Police Beat, Sept. 29, 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. 16

1 p.m. A concerned parent stopped by the police station to report a suspicious person in a blue van with Connecticut license plates parked near Mettawee Community School in Pawlet, Vermont and taking pictures. The parent did not have further information but wanted to alert police in Granville because of the proximity of Mettawee Community School to Granville. Police relayed this information to the Granville school resource officer and advised the SRO to inform the school superintendent as well.

8:17 p.m. Police received information from an off-duty patrolman that a 32-year-old Irving Avenue man and a 36-year-old Guilder Hollow Road woman were at Tractor Supply on Quaker Street. Because of recent activity from both subjects in the surrounding areas and at that store, an officer responded to observe their activity. The subjects were pushing a shopping cart full of items and upon noticing the officer left the area in a blue Volvo hatchback with a Massachusetts plate. The officer notified dispatch as the subjects had been reported to be in possession of stolen vehicles in the past. Dispatch ran the plate number and determined the vehicle had not been reported stolen. The officer spoke with a Tractor Supply representative who said they did not want the subjects at the store again. The representative was advised to call police if they returned.

Sept. 17

6:20 a.m. Officers responded to a 911 hang-up call with no response to their return call. Police interviewed a 35-year-old Madison Street woman who appeared to have just woken up. She advised police that she must have hit the call button when she was trying to shut her alarm off.

Sept. 19

3 p.m. Police spoke with a 41-year-old Morrison Avenue man, a 31-year-old Searles Road man and a 39-year-old West Street woman about an incident that had occurred on Sept. 18, when the 31-year-old and 39-year-old reported that the 41-year-old had been harassing them via phone for most of the day and saying inappropriate things about the unborn child of the 39-year-old and the 41-year-old. The 31-year-old man said he went to a Church Street location to speak with the 41-year-old man regarding the phone calls. The 31-year-old reported being met at the door by the 41-year-old who was intoxicated and disorderly and grabbed the 31-year-old and screamed at him. The 31-year-old admitted he had struck the 41-year-old to get him away from him. The 41-year-old said he had been so intoxicated he could not give an accurate report of what had occurred but requested that police address the issue. The officer told the 41-year-old he would advise the 31-year-old not to return to the location and told all parties to cease all contact with each other unless it concerned pickup and drop-off of the child they have in common.

Sept. 20

11:54 a.m. A 69-year-old East Main Street man provided notice to police that he has plans to burn several small brush piles near Northwood Terrace, but not near any structures.

1:30 p.m. Police received a report of a yellow dump truck driving fast in the vicinity of 60 North St. The caller was advised that an officer would check the area for the vehicle.

9 p.m. A 22-year-old Pacific Street man told police that someone had taken a marijuana plant that had been planted in his back yard as well as four black Moto metal rims for a Chevy Silverado that were valued at $1,200. The man could provide no further description, serial numbers or information on a possible suspect.

Sept. 21

10:29 a.m. Mayor Paul Labas told police he was still receiving complaints about numerous vehicles driving down Rathbun Avenue at excessive rates of speed for the area. The mayor was not able to provide a specific time frame for the speeding. Police said they would speak with homeowners in the area. The mayor said he was considering having the street blocked off to all but local traffic and pedestrians.

Sept. 22

2:20 p.m. Police were dispatched to Prospect Street for a report of a barking dog belonging to a 41-year-old Prospect Street man. The man told police he would keep his dog inside. Police told the man that his neighbors were complaining and had called the animal control officer.

4:10 p.m. Police were dispatched to a home on West Main Street to assist a 30-year-old resident with transportation to Glens Falls Hospital. The person told police they had attempted to contact Mobile Crisis but had been told there was no one who could respond. Granville Rescue Squad provided the person with transportation to the hospital.

Whitehall Police Department

Sept. 15

12 p.m. A 34-year-old man called to report he was having an issue with the 52-year-old property manager at 4 Main St. The man said that he told the other tenants something that he had heard about the property owner, and he was in the parking lot of the marina yelling over to him about it. The man provided a video of the incident and in the video the 52-year-old man was swearing but never threatened the other man in any way. The officer told him the incident would be documented as it does not meet a harassment charge.

Sept. 16

12:14 a.m. Officers were called to 128 South Main St. for a 37-year-old man receiving threatening messages from a man in Salem. The man said the argument began over the Salem man’s girlfriend giving him sexual favors for drugs. The officer asked to see the messages, and the man said because he was blocked by the other man, the messages were gone, and he had deleted them because he didn’t want to get in trouble for what he said. The officer asked to see the messages with the other man’s girlfriend, but he gave the officer the same reason for not having them. The officer told the man they would periodically stop by during their shift to take note of any vehicles in the area matching the description the man gave him.

