Police Beat, Dec. 15, 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

Dec. 2

10:45 p.m. Police responded to a disturbance on Lincoln Street during which two downstairs residents were advised to stay downstairs and mind their own business in regard to what the upstairs tenants were doing. One of the downstairs residents was told that if he started any physical altercations he would be arrested.

Dec. 3

7:50 a.m. Police responded to a cemetery on North Street for possible suspicious activity. Investigation showed the individual was just visiting.

Dec 5

9:30 p.m. Patrol responded to a requested welfare check at a residential facility in the village. The resident was well and no further action was required.

Dec. 6

7:02 p.m. Patrol responded to Rawson Avenue for vehicles parked in front of a residential driveway. Police located the owners of the vehicles, which were removed without incident.

Dec. 7

12:45 p.m. Police were called to Granville Little League Complex on a report of a deceased deer and notified the DPW that the deer needed to be properly disposed of. The deer appeared to have been on scene for some time and with no obvious signs of death due to degree of decomposition, suggesting it possibly was struck by a motor vehicle.

6:30 p.m. Police were dispatched to Pacific Street for a man leaving a residence after throwing a chair at a window. Police spoke to the caller who claimed the man threw the chair after being questioned about a missing vape pen. The man returned to the residence while police were on scene and was advised his actions were inappropriate and that he needed to deal with his anger in a better way. The man agreed with the patrol and apologized to the caller.

Dec 8

12:05 a.m. Patrol noticed a man walking by the front door sidewalk of the high school. During the interview the subject stated he was walking home from Family Dollar because he was intoxicated. After a brief conversation with police, the man continued his walk home.

11:30 a.m. Patrol was stopped on North Street and advised that a black bike had been abandoned on the rail trail. The bike was secured and transported to the police station.

Dec. 9

2:55 a.m. A woman called the police station and advised her husband had left their residence threatening to harm himself over relationship issues. Police with assistance from New York State Police patrolled the area and located the man along State Route 22. The matter was cleared with nothing further to report.

11:01 a.m. Police responded to Lions Lane regarding a subject yelling obscenities toward other tenants. The subject said he was yelling into his phone and also claimed he was the victim of Facebook slander by another tenant. The subject was advised to try to be respectful of his neighbors and stop causing disturbances, especially since children reside in the same building.

Whitehall Police Beat

Dec. 3

7:15 p.m. Police received a call from a 73-year-old North Williams Street resident who said two all-terrain vehicles had been driven and parked on her lawn, causing severe damage. Police responded to the location and observed the ATVs but did not find any damage to the lawn. The owners of the vehicles were contacted; they said they had not seen the private property sign and agreed to remove the ATVs.

Dec. 4

1:29 a.m. An 18-year-old Broadway resident told police that an 18-year-old Poultney Street woman had punched a third woman in the face at the complainant’s address. The reported victim told police she did not want to press charges. Officers advised the Poultney Street woman and her friends to go home.

Dec. 5

12:15 a.m. Police responded to an open 911 line on Broadway. They found no indication of an emergency. While at the scene, the person from whose phone the call had been made called dispatch and reported the call as accidental. The person was reportedly walking and had “pocket-dialed” 911.

8:23 p.m. Police were dispatched to the intersection of Broadway and Maple Street in response to a report of two men fighting in what described as a road rage incident. Officers interviewed the two, who both said they were in the wrong and subsequently went their separate ways.

11:09 p.m. A 52-year-old Lower Bellamy Street resident was charged with criminal trespass after she allegedly went onto the porch of a Gilmore Street residence without permission. Cheryl A. Brayton, also known as Cheryl A. Kilmartin, was charged with the misdemeanor after police responding to a report of a burglary at the Gilmore Street address were shown a video of a woman, identified as Brayton, walking onto the porch. The video did not show her entering the residence. Brayton was released with an appearance ticket.

