Police Beat, Sept. 13, 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.

Granville Police

Sept. 1

12:15 p.m. Police were called to a Quaker Street property by a tenant who demanded the village code enforcement officer be removed from the premises. The officer indicated he had seen from the road an open fire in violation of village codes, as well as an unregistered trailer. The fire was out when the police arrived.

The caller was advised that code enforcement could enter the property for an ongoing code violation but could not enter the tenant’s inside residence without permission. This, according to the report, did not happen.

12:34 p.m. Police responded to a complaint of a pit bull running loose in the Quaker Street neighborhood. The caller was able to entice the animal back inside its residence. The responding officer noticed the dog did not have any tags. The animal control officer was advised.

8:24 p.m. The department received a call about a woman who had taken an overdose of a prescription drug. The patrol located the woman, who admitted she was attempting suicide. EMS was called and transported the woman to Glens Falls Hospital for treatment.

9:35 p.m. A Granville officer was called to the Walgreens store to assist Washington County Sheriff’s deputies for a man who had been “huffing” aerosol  behind the locked restroom door. When entry was gained, he was found to be unresponsive but breathing. EMS was called, the subject regained consciousness and was transported to a medical facility.

Sept. 3

9:31 a.m. Police were notified by a North Street resident that she knew who allegedly stole her phone charger and attempted to use her credit card. She was advised to report the credit card fraud to the banking institution, and if given paperwork proving the allegation, to stop by the station to file charges.

Sept. 4

12:15 a.m. A patrol located an individual in a tent in a dugout at the Little League Park. The subject advised he was biking to Vermont and stopped there for the night. The subject was advised there is no camping allowed there.

1:10 a.m. Police were called to a Quaker Street business for a burglar alarm. Upon arrival the patrol found an unsecured door. A check of the building proved negative for another person’s presence. The alarm was sounding.

The call came from an alarm company, who advised at that time no key holder was responding.

2:05 a.m. Alarm at the aforementioned location continued to sound.  The officer again checked the premises with negative results. Still no keyholder responding.

Sept. 5

8:40 a.m. The DPW turned over a 20-inch BMX bike that had been spray painted red and gray. The bike was located near the DPW garage.

Sept. 7

5:39 a.m. Police were asked to assist EMS entering a Quaker Street building to attend to a woman who had fallen. No injury was observed and the matter was turned over to EMS.

Whitehall Police

Sept. 1

10:30 a.m. The caretaker of the Skenesborough Drive Park told police he had found three needles on the ground in the park. Officers secured the needles in a sharps box.

4:40 p.m. Police received a complaint from a Broadway resident that when she went to drop off her daughter with the child’s father, he got agitated and began yelling he had to work in the morning and did not want her. The mother attempted to record his reaction on her cellphone, but he knocked it out of her hand. The woman was not hurt and the phone was not damaged, so she simply wanted the incident documented. The child did not see her parents’ interaction.

5 p.m. Police were called to a vacant house on Queen Street by a neighbor who reported unknown people were at the building. Upon further investigation, officers determined the people were the new owner of the house and a crew he had hired to help clean it out.

7:20 p.m. Officers responded to a Fern Street residence in response to a 911 hangup call. A person there said he had accidentally called the emergency number and was wondering why a Hudson Falls number was trying to call him. Police advised him that in the event of a 911 call, Washington County dispatch will try to call back and will dispatch police.

10:02 p.m. Police received a telephone call claiming a female was screaming for help in the area of Queen Street. Village officers and New York State Police troopers canvassed the area and found nothing.

Sept. 2

7:16 p.m. Officers responded to a report of a suspicious male in the pavilion in the park on Skenesborough Drive. Responding officers spoke to the man, who claimed he was playing a game, but the device had no power. Police subsequently discovered the man, Nicholas R. Oliver, 28, of Elizabeth Street, was wanted on a warrant out of Washington County Court. Oliver was taken into custody and turned over to the sheriff’s deputies.

Sept. 3

8 a.m. Wesley J. Gordon, 24, of Montcalm Street, had been arrested by Glens Falls Police, who discovered he was also wanted by Whitehall Village Police. When village officers arrived to take him into custody, Gordon was uncooperative and had to be carried to the patrol car. He was taken to Washington County’s central arraignment court, where he was placed in a restraint chair. Gordon was arraigned and held in lieu of $1,000 cash bail.

10:40 a.m. Police were dispatched to an abandoned building on Lower Bellamy Street, where a neighbor had reported locks securing the building had been cut. Officers found the building unsecured but there did not appear to be anything of value inside. Police attempted to contact the listed owner but were unable to do so.

3:32 p.m. Officers patrolled to Lower Bellamy Street in response to a report of a disturbance. The resident of the location said an unwanted guest was refusing to leave; the guest said the resident had taken an iPad he brought with him and was refusing to return it. The device was returned and the guest left without further incident.

Sept. 5

1:33 a.m. Police were dispatched to South Williams Street in response to a complaint of an open burn. Officers spoke to the man tending the fire and informed him burn barrels were not allowed in the village and that in any case, the burning of plastic was prohibited. The man said he would put out the fire and get rid of the barrel.

Vermont State Police

Sept. 4

2:34 p.m. State Police were called to the Hannaford parking lot in Green Mountain Plaza in Rutland to investigate a report of a hit-and-run accident. Troopers say a New Jersey man’s car was struck by a red sedan, which despite the efforts of witnesses to intervene, sped away.

The sedan was later located at a residence in Rutland, and 59-year-old George Sumner was subsequently arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident and ordered to appear in Rutland Superior Court-Criminal Division at a later date. No injuries were reported.

Sept. 5

4:09 p.m. Troopers responded to a report of a tractor-trailer in a ditch along Green Hill Road in Danby. It was determined the driver, 59-year-old Scott Warner of Castleton, apparently lost control of his vehicle, exited the left side of the road and being unable to regain control, struck a tree, causing moderate damage. No injuries were reported. Troopers say a civil violation complaint is pending.

Sept. 6

2:57 p.m. State Police were called to investigate a one-vehicle accident on River Road in Pawlet. The investigation revealed the truck driven by 52-year-old Frederick Harris of Hoosick Falls was passing another vehicle when his trailer struck utility wires, subsequently dragging down a power pole. No injuries were reported. According to the VSP report, possible charges are pending.

Sept. 7

7:12 a.m. State Police responded to a burglary complaint at the Barn Restaurant on Vermont Route 30. The investigation revealed the business had been broken into sometime overnight and several items were stolen. Anyone with any information regarding the burglary is asked to call the Rutland barracks.

4:43 p.m. A trooper conducted a traffic stop on U.S. Route 7 in the town of Rutland for an observed vehicle traffic violation. While speaking with the operator, identified as 65-year-old Daniel Winters of Proctor, the trooper observed signs of alleged impairment. Winters was screened and subsequently arrested on a charge of driving under the influence and was issued a citation for speeding. He was released and ordered to appear in Rutland Superior Court-Criminal Division at a later date.

Sept. 10

3:06 p.m. A trooper was dispatched to investigate a report of a family fight in the town of Clarendon. It was determined that 26-year-old Todd Norton had allegedly caused physical injury to a family member or a member of the household. Norton was taken into custody and processed at the State Police barracks in Rutland where he was charged with first-degree aggravated domestic assault and unlawful mischief. He was transported to the Marble Valley Correctional Facility without bail pending arraignment.