Police Beat, July 13, 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

July 1

9:30 a.m. Police responded to a Lincoln Street residence for a verbal domestic dispute and property retrieval. Person interviewed also reported the other occupant of the residence had left him in Glens Falls, causing him to miss a court appointment.

When the other family member responded the property was secured and the case closed without further incident.

10:51 a.m. Police assisted with a residential lockout. Access was gained.

4:50 p.m. An officer was dispatched to a Quaker Street location to stand by during a fuel spill clean-up. The vehicle involved was towed from the scene.

8:47 p.m. Two officers responded to a Quaker Street location at the request of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for an assault in progress. The officers separated the involved individuals and turned the investigation over to the WCSO.

11 p.m. Police were dispatched to a Quaker Street location for a reported fireworks incident. Upon arrival the officer was advised by a juvenile that he had a firework item exploded in his hand. EMS was dispatched to evaluate what appeared to be minor burns. The juvenile and parent signed off on the complaint and no further medical assistance was required.

11:15 p.m. A County Route 24 resident walked into the station to report he had found a dog wandering in the area. He stated he attempted to contact the animal control officer without success. He volunteered to keep the dog until the owner could be located.

July 2

12:15 p.m. A complainant called the station to say he believed his boat trailer plate had been stolen while he was parked in the Big Lots parking lot. Police checked with area businesses but no plate was found or turned in. The individual was advised he needed to fill out a lost or stolen plate form.

6:50 p.m. Police responded to a Slocum Avenue residence for a barking dog complaint. No barking was heard. The case was closed without further incident.

July 3

7:40 a.m. An officer responded to a Morrison Avenue residence for a report of open barn doors that had been closed the night before. The investigation failed to turn up any trespassers and nothing appeared to have been disturbed or taken. It is believed the wind may have blown the doors open.

10:09 a.m. A Conety Road resident reported she had found a large hound dog near her home and was taking it to a vet as it appeared to be injured. She left a phone number to call if anyone reported the animal missing.

1:15 p.m. Police were summoned to the Big Lots parking lot for a report of a person screaming for help. Upon arrival officers spoke with family members who advised the individual was having a mental health crisis. He was eventually calmed down and no EMS involvement was needed. He was transported by family members back to their camp at Lake St. Catherine and they advised they would soon be returning to their Connecticut home.

July 4

11:55 a.m. Police were asked by State Police to respond to the scene of a vehicle stop on State Route 22. Stood by while the vehicle was searched and a drug arrest was made. Police cleared the scene without further incident.

5:10 p.m. While at the station an officer observed a red Nissan GTR traveling in a southerly direction on Quaker Street. While checking the village police observed the vehicle traveling on Mettowee Street and followed it to a Williams Street address. The officer then spoke with the driver who was given a verbal warning about his erratic driving.

July 5

12:07 p.m. A Munson Street resident contact police to say a youth had thrown a rock over her fence breaking a ceramic bird house. The complainant spoke with the youth and demanded payment. She indicated the youth had not complied. Police spoke with an adult associated with the youth who indicated she would drop of payment at the station.

12:22 p.m. An elementary school principal called regarding an incident that reportedly occurred on DeKalb Road and indicated Child Protective Services had been notified. Referred the caller to the agencies that cover that jurisdiction.

12:30 p.m. Police were dispatched to a Pearl Street location for a report of suspicious youths on bicycles. The officer arrived and checked the location with negative contact. The complaint was cleared without incident.

8:45 p.m. While on patrol an officer observed a vehicle attempt to exit the Stewart’s parking lot onto Quaker Street. It appeared the driver saw the patrol car and then backed up and exited on to Rawson Avenue. The vehicle failed to properly signal a turn and a stop was initiated. The investigation proved the driver had a suspended license. He was picked up by a person with a valid license. Kenneth Van Guilder of Hampton was issued a citation for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.


Whitehall Police Department

June 29

6:30 p.m. Roger L. Brown Jr., 36, of Adams Street, Whitehall, was charged by village police with petit larceny, a misdemeanor, following an investigation into the reported theft of a package from the porch of a South Williams Street residence on June 17. Police said the resident provided them with screenshots of Brown taking the package, which contained a picture frame valued at $15. Brown was taken into custody at his home and released on an appearance ticket.

June 30

3:45 a.m. Police were called to Poultney Street in response to a report of an unknown-type disturbance. Upon arrival, officers spoke to the resident, who told them he wanted a man who was staying in the residence removed and that they had had a physical altercation. The man originally requested medical attention, but then changed his mind and told police he would seek medical attention on his own if needed. After some discussion, the resident agreed to allow the man to remain overnight but said he would have to leave the next day.

