Police Beat, June 29, 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

June 16

12:40 p.m. Police responded to a property damage accident on Quaker Street. Only minor damage was reported and an accident form was filled out. No charges were issued.

1:13 p.m. Police were dispatched to a Quaker Street residence for a child custody dispute. Complainant was able to provide court documentation. The matter was referred to family court.

June 17

11:10 a.m. Police responded to the Pember Library and Museum for a report of a person lying in the dumpster and unresponsive. When the patrol arrived, the person was gone but left behind a camo bike and a pair of sweatpants. The person was later identified and determined to be safe. He was advised not to sleep in the dumpster again.

June 18

5 p.m. Police responded to Tractor Supply on Quaker Street to assist the fire department with an HVAC malfunction.

6 p.m. A patrolling officer noticed an alarm coming from the sewer pump station on State Route 22. The sewer department was notified.

7 p.m. A patrol was dispatched to a North Street location for a 911 hang-up call. The call was determined to be accidental.

June 19

2:18 a.m. Police responded to a report of a man yelling on West Main Street. No one was located and incident cleared.

12 p.m. Police were dispatched to a Water Street address to assist EMS with a woman with a medical issue.

1:40 p.m. Police stopped a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on North Street. The report says radar tracked Roy Greene of Danby, Vermont traveling 48 mph in a 30-mph zone. Greene was issued a uniform traffic ticket for speed.

8:02 p.m. A Factory Street woman appeared at the station to claim her daughter had illegally transferred a back child support payment out of her account. She also stated she had ordered her daughter out of the apartment. The stolen property complaint is open and under investigation.

8:40 p.m. A State Route 22 business owner called to say someone had broken into his business and stolen $450 of tools and equipment. He said he simply wanted to advise the police in case something more might come of it.

8:40 p.m. An officer was dispatched to a Quaker Street residence to assist with a lockout.

June 20

5:36 a.m. Police responded back to a Main Street residence where the overnight patrol had chased some youths away from the complainant’s car. At this time, he noticed someone had let the air out of the driver’s side front tire. The responding officer indicated he would check with the night patrol to see if any identification was made at that time. The investigation is ongoing.

12:14 p.m. A woman informed police she had taken custody of a stray dog on Pacific Street. Police were familiar with the animal and it was returned to its owner.

June 21

12:52 a.m. Police were dispatched to North Street for a report of a prior assault by at least one male subject who allegedly struck them with a crowbar. Both victims were transported by EMS to Glens Falls Hospital for treatment. The investigation into the assault is pending.

June 22

2:33 a.m. A resident called to report a truck parked in his driveway. The investigation discovered it to be a Spectrum service person working on a pole.

9:52 a.m. Police were dispatched to a report of two individuals attempting to break into a Quaker Street business. Subjects were gone upon law enforcement’s arrival. An intense search of the area was negative for the suspects. The caller, who worked at the location, checked the store with police and secured a window apparently opened during the break-in attempt. It did not appear entrance to the store was gained and nothing was out of place. The investigation continues.

6 p.m. Police responded to a Madison Street business where an individual became irate in his complaints about staff. He was advised this was not a police issue and he left.


Whitehall Police Department

June 17

11 a.m. Police responded to a Broadway residence in response to a dog complaint. The complainant told officers she was letting her son’s dog out when other tenants in the building let their dog out without a leash. She said she was concerned the other dog would attack her son’s animal, although it was not acting aggressively. The owners were not on the scene, but the complainant had a recording of one of them threatening to damage her car because of the incident. The complainant merely wanted the incident documented.

June  18

8:48 p.m. Officers were called to a Broadway residence after receiving a call about a fight at that location. The caller stated that a woman who was not known to her had come to the house and begun berating her son about an incident that took place several years ago. The complainant said she slapped the woman on the hand to get her to stop and that after the slap, the woman grabbed her hair. The complainant said she struck the woman twice, causing her to bleed, and the woman responded by spitting blood on her and a witness. The woman was gone by the time police arrived, so officers advised the complainant to contact them if she was able to identify the woman and to avoid her if she sees her.

June 19

10:45 a.m. A Whitehall man came to the police station to complain that a woman he knows was driving his truck without permission, but he did not want her arrested or to file a complaint. The man was told police will stop the truck if they see it during routine patrol.

