Police Beat, June 23, 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

June 11

6:30 a.m. Washington County Emergency Services notified Granville police that a resident of the Granville Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation on Madison Avenue had made multiple 911 calls despite the staff at the nursing home confirming no EMS response was needed for the woman calling. Police spoke with the complainant who said she wanted to leave the nursing home because her bed was too hard and she needed more medication. Staff members tried explaining that the woman could not take her medication until 24 hours had passed while the woman was visibly upset, claiming staff at Glens Falls Hospital told her she could return to the hospital if she was not happy with her current location. The officer told the woman she should not call 911 unless there was a true emergency. The woman said this was a true emergency and proceeded to call 911 again while the Granville officer was on scene, telling the dispatcher that the Granville officer was not helping her. The Granville officer then received a call for a welfare check on East Main Street and responded to that call. Emergency services informed the officer that the woman was continuing to call 911. The officer contacted staff at the nursing home who said the phone would be taken from the woman and confirmed no policy violation with the administrator of the nursing home.

6:45 a.m. An East Main Street man called police to request a welfare check on his neighbor, a 99-year-old woman, after what he had thought to have heard to be tapping on a window inside the woman’s residence. There was no answer at the door and all doors were locked. Dispatch was able to confirm that the woman was currently at a facility and contacted a relative, a 68-year-old East Main Street man, who has a key to the residence and would check inside later in the day.

9:07 a.m. A 24-year-old Mettowee Street woman called to report that the prior owner of the residence that she closed on day previous had not removed all of her property including cats, rabbits and birds. The 24-year-old woman was able to contact the prior homeowner, a 47-year-old woman, and put her on speakerphone. The 47-year-old woman said she would take possession of all her property, including the animals, by 5 p.m. that day.

12:02 p.m. A patrolling officer responded to a possible missing youth call in the woods near the Pine Grove Diner off Quaker Street that was called in by State Police. Granville police were informed by State Police on scene that the missing suspect was a 28-year-old North Granville man with reported disabilities who was upset when his 49-year-old mother addressed proper restaurant etiquette. Police were told that the woman and her family have had previous domestic and mental health unit-related incidents when the 28-year-old man becomes upset. The State Police officer provided numbers for a possible pickup order, provided further contact information for their patrols who cover the County Route 12A jurisdiction and spoke with the man who was reportedly calm at the time. The woman said she was driving back to their residence in North Granville.

1:34 p.m. A group of youths at the Granville Little League complex called the station line to report a small maroon SUV driving erratically and fast at the ballpark with the occupants yelling out of the window. The responding officer spoke with two adults walking dogs at the complex and both had said they observed a small black vehicle driving a little fast but not at an excessive rate. The patrolling officer noted they would inform the afternoon patrol of the report.

4 p.m. Francis R. David, 40, of Pearl Street, Granville, was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, when he was found to be under the influence of drugs and alcohol in his residence on June 17. David was transported to Granville Police Department and then taken by EMS for evaluation on June 11. The mother of the 17-year-old child was notified by police and informed to return the next day to provide a statement. The mother asked that her child be transported to Rutland Regional Hospital in Vermont for medical treatment. The mother said that Officer T.J. Zovistoski was the only officer that the child would talk to. The responding officer to the incident said his next duty day would be June 13 and the mother said she would be in then to complete a statement on the endangerment of the child, as well as a larceny statement for a stolen credit card. On June 13, the officer who responded to the incident spoke with Zovistoski who would be following through with statements if possible. Zovistoski noted on June 15 that he had taken a statement from the 17-year-old child and prepared charges while the 17-year-old required medical attention at the hospital. On June 17, Zovistoski took a second statement from the child, and proceeded to locate, arrest, process and transport David to Washington County Jail for arraignment. Orders of protection were requested for two children.

June 12

7:20 p.m. While patrolling the village, an officer was flagged down by a Beecher Road man who was on a phone call with AT&T about two phones he reportedly purchased in Missouri. The man said to the AT&T employee that he is in New York State and did not purchase anything from them. The AT&T employee had a St. Louis County deputy on scene and the deputy said their department would handle the situation as a fraud case.

June 14

4:48 p.m. Police were contacted by an East Quaker Street woman regarding her concerns regarding a man residing at Mountain View Commons on Quaker Street. The woman described the man to have mental health issues and that residents inside the nursing home were nervous about the man’s behavior, especially after coming to learn that the man had been served eviction papers from Washington County that day. The woman just requested that patrols check the parking lot when available and wanted patrols to know what was going on prior to a potential incident.

