Police Beat, April 28, 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

April 21

8:35 a.m. A woman who did not provide her name inquired about the operation of orders of protection. Once explained to her, the woman told the officer that in her situation, a family court request would be her best option. The woman said she would possibly be responding later that day to family court. The officer recommended the woman follow through and have police intervention if there were to be any type of domestic incident and/or abuse taking place. While speaking with the woman, the officer was able to confirm an address for her that does fall within the village’s jurisdiction. No further information was provided as of the time the police report was written.

Whitehall Police Department

April 15

8:24 a.m. Officers received a call from a 55-year-old woman who reported that a 37-year-old woman lets her dog run loose on her property and defecate in her yard. The woman reporting confronted the 37-year-old about her dog, but the woman yelled at her and told her she was going to throw the dog feces at her house. The 37-year-old woman agreed with the officers to put the dog on a lead from now on and that if there was an issue she would address it appropriately, instead of yelling.

10 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the area of 108 Broadway Ave. for an open burn. Officers notified the 28-year-old man of the burn ban in effect until May 15 and the man put out the fire.

April 16

5:25 a.m. A patrolling officer was called to 31 Bellamy St. for a reported domestic disturbance. Dispatch advised that people were heard yelling in the background and there were broken items in the house. The officer could hear multiple people yelling from inside the residence and spoke with a 34-year-old man who stated he was struck in the face by a 22-year-old man, who is dating his stepdaughter. He was awakened to the sound of the 22-year-old and a 21-year-old woman yelling. The man said he approached the 22-year-old to separate them and the man turned around and punched him in the face.

The 22-year-old told police he was trying to calm the woman. He said the other man came up behind him and placed his hands around his throat, which is why he punched him. Both parties declined to file any paperwork. The officer then spoke with both women, and they confirmed the stories. The officer also advised the 21-year-old woman that a domestic incident report would be completed, and she would be able to pick it up at the station.

April 18

6:06 p.m. Officers were dispatched to 9 Lafayette St. for a structure fire in which the front porch was on fire. Officers were advised that there was a person inside the residence. The officer assisted the Fort Ann Fire Department with getting its fire hose to the residence, and the officer went inside and searched downstairs and upstairs but did not observe anyone to be in the residence. Some cats were scared out of the residence by the officer who then unplugged a pellet stove in the living room. The officer observed a woman to be walking in the rear of the residence and assisted her in getting out of the residence after which she was checked out by EMS. The woman advised that she just recently cleaned her pellet stove.

9:40 p.m. Police were dispatched to 100 South William St. for a tree that had fallen on a vehicle. The vehicle was owned by a 36-year-old man, and the officer advised him that the incident will be documented, and he would take several pictures and contact his insurance company.

April 19

2 p.m. Police responded to 11 Potter St. for a welfare check on a 31-year-old woman after a call to dispatch from a state prison facility advised the woman made suicidal threats while on the phone with an inmate. Officers spoke with the woman who said she was on the phone with her boyfriend and kept telling him she needed to sleep because she works nights and had worked all night long. The man continued to call her and then the facility called dispatch. She told the officer she was tired and just wanted her boyfriend to stop calling so she could get to sleep. The officer did not see any signs that she was going to harm herself nor did she state she wanted to.

April 21

2 p.m. A 35-year-old woman called to report that her clothing had been stolen from the laundromat on Main Street. When the officer arrived on the scene, he viewed video footage of the incident and was able to identify the person removing the clothes as a 29-year-old man. Officers responded to the man’s home on Maple Street and spoke to the man and his sister who said they took the clothing by accident and that they were returning it to their owner

New York State Police

April 20

11:03 a.m. Tanner L. Cormie, 37, of Queensbury and Janie L. Fusco, 25, of Fort Ann were arrested in Queensbury on one charge each of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. Both were issued appearance tickets.

9:53 a.m. John E. Hollister, 38, of Whitehall was arrested in Hampton for burglary of a dwelling in the second degree, a class C felony; and criminal contempt in the second degree, specifically disobeying a court order, a class A misdemeanor. He was being held.

April 22

3 p.m. Alexa M. Scott, 28, of Fort Ann was arrested for bail jumping in the second degree, a class E felony. She was being held.

April 23

11:55 a.m. Lamess A. Ahmed, 28, of Schenectady was arrested in Fort Ann on two counts of introducing contraband into prison in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor; one count of introducing contraband into prison in the first degree, a class D felony; and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree with intent to sell, a class D felony. The status of the arrestee was unknown.

April 24

2:20 a.m. Claresa M. Otero, 24, of Greenwich was arrested in Schuylerville for DWI, first offense, a class U misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

April 13

5:51 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a theft complaint from Dick’s Sporting Goods in the Town of Rutland. Investigation revealed that Kelly Ingram, 37, entered the store and left without paying for the merchandise she took. During the investigation, Ingram repeatedly gave troopers false information to hide her identity. On April 18 at 6 p.m., Vermont State Police received a phone call from a woman claiming someone had used her identity when she was arrested in the above incident. Investigation led to the arrest of Ingram, who was cited for identity theft as well as retail theft before being lodged at Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility on outstanding warrants. Bail was set at $1,000 and $200 for identity theft and retail theft, respectively.

