Police Beat, May 11, 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

May 1

11:17 a.m. An officer was summoned to a Madison Street location to assist staff and an individual with a mental health-related issue. The person was transported to the Rutland Regional Medical Center by Granville EMS.

May 3

2:50 p.m. An on-duty officer observed a vehicle passing him on the right with a vehicle registration that had expired five months ago. The driver was determined to have a valid Vermont license but was under suspension in New York for two previous scofflaw violations. When issued a citation for unauthorized operation, the driver became upset and accused the officer of stopping him because of his familiarity with another person who was wanted by law enforcement. The issuing officer advised the driver that was not the case, and that the other individual had already been arrested in Vermont and was currently incarcerated.

May 4

6:20 a.m. The Granville Police Department was advised to be on the lookout for a white sedan that the Fair Haven, Vermont, Police Department has been pursuing for passing a stopped school bus. No contact was made.

9:17 a.m. The department completed a background check at the request of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office in California. No negative records were on file to submit.

1 p.m. An officer stood by at a Madison Street facility while a resident was treated for a mental health issue and transported by Fort Ann EMS to Glens Falls Hospital.

4:45 p.m. A West Main Street resident asked for police assistance with a child exchange. The resident stated there were difficulties with his ex concerning child visitation. The children’s mother left before the patrol arrived. The person who asked for the assistance requested a report for possible future family court action.

5:40 p.m. While on patrol an officer observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Main Street with a loud exhaust. After the vehicle was stopped, it was determined its inspection was also out of date. The driver was issued two uniform traffic tickets, one for an expired inspection and the second for a muffler system violation.


Whitehall Police Department

April 29

3 p.m. Police were called to a Broadway apartment after a woman reported her boyfriend was hitting himself with a baseball bat and saying he wanted to go to the Behavioral Health Unit at Glens Falls Hospital. Officers located the boyfriend, who denied the allegations. Police saw no evidence he had been hitting himself or wanted to injure himself. Both parties agreed to ignore each other for the night.

6:15 a.m. Officers were called back to the Broadway apartment after the woman called to complain her boyfriend was bothering her. She showed police a video in which she can be seen yelling at the man through a bedroom door, with him responding in kind. Officers found the man in bed with the door barricaded to keep the woman out. After speaking with the woman, who police described as obviously intoxicated, officers said there would be no arrests if she allowed her boyfriend to go to sleep.

April 30

11:09 p.m. Police were dispatched to a Mountain Street residence in response to a smell of smoke. The resident told arriving officers that the pellet stove had been running and was causing the smell. She also reported smoke was visible in the residence. Police and firefighters could not find a clean-out for the stove and Fire Chief Steve Brock notified the homeowners the vent on the stove was improperly installed and needed to be fixed before continuing to use the stove.

May 1

11:15 a.m. Eric L. Prosser, 31, of Potter Street, was arrested by village police on a bench warrant issued by Washington County Court after he was observed on Broadway. Prosser was taken to Washington County Court, where Judge Kelly McKeighan ordered him held without bail pending further court action. Prosser has several previous arrests, including one for second-degree assault and first-degree criminal contempt, both felonies, after he allegedly shot his 4-year-old son in the stomach with a BB gun in late October.

May 2

5:12 p.m. Police were called to Williams Street for a report of a disturbance. Upon arrival, officers were flagged down by a man who told them he believed another man had attempted to sell crack cocaine to his 28-year-old daughter. Police were unable to locate the daughter but did find a possible suspect who refused to cooperate with them and left the area.

May 3

7:25 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the Dollar General store on Broadway after receiving a complaint that a woman who had previously been banned from the store was there. Police spoke to the woman, who told them only the employees who had called them were the only ones who prevented her from shopping there; other employees allowed her to do so. The employees acknowledged that was the case, so officers told all parties to get a clarification from the store manager and act appropriately in the future.

May 4

4:02 a.m. Police received a call reporting a car into a tree in the area of County Route 10 and East Bay Road. Police found the car head-on into the tree but saw no sign of a driver or passenger. Patrols stood by until New York State Police arrived and took over the scene. Investigation was pending.


New York State Police

April 29

11:08 p.m. New York State Police stopped a vehicle on McCrea Street in Fort Edward for a vehicle and traffic law violation. The driver, Kassie M. Judge, 39, of Fort Edward, was arrested for driving while intoxicated and other V&T violations. She was transported to the Granville barracks for processing where she recorded a 0.21% blood alcohol concentration. Further investigation discovered Judge has a previous DWI conviction in the last 10 years. Judge was issued tickets returnable to the Fort Edward Village Court at a later date and released to a sober third party.April 30

8:09 p.m. Eugene E. Bessette, 30, of Cambridge was charged with two counts of criminal trespass in the third degree, a class B misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

May 3

9:46 a.m. Jamie M. Martinez, 29, of Cambridge was charged with aggravated harassment in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

8:46 p.m. Shane D. Fifield, 35, of Hudson Falls was charged with DWI, first offense, a class U misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

May 6

10:30 a.m. William Jordan, 57, of Salem was arrested in Clifton Park for petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, grand larceny in the third degree, forgery in the second degree concerning a deed/will/contract and possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, all class D felonies. He was issued an appearance ticket.


