Police Beat, July 6, 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 23

5:40 a.m. A Main Street resident called the station to report her 14-year-old’s bike had been stolen from their property. The bike was described as a 29-inch, white frame with black lettering. Police advised the complainant they will check possible sites within the village. The person reporting the theft is also checking with the landlord for possible camera footage.

7:30 a.m. A River Street resident called to report he found two youths in his home when he returned that morning and advised they fled when he said he was calling police. The suspects had apparently been watching TV and left behind snacks and vapes and smoking devices. This was photographed. The apparent place of entry was also recorded. A check of two smoke shops in the village showed no signs of a break-in.

A relative of one of the suspects admitted her child had not returned home that night but when he did, she would transport him to the police station to be interviewed.

Further investigation revealed the property recovered to have been allegedly stolen from Chapman’s store in Middle Granville. State Police were then brought into the investigation. The identity of the second youth was learned, and a search of his home produced more stolen items. That youth was located on Route 22 and detained for questioning.

The youths are not being identified because of their age. No charges have been made yet and the investigation remains open and pending.

June 24

3:30 p.m. A Granville officer assisted State Police in locating both a vehicle and a subject in the Price Chopper parking lot.

June 26

3 p.m. Police were called to a Quaker Street address by a woman who said her grandchildren were being disrespectful and spitting on her car. The children’s mother returned and explained the domestic situation to the patrol. The parties were separated, everything was calmed down and the incident investigation was closed.

7:14 p.m. A Granville resident came to the station with a “fix-it” ticket to prove his headlights were now indeed working. A correction sheet was completed.

June 28

7:35 a.m. A patrol responded to a Quaker Street location for an alarm activation. The investigation proved the call to be a false alarm.

9:51 a.m. An individual called to report the previous evening he had seen a male walking up the basement stairs of a Main Street building and did not think much of it at that time. He later decided he should report it. A check of the property showed no signs of entry.

10:28 a.m. Police were advised a Columbus Street resident had a skunk in his box trap. The resident did not appear to be home and the officer left a message with the appropriate wildlife contact phone number.

11:15 a.m. A South Street resident advised she had dropped her son off at a North Granville home the night before and when she went to pick him up that morning no one was home. She was advised of the proper police agency to report the missing child to (location not within the village) and took a description of the youth for village patrols to be on the lookout for. The child was safely located later that day.


Whitehall Police Department

June 23

7:15 a.m. Police responded to Benjamin Street in response to a report of a suspicious vehicle. A resident there said a gray sport utility vehicle she did not recognize had come into her yard and struck a wood beam on the edge of her driveway. The vehicle had been in her driveway since 5 a.m. but drove away when she called the police. Officers canvassed the area with negative results.

3:57 p.m. Officers were dispatched to a Smith Street business in response to a 911 hangup call. A person known by police to be associated with the building told them the business had been having problems with its telephone system, which they thought had been fixed. No police action was taken.

June  26

9 a.m. Police were called to South Williams Street in response to a parking dispute. One resident said he was concerned because his neighbor was parking next to the entrance to his driveway, making it difficult to see oncoming traffic. The neighbor was not blocking the driveway. The responding officer said he could find no law setting a distance a vehicle needs to be away from a driveway.

June 27

3:03 a.m. Officers were dispatched to a Broadway apartment building in response to a report of a dispute. Patrols arrived to find a highly intoxicated woman yelling. A male resident of the building told officers the woman had ripped his shirt, but he did not want to press charges. The woman first tried to have the male arrested, then said she wanted to be arrested. She also kept asking to speak to an officer who was not on the scene. The male said he was leaving the scene and would not return until the woman sobered up.

June 29

10 a.m. A woman called police to request a welfare check on a Poultney Street resident who had been making concerning statements regarding the caller and her family. The Poultney Street resident did not initially respond to police when they knocked on her door, then began yelling at officers to just go away. She said she did not intend to hurt herself or others and she did not want help from authorities.

12:10 a.m. Police were dispatched to Maple Street in response to a call that two dogs were in the caller’s yard. Officers asked the next-door resident if she knew where her dogs were and were told they were in her back yard after having recovered them after they had escaped earlier.

