Police Beat, Feb. 9, 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 Department

Jan. 27

9:30 a.m. A North Street woman called police to say a man had threatened her and a male friend over the phone and they feared the caller might actually return to the North Street location. The complainant, however, declined to have law enforcement visit the suspect who was believed to have been located in Glens Falls and refused to sign a complaint. She said she simply wanted a report on file in case suspect should return.

4:50 p.m. Police were dispatched to a Quaker Street address to investigate a 911 hangup call. Officer arrived and checked location with negative findings.

5:27 p.m. Officer dispatched to a Lions Lane location to assist an evicted tenant retrieve personal belongings. Matter was handled in a civil way by all involved.

Jan. 28

11:04 p.m. Police were called to a Mettowee Street location to investigate a property damage accident involving a deer. The injured deer was dispatched. The driver indicated the deer ran out in front of her vehicle and she could not avoid it. Significant damage to the vehicle was reported.

Jan. 29

3:35 a.m. Police were sent to a Lincoln Street location for a noise complaint. Officer arrived at the location and stood in upstairs common area where no noise or unreasonable activity was observed. The complaint was cleared without further incident.

7:47 a.m. A Whitehall resident was observed by police to be traveling in excess of the posted speed limit on a village street. She was stopped and issued a traffic ticket.

Jan. 31

11:35 a.m. A resident reported to police he observed a vehicle back out of a Quaker Street business and strike a village snowplow. No damage to the village-owned vehicle was reported and only minor damage to the striking vehicle. The resident provided registration information to the police for further reference.

12:17 p.m. Police were dispatched to a Lions Lane location for an eviction situation. Complainant claimed he was not legally serviced. He was advised the police department does not deal with evictions as it is a civil matter and complainant was advised to contact the Town Constable.

Feb. 2

4:35 p.m. Police were called to a Quaker Street location for a report of a suspicious male hanging around in the area. Upon arrival no such person was observed. Advised the complaint to call again if the person were to return.

8:15 p.m. Police were asked to do a civil standby at a Quaker Street location were there had previously been a verbal altercation. Reporting subject was able to remove tools from the location without further incident.

11:15 p.m. Officer responded to a North Street location for a report of a 911 hangup call. Was advised on arrival there was no incident at that location and no one had placed the call. Complaint was cleared without further incident.

Feb. 3

9:30 a.m. Police were called to a North Street location by a woman who complained she was not feeling well. Granville EMS was dispatched to her home for evaluation and possible transport.

6:43 p.m. Assisted New York State Police and New York State Parole in the apprehension of an individual at a North Maple Street location.


Whitehall Police Department

Jan. 27

9 p.m. Police were dispatched to Bellamy Street in response to a suspicious vehicle parked in the middle of the road. Upon arrival, police observed a black Ram pickup parked in the street. The driver told officers she was dropping off children and would be leaving shortly. The vehicle was moved out of the roadway.

Jan. 28

9:10 a.m. Officers received a complaint that a guest who had been invited to a home on Elizabeth Street the previous evening was refusing to leave. When police arrived, the guest agreed to leave and was provided a courtesy ride to Stewart’s, where she would be picked up.

2:38 p.m. A 92-year-old man’s failure to make an appearance at the American Legion prompted acquaintances to ask police to check on his welfare. The acquaintances told police they had been trying to reach the man by telephone but that his line was constantly busy. Police went to his residence and found the man in good health.

4:45 p.m. A Rent-A-Center employee asked police to stand by while he visited a residence on First Avenue because of prior problems with a neighbor. Police stood by, but no action was necessary.

Jan. 30

12:30 p.m. Village police assisted an Amtrak Police officer investigating a trespass incident at the railroad crossing on Northeast Street.

Jan. 31

3:40 p.m. Police were called to intervene in a neighbor dispute on Benjamin Street. The person who called said a neighbor had come onto her property and accused her of throwing his dog off her porch. In retaliation, the neighbor had used a 4-wheeler to plow snow behind her car, blocking her in. The caller denied anyone had thrown the dog. The neighbor said he saw his dog appear to be thrown off the porch, then went to confront the caller. Both sides said they normally got along well and agreed the entire situation was a misunderstanding. The neighbor agreed to remove the snow.


New York State Police

Jan. 30

5:02 p.m. Heather L. Lawrence, 32, of Warrensburg and Colton J. Fitzpatrick, 24, of Whitehall both were charged with criminal contempt in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. Both were released on their own recognizance.

Feb. 1

10:40 a.m. Marcus L. Eldred, 39, of Hudson Falls was arrested in Clifton Park for operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs in the first degree, a class U misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Feb. 2

10:13 p.m. Timothy H. Heym, 53, of Hudson Falls was arrested during a traffic stop in South Glens Falls for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket. At the same time, Atajah J. Prunty, 24, also of Hudson Falls and arrested in South Glens Falls, was charged with four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor, and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, specifically cocaine, a class D felony. He was released on his own recognizance.

