Granville man faces multiple threat counts

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A Granville man was arrested on multiple charges after threatening to kill a woman and her two children and to drive into the front entrance of the Granville Family Diner on July 21.

Jared T. Powers, 40 was charged with criminal mischief with the intent to damage property in the fourth degree, menacing with a weapon in the second degree and acting in a manner to injure a child less than the age of 17, all class A misdemeanors, following an incident at the diner.

According to the incident report filed by Sgt. Josh Whitney, after being dispatched at 3:10 a.m. for a reported fight in-progress, police were advised by the diner’s staff that Powers had left the scene on foot.

Police located Powers near a vehicle at his 67 Quaker Street residence with the driver’s side door open when Powers told the officer he had too much to drink and was calling it a night.

The officer then went inside to speak with the diner’s owner, Candy Baker. Baker told the officer that Powers had acquired a $100 bar tab prior to being cut off and became argumentative when it came time to cash out.

Baker said that Powers said he didn’t have the money and a verbal altercation ensued outside.

Powers had reportedly threatened all the staff members and Baker and then returned on scene driving erratically, threatening to drive his vehicle through the diner’s front windows.

Staff members were able to get Powers out of his vehicle but were exposed to Powers’ genitalia prior to the start of a physical fight, police said.

The officer was told 911 was then called and that Powers left on foot, leaving his vehicle in the parking lot.

While receiving information about the incident at the diner, the officer was informed Powers had returned to the Quaker Street residence, possessed a knife and had threatened to kill a 36-year-old Quaker Street woman and her two children ages 12 and 8.

“(I) responded back to 67 Quaker Street where I observed (the 36-year-old woman) near a vehicle, made contact with her and she stated Jared was inside the residence with a knife and had just threatened to kill her and the children, and was damaging the inside of the residence with a knife,” Whitney wrote in the incident report. “(The 36-year-old woman) stated that he (Powers) said they called the police and if they came to the residence he would kill whoever responded.”

Whitney then documented that he told the woman to go to the Granville Family Diner until the residence was secured. The woman said Powers was the only individual inside the Quaker Street home, stabbing the walls and making threatening comments.

State Police and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were called by Whitney for assistance after Whitney established a perimeter with safe distance and attempted to contact Powers by phone and the patrol car’s megaphone to no avail.

The woman advised Granville police that Powers’ last known location was in the first-floor bedroom and that she felt confident he would be in there due to his intoxication.

At 5:45 a.m. Glens Falls Hospital’s Behavioral Health Unit faxed a pickup order to Washington County Dispatch, leading to the responding officers developing a plan to remove Powers from the residence with the “least amount of force necessary to effect an arrest.”

Police gained entry into the bedroom that the 36-year-old woman described and Powers was taken into custody and transported to Glens Falls Hospital by Granville officer T.J. Zovistoski.

Whitney wrote that he spoke later that day with the 36-year-old woman who wanted to pursue the family court route and was told by Whitney that due to the circumstances, he would be making a mandatory arrest.

Powers was transported back to Granville Police Station via medcab, processed and taken to Washington County Jail to await court on July 22 at 7 a.m.