June 15

5:30 p.m. Police responded with Granville Engine & Hose Company to a reported vehicle fire on Quaker Street and spoke with the vehicle’s operator, a 51-year-old Lincoln Street woman, who said that after turning off Quaker Street, her vehicle started to smoke heavily, she removed all occupants from the vehicle and called 911. After confirming the fire was out, the officer contacted Warner’s Auto to tow the vehicle.

6:35 p.m. While patrolling the Granville Little League complex, police observed a 5-year-old Whitehall boy fall and hit his head near the fence of Field 1. The officer contacted the child and his 42-year-old father and observed the child to have a laceration on his forehead. The father requested that Granville EMS respond, and the officer called in the ambulance. Once Granville EMS arrived, the officer departed for another call.

June 16

3:25 p.m. Police were dispatched to a Pearl Street residence for an unwanted guest complaint made by a 54-year-old woman toward her 61-year-old sister. Police spoke with the 54-year-old woman who said the 61-year-old woman was visiting their mother who lives with and owns the property with the 54-year-old woman. The 54-year-old woman added that she has 24/7 care of her mother and that the 61-year-old woman would not help with their mother’s incontinence. The 54-year-old woman said she called the police to have her sister removed from the scene. While on scene, the responding officer observed the 61-year-old woman to be disrespectful and appeared to be the aggressor. The officer advised the 61-year-old woman that she could return to the location later if she could act like an adult and if the 54-year-old woman agreed to let her come back.

7 p.m. Police received a complaint from a 55-year-old South Street man who reported youths in the free parking area on Main Street spinning their tires. Upon arrival, the responding officer had the youths leave the area without any further incident.

Whitehall Police Department

June 11

12:15 a.m. Two Whitehall police officers responded to a South Williams Street residence for a reported fight in progress. Upon arrival, police were told by a 36-year-old South Williams Street man that his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend, a 50-year-old man with an unknown address, had showed up at his residence looking to fight. The 36-year-old man said he fought with the 50-year-old man until a passerby yelled out of their vehicle window that they were going to call the police. The 36-year-old man said he did not wish to sign a complaint and described the car the 50-year-old man left in as a gray vehicle that police were unable to locate.

8 p.m. Working a community policing detail/stand-by, Whitehall police returned three lost children to their parents and broke up two fights at the Heart of Whitehall Festival and Fireworks. No complaints were signed in any of the incidents.

June 12

6:56 p.m. Police received a complaint from a 73-year-old Whitehall man claiming the fence around the U.S.S. Ticonderoga in the vicinity of Skenesborough Drive was cut and damaged. Upon arrival, an officer observed the fence to be damaged roughly five feet from the ground up on the east side of the fence around the ship. The officer did not observe any damage near the U.S.S. Ticonderoga, and the 73-year-old man requested the incident to be documented. The offense is listed as criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor with the total property value being $50.

11:39 p.m. Police were dispatched to a South Williams Street residence for a complaint made by a 36-year-old man for a disorderly disturbance. The man said someone had thrown an egg at his window, and he observed a group of youths walking on South Williams Street making comments about taking a road sign. The officer did not locate anyone in the area described.

June 13

9:10 a.m. A patrolling officer completed an assistance of a citizen when they successfully aided a truck driver turning around on Gilmore Street.

June 14

12:30 p.m. Police responded from Poultney Street to Cumberland Farms on Broadway for reports of individuals on motorcycles drinking alcohol in the parking lot. Upon arrival, the officer did not locate any motorcycles in the parking lot and was advised by a Cumberland Farms employee that the subjects had left a while earlier.

New York State Police

June 12

9:49 p.m. Hal M. Kyer, 35, of Easton was arrested for criminal mischief in the third degree, specifically damaging property valued in excess of $350, a class E felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

June 13

7:15 p.m. Unique Steele, 19, of Hudson Falls was arrested in Clifton Park for assault in the third degree with intent to cause physical injury, a class A misdemeanor. An appearance ticket was issued.

June 14

5:15 p.m. Nathaniel S. Dilley, 24, of Fort Edward was arrested for an incident that occurred on April 25 in Wilton, specifically issuing a bad check, a class B misdemeanor. His status was unknown.

June 16

9:45 a.m. Walter S. Rouse, 40, of Whitehall was arrested in Dresden for tampering with physical evidence, a class E felony; criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, specifically methamphetamine with intent to sell, a class B felony; and criminal possession of a controlled substance, specifically narcotics, a class B felony. He was being held.

