Police Beat, May 4, 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 20

2:39 p.m. A police officer served an order of protection and summons on a Columbus Street resident, issued by the Penobscot Judicial Branch in Bangor, Maine. The recipient stated there were no weapons in the residence and signed for receipt of the order.

3:55 p.m. Officers located a man whose wallet had been turned into the police station. He reported it was lost more than a year ago.

5:10 p.m. Police received a call at the station about a disturbance at the intersection of Columbus and Elm streets. Upon arrival the officer observed a verbal confrontation with a woman indicating she had been assaulted and showing signs of a physical struggle. The incident was reported to have involved a young child. While initially refusing to press charges, the victim eventually signed a harassment complaint. It was also learned by the officer the alleged assault occurred over the top of the baby’s stroller and a subsequent Child Protective Services report was filed.

April 21

9:21 a.m. An officer assisted a Williams Street resident who was locked out of his home.

10:11 a.m. A Madison Street resident informed police he was continuing to get Facebook photos of his current girlfriend which he believes to be fake friend request sent by his former girlfriend. The complainant also advised he had been informed by a third party about a possible threat of violence by his former girlfriend’s new boyfriend. Advised complainant as to third-party policy and to report to police if there is anything further.

April 22

1:21 p.m. Police observed a northbound vehicle on North Street with a speed of 45 mph as confirmed by radar. Driver stated his speedometer was broken and was going to have repaired. A subsequent check showed his license to be suspended because of an insurance lapse. A citation for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle was issued.

7:55 p.m. Police assisted a Quaker Street woman locked out of her residence.

April 23

9:15 a.m. Police were called to a Quaker Street business to investigate a report of two younger men entering the store before hours, by physically separating the front doors. Store personnel viewed video tape with police and did not see the youths attempt to steal anything. If suspects are identified and located police will inform them of their inappropriate behavior.

9:35 a.m. A Middle Granville resident requested a welfare check on his children at a Church Street location. Police confirmed the complainant’s order of protection allows phone communication and contacted the mother of the children. She advised she was sleeping and missed the phone call from the complainant. She also advised if he were to call soon, she would allow him to communicate with his children.

April 24

6:42 a.m. Two village patrols responded to a Middle Granville residence to assist State Police with a physical altercation. The person who is alleged to have committed the assault was detained and questioned. Police say he showed signs of a mental health condition. The victim did not press charges and the man alleged to have committed the assault requested and was transported to a medical facility.

8:18 p.m. A Quaker Street woman told police she confronted a man she knew about rumors he was allegedly spreading about her that were not true. She said she then saw another man who she was afraid was going to attack her. Police interviewed that second man who told officers he had no such intentions. All three parties were advised to refrain from any form of contact with each other.

8:45 p.m. A Franklin Street woman came to the police station to advise she was being harassed by an ex-boyfriend after he observed her with another man and was threatening violence. An officer interviewed the ex-boyfriend who agreed to stop contacting the complainant and assured the officer there would be no violence toward the complainant.

April 26

4:04 p.m. A Honey Hill Lane resident came to the station to report a lost motorcycle plate. The appropriate DMV paperwork was completed.

8:19 p.m. Police responded to a noise complaint on Morrison Avenue and observed a North Street resident who appeared intoxicated. After checking for any wants or warrants the subject was escorted home without further incident.


Whitehall Police Department

April 21

6:40 p.m. Police received a call from dispatch regarding a harassment complaint on Poultney Street. Upon arriving at the location, officers were informed by the complainant that his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend was texting him. Officers advised the complainant to not respond and simply block any further incoming calls.

7:01 p.m. Patrols were dispatched to South Williams Street in response to a possible physical domestic dispute. When officers arrived at the scene, they saw no one fighting, so they went to the apartment of two people reportedly involved and interviewed them. Both acknowledged arguing but said nothing physical had taken place. The woman said she had been upset with her companion because he was sick and would not allow her to go outside to enjoy the weather. Both assured police the argument was over and would not recur.

April 22

11:30 a.m. Officers responded to a Boardman Street apartment building for a report that a man was strangling chickens in the driveway. Police spoke to the man, who told them he was planning to eat the chickens for dinner and that strangling the birds were how they were slaughtered in his culture. Police said the actions did not violate the law but requested he not do so in the driveway, as there were children around. The man said he understood and would comply.

April 24

6:30 a.m. A North Williams Street resident told police she had heard two loud explosions behind her home. Patrols checked the area and found no evidence of explosions. Dispatch received only one call reporting the blasts.

April 28

Noon: Police were called to a North Mountain Street residence for a report of trespass. Officers spoke to a couple who said they had formerly lived at that address and had returned to retrieve some property they owned that was outside the building. The two took their property and left, first telling police that they had additional items they wished to retrieve later. Officers advised the woman to schedule a time to do so with the property owner, but the man would not be allowed back on the property.


New York State Police

April 24

11 a.m. Jonathan A. Edwards, 25, of Fort Edward was arrested for burglary in the third degree, specifically illegal entry with intent, a class D felony, and petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor. He was being held.

11:44 p.m. Isabel Velazquez, 22, of Granville, was charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs and reckless driving, both class U misdemeanors. She was released to a third party.

April 25

1:17 a.m. Alexia L. Azan, 19, of Argyle was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and criminal use of drug paraphernalia, specifically packaging, both class A misdemeanors. She was issued an appearance ticket.

April 26

4:55 p.m. Dustin R. Doty, 26, of Granville was charged with petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

April 29

11:16 p.m. Kassie M. Judge, 39, of Fort Edward was charged with DWI with a previous conviction within the past 10 years and aggravated DWI, per se with one prior, both class E felonies. She was issued an appearance ticket.

