Police Beat, May 19, 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

May 5

5:54 p.m. Holden J. McKee, 34, of North Street was arrested for assault in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor, after McKee had been in an altercation with a 54-year-old DeKalb Road man at the Granville VFW on North Street. The 54-year-old man was bleeding from a cut above his right eye and below his right nostril. He told police he was assaulted by McKee after trying to intervene when McKee was supposedly confronting a couple of older men. Two witnesses, a Middle Granville man and a Madison Street man, said McKee had opened the door at the VFW and yelled that he was going to have all of their cars towed from the street and that he was sick of them parking out front. Both witnesses said McKee had gotten close to them to inform them of their parking and the men asked McKee to stay over by his residence several times. The men said McKee pushed the 54-year-old man down and he possibly hit his head and face on the sidewalk. McKee confirmed he had pushed the man down after he got into McKee’s described “personal space.” EMS transported the 54-year-old man to the hospital for evaluation. Both witnesses said they had consumed alcoholic beverages and would provide statements the following day.

May 6

1:45 p.m. Travis M. Wilson, 23, of Mettowee Street was ticketed for operating a motor vehicle without a seat belt and given a warning for failing to stop at a stop sign while traveling south on Columbus Street.

May 7

1:34 a.m. A 45-year-old Bulkley Avenue man advised police that his e-bike had been stolen from his property. He said the value of the black bike with fat tires and red reflective see-through holes is $3,146.06. The man said all the stickers from his bike had been removed and that he had video footage of a man at the time of the incident on his property removing the bike. Police located the man’s bike in the bushes on Park Street on May 9. The man retrieved the bike at the police station on May 10.

12:52 p.m. Police received a call from Urgent Care requesting a welfare check on a 36-year-old South Maple Street man after the man had made concerning comments over the phone after finding the cost of requested medical treatment for his 57-year-old Maple Street mother. Police spoke with the man and his mother and the man said he had no intentions of harming himself, he was just upset with the length of time it takes to have appointments scheduled and the cost of medical treatment. The mother agreed this was all that was going on. Both individuals were advised to call the police department if any assistance was needed.

May 9

9:02 p.m. Police responded to a hit-and-run motor vehicle incident at Cumberland Farms on Quaker Street. A 53-year-old man and 51-year-old woman, both of Williams Street, told police they were outside of their vehicle when a small silver or gray SUV backed out of a parking spot near the Redbox dispenser and into the rear of the couple’s vehicle. A Vermont man who witnessed the incident said he and the 53-year-old man both tried to stop the suspect but failed to do so. An employee at Cumberland Farms said the manager would check the surveillance footage the next day. No reportable damage was observed by the responding officer.

May 10

4 p.m. A 27-year-old North Street man advised police that someone had stolen his black Nakto Cruiser fat tire e-bike worth $1,400 between 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. from behind the Granville Family Diner while he was working. The man said he still had possession of the key to the bike but he believes the bike could have been pedaled away if not placed in a vehicle. On May 11 around 10:50 p.m., the responding officer located the missing bike behind a storage container behind the Big Lots and Tractor Supply. Police transported the bike to the police station where the man retrieved the bike and said he would keep it inside from now on.

5:08 p.m. A Water Street man sent a text to a patrolling officer requesting extra patrols near the Slate Valley Museum on Water Street where youths reportedly hang around frequently. The man said he would be taking further action to deter the youths from using the location as a hang-out spot. The responding officer noted cameras are a possibility as well.

6 p.m. A woman called the station line to report her son was called a name by one of his teammates at Granville Little League. The woman said her son told the other boy to keep his mouth shut, which led to a verbal altercation. The woman added that the father of the other boy started yelling and was instigating his child to fight the woman’s son. The coach told the woman that he would address the issue at their practice the following day, but the woman was concerned the issue could escalate. The responding officer explained the woman could contact the police at the time of occurrence and the woman then provided the time and location of the next practice and said she would call the police if issues arose.

May 11

4:32 p.m. Police were informed of a reported gas drive-off from Stewart’s Shops on Quaker Street worth $46. Video footage confirmed the license plate and a woman driver. Police responded to the gas station and spoke to a man who identified himself as the husband of the woman. The man said it was an accidental drive-off after thinking the card had successfully swiped. The man paid the $46 and police cleared the scene.

