Police Beat, March 31, 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 18

3:28 p.m. A Bulkley Avenue man notified police that a 27-year-old Quaker Street woman’s dogs had performed two acts of aggression on his property and had attempted to contact the animal control officer. Police stated that they had received a previous complaint about the woman’s dogs being aggressive. Police contacted the animal control officer who said she would be respond on March 19 to address the situation. The Bulkley Avenue man was notified and advised to contact the police if anything further is observed before the animal control officer’s arrival. Police also contacted the 27-year-old woman who said she was not home at the time of the incident but would ensure the dogs would be kept inside until the animal control officer could speak with her. The woman added that several of the dogs she owned were placed elsewhere since the last reported call and three more will be leaving soon.

7:40 p.m. Police were able to locate an 18-year-old Quaker Street woman and a 25-year-old Quaker Street man in front of Stewart’s Shops after two 911 hang-up calls came from the woman’s phone on West Main Street. The woman said she needed to talk to a professional after having thoughts of self-harm when she’s not getting along with the 25-year-old man. Police provided the 18-year-old woman with a transport to the Behavioral Health Unit for treatment.

March 23

4:35 a.m. The manager of Dunkin’ Donuts on Quaker Street advised police of a suspicious vehicle observed for the last four or five mornings by her and her coworkers in the Big Lots parking lot when they arrive at work around 4:30 a.m. The manager described the vehicle to be a gray or silver hatchback, possibly a Nissan or Subaru, with the vehicle not appearing to have any license plates. The responding officer advised the manager that they would notify the early morning officer of the situation and asked the woman to call anytime the vehicle is observed so the dispatcher can notify a unit to respond.

8:30 p.m. Police responded to a faulty fire alarm activation at a Quaker Street apartment.

March 24

3:27 p.m. At the request of the Washington County Probation Department, police responded to a North Street apartment building for reports of a .223 rifle that had been located and observed in the residence of one of the department’s probationers, a 17-year-old boy. A visual of the firearm alone did not reveal anything the responding officer could substantiate as deeming the firearm illegal. The 17-year-old boy’s mother, a 37-year-old North Street woman, advised the responding officer that she is the owner of the firearm and purchased it in Hudson Falls. The officer from the probation department said they would follow up and confirm with the firearm dealer. The 37-year-old woman said she target-shoots with the rifle, does not have any handguns and does not possess a pistol permit. Granville police contacted the firearm store by phone and was advised the probation department had as well. The dealer stated the 37-year-old woman had purchased the rifle and that the magazine was completely pinned.

Whitehall Police Department

March 18

6:35 p.m. Officers were dispatched to 58 West St. for a reported vehicle fire. There was a small smoke condition and the fire had been reported out by the 62-year-old man who called it in. He said that it started because he was welding under the vehicle. The owner of the vehicle was contacted and their insurance the next day. The case was turned over when Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company arrived on scene.

10:15 p.m. While on patrol, an officer and Sgt. Buxton observed a man known by both officers as 24-year-old Jon-Paul Therrien, and it was also known by both he had an active bench warrant issued by Judge Putorti with an effective date of Dec. 17, 2021. The officer and Sgt. Buxton exited their vehicle and ordered Therrien to stop but he continued walking. After advising Therrien that they had a warrant for his arrest, he attempted to run. After a brief struggle Therrien gave up and officers were able to place him in custody. Therrien was transported to the station so his property could be turned over to a friend and was later transported to Washington County Jail Centralized Arraignment where he was being held until the next court time.

March 22

9:50 p.m. Officers were dispatched to 47 Mountain St. for a criminal mischief complaint after a 53-year-old man called saying that his trash can was hit by an unknown vehicle headed toward U.S. Route 4 around 9:45 p.m. The man wanted the incident documented by police because Casella needed a copy of the report to replace the can.

March 23

4 a.m. Officers were dispatched to CVS Pharmacy on Broadway Avenue for a fire alarm activation. No alarms were activated when officers arrived on scene and dispatch stated there was a key holder on the way. A 24-year-old woman arrived with the keys and officers cleared the building and found the cause to be a tripped carbon monoxide alarm. Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company responded and cleared the scene, and the woman was told by police to get the alarm system checked.

1:05 p.m. Officers were dispatched to 5 Queen St. for a 51-year-old woman who stated a white pickup truck with Vermont plates was traveling east at a high speed and yelled at them to slow down. The truck then backed up and the occupant of the vehicle started yelling at her and then drove off. Officers were not able to locate the vehicle.

March 24

8:10 p.m. Officers received a complaint of a bonfire at 67 Saunders St. during the burn ban. After speaking with the tenant, it was agreed no more wood would be put on the fire.

New York State Police

March 21

8:20 p.m. Janie L. Fusco, 25, of Glens Falls was arrested in Fort Ann for unauthorized use of a vehicle in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

March 22

5:47 p.m. Cindy A. St. Pierre, 55, of Hudson Falls was arrested for criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was released on her own recognizance.

March 23

6:48 p.m. Karen J. Robison, 58, of Greenwich was arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree under the influence of alcohol, a class E felony, as well as operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% and DWI, both first offenses and class U misdemeanors. She was issued an appearance ticket.

