Police Beat, Sept. 15, 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

Sept. 1

4:15 p.m. Police responded to a Potter Avenue residence for a trespass complaint made by a 34-year-old Potter Avenue woman. The woman told the responding officer that she had been in a verbal confrontation with her neighbor, an unknown aged Potter Avenue woman, after the neighbor went onto the 34-year-old woman’s property and asked her if she wanted to fight while the 34-year-old woman was outside with her children. Police spoke to the unknown aged Potter Avenue woman, who said the 34-year-old woman has drug issues, is constantly a problem in the neighborhood and is oftentimes swearing and yelling at her children. The unknown aged woman agreed there was a verbal altercation but denied being anywhere close to the 34-year-old woman’s property. The neighbors agreed to call the police if future issues rose and would try to avoid each other.

4:45 p.m. While patrolling the Granville Little League complex, an officer was approached by a Church Street man who said a window to the concession stand was not secured. The officer assisted in securing the window and called Little League president Paul Garrone, who said he would address the issue the following morning.

5:25 p.m. A 31-year-old Fair Haven, Vermont woman called the police station to report a black Huffy bicycle with a sparkly reflector had been stolen from her side yard on North Street. The woman said the bike was stolen on Aug. 27 at night and that she observed a man on the bike going past her house on Sept. 1, leading her to yell at him and another man accompanying the man on the bike as they took off. Police observed a video the woman had of the bike being stolen, but the quality was not good. The woman said her neighbor who had been gone for the last two weeks may have better-quality footage of the theft. The woman was advised of the officer’s hesitations with the case, as the subjects using the bike could say it was not the bike being reported and that no serial numbers could be revealed. The officer said there was not enough evidence to conduct a larceny prosecution but that they would start a case in regard to the incident and told the woman to contact police when the neighbor returned to view the footage. The two suspects listed in the incident report are a 21-year-old North Maple Street man and an 18-year-old Evergreen Drive man, with the potential charge of the crime committed as petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Sept. 2

10:25 a.m. A 65-year-old Court Street woman informed police that her daughter had made a complaint with the animal control officer on Sept. 1 about dogs chasing the daughter at the Granville Little League complex. The 65-year-old woman was unable to provide an exact address for the dogs but referred to several other incidents with the same dogs and had video footage of the dogs on the Little League’s property. Police were unable to contact the animal control officer but left a detailed message indicating the woman did not want those dogs on the property.

9:45 p.m. Police responded to a Columbus Street residence for a reported trespass where the officer was introduced to a 34-year-old Columbus Street man and a 12-year-old Prospect Street boy. The 34-year-old man said that the 12-year-old boy along with a 14-year-old Pawlet, Vermont boy and a 12-year-old Irving Avenue girl who were not at the residence when police arrived, were in his yard and had been knocking on the side of his house and door. The man said this had happened several times before but was never able to catch the youths in action. Police spoke to the Prospect Street boy who gave the names of his friends who were knocking on the house with him. The man said he did not want to press charges but told the officer he did not want the children to return to his property.

Sept. 3

4:40 p.m. A 59-year-old North Street man came to the police station requesting to speak with Sgt. Josh Whitney about a civil matter that had occurred. Whitney was able to speak with the man and a 34-year-old North Street man about an incident that occurred that damaged the 34-year-old man’s car. The 34-year-old man said the 59-year-old was using a lawnmower and ran over a brick that threw pieces of brick into the 34-year-old man’s passenger side door and front fender and resulted in grass all over the car. The 59-year-old man said he was just trying to be nice in mowing his neighbor’s lawn because the grass was getting high and had no intentions of damaging the 34-year-old man’s car. Police advised the men to speak to each other to try and resolve the issue. The 59-year-old man said he was on a fixed income and could not afford to fix the vehicle. Whitney advised the 34-year-old man of the 59-year-old man’s status and referred them to village court to speak to a judge about a civil proceeding, as well as telling the 34-year-old man to contact his insurance agency about retrieving an estimate for the dents and damage to his car.

Sept. 5

2:35 p.m. Police received reports of a 46-year-old Mettowee Street woman dragging a queen-sized metal bed frame into the middle of Mettowee Street and then returning to her apartment. Police arrived on scene and immediately removed the bed frame from the road and contacted the 46-year-old woman who was highly agitated, screaming and yelling about the traffic on the street. The 46-year-old woman said she was woken up from her sleep by a speeding driver. The officer observed the woman to be vulgar and acting irrationally prior to clearing the scene and told the woman that if police had to return for her obstructing the street again, she would be cited.

