Police Beat, Feb. 23, 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

Feb. 11

10:55 a.m. Police were called to assist the Granville Rescue Squad for a Lifeline activation at a North Quaker Street residence, as EMS was unable to gain entry. Upon further investigation, the homeowner had been transported to the Rutland Regional Medical Center the previous day and was still hospitalized. The call was cleared without further incident.

Feb. 12

9:40 p.m. An officer was dispatched to the Little League park to investigate a complaint about youths setting off fireworks. The youths were gone on the officer’s arrival. The same officer was dispatched for another fireworks complaint shortly thereafter in the area of Williams Street. A check of the area proved negative for perpetrators and no further fireworks calls were received.

Feb. 13

12:20 a.m. 911 dispatch received a medical emergency call from Mettowee Street. Police were dispatched as well due to the caller’s behavior on the phone. The officer arrived and stayed with the caller until EMS arrived. No issue was reported at the scene.

1:05 a.m. While on patrol an officer located a vehicle parked at a Quaker Street business with two occupants who stated they arrived in town too late to check into an area motel. They advised they had business later in the morning at a vehicle repair shop. Occupants were advised to relocate to a municipal parking lot, which they did without incident.

4:15 p.m. An officer responded to a Madison Street facility for a 911 call. Upon interviewing the caller, it was determined she dialed the number by mistake. There were no further issues reported.

Feb. 14

1:45 a.m. Police responded to a North Street location to help staff with lifting assistance. Aid was rendered and no injury occurred.


Whitehall Police Department

Feb. 10

11:45 a.m. A Gansevoort woman came to the police station to ask for help in getting her children’s belongings from their grandparents’ house in Whitehall. The woman told officers she did not get along with the grandparents and was looking for help to avoid any problems. Police escorted the children to the grandparents’ house and they were able to get their belongings without any issues.

Feb. 11

3:11 p.m. A Whitehall man told police he was worried about his mother, who had gone to her ex-boyfriend’s house to get some property back. Before she left, she told him to keep his telephone nearby, a request he said had alarmed him. He called police after he had not heard from his mother for over an hour. Police had a friend call the mother, who said she was waiting to see if law enforcement would help her retrieve her belongings.

9:15 p.m. Police received a request for assistance from a woman who said she believed a man had returned to the apartment from which he had been evicted Jan. 31. Officers cleared the apartment without finding the man.

Feb. 13

3:57 p.m. Police responded to a report of a shed being found on a Brookdale Avenue property. Police determined that the shed was part of a maple sap collection operation and a neighboring property owner said the apparent owner of the shed had permission to run sap on his property. When informed of the situation, the complainant said she did not mind the location of the shed on the property.

Feb. 14

8:15 a.m. A North Mountain Street resident called police to report her 13-year-old son was refusing to go to school and she could not get him in the car. The responding officer told the woman the school has previously said they will not admit any children forced to attend school by the police. The responding officer said he would document the woman’s effort to make her son go to school.

1:02 p.m. Police were called to a Broadway apartment building in response to a report of a dispute between two residents. One of the residents said she had allowed the second resident to move into the apartment in October but now wished him removed. The man told police he wants to leave but needs to stay until he can make arrangements to go back to Ohio. Officers told the two they were both legal residents of the address and neither could be forced to move. As there was no evidence of any physical interaction between the two, police advised them to work on getting along until the man was able to make arrangements to leave.


New York State Police

Feb. 13

3:09 p.m. Egbert A. Shaw, 37, of Salem was arrested for criminal contempt in the first degree, a class E felony, in connection with a family offense. He was being held.

11:06 p.m. A 16-year-old juvenile from Fort Ann was arrested for criminal mischief with intent to damage property, a class A misdemeanor. They were issued an appearance ticket.

10:11 p.m. State Police stopped a vehicle on River Street in Hudson Falls for multiple violations. The driver was identified as Jennifer T. Box, 36, of Warrensburg. Box was arrested for driving while intoxicated and other vehicle and traffic law violations. She was transported to State Police barracks in Granville for processing, where she recorded a blood alcohol concentration of 0.28%. Box was issued tickets returnable to Kingsbury Town Court at a later date and was released to a sober third party.

Feb. 14

8:29 p.m. An 18-year-old from Greenwich was arrested for menacing in the second degree with a weapon and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, both class A misdemeanors. The teenager was issued an appearance ticket.

