Police Beat, July 7, 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 17

9:09 p.m. Police issued a verbal warning to a 29-year-old County Route 24 man after observing the man travel down North Street at a high rate of speed.

June 22

8 p.m. Police responded to The Gold Trout on West Main Street for reports of criminal mischief and spoke with the complainant, a 39-year-old Wells, Vermont woman, who said she has had multiple issues with an individual(s) ripping down a flag hung in front of her business. The woman said she had not installed cameras yet and did not know the exact time or day of the flag being taken down. The woman requested patrols to check the area to possibly prevent any further damage to her storefront.

June 24

8:18 p.m. After receiving reports of an alleged fight at the Granville Little League complex, police spoke with a 32-year-old DeKalb Road woman who confirmed she had been in a physical confrontation with an unknown aged woman with an address listed on the incident report as “Burke Drive” in New York. The 32-year-old woman said the other woman had instigated the fight and wanted to have her arrested. The 32-year-old woman said she was pregnant and was requesting an ambulance to be evaluated. After initiating the response of Granville Rescue Squad, the officer spoke with the other woman who had visible lacerations and blood on her face. The woman said the 32-year-old woman became verbally aggressive toward her and kept getting in her personal space in a threatening manner. The woman admitted to throwing a soda in the direction of the 32-year-old woman prior to being attacked and punched in the face while on the ground and said she did not fight back because she knew the 32-year-old woman was pregnant. With both accounts being different, the officer interviewed Granville Little League president Paul Garrone who offered to show the officer surveillance footage of the incident. The film showed the 32-year-old woman being the primary aggressor during the incident and it appeared to the officer that the 32-year-old woman started the confrontation. The officer went to speak with the 32-year-old woman who was being treated by EMS and was highly agitated and uncooperative with the officer and paramedics. She was told she would not be filing any charges because she was the suspect in the incident and she then denied transport to the hospital. The 32-year-old woman was advised to leave the ballpark and told she was not welcome any longer. The other woman denied prosecuting the 32-year-old woman and was told by the officer that the incident would be documented and that she could come to the station later that evening to obtain documentation for family court.

June 25

3:45 p.m. Police were dispatched to a building located at Sealants Park for an alarm involving an overhead door. The responding officer secured the scene and contacted a shift foreman, a 50-year-old Potter Avenue man, who checked the location after the officer could not access a gated area.

6 p.m. Police received complaints of a speeding motorcycle operated by a 42-year-old man residing at the Pine Grove Motel on Quaker Street that kept going by North Street. Police verified with dispatch that the 42-year-old man did not have a valid driver’s license. Police patrolled the area and could not locate the man.

June 26

12:30 p.m. A 59-year-old Lincoln Street man spoke to an officer at the police station about his concerns with the status of 14 Lincoln Street. The man told the officer the property is run down, has broken windows and he believes squatters may be living in the building after observing lights on after dark. The man added that he had not seen anyone enter or exit the building. The officer told the man that police would relay the information to code enforcement and that police would check the location if they noticed lights on in the building after dark.

June 27

12:48 p.m. After receiving reports of a suspicious man selling televisions at Winn Manufacturing, police spoke with a 66-year-old Fort Ann man who said the suspicious man claimed he won a raffle. The 66-year-old man told the officer he asked the suspicious man to leave on multiple occasions and he finally did in a white Ram Van with Texas license plates. Police were unable to locate the man in the village.

June 28

12:37 p.m. A 26-year-old Salem woman walked into the station to report a domestic incident that had occurred and that she was requesting an ambulance for a possible concussion and possible broken nose. The woman said the domestic incident was handled by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and she was able to provide a domestic incident report. EMS was called to Granville Police Department for possible transport and evaluation.

June 29

5:40 a.m. Police responded to Madison Avenue and Franklin Street for signs being down in the road. On Madison Avenue, police observed a sign that had been taken down from the Granville Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. On Franklin Street, police located a handicap parking sign that was removed from what is believed to be the Franklin Street apartments. Both signs were removed from the street and police noted they would speak with the Granville Village Department of Public Works about replacement and would patrol these areas more frequently at night.

