Police Beat, Dec. 8, 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. 25

2 p.m. Police responded to an East Main Street location to assist New York State Environmental Conservation police (ENCON) with a complaint involving several deceased deer at the location that were not tagged properly. After completing the investigation, police returned to the station with ENCON and with a 53-year-old Morrison Avenue man who gave a statement regarding the complaint.

Nov. 27

6 p.m. An East Main Street man contacted police to confirm the date and time of the next village board meeting so that he could issue a complaint about code enforcement coming to his residence and yelling at his daughter.

Nov. 28

3:08 p.m. A 30-year-old Madison Street man contacted police to inform them that a 29-year-old Poultney, Vermont, man had threatened to assault him because he told the Poultney man and a 35-year-old Granville woman that he would no longer care for their dogs because the couple was no longer staying at the Madison Street man’s house. A 29-year-old witness audio-recorded the incident. Police listened to the recording and confirmed the incident had occurred. The Madison Street man requested that police document the incident.

6:50 p.m. A 65-year-old State Route 149 man dropped off prescription drugs at the station to be destroyed.

8 p.m. Police responded to a call regarding a vehicle parked in the loading zone of a handicapped parking space at Mountain View Commons on Quaker Street. The caller stated that this is a common occurrence. Police called the owner of the vehicle, a resident of Mountain View Commons, who said he has a handicapped parking permit and believed he had the right to park in the loading zone. The man told police he has been asked before not to park in the loading space and that he would move the vehicle, but was argumentative. Police issued the man a warning.

Nov. 29

8:05 p.m. Police responded to Slate Valley Museum for a motion alarm and checked the building’s interior with a key holder. All was secure.

Nov. 30

9:14 a.m. The 74-year-old operator of a senior shuttle called police to report a failure of another vehicle to yield at West Main Street. He provided police with a Vermont license plate number and stated the tan-colored Suburban vehicle had been driven by a woman. Police checked the plate number but were unable to identify the car, likely because the plate was switched or the man had obtained an incorrect plate number.

Dec. 1

9:04 p.m. Police observed a car traveling east on Mettowee Street that failed to stop at the intersection of Columbus Street. The 46-year-old driver was stopped on Quaker Street and issued a verbal warning.

Dec. 2

5:42 a.m. Police received a call from a man who reported a car driving north on Route 22 from Salem that was “all over the road.” He told police the vehicle had turned into the Price Chopper parking lot and that he had also contacted New York State Police. Granville police checked the parking lot and did not find a vehicle matching the caller’s description and notified the responding State Police unit.

Whitehall Police Department

Nov. 24

1 a.m. Whitehall police were at the station when the fire alarm was activated at the village clerk’s office at 57 Skenesborough Dr. Police silenced the alarm and called the Whitehall Fire Department for further inspection. The smoke detector in the village office was determined to have been activated, but there was no fire.

Nov. 25

11 a.m. Several neighbors reported a male wearing a hooded sweatshirt going into a vacant house on Lafayette Street. Police talked with the trespasser, a 24-year-old Gilmore Street man, and advised him to leave. Police were to contact the owner to request that they secure the building, which was not secured.

Nov. 26

1 a.m. While on patrol, police issued three parking tickets to vehicles found to be in violation of the winter parking ban. Police also issued a ticket to a vehicle that parked in front of a fire hydrant, blocking it.

4:50 p.m. Police were advised of a grey van driving erratically outside of the village. On investigation, police located two grey vans and followed them, observing nothing unusual.

9:30 p.m. Police received a phone call at the station requesting help on an incident that occurred in Vermont and advised the caller, a 26-year-old Williams Street woman, that the Whitehall Police Department has no jurisdiction in Vermont and that the woman should contact Vermont State Police.

Nov. 27

3:15 a.m. Police issued two parking tickets to vehicles found to be in violation of the winter parking ban.

Nov. 30

7:59 a.m. A 60-year-old Lamb Street woman contacted police to report dogs were running loose on West Street. Police patrolled the entirety of West Street and did not locate any dogs.

