Police Beat, Sept. 8, 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

Aug. 26

12:40 p.m. Police were informed that a large black dog, possibly a Newfoundland/Lab mix, was located by a 55-year-old Mettowee Street woman at her residence. Police took possession of the dog and placed the canine in the patrol car while also looking for tags that would indicate an owner. Texts, social media posts and photos were unable to be sent due to an ongoing storm. Mayor Paul Labas was able to post photos online while at the village offices, and the animal control officer was notified.

2:55 p.m. A 52-year-old County Route 31 woman came to the police station to report her concerns about her 30-year-old Lincoln Street daughter’s declining mental health. The woman said her daughter had been making false reports to Washington County about her and her residence and that whenever the 30-year-old woman sees her mother in town, the daughter flips the 52-year-old woman off and harasses her. The 52-year-old woman said she didn’t want her daughter arrested but wanted the incident documented because she has plans to take the situation to family court to attempt to get an order of protection and needed services for her daughter.

Aug. 27

9:15 a.m. Police responded to a false alarm activation at Whitney’s Hunting Supply and Taxidermy and met with a 24-year-old Dublin Road man after issues occurred with the security code.

Aug. 30

8 a.m. A 48-year-old Franklin Street woman told police she was unable to sleep because of children running around in the apartment above. Before responding to the scene, the officer taking the call told the woman that this should also be addressed with the landlord of the apartment complex. After arriving on scene, police did not hear any noise from inside the apartment and spoke with a 59-year-old Franklin Street woman who said there were no issues while the officer requested her to try and keep the noise level down.

1:03 p.m. A 30-year-old Lincoln Street woman located and turned in a black and brown Dale Jarrett wallet that she found in the Price Chopper parking lot. The wallet was empty and placed into the lost-and-found drawer at the police station.

Whitehall Police Department

Aug. 26

8:30 a.m. A 27-year-old Potter Street woman reported she was at the store and her rabbits got out. One was caught by the neighbor and the other was last seen going toward Poultney Street. The woman believes that her rabbits were let out as that is the only way they could have gotten out. She has checked with one of her neighbors for camera footage to see if the camera caught anyone letting the rabbits out. As of this time, a white-colored rabbit is still missing.

2:10 p.m. Responding to a domestic dispute on West Street, police found a 44-year-old woman causing a disturbance by walking up and down the street and swearing. Several people came out of their homes to see what was going on and Lettie Easton of Whitehall was arrested for disorderly conduct and taken to the station where she was issued an appearance ticket for village court on Sept. 12 at 4:30 p.m.

3:50 p.m. While on patrol an officer was dispatched to 65 Williams St. for a noise complaint. The officer heard the loud noise coming from 63 Williams St. and spoke with a 26-year-old woman who agreed to keep the music down.

4:10 p.m An officer was dispatched to 27 School St. for a reported prior trespass. The officer spoke with a 30-year-old man who said he was contacted by First Choice Bank to clean out a property so that an inspection could be completed due to the house being up for foreclosure. He said he spoke to a neighbor who said he observed two men enter the residence on Aug. 25 with two guns. The officer cleared the residence and no one was to be found inside. The officer spoke to the neighbor, a 36-year-old man, who said he was at his friend’s house next door the night prior when he observed two men enter the property with guns. one man was described as tall, with orange hair and an orange mustache with the other being a 30-year-old Hispanic man. The neighbor said that she had seen people moving items out of the house for about four days, the last day being Wednesday, Aug. 24. The neighbors stated all the men were Hispanic and were driving a U-Haul truck. The officer contacted First Choice Bank, which said they contracted the company out of New Jersey to do trash removal on the property and one of the trucks they had was a U-Haul. The officer included a miscommunication between all parties and the bank.

6:15 p.m. An officer was dispatched to 22 Mountain St. for a reported argument on the sidewalk. The officer spoke with a 36-year-old woman who said that the misunderstanding was due to incorrect information given by her daughter. She said she became upset when her 38-year-old ex-husband texted her about throwing clothes away that he had bought for his daughter. The woman said she did throw away a sweatshirt six months ago that a dog had urinated on. The woman went on to say that she had told her daughter that the clothes she buys stay at her house and the clothes her father buys stay at his house. The woman said her daughter told her father that she throws away all the clothes that he buys which prompted the man to get upset and ask why that was being said. She said she became upset and decided to take all the kids to her house for the weekend. The woman was advised to take the children and leave for the evening which she agreed to. The officer spoke with the man who said he did not want to comment on the incident because it would not change anything. The man told the officer he did in fact text the woman about the clothes and was upset, this was when the woman stated she was coming back to get the kids. The man said he would be looking into family court soon.

