Police Beat, Jan. 20, 2022

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

Jan. 8

10 a.m. While on patrol, an officer was stopped by a citizen who reported a possible water main break on North Street. Upon arrival, the officer observed water seeping from the ground with ice buildup. Contact was made with the Granville Village Department of Public Works which said they would repair the leak on Jan. 10.

Jan. 11

2:52 p.m. Police had received a call from a North Street man reporting his neighbors’ dog walking unleashed on his property. The North Street man said he had a video as evidence and wished to speak with a specific officer who had issued a verbal warning in the past for the same incident. The desired officer left a verbal referral on the Animal Control Officer’s voicemail explaining the incident and advised them that the police would provide incident reports for the follow-up.

3:10 p.m. A 10-year-old boy had informed his father that two other juveniles reportedly threatened to beat up the 10-year-old boy’s friends on their way home from school between Granville Elementary School and Veterans Memorial Park. The School Resource Officer was made aware of the situation and said he would check the area as requested by dispatch. No youths were found in the requested vicinity.

Jan. 12

6:26 p.m. Police responded to a North Street apartment for reports of an order of protection violation. Upon arrival, police spoke with a 35-year-old North Street woman claiming she had written evidence of an order of protection against a 32-year-old County Route 25 man, stating the man couldn’t be near the 35-year-old woman’s children. The 35-year-old woman said a 37-year-old County Route 25 woman allowed the man to be in her residence at the same time playing video games with the children he was reportedly not supposed to contact. The order of protection letter was observed to be an order through family court, not an order of protection violation. The 35-year-old woman was advised that the information would need to be presented to the agencies that cover the location where the reported violation took place. The 35-year-old woman said she would contact police.

6:35 p.m. A 40-year-old North Street man called the station to report threatening texts and voicemails made by a 32-year-old County Route 25 man. The 40-year-old North Street man was requested to come to the police station with his evidence and potentially sign a harassment complaint. The 40-year-old man declined and wanted the 32-year-old man notified that he wanted no further contact or communication with him, and if that were to happen, then the 40-year-old man would follow through with a complaint. The officer spoke with the 32-year-old County Route 25 man along with a 37-year-old County Route 25 woman who said the 40-year-old North street man was making threatening remarks as well and requested that to be documented. There was no signed complaint from either party.

Whitehall Police Department

Jan. 7

8:31 a.m. An officer on patrol was dispatched to 5 Maple St. for a 911 open line call. Dispatched advised the 911 call from a number plotted to that address. The caller said a 2-year-old child had the phone and called 911. Dispatch received another call from that number with an open line and could hear yelling and screaming in the background. The officer returned to the location and spoke with a 31-year-old woman who said she was yelling at her child because they called 911. No other issues were reported at the residence.

Jan. 8

12:21 a.m. An officer was dispatched to an apartment at 5 Kirkland St. for a woman restraining another woman. At the apartment, he spoke with a 45-year-old woman who was highly intoxicated who told him that a 20-year-old woman who shares the apartment attempted to take medication, damaged a picture frame and punched the door. The woman said the 20-year-old had knives. The 20-year-old told the officer that she punched the wall and it made her hand bleed. The 20-year-old admitted to having one alcoholic beverage and said she was not suicidal. The officer observed the woman’s hand was not bleeding, and the woman advised that the 45-year-old woman didn’t hit her. The 20-year-old woman was in the spare bedroom when the officer left the scene and the 45-year-old woman refused to sign a deposition.

1:30 p.m. While on patrol an officer observed a white Chevrolet truck that he recognized to be driven by a 20-year-old man, parked in the alley between 113 and 115 Broadway. The officer approached on foot and saw the 20-year-old standing next to his truck. The man said he was there to pick up tools another man had stolen from him a while back. The officer told the man he was not allowed on the property by the building owners. The man stated the landlord gave him permission to get his belongings. The officer advised the man that the ownership of the building is changing and he should sort things out with new caretaker. The 20-year-old left without any issues.

11:07 p.m. An officer was dispatched to 125 Broadway for a disturbance call from a 40-year-old woman who stated her roommate broke the lock off her bedroom door. The officer spoke to a 30-year-old woman who said she advised the other woman that she had to leave the residence because her three-month verbal agreement was up. The officer advised the 30-year-old that she cannot kick the other woman out because she has lived there for more than 30 days. The officer told the woman she needed to contact her landlord and advise them of this incident to determine whether the landlord wanted to evict her. The 40-year-old woman stated that her roommate broke the sliding lock off her bedroom door by kicking her door in. The officer saw no visible mark showing that the woman’s bedroom door was kicked in. The officer advised both parties to stop speaking with each other, and if issues continued to contact their landlord.

11:14 p.m. An officer was dispatched to 17 Gilmore St. for a welfare check on a 39-year-old woman and her kids. The caller, a 78-year-old man, said the woman was not allowed at the residence while the man and her children were there. The man said she is allowed only four hours for visitation rights. The woman told the officer that she was allowed at the residence because her husband had the visitation order changed. The woman said everyone was in good health and the kids were sleeping. She stated that the 78-year-old man has been coming around the residence and watching the house while she was visiting her children. She said she would like patrols to tell the man to leave her alone while she visits her children. The officer was not able to contact the man.

