleep, causing her to drive off the roadway and strike a rock retaining wall. Blue sustained minor injuries and was transported to the Rutland Regional Medical Center for treatment for non-life threatening injuries. Her car was totaled. Troopers were assisted on scene by Regional Ambulance and Pittsford Fire Department.


Police resolve car ownership dispute

By Caton Deuso

On Dec. 16 at around 9:30 a.m., a 44-year-old woman walked into the Whitehall Police Department and asked police for assistance with trying to recover her car from a 36-year-old woman. The woman provided officers with the proper documentation showing that she was the current owner of a 2009 gray Honda Fit.

The woman’s paperwork showed that the Honda Fit bore a New York registration. She stated that the 36-year-old lives at 93 S. William St., the upstairs apartment. After providing the documentation, an officer patrolled to the address to interview the woman.

Upon arrival, the officer observed a gray Honda Fit parked in the driveway, bearing the correct registration. The officer went upstairs and knocked on the front door several times and had negative contact.

The officer patrolled back to the station and contacted the 36-year-old woman by phone and asked her if she was home and available to speak with police. The woman said she was not home, so the officer advised her to stop by the police station with the Honda Fit.

Upon the woman’s arrival at the station, the officer advised her that the owner of the Honda Fit would like it back. The woman stated the car was hers because she just paid off the $8,000 bill.

The officer advised the woman that she was not the registered owner of the Honda Fit and she needed to give it back to the proper owner. The woman was adamant that she was the owner because she just paid off the $8,000 bill.

The officer advised the woman that she needed to provide police with proper documentation showing that she is the owner of the vehicle. The woman failed to do so.

The officer advised the woman that she could drive the vehicle to her residence so she could take her belongings out. Once the belongings were out of the vehicle, she needed to turn the vehicle keys over to the police, so the owner of the vehicle could take custody of her vehicle.

The woman drove off and headed toward her residence. The officer advised the other woman to contact her and meet police at the residence.

Upon arrival, the Honda Fit was in the driveway. The woman was irate as she removed her belongings from the vehicle. After gathering her belongings, she turned over the vehicle keys without any incident.