2:34 p.m. An unknown caller told police a man had been sleeping in a red sport utility vehicle on Adams Street since 9 a.m., and he was concerned about the man’s welfare. Police spoke to the man, who told them he had parked on the street because of a tree removal at his residence and that he slept in the vehicle to avoid the noise of the work.

10:40 p.m. Brian L. James, 53, of Broadway, was charged by village police with second-degree unlawful imprisonment, a misdemeanor, after he allegedly prevented a woman from leaving his residence during a domestic dispute the previous day. James was not at the residence when police responded to the dispute but was taken into custody when he returned to the scene the next day.

July 1

11:09 a.m. A Fair Haven, Vermont, resident asked police to perform a welfare check on his 2-year-old daughter after his ex-wife failed to drop her off for a court-approved visit. No one was at the residence the caller provided, but officers were able to contact the woman by telephone; she informed them that it was her weekend to have custody of the child.

July 2

5:28 a.m. Police were called to Poultney Street by Fair Haven EMS personnel, who reported the person they were transporting may have been assaulted the previous night. The person, who had been involved in a disturbance on Poultney Street the previous night, told officers his wrist had been twisted by the other party in the dispute and that he had accidentally been poked by a needle that contained fentanyl. Responding officers told him to provide documentation of his injuries and a formal statement, at which time the man told them he wanted to speak to his lawyer before pursuing the matter.

July 4

12:48 a.m. A 30-year-old Argyle woman wanted on a warrant was taken into custody after village police asked Warren County law enforcement to locate her in their jurisdiction. The woman, Elizabeth D. Colton of Dutch Town Road, was located in Queensbury and picked up by State Police, who turned her over to the village officers for processing and transport to the Washington County Jail.

July 6

10:15 a.m. Police were dispatched to the intersection of Poultney Street and Buckley Road in response to a report of the railroad crossing signal malfunctioning. Officers checked both the reported location and the South Williams Street rail crossing and found no evidence of a problem.

3:20 p.m. Officers received a nonemergency call complaining that a Fort Edward woman was posting harassing messages on Facebook. Police advised the recipient of the messages to block the woman and to contact them if the harassment continued. No further action was taken.


New York State Police

July 1

12:15 p.m. Matthew R. Austin, 25, of Granville was charged in Whitehall with burglary in the second degree, a class C felony. He was being held.

12:30 p.m. Lateeya Reilly, 30, of Anchorage, Alaska, was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a class C felony. Reilly’s status was unknown.

July 2

8:35 p.m. Nicholas C. Wilbur, 32, of Rotterdam was charged in Kingsbury for DWI and DWI with alcohol or drugs, both first offenses and class U misdemeanors. He was released to a third party.

July 4

11:50 p.m. Amanda M. Sawka, 44, of Whitehall was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and criminal use of drug paraphernalia, specifically packaging, in the second degree, both class A misdemeanors. She was being held.

July 5

1:42 p.m. Nicholas A. Sgorrano, 35, of Fort Edward, was charged in South Glens Falls with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.


Rutland County Sheriff’s Office

July 9

12:32 a.m. The RCSO is currently investigating a burglary that occurred at Amy’s Trading Post on Vermont Route 30 in Wells in the early morning hours of July 9. If you live along Route 30 in Wells or West Pawlet and have video footage of that area or surrounding roads and noticed any suspicious activity, please contact Deputy Ricketts at 802-775-8002.

7:32 p.m. A deputy patrolling Vermont 30 in the Town of Poultney observed a vehicle leave the roadway and roll over in a ditch. The vehicle was smoking with power lines down around it. Deputy 1st class Gregory Ricketts was able to safely extricate the driver, identified as 34-year-old Rourke Congdon of Wallingford. While speaking with Congdon, the deputy noticed several indicators of impairment. Congdon allegedly failed both a field sobriety and breathalyzer test and was charged with driving under the influence. He was processed at the Castleton Police Department and issued a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court. Route 30 was closed for the duration of the incident.

The RCSO was assisted at the scene by the Poultney Fire Department and Rescue Squad as well as the Castleton Police Department.

Scam Alert

The RCSO is warning the public about receiving a phone call from a Sergeant Howard advising he has an important legal matter to discuss which cannot be left on a voicemail. This is a scam call. There is no Sgt. Howard at the RCSO.


Vermont State Police

June 29, 30

On Saturday, July 1, at about 12:08 a.m., Vermont State Police were notified of reported domestic violence at a residence in Proctor. Through investigation, it was determined Ryan F. Munnett, 42, of Proctor had caused pain and/or bodily injury to a family/household member on two separate occasions. Furthermore, Munnett knowingly restrained the victim and interfered with the victims’ ability to access emergency services. One of the instances of domestic assault occurred in the presence of a child. On Sunday, July 2, Munnett turned himself in at the Rutland barracks. He was taken into custody and processed. A judicial official was contacted and Munnett 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.

