Police Beat, May 5, 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 22

7:52 a.m. A River Street woman called police to report that her dog had escaped her fenced enclosure. Later that day, the woman called back to confirm that the dog returned to the woman’s residence.

April 23

9:44 a.m. A pedestrian called the station line to report a storm drain cover on Williams Street had fallen inside the storm drain. The responding officer secured the area in question until the village Department of Public Works crew arrived and addressed the situation.

April 24

1:10 a.m. While on patrol, police observed a 55-year-old North Street man attempting to walk eastbound on the travel portion of East Main Street. Police spoke with the man who was intoxicated and said he was trying to get to West Pawlet. The responding officer gave the man a courtesy ride for his safety.

7:30 p.m. Police received a call on the station line from a woman who identified herself as an employee at Tractor Supply on Quaker Street. The woman told the responding officer that a man attempted to enter the store after the store had closed, stormed out and, according to a separate witness, ripped the seat cover off a lawn mower and jumped into the passenger side of a white pickup truck that sped off toward State Route 22. The woman reporting the incident said the daytime manager would drop off the outside surveillance footage and get an estimate for the damage done to the lawn mower to the police the following day.

April 27

3:15 p.m. Police and Granville Engine & Hose Company #1 responded to a carbon monoxide activation without illness on Morrison Avenue. The fire department determined that the carbon monoxide detector needed a battery replacement.

Whitehall Police Department

April 23

9:45 p.m. An officer was approached by a 42-year-old woman who said that someone had a fire going around Mountain Street. Another officer responded to the area to check for a fire, as another officer was handling another incident, and nothing was found. The officer who took the tip first patrolled to Mountain Street and did not find a fire either.

10:20 p.m. Officers were called to 4 Main St. for a noise complaint and spoke with a 28-year-old man who said he did not call the police but could hear the music being complained about in his apartment, too. While the officer spoke with the man, another 28-year-old man came outside and said the music was coming from his place and he would turn it down if it was too loud.

April 24

6 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the area of Saunders Street and the marina for a brush fire in the backyard of 83 Bellamy St. The officers spoke with a 30-year-old man who said he would put the fire out as there is a burn ban in effect until May 15.

April 25

2:30 p.m. Officers interviewed a 21-year-old man at the station who received a phone call from a number not known to him, and the caller said he was his grandfather and knew where he lived. When an officer attempted to call the number back, it said it was disconnected.

New York State Police

April 23

9 p.m. Ashley N. Smith, 34, of Hudson Falls was arrested for criminal mischief with intent to damage property, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

April 25

1:10 p.m. Billy G. Cassell, 42, of Kingsbury was arrested for assault in the third degree with intent to cause physical injury, a class A misdemeanor; menacing in the second degree, specifically violating an order of protection, a class A misdemeanor; criminal mischief in the third degree, causing damage to property in excess of $250, a class E felony; criminal contempt in the second degree, specifically disobeying a court order, a class A misdemeanor; and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree with a previous conviction, a class D felony. He was being held.

April 30

10:10 a.m. Iesha A. Belle, 22, of Cobleskill was arrested in Fort Ann for introducing contraband into prison in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

April 24

1:55 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to an agency assistance on Meadow Lake Drive in Mendon. A trooper made contact with Shawn J. Jurgen, 40, of Rutland City. Through investigation it was determined Jurgen was operating his vehicle under a criminally suspended license. He was cited to appear at the Rutland County Court at a later date.

6:14 p.m. Vermont State Police stopped Michael Drake, 60, of Brandon on South Street at Grove Street in Proctor on suspicion of driving with a criminally suspended license. He was cited to appear at the Rutland County Court at a later date.

April 25

6:58 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of an individual shoplifting at the Hannaford in the Town of Rutland. Upon arrival, the individual had already left the area. Through investigation it was determined that the offender was Kaleigh Biddle, 25, of Rutland Town. Biddle was located the following day and issued a citation to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

April 29

5 p.m. Vermont State Police received a report of a vehicle that went off the road near Route 103 and Airport Road in Clarendon. Troopers responded but did not locate the vehicle. At about 6 p.m. Vermont State Police received a report of a broken down vehicle on Route 103 in Mt. Holly that matched the description of the vehicle that went off the road in Clarendon. Troopers responded to the area and investigation revealed that Courtney Griffin, 30, of Rutland was under the influence of a substance other than alcohol. Griffin was processed and released on a criminal citation to answer to the charge of DUI drugs and leaving the scene of an accident at a later date.

May 2

12:45 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a motor vehicle crash on U.S. Route 7 in the Town of Rutland. Initial investigation showed that Jason Rowe, 30, of Brandon was traveling north at a high rate of speed on his 2016 Suzuki motorcycle when he was unable to navigate the curve in the roadway and crashed. While speaking with Rowe, troopers observed indicators of impairment. Rowe subsequently was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries and processed for DUI. After processing Rowe was released on a citation to appear at Vermont Superior Court, Rutland Criminal Division, to answer the charges of DUI #2 and driving while license criminally suspended.


Car crash in Argyle claims one life

New York State Police are investigating a fatal car-versus-pedestrian crash that occurred on Brennan Road in the town of Argyle.

At approximately 6 p.m. on Monday, April 25, State Police responded to a report of a male struck by a motor vehicle on Brennan Road. Preliminary investigation has determined that 83-year-old Robert T. Brennan of Argyle was crossing the roadway in front of his residence when he was struck by a vehicle traveling westbound. The vehicle, a 2007 Saturn Aura, was operated by Sandra J. Wolcott, 62, of Argyle. Brennan was declared deceased at the scene.

New York State Police were assisted at the scene by Argyle Fire Department and Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.