Police Beat, March 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

March 4

3:27 p.m. A 26-year-old North Granville woman on State Route 22 called the station line advising that her mother, a 58-year-old Franklin Street woman, had left her apartment with the 26-year-old woman’s 7-year-old son and was not allowing the woman to see him. The woman said she believes her mother has legal authority over the child but she just wanted to give her son a hug and kiss after trying to correct things in her personal life. The responding officer explained that the police would have to comply with any court orders in regard to custody and visitation. The officer recommended she speak with an attorney and/or family court. The woman said she would respond to family court the following week to seek modifications to the current court order.

8:08 p.m. Police were dispatched to return to the station to speak with a 38-year-old Wells, Vermont woman who was upset after a described “fairly heavy-set man” made a comment in regard to her 5-year-old daughter to a woman he was with inside a Main Street establishment. The Wells woman told the responding officer that the man said if the girl was his child acting the way she was, he would have smacked her across the face. The mother told police that her daughter was not misbehaving. The officer explained to the woman that the comment alone was not an arrestable offense. About 15 minutes after concluding the interview with the woman, she called the station line to report the name of the individual who made the comment. The officer advised the woman that if he were to see the man, he would discuss the reported incident with him.

9 p.m. Police responded to a River Valley Drive residence for reports of a disturbance with a 38-year-old woman locking herself inside her bedroom while a 49-year-old man was highly intoxicated and yelling at her for close to 30 minutes about past issues. The woman met the responding officer outside in the driveway of the residence and requested the officer take the man to his mother’s residence since she did not have another place to stay. The woman told the officer the man could return when sober. The 49-year-old man told the officer he was unaware of any issues until he saw a police car in the driveway. The responding officer observed the man to be clearly intoxicated and the man agreed to receive a transport to his mother’s residence for the night.

March 6

2:03 p.m. William G. Bailey, 65, of Granville, was arrested and issued a criminal summons on March 10 to appear in court for harassment in the second degree with the threat of physical contact, a violation. On March 6, a 25-year-old Lincoln Street man came to the station to report that Bailey had blocked his vehicle from leaving the driveway. When the man stopped his vehicle, he reported that Bailey moved to the driver’s side window and threatened to punch him in the face because he had an issue with Bailey being a sex offender. The 25-year-old signed a harassment complaint and information was turned over to the court for the criminal summons process. On March 7 at 4:20 p.m., police contacted Bailey by phone who said he was unavailable until March 8. The officer explained to Bailey that a full stay-away order of protection had been issued by the court. Bailey told the officer he would be in the station on March 8 to speak about a counter-complaint. Bailey came to the police station on March 10 and was issued his criminal summons to appear in court on March 22 at 1 p.m., as well as an order of protection.

10:45 p.m. Police presence was requested at a Main Street apartment for a 36-year-old man who had called 911 for a prior assault and requested medical attention. The man reported he was assaulted in Hudson Falls and was worried the suspect was in the area and would cause issues when he left his apartment for the hospital. The responding officer arrived and secured the scene for the ambulance crew to transport him to Glens Falls Hospital with no issues. Hudson Falls police department and State Police had already spoken with the 36-year-old man in regard to the incident.

March 10

11:17 a.m. Johnathon E. Conte, 19, of Whitehall, was ticketed for operating a motor vehicle without insurance, a violation. While on patrol, police observed Conte driving a black Volkswagen Jetta on Quaker Street with a loud exhaust, obstructed windshield and no front license plate. The officer conducted a traffic stop in the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot. Conte was unable to provide any information to include his license and insurance. Conte admitted to not having insurance on the vehicle and was ticketed.

Whitehall Police Department

March 4

10:37 a.m. An officer was dispatched to 17 Mountain St. for a gun complaint. The officer interviewed a 34-year-old man who said he was at Stewart’s and saw a maroon Dodge four-door vehicle at the pumps. He said the vehicle followed him down Williams Street and shot at his vehicle two or three times with an airsoft gun. The man was not injured, and the officer advised him he would ask Stewart’s for the video of the pumps to identify any suspects, but there were none. The officer patrolled the area near Stewart’s but did not find a vehicle matching the description.