Whitehall Police Department

Sept. 2

12:05 a.m. Police were called to 128 Williams St. for a reported assault. A 36-year-old man told the officer that he was turning himself in as he had started a fight with another man after they were drinking and smoking crack. He said the other man grabbed him by the throat and told him he was going to stab him. He said he punched the other man in the face numerous times causing significant injury to his face. The 36-year-old said at one point he smashed the other man’s face on a telephone pole in the driveway causing him to become unconscious. The other man’s sister arrived and said she was taking him to Rutland hospital, and he wanted the police to be aware of the incident, so they know where to find him and arrest him. The officer did not observe any signs of a fight or blood around any of the areas where the man said the fight had occurred. As of this time, no one has come forward to report the incident.

11:30 a.m. Officers received a complaint of a truck blocking the road on Main Street near Champs Corner Pub and Grill. The officer patrolled to the area and spoke with a 38-year-old man who was moving the truck out of the way as he was setting up for a lawn sale.

1:30 p.m. Officers responded to 5 Maple St. for a 23-year-old man moving his things out of the residence and a 24-year-old resident not happy about it. The officer was on scene for a few minutes while the man got what he needed but there were other items in the residence that he would be removing at a later date. The man was told that if he needed a civil standby then the police would need proper notice to be able to get an officer to do that.

Sept. 3

9:30 a.m. Police received a vehicle and transportation complaint of a Penske truck headed north out of the village of Fort Ann. Responding officers sat on the village line for almost 30 minutes after the call and no Penske truck came through.

Sept. 4

7:40 a.m. A 47-year-old woman called to report harassment by her neighbors on Fifth Avenue. The woman said that she was outside with her dog when she could hear comments being made from 8 Fifth Ave. by a man on the porch. At one point she said she could hear two men on the enclosed porch, and after speaking further with the woman she said she never left her yard. She said that the men were making comments and one of them fired a cap gun 15 times. The officer spoke with a 51-year-old man from 6 Fifth Ave., and he said that the men were on the porch since last night but he did not hear what anyone said or did. The officer followed up with parole officer Norton on the incident.

9:45 p.m. A Gloversville man called the station looking for information regarding a 72-year-old man. He said he had heard from a family member that the man had committed suicide in Whitehall, but no other information was given. He did not have an address for the man, nor did he know with whom the man had been staying. The officer contacted dispatch to inquire about any related calls, which they did not have. The officer was given information from dispatch that the man had dealings with police in Greenwich. The officer contacted the man and told him the same and told him the only person in their system with the same last name was not whom he was looking for. The officer spoke with the resident of Whitehall with the same last name, and he said he didn’t know the 72-year-old.

Sept. 5

8 a.m. An officer responded to 16 Davis St. for an unknown person on the property of an abandoned house. The officer met with a 43-year-old man whom officers know to be the owner of the residence, and the owner was cleaning out the property as the house had been sold.

Sept. 6

4:45 p.m. A 54-year-old woman dropped medicine off at the medicine disposal drop box.

5 p.m. A 59-year-old woman from 17 Mountain St. reported that a brown dog belonging to a 39-year-old woman from 38 Skene St. was loose outside and unattended. The woman said that the dog was chasing children that were getting off the school bus, but no additional complaints were received about the dog. An officer attempted to contact the owner, but there were no vehicles in the driveway of her residence, and no one answered the door when the officer knocked. The officer observed the dog secured to the house when attempting to make contact.

6 p.m. Officers were dispatched for a property dispute between neighbors at 155 North Williams St. When the officer arrived, he spoke with both parties, and one woman claimed that a 57-year-old man was on her property mowing when she confronted him about it. He got angry and started yelling. The 57-year-old man claimed that the property he was mowing belongs to his girlfriend, a 38-year-old woman. After speaking with the man, he said he was going to get the property resurveyed. Both agreed to ignore each other until the man could get a survey done. The officer cleared the scene and looked at the tax map from Washington County. The officer was unable to get a clear understanding of the property line due to the map not being lined up with all the properties.

Sept. 7

5:21 p.m. An officer was called to 220 Potter St. for a disturbance and noise complaint. The anonymous caller stated loud noises were coming from the residence, and the officer spoke with a 27-year-old woman at the residence who said she was telling a 31-year-old man that she wanted him to leave because he had been drinking and she did not want him drinking around the kids. The 31-year-old man stated he was leaving as well, as his brother was coming to meet him at the house. Both stated nothing physical had occurred, just a disagreement.

