Police Beat, April 13, 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 31

2:30 p.m. An officer responded to a Quaker Street location to check the welfare of an individual. The person admitted to making irrational comments on the phone to a health provider but advised she was fine and did not need medical assistance.

April 1

8:17 a.m. A woman dropped off a capped syringe she located near the river. Syringe was secured and placed in temporary evidence locker.

12:42 p.m. An officer responded to a Sealants Park business for an alarm activation. A perimeter check was negative. The officer spoke to the key holder who said he would respond and contact the police if they were needed.

April 4

11:16 a.m. Police responded to a Madison Street location for a possible suicidal person. They located the individual who said he was having a bad day and requested transport to Glens Falls Hospital for evaluation. The Granville Rescue Squad was already on standby and responded to transport.

9:33 p.m. A woman called police reporting she had received a threat to vacate a North Street residence or the caller was “coming for her.” No specifics were given regarding the alleged threat. The caller was advised to contact 911 if anyone shows to cause her issues.

April 5

5 a.m. Five Granville police officers and the school superintendent conducted school property safety checks.

12:33 p.m. Police were called to a North Street residence about an individual allegedly allowed into the residence, whose occupant felt he was there to steal property. Spoke to the mother of the suspect who advised her son was not in town. A check of the residence found the suspect not to be present. There was also a court order allowing another individual to remove personal property and he was escorted by police to the residence to do so without incident.

April 6

11:15 a.m. A Potter Avenue resident called police to report she had received several phone calls from a woman which were unwelcome. Police spoke with the person who is alleged to have made the calls, which she denied. Advised that person there is an order of protection in place and that no communication is allowed.

11:45 a.m. Police were requested by a local ordinance officer to perform four vehicle registration checks. The checks were completed, and the information was placed in the ordinance officer’s office.

April 7

5:45 a.m. Police received a call from a concerned motorist about a man dressed in all black possibly trying to hitch a ride on Route 22A. The call was referred to the appropriate agency, which checked on the individual.

7:15 a.m. Police were called about a car parked on Rathbun Avenue that was blocking the entire street. The owner was located and she advised she did not realize that where she parked was blocking traffic. She moved the vehicle to a nearby parking lot.


Whitehall Police Department

April 1

8:05 p.m. Police were called to Broadway in response to a report of a stolen bicycle. The complainant said he had ridden a bicycle to the Broadway Market and left it outside when he went into the store. When he returned a few minutes later, the bike was gone. The bike, a gold-colored multi-speed bicycle, belongs to the complainant’s mother, who said it was worth $50. While officers were looking for the bicycle, they received a call that it had been returned to the store. Police took possession of the bike and returned it to the owner, who signed a larceny complaint. Officers were unable to immediately pursue the matter, as they were called to a report of a fight a short distance away on Broadway.

9 p.m. When police arrived at the apartment building, the parties fighting had separated. One of the combatants told police the disagreement had not been physical and that he had only confronted an unknown who had followed and harassed a woman who lived in the building. Officers were unable to locate the other person involved in the dispute.

April 2

10:15 a.m. Officers were called to a South Williams Street residence for a report of a female yelling at her neighbors. The woman told police she was tired of her neighbors preventing her from using a shared back yard and that the landlord declined to get involved. All parties involved were told to take the matter up with their landlord.

9 p.m. Police were dispatched to a Poultney Street apartment building in response to a report of a man down and bleeding. Upon arrival, police found the man unconscious; he was transported to Glens Falls Hospital for evaluation.

April 3

12:05 p.m. Officers responded to a South Williams Street apartment building after receiving a call that a resident in an upstairs apartment was stomping on the floor, causing nails to fall out of the ceiling and light bulbs to rattle loose from their fixtures. Police heard the stomping, which stopped after their arrival. Officers said they would speak to the landlord about the situation.

April 5

10:45 a.m. Police received a call from a School Street resident who told them a neighbor’s dog was in his yard, chasing his chickens. The dog was confined in the complainant’s yard when police arrived. Police accompanied the animal’s owner to retrieve it; the owner of the chickens did not want to pursue the matter further.

1:27 p.m. Police responded to a North Mountain Street apartment building for a disturbance. Upon arrival, police spoke to a man who said he was at the location to collect money owed to him. Officers spoke to the woman who allegedly owed the debt; she acknowledged owing the money for pizza and marijuana but did not want to pay it. Both parties were advised to leave each other alone and video record any further interactions; the man owed the debt was told to pursue the matter in civil court.

4 p.m. Police returned to the North Mountain Street apartment building in response to a second, unrelated disturbance. In this instance, officers arrived to find a woman yelling back and forth with two others in another apartment. The residents of the apartment said the woman was calling them vulgar names, scratching at the window and that the woman’s daughter had thrown a bag of items at them. No one was hit by the bag. Officers spoke to the woman and her daughter and advised them to stop shouting at the apartment residents. They also said if something else is thrown and someone is struck, there will an arrest. All parties agreed to stop talking to each other.

