Police Beat, Dec. 30, 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. 17

6:01 p.m. A Broadview Terrace man called police to report striking a black lab with his vehicle on Quaker Street. The man said the dog had run away and appeared to be fine. The man also said there was no damage to his vehicle. The responding officer surveyed the surrounding area for the dog with negative results.

7:30 p.m. Granville police were requested by State Police for assistance at a County Route 24 apartment building after numerous callers reported a man yelling for help behind the residence. Granville Rescue Squad was also on standby for a reported medical situation for a woman at the same address. The responding Granville officer spoke with Granville Rescue Squad who said they observed some type of physical altercation between two men at the residence. Both men, who the officer observed to be intoxicated, told the officer in a semi-calm manner that the woman was possibly having a stroke and that they were in a physical altercation with each other. The woman was trying to speak but was having difficulty. At this time, State Police units arrived on scene and the woman was taken to the ambulance for medical evaluation and possible transport. The two men at the residence told the officer they did not want to sign complaints for the altercation or to be transported away from each other for the night despite still showing signs of possible further aggression. The responding officer cleared the scene and returned to the village’s jurisdiction.

10:02 p.m. Police responded to Tractor Supply on Quaker Street for reports of a 20-year-old Fort Ann man behind the store possibly breaking in. Upon arrival, police located a large white truck with a temporary registration belonging to the suspect’s mother parked near Dunkin Donuts. The man said he was trying to look through dumpsters and had retrieved a broken plastic tote from the Tractor Supply dumpster. The officer had the man return the tote to the dumpster and advised him not to search through dumpsters without the owner’s permission or to do this at such late hours without permission.

Dec. 18

9 a.m. Police responded to a Madison Street residence for the report of a dog attacking another dog. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with a 32-year-old Madison Street woman who said two dogs from a residence down the street had attacked her dog that was chained in the backyard. The woman described the two dogs as a German Shepherd and a white dog. The woman’s dog was observed to have a superficial wound on the left side of its neck but appeared to not be in distress. The Animal Control Officer was contacted and said he would take care of it.

Dec. 20

8:29 p.m. Police responded to a fire alarm activation at Stewart’s Shops on Quaker Street. After speaking with fire personnel and clearing the scene, the officer was informed the alarm was set off by the pizza oven.

Dec. 21

8:21 p.m. Police responded to Granville Junior/Senior High School for an alarm activation that custodians said was set off unintentionally by people exiting a game.

Dec. 22

3:38 p.m. A 63-year-old Prospect Street man called the station to report a group of four youths who threw snowballs at his car while he was driving on Quaker Street. The man said the children ran behind houses on Pacific Street. The only description the man was able to provide was that one child was wearing a brownish colored jacket and another was wearing a red colored jacket. The report was made roughly one hour after the incident occurred and there was no damage reported to the vehicle.

Dec. 23

3:40 p.m. Police responded to a false hold-up alarm at Great Meadow Federal Credit Union on East Main Street that was accidentally tripped by an employee.

6:56 p.m. Police were notified of a vehicle striking a Church Street building. The caretaker, a 74-year-old Baldwin, New York, man, advised the officer that the post to the front porch had been struck because of icy road conditions. The post had a slight indentation but nothing else. The officer was informed that the vehicle that hit or backed into the post had apparently left.

7:02 p.m. Police came up with negative results in searching for youths reportedly throwing snowballs at traffic on Main Street. At around 10:43 p.m., police received a call for youths throwing snowballs at traffic on Main Street again. Police spoke with the caller reporting the incident and said the children had been heard running away in the back of a Main Street residence. The responding officer stayed in the area for a bit with negative results and wrote in the incident report that the area would be patrolled frequently.

Dec. 24

11:30 a.m. Police responded to a Franklin Street apartment for a noise disturbance. The caller told police their upstairs neighbor, a child about age of 7, was jumping up and down and running around and disturbing their sleep. The officer explained to the caller that the police would be limited in what they could do and that they could speak with the landlord. The officer went upstairs and spoke with the boy’s grandmother. She said the child is off from school and is very excited about Christmas. The officer wrote in his report that the child started jumping up and down when Christmas was mentioned. The grandmother advised the officer that she had lived at that residence for more than 25 years and she would do her best to keep the noise level down. Both parties were informed they could speak with the landlord over these concerns and that carpeting or insulation could help limit the noise.

