Police Beat, March 2, 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. 17

10:11 a.m. A vehicle was stopped on Quaker Street with an expired Vermont temporary registration. The operator also did not have insurance on the vehicle. Two traffic citations were issued that are answerable in Village Court.

Feb. 18

8:40 p.m. An officer responded to a reported domestic dispute involving a black jeep in the free parking lot. The occupants indicated they were waiting for another person, were not fighting, just playing music and having a good time. No further action was required.

9:34 p.m. While on patrol an officer noticed a vehicle in the dog park. While interviewing the occupants, they admitted to having stopped there to smoke marijuana. The parties decided to call for a ride because of the marijuana use. The vehicle was left overnight for pick up in the morning.

Feb. 21

9:40 a.m. Police responded to a Morrison Street residence for a verbal dispute between a mother and daughter. A heated conversation continued in the officer’s presence with reports of some property damage having occurred. The situation eventually calmed down and nothing that occurred rose to the level of an arrestable offense.

6:55 p.m. An officer was dispatched to a Quaker Street location for a glass break alarm. Police checked the area and the business appeared secure. No keyholder responded. The officer cleared the complaint without further incident.

Feb. 22

11:33 a.m. Two officers responded to a mental health incident on Main Street involving a knife. Upon arrival they found the person to be calm, but reporting having difficulty breathing and dizziness. There was also evidence of a very minor self-inflicted wound. EMS transported the individual to an area hospital with one officer following the ambulance.

12:12 p.m. An individual reported a black bike appeared to have been left across the road from her Mettowee Street residence for several days. DPW transported the bike to the station.

Feb. 22

6:30 p.m. Police assisted in a complaint that occurred in the Town of Granville. Advised the subject it was not within the village and therefore not within the village’s jurisdiction.


Whitehall Police Department

Feb. 17

5:50 p.m. Police patrolled to a South Williams Street address in response to a verbal dispute over money. Upon arrival, the complainant told police that a female acquaintance had come to his home demanding $60 she said he owed her. He denied the debt and said he no longer wants the woman to come to his house. Police contacted the woman by telephone and told her she was no longer welcome at the complainant’s home and could face a trespass charge if she returned. She was advised to pursue her debt claim through small claims court.

11:04 p.m. A Whitehall man wanted by State Police on a warrant charging him with second-degree possession of a forged instrument was taken into custody by Whitehall police after he was seen walking north on State Route 22. Christopher A. Carey, 31, originally ignored police orders to stop walking and later refused to take his hands out of his pockets, police said. He was subsequently taken to the ground by officers, handcuffed and placed in a patrol vehicle. He was later turned over to State Police. Second-degree possession of a forged instrument involves two or more credit or debit cards, according to state Penal Law. The charge is a felony.

Feb. 18

10:20 a.m. While on patrol, police observed a dog running loose on West Street. The officer was familiar with the dog and returned it to its owner.

Feb. 19

2:01 a.m. A Poultney, Vermont, man was charged by village police with driving while intoxicated after being pulled over and failing several field sobriety tests. Neal A. Hier, 28, was stopped after being seen driving in the oncoming lane on Poultney Street in the village. When he was pulled over, police said they smelled alcohol on his breath and asked him to perform several field tests, which he failed. Hier admitted to drinking roughly 12 beers in Lake George before attempting to drive back to Vermont. His blood alcohol concentration could not be determined because the device used to measure it malfunctioned. Hier was taken into custody, processed at the village police station and given a courtesy ride to the Exit 1 rest area in Fair Haven, Vermont, where police met up with a sober driver who took him home.

1:30 p.m. Police received a telephone report of a dog that had been found wandering around in the area of Saunders Street. The dog appeared well cared for but had no collar or any other identifier. Police took the dog to the station and later identified the owner. The dog was returned.

8:34 p.m. Police were called to a residence on Skene Street for a report of an out-of-control individual causing damage to the inside of the residence and attempting to harm himself with a knife. The individual was gone upon arrival but located a short time later on Wheeler Avenue. When the officer approached the individual to make sure they were OK and speak with them about the incident, he saw a dangerous object in their hand. The individual refused requests to discard the object and was combative toward the officer. The officer disarmed the individual and was able to restrain them for their own safety. Skenesborough EMS was summoned to the scene due to self-inflicted lacerations on the arm of the individual and they were transported to Glens Falls Hospital for evaluation.

Feb. 20

5:34 p.m. Village police received a call from State Police informing them that a woman wanted on a bench warrant issued by Whitehall Village Court had been taken into custody. Village officers picked up Megan S. Oliver, 27, of South Glens Falls at the Washington County Law Enforcement Center. She was arraigned in the centralized arrangement court in Fort Edward and released.