8:45 p.m. A Broadway woman called police to complain a neighbor was calling her children retards – a word that caused her son to become aggressive. The caller just wanted the incident documented.


Washington County Sheriff’s Office

June 23

8:54 p.m. Deputies and other law enforcement personnel responded to the parking lot of the Law Enforcement Center in Fort Edward for a report of a man with a firearm threatening to harm himself. On their arrival, deputies confirmed this was indeed the situation and began negotiations with the individual. These negotiations successfully de-escalated the situation, with the man unloading his weapon and surrendering without further incident. He was transported to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation. There were no injuries to the subject or any members of law enforcement.

Deputies were assisted on the scene by members of the State Police and Hudson Falls Police, as well as Fort Edward EMS.


New York State Police

June 22

3:39 p.m. Daniel S. Gaiser, 46, of Albany was charged in Fort Edward with operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% and DWI, both first offenses, as well as aggravated DWI per se with no prior, all class U misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket.

June 24

8:48 p.m. Katelynn M. Colomb, 33, of Rutland, Vermont, was arrested in Moreau and charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, specifically a loaded firearm, a class C felony. She was being held.

June 27

7:39 p.m. William Soltren, 53, of Greenwich was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% and DWI, both first offenses. He was issued an appearance ticket.


Fair Haven Police Department

June 27

Earlier in 2023 while transporting a subject a Fair Haven police officer sustained injuries after the person being transported attempted to harm the officer and destroyed equipment inside the police car. Shortly after this was made public, Cornell’s Used Auto Parts of Greenfield, New York contacted the Fair Haven Police Department asking if there was a prisoner partition in the cruiser. Told no, Cornell’s stated they would like to donate a prisoner partition, a front push bar and other various items to be up fitted on the patrol car. The Fair Haven Police Department thanks Cornell’s Used Auto Parts for this donation of equipment to the department.

June 29

Police arrested a 38-year-old Whitehall man on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in Rutland Superior Court in January on a charge of driving on a suspended license. Nigel Reeks was located in the early morning hours that day on Prospect Street and taken into custody. He was then released on a new citation to appear in Superior Court.


Rutland County Sheriff’s Office

June 28

The Sheriff’s Office is warning people about the latest scam to hit the county. Deputies say people are receiving phone calls indicating there is an arrest warrant issued for them, allegedly for failing to comply with a subpoena or other related paperwork. You are advised not to give any information to the caller and to contact the Sheriff’s Department for confirmation.


Vermont State Police

June 27

5:11 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a 911 hang-up incident at a residence on East View Lane in the Town of Dorset. Investigation revealed that Ira Beaver, 40, of Danby had entered an occupied dwelling and caused bodily injury to an individual inside the home by striking the individual with a blunt object. Subsequently, troopers located Beaver and placed him under arrest. Beaver was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Shaftsbury Barracks for processing. After processing, Beaver was issued $2,000 bail and conditions of release and was later taken to the Bennington County Courthouse to answer the offenses.

3:30 p.m. Vermont State Police are investigating an incident in which a vehicle destroyed one of the historic brick pillars at the entrance to the Vermont Police Academy on Academy Road in Pittsford. The incident occurred sometime between 3:30 and 4 p.m. Troopers arrived on scene and concluded that a dark colored truck pulling a car trailer had attempted to back into the roadway, striking the pillar and leaving the scene without reporting the crash. Vermont State Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact Corporal Loyzelle at the Rutland Barracks at 802-773-9101 or leave an anonymous tip online at vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.

June 29

5:15 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the Town of Hubbardton. Through investigation, Troopers determined Johnathan Jordan, 23, of Hubbardton, committed the offenses of domestic assault and criminal threatening. Jordan 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.

9:47 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a vehicle that had struck a guard rail at the intersection of U.S. Route 7 and Lake Dunmore Road in the Town of Salisbury. The operator was identified as Robertas Nielsen, 24, of Brandon. While speaking with Nielsen, Troopers detected indicators of impairment. Nielsen was screened, placed under arrest and transported to the New Haven barracks for processing. During processing, Nielsen refused to provide an evidentiary breath sample. At the conclusion of processing, Nielsen was released to a sober party with a citation to appear in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.


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