Police Beat, Oct. 27, 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. 14

2:50 p.m. Police were summoned to a Madison Street residence to assist EMS with the transport of a woman who was experiencing suicidal ideation. The woman was transported without incident.

Oct. 15

6:30 a.m. Police were given a personal checkbook that had been found at an unknown location and called the owner, who stopped by the station to pick it up.

Oct. 16

12:45 a.m. Police received a 911 EMS call regarding a laceration with accompanying bleeding and then assisted the caller prior to the arrival of the Granville Rescue Squad.

10:10 p.m. The priest at St. Mary’s Church called to report that lights were on in the church that should not be. The priest was not in town, so Granville police responded and checked inside the church building and its perimeter, finding no one inside. Police contacted the priest to gain access to a locked bathroom in the church, and no one was found.

Oct. 17

12:30 a.m. A 50-year-old Lincoln Street man called police to report a person upstairs was “out of control.” Police responded, noting an extreme amount of noise, and talked with the 31-year-old Hudson Place man making noise who appeared to be under the influence of drugs. The man acknowledged his noisiness and said he would be more quiet. Police remained in the area and noted continued noise from the apartment, so they again talked with the 31-year-old man and a 58-year-old inhabitant of the apartment. With no abatement in the level of noise, police called EMS to evaluate the 31-year-old for unknown substances. The man was cleared medically, refused transport to the hospital and agreed to make no further noise. Police returned to the area about two hours later and noted talking from the apartment as the window was open, but not an unreasonable amount of noise.

5:14 p.m. Police responded to a call from a 61-year-old Madison Street woman who reported a landlord-tenant dispute. Police went to Madison Street and were advised by the woman that her 71-year-old landlord from Dayton Hill Road had left the location. Police advised the 61-year-woman to call back if her landlord returned.

Oct. 18

11:41 a.m. A bag of medications was dropped off at the police station for destruction. The bag was placed in the temporary evidence room.

Oct. 21

8:12 a.m. A 46-year-old employee of Dollar General on Quaker Street was to turn over to police a counterfeit $10 bill taken by the store sometime during the preceding day. No suspects have yet been identified.

Whitehall Police Department

Oct. 14

5:45 p.m. A 35-year-old woman requested patrols on Potter Street due to vehicles going up and down the street at high speeds. She said that the main vehicle was a maroon van with stickers on the back of it. She said the vehicle stopped at 20 Potter St. frequently and usually appears at 9-9:30 p.m. An officer sat stationary on Potter Street but had negative contact.

7:30 p.m. There was a report of yelling in the residence at 54 Saunders St. The officer interviewed all parties, and they stated that the stress of living together finally turned into an argument between two 32-year-old women. The parties involved agreed to stay on different levels of the house for the night.

10 p.m. An officer was dispatched to an assist EMS for a 15-year-old with a knee injury. Upon arrival the officer noted the girl had an apparent knee injury. The officer assisted EMS, and the girl was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center.

Oct. 15

8:55 p.m. A 31-year-old man reported a 51-year-old woman struck him multiple times while at a party that took place on Broadway. The man was intoxicated, and the officer was unable to take a statement from him. He did not want to be seen by Skenesborough EMS for any injury concerning the incident and requested EMS for chest pain that he had been experiencing for a few weeks. He was transported to Glens Falls Hospital per his request.

9:33 p.m. A 42-year-old man called in a report of a vehicle with shaving cream on it. The owner did not see any damage to the vehicle at the time it was reported. The shaving cream was washed off at the recreation center.

Oct. 18

5 p.m. A 72-year-old man reported that between Oct. 13 and Oct. 18, an unknown person cut the catalytic converter off a truck that was parked in his parking lot. He was able to get another converter from his residence to replace the stolen one but wanted the incident on file as the vehicle was not his and was one that he was working on.