7:28 p.m. A Clemons man was arrested on a warrant after police stopped his vehicle for failing to obey a stop sign. Nigel A. Reeks, 38, was wanted on an active Washington County Court warrant. He was taken into custody and transported to the Washington County Jail.


New York State Police

March 31

10:45 p.m. While on patrol, State Police of Greenwich located a vehicle off the roadway with significant damage on McEachron Hill Road in Argyle. The driver denied any injuries and was identified as Jeffrey D. Riley Jr., 45, of Argyle. Riley was arrested for driving while intoxicated and other vehicle and traffic law violations. He was transported to State Police barracks in Schuylerville where he recorded a 0.20% blood alcohol concentration. He was issued tickets returnable to the Argyle Town Court at a later date and released to a sober third party.

April 2

10 a.m. Jacqueline A. Rock, 32, of Hudson Falls was arrested for bail-jumping in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was being held.

April 4

5:09 p.m. Christopher R. Conlon, 21, of Fort Edward was charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree of property valued at more than $1,000, a class E felony. He was issued an appearance ticket.

April 6

5:20 a.m. Jason W. Hay, 47, of Fort Ann was arrested for criminal contempt in the second degree in connection with a family offense, a class A misdemeanor. He was being held.

10:07 a.m. Garrett A. Murray, 25, of Greenwich was charged with forgery in the second degree in connection with a deed/will/contract issue reported on Feb. 23. The offense is a class D felony. His status was unknown.

1:50 p.m. Timothy M. Krom, 24, of Granville was charged with unlawful imprisonment in the second degree and criminal mischief in the fourth degree, both class A misdemeanors. He was being held.

April 8

11:59 a.m. Jesse J. Tracy, 39, of Whitehall was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree, in this case scales, both class A misdemeanors. At the same time, Amy N. Bradway, 38, of Queensbury was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. Both were issued appearance tickets.

10:25 p.m. Nathan D. Arno, 29, of Fort Ann was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor; criminal possession of a narcotics in the fourth degree, a class C felony; criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, specifically narcotic drugs with intent to sell, and criminal possession of a controlled substance, specifically narcotics, both class B felonies; and driving while ability impaired by drugs, prior conviction within the past 10 years, a class E felony. At the same time, Bud J. Saunders, 37, of Argyle was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor; criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, specifically cocaine, a class D felony; criminal possession of narcotic drugs in the fourth degree, a class C felony; criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, specifically narcotics with intent to sell, a class B felony; and criminal possession of a controlled substance, specifically narcotics, also a class B felony. The arrestees’ status was unknown.


Vermont State Police

April 5

3:45 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a two-car motor vehicle crash on Vermont Route 30 near the post office in the Town of Dorset. Investigation revealed that Zachary Seese, 25, of Rupert was exiting the parking lot from the Dorset post office, and Courtney Campbell, 41, of Manchester was traveling southbound on Vermont Route 30. As Seese exited the parking lot, his view of approaching traffic was obstructed by a large garbage truck. Seese exited the parking lot without yielding the right of way for Campbell, which caused a front-end collision. Both drivers were reported to be wearing their seatbelts, which likely prevented injuries. Seese’s car was left inoperable. Campbell’s car was operable. Weather or roadway conditions were not contributing factors to the crash.

7:53 p.m. Vermont State Police observed a motor vehicle operating on State Place in the Town of Rutland. The vehicle parked at the Rutland State Police barracks and a party identified as Seth Mormile, 35, of Rutland Town exited the vehicle and approached the barracks. While speaking with troopers, Mormile displayed numerous indicators of impairment. Troopers further learned that Mormile has active pretrial conditions of release not to consume alcohol. He was subsequently arrested for suspicion of DUI and violation of conditions of release and transported to the Rutland City Police Department for processing. Mormile was released with a citation to appear at the Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.


Rutland County Sheriff’s Office

April 9

On March 15, shortly before 10 p.m. a deputy was dispatched to York Street Extension in Poultney to investigate a report of a pickup truck striking a power pole. Upon arrival the driver, despite an extensive search, was unable to be located. The truck was severely damaged, and the pole split in half. Three days later the department was able to identify the driver as 33-year-old Tyler Austin of Winchester, New Hampshire. He was contacted and turned himself in on April 9. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and released on a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.


He tried to eat drugs, police say

A Fort Edward man turned a misdemeanor drug charge into a felony after he tried to hide the evidence by eating it.

Jeremy L. Jackson, 43, was charged April 3 after he was observed driving southbound on the shoulder of State Route 22 and stopped at 11:34 p.m. While he was being interviewed, police said they noticed he was having trouble speaking and he appeared to be chewing something. Officers observed a small white object in Jackson’s mouth, which they asked him to spit out. He initially refused to do so but eventually spit a small bag containing a white substance onto the sidewalk. He was asked what was in the bag and replied “cocaine,” police said.

The substance, which weighed 0.55 grams, subsequently tested positive for the drug.

Jackson was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor; and tampering with physical evidence by attempting to hide or destroy it, a felony. He was processed at the Whitehall police station and given a courtesy ride to Fort Ann, as his driver’s license had been suspended due to a previous driving while intoxicated conviction and his car was impounded.


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