Police Beat, Feb. 17, 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

Feb. 7

4:30 a.m. A Quaker Street resident reported to the Granville Village Clerk’s office that a diesel truck went by their residence at a very loud and fast rate, and that the resident had video footage of the truck driving by. A supervising officer issued a directive for the officer who works this specific shift to patrol the area in question during that time frame and address the issue if observed.

4:26 p.m. A New York woman called the station line advising that a 19-year-old North Street man had left a message for her with obscenities telling her to take his name off her Facebook posts in regard to the woman’s missing grandson. The woman told the officer she wanted the 19-year-old man to know that she did not want any further communication with him unless he was going to provide more information on the grandchild. The woman also made comments of a retaliatory nature, and she was advised by the officer of a reverse harassment statement. The officer advised the woman that she should make the police department aware of any further issues. The officer spoke with the 19-year-old man who said he was upset the woman had his name posted on Facebook in reference to the missing child. The man said if anyone were to show at his residence, he would not be backing down. A verbal warning was provided at the request of the woman. The man was also advised to contact the police department if there were any more issues in regard to this situation.

5:05 p.m. Police received information that a State Route 22 child was at Granville Junior/Senior High School and had not returned home from school. Police located the youth in the gymnasium and took them to the listed guardian’s residence, a 59-year-old State Route 22 man. State Police canceled filing the case as a File-6 (missing persons) once made aware the child was being returned home.

Feb. 8

3:55 p.m. A Potter Avenue woman reported to dispatch that a young man operating a Black Nissan Altima had been parked behind Race Oil Company on East Potter Avenue and had been acting suspiciously. The woman said the man left and headed east on Potter Avenue when the woman went outside with her dog. The responding officer checked the area and possible location for the vehicle with negative results.

4:53 p.m. A West Main Street man called the station line to report that his next-door neighbors, who have a right-of-way easement to the driveway between their two residences, of which the man claimed to own three-fourths, had a car parked blocking access to the driveway, The man said he would call the station again if this were to occur so an officer can speak with the responsible party.

5:15 p.m. Police were contacted by a 19-year-old North Street man who was upset that a woman had been posting on social media that he had a misdemeanor sex offense charge and that he liked to hang out with younger children. The man told the officer they should check in with the man’s attorney for his concerns of slander. The officer replied by making the 19-year-old man aware that those statements alone would not prompt a criminal charge to be filed.

Feb. 9

12 p.m. A Quaker Street woman called the station line to report an incident that happened around noontime. The woman said she had slipped and fallen on ice on the path leading to her driveway, resulting in a fractured left arm. The woman said there was no report to law enforcement or call made to EMS at the time of occurrence and that she was transported to Cambridge Urgent Care by a family member for evaluation. The Quaker Street woman said she had been advised that a police report would be required. The responding officer explained that law enforcement would not be able to confirm the report without having addressed the incident at the time of occurrence, but the report was completed as requested.

Whitehall Police Department

Feb. 4

2:30 p.m. An officer was dispatched to 80 West St. for a snow removal complaint from a 34-year-old man who said snow was being pushed into his yard from the apartment building across the street. The officer attempted to locate the truck that was plowing the parking lot but couldn’t locate it.

Feb. 5

4:20 p.m. A man called to report a group of kids snowboarding on Canal Corporation property. An officer patrolled to Lock 12 and found a group of teens building a snow ramp and told them they were not allowed on the property. They left.

6:05 p.m. An officer was dispatched to 29 West St. for a 911 hang-up call with nobody on the line. The officer spoke to a 43-year-old woman who said she had had an argument with her 18-year-old son because they had been cooped up in the house together. The officer interviewed the woman’s son who said that he and his mom got into an argument over the dogs in the house. The argument was only verbal and the two agreed to stay away from each other for the night.

Feb. 6

10:30 a.m. Dispatched notified officers of a landlord and tenant issue at 110 Broadway Ave. The 56-year-old landlord said that the pipes were frozen in the apartment because there was no heat, and the 42-year-old tenant was evicted but the final day was Feb. 14. The tenant would not let the landlord in to put some heaters in the bathroom and kitchen. The landlord had an additional unit with frozen water because the front apartment was frozen. The tenant told the landlord he wanted police on scene to observe as they no longer live there. When the landlord tried to open the apartment door, he noticed the locks had been changed and messaged the 42-year-old that police were on scene and needed the key to get in and set up the heaters, but the man didn’t answer. The landlord decided to thaw the pipes in the basement and gained access there to put heaters on the pipes. The officer was also aware that tenant had left the apartment on Feb. 1 and has filed as homeless.

Feb. 8

7:13 a.m. A 58-year-old man stopped at the station to report that a 30-year-old man was on Main Street in Whitehall and yelled that he would regret getting involved with the building on Broadway. The 58-year-old asked if he was threatening him, and he said no. The 58-year-old requested the incident to be documented.

