Police Beat, April 20, 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

April 5

11 a.m. A Granville man surrendered at the village police station bringing to conclusion an investigation that began back on March 17. Paul Ferguson, 56, of North Street is alleged to have had sexual contact with a female without her consent. Ferguson was arrested and charged with sexual misconduct. He was transported to Washington County Court where he was arraigned and released on his own recognizance. A full stay-away order of protection was also issued.

April 7

4:45 p.m. Police responded to an East Main Street location to assist a homeowner with a broken door handle. The complaint was cleared without further incident.

April 8

4:36 p.m. An officer responded to a Madison Street location for a lift assist with Granville EMS.

April 11

1:20 p.m. A Columbus Street resident called police to report issues with youths in the area. The caller advised a large group of youths were in front of her home being disrespectful. The youths were no longer there. The caller was advised to no longer converse with the youths and if they returned to call police and they would respond.

3:22 p.m. A Quaker Street resident came to the police station regarding a neighbor’s dog coming into her yard, defecating and barking at children. Police completed a report and spoke with the dog’s owner concerning the leash law. The owner advised she was not home a lot and the children were not keeping track of the animals. The owner advised new arrangements would be made.

April 12

9:50 a.m. An individual called the police station to report two children had been left in the car while the driver entered an area business to drop off paperwork. The caller stated the children were not injured. The officer advised the caller this was not against the law and if they so wished they could file a Child Protective Services (CPS) report. The complainant then accused the other person involved of harassment. The officer explained the other’s action did not rise to a criminal level and documented the incident.

10:15 a.m. Police were called to a Madison Street residence to assist Granville EMS with a patient who apparently attempted to hang himself. The person was found sitting in a wheelchair with a scarf wrapped tightly around the neck. The patient was transported to Glens Falls Hospital.

10:25 a.m. Two Columbus Street individuals appeared at the police station to discuss ongoing issues with neighboring children throwing rocks and using abusive language toward them. Police advised them to speak with the parents, as that had previously alleviated the problem. The complainants were also advised to call the police if there is another incident, at the time of the incident. Based on the circumstances, a lack-of-supervision report may be made to CPS as this might be one of the issues leading up to juvenile problems within the village.

April 13

9:04 a.m. A Granville resident contacted the mayor to report a disabled vehicle on Main Street that would be removed ASAP.


Whitehall Police Department

April 8

6:16 a.m. Police were called to a South Williams Street apartment by a resident who told them he was “too high” and needed to turn some narcotics over to officers. When police arrived, the caller told them he no longer had any drugs to turn over. A welfare check was conducted, and the caller was determined to be OK.

6:16 p.m. A Broadway resident was charged with second-degree criminal contempt after police received video evidence he had violated an order of protection. Russell C. Gosselin, 24, was charged with the misdemeanor after a woman told police he had been seen on her property despite the court order mandating he stay away from her. The woman provided police with video recordings provided by a neighbor. Gosselin was located and taken into custody without incident. He was processed and transported to the Washington County Jail.

10:44 p.m. While on patrol, officers observed a column of smoke coming from the area of Champlain Avenue. Upon arrival, they discovered two open burns in the back of residences. The residents were advised they could not open burn because of a state ban. The residents agreed to extinguish the fires.

11:30 p.m. Police received a report that a Broadway resident had suffered a dog bite. The victim refused medical treatment but wanted someone to take the seven dogs he owned. Police contacted town Dog Control Officer Kathy Hall, who spoke to the victim and said she would follow up the next day with a plan to take the dogs.

April 10

9:15 a.m. A Cambridge man was charged with second-degree criminal contempt, a misdemeanor, after police received a report that he had violated a stay-away order of protection. Eugene E. Bessette, 30, was charged after he was discovered in the victim’s house. Bessette attempted to flee out the back door but was taken into custody, processed at the village police station and taken to the Washington County Central Arraignment Court. The charge was dismissed after a judge ruled the protected party’s name was not included in the police information; new information was filed with Whitehall Village Court.

April 11

9:30 a.m. Police were called to the Dollar General on Broadway after employees found a child there and no one knew who he was. The officer recognized the 5-year-old as a resident of a house next to the store’s parking lot. The child’s custodian arrived at the same time and the child was turned over to her. The boy had apparently snuck through a fence and gone to the store.

April 12

3 p.m. A woman called police to report she had been bitten by a dog while walking on Doig Street. The woman said she had been bitten on the buttock but did not appear to be bleeding. The dog described as a large mix-breed had come from a Doig Street residence. Police spoke to the dog’s owner, who said the dog had not had any shots in the 10 years he had owned him. The matter was turned over to town Dog Control Officer Kathy Hall for further action.

April 13

12:35 a.m. A Granville woman was taken into custody on a warrant after the car in which she was a passenger was stopped for a traffic infraction Broadway. When police checked the four occupants of the vehicle, they found that Jacquelyn B. Monahan, 41, was wanted on a warrant out of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. She was turned over to deputies.