Rutland County Sheriff’s Office

May 4

The Rutland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a series of disturbances that include juveniles vaping, dealing drugs and fighting at the Poultney Elementary School after school hours. If you witness or have witnessed any of these events, please report it directly to the Rutland County Sheriff’s Office at 802-775-8002. Please reference case 23RUC001974.


Vermont State Police

April 27

8:48 p.m. Vermont State Police conducted a traffic stop after an observed motor vehicle violation near the intersection of U.S. Route 7 and Fern Lake Road in the Town of Leicester. Over the course of the traffic stop, Trent Reilly Ingalls, 20, of Brandon was identified to have an extraditable warrant out of Delaware. Vermont State Police confirmed the warrant with the Delaware State Police and identified the original charges under Delaware Penal Code, including murder in the first degree and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Ingalls was transported to the New Haven Barracks for processing and was subsequently lodged and held without bail at Marble Valley Correctional Facility. Ingalls is currently being committed to await extradition to Delaware.

May 2

12:11 a.m. Vermont State Police were advised of a citizen dispute that had occurred on Rowe Drive in Pittsford. Through investigation it was determined that Eden Netelkos, 28, of Pittsford was armed with a deadly weapon and caused pain or bodily injury to a family or household member. Netelkos was placed into custody, transported to the Rutland Barracks for processing and issued a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date to answer to the charge of first-degree aggravated domestic assault.

May 1

10:06 p.m. Vermont State Police conducted a traffic stop on U.S. Route 7 near the intersection with Fern Lake Road in the Town of Leicester after observing a motor vehicle violation. The driver was identified as David R. Farnham, 43, of Rutland City. At the time, Farnham’s license was criminally suspended in the State of Vermont. Troopers identified the passenger of the vehicle as Christopher L. Herring, 42, of Rutland City. Herring was placed under arrest for an active arrest warrant for the offense of grand larceny exceeding $900 and transported to Marble Valley Correctional Facility where he was lodged. While speaking with Farnham, troopers detected indicators of impairment. Farnham was screened, placed under arrest and transported to Porter Medical Center to be evaluated after a medical incident. At the conclusion of processing, Farnham was released with a citation to appear in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

May 4

6:31 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a family fight at 476 Holiday Dr. in Rutland Town. Through investigation, it was determined Micah Fisher, 38, of Rutland Town had caused pain and/or bodily injury to a family/household member. Fisher was placed into custody and transported to the Rutland barracks for processing. A judicial official was contacted, and Fisher was issued conditions of release to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date and ordered to be held at Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility on $1,000 bail.

May 6

12:22 a.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop for an observed speeding violation on Business Route 4 in Rutland Town. While speaking with the operator, Amanda Jones, 22, of Proctor, troopers detected signs of impairment. Jones was issued standardized field sobriety tests roadside and was subsequently taken into custody for driving under the influence. She 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 to the charge of DUI at a later date.

12:29 a.m. Vermont State Police observed a motor vehicle violation and conducted a traffic stop in the area of Vermont Route 30/U.S. Route 7 in the town of Manchester. While speaking with the driver, Jennifer Heuser, 50, of Granville, troopers observed multiple indicators of impairment. Heuser participated in standardized field sobriety tests and was ultimately placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI and transported to the Shaftsbury Barracks for processing. Heuser was later released on citation to appear in Bennington Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.


Horse abuse case continues

Wendy Murphy was back in Granville Town Court on Monday, May 8, to face the remaining animal abuse charges leveled against her last Sept. 2 when the Granville resident was accused of “overdriving, torturing and injuring 31 horses” that were removed from her custody. 

Ten of those charges were later dismissed in Washington County court. She also faces a similar neglect charge involving rabbits and goats, although she retained custody of them. Charges in that case have been put on hold for pre-trail motions or a possible agreement between Murphy and the District Attorney’s Office.

The remaining counts concerning the horses have also been put on hold until July, when a hearing as to what evidence will be permissible at trial will be held.

Not guilty

Murphy has contended all along that the horses involved were recent rescues, came to her in poor condition, and she was nursing them back to health. She claims she has veterinary records to back up her statements, but at the time of her arrest State Police refused to look at them.

She admits she was offered a deal by the DA that would have seen all the charges dropped if she agreed not to own animals for two years. Murphy refused the offer and still wants her horses returned.


See also “Granville man charged in fatal car collision”