9 a.m. While on patrol an officer was notified by a motorist of a manhole cover in the area of Bellamy Street that was cracked and sticking up into the street. The officer noticed the cover split in half with part sticking up in the air so they notified DPW and conducted traffic control until they arrived to replace the cover. While controlling traffic and waiting for the arrival of the DPW, a passenger car driven by a woman hit the cover with her car and continued down the road. The officer observed the woman get out of her car and check it before driving away.

4:30 p.m. A 29-year-old man was at the station to report that a Williams Street resident had him perform maintenance on her basement. After completing the job, the man reported that he had a shovel, a scraper and a borrowed fan that the woman would not let him take because she claimed she paid for the items. The officer patrolled to the residence and attempted unsuccessfully to make contact. The officer went back on the next shift and the fan was recovered and brought back to the owner after speaking with both parties with the remainder of the incident being a civil issue.

11 p.m. Officers were dispatched to 28 Mountain St. for a noise complaint. The officer spoke with a 23-year-old man who was standing outside his car with the music playing loudly and the windows down. The man turned the music down.

Sept. 17

4:35 p.m. Officers were dispatched to 20 Potter St. for a third-party report of a verbal-only domestic dispute between a 27-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man. The officer spoke with both parties, and both stated that they had a disagreement about one of their children being outside with the 31-year-old while he fixed the front steps of the residence. Children came to the door and waved to the officer and were in good spirits. Both parties refused to complete paperwork, and the man remained outside fixing the steps while the woman remained inside. Both said there was no issue.

5 p.m. Officers were dispatched to 82 North Williams St. for a fire alarm. The officer spoke with the 63-year-old woman and confirmed that there was no emergency and the fire alarm was canceled.

5:10 p.m. Officers assisted the fire department with retrieving a cat stuck on a telephone pole.

9 p.m. Officers were called by an employee at Dollar General to report multiple needles on the sidewalk outside of the store. The needles were picked up and disposed of.

Sept. 18

12:15 p.m. Officers responded to Putorti’s Market for two unwanted subjects. A 64-year-old woman said that a 31-year-old man and 34-year-old woman had been hanging out in front of the business and were bothering customers for money. The woman wanted them to move along, and the officer advised both parties that they were not welcome on the property. Both retrieved their belongings and left.

12:30 p.m. Officers responded to 56 Champlain Ave. for a landlord-tenant issue. The officer interviewed an 82-year-old man and a 69-year-old man. The officer came up with the following solutions for their problems: The 69-year-old will lock the inside garage door to not allow access to the 82-year-old to his side of the building on the garage.

3:30 p.m. Officers were called to Putorti’s Market for a verbal altercation inside the store. Dispatch said a 43-year-old woman reported that a 41-year-old woman had accused her of stealing her money from the ATM and was causing a disturbance. The officer spoke with the 41-year-old who said she was trying to take money out of the ATM, but when she went to get her money, it wasn’t there. She said that she approached the 43-year-old about it, and she became upset that she would accuse her of that. She said that it was all sorted out because the receipt she had showed there was no money dispensed but she did not realize it until after. She said she was all set and left the store. The officer spoke with the 43-year-old woman and a 52-year-old man who said the woman was not nice about the accusation and began yelling at her and the man, calling them thieves. She said she just wanted to leave to separate herself from the incident.

6:15 p.m. Officers in Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company were called to 264 Broadway for a fire alarm activation. They arrived on scene and observed nothing showing from the exterior. No active fire was in the building, and it was determined the employees were cooking without the vent running, which caused the alarm to go off.

6:45 p.m. While on a separate incident an officer was approached by a 44-year-old man on Main Street who is an employee of Champlain Canal Lock 12. The man said he received a phone call that people were fishing from the pier and are not allowed to be there, furthermore saying that boats were mooring next to the pier, which is prohibited as well. The officer told the owner of one boat they could not be there. The owner of the boat said that they were mooring on the pier because the owner of the marina came out and yelled at them saying they needed to be at the marina. Due to the incident, the owners of the boats said they did not feel comfortable being there overnight due to the welfare and safety of them and their children. All three boat owners said they were from Canada and were waiting for the lock to open in the morning so they could continue their travel. The officer spoke with Nathan Longtin, the supervisor of the lock, who said they could either go to the marina or have the 44-year-old employee of the lock allow them to pass through after hours. All boat owners said that they would moor at the wall behind the firehouse for the night. The officer spoke with the owner of the marina who was highly upset and said he is losing money by the 44-year-old not allowing them to pass through after hours. The officer said he would have to file a complaint with the Canal Corporation as it is out of the police department’s control. The 44-year-old man was advised of the same.

