Police Beat, July 27, 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 15

8:50 a.m. Police were called to a Morrison Avenue residence for a property check. The responding officer found the building to be vacant and attempted to secure the door before clearing the call.

10 a.m. A village resident appeared at the station reporting he was having homicidal thoughts and requested transport to a mental health facility. Such transport was conducted without incident.

12:15 p.m. Police responded to a Madison Street location to assist EMS.

4 p.m. Village police responded to a road rage incident on Quaker Street and observed a white Jeep bearing Vermont tags swerving all over the road and following too closely. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle without initial success. Upon investigation, the driver, identified as 56-year-old Lisa Shapiro, is alleged to have blatantly disobeyed police orders to exit the vehicle after she finally pulled over and became agitated. She was placed in restraints and detained until the situation calmed down. Shapiro was issued uniform traffic tickets for following too closely and failure to maintain lane.

July 16

1 a.m. A Pine Street resident came to the station to report she had been in a physical altercation that morning at the VFW on North Street and signed a harassment complaint. She later called the station to say she no longer wished to press charges and the case was closed.

July 17

2:30 a.m. While conducting business checks along Main Street the patrolling officer came upon a man sleeping in the foyer at the old town office building. The subject was asked to leave as this is private property.

July 19

2:10 p.m. A woman came to the station to say her black-colored electric bike with NAKTO marking and a basket on it was stolen off her porch on Bulkley Avenue the previous night. She said it had been covered with blankets that were found on the lawn. The key was not in it. A report was taken and area checks for the bike proved to be negative.


Whitehall Police Department

July 17

A Cambridge man was charged with felony criminal contempt after he allegedly violated an order of protection and had physical contact with the protected woman. Eugene E. Bessette, 30, was also charged with second-degree criminal trespass, a misdemeanor, after he allegedly entered the woman’s home without her permission on June 21. When the woman confronted him, Bessette said he was merely retrieving his belongings. He took one load to his car, then attempted to return to the dwelling but was told to stay away. When the woman threatened to all police, he allegedly slapped the phone out of her hand then took her keys while she was attempting to retrieve the phone. He then threw her keys on the ground, then pushed her to prevent her from getting the keys. He then took the keys and left, police said. Bessette was seen by police several weeks later at a village business. When police attempted to take him into custody, he struggled with the arresting officers but was ultimately subdued. He was processed and taken to the Washington County Jail.

3:33 p.m. Police were asked to intervene in a dispute between neighbors on Vaughn Street. One of the neighbors came to the station to complain the other neighbor was claiming he owned a strip of land the complainant said was actually his. The land is outside a fence on the complainant’s property. The other neighbor complained the first neighbor would come to the fence and look in his windows. Police told the original complainant that the property had to be surveyed before police action – if any – can be taken.

July 18

9:31 a.m. Patrols were dispatched to School Street to investigate a 911 hangup. Officers spoke to a woman at the house where the call originated who told them she had not intentionally called police and did not need assistance.

4:22 p.m. While on patrol, police saw a small unattended campfire on County Route 12. Officers reported the fire to the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company which came and extinguished the blaze.

5:31 p.m. An officer observing traffic on State Route 22 near Bellamy Street saw a dog running in traffic. The dog was captured and taken to the police station, where another officer recognized the animal because of a previous call to the owner’s residence. The dog was returned to its owner.

July 19

7:49 p.m. Police received a call from a Broadway resident who asked them to come to her home because of an argument with a male acquaintance. The woman said she did not want the man in her home because he was doing drugs, and the man pushed an air conditioner in a window into the house. The man was not on the scene when police arrived and the woman said she did not want anything done at this time. Police said they would provide her with a domestic incident report. No further action was taken.


New York State Police

July 19

7 a.m. Christina Kennison, 40, and Kenneth K. Kennison, 54, both of Hudson Falls, were charged with conspiracy in the sixth degree, a class B misdemeanor, and petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, in connection with an incident reported on July 15. Both were issued appearance tickets.


Fair Haven Police Department

July 10

A 57-year-old Fair Haven woman was charged with contempt of court for an alleged violation of a relief from abuse order. Stacy Walker is accused of having unwanted contact with a neighbor who was the protected person in the court document.