Dec. 6

8:45 p.m. Village police assisted New York State Police in searching for a dark-colored vehicle with Vermont plates that had been speeding on Poultney Street, then turned onto Davis Street. Police canvassed the area but were unable to locate the vehicle.

11:54 p.m. While on patrol, police were called to a North Williams Street address in response to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in front of the home with the lights off. Police subsequently stopped a Chevrolet Tahoe that matched the description of the suspicious vehicle near the intersection of Main and Saunders streets. The driver of the vehicle said he had pulled over to use his cell phone and to allow his passenger to let her dog out.

Dec. 8

8:34 p.m. Police were called to Poultney Street in response to a report of a buggy and an injured horse. The horse and vehicle were not located.

New York State Police

Dec. 6

1:18 a.m. Atajah J. Prunty, 24, of Hudson Falls was arrested for obstructing governmental administration in the second degree and resisting arrest, both class A misdemeanors; tampering with physical evidence, specifically concealing or destroying it, a class E felony; two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor; and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony. He was released on his own recognizance. At the same time, Brian J. Ray, 36, of Gansevoort was arrested for obstructing governmental administration in the second degree and resisting arrest, both class A misdemeanors; 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 third degree, a class B felony; and criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree, specifically scales, a class A misdemeanor. He was being held.

6:47 p.m. Justin C. Lewis, 30, of Hudson Falls was arrested for assault in the third degree with intent to cause physical injury and criminal mischief with intent to damage property, both class A misdemeanors. He was being held.

Dec. 7

12:19 p.m. James. M. Brennan, 19, of Greenwich was arrested and charged with petit larceny, obstructing governmental administration in the second degree and resisting arrest, all class A misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Dec. 8

9:22 a.m. Brian L. Valastro, 33, of Granville was arrested for assault in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor; criminal contempt in the first degree, a class E felony; and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor. He was being held.

Dec. 10

10 p.m. Brad M. Gordon, 38, of Whitehall was arrested for a false report of an incident in the second degree, specifically an emergency call, a class E felony. He was issued an appearance ticket.

11:28 p.m. Allison M. Clark, 63, of Fort Edward was charged in Moreau with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. At the same time, Trevor M. Stimpson 27, of Queensbury was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. Both were issued appearance tickets.

Dec. 11

2:25 a.m. Leland T. Smith, 44, of Hudson Falls was charged in Moreau for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Vermont State Police

Dec. 6

3:22 p.m. Vermont State Police were dispatched to a single-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 7 south of Windy Hill Road in the Town of Pittsford. Troopers identified the operator as 63-year-old Dennis Morgan of Brandon. Morgan’s vehicle, a 2018 Chevrolet Trax, was located off the east shoulder of the roadway. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a power pole. Morgan suffered minor injuries. Morgan experienced a medical event, leading to the crash. Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is encouraged to contact Trooper Steven Schutt at 802-773-9101. Troopers were assisted by Pittsford Fire Department, Regional Ambulance Service, Green Mountain Power and Boondock Motors.

Dec. 7

9:09 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Vermont Route 7A near Daniels Road in the Town of Shaftsbury. Upon arrival, troopers observed that a truck hit a power pole, but the power pole was not broken. The vehicle, a 2014 Ford F-150 sustained heavy front-end damage to the front passenger-side wheel and tire area, which required it to be towed from the scene by Walt’s Towing Service. Investigation revealed that the driver, Michael Brown, 32, of Shaftsbury was traveling south on Route 7A before the incident occurred. Brown told troopers that another vehicle pulled out in front of him from the Paulin gas station parking lot, and he swerved to the right of the vehicle to avoid a rear-end collision. When Brown swerved to the right, he crossed the white fog line and collided with the power pole. There was no collision between the two, but the second vehicle left the scene. The second operator is unknown at this time, but troopers would like to speak with the second driver about the incident. The second driver is encouraged to call the VSP Shaftsbury Barracks and ask to speak with Trooper Ryan Criss.

