Whitehall police beat

Aug. 19

1:14 p.m. Police responded to a report of a woman struck by a train behind the homes on Elizabeth Street. On arrival, officers observed the victim walking on the sidewalk. The victim complained of an injured back but officers saw no evidence of injury, merely a scrape on her ankle. The victim told police she had been walking on the tracks when the train came up behind her. The engineer was able to stop the train but not before it bumped the victim. Officers observed a set of headphones hanging from the engine and other evidence that the victim had been struck. She was transported by the Skenesborough Emergency Squad to a landing area in Fort Ann, where she was picked up by a helicopter that took her to Albany Medical Center Hospital. The accident was investigated by the Amtrak Police Department, which was waiting to view video of the incident and to speak with the victim, who remained hospitalized as of Aug. 22.

Aug. 20

2:18 p.m. Police were dispatched to a Broadway residence in response to a reported propane leak. The Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company was also called to the scene and determined the tank had been overfilled. Firefighters advised the homeowner to soak a towel in water and place it over the tank’s nozzle.

Aug. 23

A 14-year-old Whitehall youth went to the police station and told police he had been buzzed by a drone near the Whitehall Free Library and was nervous. Police observed a drone above the police station about 100 feet in the air but could not determine the operator. They gave the youth a ride to his home.

Aug. 24

12 p.m.  A Lamb Street resident told police she was being harassed by neighbors who were leaving upsetting messages in sidewalk chalk on the road. The responding officer saw nothing harassing in the messages.

6:45 p.m. Police were dispatched to the Stewart’s Shop on Poultney Street after receiving a report of a vehicle leaking a liquid on the ground near the gas pumps. Officers notified store employees of the liquid and were told they would take care of it.

Aug. 26

10:17 a.m. While returning to Whitehall after transporting an individual to the Washington County Jail, village patrolman Bryan Greco was flagged down just north of Green Barn Road in the town of Kingsbury for a motorcycle accident. The person who flagged Greco down directed him to a roadside ditch, where he found a man who did not exhibit a pulse. Greco attempted to perform CPR until units from the Kingsbury Fire Department, Fort Edward EMS and Washington County sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene.

1:45 p.m. An officer was called to Saunders Street by a person requesting help to rescue a bird that had something caught round its leg. The officer was able to remove the string around the baby bird’s leg and was “lucky enough to be bitten only once,” according to the police report.

Aug. 28

4:45 p.m. Eugene E. Bessette, 30, of Broadway, was charged by Whitehall police with second-degree criminal trespass and petty larceny, both misdemeanors, after police received a report that a Playstation unit had been taken from a Maple Street apartment while the tenant was out. The tenant reported he had previous problems with Bessette and believed he had taken the game unit and a bag of marijuana, with a total value of about $630. A witness told police he had seen Bessette leaving the area around the suspected time of the burglary. The tenant subsequently told police he found a wallet containing Bessette’s Social Security card while checking the apartment to see if anything else was missing. The wallet had been out of sight during the original visit by officers. Bessette turned himself in to police the next day and was released on an appearance ticket.

Aug. 30

9 a.m.  A contractor who had been renovating a house on Kirtland Street told police he had been locked out of the house where he had been working with all his tools still inside. Other workers also had tools locked in the house, the contractor said. A woman who is buying the house said the tools were in the garage and she would like the workers to retrieve them. Police stood by while the tools were retrieved. The contractor also had questions about not being paid for the work he had done and was referred to Washington County Court for a civil proceeding, as the amount of money involved exceeded what could be handled by village court.