Police Beat, Oct. 13, 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. 30

7:45 p.m. Staff at the high school reported the smell of marijuana on school property. Police checked with staff and could find nothing to support the report.

9:05 p.m. Police were dispatched to the Granville Family Diner on Quaker Street on the report of a fight in progress. When they arrived, police interviewed the parties who remained on scene, a 37 year-old Dekalb Road man and a 33-year-old Church Street man, who said that he had been involved in a physical altercation with a third person, a 38-year-old Dekalb Road man. The 33-year-old did not wish to prosecute and the 37-year-old left.

9:40 p.m. A 12-year-old boy from State Route 22A went to the police station with his parents to report that his iPhone had apparently been taken from the Stewart’s Shop on Quaker Street soon after 9:33 p.m. The 12-year-old reported that he had texted his father at 9:33 p.m., and that the phone was last seen at the rear table at Stewart’s Shop at that time. He further reported many people in the store and that he had been with two friends. His father, 39, disabled the phone remotely, but noted that the phone has no locate feature. Police reviewed store video footage but were unable to visualize where the boy had been sitting.

Oct. 1

11:30 p.m. While on patrol on Main Street, police came upon a 13-year-old East Main Street boy and his friend from Dekalb Road who requested assistance in their return home to Dekalb Road after being stranded in the village following the homecoming dance. Police provided a courtesy ride.

Oct. 2

8:10 p.m. Police received a complaint that a teenager in a black, two-door Subaru with Vermont license plates and no hood was driving in an unsafe manner at excessive speed in the vicinity of Rogers Avenue. The person reporting the incident requested that police keep an eye out for this vehicle.

Oct. 4

4:30 p.m. A woman came to the station to pick up a recently found dog that had been running in traffic.

Oct. 6

12:16 p.m. A police officer observed a 32-year-old York Street man from Poultney and a 36-year-old Guilder Hollow Road woman from Granville at the gas pumps at the Stewart’s Shop on Quaker Street. The officer spoke with the 32-year-old man briefly while the 36-year-old woman pumped gas. The officer left the area and was soon contacted by an employee of Stewart’s who said that the 32-year-old man had left without paying the $20 owed for the gasoline. The employee told police that the 36-year-old woman drove with the 32-year-old man as passenger, and they backed their car onto Rawson Avenue and left.

5 p.m. The 41-year-old owner of Scarlotta’s Car Hop on Quaker Street contacted police to report a counterfeit bill complaint at the restaurant. She told police she was unaware when the currency was passed, stating that it could have been several months ago. She showed police two $20 bills that differed in appearance from other bills. Police advised her to take the bills to the bank to be verified as fraudulent currency. The woman did so and later told police that the bank had kept the money. Police advised the woman that the incident would be nearly impossible to investigate because of the several-month timeframe and the lack of suspects. Police also told her that they would document the incident and that she should contact police if there were any further information.

Whitehall Police Department

Sept. 30

12 p.m. A 59-year-old woman reported that a 65-year-old man attempted to hit her with his car, a Subaru, after she yelled at him for driving through her driveway at a high rate of speed. The woman filed a misdemeanor complaint against the man for reckless endangerment in the second degree and requested an order of protection to keep him off and away from her and her property. The 65-year-old went to the station to speak with Investigator Frank Hunt who advised the man there were charges filed against him regarding reckless driving. The man was processed and given an appearance ticket. He is due in court on Oct. 10 at 4 p.m.

Oct. 1

6 p.m. A 49-year-old woman was at the station with questions regarding her driver’s license. The officer answered her questions.

Oct. 3

10 a.m. A 32-year-old woman reported that a 23-year-old man was causing problems at her apartment on Broadway with her brother. Her 34-year-old brother wanted the man to leave. The officer arrived to find all parties engaged in yelling, screaming and name-calling. The man left the residence voluntarily and went to his mother’s residence across the road. No complaints were signed.

Oct. 5

7:34 p.m. Officers were called to 103 S. Williams St. for a reported open door to a residence. The officer spoke with a 25-year-old man and 25-year-old woman who said the woman’s mother had called them at around 7:10 p.m. to let them know the door to their apartment was wide open. The officer cleared the residence and found no one inside. The man stated he had gone inside before patrols arrived to see if anything was damaged or taken. Both parties said nothing was taken or seemed out of place. Both also said they are 100% positive the door handle was locked, and the dead bolt was engaged. There were no signs of forced entry, and the downstairs neighbor stated they did not hear anything during that time.