Whitehall Police Department

Dec. 18

3:10 a.m. While on patrol, an officer issued a parking ticket to a vehicle found in violation of the winter parking ban on Park Avenue.

4 p.m. A 33-year-old Champlain Avenue woman called the station line to report gunshots behind her residence. The responding officer patrolled the area with negative results.

6 p.m. Four Whitehall police officers assisted with traffic control for the holiday parade throughout the village of Whitehall.

Dec. 19

12:05 a.m. EMS was called to a Williams Street residence for a reported man who had fallen and required lifting assistance. A Whitehall officer patrolled to the location after the call went to mutual aid to see if EMS was needed due to the weather and road conditions. A Skenesborough EMS member arrived on scene and Fort Ann EMS continued its route to the scene.

Dec. 20

8:19 p.m. Police were dispatched to an Elizabeth Street apartment for a disturbance complaint made by a 70-year-old tenant, who said the upstairs neighbor was making a disturbance by stomping on the floor. The officer went upstairs, knocked on the door of a room with loud banging coming from it and spoke with a 53-year-old Granville man. The man apologized for making noise and explained to the officer that he was helping his father with building a bookshelf and just finished. The officer returned downstairs to advise the 70-year-old man of the situation and that it was the only time the 53-year-old man had to build the bookshelf for his father.

Dec. 23

8:40 p.m. Officers were dispatched to a Lafayette Street apartment for an open door to a house under construction. Police checked the residence to find nobody inside and secured the door shut to the best of their ability.

9:30 p.m. Police received an anonymous call on the station line for a dog barking in the vicinity of Bellamy Street. An officer patrolled the area and had negative results for any barking dogs in the area.

New York State Police

Dec. 16

2:53 p.m. Steven R. Jones, 29, of Whitehall was arrested for criminal contempt in the first degree with a prior, a class E felony; fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor; and reckless driving, a class U misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Dec. 22

12:17 p.m. David M. Swaine, 34, of Whitehall was arrested on two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor; and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, one for possession of an assault rifle and a second for possession of an ammunition clip, both class D felonies. He was being held.

12:32 p.m. Sarah A. Norman, 35, of Whitehall was arrested on two counts of criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was released on her own recognizance.

12:50 p.m. Viola M. Knapp-Colmenero, 51, of Schuylerville, was arrested in Saratoga on a motor vehicle violation, specifically driving with a suspended registration, and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs in the first degree, both class U misdemeanors. She was issued an appearance ticket.

Dec. 23

11:40 a.m. Damyia L. Morris, 25, of Troy, was arrested in Fort Ann for introducing contraband into prison in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

9:25 p.m. Fred M. Devino, 58, of Granville was arrested in Hebron for stalking in the fourth degree, a class B misdemeanor. His status was unknown.

Vermont State Police

Dec. 20

2:30 p.m. Vermont State Police were called to respond to a residence in Sunderland for a report of a physical fight between two males. The responding troopers initiated a domestic violence investigation after learning that Kaleb I. King, 21, of Sunderland and the victim were cohabiting at the residence. The investigation led to a determination that King was the dominant aggressor of the two, and he was subsequently arrested for domestic assault. Both King and the victim suffered minor injuries resulting from their altercation. King was to appear in Bennington County Superior Court at a later date.

6:52 p.m. Vermont State Police were called to investigate a crash on Squirrel Hollow Road in Dorset, where a vehicle allegedly struck a house and then rolled onto its side. Troopers arrived at the scene and found that the vehicle caused minimal damage to the house. They then located the operator, Jacob Chila, 29, of Peru, at the neighbor’s house. Through investigation, it was determined that Chila drove and crashed the vehicle into the house while significantly impaired by alcohol. Chila was arrested for DUI 2, processed and released on a citation to appear at Bennington County Superior Court at a later date.