Oct. 19

11:05 a.m. A 37-year-old woman requested a welfare check on her daughter after the school notified her of her absence. The officer patrolled Adam Street and found the girl was sick and being watched by her grandmother.

New York State Police

Oct. 17

5 p.m. Eugene E. Bessette, 29, of Cambridge was arrested for petit larceny and resisting arrest, both class A misdemeanors, related to an incident of shoplifting that was reported on Sept. 23. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Oct. 18

12:11 p.m. Caren M. Monahan, 31, of Hudson Falls was arrested for criminal impersonation in the second degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, both class A misdemeanors, as well as criminal possession of narcotic drugs in the fourth degree, a class C felony, and criminal possession of narcotic drugs in the third degree with intent to sell, a class B felony. She was being held.

3:13 p.m. Matthew R. Devlin, 30, of Granville was arrested for criminal contempt in the first degree, a class E felony, and aggravated harassment in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was being held.

Oct. 20

8:07 p.m. Joshua T. Dulmer, 39, of Greenwich was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Oct. 22

3:30 p.m. Joseph M. Brandmeyer, 42, of Cambridge was arrested in Queensbury for petit larceny and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, both class A misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket. At the same time, Penny R. Phillips, 49, also of Cambridge, was arrested for criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree, specifically firearms, a class E felony, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor, criminal possession of a firearm, a class E felony, and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree with a previous conviction, a class D felony. She was being held.

7:34 p.m. Andrea L. Wolff, 42, of Cambridge, was arrested in Greenwich for criminal contempt in the second degree, specifically disobeying a court order, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

Oct. 12

11:02 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the Town of West Rutland. Through investigation, it was determined Wayne Pease, 20, of West Rutland caused bodily injury to a household member in the presence of a child. Pease was taken into custody and transported to Rutland for processing.

Oct. 20

12:53 a.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop for an observed motor vehicle violation. While speaking with the operator, Martin Syvertson, 50, of West Rutland, police observed signs of impairment. Syvertson was administered standardized field sobriety tests roadside and subsequently was taken into custody for driving under the influence. Syvertson was transported for processing and released on a citation to appear in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date to answer to the charge of DUI.

Oct. 21

11:11 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a man taking weapons from a residence on Vermont Route 31 in the Town of Wells. The man stole a crossbow and shotgun from a building on the property, left and then returned to the residence. Upon his return, a member of the owner’s family confronted the man, identified as Rondie C. Ciccarelli, 66, of Wells, and told him to leave the property. An argument ensued, and Ciccarelli threatened the family member by pointing a handgun at her, causing her to fear serious imminent bodily injury or death, State Police said. Troopers located Ciccarelli at his residence in Wells and recovered the stolen property and firearm used during the incident. He was taken into custody for the offenses of aggravated assault and grand larceny and transported to Rutland for processing. Ciccarelli subsequently was lodged at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Rutland in lieu of $25,000 bail. He was cited to appear in Vermont Superior Court, Rutland Criminal Division, at a later date.

Oct. 22

8:59 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single motor vehicle crash on Sandgate Road near Hamilton Hill Road in the Town of Sandgate. It was reported that a vehicle went off the roadway and spun out of control. Upon arrival, troopers observed a vehicle in a ditch that had sustained heavy driver’s side damage. The operator Dona McAdams, 68, of Sandgate, told troopers she was traveling southbound on Sandgate Road when an unknown animal ran out in front of her 2009 Honda Element. The car swerved off the roadway, spun out and crashed into a ditch. Vermont State Police were assisted by Monarchs Towing of Manchester.

3:33 p.m. Vermont State Police were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash on Business Route 4 east of Simons Avenue in the Town of Rutland. The crash involved two passenger vehicles. No injuries were reported. Through investigation, troopers learned that Danielle Bidgood, 34, of Rutland City, driving a 2018 Buick Encore, had entered the roadway from Flory’s Plaza and struck the passenger side of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Eugene Ashline, 58, of Whitehall, New York, who was traveling westbound. Bidgood’s car sustained substantial front-end damage, while Ashline’s car sustained passenger side front-end damage. Troopers were assisted by the Rutland Town Fire Department and Regional Ambulance Service.