March 5

5:44 p.m. An officer received a call on the station line from a 32-year-old woman reporting her apartment was broken into at 97 Broadway Ave. The officer spoke with the woman and a 45-year-old man who said when they arrived home from grocery shopping, the door frame was broken, and the man nudged the door open without any resistance. The officer cleared the apartment and took photos of the door frame, and the couple asked a 44-year-old woman and 68-year-old man if they had seen anything. The 44-year-old woman said a 47-year-old man stopped and asked for a screwdriver because he was trying to enter the apartment to take care of the woman’s dogs. The 32-year-old woman did not press charges and said she would speak with him about the incident.

March 7

8:45 a.m. An officer responded to 56 Champlain Ave. for an 81-year-old woman who called the station phone line. The woman said her neighbor across the street has a motion light that is on all the time and it shines into her house at night, and wanted to know if the light can be adjusted to point down or have the motion sensor put back on. The officer spoke to the neighbor, who said he would take care of the light so it would not be a problem.

March 9

12:48 a.m. An officer was called to 17 Gilmore St. for a 58-year-old man who called about his 39-year-old wife. The officer spoke with the man by the patrol car to separate him from his wife, and he stated he called the police because his lawyer told him the woman was not to come into the house. The man went on to say that the woman had been there since Friday but he waited until the early hours of Wednesday to call and report it. When the officer asked the man why he waited to report her, he said that she began to act crazy again but he thought she was normal when she came back. The man stated he just wanted her to leave him alone but was told by the officer she could stay there because it was her primary residence and unless she decided to move on her own, she could stay there. When the officer spoke with the man’s wife, she said he was the one acting crazy and didn’t want to leave. The woman was told by the officer she needs to work something out, either by staying and separating herself from the man or finding somewhere else for the night.

New York State Police

March 9

12:15 p.m. Jonathon B. Bolton, 26, of Whitehall was arrested on one count of petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, related to an incident that was reported on Feb. 20 at 4:01 p.m. He was issued an appearance ticket.

5:04 p.m. Andrea L. Wolff, 42, of Cambridge was arrested in Greenwich on charges related to an incident that was reported on Feb. 20: two counts of criminal contempt in the second degree, specifically disobeying a court order, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, all class A misdemeanors. She was issued an appearance ticket.

March 10

3:08 p.m. Lisa M. Hudson, 45, of Salem was arrested in Greenwich for criminal contempt in the second degree, specifically disobeying a court order, a class A misdemeanor. She was being held.

7:57 p.m. Morgan E. Harris, 28, of Granville was arrested in Queensbury for shoplifting and charged with petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

March 12

8:40 p.m. Gregory A. Carlton, 71, of Jackson was arrested for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% and DWI, both first offenses, as well as aggravated DWI per se with no prior, all class U misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

March 3

12:13 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a two-car crash involving a parked vehicle on Sangamon Road in the Town of Pittsford. Troopers determined that Brenda Post, 53, of Pittsford was traveling eastbound on Sangamon Road in heavy snowfall with about two inches of snow on the roadway. Post lost control of her car, a 2010 Subaru Legacy, and struck a 2021 Jeep Renegade that was parked at a residence on the shoulder of Sangamon Road. Post’s car sustained damage to its front end, while the Renegade had damage to its rear passenger side.

March 5

5:05 a.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a citizen dispute on North Grove Street in Rutland Town. Through investigation it was determined that Jonathan Corbett, 35, of Rutland Town was asked to leave the property of Chelsea Furman, 30, also of Rutland Town, prior to police response and refused to. Troopers spoke with Corbett on the property. He was issued a citation for unlawful trespass to appear at Vermont Superior Court, Rutland Criminal Division at a later date. Vermont State Police were assisted by the Rutland Town Police Department.

