Police Beat, March 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

March 16

3:51 p.m. Police patrolled to Granville Little League park for reports of children sitting on top of the dugouts. The responding officer spoke with three children aged 12 to 15. The officer observed no damage to the dugouts but advised the children that if they were to be involved in any further incidents of that nature, their parents would be contacted and their privilege of being on the property could be revoked. All three children agreed to respect the property and would not have any further incidents.

5:46 p.m. An East Quaker Street woman called the station line to report a 53-year-old Quaker Street man was upset with her over decisions she had made addressing the man’s mother at Mountain View Commons, claiming the man had left messages saying he will make sure she gets fired. The woman said she wanted the man made aware that she did not want any further communication with him or else she will sign a complaint. The East Quaker Street woman’s boss was replaced with the woman as the point of contact in case the man had to be contacted in case of an emergency.

6:05 p.m. A woman reported several teenagers throwing rocks near her 7-year-old son near Granville Little League. The woman said she had spoken with the children who were verbal back to her. The responding officer spoke with the teenagers on West Main Street matching the description provided by the woman, and they all denied being at that location. The responding officer touched base with the woman in-person at the ballpark and confirmed that more than likely, the children the officer spoke with on West Main Street were the youths in question.

6:35 p.m. Police responded to an altercation on Morrison Avenue and spoke with a 37-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man of Quaker Street. The couple said their daughter’s backpack had been ripped off her by youths who flung her to the ground and that the girl’s 16-year-old brother responded and wrestled one of the children to the ground. Police located two of the children involved who admitted to taking the girl’s backpack off her but said they were only playing around and were all friends. The children were told the importance of respecting other people’s property and informed of the previous complaints of stones being thrown at the ballpark. No written complaints were filed by anyone involved.

Whitehall Police Department

March 11

11 a.m. A 36-year-old man walked into the station to report his 38-year-old girlfriend for being verbally abusive. The officer asked if there was any physical altercation, and the man said he left before that could happen and that he wanted the incident documented.

9 p.m. While at the station an anonymous caller reported multiple vehicles traveling at an estimated speed of 75 miles per hour down Champlain Avenue, and the subjects had exited their vehicles and had an argument in the street. An officer and Sgt. Buxton checked and found no one in the area.

March 12

2 a.m. While on patrol an officer was called to North Street for a report of a single gunshot in the area. An officer and Sgt. Buxton canvassed the area of North Street and Railroad Avenue and found no indication of anyone in the area. While canvassing, the officer spoke with a 55-year-old North Street resident who said he heard the gunshot but was unsure of the exact location because of the echo it caused.

March 13

1:45 a.m. While on patrol, two officers were dispatched to Dollar General for an alarm activation. Dispatch said the loading dock door alarm was tripped, and when officers arrived on scene, they could hear an alarm and observed the doors partially open. Officers cleared the store and found nothing out of the ordinary. Dispatch contacted the key holder, who was in Lake George, regarding the incident. Officers closed the doors and the alarm silenced after a few minutes.

4:58 p.m. Officers were dispatched to 1 Benjamin St. for a harassment complaint. Officers contacted the 24-year-old man by phone. While interviewing the man, he stated that he and his 26-year-old wife were going through a divorce and she was harassing him over the phone about personal and financial issues. The man asked that police tell her to stop calling and texting him, unless it was regarding their daughter. Officers contacted the woman by phone and advised her she needed to stop texting and calling the man and that if she continued she could possibly be arrested for harassment. The woman said that she would stop texting and calling him unless it had something to do with their daughter. The woman said the man was breaking an order of protection and she would contact Family Court to report the incident.

March 14

10:30 a.m. A 56-year-old man stopped at the station to drop off expired prescriptions in the drug take-back bin.

1:05 p.m. A 40-year-old Broadway Avenue woman called about her roommate shutting off the electricity. An officer met with both and after talking at length the officer advised that both should try to stay away from each other. The 35-year-old roommate said she had nowhere else to stay as she is on parole, and the other woman refused to go anywhere else. She added she was awaiting word from her parole officer to be able to move to an apartment in Hudson Falls and the power was turned back on prior to the officer leaving.

March 15

9 p.m. An officer was dispatched to North Street for a loud noise or explosion. After checking the area, the officer interviewed a 43-year-old resident of North Street who said that he heard the noise but was not sure where it came from, and the officer did not locate where the noise came from.

March 16

2:24 a.m. A 38-year-old Skene Street woman contacted the police landline stating that a 42-year-old man was at her residence causing a disturbance and he was possibly on her porch because she could hear noise through her security camera. An officer patrolled to the residence and was not able to locate the man. The officer told the woman that the residence was secure, and he would drive by the residence throughout his shift.

March 17

6:32 p.m. Officers received a barking dog complaint at 49 Saunders St., and when they arrived at the scene, they observed two dogs to be barking. Officers interviewed a woman who was at the residence who said she did not own the dogs. The woman brought the dogs inside and was going to let the owners know of the complaint.

9:55 p.m. Officers were dispatched to 205 Broadway Ave. for a reported text of harassment being reported by a 20-year-old woman. The woman told police the text came from an unknown number and was sent to a 40-year-old woman’s phone at the residence. A 42-year-old man also was reported to live at the residence but was not home at the time. The 40-year-old woman stated the man would be there for a few days and leave for a few days without saying when he was going return and showed up at random times. It appeared that the messages were intended for the man instead of the woman. Messages stated that the sender was looking for the man and that they were going to kill him if he was found. Nothing in the messages appeared to be directed to the woman, and she was afraid the sender would show up if he thought James was in the residence. The officer cleared this incident but was called back about an hour later about another message. The message stated, “Your dead better run.” The woman was advised to block the number and further numbers if she received more messages and was told to call again if anyone showed up at the apartment.