Feb. 15

1:59 p.m. Justin C. Dennison, 41, of Schuylerville was arrested for petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, that was reported on Feb. 10. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Feb. 18

8:39 a.m. Linda A. Vandenburgh, 58, of Whitehall was arrested for grand larceny of a vehicle in the third degree, a class D felony, reported on Feb. 15. She was being held.

12:34 p.m. Bryan J. Periard, 40, of Greenwich was arrested for an animal complaint reported on Sept. 26, specifically torturing/injuring/not feeding an animal, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

10:18 p.m. David D. Rock, 30, of Hudson Falls was arrested in Glens Falls for criminal contempt in the second degree, specifically disobeying a court order of protection, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.


Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Feb. 13

Investigators arrested Kaitlin Nelson of Richmond, Vermont, on the charge of bail-jumping in the second degree, a class E felony. She was located in Burlington, Vermont, and apprehended following the issuance of a warrant by Washington County Court. Nelson was extradited to answer the bail-jumping charge along with other counts from prior cases in the county. She was being held at the Washington County Correctional Facility.


Vermont State Police

Feb. 12

9:33 p.m. Vermont State Police were advised to be on the lookout for a Dorr Oil truck that was being driven all over the roadway on U.S. Route 7 in the Town of Shaftsbury. Troopers responded and located the vehicle traveling north on Route 7. At the same time, troopers were advised that the vehicle in question had recently been stolen from Dorr Oil/Septic in Manchester. A traffic stop was conducted, and the operator of the vehicle, Geoffrey Sauer, 40, of Bennington was taken into custody for DUI #1, negligent operation and possession of stolen property. Sauer later was processed at the State Police barracks in Shaftsbury and released with a citation to appear in Bennington County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

Feb. 14

11:29 a.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a family fight at a residence on Blissville Road in the Town of Poultney. Through investigation it was determined that David Saltis, 41, of Poultney caused pain and/or injury to a family or household member. Saltis was placed into custody and transported to the State Police barracks in Rutland for processing. He was later released on a citation to appear at Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, to be arraigned at a later date.

Feb. 15

Various times: Vermont State Police were notified by the general counsel of Rutland Regional Medical Center that its staff was receiving an abundance of unwanted and threatening emails and voice mails from Jay G. Cooke, 46, of Sudbury. About 12 emails were sent by Cooke and received by RRMC staff between 1 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Feb. 15. It appeared that Cooke’s intent was to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass or annoy by electronic communication, State Police said. Furthermore, the content of the emails was obscene, lewd, lascivious and indecent, troopers said. It appeared that Cooke maliciously threatened to accuse another of a crime with intent to extort money from RRMC, troopers said. Cooke was transported to the Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, to be arraigned. The affidavit of probable cause will be filed with the court and made public following Cooke’s arraignment, which was expected to take place that afternoon.

Feb. 19

1:43 a.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop for an observed violation. Troopers identified the operator as Allison Buchanan, 33, of Rutland City. During the interaction Buchanan displayed several indicators of impairment. She ultimately was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence and transported to the State Police barracks in Rutland for processing. After processing, Buchanan was issued a citation to appear in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.


Whitehall man arrested following domestic dispute

On Monday, Feb. 6, New York State Police arrested James M. Blackmer, 43, of Whitehall, New York, for criminal obstruction of breathing, criminal mischief in the fourth degree, petit larceny, obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, resisting arrest and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree.

On Dec. 19, 2022, at about 10:19 p.m., troopers responded to a Queensbury home for the report of a domestic dispute. The investigation determined Blackmer got into a physical altercation with the victim and then took their cell phone to prevent them from calling 911. He fled the home with the victim’s cell phone before law enforcement arrived. Blackmer was uncooperative with the investigation, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

On Feb. 6 with the assistance of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Blackmer was located in a Queensbury home. Blackmer attempted to hide in the residence and resisted arrest. While being taken into custody, he was found to possess a glass smoking device containing drug residue. He was transported to State Police barracks in Queensbury for processing.

Blackmer was arraigned at the Warren County Centralized Arraignment Part Court and remanded to the Warren County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail of $2,000 cash, $4,000 bond or $8,000 partially secured bond.