7:24 a.m. A 36-year-old woman who called the police station said that her ex-boyfriend won’t give back her motorcycle and has a bill of sale to prove it is hers, but her ex said he has the title in his name for the motorcycle which he kept in a garage at 27 Montcalm Ave. The woman said he only rents the garage and gave the officer her ex’s phone number. The officer called the man and was unable to leave a voicemail because the mailbox wasn’t set up. When the man called back, he said the bike in question was in Rutland, Vermont and the title was in his name. The officer said to the man that the bike didn’t have a title, according to the woman, and it was registered in her name. The man said that the woman had been harassing him ever since they broke up and he would return the bike.

11 a.m. A 69-year-old woman called the station to report a wire down in her driveway at 14 Second Ave. and requested a patrol come and check it. A Verizon worker was on scene when the officer arrived, and the worker confirmed that he had been working on the wire and it had been removed from the driveway.

Feb. 10

7:26 a.m. A 45-year-old woman walked into the station to report a 37-year-old man had messaged her and was aggressive. No threats were made, but it made her uncomfortable due to the issues she’d had with him in the past, and she was afraid that he would come to her house uninvited and cause problems. She requested that the incident be documented.

10:50 p.m. While on patrol, an officer was called to 121 Broadway Ave. for a reported trespass in progress. Dispatch identified the caller as a 35-year-old woman who said that after speaking with her 56-year-old landlord a 30-year-old man was not allowed on the property and didn’t have permission to be there. An officer observed the 30-year-old on the back portion of the property taking garbage from under a tarp. The 30-year-old said it was his stuff and he was taking it. When the officer asked him if he had received permission from the 56-year-old landlord to be there he said he did. The officer called the landlord about the 30-year-old on his property, and he said he didn’t give him permission to be there and he needed to leave. When the officer told the man what the landlord had said, he said he did have permission but would leave and wanted the incident documented. The man said he would return to the station on Feb. 11 with the landlord to speak with an officer to prove he had permission, and the officer said he was welcome to.

New York State Police

Feb. 6

11:35 p.m. Sami M. Hayyat, 46, of Rutland, Vermont, was arrested in Queensbury on two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor, criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, a class D felony, and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, specifically a loaded firearm, a class C felony. He was being held.

Feb. 7

10:05 a.m. Kaycee B. Poitras, 25, of Cambridge was arrested for assault in the third degree with intent to cause physical injury and criminal mischief with intent to damage property, both class A misdemeanors She was released on her own recognizance.

Feb. 8

7:53 p.m. A 14-year-old from Hampton was arrested in Granville for petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

Feb. 9

1:10 p.m. Brandon M. Wade, 24, of Hartford was arrested in Hartford for aggravated harassment in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. Wade also was arrested for events that were reported last Oct. 11, specifically obstruction of governmental administration in the second degree and criminal contempt in the second degree, both class A misdemeanors, and aggravated family offense, a class E felony. He was being held.

4:25 p.m. Brandon M. Wade, 24, of Hartford was arrested in Hudson Falls for escaping jail/custody, a class E felony, and resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanor. He was being held.

Feb. 10

12:10 p.m. Kyle M. Brunelle, 32, of Hudson Falls was arrested in Wilton for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor, and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs in the first degree, a class U misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

12:20 p.m. Jerry L. Ellington, 29, of Malone was arrested in Granville for two counts of introducing contraband into prison in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor, five counts of introducing dangerous contraband into prison in the first degree, a class D felony, and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree with intent to sell, a class D felony. He was being held.

Feb. 13

3:14 a.m. Devin P. Thibeau, 24, of Salem was arrested for obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor, and DWI, first offense, a class U misdemeanor He was being held.

Vermont State Police

Feb. 4

3:30 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of an intoxicated individual at a restaurant in Killington. Investigation revealed that Logan McBride, 25, of Dorset caused property damage and operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants. McBride was arrested on suspicion of DUI and unlawful mischief and processed and released on criminal citation to answer to the charges at a later date.

3:58 p.m. Vermont State Police were contacted by concerned citizens about a possible intoxicated motorist on Homer Stone Road in Wallingford. Upon arrival, troopers identified the operator as Maryellen Cushing, 55, of Red Bank, New Jersey. Cushing displayed signs of impairment and was subsequently screened for DUI. She ultimately was taken into custody and transported for processing. Cushing was later released with a criminal citation and is scheduled to appear in Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

6 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a fight between a man and a woman at 5089 Vermont Route 7A in Arlington. Throughout investigation troopers discovered that John P. Reardon, 62, of Arlington owned the residence and struck a woman tenant in the neck with his hand. Reardon was charged with simple assault and issued a citation to appear in Bennington County Superior Court at a later date.

