Police Beat, March 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

March 11

2:25 p.m. A business owner came to the police station to complain about a vehicle parked on her property and provided registration. The officer ran the plate and contacted the owner asking if it could be removed. Advised complainant that because the vehicle was on private property, they would be responsible for having vehicle towed and/or any further contact with the vehicle’s owner.

8:15 p.m. Police responded to a Prospect Street residence for a teen out of control, punching a hole in the wall. Filed a report and advised parent to contact Washington County for a Person in Need of Supervision (PINS) petition.

March 12

6:00 p.m. A daughter called police to report a person who is her 85-year-old mother’s caregiver was allowing her to go to bars and drink in excess. An officer conducted a welfare check and found the mother to be home and quite fine.

March 13

11:58 a.m. Police as well as EMS were dispatched to a Church St. residence for a report of a person in cardiac arrest. Upon arrival, found the male to be conscious and breathing. He was transported to Glens Falls Hospital.

March 14

9:05 a.m. A downstairs neighbor at an East Main Street address called to report yelling coming from the upstairs apartment. Police responded and interviewed the two upstairs residents and were told a man who had just had foot surgery had fallen causing him to yell and curse. The male was determined to be okay and there was nothing further to report.

10:58 a.m. Police responded to a Main Street location for a burglar alarm. Spoke with the owner who advised it was accidental.

March 16

1:45 p.m. Police received a call about footprints in the snow at a Quaker Street location that led to the Cumberland Farms parking lot. There were no tracks that led back to the entrance of the residence.

2:31 p.m. The sister of a River Street resident called concerning the welfare of her brother. She had not been able to contact him and a neighbor stated his vehicle was not parked where it normally would be. Advised caller police would spot check the residence to see if he returned home. The sister later called to say she had contacted her brother and he was fine. The brother also stopped at the station to confirm he was in good health.


Whitehall Police Department

March 11

11:08 p.m. Patrols were dispatched to Broadway in response to a 911 hang-up call. The area was canvassed and no sign of an emergency was found.

11:50 p.m. Brad M. Gordon, 38, of Whitehall, was arrested on a warrant from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on a charge of petit larceny. Gordon was a passenger in a vehicle that had been stopped on Broadway for driving without headlights. Gordon was taken into custody and turned over to deputies for processing.

March 12

2 p.m. Police were dispatched to Saunders Street in response to a 911 hang-up call. When they arrived on the scene, they observed a number of youths playing; several of them were on their phones. All denied calling 911 and said no help was needed. A short time later, police received a second 911 call from the same location. They recovered a broken cell phone that the youths had been playing with which they believed was the source of the calls. A resident who had found the phone took it; no further police action was required.

March 14

7:30 a.m. Police were asked to perform a welfare check after a woman reported a high school-aged female standing at the intersection of Broadway and Saunders Street. The girl told the woman she was waiting for the school bus, but school had been canceled because of the weather. The woman said she was concerned because the girl was unaware of the cancellation. Police patrolled to the area but did not find anyone.

7:50 p.m. Officers responded to Third Avenue in response to a report of someone yelling from a house in the area. Police checked the area but heard nothing. Whitehall firefighters were one block over on Fourth Avenue and said they had not heard any yelling in the area. A second police check of Third Avenue again found no yelling.

March 16

11:30 a.m. A village Department of Public Works crew contacted police about a car in a driveway on Rock Avenue that was partially in the roadway. Police determined the car was impeding traffic and had the owner move the vehicle.

2:03 p.m. Police were dispatched to Mountain Street in response to a report that animals in an enclosure were being poisoned by the exhaust of a vehicle parked near the pen. Police located the vehicle but determined it had not been running for some time. The animals – several chickens and an emu – appeared to be in good health.


Washington County Sheriff’s Office

March 10

Deputies arrested and charged 38-year-old Jonathan Ingerson with criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, criminal possession of a loaded firearm in the second degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, possession of a large-capacity ammo feeding device and criminal possession of five or more firearms in the second degree.

March 11

Kimberly Duggan, age 53, was charged by deputies with DWI with a previous conviction within the last 10 years and aggravated DWI.

March 12

38-year-old Brandon Gordon was arrested and charged with petit larceny.

Deputies arrested and charged 37-year-old Branden Kennelly with unlawful imprisonment.

March 13

Deputies charged 59-year-old Daniel Fifield with operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol over 0.08%, a first offense.

Jason Benn, 25, was arrested and charged with criminal contempt, criminally damaging property, menacing with a weapon in the second degree and criminal mischief in the third degree.

Deputies arrested 37-year-old Kristina Ray and charged her with criminal possession of a narcotic with intend to sell in the third degree and criminal possession of a narcotic in the third degree.

March 15

Sheriff’s deputies arrested 29-year-old Christopher Rivers on the charge of bail jumping in the second degree.


New York State Police

March 13

11:54 a.m. Enes Mangir, 31, of Argyle was charged with criminal impersonation in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was released to a third party.

12:48 p.m. Ursula Mangir, 33, of Argyle was charged with petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, in connection with an incident of shoplifting that occurred in Wilton on March 3. She was issued an appearance ticket.

March 15

12:10 p.m. Samantha L. Fournier, 41, of Queensbury was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, specifically cocaine, a class D felony. She was issued an appearance ticket. At the same time, Daniel L. Larock, 48, of Hartford was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was being held.

March 16

11:04 p.m. Crystal A. Jurnak, 39, of Whitehall was charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor, in connection with a domestic dispute. She was issued an appearance ticket.

March 18

12:10 p.m. Raven R. Obey-Mattison, 36, of Whitehall was arrested in Fort Ann for introducing dangerous contraband into prison in the first degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree with intent to sell, both class D felonies. She was released on her own recognizance.