Sept. 20

11:05 a.m. Deputy McFarren called the station to report a possible missing endangered and wanted person who was residing in the village of Whitehall. He stated that a 58-year-old Broadway man had contacted Washington County social services and told them he was residing at 199 Broadway in the village. When McFarren ran a check on the man it came back that he was wanted for burglary in West Virginia and is also a missing endangered person from Massachusetts. The officer contacted the man at his residence, and he said that he had cleared up the situation before leaving the hospital in Massachusetts and that he had no idea there was a missing person file on him. The officer contacted the Falls River Police Department in Massachusetts for the missing person file and told them that the man was residing in Whitehall and appeared in good health. The Falls River Police Department sergeant that the officers spoke with at 1:30 p.m. said to send the location of the missing person and they would delete the message. The West Virginia arrest warrant was outside of the extradition request and therefore a no-hit confirmation or locate message was sent. Monongalia County Sherriff’s Office did not have a contact notification request associated with the man’s warrant, and the man in question was made aware of both situations.

New York State Police

Sept. 18

11:48 a.m. Andi-Lynn M. Cavanaugh, 32, of Troy was arrested in Fort Ann for promoting contraband to prisoners in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor; promoting prison contraband in the first degree; and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, both class D felonies. She was being held.

Sept. 20

9:41 p.m. Justin M. Allen, 32, of Poultney, Vermont, was arrested in Queensbury for conspiracy in the sixth degree, a class B misdemeanor, and petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor. He was being held. At the same time, Danielle P. Whitney-Allen, 36, also of Poultney, was arrested in Queensbury for conspiracy in the sixth degree, a class B misdemeanor; burglary in the third degree, specifically illegal entry with intent, a class D felony; and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

Sept. 16

3:06 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a retail theft at Hannaford Supermarket on U.S. Route 7 in Rutland Town. Through investigation it was determined Stacy Hill, 48, of Rutland left the premises without paying for merchandise. On Sept. 21, Hill was located and issued a citation to appear at Vermont Superior Court, Rutland Criminal Division, at a later date.

Sept. 19

3:41 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash involving a tractor trailer on Vermont Route 22A in the Town of West Haven. Initial investigation revealed that Thomas Romanske, 68, of Benson, was driving a 2004 Toyota Camry northbound on Vermont Route 22A down Long Hill when he hydroplaned and crossed the center line, colliding with a tractor trailer traveling southbound up the hill being driven Jonathan Francis, 27, of Vergennes. Romanske was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center for evaluation of minor injuries. His vehicle was totaled, while Francis’s vehicle sustained damage to the trailer’s axles. Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by the West Haven Fire Department and Fair Haven Rescue.

4:52 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 7 at the intersection of East Pittsford Road in the Town of Rutland. Through investigation, it was revealed that Rea Pratt, 71, of Rutland, driving a 2014 Ford Focus on East Pittsford Road attempted to turn onto Route 7. Witnesses observed that Pratt failed to stop at the posted stop sign before entering Route 7 where her car was struck by a 2023 Kenworth W990 traveling north and driven by Justin Carrara, 36, of Wallingford. Pratt’s car was totaled and she was taken to Rutland Regional Medical Center and then transferred to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, where she later succumbed to the injuries she suffered in the crash.

Sept. 23

5:19 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a single motor vehicle crash on Thundering Brook Road in the Town of Killington. Through investigation troopers determined that Kendrick Hurley, 77, of Pittsfield, was driving a 2005 Honda Element at speeds in excess of the posted limit. Hurley lost control of the car and left the traveled portion of the roadway, rolled over and came to rest on the passenger side. Hurley was taken to Rutland Regional Medical Center for injuries. Troopers were assisted by the Killington Fire Department and Regional Ambulance Service.

Sept. 24

3:34 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single motorcycle crash over a ditch on Vermont Route 22A near Mill Pond Road in the Town of Benson. Initial investigation revealed Ronni Allard, 68, of Burlington, riding a 2013 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail was traveling northbound on Vermont Route 22A. Mark Allard, 57, also of Burlington, driving a 2015 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited was traveling northbound in front of Ronni Allard. Mark Allard told troopers that a vehicle traveling southbound toward him and Ronni Allard passed another vehicle traveling southbound and entered into the northbound lane of travel in which the Allards were driving, causing them to suddenly move to the right to avoid a collision. Ronni Allard attempted to slow down and pull to the shoulder of the roadway but could not avoid colliding with Mark Allard. Ronni Allard was thrown from her motorcycle underneath a guardrail and suffered serious non-life-threatening injuries. She was taken to Rutland Regional Medical Center. Both motorcycles sustained minor damage. Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by the Benson Volunteer Fire Department.

See also “Police assist animal control officer” from the Sept. 29 issue of the Whitehall Times.

See also “Woman in horse-neglect case faces new charge of tampering” from the Sept. 29 issue of the Granville Sentinel.