Police Beat, Feb. 24, 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. 5

10:52 a.m. Michelle Parker, 60, of DeKalb Road in Granville was ticketed for operating a motor vehicle without an inspection certificate when a stationary officer observed Parker operating her vehicle on Church Street. The officer observed that the inspection certificate had expired on Jan. 31, 2021.

Feb. 10

10:20 p.m. Police responded to an apartment complex on Water Street for a reported carbon monoxide detector alarm with an illness. Upon arrival, the responding officer cleared the residence, including the pets inside. Following Granville Rescue Squad and Granville Engine & Hose Company’s arrival, EMS evaluated a woman who had complaints of a light headache. A furnace malfunction was determined to be the cause of the alarm, according to Granville Engine & Hose Company. The house was vented and the furnace was shut down after the homeowner advised they would use electric heat until the furnace could be evaluated.

Feb. 11

7:25 p.m. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office requested a welfare check on two individuals who resided at an Irving Avenue apartment. Upon arrival, the responding officer spoke with neighbors who said the two individuals in question had moved out. The officer then advised the dispatcher of the information.

Feb. 12

12 a.m. A Quaker Street woman and a Middle Granville man informed police that a 90-year-old Quaker Street man was not answering his door and was ill overnight and earlier in the day. Upon arrival, police found the door to the apartment to be locked and no response despite multiple attempts. The officer eventually gained entry into the residence and found the 90-year-old man in the bathroom, clearly sick with an altered mental state, very weak and potentially dehydrated due to vomiting. The 90-year-old man was initially resistant to a transport to the hospital via ambulance but Granville Rescue Squad was called and he was ultimately transported to Glens Falls Hospital.

8:29 a.m. Police located a 6-year-old Elm Street girl walking by herself on North Street. The girl said she was walking to her mother’s residence on Pine Street from her father’s residence on West Main Street. She told the officer that she was supposed to be with her mother today and decided to walk. The officer took the girl back to the West Main Street residence where the father, a 38-year-old man, said he was sleeping and did not know his daughter left but confirmed she was supposed to go to her mother’s at noon. The officer spoke with the girl about leaving on her own and cleared the scene.

2:50 p.m. Eric E. Dawson, 37, of Main Street in Argyle was ticketed for operating a motor vehicle without an inspection certificate on Church Street. Dawson was also given a verbal warning to place a new registration sticker in the window.

7:06 p.m. Police received an anonymous report of a large fire concerning a resident behind the church on Quaker Street. Police observed the fire to be well controlled with snow around it and multiple people around the fire in celebration.

Whitehall Police Department

Feb. 10

8 p.m. Police responded to a Maple Street residence for a harassment complaint. The responding officer spoke with a 27-year-old Maple Street tenant who said a 24-year-old Broadway woman was calling and texting him. The man asked the responding officer to document the incident. The officer spoke with the 24-year-old woman and told her not to contact the 27-year-old man. The 24-year-old woman said the 27-year-old man was relaying false information about her.

Feb. 11

11:33 a.m. Vermont State Police asked Whitehall police to conduct a welfare check and to provide a 54-year-old Williams Street man with a final order from Vermont. The man was found in good health and Vermont State Police were notified.

6 p.m. A 43-year-old Seventh Avenue man called the station line to state that his 42-year-old landlord, a State Route 4 man, had changed the locks to his residence. Upon arrival, the responding officer spoke with the 43-year-old man who said he was evicted from the property on Feb. 8 but was allowed to stay until Feb. 15, according to his court paperwork. The officer advised the man to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office since the eviction happened through that agency before he tried to break into the apartment. At around 7 p.m., the landlord came to the police station to report he just saw the 43-year-old man at the Seventh Avenue apartment. The officer advised the landlord of his conversation with the former tenant and that the 43-year-old man contacted the Sheriff’s Office just to retrieve his belongings, not to move anyone in.

Feb. 13

3 p.m. Police were dispatched to an Adams Street residence for reports of children throwing snowballs near the neighbors’ cars. The caller, a 62-year-old Adams Street woman, said she has told the neighbors numerous times to stay off her property and that she would like patrols to advise the neighbors to do so. The responding officer spoke with a 63-year-old man and told the man that he needs to keep his child and friends away from the neighbor’s property or else someone will be getting in trouble for trespassing. The 63-year-old man said he would keep the children off the neighbor’s property.

Feb. 15

4:40 p.m. After responding to Stewart’s Shops on Poultney Street for a reported holdup alarm, police were notified by an employee, a 23-year-old Broadway woman, that she pressed the “panic” button after observing an issue in the parking lot between a 22-year-old Gilmore Street man and a 42-year-old North Williams Street woman. Neither the man nor woman in question were in the area when the officer arrived.

Feb. 17

3:35 a.m. While on patrol, police responded to a glass-break alarm at Stewart’s Shops on Poultney Street. Upon arrival, police spoke with an employee, a 35-year-old South Williams Street woman, who said the alarm went off when she opened the door to start her shift. The woman said nothing was out of place, that the store was secured when she entered and that she would notify her supervisor later in the day.

New York State Police

Feb. 14

1 p.m. An 18-year-old Schuylerville man was arrested in Hartford for an incident reported on Feb. 4: aggravated harassment in the second degree, specifically threatening, a class A misdemeanor. He was being held.

