Police Beat, Dec. 22, 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. 9

5 p.m. The Granville Police Department performed traffic details for the Granville Lighted Tractor Parade.

6:35 p.m. A caller reported a found child on Main Street during the parade. Granville police patrolled to the area on foot due to activity. The child was identified and upon speaking with him police learned he was separated from his cousin. The child’s parents were notified and the child was picked up by his uncle.

Dec. 12

2:10 a.m. While patrolling, police noticed interior lights on at the Morrison Building. Due to time of day a security check was performed and all appeared secure. The interior was observed through windows, and it also appeared to be intact.

7:13 a.m. After-hours parking violation warnings were issued to vehicles parked on Morrison and North streets that were obvious winter parking ban violations. Due to the time frame, warning only were issued.

11:07 a.m. Police responded to the Granville Elementary School parking lot to address a motor vehicle accident and spoke with all parties involved. No injuries were reported. The first driver stated she was pulling out into the lane after picking up her child from early dismissal and that she was turning into left lane when a school bus came out of nowhere and struck the front corner of her vehicle. The school bus operator stated he was in the left-hand lane when the first driver turned into the side of the bus, which sustained scrapes starting behind the passenger door traveling down the length of the bus ending near the rear wheel well. A witness told police he observed the vehicle pull out into the side of the bus. The mother of the student on the bus was advised by the School Resource Officer. A camera review of the incident will follow.

Whitehall Police Department

Dec. 10

12:50 a.m. While on patrol, police reported seeing headlights next to the railroad tracks south of Poultney Street. The responding officer found a pickup truck facing the tracks; an interview with the driver determined he was a rail company employee who was checking the train to ensure no illegal riders were on board.

1:15 a.m. Police reported issuing two citations for violation of the village’s Winter Parking Ban.

7:49 p.m. Police investigated a report of a possible purse-snatching that took place at the Elks Lodge on North Williams Street. A 48-year-old Elizabeth Street resident told officers her black leather purse containing her cell phone and several credit cards had disappeared while she was at the lodge. While investigating the report, police obtained a video recording from the Elks Lodge that showed the woman leaving the building with her purse. Police advised the complainant of the video; she said she would check the vehicle she had taken from lodge. She later told police she had found the missing items in her house.

Dec. 11

9:23 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the Poultney Street area in response to a report of a suspicious person wearing a dark hoodie and blue shorts asking people for cigarettes. Police canvassed the area for several minutes but did not find anyone matching that description.

Dec. 14

1:28 p.m. Village police received a report that an animal had been left in a vehicle parked in a yard on Queen Street. Upon arrival, they found a person sitting in the vehicle but no animal.

New York State Police

Dec. 11

9:55 a.m. State Police investigated a one-car personal injury accident on County Route 12 in Whitehall. Injured in the crash was 56-year-old Patrick Kelly of Whitehall. No charges were listed.

1:55 p.m. Troopers investigated a one-car property damage accident on Craig Road (County Route 2) in Putnam. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 32-year-old Macayla Gordon of Ticonderoga. She was uninjured. No charges were listed.

5:55 p.m. Steven M. Lathrop, 40, of Fort Edward was charged in Queensbury with nine counts of petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

11:55 p.m. Edward L. Stimpson, 38, of Fort Edward was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Dec. 12

12:33 p.m. Kimberly A. Baptie, 29, of Granville was arrested for assault with intent to cause physical injury with a weapon, a class D felony, as well as criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree with intent to use, a class A misdemeanor, in connection with an incident reported Dec. 8. She was being held.

1:05 p.m. John S. Hand, 61, of Greenwich was charged with one count of petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, in connection with an incident that occurred in Schuylerville on Dec. 8. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Dec. 14

6:21 a.m. Granville-based State Police investigated a one-car property damage accident on State Route 40 in Argyle. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 27-year-old Matthew Joseph Beecher Jr. of Middle Granville. He was uninjured. No charges were listed.

Dec. 15

12:38 a.m. State Police from the Salem substation arrested 37-year-old Shawn Johnson of Shushan on charges of criminal trespass in the second degree and criminal contempt in the second degree, both class A misdemeanors. He was remanded to the Washington County Correctional Facility pending court action. The investigation remains open.

8:33 a.m. Troopers from Salem investigated a two-car property damage accident in the parking lot of the Cumberland Farms on New York State Route 29 in Greenwich. The drivers were identified as 23-year-old Richard Coon of Eagle Bridge and 29-year-old Wesley Thurber Jr. of Cambridge. No injuries were reported. The accident remains under investigation.

