Police Beat, Jan. 27, 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. 13

6:15 p.m. Police were advised by a 59-year-old Wells, Vermont woman that she observed a man entering through the window of the former “What’s Up Dawg’s” building. Upon arrival police spoke with the man and a woman from Cary Road in Granville who denied entering through the window. The woman said she is the daughter of the woman who leased the building. The duo said they were retrieving the last of their property, an air conditioner, to bring over to their new location across the street. The officer asked the woman to have her parents call or stop by the station so the officer could confirm lease information.

6:30 p.m. A File-6 for a missing child was placed by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for a 16-year-old New York girl. Granville police responded to two undisclosed locations with deputies and found the child at the second residence that was checked. The child was returned to Hudson Falls by deputies. At 8:11 p.m., Granville police were asked by a 37-year-old Quaker Street woman to call the father of the child and let him know the earlier call was legitimate after he had reportedly called the 37-year-old woman twice and given her a hard time. Police left a message on the man’s voicemail.

Jan. 14

Police responded to Mountain View Commons for an unattended death of a 72-year-old man, John T. McLaughlin. At the beginning of shifts at the nursing home, the manager discovered McLaughlin deceased in his room after conducting a welfare check due to a strong odor in the hallway and no response from the room other than a service dog barking. The dog was removed from the room after standing by McLaughlin’s side aggressively. The family, coroner and funeral home were contacted by the police after the scene was secured and cleared.

Jan. 17

7 p.m. Police were dispatched to a Lincoln Street apartment where a 30-year-old woman was reporting a loud noise complaint. Upon arrival, police spoke with a worker who was playing music and asked him to turn it down. The worker agreed, and the 30-year-old woman was advised that the music wasn’t that loud for the time of day and to call the police and then her landlord if the problem were to persist.

Jan. 19

2:53 p.m. Police responded to a parking complaint on North Street where a 25-year-old man said he had come home and someone else was parked in his spot. The other vehicle attempted to leave, but the 25-year-old said he would move once his girlfriend came downstairs, resulting in an argument between the man and the other party. The other vehicle then drove across the lawn and left. The incident occurred on private property and no further action was taken at the time.

Jan. 19

4:05 p.m. A DeKalb Road woman asked for the animal control officer’s contact information after she and her husband had been bitten by their dog shipped from Texas 11 days prior. The dog was actively crated, and the woman said she and her husband would call the law enforcement agency that covers their jurisdiction if they did not make contact with the animal control officer.

Jan. 20

5:10 p.m. Police responded to a car accident at True Value hardware store on Quaker Street where a 43-year-old Quaker Street woman’s vehicle was struck by a 63-year-old Granville man’s vehicle backing up as the woman was waiting for traffic to clear. The man said he did not see the woman’s vehicle stopped behind him while he backed up. A motor vehicle accident form was completed by police.

Whitehall Police Department

Jan. 14

5:30 p.m. Two officers responded to 15 Williams St. for a reported fire in the home’s furnace box. Upon arrival, the fire was extinguished by one of the officers, and Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company responded to the scene and confirmed the fire was extinguished. Residents chose to stay elsewhere for the night.

Jan. 15

9:33 a.m. An officer received a phone call at the station from a 23-year-old woman who said her 69-year-old landlord entered the rental property at 11 Gilmore St. illegally and without 24-hour notice to assist a pest removal company. When the officer looked back at the text messages between the tenant and landlord, they discovered the landlord did provide 24-hour notice, and that no crime had been committed.

Jan. 17

12:20 p.m. Sgt. Buxton received a call from a community member regarding water coming from a garage at 50 Williams St. and reported it to the on-duty officer. The officer checked the location with Washington County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Hunt, who went to the residence and didn’t see anyone. Hunt noticed water coming from the apartment above the garage. The 54-year-old caretaker of the garage was called and sent someone to shut off the water.

1:24 p.m. Officers received a call from a 53-year-old man who reported that a Toyota Venza was parked in his yard. The officer ran the plate and determined the vehicle belonged to a 61-year-old man. The officer couldn’t locate contact information for the man and advised the owner of the property that he could have the vehicle towed. The officer also advised the man to put up signs on the property if he didn’t want people trespassing.

Jan. 19

8:10 a.m. A 37-year-old woman reported finding a used hypodermic needle in the parking lot of Cumberland Farms at 191 Broadway. An officer patrolled to the store, located the needle, secured it in a container and disposed of it without incident.