March 24

6:39 p.m. Denis L. Stonge, 36, of Hudson Falls and Vermont was arrested on three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

7:04 p.m. Marissa Ryan, 29, of Fort Edward was arrested in Queensbury for petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

March 20

1 a.m. Vermont State Police along with Hartford Fire Department, Sharon Fire Department, Hannover Ambulance and White River Valley Ambulance responded to a report of a single-vehicle rollover on Interstate 89 (northbound) in Sharon. The vehicle, a 2012 Honda Civic, left the roadway, traveled up a rock embankment, flipped and landed off the roadway on its roof. The operator, Raymond Popailo, 57, of Rutland, and his passenger Joseph Tardif were transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center with serious injuries. Anyone with any information regarding the crash is asked to contact the Vermont State Police.

March 22

10:52 a.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a landlord/tenant issue. The complainant, Ashley Sears, 20, of Pawlet, reported a trespassing complaint on Vermont Route 30 in the Town of Pawlet. Through investigation it was determined that Kay Mach, 68, and Jodie Mach, 43, both of Pawlet were asked to leave the property prior to police response and refused to. The Machs are the landlords of the property. Investigation revealed that Jodie and Kay Mach had entered the residence unlawfully. Both were issued citations to appear at the Vermont Superior Court, Rutland Criminal Division, at a later date.

2 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a retail theft at Hannaford’s Supermarket in Rutland Town. Through investigation, it was determined that Brittany Turner, 37, of Rutland left the premises without paying for merchandise. Turner also had an active warrant out for her arrest. Turner was issued a citation before Vermont Superior Court, Rutland Criminal Division, for the warrant. Turner was issued another citation before Vermont Superior Court, Rutland Criminal Division, to answer to the charge of retail theft.

March 25

On July 26, 2021, a juvenile victim disclosed being touched in a sexual manner during 2019 by John Messieri, 35, of Mendon. 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 March 25, John Messieri was issued a criminal citation for the crime of lewd and lascivious conduct. Messieri was ordered to appear before a judicial officer at the Superior Court of Vermont, Criminal Division, Rutland, at a later date.

4:10 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a reported head-on crash involving three vehicles on U.S. Route 7 near Whistle Stop Lane in the Town of Pittsford. Initial investigation revealed that Courtney M. Cram, 27, of Rutland, was driving a 2014 Ford Focus northbound on U.S. Route 7 when her vehicle veered left of the center line into oncoming southbound traffic. Cram sideswiped a 2009 Jeep Wrangler driven by Todd D. Cooley, 56, of Brandon and collided head-on with a 2021 Nissan Rogue driven by Michaela M. O’Connor, 31, of Rutland. Cram was transported by Regional Ambulance Service to the Rutland Regional Medical Center. Cram’s car was totaled, Colley’s car was damaged on the driver’s side and O’Connor’s vehicle sustained damage to the front bumper/hood area. State Police were assisted by Regional Ambulance Service. Pittsford First Response, and the Pittsford Fire Department.

March 26

12:23 a.m. Vermont State Police observed a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee commit a motor vehicle violation and while attempting to catch up to the vehicle, it crashed. The Jeep was traveling eastbound on Terrill Street attempting to turn left onto Lafayette Street when it overturned, left the roadway and struck the front porch of a residence. The driver fled the scene on foot prior to the arrival of troopers. Anyone with information pertaining to the identity of the driver is encouraged to contact Trooper Nevison at [email protected] or 802-773-9101 or to the Vermont State Police tipline at vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.

12:30 a.m. Vermont State Police conducted a traffic stop for an observed motor vehicle infraction and while speaking with the driver, Justin Owen, 25, of Brandon, troopers observed signs of impairment. Owen was administered sobriety tests roadside and taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence. Owen was transported for processing and later released on a citation to appear in Rutland County Superior Court Criminal Division at a later date.

7:10 p.m. Vermont State Police observed a vehicle commit a motor vehicle violation and while attempting to catch up to the vehicle, it crashed. The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze was traveling southbound on U.S. Route 7 attempting to navigate a slight right curve when it left the roadway, striking a mailbox and rolling at least once. The driver, Autumn Hickory, 26, of Rutland, was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center by Wallingford Rescue. Hickory was processed for DUI while at the Rutland Regional Medical Center and released into their care with a citation to appear in court at a later date.

8:47 p.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop for an observed violation on U.S. Route 7 in Rutland Town. During the stop, the vehicle rolled backward on a hill and crashed into the front of the State Police cruiser on the traffic stop. The operator, Raven Blanchard, 26, of Brandon, showed signs of impairment and subsequently was screened for DUI. Blanchard was arrested and taken in for processing. Blanchard’s license was also found to be criminally suspended in the State of Vermont. Blanchard was issued a criminal citation to appear to answer to the charges at a later date.

9:15 p.m. Vermont State Police dispatchers aired a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) for a silver truck being followed by the caller that was headed south on Vermont Route 7A through Arlington. The caller reported seeing the truck strike another vehicle at a point farther north on Vermont Route 7A and stated that the truck continued on unable to maintain its lane. Troopers intercepted the truck as it turned onto Russell Street. Following investigation, troopers determined that the operator, Robert A. Aubin, 54, of Arlington was driving under the influence and found damage on his truck to support the caller’s claim of a crash occurring. Troopers arrested Aubin for DUI #1 and leaving the scene of an accident. Aubin is set to appear in Bennington County Superior Court at a later date. The crash aspect of this case is still under investigation, as the vehicle struck by Aubin has not yet been identified. Anyone with information about that vehicle is encouraged to report it to the Vermont State Police.