Police Beat, Aug. 11, 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

July 22

3:45 p.m. Devin Moore of Park Street, Granville, was ticketed for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, an unclassified misdemeanor, and operating a motor vehicle without an inspection certificate, a violation, when Moore was stopped by police on Morrison Avenue after an officer observed a blue expired inspection sticker.

July 29

5:49 p.m. Mohammad Jahangir, 70, of Queensbury, was ticketed for not using a turn signal when turning from North Street to Pine Street, and again when turning left back onto North Street.

July 30

12:42 a.m. Ethan E. Combs, 42, of Quaker Street was ticketed for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, an unclassified misdemeanor, when police observed a loud motorcycle leaving the vicinity of Lions Lane and determined Combs to be the driver. Police noted that Combs pulled the bike off the road and onto the grass when Combs observed police were on site. The responding officer said they knew Combs had an invalid license, was suspended and mentioned Combs had been driving in the village of Granville numerous times after being involved in a failure to comply situation. After Combs was issued the ticket, police advised him he could manually push the motorcycle back to the area he was leaving from on Lions Lane. The owner of the motorcycle, a woman, was informed by the officer that if police observed Combs operating the woman’s motorcycle again, that she would be cited for facilitating the crime.

11:25 a.m. Police received an anonymous call reporting a man and a woman in the Granville Elementary School parking lot who appeared to be intoxicated and the caller reportedly observed the man take off his pants. Police located the man, a 35-year-old Argyle man, and the woman in the parking lot, the man clearly being intoxicated and the woman pushing the man’s bicycle trying to get to a residence. Police first offered a ride but the man was self-admitted to the hospital due to his intoxication and because he had soiled his clothing. Police followed the two individuals home and were informed by a third party that the man left his underwear in the parking lot. There was no signed complaint as of report writing time.

11:55 a.m. Police responded to a domestic between a grandmother and 19-year-old grandson on Pine Street that stemmed from the grandmother being upset from a lack of respect, name-calling and issues over sharing a vehicle. Police outlined several options including eviction and finding separate living quarters. The responding officer decided separation from each other at that time was best but was declined by the woman. A domestic incident report was filed with no signed complaints.

4:45 p.m. Police received a call from a 49-year-old Lincoln Street woman reporting her observation of a naked woman lying inside a Lincoln Street studio apartment that had been vacated a week ago with the door open. The woman was unsure of the other woman’s life status. Police arrived and spoke to a 42-year-old Brooklyn, Connecticut woman who appeared intoxicated and upset. The woman told police that she was with a man who brought her to that apartment and was just visiting. The woman was assisted with locating the correct apartment. The owner of the building was not at the location and did not want to press charges.

Aug. 3

2 p.m. Amanda S. Felion, 38, of Castleton, Vermont, was ticketed for speeding at a rate of 48 mph in a 30 mph zone on Pine Street. Felion said she was unaware of how fast she was going and unaware of the speed limit when she was stopped by police.

2:32 p.m. Naomi L. Haviland, 17, of Poultney, Vermont, was ticketed for the operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, failing to stop at a stop sign and operating a motor vehicle without wearing a seatbelt when she was stopped on Berkowitz Drive after being observed by police of traveling through the Mettowee Street and Columbus Street intersection without stopping at a high rate of speed. Police observed Haviland and a 15-year-old passenger trying to put their seatbelts on when the vehicle turned onto Berkowitz Drive. Haviland told the officer when she was pulled over that she did not realize Berkowitz Drive was a dead end and she was unable to provide her license or paperwork for the vehicle. Police learned that Haviland had a suspended Vermont driver’s license and no New York license while the vehicle was valid. A licensed driver was able to retrieve the vehicle after Haviland was issued the three citations and the passenger was issued a warning.

3:52 p.m. Katelynne E. Dawson, 33, of Main Street in Granville was ticketed for speeding when she was observed traveling at a rate of 49 mph in a 30 mph zone on Pine Street.

9:55 p.m. Keliegh J. Waite, 30, of Pawlet, Vermont, was ticketed for operating an unregistered motor vehicle on a highway when Waite was stopped by police on North Street after observing Waite’s vehicle not having a license plate. Waite told the officer her vehicle was registered and referred to a rear tinted window where police located a hand-written homemade license plate with numbers dated April 22, 2022. Police advised Waite this was not a valid plate or temporary plate.

Whitehall Police Department

July 31

6:40 a.m. A Williams Street woman contacted police to report that an egg was thrown at her vehicle by an unknown individual. Police observed the splattered egg on the driver’s side of the woman’s vehicle and was advised by the woman that there were no cameras in the vicinity and that the woman was going to wash her car.

10:40 a.m. Police located a dog near Poultney Street and contacted the animal control officer to retrieve the canine.

12:11 p.m. A Pauline Street woman provided police with receipts totaling $113.97 in stolen goods from Dollar General stemming from a larceny that occurred earlier that morning. The Pauline Street woman signed a larceny statement and support deposition claiming a 35-year-old Potter Street woman was responsible for the larceny. Police attempted to arrest the 35-year-old woman but she was not home.

1:35 p.m. An officer was dispatched to a South Williams Street residence for a civil matter where a woman was upset with her neighbor, complaining that the neighbor had been turning into the shared driveway sharply and running over the complainant’s lawn. The officer observed the complainant’s lawn to be damaged for about one to two feet. The officer attempted to speak with the complainant but she did not answer the door and then was able to be reached via phone, where she told the officer she purchased three bags of top soil and grass clippings at the end of her driveway for landscaping. The complainant then told the officer she was unsure of who it was who damaged the driveway and that she doesn’t feel comfortable at her residence. The officer told the complainant that her neighbor could not be arrested.