6 p.m. Vermont State Police initiated a traffic stop Ripley Road in Rutland based on an observed violation. The driver, identified as Randy Farrell, 27, of Rutland, displayed indicators of impairment and was screened for driving under the influence. He ultimately was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence and transported to Rutland for processing. Farrell was issued a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date. Farrell also had two active cite and release warrants for driving with a suspended license. Farrell was issued the two citations and released.

Oct. 23

3:08 p.m. Vermont State Police were following up on an investigation in the area of Maple Street in Rutland City, when they observed Jonathan Valentin, 28, of Rutland City walking on the sidewalk. Valentin had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. When the trooper and Rutland City police officers attempted to contact Valentin, he fled on foot. After a short foot pursuit, Valentin was taken into custody without further incident. Valentin was lodged at Marble Valley Correctional Facility on $100 bail.


Middle Granville man dies in Fort Ann accident

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said 79-year-old James Briggs of State Route 22 died Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 18, when the vehicle he was driving eastbound on Route 22 crossed lanes before overturning and striking a tree. According to deputies Briggs was the only occupant of the vehicle. He was trapped inside and had to be extricated. Washington County Coroner Wes Perry pronounced Briggs dead on the scene. Investigation into the accident is ongoing.

At the Oct. 21 Washington County Board of Supervisors meeting Granville Supervisor Matt Hicks honored Mr. Briggs for his long service to the county’s Board of Elections.

The Fort Ann, West Fort Ann and North Granville fire departments along with the Great Meadow Fire Brigade and Fort Ann EMS all assisted deputies at the scene.


State Police arrest Town of White Creek employee for assault

On Sunday, Oct. 9, New York State Police arrested John F. Nolan IV, 44, of Cambridge for assault in the third degree, according to a press release from New York State Police.

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, at about 4:44 p.m., troopers received a complaint that on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the White Creek Highway Department located on County Route 68 in White Creek, an employee was assaulted by another employee.

The investigation determined that Nolan, who is employed by the highway department, intentionally exposed another employee to a hazardous chemical in a confined space. The employee experienced respiratory issues and had to seek medical treatment.

Nolan surrendered himself to State Police in Greenwich and was processed. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the White Creek Town Court at a later date.


Vermont State Police identify, arrest suspect in 1989 double homicide in Danby

Michael Anthony Louise

Vermont State Police, through extensive investigation involving detectives and cold-case specialists over more than 33 years, have identified a suspect in the 1989 double killing of George and Catherine Peacock of Danby, according to a press release issued by the police.

On Thursday, Oct. 13, detectives with the Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit, with the assistance of the New York State Police, arrested Michael Anthony Louise, 79, at his home in Syracuse, New York, on an arrest warrant for two counts of second-degree murder. Louise is jailed in New York pending extradition proceedings to Vermont, where he will face arraignment upon his return.

George Peacock, 76, and Catherine Peacock, 73, were found dead Sept. 17, 1989, by a neighbor inside their home on U.S. Route 7 in Danby. They had been stabbed multiple times, and there were no signs of forced entry or items of significance having been removed from the house.

Louise, who was married to one of the Peacocks’ daughters, was identified as a suspect in the killings about two weeks later. Investigators at the time developed circumstantial evidence tying Louise to the killings but were unable to establish a conclusive link until forensic testing in May 2020 confirmed a DNA match to George Peacock in a spot of blood found inside Louise’s car in October 1989. The blood sample had been tested previously during the investigation, as DNA testing technology was emerging, and that earlier test had been inconclusive.

Vermont State Police are unable to comment further at this time. Additional details of the case are available in the affidavit supporting the arrest warrant for Louise, which is filed with the Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court in Rutland.