6:30 p.m. Officers were dispatched to 18 Williams St. for a possible domestic. The officer patrolled to 18 Williams St. three times in an attempt to contact either party. The officer was unable to contact anyone and observed a package near the front door. The officer was unable to hear anyone from inside the residence, and dispatch advised that they show a history of 18 Thomas St. in Salem, but the Washington County Sheriff’s Office checked the location and did not locate the woman. The information was passed along to the incoming shift, but no other information was given to the officer during their tour.

Sept. 8

2:06 a.m. Officers were dispatched to 118 Broadway for a third-party report of a domestic. The officer heard a disturbance in the upstairs apartment and contacted the individuals that live upstairs. The officer interviewed a 24-year-old man and 22-year-old woman who both said they were having a verbal disagreement over the man being gone all day and him lying to her about his location throughout the day. Both said the disagreement did not become physical at any time and agreed to separate for the evening.

10:30 p.m. An officer on patrol was made aware of a water main break in the area of Pauline Street and Poultney Street. The officer confirmed a massive water main break in the intersection and dispatch advised DPW foreman Steve Brock of the incident. He said he was already aware of it and was getting crew together.

New York State Police

Sept. 4

3:21 p.m. Sabrina A. Glasier, 37, of Rutland, Vermont, was arrested in Granville on two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and three counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree, both class A misdemeanors. She was issued an appearance ticket.

Sept. 7

4:20 p.m. Wendy L. Murphy, 54, of Granville was arrested for tampering with evidence in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor, and tampering with physical evidence with the intent to conceal or destroy it, a class E felony. She was being held.

6:14 p.m. Irene C. Robbins, 75, and Arthur J. Robbins, 81, of Fort Edward were charged with one count each of petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, in connection with an incident that occurred in Queensbury on Aug. 21. Both were issued appearance tickets.

Vermont State Police

Sept. 2

9:11 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a welfare check at the East Dorset General Store. Upon arrival, troopers made contact with Emma Larkin, 27, of Manchester. Troopers assisted Larkin with the incident and had her transported by Northshire Rescue Squad to the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center for further mental health evaluation. During the investigation, it was discovered that Larkin had violated an active set of court-ordered conditions that prohibited her from consuming alcoholic beverages. Troopers followed Northshire Rescue Squad to the hospital and released Larkin with a citation to answer the above charge at a later date.

Sept. 4

7:22 p.m. On Main Street near Whipple Hollow Road in West Rutland, a 2010 Subaru Forester was traveling west when it crossed the center line and went off the road. The vehicle struck a stone wall, and the operator fled the scene. This crash is still under investigation. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to reach out to Trooper Gardner of the Rutland Barracks.

Sept. 7

12:15 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a woman shoplifting from the Big Lots store in the Town of Rutland. Troopers located the subject, Elizabeth Capen, 30, of Pittsford in a vehicle in the neighboring Home Depot parking lot. The stolen merchandise was recovered, and Capen was released with a citation to appear in Vermont Superior Court, Rutland Criminal Division, at a later date.

Sept. 11

2:08 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a reported assault at a residence on Main Street in the Town of Rutland. Investigation revealed Charles Coombs, 47, of West Rutland and Deborah Generess, 40, of Rutland assaulted each other causing pain and bodily injury during a dispute over stolen property. Coombs and Generess were issued citations to appear in Vermont Superior Court, Rutland Criminal Division, at a later date to answer to the offense of simple assault.

5:18 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle on Vermont Route 153 in the Town of West Pawlet. Initial investigation found that the motorcycle crossed both lanes of travel before leaving the roadway. Troopers spoke with the driver, Justin VanGuilder, 28, of Wells, who showed signs of impairment. VanGuilder suffered minor injuries, while his juvenile passenger suffered major injuries. The motorcycle, a 2008 Harley Davidson XL1200N, sustained minor damage. VanGuilder was processed for DUI and released on a criminal citation.

Hudson Falls woman arrested for identity theft

On Tuesday, Sept. 6, the Saratoga Sheriff’s Office arrested Sherrilyn A. Ostrander, 32, of Hudson Falls for identity theft in the first degree, a class D felony, according to a press release from the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office.

An investigation into the identity theft from an elderly female residing in the Town of Moreau under the care of a home health aide resulted in Ostrander being charged.

She is accused of using the debit card of an elderly female under her care to make numerous charges amounting to a substantial loss to the victim.

Ostrander was arraigned at the Town of Milton Court in front of the Honorable Judge Timothy Brown and was released on her own recognizance to return to the Town of Moreau Court at a later date.