Feb. 4

12:01 p.m. Kane P. Frasier, 36, of Whitehall was arrested in Queensbury for petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.


Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Feb. 1

Deputies and Investigators arrested 42-year-old Billy Cassell III of Kingsbury for violating an order or protection for an incident that occurred in the Town of Kingsbury. Cassell III was charged with aggravated family offense, a Class E felony, and criminal contempt in the 1st degree, also a Class E felony. He was arraigned in Kingsbury Town Court and remanded to the Washington County Correctional Facility without bail pending a further court hearing.

Feb. 2

10:45 a.m. Two people were sent to Glens Falls Hospital following a collision between a vehicle and a tractor trailer on Mahaffey Road (County Route 42) in Fort Edward. Deputies said 80-year-old Carolyn Garris of Fort Edward failed to yield the right of way and pulled into the path of the oncoming truck. Garris needed to be extricated from her vehicle and suffered neck, back and shoulder pain. The driver of the tractor trailer, identified as 55-year-old Joseph Jarvais of Schenectady, complained of chest pain and was also transported to the hospital. A portion of the roadway was closed for about an hour and a half while the scene was cleared. Garris was cited for failing to yield the right of way and unlicensed operation.


Vermont State Police

Feb. 3

10:36 p.m. Vermont State Police located a motionless vehicle at a blinking red light at the corner of West and South Main Streets in Rutland City. Troopers found a woman, identified as Tammy Lancour, 58, of Rutland City, slumped over and sleeping behind the wheel of the running vehicle. While speaking with Lancour, troopers observed signs of impairment. Lancour was taken into custody for driving under the influence and transported for processing. After processing she was released on a citation to appear in Rutland County Superior Court to answer to the charge of DUI #2. Troopers were assisted by the Rutland City Police Department.

Feb. 5

11:43 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 7 at the intersection of Windcrest Road in the Town of Rutland. Investigation determined that Cheryl Lawson, 64, of Proctorsville, was traveling northbound on Route 7. Neil Zook, 27, of Whitehall, New York, was traveling southbound on Route 7 and preparing to make a left-hand turn onto Windcrest Road. Lawson, still traveling northbound, had the green light when Zook turned left with a yellow flashing arrow and struck Lawson’s car. Zook reported no injuries, while Lawson reported minor injuries. Zook was issued a Vermont civil violation complaint for a violation of Title 23 VSA 1047: Vehicle Turning Left. Vermont State Police were assisted by Rutland Town Fire Department on the scene.


Fair Haven resident arrested for selling cocaine

Nicolas O. Ranglin

On Friday, Feb. 3, Vermont State Police arrested Nicolas O. Ranglin, 37, of Fair Haven in Rutland City on two counts of selling cocaine. The arrest arose from an investigation conducted by the Vermont Drug Task Force that began in October 2022 involving the use of confidential informants and the coordination of controlled purchases of crack cocaine from Ranglin, according to a press release from the Vermont State Police.

At the time of his arrest, Ranglin was on parole stemming from a May 2020 arrest in Fort Ann, New York, when he was found in possession of more than 100 grams of crack cocaine while traveling back to Vermont.

At the time of his arrest in New York, Ranglin was on probation in Vermont after he was convicted on two felony charges for the sale of cocaine on Aug. 14, 2019, and was sentenced to 17-18 months in prison. Ranglin was released early from Vermont custody and placed on probation in 2020 just prior to his May 2020 arrest in New York.

On April 1, 2021, Ranglin was convicted in New York State of felony criminal possession of narcotic drugs in the third degree with the intent to sell. On Sept. 8, 2022, Ranglin was released from New York custody and placed on parole that was transferred from New York to Vermont.

Approximately one month later in October 2022, the Vermont Drug Task Force initiated an investigation into Ranglin’s drug-distribution activity. Ranglin also has a 2015 conviction for felony sale of cocaine in Vermont, as well as conspiracy and cocaine possession convictions from the same incident.

Ranglin appeared at Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division, in Rutland on Feb. 3 and was released on conditions. Ranglin is being prosecuted by the Rutland County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The Vermont Drug Task Force was assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Rutland City Police Department and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Vermont Drug Task Force at 802-773-9101 or submit a tip anonymously via vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.


Mom cited for not schooling kids

A Whitehall woman is facing three misdemeanor charges after she allegedly failed to see to her children’s education.

Lettie L. Easton, 43, was charged Jan. 25 with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child after she failed to ensure her three children – ages 14, 12 and 9 – attended school or received appropriate homeschooling dating back to the start of the 2021-22 school year. Easton turned herself in to police after being informed of the complaint filed by the Whitehall Central School District.

Easton was released on an appearance ticket returnable in Village Court at a later date.