Jan. 19

3 p.m. An officer was dispatched to 28 Main St. for a complaint of vehicles illegally parked on a 59-year-old man’s property. The officer arrived on the scene and interviewed the man who said that a 45-year-old man had parked his motorcycle and sedan on his property, and the man wanted the vehicles removed. The officer then interviewed the 45-year-old man and told him that he would have to move the sedan within 24 hours. The officer assisted the 45-year-old man with moving the motorcycle, and the 45-year-old said that he had been in contact with a towing company to have the sedan moved. The officer advised the 59-year-old man that the incident would be on file.

New York State Police

Jan. 16

8:39 p.m. John E. Tatsey, 22, of Fort Edward was arrested in Moreau for an incident of assault in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor, that occurred on Jan. 15, at 10:24 p.m. He was released on his own recognizance.

Jan. 17

8:01 p.m. D.J. Finefrock, 37, of Hoosick Falls was arrested in the Town of White Creek for possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, a class D felony, as well as DWI, first offense, and aggravated DWI per se with no prior, both class U misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Jan. 18

4:53 p.m. Eber P. Lopez, 31, of Salem was arrested for an incident that was reported on Sept. 13, specifically forgery in the second degree of an official document, a class D felony. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Jan. 19

11 a.m. Jeremiah D. Little, 35, of Granville was arrested in Whitehall for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Jan. 20

1:46 p.m. Emily H. Carrera, 31, of Granville was arrested for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08%, first offense; DWI, first offense; and aggravated DWI per se with no prior, all class U misdemeanors. She was issued an appearance ticket.

Jan. 22

10:05 a.m. An 18-year-old New York City woman was arrested in Fort Ann for introducing contraband into prison in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

10:10 a.m. Tiffany M. Jenkins, 41, of Watervliet was arrested in Fort Ann for introducing contraband into prison in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

Jan. 18

6:57 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single motor vehicle crash on U.S. Route 7 near Emerald Lake State Park in the Town of Dorset. Upon arrival, troopers observed the vehicle, a 2005 Saturn VUE, off the roadway’s shoulder rolled onto its roof with significant damage. There was miscellaneous debris in the southbound and northbound lanes of travel so the road was temporarily shut down to remove the debris. Dorset Fire Department and Paul’s Towing Service assisted with removing the debris. Investigation revealed the operator, Christina Dunlap, 35, of Bromley was traveling southbound on Route 7 when she lost control of the vehicle. The roadway was partially snow-covered and Dunlap told police the tight side of the vehicle was driving in the snow, which caused her to lose control of the vehicle. Dunlap’s vehicle slid across the center line into the northbound lane and went off the road into the embankment and rolled about two times before stopping on the roof. Dunlap suffered minor neck pain and was transported to Southern Vermont Medical Center by Northshire Rescue Squad. The vehicle was towed away. Vermont State Police were assisted by Dorset Fire Department, Northshire Rescue Squad and Paul’s Towing Service.

7 p.m. Vermont State Police dispatched to a report of a car in a ditch on North Shrewsbury Road in Clarendon. The operator of the vehicle was identified as Issac Gallett, 25, of Rutland. Gallett displayed signs of impairment and was subsequently taken into custody for processing after which he was released on a criminal citation to appear at the Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

Jan. 19

7:24 a.m. Vermont State Police were dispatched to a one-car motor vehicle crash on Vermont Route 22A in the Town of Benson. Upon arrival, troopers located the vehicle in the woods off the east side of the road. The vehicle, a 2014 Subaru Forester, had come to rest on the driver’s side and had moderate damage on the passenger side, driver’s side and front end. The operator was later identified as Mary Paris, 59, of Amherst, Massachusetts, who had been provided a ride to G&L Store by a passerby prior to the troopers’ arrival. Paris was not injured and was wearing her seatbelt. Investigation revealed that Paris fell asleep while traveling north, her vehicle left the road, drove down the embankment, struck multiple small trees and rolled onto its driver’s side and came to rest.

3:25 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single motor vehicle crash on Vermont Route 7A near the intersection of Tory Lane in the Town of Arlington. Upon arrival, troopers observed a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee down in the embankment with significant damage, primarily to the front end. On-scene investigation revealed the operator, Brigitte Bignon, 71, of Arlington was traveling southbound on Vermont Route 7A before the vehicle went off the roadway. In this section of the road, there is a curve left, and it appeared that the operator had missed the turn. Bignon’s vehicle had gone through small trees before colliding with a large tree. Bignon suffered chest pain and was subsequently transported by Arlington Rescue Squad to Southern Vermont Medical Center. Paul’s Towing removed the vehicle. Vermont State Police were assisted by Arlington Rescue Squad and Paul’s Towing Service.