Dec. 9

1:44 a.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop for an observed violation on U.S. Route 7 near the Green Mountain Plaza in Rutland Town. The operator of the vehicle was identified as Joseph Tardif, 39, of Proctor. Tardif displayed several indicators of impairment and was screened for driving under the influence. Tardif was ultimately taken into custody and transported for processing. Troopers were granted a search warrant for Tardif’s vehicle and located a plastic bag containing methamphetamine. Tardif was issued a citation to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

Dec. 11

5:10 p.m. Vermont State Police are investigating the death of a man who had been incarcerated at Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Rutland. Jack Martin, 49, of Rutland City, informed Department of Corrections staff on Friday morning, Dec. 9, that he was having difficulty breathing and he was subsequently transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center for treatment. He died at the hospital Sunday afternoon. Following standard procedure, Vermont State Police were notified of the death at about 5:10 p.m. on Sunday and responded to Rutland Regional Medical Center to perform a death investigation. The preliminary investigation does not indicate that the death is suspicious. An autopsy will be performed at the Vermont Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington to determine the cause and manner of death. Martin has been in custody of the Department of Corrections since Oct. 11 following his arrest on Vermont charges of assault and robbery and possession of heroin. The investigation is ongoing and Vermont State Police will provide updates when possible. Further questions should be directed to the Department of Corrections.


Vermont State Police seek information on robbery

On Saturday, Dec. 10, Vermont State Police were notified of a robbery that had occurred at the Rutland Short Stop Convenience Store located at 351 U.S. Route 4 in Rutland Town.

Troopers and detectives from the Rutland barracks responded to the store.

Investigation revealed that a male subject entered the store at approximately 8:20 p.m. and demanded money from the register.

After stealing the money, the suspect left the store on foot at approximately 8:21 p.m.

No one was injured during the robbery.

The subject is described as a white male approximately 5’6”, wearing a light grey hoodie; red, white, blue and black colored sneakers; dark-colored pants; a black mask and a camouflage baseball cap with a camouflage visor (see photos above).

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Vermont State Police in Rutland at 802-773-9101. Anonymous tips/information also can be submitted at vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.


52-year-old Nathan Ryder’s car overturned onto a stone wall on County Route 24 in Granville. (Photo by Becki Townsend)

One-car crash hurts driver

On Dec. 5 at about 3:18 p.m., New York State Police responded to a report of a one-car crash on County Route 24 in Granville that resulted in minor injuries.

The investigation determined that the driver, 52-year-old Nathan Ryder of Florence, Vermont, apparently fell asleep, which caused him to exit the roadway striking multiple fixed items – including a utility pole – and eventually overturning.

Ryder was transported to the hospital with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.


Hudson Falls man indicted in October apartment fire

By Doug La Rocque

A Washington County Grand Jury had handed up a 12-count indictment against 47-year old Peter Lemery, accusing him of setting fire to his apartment building in Hudson Falls, a blaze that left at least 12 people homeless.

The Tuesday, Oct. 4 conflagration at 11 Maple St. in the village required mutual aid from many surrounding departments to extinguish, with the structure eventually torn down.

Specifically, Lemery is accused of arson, reckless endangerment and 10 counts of criminal mischief, one count for each of the 10 victims who lost all their possessions in the fire.

Lemery has maintained his innocence in previous court appearances.

Should he be convicted, Lemery faces up to 25 years in prison.


Hampton man charged in child sex exploitation

By Doug La Rocque

A 47-year-old Hampton man has been arrested on charges of promoting a sexual performance by a child and possessing a sexual performance by a child.

Jorge Lopez was taken into custody at his home by State Police as well as Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Troopers Lopez’s arrest followed an investigation that led to the issuance of a search warrant of his residence by HSI. Lopez is currently on parole for a previous sexual offense conviction.

Following his arrest, Lopez was processed at the Granville State Police Barracks and sent to the Washington County Correctional Facility where he remains without bail on a parole violation hold.