11:30 p.m. Vanessa M. Minor, 42, of Hudson Falls was charged in Moreau with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.


Rutland County Sheriff’s Office

April 26

4:14 p.m. The Rutland County Sheriff’s Office said 68-year-old Peter Woelfel was stopped on Route 30 north in the village after a deputy observed him failing to maintain his lane. While speaking with Woelfel, the deputy observed several indications of impairment. Woelfel is reported to have failed a standard field sobriety test and was charged with driving under the influence in the third degree. Woelfel was processed at the Castleton Police Department and released into the custody of a sober individual. He was issued a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date. Woelfel’s vehicle was towed from the scene.


Vermont State Police

April 23

5:40 p.m. Vermont State Police contacted Valerie Sullivan, 37, of Rutland on State Street in Rutland City. Sullivan was found to be in possession of crack cocaine. Sullivan was also in violation of her court-ordered conditions of release. During the course of the investigation troopers seized Sullivan’s vehicle and applied for and were granted a search warrant. While executing the search warrant of the vehicle troopers located additional cocaine and regulated narcotics. Sullivan was subsequently lodged at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility on $500 bail.

6:17 p.m. Vermont State Police in Rutland responded to a single motor vehicle crash on Elm Street in the Town of Pittsford. Troopers identified the operator as Edward Cormia, 32, of Brandon. During the investigation troopers observed Cormia displayed several indicators of impairment. Cormia was ultimately taken into custody for driving under the influence and a regulated substance was found on Cormia’s person at the time of his arrest. He was transported to the Rutland City Police Department for processing and issued a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date and released to a sober party.

April 24

5:26 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a vehicle that had struck a person and fled from the scene. Investigation revealed Brian Foy, 47, was dropping off an individual at a residence on River Road in Arlington. As the individual exited the vehicle, Foy accelerated at a high rate of speed, throwing the victim from the vehicle; the victim subsequently suffered injury. Foy fled the area, later being located in West Rutland after being involved in a motor vehicle crash. Foy was taken into custody by troopers from the Rutland Barracks for operating a stolen vehicle with a criminally suspended driver’s license and suspicion of driving under the influence. Foy was ordered held on $25,000 bail for the offense of first degree aggravated domestic assault and gross negligent operation and was issued a citation to appear in Bennington Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

8:40 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Vermont Route 4A in the Town of West Rutland. Through investigation it was determined that Brian Foy, 47, of Burlington was parked on the north shoulder facing eastbound. Erin Perry, 26, of Castleton was traveling westbound and struck Foy’s car. Perry was uninjured, while her car sustained major front-end damage. Foy was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center prior to the troopers’ arrival for non-life-threatening injuries. During the investigation, it was determined Foy’s car, which also sustained major front-end damage in the accident, was stolen in Burlington several days earlier, and Foy had taken measures to conceal its identity. He also showed signs of impairment and was processed at Rutland Regional Medical Center prior to being held on charges stemming from an aggravated domestic assault earlier in the evening.

7:08 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a retail theft from Dick’s Sporting Goods Rutland store, with the alleged offender leaving the scene in a vehicle. Prior to arrival, troopers were notified that members of the Pittsford Police Department were in contact with the unidentified male and vehicle in the City of Rutland. Upon arrival, troopers determined Adam Hornbeck, 32, of Rutland City had stolen merchandise from the store and had fled from officers of the Pittsford Police Department. Hornbeck was taken into custody and transported to the Rutland Barracks for processing. Hornbeck was given a citation for the aforementioned charges and released to the custody of the Pittsford Police Department.

April 25

Vermont State Police were notified that Kyle Bruno, 31, of Clarendon provided false information in a previous interaction with police in December 2022. Through investigation, it was determined Bruno used a relative’s name and date of birth to avoid being properly identified by police. Bruno was cited to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

12:49 a.m. Vermont State Police observed a vehicle traveling under the minimum posted speed (45 miles per hour) on U.S. Route 4 in Rutland Town. Troopers contacted the vehicle and observed extensive damage to the vehicle. Troopers identified the operator as Edward Loso Jr., 41, of Proctor. During the investigation, troopers learned Loso was required to have an interlock device while operating a motor vehicle, and one was not present. Loso also provided troopers with false information during the investigation. He was issued a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

9:51 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a citizen dispute involving Victor Norris, 31, of Rutland City, located at 401 U.S. Route 7 South, Rutland . Prior to their arrival, troopers were notified Norris had active warrants from the states of Vermont and New Jersey. Troopers made contact with Norris, and he was taken into custody. Norris was identified to have an extraditable warrant out of New Jersey. Vermont State Police confirmed the warrant with Morris County Prosecutors Office and identified the original charges listed under New Jersey Penal Code, including witness tampering in the third degree and unlicensed entry of structures in the fourth degree, both felonies in New Jersey; and two counts of contempt, a misdemeanor in New Jersey. Norris was transported to the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility for the Vermont warrant and currently being committed to await extradition to New Jersey.


Man charged for falsely reporting vehicle stolen

State Police from the Granville substation arrested a Kingsbury man for allegedly falsely reporting his vehicle as having been stolen from outside his residence.

Anthony Goodspeed, 54, called troopers on April 16 to file the stolen vehicle report, however, the investigation revealed he had relinquished ownership of the vehicle in February to a person known to him and who currently had possession of that vehicle. The investigation also determined that Goodspeed had obtained a duplicate vehicle title in an attempt to defraud law enforcement.

Goodspeed was arrested at his home on April 21 and charged with offering a false instrument for filing in the second degree and falsely reporting an incident in the third degree. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Kingsbury Town Court and released.


See also “Granville man admits to Calamity Jane’s thefts”