Police Beat, Dec. 1, 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

Nov. 18

9 a.m. A Honey Hill Lane man requested an escort to a Troy Terrace building so that he could change the locks as he stated he was the successful buyer of the property and will have the property deeded over to him within 30 days. The man stated that the former owner had a trailer parked on the property that he would be using to remove personal items from the property. The man further stated that he was afraid the former owner would try to remove the furnace and possibly copper pipes from the property. The former owner arrived within 10 minutes and told police that his attorney had advised him he has the right to access the property at any time to remove personal property, mentioning the furnace as his personal property. Police informed the man that the furnace could not be removed as it is considered a fixture of the property, that the county currently is considered the deeded owner of the property and that the doors were being padlocked with permission from the county. The man was told further that he should not return to the property unless supervised and for removal of personal property only. The man left the property. Police later learned that the man had removed his trailer and that he had removed everything he needed. Police told the Honey Hill Lane man that the county had confirmed that no one should have access to the property unless supervised.

11 a.m. Police responded to a Lions Lane address in response to a noise complaint involving revving a motorcycle engine. The tenant told police that the motorcycle is owned by a friend who resides elsewhere and that he had been warming up the motorcycle in anticipation of selling it later that day. Police advised the man to keep the noise level down as he has neighbors living in close proximity. While completing the report police received a phone call from the building’s landlord regarding the incident and citing multiple noise/nuisance complaints. The landlord told police that an eviction process will be initiated.

Nov. 22

10:33 a.m. A large box of medications was turned over to police for destruction and placed into the temporary evidence room.

Nov. 23

8:54 a.m. Police responded to report of a verbal altercation between two Madison Street women, one reporting that the other had struck her in the face with her cell phone. The 26-year-old victim showed police video footage of the incident and signed a harassment complaint against the 35-year-old. Police were to contact the judge and request a criminal summons. The women were advised that one of the two should move from the apartment to avoid further issues.

10:45 a.m. Police received notification of an alarm activation at the Slate Valley Museum on Water Street. Police spoke with the key holder by phone and learned the activation was apparently accidental; there were numerous people on the scene and no issues.

Whitehall Police Department

Nov. 18

9 a.m. Whitehall Police received a call from a 27-year-old Broadway woman who said a 51-year-old Hudson Falls man was in the CVS located on Broadway at the same time she was, violating an order of protection. The man had left the store and was sitting in his vehicle in the parking lot. The woman went to her car, which she had parked next to the man’s, to call police. The woman refused to finish her shopping or to leave the area. The man had called dispatch to say that he wanted to finish his shopping at CVS but did not want to violate the order of protection. When police arrived to speak with the man, he asked police to note that the woman was following him. The woman was now circling the street by the CVS. The police officer then turned onto Kirtland Street to follow the man to a residence and noted that the woman also was driving up Kirtland Street. The man then headed to Stewart’s Shop on Poultney Street, and the officer noted that the woman had parked on the side of the store. As the officer was heading to the side of the store, the woman pulled out and left the scene. The man wanted this incident documented, noting that the woman keeps showing up wherever he is.

9:20 p.m. An unknown caller reported that music being played at Uncle Billy’s Cigar Lounge on Main Street was too loud. Police contacted the lounge and requested that the volume be turned down, and it was.

11:15 p.m. A 75-year-old Main Street woman called to report loose dogs in the area. Police spoke with the woman in person who stated she was awakened by the sound of barking in her yard. She noted two dogs, one very small black dog and a larger tan dog, neither of which she recognized. The dogs had run toward Lake Champlain Coal Company property. The officer checked the area and did not hear dogs barking or locate the dogs.

Nov. 19

4 p.m. While on patrol, police were called to a First Avenue address along with the fire department on a report of a stove fire. Police spoke with the 30-year-old homeowner who told police the fire was out, which was confirmed by the fire department. No damage was reported.

Nov. 20

11:32 p.m. An 82-year-old School Street woman called police reporting three or four “suspicious people” in the parking lot with a car jack looking underneath her vehicle. Police responded to the address and did not encounter these people. Police spoke with the woman and asked her to start her vehicle to confirm nothing was wrong with it.

Nov. 21

2:23 p.m. Police received a 911 hang-up call from a residence on Broadway. On scene, police interviewed a 63-year-old woman who told police her phone had accidentally called 911 and that all was well.

Nov. 23

6:52 p.m. A lost wallet located at Dollar General on Broadway was returned to its 37-year-old owner.

Nov. 24

2:30 a.m. While on patrol, police observed a vehicle with a flat tire on Broadway. AAA was assisting. When it was determined that the tire was beyond repair, police contacted a towing company that towed the vehicle to Rutland. Police remained on scene to ensure the well-being of the driver and passengers.

New York State Police

Nov. 23

7:25 p.m. Lucas R. Spellman, 35, of Cambridge was arrested in Greenwich on charges in connection to an incident reported on Sept. 20, including reckless endangerment in the second degree and criminal mischief, specifically reckless property damage in excess of $250, both class A misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Nov. 24

9:27 a.m. Eugene E. Bessette, 30, of Cambridge was arrested in Queensbury on two counts of criminal contempt in the second degree, specifically disobeying a court order, a class A misdemeanor. He was being held.

