Police Beat, May 25, 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 11

11:32 p.m. An officer responded to a Church Street location for a possible mental health situation. A caller advised a woman was sitting in the street with a trampoline and a garbage bag. The woman was located and interviewed. While it was determined she was not in need of medical assistance, she was wanted on a warrant from Suffolk County (Long Island) and would be held for pick up Suffolk County authorities.

May 12

5:45 p.m. Police were dispatched to a Church Street location for removal of an unwanted guest. The officer stood by while the person in question gathered her belongings and left without further incident.

May 13

7:14 a.m. A Vermont resident advised he had recently had several vehicles stolen from his property and believed one of them had recently been seen in Granville. He gave the police a description and asked them to be on the lookout for it.

11:30 a.m. A patrol was stopped on Main Street by a Rathbun Avenue resident who advised there was a car parked illegally on the street. The officer responded and observed two men moving the vehicle because they said they realized it was improperly parked.

May 14

6:45 p.m. Patrols responded to the area of the Rail Trail by the NYSEG facility for a report of a person shooting off fireworks. The subject was located and stated he had shot off fireworks from his porch that had been legally purchased last year. Also stated he waited until a passerby and his dog had cleared the area before resuming. The subject was advised to refrain from this practice in the future, which he agreed to.

May 15

4 p.m. A complainant called the station to report three parking cones were missing from his lot. He advised he did not have cameras and asked police to keep an eye out for any future issues. The caller was advised to put his name on the rest of his cones.

4:30 p.m. An Irving Avenue resident came to the station to report her 10-year-old daughter had not returned home from school. A patrol familiar with the child located her with a friend on Pacific Street. The mother was informed and responded to that location to pick up her daughter.

5:30 p.m. The station received a call that a woman was yelling at children and causing a disturbance on the playground on Prospect Street. A patrol was dispatched but found no issues.

6 p.m. County 911 Dispatch advised a patrol of a report of a 16-year-old girl consuming alcohol under the foot bridge of the Mettowee River. A check of the area proved negative for the reported incident.

May 17

9:39 a.m. The chief of the Ludlow, Vermont Police Department called the station to advise they had located property belonging to a Granville resident in a stolen car. The local resident was contacted and provided a number to contact the Ludlow authorities.  

Whitehall Police Department

May 12

12:46 a.m. Police received a report of a disturbance on South Williams Street. Responding officers found two people in the driveway of the reported scene who said they had been arguing with a Child Protective Services worker who had just left but were not arguing between themselves. Neither party wanted further police involvement.

May 13

2:26 a.m. A Lower Bellamy Street resident reported that a man she did not want on her property was knocking on her door. She also said he had taken something from her vehicle. Upon arrival, officers found the man sitting on the corner of the woman’s property. He told them he merely wanted to talk to the woman and that he had not taken any of her property. The man was cautioned that if he returned to the address, he would be charged with trespass.

8:45 p.m. Police received a call from a Broadway resident who said a man who lives nearby had jumped his fence and threatened him and his family. The complainant only wanted police to log the incident in case it happens again.

9:30 p.m. Police received a complaint through dispatch that people on Boardman Street were being excessively noisy. Responding officers observed people on their porches but heard no excessive noise.

May 15

8:20 p.m. Officers received a complaint about an intoxicated bicyclist on Broadway. They checked the area but found no such person.

May 17

7 p.m. A South Williams Street resident called police to report he was being blackmailed. The victim said he received messages via Facebook from a person he didn’t know claiming they had pictures of him they were going to release to the social media site unless he paid them not to. He was advised this was a common scam and to simply block further communications.

May 18

8:57 p.m. Police received a call reporting two people yelling on Main Street. The people said they had argued because they had locked themselves out of their car. No further action was taken.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office

May 17

A Whitehall man has been charged with two counts of criminal possession of stolen property in the third degree after an investigation determined 37-year-old Jerrick Jones is alleged to have stolen a 2015 Kubota excavator and a 2009 Cross Country flatbed trailer from the City of Troy last October. The excavator and trailer were reported to have a value exceeding $3,000.