6:30 p.m. While on a separate incident and officer was called to Skene Street for reports of low-hanging wires. The officer observed low-hanging wires with pink flag markers on them and the caller stated the wires were sparking. The officer did not see sparks while they were on the scene but the fire department was on scene prior to the call and would contact National Grid.

Aug. 27

8 a.m. A 27-year-old woman called to report that her neighbor had her cat and would not give it back. The officer responded to 20 Potter St. and interviewed the woman who showed the officer a Facebook post that her 27-year-old neighbor had posted pictures of her cat claiming to have found it and was looking for the owner. The woman said that she and her neighbor do not get along, so she had one of her friends contact her neighbor to retrieve the cat, but the woman refused to give her the cat back saying it was not her neighbor’s cat. The woman said she got the cat from a 35-year-old Broadway woman on Aug. 25. The officer spoke with a 35-year-old woman, and she confirmed she did give the 27-year-old two cats on Aug. 25 and that the cat in the post was one of them that she gave her. The officer went next door to the other 27-year-old woman’s residence, and she was uncooperative arguing that it was not the woman’s cat. Finally, after an hour-long conversation, the woman turned the cat over and it was returned to her neighbor.

12 p.m. A 27-year-old Skene Street woman called to report that a 24-year-old Broadway man kept calling her cell phone, calling her names, threatening her with CPS, and she requested police to call him and tell him to stop. The officer told the woman to block his number and she said she did. The officer called the man, and his mother answered his phone as he was irate. The officer advised his mother to let him know to stop calling the woman.

1:22 p.m. An officer received a call on the radio from dispatch about a suspicious vehicle on Carlton Road in the town of Whitehall headed towards the village. It was reported to be a tan Chevy occupied by two men. The officer observed the vehicle pull into Putorti’s Market and make an unsafe left turn into the parking lot, causing another vehicle in the northbound lane to abruptly apply its brakes to avoid a collision. When the officer decided to conduct a stop on the vehicle, they observed the tan Chevy back into another parked vehicle. The officer approached the vehicle and could smell alcohol on the breath of the operator, he had watery eyes and slurred speech. The man provided the officer with a New York State driver’s license in the name of Washington Johnson with a date of birth of Nov. 1, 1977. The man sitting in the passenger seat was calling him JJ and once the man exited the vehicle the officer observed him staggering when he walked and swayed motion when he attempted to stand still.

Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy C. Sullivan arrived on location after receiving the initial call to the suspicious vehicle. Johnson said he had not been drinking alcohol at all and when the officer asked what he was under the influence of he stated he was taking Ativan for an incurable brain injury. There was minor damage to the parked vehicle that Johnson backed into, and the owner did not want an incident report or information exchanged.

Johnson refused to perform a field sobriety test and refused to submit to a breath test. After Johnson was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated the passenger called someone to pick him and the vehicle up and stayed with the vehicle until the person arrived.

Johnson was transported to the station for processing after being read DWI warnings he refused to submit to a chemical test. Johnson’s criminal history and driving history did not indicate any other DWI offenses. He was charged with DWI first offense, failed to keep right, and unsafe backing. He was released to a third party with a court date of Sept. 13 at 3 p.m.

5 p.m. An anonymous caller reported a dog tied to a truck with a rope wrapped around its nose and mouth. The officer responded to 92 Broadway and the dog was gone on arrival. A 22-year-old man was interviewed, and he stated that he has his dog tied to his truck and he puts a muzzle on the dog because it will bite. The dog was in good health.

8:14 p.m. Officers were dispatched to 32 Sanders St. for a reported open door. The officer located the front door to be slightly ajar and wedged open with the door wedge. The officer contacted the Verizon area manager and told him about the open door. The manager explained employees sometimes wedged the door open to go back into their vehicles and oftentimes forget to close the door before leaving. The officer cleared the building and found nothing disturbed.