Vermont State Police

May 27

10:30 a.m.

Vermont State Police responded to a report of a child having signs of trauma on her neck. Investigation revealed Dustin Tobin, 30, of Danby had caused bodily injury to a household member. Tobin was taken into custody and transported to Manchester Police Department for processing. He subsequently was issued a citation to appear in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date and was released.

June 13

2:54 p.m.

Vermont State Police responded to a vehicle reported to be all over the roadway on U.S. Route 4 in the Town of Mendon. The vehicle was located off the road and crashed into a property on Route 4 near the intersection with Park Lane. The operator was identified as Noah L. Machain-Harris, 24, of Rutland. Machain-Harris displayed signs of impairment and was screened for driving under the influence. He subsequently was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI and transported to the State Police barracks in Rutland Town for processing. Machain-Harris was released with a citation to appear in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date to answer to the charge of DUI.

June 15

9:09 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a reported citizen dispute at 6156 Vermont Route 7A in the Town of Arlington. It was reported that two individuals were yelling and screaming at each other. Further investigation revealed Aiden E.K. Peacock, 21, from Arlington, and Mary K. Morse, 37, from Arlington, had caused bodily injury to each other during a scuffle. Both parties were released with citations to answer the charge of simple assault at Bennington County Superior Court, Criminal Division, a later date and time.

6:52 p.m. Vermont State Police took a report of a theft from Hannaford Supermarket located in Rutland Town. Troopers arrived on scene and located a female, later identified as transient Brittany Fields, 30, in the area. Fields matched the description provided by Hannaford. Investigation revealed that Fields took items from Hannaford without paying while also violating an active notice against trespass. Fields was placed into custody and transported to the Rutland Barracks for processing before being released with a citation to appear in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

June 17

9:06 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a threatening complaint on Stage Road in the Town of Benson. Through investigation it was determined Keith Prevost, 54, of Benson caused harm or bodily injury to a family or household member and violated active conditions of release. Prevost was placed into custody and transported to the Rutland Barracks for processing. A judicial official was contacted, and Prevost was ordered to be lodged at Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility on $10,000 bail. Additionally, Prevost was issued a new set of conditions of release ordering him to appear at Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

June 18

8:29 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a family fight on Howard Hill Road in the Town of Benson. Through investigation it was determined that Stephanie Trepanier, 51, of Benson caused harm or bodily injury to a family or household member then left the residence in a vehicle. While speaking with Trepanier, Troopers observed signs of impairment, and Trepanier was screened for DUI. She subsequently was placed into custody and transported to the Castleton Police Department for processing. Trepanier was released with court-ordered conditions and a citation to appear at Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

June 19

2:18 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Vermont Route 30 in the town of Poultney. Through investigation, it was determined that a 2019 Audi SQ5 was traveling north on Route 30, lost control, and left the roadway striking a tree. The driver was identified as Javon Wright, 37, of Poultney. During the investigation Wright showed signs of impairment and was screened for DUI. Wright’s car was totaled; no injuries to Wright were reported. He subsequently was taken into custody and transported to the Castleton Police Department where he was processed for DUI and released with a citation to appear in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.


Scott H. Abraham

Granville man arrested for recklessly firing rifle

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrested Scott H. Abraham, 55, of Granville after an investigation into damaged property at two separate residences.

Abraham was found to have been recklessly firing a rifle in the area of Brookside Lane on Monday, June 6, at 2:59 p.m. It was determined that Abraham fired into a camper and a detached garage at separate properties causing significant damage to both.

Abraham was charged with criminal mischief in the second degree, criminal mischief in the third degree and two counts of reckless endangerment in the second degree.

No one was injured in the incident.

Abraham was arrested and arraigned in Washington County Centralized Arraignment. Later he was released on his own recognizance and scheduled to appear in Granville Town Court at a later date.


Jeffrey T. Jones

Fort Ann man arrested for grand larceny

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in a reported larceny case from the Town of Fort Edward.

On Thursday, June 2, a business located on Broadway in the Town of Fort Edward reported a larceny of new aluminum construction pieces as well as at least 15 small electric motors. The value of the items stolen was reported to be more than $4,000.

The business captured the theft on camera, and an investigation was initiated.

Assisted by tips from the public, the suspect was identified as Jeffrey T. Jones, 21, of Fort Ann. He turned himself in at the Law Enforcement Center in Fort Edward on Saturday, June 11, where he was arrested, processed and later released at centralized arraignment.

Jones was charged with grand larceny in the third degree and criminal trespass in the third degree.