2:28 p.m. State Police based in Salem arrested 51-year-old Clifton Patrick of Argyle on the charge of criminal contempt in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket. The investigation is still pending.

Dec. 16

4:23 a.m. Troopers from the Salem substation investigated a one-car property damage accident on Perry Hill Road (County Route 64) in Salem involving 34-year-old Miles Appling of Salem. No injuries were reported. The investigation remains open.

9:51 a.m. Troopers from the Granville substation investigated a two-car property damage accident on Winters Road (County Route 21) in Whitehall involving 20-year-old Samantha Silver of Cincinnati, Ohio, and 24-year-old Courtney Lafata of Ticonderoga. No injuries were reported. No charges were listed.

2:13 p.m. Troopers from the Salem substation investigated a one-car property damage accident on Middle Road in Hebron. Involved was 45-year-old Chad Bascue of Hudson Falls. No injuries were reported and no charges were listed.

3 p.m. State Police from Granville investigated a personal injury accident on Blue Goose Road (NYS Route 22) in Dresden. Injured was a 16-year-old Hudson Falls resident. The nature of the injuries was not disclosed. No charges were listed.

3:12 pm Granville-based State Police investigated a one-car property damage accident on Oatman Lanes (NYS Route 149) in Granville. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 40-year-old Airel Smith of Cohoes. No injuries were reported, and no charges were listed.

4:32 p.m. Troopers from the Granville substation investigated a one-car property damage accident on Belden Road (NYS Route 22) in Dresden. Involved was 54-year-old Holly Sillero of Glens Falls. No injuries were reported, and no charges were listed.

Dec. 17

12:32 p.m. Salem-based State Police investigated a one-car property damage accident on Thompson Road (County Route 113) in Greenwich. Involved was 25-year-old Norah Schlax of Lewiston, Maine. No injuries were reported, and no charges were listed.

Vermont State Police

Dec. 10

7:04 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a trespasser on Holiday Drive in Rutland Town. Through investigation it was determined Joshua Reed, 23, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, committed the offense of unlawful trespass. Reed was located by troopers on a property where he had been previously served a notice against trespass order for that property. Reed was removed from the property and issued a criminal citation to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

Dec. 12

10:17 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single-car motor vehicle collision on Vermont Route 315 in the town of West Rupert. It was reported the operator lost control of the vehicle and collided into a tree; no injuries were reported. Further investigation revealed that the 2008 Nissan Frontier driven by Cindy Hosley, 59, of Pawlet was traveling too fast for roadway conditions at the time and lost control due to a patch of ice. Due to disabling damage sustained from the collision, Warner’s Towing of Granville, New York, assisted in removing the vehicle, which was totaled. Vermont State Police were assisted by the Rupert Fire Department.

Dec. 16

9:35 a.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a single-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 7 near North Shrewsbury Road in the Town of Clarendon. Through investigation it was determined that John Furneaux, 68, of Wallingford driving 2019 Hyundai Elantra was traveling south on Route 7. Furneaux failed to maintain his lane of travel resulting in his car exiting the west side of the roadway and colliding with a guardrail. Furneaux suffered no injuries, while his vehicle sustained moderate damage to the right quarter panel. A Vermont civil violation complaint is pending.

Dec. 18

8:14 p.m. Vermont State Police received a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence on Stage Road in Benson. Through the course of the investigation it was found that Jay McHugh, 43, of Benson had physically assaulted a family/household member during the incident. McHugh was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Rutland barracks. Per order of the court, McHugh was ordered to be held without bail. McHugh was to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.


State Police arrest Whitehall man for falsely reporting a fire

On Saturday, Dec. 10, State Police of Granville arrested Brad M. Gordon, 38, of Whitehall, New York, for falsely reporting an incident in the second degree, a class E felony, according to a New York State Police press release.

On Monday, Dec. 5, at about 11:08 p.m., Fort Edward 911 received a call and dispatched troopers to the area of County Road 18 in Whitehall for the reports of a fully involved structure fire.

Upon arrival, no fire or emergency was observed. The investigation determined Gordon called 911 while at the Stewart’s Shop on Poultney Street in Whitehall and falsely reported the fire.

Gordon was arrested at the same Stewart’s Shop on Dec. 10, 2022, where he was found to be operating an unregistered, uninsured vehicle without a valid driver’s license.

He was processed at the Granville barracks and issued appearance tickets returnable to the Whitehall Town Court on Wednesday, Dec. 21, and released.