Jones also faces two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, one count of criminal possession of a firearm and two counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second degree. He was arraigned and released to appear in the Village of Whitehall Court at a later date. The deputies were assisted in the investigation and arrest by the State Police, Whitehall Village Police Department and the Troy Police Department. Deputies say other arrests are likely.

May 19

Deputies responded to a single-vehicle rollover accident on County Route 68 in the Town of White Creek near the Vermont state Line. Units arriving on scene found there to be five teenage female occupants in the vehicle. Preliminary investigation shows the vehicle was traveling west on County Route 68 when it left the roadway and overturned. One occupant was airlifted to Albany Medical Center Hospital with critical injuries, one occupant was transported there by ambulance with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, and three occupants were transported to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, also with non-life-threatening injuries. County Route 68 was closed for a period while the accident scene was reconstructed. Preliminary investigation indicates speed was a contributing factor. The investigation was ongoing.

New York State Police

May 15

10:45 a.m. John Paul Therrien, 25, of Whitehall was charged with criminal mischief with intent to damage property and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, both class A misdemeanors, as well as aggravated family offense, a class E felony. His status was unknown.

1 p.m. Mark A. Hafner, 37, of Hudson Falls and Megan A. Hafner, 36, of Glens Falls were both charged with grand larceny in the third degree, a class D felony, in connection with an incident that occurred on Oct. 20, 2022. Each was issued an appearance ticket.

May 20

6:38 a.m. Alexia L. Azan, 19, of Fort Edward was charged in Moreau with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. At the same time Nevaeh N. Breault, 20, of Moreau 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.

May 21

1:07 a.m. Kathryn G. Stuthmann, 24, of Hudson Falls was charged in Wilton with operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of greater than .08%, first offense; DWI, first offense; and aggravated DWI per se with no prior, all class U misdemeanors. She was issued an appearance ticket.

Rutland County Sheriff’s Office

May 14

6 p.m. Numerous members of the Rutland County Sheriff’s Office, the Rutland Police Department and Vermont State Police executed a search warrant on a residence on Vermont Route 7B in Clarendon. Several people within the home were initially detained and numerous pieces of evidence were seized and sent to the Vermont Forensic laboratory for further analysis. As a result of the investigation, 48-year-old Daniel Surrell of Clarendon was charged with possession of crack cocaine and marijuana. He will appear in court at a later date to answer the charges.

7:12 p.m. A deputy on patrol on Vermont Route 30 in Poultney observed a vehicle operating above the posted speed limit. A traffic stop was attempted but the vehicle fled leading to a pursuit through the village. That pursuit was terminated for public safety. The vehicle was soon located on Sand Hill Road and another pursuit began onto Main Street where the vehicle began operating in a grossly negligent manner with no regard for public safety. The pursuit was once again terminated. A short while later the vehicle was observed at Ellis Hall at Castleton State University. A record check revealed the vehicle belonged to a student at the university. The operator was located in his dorm room and identified as 20-year-old Dominic Vinci of Yorktown Heights, New York. Vinci was arrested and charged with eluding a law officer in a grossly negligent manner and speeding. He was released and ordered to answer the charges at a later date in Rutland Superior Court – Criminal Division.

Vermont State Police

May 17

1:44 p.m. Vermont State Police were attempting to serve court-issued paperwork at an address in Pittsford. Troopers contacted Edward Loso Jr., 41, of Pittsford and found him violating court-issued conditions of release. Loso was issued a criminal citation to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

May 20

2:15 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the Town of West Rutland. Through investigation, troopers determined Jordan Pare, 33, of West Rutland, committed the offense of domestic assault. Pare was taken into custody and transported to the Rutland barracks for processing. After processing, he was issued a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.