8:45 p.m. Police received a call for a controlled fire taking place in the back yard of a 32-year-old North Maple Street woman’s residence. Police arrived at the location and informed the woman who was having a campfire in an open fire pit that the open fire ban was still in effect, leading to the woman extinguishing the fire.

Whitehall Police Department

May 6

12:25 a.m. An officer on patrol observed a vehicle at the Recreational Center parking lot after 9 p.m. with a sign regarding its hours at the entrance. The officer spoke with the driver, who was identified as a 28-year-old man who got into a disagreement with his girlfriend and wanted to leave for a bit and sit in the parking lot while they both calmed down. The man was advised that the park was closed at 9 p.m., and he stated he was going home.

10:55 p.m. Officers were called to 124 Main St. for a loud music noise complaint. Officers arrived on scene and could hear the music in the hallway coming from apartment 4 and spoke with a 71-year-old man who said he would turn it down for the night.

11:20 p.m. While on patrol, officers were called to Main Street to remove an unwanted person. The officers arrived and observed two men arguing. A 58-year-old man said he got into an argument with another person inside the Marina bar. The man said he tried to talk to a 57-year-old man about the issues he is having when he told him that he needed to leave the premises. He said he was going home for the night and would talk to the man the following morning. Officers spoke with a man who said he refused to serve the 58-year-old because he was already intoxicated. He said he didn’t want anything more than the man removed from the property.

May 7

8:20 p.m. While on patrol, officers were dispatched to Dollar General for a man having a medical emergency in a vehicle. The caller stated the man was in a white Ford SUV and was not acting right. Officers found the man sitting in the parking lot with his children. The 30-year-old man said he was playing Candy Crush while he waited for his wife in the store and there were no issues.

May 10

5:07 a.m. Officers were dispatched to 49 Fulton St. for a reported structure fire at Busty’s Brew & BBQ. The building had smoke coming out of all four sides. The caller stated the fire appeared to be coming from the back of the building. The officer walked to the rear of the structure and located a small fire inside the building near the order window. The officer then had to go through the small window under the sign to try to extinguish the flames with an extinguisher. After the extinguisher was used, the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene and took over. The owner arrived and it was determined the fire was caused by an electrical issue, according to Washington County fire investigators.

May 12

8:45 p.m. A 26-year-old man walked into the station to report a large fire in the back yard of 117 Broadway Ave. Officers contacted a 23-year-old man and notified him about the burn ban that was in place until May 14.

New York State Police

May 9

1:02 p.m. Ryan J. Toto, 27, of Greenwich was arrested for assault in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

10:53 p.m. Penny R. Phillips, 49, of Salem was arrested in Moreau for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, all class A misdemeanors. She was issued an appearance ticket.

May 10

4:30 p.m. Rhonda Woods, 39, of Granville was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

7:05 p.m. Jayden G. Heym, 22, of Hudson Falls was arrested for obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

May 11

4:20 p.m. Shannon K. Stevens, 40, of Hudson Falls was arrested for petit larceny and acting in a manner injurious to a child younger than 17 years, both class A misdemeanors. She was issued an appearance ticket.

May 13

2:27 a.m. Shelby L. Lamb, 31, of Greenwich was arrested in Schuylerville for DWI, first offense, and aggravated DWI per se with no prior, both class U misdemeanors. She was issued an appearance ticket.

May 14

1:22 p.m. Clifton L. Patrick, 50, of Argyle was arrested on one count of menacing in the second degree with a weapon and three counts of acting in a manner injurious to a child younger than 17 years, both class A misdemeanors. He also was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree with a previous conviction, a class D felony. He was released on cash bail.

2:40 p.m. Jesse J. Tracy, 38, of Whitehall was arrested on five counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree, specifically scales, both class A misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

7:44 p.m. Jerry A. Niles, 32, of Salem was arrested in the Town of Jackson for possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, a class D felony. He was being held.

9:52 p.m. James B. Wilmot, 27, of Cambridge was arrested in Salem for DWI, first offense, and aggravated DWI per se with no prior, both class U misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

May 8

11:58 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to Franklin Street in the Town of West Rutland where a citizen who had been cleaning out a residence basement discovered a possible explosive device. Upon arrival, troopers found the device had already been moved to the back yard of the residence. Members of the Vermont State Police Bomb Squad responded to the residence and removed the device. There were no injuries. It is believed that the item in question is a World War II-era Japanese hand grenade. The device was assessed by members of the Vermont State Police Bomb Squad, safely secured and will be turned over to the Vermont National Guard for disposal at a later date.

