Police Beat, Jan. 19, 2023


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 Beat

Jan. 6

2:30 p.m. Police responded to a Madison Street address where a resident advised he was having an issue with another resident, indicating he wanted her removed and a mental health evaluation preformed. He also advised police she had broken a door in the residence. The woman advised officers that the man was attempting to have her exit the bathroom and would not let him in. Police inspected the door in question and found no damage. Police advised the man that as she resided there police could not remove her. Complainant then sped off in his vehicle. Police cleared the location with no further incident.

4:30 p.m. Complainant appeared at the police station to report that a man had been at his South Maple Street property the day before with no reason to be there. The complainant showed officers a picture of a middle-aged man who appeared bald and about six feet tall on his porch. Police were asked to pass on the picture to all patrols and expressed concern because a bicycle has been stolen from his porch months earlier. The complainant also showed a picture of a teenager in the same vicinity. Area check was conducted with negative results.

Jan. 8

3:08 p.m. A woman appeared at the police station to report an iPad had been delivered to her Mettowee Street home on Dec. 30, but when she returned home the package was not there. The woman was advised by the sender of the iPad to file a police report. The complainant later advised that the package was delivered on Jan. 6.

Jan. 9

12:25 p.m. A complainant wished to have another subject placed on trespass notice for his Main Street property to include old bank building, parking lot and vacant property. The subject was observed on video urinating on the property. A trespass notice was served. The subject admitted to urinating but felt it was in an area where he could not be observed.

12:49 p.m. A woman reported she was being harassed at her place of employment, which was actually in the town and not village confines. Granville police referred her to agencies that cover that jurisdictional area.

Jan. 10

3:50 p.m. Police assisted EMS at a Madison Street location. The patient was transported to Glens Falls Hospital.

7:05 p.m. A walk-in at the station said she was getting unwanted text messages from a person that made her uncomfortable. Officers observed the messages but found no criminal activity and advised the woman to block the sender.


Whitehall Police Department

Jan. 7

10:45 a.m. Police accompanied an employee of Rent-A-Center to a First Avenue residence to ensure there were no problems. The employee had voiced concerns about a potentially volatile situation, so an officer stood by on the sidewalk as the employee spoke to the resident.

Jan. 8

1:24 a.m. Police received a report from a neighbor that a child had been crying continuously for about 20 minutes – a situation the reporting person described as unusual. The responding officer checked on the child’s welfare and was told by the person taking care of the seven-year-old that the child had awakened in the dark and was crying because he was afraid. The caregiver said he rectified the situation as soon as he had woken up. The child appeared to be in good health.

10:50 a.m. Officers responded to a South Williams Street residence in answer to a complaint about vehicles driving across the lawn. Police observed several ruts across the lawn that appeared to have been made by vehicles accessing a shared driveway. The resident could not positively identify the vehicles involved but said she planned to place boulders on her lawn to keep cars off it. She said she also intended to install a camera.

Jan. 10

7:50 p.m. Police received a report of the discovery of a used hypodermic needle on the steps leading to an apartment on North Mountain Street. Officers disposed of the needle.

Jan. 12

7 a.m. A Death Rock Road resident told police that an abandoned truck was blocking the roadway. Sleet was beginning to fall and residents on the private road were concerned they could not get around the truck without hitting the vehicle. Police found the truck, which appeared to have had an engine fire, parked in the middle of the road. There was no note on the truck and no contact information had been left at the scene. Dispatch was unable to find a listing for the registered owner. The person who reported the truck said he planned to have the vehicle towed.


New York State Police

Jan. 9

12:20 p.m. Anthony Clinton, 21, of Binghamton was charged with introducing contraband into prison in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Jan. 10

10:40 a.m. Keasia S. Rice, 26, of Syracuse was arrested in Fort Ann for introducing dangerous contraband into prison in the first degree, a class D felony. She was being held.

Jan. 14

7:59 p.m. Morgan E. Harris, 29, of Middle Granville was arrested in Queensbury for bail jumping in the first degree, a class D felony. He was being held.

12:40 p.m. Kelsie J. Abbott, 32, of Hoosick Falls was arrested on four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor, and was issued an appearance ticket.

Jan. 15

8:53 p.m. Jonathan A. Laurin, 37, of Saratoga Springs 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. He was issued an appearance ticket.