July 1

12:31 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a residence in West Rutland for a reported domestic assault. Troopers determined Tiffiny Graham, 35, of West Rutland had assaulted a domestic partner causing pain and injury. Graham was taken into custody and transported to the Rutland barracks for processing. Graham was given court-ordered conditions of release and citied to appear before the Rutland Superior Court to answer for the above charges at a later date.

4:39 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single motor vehicle crash with a collision into a power pole on Vermont Route 30 near Sykes Hollow Road in the Town of Rupert. Upon arrival, the vehicle that caused the property damage left the scene and did not report the incident. Investigation revealed the vehicle was traveling northbound on Route 30 before driving outside the northbound fog line and into the embankment. The vehicle traveled through the embankment and collided with a power pole which snapped in half. Physical evidence on the roadway revealed the vehicle continued northbound on Route 30 away from the scene. Troopers located the vehicle of interest parked in a driveway on Route 30 in the Town of Pawlet. Troopers attempted to speak with the operator during the morning of the incident but were unsuccessful. Later in the day, Troopers were contacted by the operator of the vehicle, who was identified as Grady Matteson, 35, of Pawlet. On July 5, Vermont State Police met with Matteson at the Manchester Police Department, where he was issued a criminal citation to answer the offenses above at a later date.


Cambridge man faces burglary charge

State Police, with the assistance of the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, arrested Steven J. Russell, 33, of Cambridge, for burglary in the second degree.

On June 7 at about 1:04 p.m., troopers responded to a Cambridge home for the report of a burglary. The investigation determined Russell entered the unoccupied home without permission allegedly for the purpose of theft. The homeowner returned and located him within the residence, and Russell fled before the arrival of law enforcement.

Russell was arrested at his home on July 3 and transported to the State Police station in Greenwich for processing. He was then transported to the Washington County Correctional Facility to await arraignment.


Granville man arrested for copper pipe theft

On Saturday, July 1, State Police arrested Matthew R. Austin, 25, of Granville, for burglary in the second degree.

At about 9:35 a.m. troopers were called to a residence in Whitehall for reports of copper pipes being stolen from the plumbing of a home. On arrival, troopers located Austin hiding inside the home.

Investigation determined Austin was in the unoccupied house without permission and responsible for the reported damage. The missing copper pipes were found nearby along with Austin’s personal belongings.

Austin was transported to State Police barracks in Greenwich for processing. He was then turned over to the Washington County Correctional Facility to await arraignment.


Teen charged with assault

Hudson Falls police have arrested a 14-year-old girl on a charge of second-degree assault after she allegedly struck a 15-year-old boy in the nose that resulted in what police label as requiring continual medical care.

The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. on June 21 in Derby Park. The girl was arrested on July 3.

The legal guardians of the juvenile, unnamed because of her age, were issued an appearance ticket before the Washington County Probation Department.


Pair charged in Queensbury robbery

New York State Police have arrested a Greenwich man and a Queensbury resident on the charge of robbery in the first degree.

It is alleged that 36-year-old Justin Cabrel of Queensbury entered the Speedway store on Aviation Road in that town, brandishing a knife and demanding money from the clerk. He is said by troopers to have fled in a vehicle driven by 25-year-old Garrett Murray of Greenwich.

Cabrel was soon located nearby on foot and was found to be in possession of a controlled substance. A short while later Warren County Sheriff’s deputies located Murray still in the vehicle on Montcalm Street where he was taken into custody.

Both men were transported to the troopers’ Queensbury substation for processing and to the Warren County Correctional Facility to await arraignment. Cabrel also faces charges of criminal possession of a weapon, menacing and criminal possession of a controlled substance.


Man, woman face drug charges

On Thursday, June 29, State Police arrested Alexa M. Scott, 29, of Fort Ann for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, bail jumping in the second degree, criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second degree, two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, resisting arrest and false personation.

Christopher S. Wern, 39, of Queensbury was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and two counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second degree.

At around 1:47 p.m., troopers stopped a vehicle on Spier Falls Road in Moreau for a vehicle and traffic law violation. The driver was identified as Wern and it was determined he did not have a valid driver’s license.

The passenger was uncooperative and provided false identifying information but was later identified as Scott. Troopers determined that Scott had an outstanding warrant for her arrest issued by the Moreau Town Court. Drug paraphernalia was in plain sight within the vehicle, and both were arrested, at which time Scott resisted. Both were found to possess controlled substances. Scott was discovered to have concealed felony-weight narcotics.

Both were transported to the Wilton barracks for processing. Wern was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Moreau Town Court at a later date. Scott was arraigned at the Moreau Town Court and remanded to the Saratoga County Correctional Facility in lieu of a $500 cash or $1,000 bond.