Feb. 21

2:20 p.m. Police received a report of people entering an abandoned house on Adams Street. Officers checked the building and found it was unoccupied, although the door was damaged and could not be secured.

5:20 p.m. Officers were dispatched to Champlain Avenue in response to a report of a verbal altercation between a landlord and several former tenants. The tenants, who had left the scene and met police elsewhere, said their former landlord had told them to go to their former residence and pick up their property. When they arrived, the argument started. The tenants were able to retrieve their property and leave but wanted the incident documented.


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 and criminal contempt in the first degree, both class E felonies. He was arraigned in Kingsbury Town Court and remanded to the Washington County Correctional Facility without bail pending a further court hearing.

Feb. 1

Investigators from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office charged 40-year-old Vanessa Graham of Kingsbury following a domestic incident in the town where she is alleged to have assaulted a woman with a child present. She is charged with tampering with physical evidence, a class E felony, assault in the third degree, criminal contempt in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child, all misdemeanors.

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 say 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.


New York State Police

Feb. 20

11:25 a.m. Thomas J. Moore, 28, of Dresden was arrested for unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor, in connection with a domestic dispute. He was released on his own recognizance.

11:44 a.m. Erin A. Winchell, 31, of Argyle was charged with petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

4:45 p.m. Jamie R. Brewer, 26, of Greenfield was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and petit larceny. At the same time, Alexa M. Scott, 29, of Fort Ann was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, and three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree.

Feb. 22

6:05 p.m. Christine M. O’Neil, 54, of Granville, was arrested for DWI and other vehicle and traffic law violations. She was transported to State Police barracks in Granville, where she recorded a 0.18% BAC. O’Neil was issued tickets returnable to Granville Town Court at a later date and released to a sober third party.

Feb. 23

11:39 a.m. Kane P. Frasier, 36, of Whitehall was arrested in Fort Edward on two counts of criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree, specifically a credit card, a class E felony; two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and one count of criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree, both class A misdemeanors. At the same time, Mariah L. Simpson, 27, of Queensbury was arrested on two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree, both class A misdemeanors. Tasha M. Graham, 29, of Vermont also was arrested for two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and one count of criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree, both class A misdemeanors. All were issued appearance tickets.

Feb. 24

12:46 a.m. Brandon A. Fletcher, 46, of Whitehall was arrested in Saratoga Springs for operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs in the first degree, a class U misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

2:33 a.m. Kevin R. Williamson, 34, of Argyle was arrested for unauthorized use of a vehicle, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Feb. 25

8:02 p.m. Daniel A. Dulmer, 36, of Greenwich was arrested in Moreau for DWI, first offense, a class U misdemeanor, and obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.


Rutland County Sheriff’s Office

Feb. 18

7:51 p.m. A Rutland County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped a vehicle traveling on Vermont Route 30 in Poultney for an obstructed license plate. A records check on 21-year-old Orlando Millington of Poultney revealed he did not have a valid driver’s license and had been convicted within the previous two years of also driving without a license. According to the sheriff’s office, when the deputy attempted to place Millington under arrest he actively resisted. Millington was ultimately taken into custody and processed at the Castleton Police Department. He was issued a citation to appear in Vermont Superior Court-Criminal Division at a later date. His vehicle was towed from the scene.

Feb. 20

12:08 p.m. The Rutland County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Poultney man on charges of unlawful trespass into an occupied building, a felony, criminal threatening and violating conditions of release. David Saltis, 37, is accused of entering a Blissville Road home without permission and by doing so violated his condition of release from a previous charge by contacting the occupant. According to the sheriff’s office, Saltis, upon exiting the residence, threatened another occupant’s life. Saltis was found shortly thereafter at another Poultney location where he was placed under arrest. He was transported to the Sheriff’s Office for processing and  lodged at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility on $1,000 bail.

7:49 p.m. While on patrol in West Rutland, a sheriff’s deputy observed a man standing alongside a disabled vehicle near Exit 6 on U.S. Route 4. Upon investigation, the driver, identified as 27-year-old Randy Farrell of West Rutland, had a criminally suspended driver’s license along with three active arrest warrants from Rutland and Windsor counties. Farrell was arrested and processed at the Rutland County Sheriff’s Office and transported to the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in lieu of $450 bail.

