Police Beat, Aug. 3, 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 21

2:28 p.m. Police were dispatched to Quaker Street for a two-car property damage accident. Upon investigation, it was determined a vehicle drive by Jordan Thomas of Queensbury rear-ended the vehicle in front of him, causing minor damage to both cars. No injuries were reported. Thomas was issued a uniform traffic ticket for following too closely.

7:45 p.m. Officers were summoned to a Pacific Street location for a reported mental health call. The subject appeared to be suffering from an unknown medical condition. EMS was dispatched and the subject was transported for evaluation without incident.

July 22

6:05 a.m. An officer was dispatched to a North Street location to assist a person who had fallen. No injury was apparent, and the subject was helped to his feet. The issue was closed without further incident.

10:16 a.m. A person located a bank card while walking on Quaker Street near the cemetery and turned it over to the police, who will attempt to notify the owner.

6:40 p.m. Police were dispatched to Mettowee Park on Church Street for a report of a domestic incident. The victim claims she and a male friend were accosted by another man with whom she once had a relationship. The suspect was located and told investigating officers he was upset to see who she was with. Suspect denied spinning his wheels while leaving the park. The suspect was not charged but advised to stay away.

July 23

8:53 p.m. A subject stated he was riding his bike along Church Street when he “freaked out” over a nearby vehicle, causing him to fall. The subject received injuries to his head and shoulder as well as some road rash. He refused medical advice from EMS and was helped from the scene by a friend.

July 24

3:45 p.m. A person contacted the station to say he was threatened by two men in a truck after he stopped to check out a cornfield at the end of Slate Valley Drive. He also stated he had been receiving hate messages from one of the men, a matter currently under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

July 25

10:01 a.m. A person turned in a small purse containing a sum of money he located while walking along Quaker Street. The purse was placed in the temporary evidence locker until someone claims it or the time frame for such expires and it is turned over to the person who found it.


Whitehall Police Department

July 21

10:15 p.m. Police were dispatched to a Broadway apartment building to remove a person who was no longer welcome at the address. When officers arrived at the scene, they found the unwelcome man outside the building. The man said the apartment resident had invited him in and the woman in the apartment acknowledged he had left when requested. Although an order of protection had been issued requiring the man to stay away from the woman, police said they could find nothing that constituted a violation of that order.

July 22

3 p.m. Officers responded to a 911 hangup call originating on Third Avenue in which dogs could be heard barking in the background. Police visited the apparent location of the call but found no one at home and no sign of any problem.

4:15 p.m. Police received a report of loud noises coming from the bottom floor of a Main Street apartment building. The caller said it sounded like “the building was being destroyed.” Police spoke to residents of the apartment, who told them the sounds were just their children playing.

July 23

3:43 p.m. Patrols were dispatched to Lafayette Street in response to a complaint that one woman had sold another woman’s boat without permission. However, the complainant could not provide police with documentation that she had owned the boat. Officers said if she could provide such documentation, she could file a complaint; failing that she could pursue the matter in civil court.

July 24

1:42 a.m. Police were sent to Lock 12 in response to a noise complaint. Upon arrival, officers found several youths at the scene. The youths were advised to move on because they were on private property. They agreed to find a new location to fish.

July 25

8:16 a.m. Officers received a walk-in complaint that television cables had been cut at a North Williams Street residence. The complainant told police his internet had gone out the night before but that he thought it had been knocked out by the storm. In the morning, the complainant followed the cables outside his residence and found the wires had been cut. Officers spoke with another resident of the neighborhood and advised him to be on the lookout for anyone tampering with the cables.

1:34 p.m. Police were dispatched to an open 911 line at a Poultney Street building. Upon arrival, officers spoke with workmen on the property who denied making the call – even accidentally. No one else was on the property.

9:57 p.m. Village police assisted New York State Police locating a man who was walking on County Route 10 and had nearly been struck by passing vehicles several times. Police found the man on the road between Stalker Road and Doig Street. When troopers arrived at the location, they provided the man with a courtesy ride to his residence on Elizabeth Street.


New York State Police

July 24

7:31 p.m. Brian E. Winchell, 33, of Whitehall was charged in Queensbury with bail jumping in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was being held.

July 26

6:18 a.m. An 18-year-old individual from Hampton was charged in Granville with criminal possession of a loaded firearm in the second degree, a class C felony. He was being held.

July 27

11:40 a.m. Steven J. Zahaba, 34, of Hudson Falls was charged in Queensbury with two counts of bail jumping in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was being held.