Aug. 28

9 p.m. A 75-year-old woman reported that she found a bag of personal items on her porch that she believes belong to a 27-year-old Elizabeth Street man. The woman showed the officer how the front door to the porch does not lock properly and she believed the man came onto the porch and left the bag. The officer secured the bag which contained mostly clothes with a change jar, charger, shaving items, and a plastic cap gun. Nothing in the bag indicated it belonged to the 27-year-old man, and the 75-year-old woman was going to have a proper lock put on the porch door to keep anyone from walking in. At about 12:45 p.m. the woman called again and said the man was at the residence looking for his bag and the woman told him to leave. The officer and Investigator Hunt located the man on South Williams St. He denied the bag was his and did not even want to look in it to confirm the items were his. The officer will have the bag in the property room should the 27-year-old change his mind. The 27-year-old was also advised by officers that if he goes on to the property of 92 S. Williams St. again, he will be arrested for trespassing.

10:04 p.m. Officers were dispatched to 48 Champlain Ave. for a harassment complaint. the officer interviewed a 35-year-old man who said his 16-year-old son was harassing him over text. He said that this harassment started when he approached him at the Washington County Fair that evening and he said they filed a report against him at the Washington County Fair with New York State Police regarding a different incident. The 35-year-old said that he wanted his son arrested and patrols asked the man to see the messages. After reading the text messages the officer told the 35-year-old that the message his son sent was not enough for an arrest. The officer told the man to block the phone number and then the man asked what he should do if his son shows up at his residence and causes disturbance. The officer told the man to contact police if he shows up and that he should contact his ex-wife to set up a time to give the child his items back.

Aug. 30

8:35 a.m. An officer served a 44-year-old 13 Lafayette St. man a no trespass order that was sent from Vermont State. The date of service was filled out after being served and sent back to the state of Vermont.

5:30 p.m. An officer was requested at 28 Skene St. for a reported tree down on the roof of the residence. The officer interviewed a 43-year-old woman who resides in the home, and she said that the tree is on the neighbor’s property, and she has requested that the neighbors address the tree for many years now. She reports damage to the roof chimney inside the residence. Photos were taken and the adjacent property, according to Washington County, belongs to a 56-year-old man of 92 Poultney St.

Aug. 31

10:20 p.m. While on patrol, an unknown woman approached an officer and said her car had been hit with an egg near Cumberland Farms. She said six or seven teenagers were in the area and one of them was wearing a red sweatshirt. The officer patrolled the area and noticed a group of people walking west on Maple Street. The officer located a juvenile man wearing a red sweatshirt and asked about throwing eggs. The man said his friends were throwing eggs but could not remember which friend it was. He said he and his friends purchased the eggs at Cumberland Farms and was advised by the officer of charges had anything been broken or damaged. The officer also told the man to relay the message to his friends as well in the female reporting the incident did not give her name or any other information.

Sept. 1

8:09 p.m. A 43-year-old Adams St. woman reported that a red Ford Focus drove by his daughter on Adams Street and threw an egg at her. He said the vehicle was located at a residence down the street from his and the officer located the suspect vehicle at 19 Adams St. and spoke with its owner, who said she was returning from a church meeting around 8 p.m. and saw a couple of children walking on Adams Street but she did not throw eggs at them nor see anyone throwing eggs at them. The officer advised the caller that it was not whom they suspected that threw the egg at his daughter and he was apologetic for bothering the woman as he did not know it was her car.

New York State Police

Aug. 28

1:50 p.m. Victoria N. Johnson, 38, of Buffalo was arrested in Fort Ann for introducing dangerous contraband into prison in the first degree, a class D felony; and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was being held.

Aug. 30

9:55 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m. A 17-year-old from Granville, a 17-year-old from Lake George and a 16-year-old from Greenwich were each arrested in Malta and charged with 15 counts of criminal mischief in the third degree, a class E felony, specifically damage to property in excess of $250. On Aug. 29, troopers responded to reports of 14 vehicles damaged in the towns of Schuylerville and Victory Mills, New York, along with damage to the Village of Schuylerville Visitors Center located in Schuylerville’s Canal Park. An investigation determined that the juveniles were responsible for the damages. All suspects were processed at State Police barracks in Saratoga and issued appearance tickets returnable to the Saratoga County Youth Court on a later date. Anyone with damages that have not been reported to law enforcement is asked to contact State Police, Saratoga at 518-583-7000.