New York State Police

Oct. 4

2:25 p.m. David J. Mitchell, 46, of Danby, Vermont, was arrested in Queensbury for obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, resisting arrest and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, all class A misdemeanors. He was being held.

5:52 p.m. David J. Mitchell, 46, of Danby, Vermont, was arrested in Queensbury on charges relating to an event reported on Aug. 22, specifically conspiracy in the sixth degree, a class B misdemeanor, and two counts of petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Oct. 5

1:11 p.m. Michellelai D. Jones, 28, of Brooklyn was arrested in Fort Ann for providing contraband to prisoners in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

10:10 p.m. Nicholas C. Martin, 24, of Granville was arrested for DWI, first offense, and aggravated DWI per se with no prior, both class U misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Oct. 6

12:15 p.m. Tommy L. Houston, 43, of Comstock was arrested in Granville for possession of dangerous contraband in prison in the first degree, a class D felony. He was being held.

Oct. 8

1:15 p.m. Aaron T. Wall, 48, of Fort Edward was arrested in Moreau for burglary of a dwelling in the second degree, a class C felony. He was being held.

Oct. 9

7:54 a.m. John F. Nolan, 44, of Cambridge was arrested in Greenwich for an event that was reported on Sept. 20, specifically assault in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

Oct. 4

1:09 a.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop for an observed motor vehicle violation. While speaking with the operator, George Flannery, 41, of Rutland Town, signs of impairment were observed. Flanner was administered standardized field sobriety tests roadside and was subsequently taken into custody for driving under the influence. Troopers also learned that Flannery was violating court-ordered conditions of release. Flannery 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 and two counts of violations of conditions of release at a later date.

5:26 p.m. Vermont State Police were conducting routine patrol in the area of Route 7 in Sunderland and a traffic stop was conducted for a vehicle traveling 90 mph in a posted 55-mph zone. The operator, Andrea M. Shenocca-Budd, 61, of Delray Beach, Florida, was issued a criminal citation to appear at the Bennington Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date. Shenocca-Budd also was issued a Vermont civil violation complaint for speeding, totaling $530 and 2 points.

Oct. 5

1 a.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a domestic disturbance that occurred on Creek Road in Wallingford. Investigation revealed Taylor Kitchin, 26, of Wallingford physically assaulted a family member. Kitchin was taken into custody and transported to the Rutland Barracks where she was processed and released on conditions.

Oct. 6

6:13 p.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop for an observed speeding violation on West Creek Road in Pittsford. While speaking with the operator, Richard Morris, 65, of Proctor, troopers detected signs of impairment. Morris was administered standardized field sobriety tests roadside and subsequently was taken into custody for driving under the influence. Morris 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 at a later date. Troopers were assisted by the Pittsford Police Department.

Oct. 7

4 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to Terra Lane in Mendon for a report of Brian Gates, 59, of Mendon violating his conditions of release. Subsequent investigation resulted in Gates being arrested for violating conditions of release. He was transported to the Rutland Barracks where he later was released on conditions.

Oct. 8

5:45 p.m. Vermont State Police observed a vehicle operating at an extremely high rate of speed southbound on U.S. Route 7 in the Town of Danby. Troopers attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop. Instead of stopping, the vehicle accelerated and drove in a grossly negligent manner while failing to stop for the blue lights and fully marked State Police cruiser. A short time later police were able to locate the vehicle and the operator parked in a yard on Cascade Road. The operator was identified as Francis Ettori, 20, of Wallingford. Ettori 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 eluding a police officer and grossly negligent operation. Ettori was also issued several Vermont civil violation complaints, including driving on a suspended license and operating at a speed of 121 mph in a posted 50-mph zone.

Oct. 9

12:20 a.m. Vermont State Police observed a motor vehicle violation and attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop. Instead of stopping, the vehicle accelerated and drove in a grossly negligent manner including over the lawn of several residences while failing to stop for the blue lights, siren and fully marked State Police cruiser. A short time later police were able to locate the vehicle and the operator in a driveway a short distance away. While trying to identify the operator, Brent Poczobut, 36, of Rutland, he provided information to impede his arrest. He was transported to the Rutland State Police Barracks for processing and later lodged at Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility on an outstanding warrant. The Vermont State Police were later granted a search warrant for the vehicle and personal effects belonging to Poczobut. During the subsequent search, troopers located cocaine and other regulated drugs. He was issued a citation to appear in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, to answer for the charges of eluding a police officer, grossly negligent operation, impeding public officials, possession of cocaine, possession of a regulated depressant and driving with a criminally suspended license.