Jan. 20

9 p.m. Vermont State Police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle after it drove through a red light and nearly struck a Vermont State Police cruiser that was proceeding through a green light at West Street and North Main Street in Rutland City. While speaking with the operator, Amanda Carpenter, 40, of Bethel, signs of impairment were detected. Carpenter was screened for DUI and subsequently taken into custody where she was screened by a drug recognition expert at the Rutland Barracks. Carpenter was released on a citation to appear at Vermont Superior Court, Rutland Criminal Division, at a later date to answer the charge of DUI drugs.

Jan. 22

6:15 p.m. Vermont State Police were dispatched to a two-car motor vehicle crash on U.S. Route 7 at the intersection of North Shrewsbury Road in the Town of Clarendon. Upon arrival, troopers learned that a 2020 Subaru Outback driven by Colby Seguljic, 20, of Kattskill Bay, New York, was stopped in the northbound lane on Route 7 at a red light at the intersection of North Shrewsbury Road. A 2009 Nissan Rogue driven by Alana Raymond, 20, of Clarendon was traveling northbound on Route 7, failed to stop, and collided with the rear of Seguljic’s car. There were no injuries. The Rogue was removed by Boondock Motors. Troopers were assisted on scene by the Clarendon Fire Department.

Jan. 23

9:01 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 4 at the intersection with Northside Drive in the Town of Killington. Initial investigation revealed that Glen R. Donovan, 28, of Boston, Massachusetts, was attempting to exit the entrance to Pico Mountain, taking a left turn to travel westbound on Route 4. Donovan did not see Kennedy I. Odell, 20, of Whitehall, New York, traveling eastbound on Route 4 and entered the roadway, causing the front end of Odell’s 2008 Chevrolet Malibu to collide with the rear driver’s side of Donovan’s 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Odell’s car was totaled, and Donovan’s car sustained contact damage to the rear driver’s side wheel/quarter panel area. Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by Regional Ambulance Service and the Killington Fire Department.


Halls Pond Road woman injured in Argyle accident

On Friday, Jan. 21, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to the intersection of County Route 45 and State Route 40 in the Town of Argyle for a report of a motor vehicle accident.

Upon arriving, deputies discovered a vehicle vs. dump truck accident as Argyle Fire and EMS units worked to extricate one of the drivers from her 2010 Subaru.

That driver was identified as Ellen Bennett, 70, of Halls Pond Road in Salem. Witnesses told deputies that Bennett had failed to stop at the stop sign on County Route 45 and pulled into the path of dump truck pulling a loader that was northbound on State Route 40.

The dump truck was a 2015 GMC driven by Dale W. Smith, 71, of Creek Bend in Stillwater. Both Smith and his passenger, Patrick E. Minor, 61, of Antone Mountain Road in Corinth were uninjured.

Bennett was extricated from her vehicle and transported to Glens Falls Hospital by Argyle EMS with a head injury and possible internal injuries. She was later cited for failing to stop at a stop sign.

A portion of State Route 40 was closed for just over an hour while the scene was cleared.

Officers handling the incident were Deputies Corbet Sullivan and Cory Hurlburt.


Collision on Route 4 between pickup and tractor-trailer

On Thursday, Jan. 20, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to State Route 4 in the Town of Fort Ann (just north of the Village) for a report of a vehicle vs. tractor trailer accident with injuries.

Deputies arrived and located the driver of a Ford F-150, Vincent E. Brown, 37, of Burgoyne Avenue in Hudson Falls.

Brown had been northbound on State Route 4 when he crossed out of his lane and into the path of a southbound tractor-trailer.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was identified as Mubarak B. Elnimari, 45, of 21st Avenue in Rock Island, Illinois. He told deputies that he was traveling south on Route 4 when the pick-up crossed into his lane, causing a collision. Elnimari was uninjured in the crash.

Brown was transported to the Glens Falls Hospital with possible serious injuries, including a head injury.

Alcohol is being investigated as a possible factor in the accident. A portion of Route 4 was closed for just over two hours while the accident was being cleared.

Officers handling the incident included Deputies Trevor Peck and Ethan Macura and Sergeant Jason Diamond. Assisting agencies included the Fort Ann Volunteer Fire Company and EMS and the West Fort Ann Volunteer Fire Company.


Man found at bottom of cliff in Fort Ann

At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, the New York State Police responded to a report of a deceased male located at the bottom of a cliff at Shelving Rock Falls in the town of Fort Ann.

The victim was identified as 55-year-old Timothy J. Gillen of Peekskill. Passing hikers observed Gillen at the bottom of the cliff and contacted police.

Preliminary investigation determined that Gillen had been hiking in the area and had died as a result of a fall.

The case remains under investigation, however, no signs of foul play were observed.