Police say Walker admitted to her involvement in the incident, was arrested and issued a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

July 15

Fair Haven Police arrested 37-year-old Lynn Panoushek of Whitehall on July 15 following a dispute at the welcome center on Prospect Street. According to the incident report, Panoushek became verbally abusive toward a tow truck driver, after her car had been ordered towed by police when she was charged with driving with a suspended license. Panoushek allegedly climbed on the tow truck and refused to let the driver leave with her car.

Panoushek was arrested and later released with an order to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.


Rutland County Sheriff’s Office

July 15

9:40 p.m. While patrolling in the Town of Tinmouth, a deputy noticed a vehicle traveling in excess of the posted 45 mph speed limit on East Road. Once the vehicle was pulled over, the driver, 21-year-old Cole Aines of Tinmouth, allegedly showed several signs of intoxication. Aines failed a field sobriety test and was arrested on the charge of driving under the influence. He was processed at the Rutland City Police Department where he provided an evidentiary blood sample above the legal limit.

Aines was released to a sober party and ordered to appear in Rutland Superior court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

July 16

12:46 a.m. A patrolling deputy observed a vehicle failing to comply with a traffic control signal on Route 4A in Castleton and initiated a traffic stop. The driver, identified as 21-year-old William Austin of Castleton, allegedly showed several signs of impairment and was asked to perform a field sobriety test, which he failed.

Austin was then placed under arrest on the charge of driving under the influence and processed at the Castleton Police Department where he provided an evidentiary blood sample above the legal limit.

Austin was released to a sober party and ordered to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.


Vermont State Police

July 17

11:24 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a single motor vehicle crash on Stage Road in the Town of Benson. Upon arrival, the driver was identified as Hailey Raymond, 17, of Benson. Investigation determined Raymond was traveling north on Stage Road at about 45 mph. Raymond traveled off the roadway, striking brush and traveling through drainage ditches. Raymond’s car sustained damage to the front driver side and Raymond suffered minor injuries that required no hospitalization. Troopers were assisted by Benson Fire Department and Skenesborough EMS.

July 18

12:37 a.m. Vermont State Police were notified to a citizen dispute on Smith Street in the Town of West Rutland. Through investigation it was determined that Korra Sousie, 21, of Rutland City had operated a motor vehicle on a public highway while under the influence of intoxicants. Sousie was screened and subsequently placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI. Sousie was transported to the Rutland barracks for processing and later released with a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

July 19

8:05 p.m. Vermont State Police conducted a traffic stop after an observed motor vehicle violation on U.S. Route 7 near the intersection of West Salisbury Road in the Town of Salisbury. The operator was identified as David Thorner, 46, of Rutland City. While speaking to Thorner, troopers observed indicators of impairment, and Thorner was screened for DUI. Thorner was subsequently placed under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. Thorner was transported to the Vergennes Police Department for evaluation by a drug recognition expert and processing and was later released with a citation to appear in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date. Troopers were assisted by members of the Middlebury Police Department and Vergennes Police Department.

July 20

6:09 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a violation of a stalking order on School Street in the Town of Pawlet. Through investigation it was determined Ruth Byrne, 33, had violated a court order prohibiting stalking, assaulted Gilbert Mach, 72, and violated a notice against trespass. Byrne was later taken into custody and transported to the Rutland barracks for processing. Conditions of release were ordered by a judge and Byrne was lodged at Marble Valley Correctional Facility for lack of $2,500 bail. Byrne was scheduled to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.


Salem woman charged with introducing suboxone into correctional facility

Caylee M. Ringer

The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested 26-year-old Caylee M. Ringer of Salem on July 13 following an investigation after she was found introducing suboxone into the Saratoga County Correctional Facility.

Ringer was arrested at the Saratoga County Jail and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree and promoting prison contraband in the first degree, both class D felonies. Ringer was arraigned at the Town of Milton Court and released on her own recognizance.

Four days later, on July 17, Wyatt Carpenter, 28, of Moreau was also arrested following the investigation and was charged with attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a class E felony.

Carpenter is accused of attempting to have contraband brought into the Saratoga County Correctional Facility. He currently is being held at the Saratoga County Jail on unrelated charges and is due back in the Milton Town Court at a later date.