5:10 a.m. Vermont State Police were dispatched to a single-vehicle crash on Cold River Road in Rutland Town. The Rutland Fire Department, Regional Ambulance Service and Rutland Town Police Department responded to the scene as well. The driver, identified as Jesse Schu, 28, of Rutland Town, was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. The vehicle, a 2013 Audi A6, was totaled. Criminal charges and Vermont civil violation complaints are pending further investigation into the crash.

March 9

8:35 p.m. Vermont State Police were asked to be on the lookout for and conduct a welfare check of Ian Estabrooks, 39, of East Dorset who was reported to be operating his motor vehicle while intoxicated and making suicidal comments. Troopers located the vehicle crashed head-on into a tree on Birchstone Lane in East Dorset. Estabrooks was identified as the driver and did not appear to have sustained any injuries. While speaking with him, troopers noted that Estabrooks showed multiple signs of impairment. He was placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI alcohol. The Shaftsbury Barracks’ embedded mental health crisis worker was with troopers at the time of the crash and was able to de-escalate Estabrooks’ suicidal behavior. Estabrooks ultimately was transported to the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center for further evaluation and released into the care of the hospital with a criminal citation to appear at the Bennington Superior Court, Criminal Division at a later date.

March 6

10:05 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash on U.S. Route 7 at Cedar Avenue in Rutland Town. Through investigation it was determined that Craig Morton, 47, of Claremont, New Hampshire, driving a 2019 Ford box truck, was crossing U.S. Route 7 east to west from Prospect Kill Road to Cedar Avenue while Kevin Smith, 49, of Brandon, driving a 2010 Ford F150, was traveling south on U.S. Route 7. As Morton’s truck entered the intersection it did so without enough time and distance to avoid a collision with Smith’s. Smith reported applying his brakes when he observed Morton’s truck entering the intersection, though he was unable to stop in time to avoid the collision. No injuries were reported.

March 7

9 a.m. Vermont State Police are investigating a report of random gunshots being discharged on Route 30 in the Town of Wells during the late evening hours of Sunday, March 6. There were no reported injuries or property damage as a result of the discharges. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Vermont State Police at 802-773-9101 or use the anonymous tip line at vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.

March 11

5:15 p.m. On Feb. 16 at about 1:45 a.m., Vermont State Police attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop on Business Route 4 in Rutland Town on a car traveling at a high rate of speed. After troopers activated their emergency blue lights and siren, the vehicle fled; police did not pursue it. On March 11, Vermont State Police attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop on the same vehicle on State Street in Rutland City for an observed motor vehicle violation. The vehicle again fled from blue lights and sirens. A short time later the vehicle was found in front of a residence on Water Street in Rutland City. The operator was identified as Christopher Keefe, 18, of Rutland. Keefe was taken into custody for processing and released on a criminal citation to appear in Rutland Criminal Court at a later date to answer to the charges of two counts of attempting to elude with grossly negligent operation and two counts of license required.

March 12

2:37 a.m. Vermont State Police located a vehicle that was the subject of a Be On the Lookout in the parking lot of the Diamond Run Mall in the Town of Rutland. Troopers identified the operator of the vehicle as Justin Lourie, 31, of Wells. During the investigation, Lourie showed signs of impairment and was screened for DUI. He subsequently was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI and transported for processing. Lourie was released with a citation to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division at a later date.

8:27 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash on Route 30 in the Town of Pawlet, where troopers observed a 2022 Honda Accord that had come to rest on a broken telephone pole caused by the crash. Through investigation, it was learned that after the crash, the man operating the vehicle got into a black truck with New York registration and left the scene. Anyone with information is asked to contact Vermont State Police at 802-773-9101 or by using the anonymous tip line at vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.

9:42 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash into a power pole on Sherwood Drive in the Town of Mendon. Initial investigation revealed that Albina Volkova, 27, of Queensbury, driving a 2021 Toyota RAV4, was traveling downhill on Sherwood Drive toward Meadow Lake Drive and was unable to safely slow her vehicle while attempting to round a bend in the roadway on the slick, snow-covered road surface. Her car ultimately collided with a power pole, breaking the pole and causing moderate contact damage to the front end of the car. Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by Green Mountain Power. A Vermont civil violation complaint is pending.