1:04 p.m. A 16-year-old from Greenwich was charged with menacing with a weapon in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree with intent to use, both class A misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Aug. 31

12:40 p.m. James H. McIntosh, 31, of Fort Edward was charged with criminal mischief with intent to damage property, a class A misdemeanor. He was released on his own recognizance.

Vermont State Police

Aug. 29

5:23 p.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop for an observed motor vehicle violation. While speaking with the operator, Bernard Tanner, 45 of Mendon, signs of impairment were observed. Tanner also was found to have a criminally suspended license and active pre-trial conditions of release that included not operating a vehicle. Tanner was placed into custody and transported to the Rutland State Police Barracks for processing and later lodged at Marble Valley Regional Correctional Center for lack of $1,000 bail.

Aug. 31

11:16 a.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a family fight on Moore Road in the Town of Sunderland. Through investigation it was determined Shannon Ross, 41, of Sunderland caused pain or bodily injury to a family or household member. Ross was placed into custody and transported to the Shaftsbury Barracks for processing. Ross was later released on court-imposed conditions of release to appear at Vermont Superior Court, Bennington Criminal Division, at a later date.


State Police arrest Granville woman for 31 counts of failure to provide proper sustenance

On Sept. 2, New York State Police of Granville arrested Wendy L. Murphy, 54, of Granville for 31 counts of New York Agriculture and Market Law overdriving, torturing, and injuring animals, according to a press release from the New York State Police.

On Sept. 2, troopers executed a search warrant on Murphy’s property with the assistance of the Washington County Animal Control and the SPCA of Upstate New York. Thirty-one horses were found on the property. All appeared to be deprived of necessary sustenance, suffering from neglect and have been removed from the property.

Murphy was arrested and processed at State Police barracks in Granville. She was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Granville Town Court on Monday, Sept. 5. Additional charges are anticipated.


State Police arrest couple for felony shoplifting

On Sunday, Aug. 28, New York State Police arrested Shyla S. Stafford, 27, of Dresden, New York, on a warrant for two counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree, a class E felony, and two counts of conspiracy in the fifth degree, a class A misdemeanor, according to a press release from the New York State Police.

On Monday, Aug. 22, State Police arrested Brandon W. Flint, 28, of Hornell, New York, on a warrant for two counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree, a class E felony, and two counts of conspiracy in the fifth degree, a class A misdemeanor.

On Friday, Feb. 25, at about 8:05 p.m. State Police of Queensbury received a report of shoplifting from the Walmart located on State Route 9 in the town of Queensbury. An investigation that determined Stafford and Flint worked together to steal more than $1,800 worth of merchandise from the store.

Stafford and Flint were processed at State Police barracks in Queensbury and turned over to the Warren County Correctional Facility to await further court action.


State Police arrest Hudson Falls man related to 2020 pursuit

On Sunday, Aug. 28, State Police of Granville arrested Brandon Baldwin, 25, of Hudson Falls, on a warrant for obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, resisting arrest and multiple violations of the Vehicle and Traffic Law, according to a press release from New York State Police.

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, at about 11:22 p.m., troopers attempted to stop a vehicle in the Village of Hudson Falls, but the driver failed to comply.

The vehicle then pulled into a parking lot, and the operator fled on foot into a wooded area.

Investigation into the matter determined that Baldwin was the operator and was wanted by multiple law enforcement agencies. A warrant was issued for his arrest later that month related to this incident.

On Aug. 28, Baldwin was taken into custody by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office. Baldwin was processed at State Police in Granville and transported to Washington County Correctional Facility to await arraignment.


State Police arrest two women following a traffic stop

On Monday, Aug. 29, New York State Police in Wilton arrested Stephanie H. Dutcher, 60, of Fort Edward for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and Tasha M. Tatsey, 38, of Moreau for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and criminal impersonation in the second degree, according to a New York State Police press release.

On Aug. 29 at about 8:35 p.m., troopers stopped a vehicle on State Route 9 in the town of Moreau, New York, for an equipment violation. Dutcher was operating the vehicle and was found to possess a glass smoking device containing drug residue. Tatsey, a passenger in the vehicle, provided false identifying information and was found to possess a glass smoking device and other items containing drug residue.

Dutcher and Tatsey were arrested and transported to State Police barracks in Wilton for processing. Dutcher was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Moreau Town Court at a later date. Tatsey was issued an appearance ticket and turned over to another law enforcement agency for an outstanding warrant.