New York State Police

April 7

9:03 p.m. New York State Police stopped a vehicle on County Route 64 in Salem for multiple vehicle and traffic law violations. The driver was identified as Eric E. Roewer, 61, of Cambridge and was found to not possess a valid driver’s license due to a previous DWI conviction in the last ten years. Roewer was arrested for driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operator in the first degree and other vehicle and traffic law violations. He was transported to State Police barracks in Greenwich for processing, where he recorded a 0.09% BAC. Roewer was issued tickets returnable to the Salem Town Court at a later date and was released to a third party.

April 10

2:36 a.m. In connection with an incident of trespassing, Erin D. Little, 39, of Argyle was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree with intent to use, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

11:02 p.m. Kevin W. Printy, 46, of Whitehall was charged with one count of criminal obstruction of breathing and two counts of petit larceny, both class A misdemeanors, as well as one count of criminal mischief in the third degree, a class E felony, in connection with a domestic dispute. He was being held.

April 11

11:32 a.m. Jessica L. Billetdoux, 34, of Hudson Falls was charged with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

10:40 p.m. New York State Police say they were in the area of State Route 9 in Moreau on an unrelated matter Tuesday night, April 11, when they interviewed 25-year-old Julia Burton of Fort Edward. Burton was found to have an outstanding warrant from Glens Falls City Court. While being taken into custody, troopers say Burton resisted and fled on foot, only to be quickly recaptured. At that time, she was found to possess multiple controlled substances including felony-weight narcotics and drug paraphernalia. She now faces several drug charges as well as a resisting arrest count. Burton was issued an appearance ticket for Moreau Town Court and turned over to the Glens Falls Police Department.

April 12

5:51 a.m. Nathan P. Maier, 45, of Greenwich was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree with intent to use, a class A misdemeanor, menacing a police/peace officer, a class D felony and criminal mischief in the third degree, a class E felony. He was being held.

April 13

12:49 p.m. New York State Police arrested Jarod M. Maynard, 33, of Fort Ann for forcible touching. On April 12 at about 9:14 p.m., troopers received a complaint that a victim was inappropriately touched while in Fort Ann. The investigation determined that Maynard reportedly touched the victim inappropriately without the victim’s permission or consent. Maynard surrendered himself to State Police in Granville for processing. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Fort Ann Town Court at a later date and was released.

10:38 p.m. Brittne I. Graham, 37, of Argyle was charged in Greenwich with petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.


Vermont State Police

April 9

10:32 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash on Old Mill Road in the Town of Arlington. Investigation revealed Alice M. Kilpatrick, 62, of Sunderland was traveling eastbound when she collided with a telephone pole, which fell on top of Kilpatrick’s car. Kilpatrick stated she was distracted while driving, which caused her to lose control of the vehicle. She suffered minor injuries and was evaluated on scene by Arlington Rescue Squad. Her car was totaled. Vermont State Police were assisted by the Arlington Rescue Squad, Arlington Fire Department and Green Mountain Power, and the vehicle was removed from the roadway by Walt’s Towing of Bennington.

April 10

7:39 p.m. Vermont State Police located Nicholas Doane, 36, of Rutland sitting in a motor vehicle in the Price Chopper parking lot in West Rutland. Troopers were made aware that Doane has active pretrial conditions of release that include 24/7 curfew inside his residence and not to use or possess narcotics. Doane was subsequently arrested for violation of conditions of release. In addition, during a search incident, indicators of narcotics use were located on Doane. A K-9 was deployed, and the vehicle was seized to apply for a search warrant. A search warrant was granted and executed. Inside the vehicle, troopers located cocaine and brass knuckles. Doane was transported to the Rutland State Police barracks for processing. At the conclusion of processing, Doane was lodged at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility, where he was held on lack of $2,500 bail.

April 11

2:57 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a complaint of a man breaking into vehicles in the area of Colonial Drive in the Town of Rutland. Zachary Lapoint, 33, of West Rutland was located nearby. Through investigation, it was determined he was in possession of stolen items. Lapoint was taken into custody and transported to Rutland before ultimately being cited to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date. Anyone with information regarding any additional car break-ins in this area around this time is asked to contact Trooper Nathaniel Nevison at 802-773-9101 or [email protected].

April 15

8:54 p.m. Vermont State Police were called to the Diamond Run Mall in the Town of Rutland for a report of trespassing inside the property. Investigation revealed that Matthew Gauthier, 34, of Pittsford had broken a glass window on the exterior of the property. Gauthier was issued a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date to answer to the charge of unlawful mischief.


Woman faces felony, misdemeanor

A Whitehall woman was charged with a felony for allegedly intentionally damaging a vehicle on April 5, then with a misdemeanor the next day for allegedly threatening a witness to the incident.

Katherine S. Rockenstire, 19, of Skene Street, was first charged with third-degree criminal mischief after she allegedly punched the hood of a sport utility vehicle in the parking lot of Ross Hometown Chevrolet, causing damage estimated at more than $650.

Rockenstire, who was identified by a witness to the incident, was located at her home two days later, taken into custody and transported to Washington County’s Central Arraignment Court after processing.

The day of the alleged incident – and two days before Rockenstire was taken into custody – Rockenstire reportedly called the witness and left threatening voicemails. The witness reported the calls the next day and provided police with the voicemails.

The court issued an order of protection requiring Rockenstire to have no further contact with the witness.


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