9 p.m. Austin J. Prew, 25, of Greenwich was charged with criminal contempt in the first degree, a class E felony. His status was unknown.


Fair Haven Police Department

July 17

1:44 a.m. Fair Haven Police arrested 39-year-old Derrick Morin of Benson after stopping him for a motor vehicle violation. The arresting officer noticed the vehicle was uninspected, and upon subsequent investigation it was determined Morin was under criminal suspension to operate a motor vehicle. Morin was released to appear in Rutland Superior Court at a later date.

July 19

2:05 p.m. Police responded to a River Street location to answer a complaint that 57-year-old Stacey Walker of Fair Haven was verbally abusing a tow-truck driver who had been authorized to remove her vehicle. She is alleged to have harassed and threatened the driver via repeated phone calls and of refusing to pay for the tow. She was charged with disorderly conduct and released to appear in court at a later date.


Rutland County Sheriff’s Office

July 21

8:23 p.m. While on patrol along Business Route 4 and Old Boardman Road in West Rutland a deputy observed a vehicle traveling 89 mph in a 40-mph zone. Following the traffic stop the deputy observed several indicators of impairment and asked the driver, 32-year-old Isabel Furneaux of West Rutland, to perform a standard field sobriety test. Furneaux failed and was placed under arrest. She has been charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, fourth offense, a felony, grossly negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating with a criminally suspended license and violating her conditions of release.

Furneaux was processed at the Rutland City Police Department and ordered to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date. She was released to the Rutland Regional Hospital for medical treatment. Her vehicle was towed from the scene.

July 24

5:34 p.m. A sheriff’s deputy was advised of a juvenile near Lake Saint Catherine State Park violating his conditions of release stemming from a burglary charge. A subsequent investigation led to the juvenile being located at his father’s apartment in Poultney. The subject was arrested and ordered to appear in court to answer the charge of violating his conditions of release. His name is not being released because of his age.

July 25

5:05 p.m. Deputies responded to a laundromat on Marble Street in West Rutland for a dispute. Upon investigation it was learned that 23-year-old Devin Hughes of West Rutland had allegedly assaulted the complainant on July 4. Hughes was arrested and charged with domestic assault. He was processed and ordered to appear in Rutland Superior Court at a later date. He was released on conditions imposed by the judge.

July 27

7:27 p.m. A deputy responded to the Stewart’s Shop on Main Street in Poultney for a report of a stolen vehicle. The subsequent investigation revealed the complainant, 45-year-old William Dydo of Whitehall, had an active warrant for his arrest for failing to appear in court on a criminal threatening charge. Dydo was placed under arrest, processed at the Rutland County Sheriff’s Office and transported to the Marble Valley Regional Correction Facility for a lack of bail.


Vermont State Police

July 22

1:20 a.m. Vermont State Police conducted a traffic stop after an observed motor vehicle violation on Vermont Route 7A near River Road in the Town of Manchester. The driver was identified as Jessica Perkins, 37, of Shushan, New York. While speaking to Perkins, troopers observed multiple indicators of impairment. Perkins subsequently was arrested for suspicion of DUI. She was transported to the Manchester Police Department for processing and was later released with a caution to appear in the Bennington Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

July 23

7:56 p.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on McKinley Avenue in Rutland Town. The driver was identified as Fletcher Johnston, 28, of Middlebury. During the interaction Johnston displayed several indicators of impairment. He ultimately was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence and transported to the State Police barracks in Rutland for processing. After processing, Johnston was issued a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, at a later date.

July 27

5:22 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified of a single vehicle crash in the area of 165 Vermont Route 155 in Mount Holly. Through investigation it was determined that Nicholas Jones, 37, of Rutland was traveling north on Route 155 in a tractor trailer and swerved to avoid an animal in the roadway, which resulted in his truck crossing into the southbound lane and colliding with a guardrail. No injuries were reported. The truck sustained minor damage to its front bumper, headlight and driver side. A Vermont civil violation complaint is pending.

July 28

12:03 a.m. Vermont State Police conducted a traffic stop after an observed motor vehicle violation on New Haven Road near the intersection of U.S. Route 7 in the Town of Vergennes. The operator was identified as Zachary J.S. Lapoint, 33, of West Rutland. While speaking to Lapoint, troopers observed indicators of impairment, and Lapoint was screened for DUI. Lapoint subsequently was placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI (drugs). He was transported to the Vergennes Police Department for an evaluation by a drug recognition expert and processing. He 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 Vergennes Police Department.