Police Beat, March 30, 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 20

8:28 a.m. A resident reported a possible water main break near a North Street address. The DPW was contacted and advised the leak may be inside the residence. The Village Clerk’s Office assisted in providing the owner’s name. The officer left a message with a family member to contact village authorities. DPW shut the water off to the residence since power was reportedly still on.

2:45 p.m. Granville Police received a report from a village resident that four boys were waiting on Rawson Avenue to fight his son. Two patrols responded and observed one of the suspects in a vehicle parked on Rawson Avenue. Another suspect was interviewed at Stewart’s and stated they had no intention to start a fight, simply wanted to talk with the caller’s son about “running his mouth on line.” The person reporting the incident was advised. It was also alleged the suspects drew obscene pictures on a vehicle. The incident was documented. No damage was reported and no other action was required.

March 21

4 p.m. A Mettowee Street resident came to the station to report harassing behavior by another individual. The investigating officer documented messages and advised complainant incident did not rise to a level as to justify as a harassment charge. Complainant advised he wanted incident documented as he planned to file paperwork in Family Court.

4:38 p.m. While patrolling on Quaker Street an officer was flagged down and advised that a man had driven into the Stewart’s parking lot with a minor in his vehicle and appeared intoxicated. The officer observed the individual as he left the store and spoke with him. He appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. The subject admitted to driving and subsequently failed a field sobriety test and recorded a blood alcohol content of 0.22%. John Bucco II of Granville was charged with aggravated DWI with a child under 16, DWI – first offense, aggravated DWI with a BAC above 0.18% – no priors and acting in a manner injurious to a child under 17. He was issued an appearance ticket for Granville Village Court for a later date. A Child Protective Services report was also filed.

March 22

6:43 a.m. Police responded to an alarm activation at a Quaker Street location. Met with the key holder and the premises was inspected with nothing located. It is suspected the alarm was triggered by a power outage.

Whitehall Police Department

March 17

4:30 p.m. Police responded to a woman’s call for assistance in parenting her child. The woman said her 13-year-old son was being mean to his sister. Officers talked to the boy about his actions; no further action was taken.

8:51 p.m. Police were asked to perform a welfare check after a woman reported she had been unable to contact her children, who were staying with their father. The woman said her children had their own cell phone and when she was unable to reach them, she attempted to text the father, as she is not allowed to speak to him directly. When contacted by police, the father said he had tried to let the children use his phone, but that the mother wouldn’t answer a call from his number. He said the children’s phone was turned off because it is equipped with a location tracking app and he does not want the mother to know his physical location. Less than an hour after the initial complaint, the woman informed police that her children had called and the matter was resolved.

March 19

7:10 a.m. Officers were asked to perform a welfare check on three children who were believed to be staying by themselves because their grandmother was in the hospital. Police visited the Maple Street home and found the children – ages 15, 13 and 8 – who told them their mother was at work but does stay with them in the house. Officers contacted the mother, who said she was getting her youngest child’s belongings from their apartment, where they were not living because of a stay-order of protection against the youngest child’s father, who lives across the street from the apartment.

12:35 p.m. Police were asked to check on the welfare of a 50-year-old man. The man was located at his Broadway residence; he told police his cell phone had died.

March 20

4:45 p.m. Officers patrolled to a Champlain Avenue house in response to a report of an open door. Upon arrival, they found the screen door and front door open on what appeared to be an abandoned building. Police were unable to determine if the house, which had been foreclosed on, had been left in an unkempt state by the previous owner or if it had been searched for valuables. Attempts to secure the open door were unsuccessful and police contacted the company managing the property to have it secured.

March 21

5:30 a.m. Police received a complaint that a neighbor’s rooster had been crowing since 4:30 a.m. Upon arriving, officers found two roosters and eight chickens sitting on a fence. They spoke to the birds’ owner, who said she would move the animals to her back yard on the weekend.

New York State Police

March 18

8:37 p.m. Jody L. Carlo, 51, of Granville was arrested in Queensbury for unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree regarding alcohol, a class A misdemeanor. An appearance ticket was issued.

9:05 p.m. Matthew M. Harris, 53, of Greenwich was arrested for criminal contempt in the second degree, specifically disobeying the court, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

March 19

11:40 p.m. Christie L. Brown, 37, of Glens Falls was 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, both class A misdemeanors, as well as operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs in the first degree, a class U misdemeanor. She was released to a third party.

March 20

10:04 a.m. Erin A. Winchell, 31, of Argyle was arrested for burglary in the third degree, specifically illegal entry with intent, a class D felony, and petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, in connection with an incident that was reported on Oct. 28. She was issued an appearance ticket.

11:11 p.m. Michael J. Eggleston, 23, of Northumberland was arrested in Granville on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, specifically an assault rifle and an ammo clip, both class D felonies. He was being held.

Rutland County Sheriff’s Office

March 16

10:41 p.m. A deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at the intersection of Maple and Pine streets in Rutland for a motor vehicle violation. While speaking the driver showed several signs of impairment. Michael Carroll, 62, of Rutland was placed under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) and taken to the Rutland City Police Department for processing. He was released with a citation to appear in court at a later date.

Vermont State Police

March 20

8:33 p.m. Vermont State Police contacted a man who was observed staggering to a vehicle in a parking lot on State Route 7 in Rutland Town. Troopers observed the man get into the driver’s seat and start the vehicle. Before he could drive away troopers stopped the man, who was identified as David Ford, 33, of Rutland City. Ford exhibited signs of impairment and refused standardized field sobriety tests. He was arrested for DUI and transported to the Rutland City Police Department for processing. Ford was released with a citation to appear in court at a later date.

March 26

10:26 a.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a family fight in Wells, Vermont. Through investigation it was determined John Williams, 53, of Wells caused pain and/or injury to a family or household member. Williams was placed into custody and transported to the Rutland Barracks for processing. Williams was later released on conditions to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

11:23 p.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Justice Square in the City of Rutland for an observed motor vehicle violation. While speaking with the operator, Scott Dean, 59, of Rutland City, signs of impairment were observed. Dean was administered standardized field sobriety tests roadside and was subsequently taken into custody for driving under the influence. He was transported to the Rutland City Police Department for processing and later released on a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division to answer for the charge of DUI.

Wanted woman taken into custody

A Whitehall woman wanted in connection with a December assault on a police officer was taken into custody on March 21 by State Police who discovered her while performing a welfare check at a Fort Ann residence.

Loren M. Brunza, 25, was arrested on a warrant charging her with resisting arrest and second-degree obstructing governmental administration, both misdemeanors, in connection with a Dec. 28 incident in which she allegedly attempted to prevent the arrest of Jason A. Suprenant Jr., 23, by lying to police and blocking officers attempting to take him into custody on a warrant.

Suprenant escaped at the time but was arrested March 8 for allegedly hitting the officer in the head and biting him on the hand.

Brunza was originally picked up in Hudson Falls on Feb. 10, but she attempted to evade a return to Whitehall by first telling police she was pregnant, then claiming she was having a miscarriage. Both claims were false.

Before medical personnel refuted her claims, she was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Whitehall Village Court. She reportedly failed to show up for her scheduled appearance, telling the court she was ill.

Following her latest arrest, Brunza was transported to the Washington County central arraignment court, where she was released on her own recognizance.