5:38 p.m. A Broadway resident called police to report someone had pushed open a door leading to the basement of her residence. Officers observed no sign of forced entry and the man the caller had said might have been the person involved denied being at the property. The property’s landlord said she had been having issues with the man for several years; officers advised her to handle the matter in civil court.

7:47 p.m. Police were dispatched to North Williams Street for a complaint that people were setting off fireworks in the area. Officers canvassed the area and did not observe anyone setting off fireworks.

June 20

11 a.m. A North Williams Street resident told police someone had taken flowers from a flower bed on the side of her residence. Officers observed dirt on the ground and a gap in the bed where it appeared a plant was missing. Police said they would check the residence while on patrol.  

12:45 p.m. A village employee told police she had discovered a bag of marijuana in a collection box in the pavilion in Skenesborough Drive Park and wanted to be certain the contents had not contaminated the contributions inside. The bag was sealed, so no contamination was believed to have occurred. The bag was collected and disposed of; the complainant said she would see if cameras could be installed in the pavilion.

June 22

11:20 a.m. Police responded to West Street in response to a report of dogs running loose. Officers were unable to locate the animals.


Washington County Sheriff’s Office

June 13

Deputies arrested 24-year-old Robert C. Kelly Jr. of Greenwich and charged him with two counts of failure to properly register as a sex offender, both class E felonies. He was arraigned in Washington County Court and ordered held in the county’s correctional facility pending a further court date.

Deputies arrested 39-year-old Arthur S. Ellis of Fort Edward on a charge of bail jumping, a class E felony. Ellis was arraigned in Washington County Court and ordered held in the county’s correctional facility. He was later transferred to the State Correctional Facility in Elmira.

June 23

8:54 p.m. Several police agencies responded to the Washington County Law Enforcement Building’s parking lot for a report of a man with a gun threatening to harm himself. Deputies confirmed that was the situation and began negotiations with the individual. After some time, the situation was de-escalated with the man unloading the weapon and surrendering. He was transported to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation. There were no injuries to the subject or law enforcement. State Police and Hudson Falls police, as well as Fort Edward EMS, assisted deputies at the scene.


New York State Police

June 19

10:30 a.m. Patricia M. Massillon, 23, of Brooklyn was charged in Fort Ann with two counts of introducing contraband into prison in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket.

7:16 p.m. Lyle B. Schultz, 19, of Greenwich was charged with sexual misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child, both class A misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

11:25 p.m. Heidi L. Sumner, 49, of Queensbury was charged in Hudson Falls with DWI, first offense, and aggravated DWI, per se, no prior, both class U misdemeanors. She was issued an appearance ticket.

June 21

11:06 a.m. Jason A. Naja, 50, of Fort Edward was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.


Fair Haven Police Department

June 19

3:35 p.m. Police arrested 34-year-old Theodore C. Smith Jr. of Fair Haven for failure to appear in Rutland Superior Court that day on a charge of criminally operating a motor vehicle with no license. He was apprehended at his home on Weatherby Way in the village. Smith was processed and released on a citation to appear in Superior Court at a later date.

June 20

1:06 p.m. Officers stopped 59-year-old Danielle M. Smith of Whitehall, New York, after observing her fail to use a turn signal repeatedly on Main Street. Police had also received a report that Smith was driving erratically from Whitehall to Fair Haven.

During the subsequent interview, police allegedly determined Smith to be under the influence of alcohol. According to their report, she failed a field sobriety test and was arrested and charged with driving under the influence-related offenses. She was released on a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

June 22

1 p.m. Officers responded to a call of an unwanted person in a residence on Mechanic Street where a man had allegedly entered the home of an elderly couple. Upon arrival, police located 41-year-old Jared Parks of Main Street in Fair Haven. Parks subsequently admitted to his role in the incident. It was also determined he had an outstanding arrest warrant for failure to appear in Rutland Superior Court on a simple assault charge. Parks was arrested, processed and ordered held in the Marble Valley Correctional Facility.

June 23

Officers arrested 41-year-old Kathleen E. Crossman of Hubbardton following an investigation into an April 9 motor vehicle accident on Apple Tree Lane. At that time, it was determined Crossman had allegedly struck a bus stop and left the area. Police were later able to identify Crossman as the driver. She was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and issued a citation to appear in Rutland Superior, Criminal Division, at a later date.