New York State Police

Nov. 28

10:13 p.m. Nigel A. Reeks, 38, of Dresden was arrested in Whitehall on three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree, specifically scales, both class A misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Nov. 30

10:24 a.m. Robert W. Phillips, 64, of Cambridge as arrested on one count of menacing in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor, in connection with an incident reported on Nov. 27. He was issued an appearance ticket.

12:45 p.m. A 17-year-old was arrested in Schuylerville for criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

8:23 p.m. Erik C. Shepard, 31, of Fort Ann was arrested in Queensbury for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

11:40 p.m. Jill A. Wade, 52, of Fort Ann was arrested in Granville for criminal contempt in the second degree, specifically disobeying a court order, a class A misdemeanor. At the same time, Marc D. Kretzer, 31, of Granville was arrested in Granville for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% and DWI, both first offenses and class U misdemeanors. Both were issued appearance tickets.

Dec. 3

12:37 p.m. A 15-year-old was arrested in Granville for burglary in the third degree, specifically illegal entry with intent, a class D felony, in connection with an incident reported on Oct. 1. He was released to a third party.

Vermont State Police

Nov. 22

1:20 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to assist Arlington Rescue Squad for a report of an unconscious man who was found inside his truck at the Arlington Recreational Park. Troopers identified the operator of the vehicle as Edward Vosburg, 66, of Arlington. On Dec. 1, lab results indicated Vosburg’s blood alcohol content was above the legal limit of 0.08%. Vosburg was issued a citation to appear in Bennington County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date to answer to the charge of DUI #2.

Dec. 1

2 p.m. Vermont State Police received a 911 hang-up call in Sandgate. The caller, who identified himself as Edward Gust, 93, of Sandgate, stated he possibly had an accident or had driven into something on West Sandgate Road. Further investigation revealed Gust collided with an unknown object on West Sandgate Road, during which his car sustained heavy driver’s side damage and a flat tire. Gust’s car was towed due to disabling damage.

10:48 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the Town of Wallingford. Through investigation it was determined that Cody Crandall, 34, of Danby caused serious bodily injury to a family or household member and fled the area. Crandall was located on Dec. 2 at about 6:30 p.m. at which point he was taken into custody and transported for processing. Crandall was lodged at Marble Valley Correctional Facility without bail pending arraignment.

Dec. 2

1:36 a.m. Vermont State Police stopped to assist a disabled motorist on a bridge on Ripley Road in the City of Rutland. Investigation revealed that the operator, Aaron Giard, 21, of Brandon had a suspended license. Further investigation revealed that Giard was in possession of cocaine. Giard was taken into custody and transported for processing and later released on a citation to appear in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, to answer to the charge of possession of cocaine.

Dec. 4

12:52 a.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on a vehicle based upon an observed violation on Woodstock Avenue in Rutland City. The operator of the vehicle was identified as Nicolas Ortense, 22, of Toms River, New Jersey. During the interaction Ortense displayed several indicators of impairment. Ortense was ultimately taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence and transported to the State Police barracks in Rutland for processing. After processing, Ortense was issued a citation to appear in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

5:55 p.m. Vermont State Police received a report of an individual attempting to steal from Dick’s Sporting Goods in Rutland Town. Investigation revealed that Jacob Bachand, 29, of Rutland left the store without paying for merchandise in his possession. Bachand also violated an active set of court conditions by being on the property of Dick’s Sporting Goods where he had a court order that prevented him from doing so. He was placed under arrest and transported for processing. Bachand was released with a criminal citation to appear in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date to answer to the above charges.


Two men face drug and weapons charges following Jackson traffic stop

By Doug La Rocque

New York State Police stopped a vehicle on Fish Hatchery Road on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 26, and recovered a stolen handgun and found multiple drugs in the vehicle as well.

Charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree, three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, criminal possession of a weapon in both the second and fourth degrees as well as vehicle and traffic law violations was 29-year-old Hunter Dooley of Salem.

Facing the same charges plus resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration was 37-year-old Donald Gray of Ettrick, Virginia.

Troopers say Ettrick resisted arrest and fled the scene but was quickly taken into custody. The handgun in question was determined to have been stolen in Virginia in September.

Both men were taken to the Washington County Correctional Facility in Fort Edward and after arraignment held without bail.