Police Beat, Oct. 6, 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. 24

11:15 p.m. A mother living out of state requested a welfare check of her 22-year-old Columbus Street daughter, with whom the mother had not been in contact for the past one to two weeks. An officer spoke with residents at the address who stated the 22-year-old was sleeping, and they did not want to wake her but would relay the mother’s concern to her in the morning. The mother was alerted and stated she had no concerns and did not want to file an endangered person report on her daughter.

Sept. 25

10:04 a.m. Police responded to a 911 hang-up with no answer on the callback. Police surmised the caller might be mowing their lawn, as plotting the phone call indicated the caller was making circles between 3 and 5 Berkowitz Drive. Sure enough, police located a woman mowing her lawn with the phone in her back pocket. The call had been made accidentally.

Sept. 27

2:10 p.m. An 89-year-old Quaker Street woman visited the police station to request an updated handicap parking permit and was issued one.

6:10 p.m. A woman requested a welfare check of a 57-year-old Lions Lane woman. Police contacted the 57-year-old who said she would contact the woman who had made the request.

Sept. 28

10:55 a.m. Police responded to an East Potter Avenue residence for a medical emergency. A woman was transported to Glens Falls Hospital by Granville EMS.

Sept. 29

11:29 a.m. A 30-year-old Irving Avenue woman reported that the front and back doors of the former Granville town office building on Main Street appeared to be open. Police contacted town supervisor Matt Hicks who advised that the front door to the foyer normally was open, however, doors from the foyer leading to the interior should be locked. Police visited the building and found the front door as described. The back door, however, was wide open and damaged, indicated by the presence of broken glass. The officer checked the entire interior of the building, did not locate anything of concern and advised Hicks, who requested that the back door be secured to restrict access.

Whitehall Police Department

Sept. 26

11:15 a.m. There was a fire alarm activation in all zones of the Red Panda at 264 Broadway. Employees on scene reported a cooking mishap that created a small smoke condition that didn’t require assistance. The alarm was reset.

Sept. 28

1:37 p.m. A 41-year-old woman went to the station to request an officer assist with retrieving items from 15 Williams St. The officer attempted to contact the other resident, a 55-year-old man, with negative results.

New York State Police

Sept. 26

7 p.m. Tammy T. Mahan, 51, of Hudson Falls was arrested in Queensbury on one count of petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

8:56 p.m. Blaire J. Mahar, 37, of Whitehall was arrested on one count of resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanor; one count of tampering with physical evidence, a class E felony; and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

9:34 p.m. Brian E. Winchell, 32, of Whitehall and Vickie R. Dibble, 52, of Granville were arrested for grand larceny in the fourth degree, a class E felony. State Police received a complaint that two employees of the Walmart in Queensbury, New York, had stolen items from the store. An investigation determined Winchell and Dibble each underpaid and stole numerous items valued at over $1,000 from the store since July 2022. Both were arrested and transported to State Police Barracks in Queensbury for processing. Winchell and Dibble were released on appearance tickets returnable to the Queensbury Town Court at a later date.

Sept. 29

6:28 p.m. Matthew P. Zagorski, 35, of Granville was arrested for criminal contempt in the second degree, specifically disobeying a court order in relation to a domestic dispute, a class A misdemeanor. He was being held.

Vermont State Police

Sept. 28

12:04 a.m. Vermont State Police initiated a traffic stop at the parking lot of Vermont Retirement Planners in Rutland based upon an observed violation. The operator of the vehicle was identified as Orianna Odell, 23, of Castleton. During the interaction Odell displayed several indicators of impairment and was screened for driving under the influence. She ultimately was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence and transported for processing.  Odell was issued a citation to appear in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

Oct. 1

2:48 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash involving a cyclist on Vermont Route 100 near Crimson Hawk Road in the Town of Plymouth. Through investigation, it was revealed that William Boaknin, 23, of Plymouth, driving a 1992 Ford F-250, was traveling north on Route 100. Donald Raffety, 80, of Ludlow, also was traveling north on his bicycle on the shoulder of the roadway. Boaknin told police he partially crossed the center line to provide more space between his truck and Raffety’s bicycle. It was determined that Raffety, who said he was attempting to make a U-turn, turned left into the passenger side of Boaknin’s truck. Boaknin was unaware until he saw Raffety in his rearview mirror on the ground, after which he went back to provide aid. Raffety was taken to Springfield Hospital with minor injuries. Vermont State Police were assisted on the scene by Ludlow Police Department.