April 17

1:20 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a two-car motor vehicle crash on U.S. Route 4E at the Mobil gas station in Rutland Town. Through investigation, it was determined that Bruce Gendron, 24, driving a 2012 Nissan Ultima, was attempting to turn into the gas station when Susan Fabian, 24, of Rutland, driving a 2012 Kia Rio, rear-ended Gendron’s car. Fabian had been following Gendron too closely, a violation of Title 23 V.S.A. 1039, which resulted in the accident. Fabian suffered neck pain and was taken to Rutland Regional Medical Center for treatment. Gendron and his passenger, Cathy Welch, 57, of East Corinth, were uninjured, but his vehicle sustained heavy damage to its rear end.

April 18

8:28 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a two-car motor vehicle crash on Route 22A in the Town of Benson. Preliminary investigation revealed Vincent Hawthorn, 65, of Northport, New York, driving a 2020 Subaru Forester was attempting to make a

left turn from Lake Road onto Route 22A when he failed to yield the right of way and was struck by a 2021 Ram 3500 driven by Viktor Pankovskyi, 53, of Brooklyn, as it was traveling south on Route 22A. Hawthorn was pronounced deceased on scene, while Pankovskyi was uninjured. Both cars were totaled. Troopers were assisted on scene by the Benson Volunteer Fire Department and Fair Haven Rescue.

April 19

7:42 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a car – deer crash on North Grove Street at McKinley Avenue in the Town of Rutland. Through investigation, it was determined that Thuy Nguyen, 48, of Pittsford was traveling north on North Grove Street. A deer entered from the east side of the roadway and was struck by the 2009 Toyota Sienna Nguyen was driving. Nguyen’s vehicle sustained moderate front end damage to the bumper and hood. Nguyen was uninjured.

10:17 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a two-car motor vehicle crash on Vermont Route 22A in the Town of West Haven. Preliminary investigation revealed that while traveling southbound in a 2019 Honda CRV, Victoria Allums, 29, of Staten Island, New York, left her lane of travel and entered the northbound lane. Her car subsequently was struck by a 2016 Freightliner tractor trailer driven by Chad Sheldon, 34, of Rensselaer, New York, Allums was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center for suspected serious bodily injury. Sheldon also was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center for suspected minor injuries. Both vehicles were totaled. Troopers were assisted on scene by the West Haven Fire Department.

April 21

8:01 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a citizen dispute in the Town of Pittsford. Investigation revealed that Christian Bradley, 29, of Pittsford attempted to cause or willfully or recklessly caused serious bodily injury to a family or household member. Bradley was ordered to appear in Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division, to answer to the charge of aggravated domestic assault/offense committed within the presence of a child in the first degree the next day.

April 23

1:36 a.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a domestic disturbance that occurred at the Cortina Inn in Rutland Town. Investigation revealed that Justin T. Harris, 34, of Rutland physically assaulted a family member. Harris was taken into custody and processed and later lodged at Marble Valley Correctional Facility for lack of bail. He was set to appear in court the next day.

April 24

6:15 a.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a family fight on Journeys End, Mendon, Vermont. Through investigation it was determined that transient Dylan Shaimas, 26, violated conditions of release, destroyed property that he had no right to, resisted arrest, was in possession of cocaine and committed the offenses in the presence of a child. Conditions of release were imposed by the Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division, and Shaimas was ordered to appear at court the following day.

April 23

11:09 a.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a citizen dispute on Whites Crossing in the Town of Proctor. Through investigation, it was determined that Kimberly Macjarrett, 30, of Pittsford damaged property that did not belong to her and that she had no right to do so. Troopers located Macjarrett at her residence the following day. She was issued a citation to appear at Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

April 24

7:37 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a family fight that occurred in the Town of Rutland. Investigation revealed that Shane Duprey, 35, of Rutland threatened a family member with a deadly weapon. Duprey was taken into custody and processed and later lodged at Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility without bail. He was ordered to appear in Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division, the next day.


John T. Dennison III

Clemons man arrested for sex abuse

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrested John T. Dennison III, 47, of Clemons for sex abuse in the first degree, a class D felony, forcible touching, a class A misdemeanor; and endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, after an investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office determined that Dennison had inappropriate sexual contact with a child younger than 13 years old. Dennison was released after arraignment pending a future court date in the Town of Dresden Court.


Kayla M. Ricciardone

Mechanicville woman arrested for welfare fraud in Washington County

On Saturday, April 16, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kayla M. Ricciardone, 27, of Mechanicville for welfare fraud in the third degree, a class D felony; grand larceny in the third degree, a class D felony; and offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, a class E felony, after a joint investigation conducted by the Washington County Department of Social Services and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

As a result of the investigation, it was determined that Ricciardone filed a false instrument with the Washington County Department of Social Services to obtain benefits for which she was not eligible, resulting in her receiving more than $3,000 of benefits during the period January to July 2020.

Ricciardone was released after arraignment pending a future court date in the Town of Fort Edward Court.