Rutland County Sheriff’s Office

June 17

12:55 a.m. A vehicle was observed operating within the Rutland City limits with neither headlines nor taillights illuminated. Following the traffic stop a deputy determined that 34-year-old Tyler Jaworski of Danby was driving with a criminally suspended license. He was arrested and processed, then released on a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.


Vermont State Police

June 17

1:23 p.m. Vermont State Police stopped Lyndsey Moore, 34, on suspicion of driving with a criminally suspended license. She is cited to appear at the Bennington County Court at a later date.

June 18

3:38 p.m. Vermont State Police were dispatched to a citizen dispute in the Town of West Rutland. Troopers were advised a resident had called stating Scott F. Lancour, 52, of PIttsford had just arrived at their residence, was intoxicated and they did not want him there. While enroute, troopers were advised Lancour was required to have an interlock device on his vehicle and had a criminally suspended license from prior DUI convictions. Upon arrival, troopers located Lancour in his vehicle in the driveway at the residence. An interlock device was not in the vehicle, and while speaking with Lancour, troopers noticed signs of impairment. Lancour refused to perform any field sobriety exercise but provided a preliminary breath test. Based on their observations and the result of the preliminary breath test Lancour was arrested for DUI and driving on a suspended license. Lancour was transported to the State Police barracks in Rutland where he was issued a criminal citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date to answer to the charge of DUI #4 and driving on a suspended license, criminal.

June 22

10:17 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of an active fight at the Cortina Inn in Rutland Town. Through investigation it was determined Kiersten Groesbeck, 20, of Rutland Town caused pain and/or injury to a 23-year old. Groesbeck was issued a citation to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

June 23

11:41 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash with injuries on Vermont Route 313 West near River Road in the Town of Arlington. It was reported two vehicles collided head-on while traveling on Route 313. Upon arrival, troopers located the two vehicles in the eastbound lane of travel with heavy damage. Investigation revealed the first driver, Ethan Mattison, 22, of Hoosick Falls, New York, driving a Subaru Impreza was traveling eastbound, and the second, Brett Beaudry, 53, of Pittsford, driving a Freightliner UPS box truck, was traveling westbound. Further investigation showed that Mattison’s car failed to maintain its lane of travel and crossed the double yellow center line before colliding with the truck. Beaudry tried to avoid colliding with Mattison but was unsuccessful. Both drivers suffered minor, non-life-threatening injuries that were treated at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.  Vermont State Police were assisted on the scene by Arlington Fire Department, Arlington Rescue Squad, Southern Vermont Auto and Earle’s Truck Repair.

June 23

8:51 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a trespassing complaint at The Barn Restaurant & Tavern in Pawlet. Through investigation it was determined Ruth Byrne, 33, of Pawlet had entered or remained on land where notice against trespass had been given. While troopers attempted to speak with Byrne at her residence, she smashed a window resulting in troopers and a crisis specialist being struck by broken glass. Byrne was later taken into custody and issued a citation to appear at court at a later date.

June 24

2:38 p.m. Vermont State Police were conducting speed enforcement near the intersection of U.S. Route 7 and West Salisbury Road in the Town of Salisbury where they observed a red SUV traveling north, passing another vehicle on Route 7 in excess of the speed limit. Troopers confirmed via radar the sedan was traveling 96 mph in a 50-mph zone. The SUV was stopped without incident and the operator was identified as Brett Woodard, 50, of Rutland. Woodard was issued a citation to appear in Addison County Superior Court for the offense of excessive speed at a later date.

June 25

10:55 a.m. Vermont State Police were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 7 south of Old Colony Way in the Town of Pittsford. Troopers arrived on the scene and identified the first driver as Andrew Neil, 52, of Middlebury. Neil’s vehicle, a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado, was traveling northbound. Neil did not observe the car being driven by Carly Nichols, 31, of Chittenden stopped ahead in the northbound lane waiting to make a left turn onto Old Colony Way. Neil’s truck struck the rear of Nichols’ Subaru Outback. No injuries were reported. Anyone who may have witnessed the event is encouraged to contact Trooper Steven Schutt at the Vermont State Police Rutland Barracks 802-773-9101.


See also “Two arrested following White Creek traffic stop” and “Vermont pair arrested after chase”