Nov. 26

5:02 p.m. Hunter M. Dooley, 29, of Salem was arrested in Jackson for criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree, specifically firearms, a class E felony; three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor; criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree, specifically 8 oz. or more of narcotic drugs, a class A felony; and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, specifically a loaded firearm, a class C felony. At the same time, Donald G. Gray, 37, of Ettrick, Virginia, was arrested in Jackson for criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree, specifically firearms, a class E felony; obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor; two counts of resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanor; three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor; criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree, specifically 8 oz. or more of narcotic drugs, a class A felony; and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, specifically a loaded firearm, a class C felony. Both were being held.

Vermont State Police

Nov. 24

12:03 a.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop for an observed motor vehicle violation. While speaking with the operator, Shelby Jackson, 19, of Rutland, troopers observed signs of impairment. Jackson was administered standardized field sobriety tests roadside and subsequently was taken into custody for driving under the influence. Jackson was transported to the Vermont State Police Rutland Barracks for processing and later released on a citation to appear in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date to answer to the charge of DUI.

12:45 a.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a single-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 4 in the Town of Killington near Mission Farm Road. Troopers identified the operator as Chelsea Boguslawski, 38, of West Rutland. During the crash investigation Boguslawski displayed signs of impairment, and it was determined she was operating the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Boguslawski was subsequently arrested for DUI and transported to Rutland for processing. She was released with a citation to answer to the charge of DUI at the Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date and was issued a Vermont Civil Violation Complaint for driving on roadways laned for traffic. Vermont State Police were assisted by Killington Fire Department and Regional Ambulance Service.

Nov. 26

10:31 a.m. Vermont State Police were dispatched to a retail theft at Home Depot in Rutland Town. While en route, troopers were told that the man stealing a shopping cart full of merchandise had been caught by customers and that all were in the parking lot. Upon arrival, troopers identified Timothy E. Shaw, 42, of Rutland as the person who stole the property. Shaw was arrested for grand larceny as the value of the merchandise exceeded $900. Shaw also was in violation of conditions of release that stated he could not enter upon the property owned by Home Depot. Shaw was issued a flash citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division. He was lodged at Marble Valley Correctional Center for a separate case handled by the Rutland Town Police Department.

State Police arrest Granville man following a domestic dispute

According to a press release from the New York State Police, on Sunday, Nov. 13, at around 8:37 a.m., State Police were called to Hulett Road in the town of Granville for a report of a domestic dispute.

Investigation determined that Matthew P. Zagorski, 35, of Granville, violated an order of protection, entered the home of the victim and assaulted them before fleeing with their cell phone.

On Monday, Nov. 21, at around 7:36 p.m., State Police were called to County Route 30 in the town of Hartford for a report of trespassing.

An investigation determined that Zagorski entered a residence without the owner’s permission and stole binoculars from the home.

Zagorski was arrested and charged with burglary in the second degree. Zagorski was additionally charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree, criminal contempt in the first degree, criminal mischief in the fourth degree, endangering the welfare of a child and harassment in the second degree for the domestic dispute that occurred on Nov. 13.

Zagorski was arraigned and remanded to the Washington County Jail and is being held on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

Murphy arrested again on more animal cruelty charges

By Doug La Rocque

On Monday, Nov. 21, New York State Police arrested 54-year-old Wendy Murphy of Granville on five additional counts under the state’s Ag and Market laws: Overdriving, Torturing and Injuring Animals.

According to the State Police press release, two rabbits and three goats were located on Murphy’s property that were deprived of necessary sustenance, in particular no accessible drinking water.

Following the arrest, Murphy was processed at the NYSP Granville station and issued an appearance ticket returnable in Granville Town Court on Dec. 12.

Murphy was originally arrested on Sept. 2 when the NYSP executed a search warrant on her property with the assistance of the Washington County Animal Control and the SPCA of Upstate New York.

At that time, 31 horses were found on the property, which troopers alleged to be deprived of necessary sustenance and suffering from neglect. All were removed from the property at that time.

The most recent charges are the result of a follow up to the September arrest.

Man shot, wounded outside Walmart

By Doug La Rocque

Warren County sheriff’s deputies were called to the Walmart parking lot on State Route 9 in Queensbury mid-afternoon on Sunday, Nov. 27 to investigate a report of shots fired.

Upon arrival, they found an as-yet-unidentified man suffering from a bullet wound to his hip. He was transferred to a local hospital for treatment of his wound, which was not believed to be life-threatening.

Deputies say this is an ongoing investigation with the assistance of the New York State Police. They are working to identify the shooter, who at press time remained at large.

Deputies emphasize they believe this is a targeted shooting and that the public is not in danger. Walmart was evacuated and closed for several hours out of what law enforcement said “was an abundance of caution.” The store has since reopened.

Anyone will any information about the incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit at 518-743-2500 option# 1.