Vermont State Police

Jan. 13

4:13 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 7, near Seward Road in the Town of Rutland. It was determined that Dominique Golliot, 68, of Brandon, driving a 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee southbound on Route 7 attempted to turn left onto Seward Road through a flashing yellow light when Bryan LaCross, 30 of Rutland City, driving a 2012 Subaru Impreza northbound on Route 7, struck the passenger side of Golliot’s car, causing damage to both vehicles. Golliot suffered minor injuries that were treated at Rutland Regional Medical Center. Golliot was issued a Vermont civil violation complaint for traveling through a flashing yellow signal without caution, a violation of Title 23 VSA 1024 flashing signals. Troopers were assisted on scene by Regional Ambulance Service, Rutland Town Fire Department and the Rutland County Sheriff’s Department.

Jan. 14

12:08 a.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of West Street and Green Hills Lane in Rutland City for an observed motor vehicle violation. While speaking with the operator, Reginald Scribner, 29, of West Rutland, police observed signs of impairment. Scribner was administered standardized field sobriety tests roadside and was subsequently taken into custody for driving under the influence. He was transported to Rutland for processing and later released on a citation to appear in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, to answer to the charge of DUI.

Jan. 15

12:16 a.m. Vermont State Police observed a vehicle traveling westbound on U.S. Route 4 at about 120 mph. Troopers then witnessed the vehicle crash while attempting to navigate a corner on the highway. While speaking with the operator, Kelly Berg, 54, of Rutland, troopers observed signs of impairment. Berg was administered standardized field sobriety tests roadside and was subsequently taken into custody for driving under the influence. He was first transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center for minor injuries. He was released on a citation to appear in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, to answer to the charge of DUI and grossly negligent operation.


State police arrest Cambridge man in child pornography investigation

On Wednesday, Jan. 11, New York State Police of Greenwich, with the assistance of the Troop G Computer Crimes Unit and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, arrested Damian J. Waterman, 28, of Cambridge, New York, for promoting a sexual performance by a child, a class D felony, and criminal possession of a sexual performance by a child, a class E felony.

Waterman is accused of possessing and promoting images consistent with child sexual exploitation via a mobile device. His arrest followed an investigation and the execution of a search warrant on his home in Cambridge on Jan. 11.

The investigation stemmed from a cyber tip received through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Waterman was processed at State Police barracks in Greenwich, arraigned at the Washington County Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.


State Police arrest Cambridge man following stolen vehicle investigation

On Wednesday, Jan. 11, State Police of Brunswick arrested Joseph M. Brandmeyer, 43, of Cambridge, New York, for criminal possession of stolen property in the third degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle in the third degree, reckless endangerment in the second degree, unauthorized use of a vehicle in the third degree and multiple vehicle and traffic law violations.

On Tuesday, Jan. 10, at about 5:21 p.m., troopers located a vehicle on Hoosick Road in Brunswick, New York, that had been reported stolen from Bennington, Vermont, just hours prior.

When troopers attempted to stop the stolen vehicle being driven by Brandmeyer, he fled.

Brandmeyer ultimately crashed the vehicle into another car on Hoosick Street near the intersection with 21st Street in Troy, New York.

While taking Brandmeyer into custody, he was found to possess drugs. No one other than Brandmeyer was injured in the crash.

Brandmeyer was transported to State Police Brunswick for processing following medical treatment at Samaritan Hospital for minor injuries. He was arraigned at the Brunswick Town Court and remanded to the Rensselaer County Correctional Facility without bail.


Man arrested for violating stay-away order

A Clemons man is facing two felony charges after he allegedly knowingly violated an order of protection.

Nigel A. Reeks, 38, of Leclaire Road, was charged Jan. 6 by Whitehall police with first-degree criminal contempt and an aggravated family offense after he allegedly was observed engaged in an argument in the middle of Skene Street with a woman who had a stay-away order against him.

Police said Reeks was attempting to secure a vehicle that had apparently been in the driveway of the Skene Street residence onto a trailer when police arrived.

Reeks was taken into custody and processed at the Whitehall police station.


Whitehall man faces weapons charge

New York State Police say they received information back on Jan. 7 that led to the recovery of a weapon that had been stolen from a Whitehall residence in September of last year.

Now charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree and a consolidated law violation is 41-year-old Christopher McKinney of Whitehall.

According to troopers their investigation determined McKinney unlawfully possessed the firearm and illegally transferred ownership to another individual.

McKinney was arrested at his home and brought to the State Police Barracks in Granville for processing. He was later transferred to the Washington County Correctional Facility to await arraignment.