May 11

7:40 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a motor vehicle crash on U.S. Route 7 in the area of Lothrop Elementary School in the Town of Pittsford. Tanner Brutkoski, 18, of Leicester, was driving a 2011 Toyota Camry south on U.S. Route 7 at about 25 mph. He advised he was not paying attention and collided with an unmarked police cruiser being operated by Detective Trooper Kelsey Knapp, 32, of Royalton who also was traveling south on U.S. Route 7. Investigation revealed Knapp had stopped at the crosswalk in front of Lothrop Elementary School to allow pedestrians to cross. Brutkoski failed to stop and collided with Knapp’s vehicle, a 2018 Ford Taurus. No one was injured. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. Brutkoski was issued a Vermont civil complaint for following too closely.

May 12

10:43 p.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop for an observed motor vehicle violation. While speaking with the operator, Michael Figueroa, 52, of Rutland City, troopers observed signs of impairment. Figueroa was administered standardized field sobriety tests roadside and taken into custody for driving under the influence. Figueroa was processed and later released on a DUI citation to appear in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

11:51 p.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop for an observed motor vehicle violation. While speaking with the operator, Hassan Kay, 28, of Rutland City, troopers observed signs of impairment. Kay was administered standardized field sobriety tests roadside and taken into custody for driving under the influence. Kay was processed and later released on a citation to appear in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

May 13

10:23 p.m. Vermont State Police were investigating a theft that had occurred at 16 Bird Lane, in the Town of Poultney. Troopers determined that Deborah Spicer, 65, of Rutland had taken items from the residence of Mario Mesiti, 72, of Poultney without the right or permission to do so. Contact was made with Spicer, who was found to have an active arrest warrant. Spicer was arrested without incident and transported directly to the Marble Valley Correctional Facility. During this process, Spicer was cited for petit larceny and ordered to appear before the Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

May 14

Vermont State Police responded to the area of Sugar Hollow Road in Pittsford for an ATV crash. Jeffery Larock, 60, of Pittsford, driving a 2007 Kawasaki ATV, appeared to have lost control of the ATV, causing the vehicle to leave the right side of the road and flip over. Larock, who was not wearing a helmet or seatbelt, was thrown from the ATV and sustained serious injuries. He was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center. Members of Pittsford First Response, Pittsford Fire Department and Regional Ambulance assisted on scene. Anyone with further information is asked to contact State Police at 802-773-9101 or by e-mail at [email protected]. A Vermont civil violation complaint for operating an ATV outside of Vermont ATV Sportsman’s Association boundaries, among others, is pending.

2:47 p.m. Vermont State Police investigated a report of an assault that occurred at an address in Rutland Town in the period May 12-13. Investigation determined that Matthew Williams, 32, of Massena, New York, caused physical injury to a family or household member. Williams was taken into custody and cited to appear at a later date in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, to answer to the charge of aggravated domestic assault in the first degree.

11 p.m. Vermont State Police received a report of a vehicle that was failing to maintain its lane of travel on Route 7 in Rutland Town. Troopers located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on Curtis Avenue in the City of Rutland. The operator, Jarrod Colburn, 52, of Rutland displayed several indicators of impairment during the stop. He was screened for impairment and subsequently taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence of a substance other than alcohol. Colburn was processed before ultimately being released. Criminal charges are pending based on the results of a blood test.

May 15

1:31 a.m. Vermont State Police stopped a vehicle for an observed violation on Court Street in the City of Rutland. Troopers identified the operator of the vehicle as Sarah Billings, 43 of Rutland City. During the investigation Billings showed signs of impairment and was screened for DUI. Billings subsequently was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI and processed, then released with a citation to appear at Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

8:54 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Middle Road in the Town of Rutland. Through investigation it was determined that Barry Sadowski, 52, of Clarendon, driving a 2021 Dodge Ram, was traveling south on Middle Road attempting to navigate a left curve when his truck left the roadway and struck a tree. During the investigation Sadowski showed signs of impairment and was screened for DUI. Sadowski subsequently was taken into custody and processed, then released with a citation to appear in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.