New York State Police

March 14

6:35 p.m. An 18-year-old woman from Fort Ann was arrested in Queensbury on one count of petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

March 15

10:15 p.m. Michael C. Fields, 56, of Argyle was arrested in Granville on an animal complaint, specifically one count of torturing/injuring/not feeding an animal, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

10:30 p.m. Blaire J. Mahar, 36, of Whitehall was arrested in Queensbury on two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was being held. In a related incident at 10:43 p.m., Melissa A. Girard, 36, of Hampton was arrested in Queensbury on one count of petit larceny and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, both class A misdemeanors. She was issued an appearance ticket.

11:38 p.m. Stephanie A. Pidgeon, 51, of Fort Edward was arrested in Easton on one count of 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. She was issued an appearance ticket.

March 16

2:28 p.m. Steven R. Spencer, 36, of Salem was arrested in Queensbury for petit larceny and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, both class A misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

5:11 p.m. Matthew N. Clifford, 34, of Hudson Falls was arrested in Queensbury for tampering with physical evidence, specifically concealing/destroying it in connection with a weapon assault, a class E felony. He was issued an appearance ticket.

March 19

7:30 p.m. Bianca A. Barnes, 24, of Schuylerville was arrested in Greenwich for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, a class E felony. She was issued an appearance ticket.

8:15 p.m. Norsang Sherpa, 28, of Mechanicville was arrested in Greenwich for unlawful dealings with a child in the first degree, specifically an alcohol beverage control law violation, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

March 9

4:39 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a domestic disturbance that occurred at a residence on York Street in Poultney. Investigation revealed that Michael Johnson, 35, of Poultney physically assaulted a family or household member. Johnson was taken into custody on March 17 and processed at the Rutland City Police Department. He was issued a citation to appear in court to answer the charge of domestic assault. Troopers were assisted by the Rutland City Police Department.

March 15

10:39 a.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a single-vehicle crash into a utility pole on U.S. Route 7 near Cascade Road in the Town of Danby. It was determined that Carl Pritchard, 52, of North Clarendon was traveling south on U.S. Route 7 in a 2010 Honda Accord. He swerved to avoid an object in the roadway, ultimately striking the utility pole. Pritchard suffered right elbow and chest pain and was treated at Rutland Regional Medical Center. His car sustained significant front-end damage. Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by the Danby Fire Department, Green Mountain Power and the Bennington County Sheriff’s Department. A Vermont civil violation complaint is pending.

3:24 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. Route 7 and Leicester Whiting Road in the Town of Leicester that resulted in a fatality. Upon arrival, police determined that Lyudmila Cushing, 69, of Fair Haven, driving a 2013 Honda CR-V, sustained fatal injuries. Cushing had been traveling east on Leicester Whiting Road and failed to safely enter U.S. Route 7. Norman Arnold, 59, of Brandon, driving a 2015 Kenworth truck, was traveling south on U.S. Route 7 and collided with Cushing’s car in the intersection of U.S. Route 7 and Leicester Whiting Road. Both vehicles were totaled. Arnold reported no injuries. Troopers were assisted by Brandon Fire and Rescue. Investigation is ongoing at this time. Anyone with information is encouraged to reach out to the Vermont State Police at 802-773-9101.

March 17

5:15-7:15 p.m. Vermont State Police conducted a saturation patrol on Route 4A in the Town of Rutland to enforce motor vehicle laws, in particular the use of handheld electronic devices, and promote safe driving. During the patrol troopers conducted a total of 19 traffic stops, all for operators using a handheld electronic device while operating a motor vehicle.

March 19

2:27 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a 911 call at the Cortina Inn in the Town of Rutland. While investigating the 911 call, troopers observed transient Justin Harris, 34, make contact with the plaintiff of an active abuse prevention order on which he was listed as the defendant. Harris was released with a citation to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

12:01 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash near 3225 Lake Rd. in the Town of Benson. It was determined that Arthur Vanburen, 61, of Poultney, driving a 2018 Dodge Ram, was traveling east on Lake Road when he maneuvered the vehicle toward the right side of the roadway to avoid an animal. Vanburen’s passenger side tires entered soft soil as they left the pavements and, the vehicle pulled to the right, causing him to crash into trees along the roadside.  Vanburen’s truck rolled onto the driver side in the eastbound lane of Lake Road. No injuries were reported. Vermont State Police were assisted by Fair Haven Rescue and Benson Fire Department.

5:22 p.m. Vermont State Police located a vehicle that was the subject of a “be on the lookout” traveling south on U.S. Route 7 at a high rate of speed in the Town of Pittsford. Troopers identified the operator of the vehicle as Patrick Covell, 23, of Clarendon. Covell showed signs of impairment and was screened for DUI. He was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI and transported for processing. Covell was released with a citation to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date. Covell was issued several Vermont civil violation complaints including one for a speed of 114 miles per hour in a posted 50-mile-per-hour zone with a fine in the amount of $931.

March 20

10:33 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to the area of 4536 Vermont Route 103 for a reported single-vehicle crash. Troopers determined that Chelsea Konarski, 20, of Brandon, driving a 2013 Nissan Rogue, left the traveled portion of Vermont Route 103 on the western shoulder and crashed into a drainage ditch. Konarski suffered no injuries, but her vehicle sustained front-end contact damage. Troopers determined Konarski was operating her vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants. She was taken into custody and processed for DUI. Konarski was later released with a citation to appear before the Rutland County Superior Court Criminal Division at a later date. Troopers were assisted on scene by the Shrewsbury Fire Department. A Vermont civil violation complaint is pending.