2:20 p.m. David W. Ritchie, 53, of Granville was arrested for criminal obstruction of breathing, menacing in the second degree with a weapon, criminal mischief in the fourth degree, specifically preventing an emergency call, and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree with intent to use, all class A misdemeanors. He later was released on his own recognizance.

6:52 p.m. Peter E. Soules, 42, of Moreau, Bradley S. Clark, 47, of Hudson Falls and Hope E. Braymer, 24, of Hudson Falls were arrested in Fort Edward for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree, specifically packaging, both class A misdemeanors. All were issued appearance tickets.

9:30 p.m. Joshua T. Waddell, 42, of Fort Edward and Alexia L. Azan, 19, also of Fort Edward were arrested in Moreau for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. At the same time Mathew Bennett, 40, of Queensbury also was arrested in Moreau for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree, specifically scales, both class A misdemeanors. All were issued appearance tickets.


Rutland County Sheriff’s Office

March 9

10:27 p.m. Deputies were dispatched to a reported stabbing at the Rutland Regional Medical Center. Through investigation it was determined that 37-year-old Jason Gagnon of West Rutland had allegedly willfully or recklessly caused serious bodily injury to a family or household member and then prevented that person from seeking or receiving emergency medical treatment or police assistance. Gagnon was advised that law enforcement was looking for him and he turned himself in to authorities or March 15. Gagnon was charged with first degree aggravated domestic assault and interference with access to emergency services. He was ordered held without bail.

March 12

6:40 p.m. Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a reported threatening complaint on College Street in Poultney. A subsequent investigation revealed that 37-year-old Marc McLean of Fair Haven is alleged to have harassed and threatened an individual using an electronic device. On March 15, deputies and the Fair Haven Police Department located McLean at his residence where he was placed under arrest and his firearms seized. McLean was released on a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court-Criminal Division at a later date.

March 17

2:59 p.m. Deputies were dispatched to the area of Sunderland Falls for a report of multiple juveniles stranded on the rocks in the river by the dam. Upon arrival it was determined the individuals were below the dam, at the top of the falls, and that one of the juveniles was in the water. With the help of numerous emergency services all those involved were safely rescued about 30 minutes later, checked for injuries on the scene and released to family members. Agencies involved in the rescue included the Sheriff’s Office, Proctor, Pittsford and Rutland Town Fire Departments, the Rutland City Fire Department water rescue unit, Rutland Town and Vermont State Police, Rutland City Dispatch, regional ambulances and Green Mountain Power.


Vermont State Police

March 13

10:21 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of vandalism at Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport in Clarendon. Upon arrival, troopers discovered several vehicles parked in the long-term parking lot had been vandalized. If anyone has any information regarding the incident please contact Trooper Steven Schutt at the Rutland Barracks.

March 16

12:46 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to the Champlain Farms gas station at 3705 U.S. Route 7 in Pittsford for a trespassing complaint. Through investigation troopers identified the male as Jeremie Bernard, 39, of Pittsford. Bernard was located at his residence a short distance away and was issued a citation to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

March 17

5:22 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single vehicle off the south shoulder of Stevens Road in the Town of Pittsford near the Rutland County Humane Society. Witnesses reported the operator appeared to be intoxicated. Troopers identified the driver as Robert Farnham, 66, of Rutland. During the interaction, Farnham displayed several indicators of impairment and was screened for driving under the influence. Farnham ultimately was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI and transported to the Rutland City Police Department for processing. He was released with a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

10:18 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to an assault that occurred at the Holiday Inn in the Town of Rutland. Investigation revealed Juan Gonzalez, 27, of Rutland City, assaulted William Barrett, 61, of Rutland Town. Gonzalez was cited to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, to answer to the charge of simple assault at a later date.

March 18

10:09 p.m. Vermont State Police received a report of a domestic disturbance at the Days Inn Hotel in Rutland Town. Through the course of the investigation it was found that Kelly Hall, 40, of Rutland Town had physically assaulted a family/household member in the presence of a child during the incident. Hall was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Vermont State Police barracks. Per order of the court, Hall was issued conditions of release and cited to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

March 19

5:43 p.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on U.S. Route 4 in the Town of Rutland for an observed motor vehicle violation. While speaking with the operator, David Farnham, 43, of Grand Isle, troopers learned that his license was criminally suspended. During a search, incident to arrest, troopers located suspected cocaine and a controlled substance. While speaking with the passenger, Joellen Holland, 37, of Rutland, indicators of drug activity were observed. Holland consented to a search of her person and the trooper discovered suspected controlled substances. A K-9 was deployed, and the vehicle was seized to apply for a search warrant. A subsequent search warrant revealed that Holland and Farnham both were in possession of a felony amount of cocaine. Farnham was transported to the Rutland barracks for processing and later released on a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, to answer for the charge of possession of cocaine, a controlled substance, and driving with a suspended license. Holland was issued a citation and released on a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, to answer to the charge of possession of cocaine and a controlled substance at a later date.


Fort Edward couple arrested following contractor theft investigation

On March 16, New York State Police in Greenwich arrested both Mark A. Hafner II, 37, and Megan A. Hafner, 37, of Fort Edward for grand larceny in the third degree, a class D felony.

On Oct. 19, 2022, at about 7 p.m., troopers received a complaint that a general contractor stole money meant to pay subcontractors. The investigation determined the victim hired Property Pro Builders LLC to act as the general contractor and oversee the building of a home in Fort Ann.

The company is owned and operated by Mark and Megan Hafner. The Hafners withdrew funds from a construction loan meant to pay subcontractors for completed work but failed to fully reimburse them, which resulted in the couple keeping over $45,000.

Both surrendered themselves to State Police in Granville for processing. They were issued appearance tickets returnable to the Fort Ann Court at a later date.