Police Beat, March 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

Feb. 28

5:58 p.m. A 54-year-old Morrison Avenue man called Granville police to report that an individual in a vehicle had shot him with a pellet gun while the 54-year-old man was walking his dog on West Main Street. Upon arrival, the 54-year-old man said that an individual in the back seat of a newer model of a brown or dark gray Ford Explorer had shot him with a toy gun with an orange barrel. The man said he believed the person was using plastic BB-type ammunition that struck him in the head and face. The man, who did not request medical attention, recalled there possibly being two individuals in the vehicle as the vehicle headed east on Main Street. Shortly after, police received a call from a 42-year-old River Street man who had the same complaint at Stewart’s Shops on Quaker Street. The 42-year-old man said he was riding his bike on Morrison Avenue when a charcoal gray Ford Explorer with an unknown license plate pulled up and shot airsoft ammunition at him. The Morrison Avenue man declined medical attention as well. An 18-year-old South Street woman and a Main Street individual also reported someone from inside the same car shooting either rubber or plastic airsoft bullets at them near Church and South Streets. Both individuals reported no injury and advised that there were potentially three individuals in the vehicle headed south on Church Street. Another family also reported seeing a vehicle on Quaker Street matching the description provided by the four reporting individuals. Police did not locate the vehicle and advised future patrols of the incidents and description of the vehicle.

March 2

4:30 p.m. Police responded to a Quaker Street apartment building to speak with a man who wanted to report a previous domestic altercation between his 18-year-old daughter and a 25-year-old man. The complainant, a New York man, said he and his family were concerned that the 25-year-old man has been physical with the 18-year-old woman. The 18-year-old woman accepted transport to the police department to speak with an officer alone. A domestic incident report was completed at the station, and services and phone numbers for resources were provided to the 18-year-old. The woman said there was nothing physical, it was just an argument over jealousy, but her family was concerned about her mental health. The 18-year-old said she had scratched her arm in several places but was not suicidal. The officer provided a ride back to the Quaker Street residence and explained to the family at length concerns and resources available.

4:35 p.m. A 49-year-old Wells, Vermont man reported a vehicle striking his vehicle while he was inside the Beverage Warehouse on Quaker Street. After leaving his vehicle for 20 minutes, the man said he returned to observe a large scrape on the left-rear quarter panel. The 49-year-old’s vehicle had been driven to Granville police department for reporting purposes. The vehicle was reportedly traced to Garvey Nissan in Rutland, Vermont, and an incident report was drafted for the man to take to the dealership.

Whitehall Police Department

Feb. 25

2 a.m. Officers were called for a possible fie at 123 Poultney St. with the caller stating she thought the house was on fire. The woman called back to say the fire was coming from a burn barrel. Officers patrolled to the location and located the fire, which was in an urn in the yard and not endangering anything or anyone.

Feb. 26

1:05 p.m. An officer was dispatched to 7 School St. for a trespass in progress with an unknown number of people in the abandoned home. The caller said they moved to 5 School St. while the officer was still on his way to the home. When the officer arrived, no one was in the area, and he tried contacting the 56-year-old homeowner, but no one answered. The officer did not notice any damage and made sure the door was secure before clearing the scene.

March 1

5:45 p.m. Officers patrolled to 96 Poultney St. for an open-line 911 call. The officers arrived at the residence and the 72-year-old pulled her phone out of her pocket and noticed she accidentally dialed 911, and there was no emergency.

March 2

4:45 a.m. While patrolling, an officer was called to the area of Mountain Street for someone possibly burning garbage. The 72-year-old caller said she was awakened by the smell, but officers did not locate any fires in the area or side streets and thought he might have smelled a woodstove burning.

5:08 p.m. An officer was called for someone in a vehicle who had been in the Dollar General parking lot on Broadway Avenue for most of the day. Officers spoke with a 36-year-old Doig Street man who said he did not have service at his home to make calls and had been there to use his phone. The man said he would be leaving to speak with Spectrum in Glens Falls about the issue.

New York State Police

March 1

6:13 a.m. Sabrina T. Ladd, 31, of Greenwich was arrested in Wilton for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor, and driving while her ability was impaired by a combination of drugs and alcohol, a class U misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

7 p.m. Matthew J. Dillon, 38, of Kingsbury was arrested in Moreau for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket. At the same time, Terrell Carter, 42, of New York City was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, specifically cocaine, a class D felony. He was being held.

March 3

6:09 p.m. Amy L. Morey, 33, of Queensbury was arrested in Granville for an event reported on Feb. 13 in Argyle, namely criminal mischief in the second degree, a class D felony. She was issued an appearance ticket.

March 5

11 a.m. Anthony M. Pollock, 31, of Fort Edward was arrested in Wilton for bail-jumping in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was being held.

9:42 p.m. Roger J. Scarincio, 53, of Hudson Falls was arrested for aggravated harassment in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

9:50 p.m. Joseph W. Burch, 64, of Granville was arrested for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% and DWI, both first offenses and class U misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

11:14 p.m. Donald L. D’Ambro, 24, of Schuylerville was arrested for menacing with a weapon in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor, and criminal possession of a loaded firearm in the second degree, a class C felony. He was released on his own recognizance.

Vermont State Police

March 1

8:30 p.m. Vermont State Police arrested Danielle Drop, 30, of Clarendon for an outstanding warrant from New York State. Drop was located at her residence in Clarendon, taken into custody and transported to the State Police barracks for processing. She was lodged at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Center as a fugitive from justice on $20,000 bail. She was set to appear in Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

March 2

9:04 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a domestic disturbance in the Town of Danby. Upon arrival, troopers determined Lynn Lawson, 59, of Danby had assaulted a household member during an argument. Lawson was transported to the Rutland barracks and subsequently released on a citation to appear before the Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date to answer to the charge of domestic assault.

