Police Beat, Feb. 10, 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. 25

8:54 p.m. A 64-year-old Danby, Vermont woman came into the police station to report an incident from a few days ago that her boyfriend and a 63-year-old North Street man had been involved in a physical altercation over who was going to bartend at the Granville Family Diner. The woman said her boyfriend had been grabbed by the neck by the North Street man and her boyfriend retaliated by punching the North Street man in the face. The woman added that the 64-year-old man “invited” her boyfriend to meet him on the Bullfrog Hollow Road and had made threats to damage her car. The woman declined the officer’s offer to interview the 63-year-old man but wanted the incident to be documented.

Jan. 28

4:45 p.m. A 29-year-old West Pawlet, Vermont woman called the police to report a physical domestic between her and a 28-year-old Church Street man at the man’s apartment. The woman said she let herself into the man’s apartment with a credit card to drop two children, a four-year-old girl and a five-year-old boy, off for the night. The woman said the man had become upset and dragged her out of the residence by the hood of her jacket while she was punching him in the face. The 29-year-old woman and the 28-year-old man both declined to sign statements or complaints.

Jan. 30

6 p.m. While on patrol, police were dispatched to speak with a 51-year-old Hicks Road man about the custody of a 12-year-old boy. Upon arrival to an Elm Street apartment, the 51-year-old man said nobody was home and he had tried to text the 12-year-old boy and the 50-year-old mother who lives at the apartment and received no response from either. The man said he just wants it documented that the custody exchange did not occur again. A short time after clearing the scene, the officer was asked by the man to call the 50-year-old mother who said the 12-year-old boy does not want to go to his father’s residence because he’s scared. She added that she and the father had family court later in the week to take care of the issue.

Feb. 3

4:12 p.m. Police received a call from an individual who said multiple cars were unable to get up the hill on Slyboro Road in the town of Granville because of the weather. The officer notified a Washington County dispatcher, who then contacted county road crews.

8:51 p.m. Around 8 p.m., a patrolling officer said they had provided food to a homeless man walking on West Main Street toward the Vermont border. The homeless man told the officer that he was walking back to his tent in Vermont despite the described “very bad weather.” A 53-year-old East Main Street man called the police reporting a suspicious man walking east on East Main Street possibly toward an abandoned residence. The officer responded and met the 53-year-old man with several neighbors out near the roadway. The group pointed out the man’s tracks and provided a description. The officer said they had already backtracked the individual from the first encounter to confirm and double checked the tracks as pointed out. The tracks led to the location described earlier by the homeless man but did not lead up to the abandoned residence.

Feb. 4

12:59 p.m. A 35-year-old North Street woman called the station to report her neighbor, a North Street man, had thrown wooden pallets in the way of her children snowmobiling. Both the 35-year-old woman and the man claimed the property the children were snowmobiling on was their property but didn’t have proof of a property line or pins in place. Both parties were informed by the initial officer that this needed to be done before ownership could be determined. A second officer was dispatched back to the station from a priority case to speak with the 35-year-old woman who was waiting in her vehicle for the officer to arrive. The second officer was informed that the woman was told she was going to be speaking with the initial officer. The second officer said they had no knowledge of the first officer’s reason to speak with the woman but advised her of when the first officer would be returning to the station. The 35-year-old woman replied by saying she would take matters into her own hands if her neighbor were to cause any injury to her children. The second officer emphasized the initial officer’s point that before the police could be involved and enact a trespass complaint for example, a surveyor would need to designate the property line with the incident being so specific in nature. Around 30 minutes after the conversation between the 35-year-old woman and the second officer, dispatch advised the second officer that the 35-year-old woman had called looking for another agency to respond. The second officer arrived to speak with the complainant and her husband who were both clearly upset. The husband walked with the officer outside in the backyard and pointed to three pallets next to the neighbor’s garage and said the neighbor owns six feet past the corner of his barn. The officer reported that a tape measurement would have had to be taken to confirm the pallets were on the 35-year-old woman’s property or the neighbor’s property. The husband said placing the pallets in that specific location could be dangerous to his children and that he was not home when the incident occurred so he could not provide further details.