Feb. 15

2:05 p.m. Keith R. Carney, 53, of Salem was arrested for events reported on Jan. 16, specifically criminal contempt in the second degree – disobeying the court – a class A misdemeanor, and aggravated family offense, a class E felony. He was being held.

3:50 p.m. Marcy K. Osterhaudt, 37, of Salem was arrested in Greenwich for incidents reported on Nov. 22, specifically 10 counts of forgery in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

6:15 p.m. A 16-year-old Greenwich youth was arrested in Argyle for events that occurred on Feb. 6, including criminal trespassing in the third degree on enclosed property, a class B misdemeanor, and two counts of criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Feb. 17

7:34 p.m. Theron A. Erickson, 31, of Salem was arrested in Greenwich for aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle in the first degree while under the influence of alcohol, a class E felony. He was issued an appearance ticket.

9:20 p.m. Jennifer R. Whorf, 21, of Fort Edward was arrested in Hudson Falls for bail jumping in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was being held.

Vermont State Police

Feb. 1

10:38 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a man with a notice against trespass who was refusing to leave the Cortina Inn in the Town of Rutland. Troopers identified the man as Jude Mischke, 53, of Putney. Mischke, who had been removed from the hotel by troopers earlier that same evening, was arrested for unlawful trespass and later released with a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

Feb. 2

8:56 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a group of individuals inside the Diamond Run Mall in the Town of Rutland. Troopers located six individuals inside the mall who were identified as five juveniles and Maxwell Curtis, 20, of Georgia, Vermont. All six individuals were cited to appear at the appropriate court at a later date and time.

Feb. 7

8:42 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a single-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 7 near Randbury Road in the Town of Rutland. Through investigation it was determined that Tristan Gibbard, 22, of Mendon was traveling north on U.S. Route 7 in a 2021 Jeep Renegade. David Falco, 55, of Rutland City, was crossing the street from west to east near the intersection with Randbury Road on a portion of the roadway that is poorly lit and not in a marked crosswalk. Gibbard’s vehicle struck Falco with the front driver’s side fender, causing Falco to suffer a broken leg. Falco was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. A Vermont civil violation complaint is pending.

Feb. 16

On Dec. 8, 2021, a juvenile victim disclosed being sexually assaulted in Brandon by Donald Bulay, 22, of Lake Luzerne, New York. The case was assigned to the Rutland County Special Investigation Unit, Child First Advocacy Center, along with the Department for Children and Families. The investigation continued, and on Wednesday, Feb. 16, Bulay was issued a citation for the crime of sexual assault. Bulay was ordered to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

Feb. 17

12 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to the Cortina Inn in Rutland Town for a trespassing complaint. Investigation revealed that Richard Torruellas Jr., 27, of Prospect Park, New Jersey, was asked to leave the property but refused. During the interaction with Torruellas, troopers learned he had a federal warrant for his arrest for a probation violation. Torruellas was taken into custody and transported to the Rutland Barracks before ultimately being transported to Southern State Correctional Facility where he awaits pick up by the U.S. Marshall Service for extradition back to New Jersey.

Feb. 19

6:56 p.m. Vermont State Police received a report of a disturbance at a residence in Rutland Town. Investigation revealed that Rodric J. Shorts, 34, of New Sarpy, Louisiana, had caused serious pain or injury to a family or household member as well as taken a vehicle without consent of the owner. Shorts was located a short time later and taken into custody. While speaking with him, troopers observed indicators of impairment. Shorts was transported to the Rutland Barracks and processed for aggravated domestic assault in the first degree, operation of a vehicle without the owner’s consent and DUI. Shorts was lodged at Southern State Correctional Facility on $5,000 bail.

10:23 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a domestic disturbance in Middletown Springs. Upon arrival, troopers determined Savanah Mickowski, 20, of Middletown Springs had assaulted a household member during an argument. Mickowski was transported to the Rutland Barracks and subsequently released on a citation to appear before the Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date to answer to the charge of domestic assault.

Feb. 20

6:49 a.m. Vermont State Police were dispatched to a single-vehicle crash on Waldo Lane in the Town of Wallingford. Wallingford Fire Department, Wallingford Rescue and Rutland City Fire Department responded to the scene as well, due to initial reports of the vehicle being off the roadway and in the river. Rescue crews were able to quickly and safely get the operator off the ice-covered river by using Tower 1 from Rutland City Fire Department. Troopers identified the operator of the 2011 Nissan Cube as Taylor Kennedy, 19, of Wallingford. Investigation determined that the car left the roadway due to hazardous road conditions. No injuries were reported at the time of the incident. Carrara’s Towing was called to the scene to remove the vehicle, which sustained front-end damage.

4:24 p.m. Vermont State Police were conducting traffic enforcement on U.S. Route 7 and observed a motor vehicle violation near Brileya’s Jeep in Rutland Town. The operator of the vehicle was identified as Stephen Grimes, 63, of Pittsford. During the motor vehicle stop, Grimes displayed several signs of impairment. He was placed into custody and transported to the Rutland Barracks for processing. Grimes was issued a citation to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division at a later date.