March 3

6:51 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a call about a domestic assault at the Days Inn in Rutland Town. Investigation revealed that Anthony Williams, 29, of Charleston, South Carolina, physically harmed a family member from Ladson, South Carolina. Williams subsequently was taken into custody and transported to the Rutland barracks for processing. He was released on a criminal citation to answer to the charge in court at a later date.

March 4

11:55 a.m. Vermont State Police were notified of an alarm on Woodland Drive in the Town of Pittsford. Through investigation it was determined that Jennie Gartner, 42, of Rutland damaged property belonging to Jodi Hyndman, 51, of Pittsford, and that she had no right to do so. Gartner came to the Rutland barracks and was issued a citation to appear at Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.


Fort Edward man charged with rape, sexual assault

Adam T. Story, 41, of Fort Edward was arrested and charged with predatory sexual assault against a child, a class A-II felony, rape in the first degree, a class B felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor.

The arrest was made after an investigation conducted by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office alleged Story to have had sexual contact with a child. Story was arraigned in centralized arraignment and held with no bail pending arraignment in Washington County Court.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information pertaining to Story is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit.


Fatal accident in Argyle under investigation

On Thursday, March 3, at 7:13 a.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a one-car accident with serious injury on State Route 197 near Dowmont Road in the Town of Argyle.

Upon arrival, deputies found a 1998 Chrysler that had left the roadway and struck a power pole. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Rachel R. Wells, 20, of County Route 47 in Argyle.

Wells was alone in the vehicle and had been westbound on State Route 197 before losing control of the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene by Washington Coroner Robert Lemieux.

A portion of State Route 197 was closed as emergency personnel worked to clear the scene.

The cause of the crash and circumstances surrounding the accident remain under investigation.

Anyone who may have been in the area at the time or who may have information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office.


Petersburg man held in connection with investigation into disappearance and death of White Creek woman

The Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of Ian J. Hasselwander, 22, of Petersburg in connection with the investigation of the disappearance and death of Morgan Bates, 20, of White Creek.

Hasselwander was taken into custody on Friday, March 4, at 6:19 p.m.

The investigation began as a missing person complaint on Tuesday, Feb. 22, and turned into a suspicious death investigation when Morgan’s body was located on state land in the vicinity of Black River Road in Rensselaer County on Sunday, Feb. 27.

Hasselwander was charged with murder in the second degree, a class A-1 felony; assault in the first degree, a class B felony; strangulation in the first degree, a class C felony; and concealment of a human corpse, a class E felony.

Hasselwander was arraigned in Troy City Court by the Honorable Judge Maier, and remanded to the custody of the Rensselaer County Jail, without the possibility of bail, and is due to reappear in court at a later date. The Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office will prosecute this case.

This was a joint investigation by the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office, the New York State Police and the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office.

Assisting in the investigation were members of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Forest Rangers, New York State Intelligence Center, and the Capital Region Crime Analysis Center.

“I would like to acknowledge and commend the professionalism, diligence and dedication of the members of the above-mentioned agencies who worked long hours around the clock, which led to a timely arrest,” Rensselaer County Sheriff Patrick Russo said.

“Law enforcement has worked around the clock on this case since Morgan Bates disappeared. This was certainly not the outcome we had hoped for. This arrest is the first step toward justice for Morgan and her family,” District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly said.


Sheriff’s office investigating fatal accident in Fort Ann

On Tuesday, March 1, at 11:15 a.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a car-versus-pedestrian accident with serious injury on County Route 16 in the town of Fort Ann.

Upon arrival, deputies found that people had been trimming tree branches using a bucket-style truck. An additional person, identified as Nicholas A. Montello, 19, of Argyle, was picking up the fallen branches in and around the roadway when he was struck by a passing vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Kecia L. Freiberger, 56, of East Farm Woods Lane in Fort Ann. Montello was transported to the Glens Falls Hospital by Fort Ann EMS where he was pronounced dead.

The incident remains under investigation as sheriff’s investigators continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident.

Anyone who may have been in the area at the time or who may have information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.


Whitehall woman arrested in Fair Haven

Stephanie A. Downing (Photo courtesy of Fair Haven Police Department)

On Sunday, Feb. 27, police arrested Stephanie A. Downing, 32, of Whitehall following an investigation into a motor vehicle crash.

On Sunday, Feb. 20, at 7:20 a.m. police were called to Main Street in Fair Haven, Vermont for a reported one-car crash. The caller advised that the operator had left the scene. Upon arrival police found where a vehicle had crashed onto the front lawn of the Fair Haven Free Library, causing damage to road signs and shrubs.

Police were able to locate the vehicle a short time later, but the driver had left the area. The vehicle had sustained heavy front end damage.

Through investigation police learned that Downing allegedly was operating the vehicle when it left the roadway. After making contact with Downing, she agreed to turn herself in.

When interviewed, Downing admitted to her involvement in the incident. She was arrested and released with a citation to appear in Rutland District Court to answer to the charge of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident.


Washington County district attorney disposition updates

The following disposition updates were compiled by the Washington County District Attorney’s office on Wednesday, Feb. 23, and released to the public on Wednesday, March 2.

Arthur Ellis plead guilty to assault in the second degree, a class D felony with an anticipated sentence of five years in state prison and five years post-release supervision when sentenced on March 25.

Robin Baker was sentenced to three years in state prison and 10 years post-release supervision on her admission to a violation of probation.

Jesse Tyrell plead guilty to assault in the second degree, a class D felony; burglary in the third degree, a class D felony; driving while intoxicated with a previous conviction, a class E felony; and grand larceny in the fourth degree, a class E felony. Tyrell’s anticipated sentence is nine years in state prison with five years post-release supervision when sentenced on March 25.