Feb. 5

7:40 a.m. Police were contacted by a caller that a vehicle had driven into a snowbank on the “flat part” of North Street. Upon arrival, police observed the markings where a vehicle had driven, but no vehicle was there.

8 a.m. A 49-year-old Searles Road man called the police to report the operator of a white van on Morrison Street had been driving recklessly while the 49-year-old was attempting to plow the road. The 49-year-old man advised the officer that the driver, a 28-year-old Church Street man, was parked at Stewart’s Shops. The officer located the 28-year-old man and spoke to him about safe driving. The 28-year-old apologetically reported he was trying to stay away from the plow truck because he has bad luck with them.

Whitehall Police Department

Jan. 30

5 p.m. An officer was dispatched for a 911 hang-up call at 22 Potter St. The officer interviewed a 48-year-old woman at the residence who said she called by accident.

Jan. 31

8:15 a.m. A 28-year-old woman called to report a man yet to be interviewed had her phone and was walking up Broadway Avenue. An officer checked the area and checked at Cumberland Farms for the man and was told by individuals in the gas station that the man had left 10 minutes earlier. The officer called the phone, but no one answered.

2 p.m. A 40-year-old woman from Queen Street called reporting that she had an order of protection from Vermont against a 54-year-old man and was looking for the phone number of the supreme court. The officer told her he did not have that number and told her the order of protection could still be enforced in New York, she would just need to sign a complaint at the station. The woman said she would be down to sign one.

Feb. 2

2:30 a.m. An officer interviewed a 31-year-old man in reference to a 25-year-old man revving his truck and spinning his tires on Queen Street. The man said the 25-year-old man told him that he would hit him with a pipe if he was on his property and wanted the incident documented. When the officer interviewed the 25-year-old man, he said the other man has been harassing him and he wanted the incident documented.

New York State Police

Feb. 2

3:54 p.m. Paul J. Hanna, 27, of Granville was arrested in Granville for an incident that was reported last Aug. 30, specifically two counts of petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, and one count of possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, a class D felony. He was issued an appearance ticket.

5:49 p.m. Corrinne A. Yacobucci, 47, of Amsterdam was arrested in the Town of Kingsbury for petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

Jan. 30

2:30 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a noise disturbance in Rutland Town. Upon investigation, it was determined that Joshua L. Josselyn, 38, of Rutland caused pain and other injury to a family or household member. Josselyn was arrested on Feb. 2 for aggravated domestic assault and processed and released on a criminal citation.

Jan. 31

3:19 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Creek Road in Clarendon. Investigation revealed that Madison A. Colton, 22, of Rutland was traveling south on Creek Road when she left the roadway and struck a bank. Further investigation revealed that Colton was driving while under the influence of intoxicants. Colton subsequently was arrested for suspicion of DUI and processed and released on a criminal citation to appear in court at a later date.

9:35 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Vermont Route 140 in Poultney. Investigation revealed that the driver, Edward Dumas, 66, of Poultney was traveling north on Vermont Route 140 when he exited the roadway and struck a guardrail. Further investigation revealed Dumas was operating the vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants. Dumas subsequently was arrested for suspicion of DUI and processed and released on a criminal citation to appear in court at a later date.

Feb. 4

6:24 a.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a violation of court-ordered conditions in the Town of West Rutland. Investigation revealed that Ronald Viggue, 63, of West Rutland has existing court-ordered conditions of release that prohibit him from purchasing, possessing and consuming alcohol. Troopers discovered Viggue had been drinking and was in violation of the court order. He was issued a citation to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

1:22 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of single-vehicle crash involving a tractor trailer into a utility pole near 2743 Vermont Route 22A in the Town of West Haven. Through investigation it was determined that Styve Toussaint, 47, of Smyrna, Delaware, was operating a 2020 Freightliner, traveling south on Vermont Route 22A. Toussaint lost control of the truck and exited the west side of the roadway where the truck struck a utility pole. Toussaint reported no injuries. Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by Vermont DMV Enforcement and Safety Division and Green Mountain Power. A Vermont civil violation complaint is pending.