Aug. 2

7 a.m. A highly intoxicated woman called the station line twice stating that a man at her residence was calling her a “big nose.” The woman said she didn’t want police to respond on the first call but changed her mind on the second call. Police were informed by the woman that the man called her a “big nose” and grabbed her nose. Police did not observe any red marks on her nose. The man came outside the residence and told the officer that the woman is intoxicated all the time and that she had called him a name so he jokingly called her “big nose.” The woman agreed to stay at the residence with the man and admitted she needs to try and get some help for her drinking.

New York State Police

July 31

6:27 p.m. Rebecca R. Francett, 26, of Fort Edward was arrested on five counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

Aug. 3

6:09 p.m. Brian L. Valastro, 32, of Granville was arrested for resisting arrest and aggravated harassment in the third degree resulting from a domestic dispute, both class A misdemeanors. He was being held.

Aug. 6

11:50 p.m. Gregory D. Ballard, 34, and Amber Y. Hannan, 29, both of Fair Haven, Vermont, were arrested in Kingsbury and each charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, specifically cocaine, a class D felony; criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, specifically narcotics, with intent to sell, a class B felony; criminal use of drug paraphernalia, specifically packaging, in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor; and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree with intent to use, a class A misdemeanor. Both were being held.

Vermont State Police

Aug. 1

9:18 p.m. Vermont State Police were dispatched to a one-vehicle crash on Vermont Route 22A in the Town of Benson. Upon arrival, troopers learned that Derek Ray Horn, 33, of Hillsdale, Michigan, was traveling north in a 2013 GMC Sierra 2500, towing a camper to South Burlington. Horn attempted to avoid a deer in the roadway. His vehicle left the east side of the roadway and came to rest off the roadway. Horn’s truck was pulled back onto the roadway undamaged and he was able to be driven away from the scene. Horn suffered no injuries. Troopers were assisted on scene by the Benson Fire Department.

Aug. 3

12:54 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. Route 7 and U.S. Route 4 in the Town of Rutland. Through investigation, it was revealed that Brenda Kelly, 61, of Rutland, was driving south on U.S. Route 7. Mark Price, 60, and Lisa Price, 59, both of Fair Haven, were stopped at the traffic light at U.S. Route 4 attempting to turn left to travel north on Route 7. Kelly failed to come to a stop at the red light before entering the intersection, and her car struck the driver’s side of Price’s car as it began to turn left. Kelly’s 2005 Ford Focus sustained significant front-end damage and Kelly suffered minor injuries that were treated at Rutland Regional Medical Center. Price’s 2018 Audi AA6 sustained significant damage to the driver’s side, and the Prices suffered no injuries. Troopers were assisted on scene by Rutland Town Fire Department, Regional Ambulance Service and Manchester Police Department. Earle’s Truck Repair removed both vehicles. A Vermont civil violation complaint is pending.

Aug. 5

3:20 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single tractor-trailer rollover crash on Vermont Route 22A in the Town of Benson. It was determined that Roussel Pointdujour, 30, of Irvington, New Jersey, was traveling north on Route 22A when his 2020 International tractor-trailer drove off the right side of the road into a low-lying ditch. The truck came to rest on its side on a power pole. State Police were assisted by the Benson Fire Department, Fair Haven Fire Department, Orwell Fire Department, Fair Haven Rescue Squad, Green Mountain Power, Vermont Agency of Transportation and the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles Enforcement & Safety Division. The vehicle was removed from the scene by Earle’s Truck Repair. A Vermont civil violation complaint is pending.

Aug. 6

12:07 a.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop for an observed motor vehicle violation. While speaking with the operator, Rebekah Peterson, 36, of Rutland City, troopers observed signs of impairment. Peterson was administered field sobriety tests and was taken into custody for driving under the influence. Peterson was transported for processing and later released on a citation to appear in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, to answer for the charge of DUI.


Fort Edward man arrested following shooting incident

On Sunday, July 31, New York State Police arrested Shaun Newton, 43, of Fort Edward, for reckless endangerment in the first degree, a class D felony; criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, a class D felony; and menacing in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor.

On Saturday, July 30, at about 8:07 p.m. State Police responded to reports of a man with a long gun on Hadley Road in Stone Creek, New York.

Investigation determined that after crashing his vehicle, Newton got out and discharged a firearm in the direction of another vehicle that had been following him.

A female passenger in Newton’s vehicle sustained a non-life-threatening injury to her left hand as a result of the incident. No one else was injured.

Newton was transported to State Police in Queensbury for processing. He was then turned over to Warren County Correctional Facility pending arraignment.


Missing Cambridge woman found deceased in Schaghticoke

On Wednesday, Aug. 3, Rensselaer County Sheriff’s office located the vehicle of 58-year-old Lisa Deangelis on County Route 114 in Schaghticoke, New York.

Deangelis had been reported missing on Friday, July 29, by her family when she failed to return home.

A search by State Police K9 located human remains a short distance from the vehicle in a wooded area. On Aug. 5, 2022, those remains were definitively identified as Deangelis.

The investigation into her death is ongoing, but State Police do not believe that it is suspicious, nor that there is any associated threat to the public.