Feb. 6

12 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 4 near Wheelerville Road in the Town of Mendon. Through investigation it was determined that Donna Curtin, 49, of Montpelier was traveling west on U.S. Route 4 in a 2019 Cadillac XT4 and intended to turn onto Wheelerville Road. Brian Wilcox, 40, of Bolton, Connecticut, driving a 2021 BMW X1, was traveling east on U.S. Route 4. Curtin turned when it was not safe to do so, which resulted in her car colliding with Wilcox’s. Wilcox complained of right wrist pain. Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by the Rutland City Fire Department. A civil violation complaint is pending.

1:56 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash near 3855 Stage Rd. in Benson. Through investigation it was determined that Daniel Dean, 43, of Benson, driving a 1996 Honda Civic, was traveling north on Stage Road while Alida Paige, 17, of Orwell, driving a 2007 Toyota Camry, was traveling south on Stage Road. The road surface was slick and snow-covered, and the lane width was narrowed by snow from plows clearing the roadway. Initial information relayed that both vehicles were navigating a portion of the roadway with a slight hill and curve when Dean applied the brakes in order to reduce speed while passing the oncoming vehicle. After the brakes were applied, Dean’s vehicle slid left of the center of the roadway and collided with Paige’s. Both vehicles sustained disabling damage to the driver’s side front tire. No injuries were reported. Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by members of the Benson Fire Department. A Vermont civil violation complaint is pending.

5:30 p.m. Vermont State Police received a report of an active retail theft at Tractor Supply Company in Rutland Town. Troopers were advised a woman had left the store on foot with stolen merchandise. Troopers arrived in the area and were unable to locate the woman. They were contacted about an hour later and advised that a man was in the store trying to exchange the stolen merchandise. Troopers arrived on scene and identified the man as Brian Sheldon, 43, of Middlebury. Investigation revealed Sheldon was in possession of stolen property, in violation of court-ordered conditions of release and had driven to Tractor Supply with a criminally suspended license. He was taken into custody and issued a citation to appear at the Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

Feb. 7

5:47 p.m. Vermont State Police observed a truck fail to yield for a stop sign at the intersection of Shoreham-Whiting Road and Vermont Route 30 in the Town of Whiting. Troopers attempted to stop the truck, which subsequently fled south on Vermont Route 30 at a high rate of speed and turned onto Bilodeau Road in Whiting. Troopers did not pursue the truck. The same truck later attempted to elude law enforcement in Rutland and subsequently crashed at about 6:19 p.m. The operator was identified as Nicholas Karov, 38, of Fair Haven who subsequently was taken into custody. Karov was issued a citation to appear before the Addison County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

Feb. 9

5:50 p.m. Vermont State Police Rutland Barracks were notified of a domestic disturbance that had occurred on Feb. 6 at a residence in the Town of Mendon. Investigation revealed that Shawn West, 30, of Rutland had caused serious pain or injury to a family or household member as well as stolen cash from them and prevented them from calling for emergency services. West was charged with aggravated domestic assault in the first degree, grand larceny and interference with access to emergency services and was held at Marble Valley Regional Correction Facility without bail. He was to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

Feb. 10

12:18 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a single-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 7 near Gecha Lane in the Town of Pittsford. Through investigation it was determined that Stewart Babbitt, 28, of Rutland was traveling north on U.S. Route 7. Babbitt failed to maintain his lane of travel, resulting in his 2019 Hyundai Kona exiting the right side of the roadway, where it struck a guardrail. The car was damaged significantly but Babbitt reported no injuries. Vermont State Police were assisted by the Pittsford Fire Department. A Vermont civil violation complaint is pending.

Feb. 11

2:43 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 7, near Plains Road, in the Town of Pittsford. Through investigation it was determined that SueEllen Lancour, 46, of Pittsford, driving a 2009 Toyota FJ Cruiser, was traveling west on Plains Road. Kathleen Black, 61, of West Rutland, and her passenger Amanda Cain, 38, of Rutland Town were traveling south on U.S. Route 7 in a 2021 Subaru Outback. Lancour suffered a medical event while stopped at a stop sign. Her vehicle then crossed onto U.S. Route 7 from Plains Road, subsequently striking Black’s. Lancour was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center for treatment of her medical event. Black complained of minor hip pain. The Vermont State Police were assisted by Pittsford Fire Department and Regional Ambulance Service. A Vermont civil violation complaint is pending.

Feb. 12

6:30 p.m. Vermont State Police were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash in the area of Little Caesar’s in the Town of Rutland and identified the operator of the first vehicle as Elizabeth Thompson, 65, of Rutland City. Troopers determined that Thompson, driving a 2009 Chevrolet Equinox, entered U.S. Route 4 from the Little Caesar’s parking lot. In response to this, Shahleek Maxwell, 21, of Middlesex, New Jersey, driving a 2019 Subaru Impreza, swerved, striking an oncoming vehicle causing minor contact damage to the rear driver’s side. While speaking with Thompson, troopers observed several indicators of impairment. Thompson subsequently was arrested on suspicion of DUI and transported for processing. Thompson was issued a citation to appear at court at a later date.