June 30

3:19 a.m. A 35-year-old South Street man called the station to report suspicious activity on South Street involving what appeared to be a man dressed in dark clothes and a hoodie on the front steps of the 35-year-old man’s residence. The 35-year-old man said he saw the neighbor’s dome light pop on and guessed the man was going through vehicles. Police arrived at South Street and spoke with the 35-year-old man who showed the officer where the suspect had supposedly gone to hide along the fence line. Police checked the vicinity with negative results. The 35-year-old man told the officer he had spoken to his neighbor who claimed he had his vehicle dome light on. Police continued to check the area with negative results.

7:05 a.m. A 56-year-old Williams Street man called police to file a fraud report after an individual opened a $500 Macy’s credit line and negatively affected the man’s credit score. After confirming the man’s name and social security number, the officer was told the credit card was canceled and that was the last step the man needed to do before his credit score could be corrected.

Whitehall Police Department

June 24

1:34 a.m. A traffic stop was initiated by an officer on Broadway for a blue Chevy Cruz traveling 50 mph in a 30 mph zone and the driver was identified as 24-year-old Angelo Valentine of Burlington, Vermont, by the license he provided. He was issued a ticket for speeding.

12:49 p.m. An animal complaint was called in from 8 Fifth Ave. and dispatch stated that there was a large black snake inside the residence and it was aggravated. The 47-year-old caller stated that the snake was behind the refrigerator located in the kitchen. It was removed from the residence without any incident.

10:51 p.m. A traffic stop was initiated by an officer on Poultney Street for a Subaru Impreza traveling 50 mph in a 30 mph zone and the driver was identified as a 31-year-old man by the license he provided. He was issued a ticket for failure to obey a traffic control device.

11:33 p.m. A traffic stop was initiated by an officer on Poultney Street for a Jeep Cherokee traveling 50 mph in a 30 mph zone and the driver was identified as 27-year-old Lillian Hunt of St. Albans, Vermont, by the license she provided. She was issued a ticket for failure to obey a traffic control device.

June 25

6:50 a.m. Officers responded to North Williams Street for someone burning something. A small fire was noticed in the backyard with nobody around it. The officer contacted a 30-year-old man and assisted him with extinguishing the fire.

2:30 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the Red Panda for a 29-year-old contractor arguing over payment with the 41-year-old owner. The officer interviewed both at length and there were questions over what was covered in the contract and what was extra work. The contractor said he was going to court to file a lien against the building and that would settle everything. The officer told both sides what they could and could not do and the contractor left the scene with all of his equipment.

June 26

2:01 a.m. A traffic stop was initiated by an officer on Broadways for a gray Kia traveling 55 mph in a 30 mph zone and the driver was identified as 44-year-old Papy Nole of Burlington, Vermont, by the license he provided. He was issued a ticket for speeding.

1:26 a.m. A traffic stop was initiated by an officer on Broadway for a gray Chrysler traveling 54 mph in a 30 mph zone. The driver pulled into the Sunoco parking lot and continues to the back of the building and toward the railway property and told the officer he was trying to get out of the way. Later the driver admitted that he was trying to go into a spot that he could hide and switch places with the passenger because he did not have a license. The driver was identified as 18-year-old Braxton Fischer-Downing of Rutland, Vermont. License check confirmed that he did not possess a valid license in Vermont, or any other state. He was advised that next time he should just stop when he sees emergency lights behind him, to which he agreed. Fischer was issued two tickets for speeding and operating a motor vehicle without a license. The passenger provided a valid Vermont license, identified as an 18-year-old man, and drove the vehicle back to Vermont.

2:39 a.m. A traffic stop was initiated by an officer on Broadway for a green Toyota Prius traveling 50 mph in a 30 mph zone and the driver was identified as 25-year-old Gabriel Lee-Meyer of Burlington, Vermont, by the license he provided. He was issued a ticket for speeding.

8:39 p.m. Officers were dispatched to Cumberland Farms for a larceny complaint and interviewed a 28-year-old woman who said a 36-year-old man had stolen a Twisted Tea. The manager for Cumberland Farms was advised on the phone that Cumberland Farms did not want to press charges.