Jan. 10

3 p.m. An officer was dispatched to 15 Adams St. for a barking dog complaint and found a barking dog. The officer spoke to a 28-year-old woman, the dog’s owner, and she advised that she was going to take her dog inside when she got home.

Jan. 12

11:31 p.m. While at the station, an officer received a phone call from a neighbor at 17 Mountain St. who said there was an argument going on in a downstairs apartment between a man and woman. The caller said Washington County sheriff’s deputies were there earlier in the day looking for a man. The officer was familiar with the man living at the address, Michael Poissonnier, 36, and asked dispatch to call and to inquire about sheriff’s deputies being at the residence. Dispatch advised him there was a File 5 on him. The officer went to the location and spoke with a 42-year-old woman who stated that she and Poissonnier got into a fight but would not elaborate. When asked if Poissonnier was home, she said that he was not and that he left on foot after the argument. The officer checked the surrounding area with no results. The officer advised the woman that if Poissonnier returned and she wanted him gone to call the police and he would be arrested on a warrant. He also advised her to keep the noise down for the rest of the night.

Jan. 13

10:38 p.m. While on patrol, an officer observed a vehicle stopped on Poultney Street bridge with no lights on. The officer spoke with the driver who stated the vehicle had died and he couldn’t get it started. The officer parked behind the disabled vehicle and notified dispatch of the lane closure and the vehicle information. The driver requested Dudley’s to the scene to remove the vehicle, and the driver was identified as a 49-year-old man. The vehicle was towed to the man’s address at 8 Fifth Ave.

New York State Police

Jan. 11

12:20 p.m. Javiona M. Whitaker, 20, of Rochester was arrested in Fort Ann for introducing dangerous contraband into prison in the first degree, a class D felony. She was being held.

9:43 p.m. Joshua J. Boyce, 41, of Johnsonville was arrested in Greenwich for menacing in the third degree, a class B misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Jan. 12

12:20 p.m. Gene L. Bassett, 72, of Granville was arrested for an incident of petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Jan. 13

12 p.m. Evelyn T. Pratcher, 50, of Las Vegas, 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.

Jan. 15

5:45 p.m. Adam S. McKernon, 39, of Argyle was arrested in Queensbury for criminal contempt in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was released on his own recognizance.

9:45 a.m. Charisse D. Hundley, 47, of Guilderland was arrested for introducing contraband into prison in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

Jan. 6

Vermont State Police were contacted regarding a domestic assault that occurred the night prior. Troopers met with the victim who stated the night prior there was a verbal argument with a girlfriend, Erin M. O’Grady, 37, of Chittenden. The victim was struck multiple times by O’Grady, causing pain. Troopers met with O’Grady at which time she provided a statement. Based on all of the evidence collected, O’Grady was issued a criminal citation to appear in Rutland County Superior Court at a later date to answer to the charge of domestic assault.

Jan. 9

1:46 a.m. Vermont State Police were dispatched to the area of Ledgely Drive and Vermont Route 7A in Shaftsbury and found two damaged vehicles parked along the southbound lane of Vermont Route 7A. One of the vehicles was a 2017 Dodge Ram, operated by Joshua Ritcher, 33, of North Adams, Massachusetts. Investigation determined that Ritcher had struck a vehicle that was parked along the roadway as he was traveling south on Vermont Route 7A. Troopers believed Ritcher may have been impaired and conducted field sobriety exercises, during which he showed signs of impairment and was placed into custody for DUI. Ritcher’s preliminary roadside breath test was almost double the legal limit. He was later released with a citation to appear in Bennington County Superior Court, Criminal Division, to answer to the charge of DUI. There were no injuries sustained in the crash.

8:22 p.m. Vermont State Police were dispatched to a reported domestic disturbance and upon arrival to a residence on Quarterline Road in Clarendon, troopers were notified that James M. Cote, 38, of Wallingford had crashed into a vehicle parked at the residence as he was leaving. Multiple witnesses at the residence identified Cote as the operator and advised that Cote did not stop and provide any information to the owner of the vehicle, instead continuing on to a separate residence on Quarterline Road. Troopers were able to determine Cote’s location at another residence on Quarterline Road and he was issued a citation to appear in Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

Jan. 11

12:19 a.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on U.S. Route 7 in Rutland City for an observed motor vehicle violation. The operator, Susan Willoughby, 23, of Buffalo, New York, displayed signs of impairment and subsequently was screened for DUI. Willoughby was ultimately taken into custody and transported for processing. She was later released with a criminal citation and is scheduled to appear in Vermont Superior Court, Windsor Criminal Division, at a later date.

Jan. 12

5:31 p.m. Vermont State Police received a report of a disorderly man in the parking lot of the Green Mountain Plaza in Rutland and located a man matching the description in the parking lot of the Cortina Inn at 476 Holiday Dr. He was identified as Travis Bunnell, 31, of Rutland. A conditions of release check revealed Bunnell had multiple active court-ordered conditions of release including a 24/7 curfew at his residence. He was taken into custody and issued a citation to appear in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

Jan. 14

5:24 p.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop for operating in a negligent manner. The operator was identified as Christopher Hart, 31, of Fair Haven, who was taken into custody and transported for processing. Hart received a Vermont Civil Violation Complaint for operating his vehicle at 78 mph in a posted 40-mph zone on Business Route 4. He received a ticket totaling $579 and was given a criminal citation to appear at the Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.