Dec. 22

12:15 a.m. Vermont State Police received a report of a vehicle that crashed into a house near the intersection of Furnace Road and Route 7 in Pittsford. Upon arrival, it was determined that Andrew Brons, 57, of Vergennes was traveling south on Route 7 when he exited the roadway and crashed into a house. During investigation of the crash Brons displayed signs of impairment, and it was determined he was operating the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Brons subsequently was arrested for suspicion of DUI and transported to the State Police Barracks in Rutland for processing. He was released with a citation to answer for the charge of DUI at a later date. The house sustained substantial damage, but there were no injuries as a result of the crash. Vermont State Police were assisted by Pittsford Fire and Rescue and Regional Ambulance Service.

6:47 p.m. Vermont State Police received a report of an active retail theft from Jo-Ann retail fabric store in Rutland Town. Troopers learned that Valerie Sullivan, 36, of Rutland attempted to stab employee Sarah McClure, 28, of Rutland with a knife in the parking lot when Sullivan was confronted regarding the theft. Troopers arrived on scene and took Sullivan into custody. Further investigation revealed Sullivan committed additional retail thefts at Bed Bath & Beyond and Michaels retail stores. She was searched as part of the arrest and found to be in possession of heroin. Sullivan was lodged at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Center for lack of $10,000 bail.

Dec. 23

6:18 p.m. Vermont State Police were dispatched to a car versus pedestrian crash along Vermont Route 7A in the Town of Dorset. Statements and evidence at the scene indicated that Peter Riker, 70, of Dorset was crossing the unlit roadway when he was struck by a 2008 Toyota Camry traveling northbound driven by Jacob M. Keegan, 23, of Nassau, New York. Riker was subsequently flown to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment of suspected head and leg injuries. The car suffered damage to the passenger side headlight area. This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information regarding the crash is encouraged to contact the Vermont State Police in Shaftsbury at 802-442-5421. Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by the Manchester Police Department, Arlington Rescue Squad and Dorset Fire Department.

Dec. 24

11 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on West Creek Road in Pittsford. Investigation revealed that the driver, a juvenile from Rutland, failed to maintain their lane and crashed into a telephone pole causing significant damage to the pole. The driver was not injured. Vermont State Police were assisted by Pittsford First Response, Boondocks Towing and Green Mountain Power.

Dec. 25

6:45 a.m. Vermont State Police received a report of a person attempting to enter vehicles at residences on High Street in Proctor. Police responded and were not able to locate anyone. Vermont State Police are requesting that anyone with information contact Sergeant Blake Cushing at 802-773-9101.

Dec. 26

2:49 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a single-vehicle crash in the area of 1451 Vermont Route 103 in the Town of Wallingford. Through investigation it was determined that Isaac Gallett, 25, of Rutland was traveling north on Vermont Route 103 in a 2013 Subaru Crostrek. Gallet failed to maintain his lane and exited the right side of the roadway. His vehicle continued up an embankment and then struck a utility pole before overturning. Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by the Wallingford Fire Department and Green Mountain Power.


Argyle woman charged with grand, petit larceny

On Tuesday, Dec. 21, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrested Desiree A. Phillips, 30, of Argyle for grand larceny in the fourth degree, a class E felony, and petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

A joint investigation between the Washington County Department of Social Services and the Sheriff’s Office alleges that Phillips failed to report other sources of income between December 2019 and September 2020 while receiving benefits from the Department of Social Services. It is alleged that Phillips received approximately $2,043 in benefits to which she was not entitled.

Phillips was processed and held for arraignment on the charges and was later released. She is due back in the Town of Fort Edward Court at a later date.


Manhattan resident arrested for using counterfeit money in Fort Edward

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrested Carol T. Ntuli, 35, of Manhattan for an incident that occurred on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 4:30 p.m., namely possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, a class D felony, and petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Ntuli was charged after an investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office determined that Ntuli was in possession of counterfeit money and passed the counterfeit money to complete transactions at the Dollar General store located on Broadway in Fort Edward.

Ntuli was processed and arraigned in the Town of Fort Edward Court. He was returned to the custody of New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.