June 27

2:38 a.m. Officers were called to 118 Broadway for a report of a man with a butcher knife attacking a woman. Numerous people were outside when they arrived and dispatch said that the suspect was a 24-year-old man who was outside without any weapons. Officers were told by numerous women on the scene that the man had a spatula in his hand and not a knife and that the call was an accident and amiscommunication. Officers spoke with 24-year-old man who was the only person on scene that appeared to not be intoxicated. He said that the other man did not have a knife. Officers were told by a 24-year-old woman that the man had a knife in his hand but did not threaten anyone with it, and a 30-year-old woman handed the officer the spatula that the man had. The suspect told officers he locked the keys in his apartment and could not get inside and he used the spatula to get inside of his apartment. Officers interviewed all parties on scene and checked the apartment and observed numerous subjects to be highly intoxicated. Police did not have any evidence that a crime occurred.

11:29 p.m. A traffic stop was initiated by an officer on Broadway for a vehicle traveling 50 mph in a 30 mph zone and the driver was identified as 38-year-old Eric Burnes of Albany by the license he provided. He was issued a ticket for speeding.

June 28

4:30 p.m. A 44-year-old man advised that a 37-year-old man almost struck him with his vehicle in front of Uncle Billy’s at 62 Main St. The officer interviewed a 52-year-old woman and she said that the man was traveling 7 to 10 mph and came to an abrupt stop. She said that it looked like he was trying to hit the 44-year-old with his vehicle. The 44-year-old said that the 37-year-old was about three feet from him when he parked his vehicle and that the situation with him is escalating. The man and woman signed depositions and the 44-year-old said that he wanted the man arrested and an order of protection to be put in place. The 44-year-old signed information for harassment in the second degree. The officer relayed copies of the paperwork to the Village of Whitehall Court to obtain a Criminal Summons.

9:10 p.m. A traffic stop was initiated by an officer on Broadway for a vehicle traveling 50 mph in a 30 mph zone and the driver was identified as 60-year-old Raphael Linehan of Essex Junction, Vermont, by the license he provided. He was issued a ticket for speeding.

9:36 p.m. A 73-year-old man called the station stating that the rear door to the Discount Warehouse was open. Patrols cleared the building with negative results and secured the building without any incident.

June 29

8:48 p.m. A traffic stop was initiated by an officer on Broadways for a vehicle traveling 67 mph in a 30 mph zone and the driver was identified as 18-year-old Moreno Xhangdee of Chelsea, Vermont, by the license he provided. He was issued a ticket for speeding.

June 30

3:50 p.m. Officers were dispatched to Stewart’s for a gasoline drive-off where a black Ford Explorer with South Carolina license plates had stolen $80 worth of gasoline. Dispatch advised that the Ford Explorer left the parking lot and went southbound on South Williams Street but the officer did not locate the vehicle. The officer interviewed the Stewart’s manager and she said her computer system was not working correctly. The responding officer is contacting Stewart’s Loss Prevention to request the surveillance footage.

New York State Police

June 19

2 p.m. Allen A. Rice, 26, of Hampton was arrested for criminal obstruction of breathing, a class A misdemeanor. His status was unknown.

June 20

3:36 p.m. Alicia M. MacDuff, 33, of Hudson Falls was arrested in Moreau for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

9:04 p.m. Martin F. Depaul, 45, of Argyle was arrested for criminal mischief in the third degree, a class E felony. He was being held.

June 21

Martin F. Depaul, 45, of Argyle was arrested in Greenwich for criminal contempt in the second degree, specifically disobeying a court order, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

June 22

5 p.m. Richard A. Velazquez, 35, of Whitehall was arrested for making a terroristic threat, a class D felony. He allegedly made a threat to do harm to the parole department with a firearm He was being held.

June 23

11:45 a.m. Allen A. Rice, 26, of Hampton was arrested for criminal contempt in the second degree, 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.

10:32 p.m. Joseph F. Fusco, 59, of Fort Ann was arrested for grand larceny in the fourth degree, a class E felony. He was issued an appearance ticket.

