Police Beat, Aug. 9, 2023

Editors Note: An arrest or charge is not a conviction. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed. 

Whitehall Police

July 26

8:40 p.m. A Whitehall man was charged by village police with two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief for allegedly damaging household items during a domestic dispute. Joseph L. Plummer, 34, of Bellamy Street, was charged with the misdemeanors after police responded to the disturbance call.

July 31

3:05 a.m. A report of a domestic incident involving a knife resulted in a misdemeanor charge against a Broadway resident. Jennifer Carson, 44, was charged by village police with falsely reporting an incident after she allegedly told dispatchers her male apartment mate had come into the residence with a knife and taken tobacco. When police arrived, Carson told them there was no problem and admitted that the man, who was not at the residence, had not displayed a knife. Carson reportedly told police she was upset with him because he had left. She was taken into custody, processed and released on an appearance ticket.

6:30 a.m. Police were called to Bellamy Street after a resident there reported that her neighbors were burning garbage and that something in the fire had exploded, striking her house. Village and state Department of Environmental Conservation officers responded and found a fire containing wood and garbage. The resident of the house where the fire was located, 34-year-old Joseph L. Plummer, was cited by EnCon for burning garbage.

8:22 p.m. Patrols were notified about a “homeless” person lying on the lawn at the Glens Falls Hospital Medical Center on Poultney Street. The woman told responding officers that she was attempting to charge her cell phone. She told them she had traveled to the area from Tennessee with a group of friends to attend a festival in northern Vermont but had lost contact with them. She was told she had to move on; no further action was required.

Aug. 1

3:24 p.m. Officers were dispatched to an animal complaint at a duplex on Potter Street. No one was home at the time, and when police returned the subject of the complaint denied she had the “40 cats” she was accused of owning. No police action was required.

4:56 p.m. Police received a report of a disturbance at a residence on Lower Bellamy Street. On arrival, officers observed several people at the building but no disturbance. The resident told police he was in good health and did not need assistance.

6:45 p.m. Officers were dispatched to Main Street in response to a report of people walking down the street with beer in their hands. A check of Main Street to its terminus at the Champs Campground RV Park produced negative results.

8:01 p.m. Police received a telephone call claiming vehicles were blocking a driveway on Broadway but when officers arrived at the scene, the vehicles were no longer there. The homeowner said he simply wanted the situation documented.

9:59 p.m. Patrols were dispatched to Poultney Street in response to a complaint about an open burn. Upon arrival, officers found two men feeding material that could not legally be burned into a fire in the front yard of the residence. Police called the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company to extinguish the blaze and the state Department of Environmental Conservation because of the materials being burned. EnCon officers cited Joseph L. Plummer, 34, of Bellamy Street, and Robert W. Valley, 32, whose Whitehall address was not reported, for the illegal burn. Plummer had been cited for a similar offense the prior day at his residence. Village police also discovered that Valley was wanted on a warrant issued in Saratoga County and was taken into custody. He was subsequently turned over to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office

July 21

Following an investigation with the Washington County Adult Protective Services office, deputies arrested 50-year-old Kimberly Ouderkerk of Hudson Falls and 22- year-old Aireal Bailey of Queensbury after it was determined both were attempting to steal money from a patient under their care in the town of Kingsbury. Ouderkerk was charged with attempted grand larceny in the 2nd degree, a class D felony, for allegedly attempting to steal money in excess of $50,000. Bailey was charged with grand larceny in the 3rd degree, a class D felony, after she allegedly stole more than $3,000 from the victim. Both women were arraigned in Washington County Court and released pending a future court appearance. State Police assisted in the investigation.

July 28

10:33 a.m. Deputies arrested 30-year-old Justin Lewis of Fort Edward on charges of burglary in the 3rd degree, a class D felony, and petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor. Lewis is alleged to have been in possession of several items stolen during a break-in at the concession stand on the grounds of the Ford Edward High School the preceding day. Lewis was released on his own recognizance and ordered to appear in Fort Edward Village Court at a later date.

Fair Haven Police

 Aug. 3

5 p.m. Fair Haven police arrested 39-year-old Jason Brown of Fair Haven following a traffic stop on West Street. It was subsequently determined that Brown was operating the vehicle without a valid driver’s license. Brown was arrested and charged with criminally operating a motor vehicle, processed and released with an order to appear in Rutland Superior Court – Criminal Division at a later date

Vermont State Police

Aug. 4

6:05 p.m. State troopers were called to Vermont Route 7A in Arlington for a single vehicle crash. It was determined that James Pecor of Arlington lost control of his Silverado pickup, left the road and struck a tree. Pecor was not injured. During the investigation, troopers said signs of impairment were noticed. Pecor was screened and placed under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence, drugs. He was transported to the Shaftsbury barracks for processing, released in the custody of a sober third party and ordered to appear in Bennington Superior Court-Criminal Division at a later date.