Feb. 23

6:42 p.m. While on patrol along Main Street in West Rutland, a deputy noticed a vehicle parked illegally in the main travel portion of the roadway. Dylan Hickory, 27, of West Rutland admitted to being the operator of the vehicle, and it was determined he did not have a valid driver’s license and as well as having a no license conviction within the past two years. Hickory was issued a citation to appear in Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division, to answer the charge of no license as well as not having a registration, plates not assigned and no insurance.


Vermont State Police

Dec. 3, 2022

4:56 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to the area of U.S. Route 7 in the Town of Pittsford for a report of a vehicle leaving the roadway, driving through a lawn and crashing into a vehicle parked on the lawn. Investigation recently led troopers to the operator, Sarah Winchell, 43, of Danby. Winchell was issued a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

Feb. 19

5:06 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single-car crash on U.S. Route 7 in the Town of Pittsford. Through investigation, troopers identified the operator as Shelby Flory-Reardon, 31, of Pittsford. Flory-Reardon was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries. Troopers responded to Rutland Regional Medical Center to continue the investigation into the crash. During the investigation troopers observed Flory-Reardon displayed several indicators of impairment. She ultimately was processed for driving under the influence of alcohol. Criminal charges are pending the result of the blood test.

6:09 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a two-car crash in Pittsford. Upon arrival, troopers made contact with Matthew Flanders, 41, of Brandon, who said his vehicle was stopped at a stop sign on Elm Street, and he intended to turn onto Gorham Bridge Road. Flanders said he saw a truck driven by Devin Parsons, 27, of Pittsford attempting to turn north onto Elm Street. Flanders told police that Parsons failed to negotiate the turn, and his truck came into contact with Flanders’, pushing Flanders’ minivan about 15 feet west of Elm Street. Flanders’ minivan was totaled. Flanders told troopers that Parsons did not stop and continued north on Elm Street. Responding troopers canvassed the surrounding area and were unsuccessful in locating Parsons’ truck. On Feb. 20, Parsons contacted Vermont State Police and told them he was the driver of the truck, which sustained contact damage to the front bumper and left fender. On Feb. 21, troopers located Parsons, who has been cited to appear before the Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date to answer to the charge of leaving the scene of an accident.

Feb. 20

7:59 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a reported single-car crash on U.S. Route 7, near the intersection with Whistle Stop Lane in the Town of Pittsford. Investigation revealed that the driver, Pamela M. Putnam, 20, of Brandon was traveling south on Route 7 when she veered off the west side of the roadway, down an embankment and into trees. Putnam was transported by ambulance to the Rutland Regional Medical Center for evaluation of her injuries. Her vehicle was totaled. Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by Regional Ambulance Service, Pittsford First Response and the Pittsford Fire Department.

Feb. 23

3:36 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on Vermont Route 103 at the intersection of Station Road in the Town of Mount Holly. Through investigation, it was determined Luke Harrison, 31, of Mount Holly was stopped at a stop sign on Station Road, while Ryan Shambo, 33, of Pittsford was traveling southbound on Route 103. Harrison entered the roadway, failing to yield the right of way for Shambo, ultimately causing the crash. Both drivers were uninjured.  Mount Holly Fire Department assisted troopers at the scene.

5:34 p.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on U.S. Route 7 in the Town of Clarendon for an observed motor vehicle violation. While speaking with the operator, Charles Baird, 54, of Rutland City, troopers observed signs of impairment. Baird was administered standardized field sobriety tests roadside and was subsequently taken into custody for driving under the influence. He was transported to the Rutland barracks for processing and later released on a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date to answer to the charge of DUI.

Feb. 25

10:14 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single-car crash on Vermont Route 22A in the Town of Shoreham. The vehicle driven by Richard Larson, 71, of Wells was traveling southbound on Route 22A and slid off the roadway into trees located on the northbound shoulder of the road. Investigation revealed that Larson fell asleep while driving his car, resulting in the crash. Fire and EMS responded to the scene. Larson and his passenger Cynthia Larson, 68, also of Wells were evaluated by EMS for suspected minor injuries. The vehicle was towed from the scene due to disabling damage.


Woman charged in car theft

New York State Police have arrested a 58-year-old Whitehall woman for allegedly stealing a car from the Town of Salem.

The investigation indicated Linda Vandenburgh took possession of the vehicle without the owner’s permission. The vehicle was located and secured two days later in the City of Watervliet.

On Feb. 18, Vandenburgh was located by troopers based in Brunswick and taken into custody. She was transported to the Granville substation where she was charged with grand larceny in the third degree and transported to the Washington County Correctional Facility pending arraignment.