June 25

8:16 p.m. John P. St. Clair, 72, of Argyle was arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree while under the influence of alcohol, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% with a prior conviction and DWI with a previous conviction within the past 10 years, all class E felonies. He also was charged with use of another vehicle without an interlock device, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

June 26

6:20 p.m. Katelynn L. Cromp, 19, and Divine J. Wilson, 20, both of Hudson Falls, were each arrested for conspiracy in the fifth degree, a class A misdemeanor, and using a credit card to commit grand larceny in the fourth degree, a class E felony. Both were issued appearance tickets.

10:30 p.m. Marissa Tippins, 26, of Ballston Spa was arrested in Whitehall for possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, a class D felony. She was being held.

June 27

9 a.m. David J. Hayes, 32, of Fort Edward was arrested for criminal contempt in the first degree with a prior charge of criminal contempt and aggravated family offense, both class E felonies. He was released on his own recognizance.

2:30 p.m. Kevin L. Saunders, 26, of Brooklyn was arrested in Fort Ann for introducing contraband into prison in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor, introducing dangerous contraband into prison in the first degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree with intent to sell, both class D felonies. His status was unknown.

11 p.m. Bruce Coutant, 64, of Comstock was arrested for lewdness with intent to be seen, a class B misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

June 28

12:48 p.m. Colby J. Fuller, 27, of Kingsbury was arrested for criminal contempt in the first degree with a prior charge of criminal contempt and aggravated family offense, both class E felonies. His status was unknown.

11:07 p.m. Christine M. O’Neil, 53, of Granville was arrested for 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.

Vermont State Police

June 20

11:01 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on Vermont Route 4A in the Town of West Rutland. Initial investigation revealed that Michele L. Pierro, 55, of Brandon driving a 2009 Volkswagen Routan attempted to travel from the Price Chopper Plaza straight across Vermont Route 4A to Walgreens. Cheryl Trudo, 61, of West Rutland, driving a 2018 Chevrolet Cruze, was traveling westbound on Route 4A. Pierro was inattentive while entering the roadway, did not see Trudo’s car and collided with it, causing contact damage to the front passenger side bumper area of Pierro’s car and contact damage to the front driver’s side bumper area of Trudo’s car. Pierro and Trudo reported no injuries. Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by Regional Ambulance Service and the West Rutland Fire Department.

7:03 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified that transient Javon Diaz, 23, currently held at the Marble Valley Correctional Facility in Rutland, had an extraditable warrant from Massachusetts. Troopers confirmed this and Diaz was issued a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, to answer to the charge of being a fugitive from justice. Diaz was subsequently held in Marble Valley Correctional Facility due to the lack of $250,000 bail.

June 24

7:27 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a motorcycle crash at the intersection of Vermont Route 116 and Hunt Farm Road in the Town of Bristol. The operator and sole occupant was identified as Cody Gaylord, 33, of Pawlet. Investigation revealed that Gaylord was traveling north on Vermont Route 116 when he went around a corner and lost control of his motorcycle, crossing the center line and heading into a ditch, before being airborne with the motorcycle. Gaylord was transported by Bristol Regional EMS to UVM Medical Center with neck and head injuries. The motorcycle, a 2009 BMW R1200GS, sustained minor damage. Neither speed nor impairment were contributing factors to this crash. Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by members of the Bristol Fire Department.

June 28

6:01 p.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop for an observed motor vehicle violation. The driver was identified as Travis Bunnell, 32, of Rutland. Investigation revealed that Bunnell was operating on a criminally suspended license and was violating several court-ordered conditions of release including a 24/7 curfew at his residence. Bunnell was taken into custody and transported to the Rutland State Police Barracks before being released on a citation to appear in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date to answer to the charges against him.

June 29

8:22 p.m. Vermont State Police were dispatched to the Cortina Inn at 476 Holiday Dr. in Rutland Town for a reported trespassing complaint. Upon arrival, troopers discovered transient Anna Karhu, 24, was on the property after receiving notice she was not permitted to be there. While attempting to locate Karhu, transient James Debellis, 53, was asked to leave the property by the staff and refused. Debellis attempted to hinder the arrest of Karhu, and both were taken into custody. Debellis and Karhu were issued a citation to appear at Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.