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Whitehall Police Beat

Nov. 16

10:34 p.m. A Poultney, Vermont, woman was charged by village police with driving while intoxicated after she was pulled over for allegedly speeding on Poultney Street. Felicia A. Coran, 21, was also charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after she failed a field sobriety test and two separate tests placed her blood-alcohol content at 0.19% and 0.2%. Aggravated DUI is charged when a person has a blood-alcohol content of 0.18% or greater. Both charges are misdemeanors. Coran was allegedly observed driving 43 mph in a 30-mph zone, then failed to signal a turn onto Broadway. Police said they noticed the smell of alcohol after they stopped the car on 1st Avenue and observed an open alcoholic beverage in the center console. Coran was processed on the charges and released into the custody of her father.

Nov. 18

5:57 p.m. Police were dispatched to a Broadway residence in response to a report of telephonic harassment. The complainant told officers her boyfriend’s ex had texted that she would “yell rape” if the boyfriend came near her. Police told her to block future messages and later spoke to the ex, who claimed the boyfriend had been harassing her. She too was advised to block messages and take the matter to Family Court.

Nov. 19

9:57 p.m. While on patrol, officers saw a man known to have an outstanding warrant leave a Poultney Street store. Roger L. Brown Jr., 36, of Adams Street, was taken into custody and taken to the Washington County Central arraignment court, where he was jailed for reported multiple failures to appear in court when scheduled.

Nov. 20

1:45 p.m. Police were notified by an attendant at a Broadway gas station that a woman had come into the station and told him she was being held against her will in a vehicle and needed help. Officers went to the station to speak to the people involved but the driver of the vehicle drove off. Police then pulled the vehicle over and spoke to both occupants separately. The woman refused to cooperate but did leave the vehicle. The male driver told police that the two had been arguing about something he had found on the woman’s phone. The woman accompanied police to their station, where she told officers there was no problem and she would get her own ride home.

11:40 p.m. A Whitehall man was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08% or greater after he allegedly made an effort to evade police. McKenzie P. Preece, 20, of Saunders Street, was processed and turned over to his grandmother. Police said they had been driving south on Broadway behind Preece’s pickup truck when he pulled into a parking lot without signaling. Officers continued past the parking lot and turned around a short distance away. They observed the truck drive through the parking lot and head north on Broadway. The truck later stopped at a traffic light and sat there even though the light was green. When the light turned yellow, the driver drove through the intersection and the police then pulled him over. Police said they detected the odor of alcohol in the truck, but Preece denied drinking and said the smell was the result of a friend who had been in the vehicle earlier. However, officers said the odor appeared to be coming from Preece and he was slurring his words. He agreed to take a field sobriety test, which he failed, and a subsequent breath test put his blood-alcohol content at 0.14%. New York law says a person is considered intoxicated if they have a blood-alcohol content of 0.08% or greater.

Nov. 22

9:15 a.m. Police went to an Elizabeth Street residence looking for a Whitehall man who was wanted on an active warrant. Officers found Nicholas R. Oliver, 29, at the residence and placed him in custody. He was arraigned in Whitehall Village Court and sent to the Washington County Jail after failing to post bail.

Fair Haven Police Beat

Nov. 14

On this date, police were called to the Walgreens’ store in the town to investigate the theft of two shopping carts, valued at $600. Through their investigation officers identified 21-year-old Lucas McCane of Queensbury and 21-year-old Liam Wilson of Jerico as the alleged suspects. Both men subsequently turned themselves in and were charged with petty larceny. They were ordered to appear in Rutland District Court at a later date.

Nov. 21

On Nov. 11, Fair Haven Police were called to a Scotch Hill Road residence to investigate a reported domestic assault. It was determined that 50-year-old Bruce E. Williams of Fair Haven, allegedly became involved in a physical altercation with a family member, resulting in injury. Williams was arrested Nov. 21 on a charge of domestic assault and ordered to appear in Rutland District Court at a later date.

Nov. 22

8:17 a.m. – Officers stopped 36-year-old Michael Greene of West Rutland for an observed motor vehicle infraction (speeding). Upon interview it was learned Greene was under criminal suspension to operate a motor vehicle. Greene was arrested and released on a citation to appear in Rutland District court at a later date.

Vermont State Police Beat        

Nov. 16

8:38 p.m. – Vermont troopers were called to a residence on Tifft Road in Wallingford for a report of a domestic assault. Through the investigation it was determined that 59-year-old Luke Godin of Wallingford allegedly caused pain and injury to a household member. Godin was taken into custody and transported to the Rutland Barracks for processing. He was released on condition of appearing in Rutland Superior Court-Criminal Division at a later date.

Nov. 17

7:13 p.m. – Troopers from the Rutland Barracks were dispatched to Vt. Rt. 22A in the town of Benson for a report of a tractor-trailer accident. Upon arrival, it was determined the vehicle left the traveled portion of the road and rolled over. The driver, 29-year-old Sharnjit Singh of Fresno, California, was not injured. The investigation is continuing. Troopers were assisted on the scene by the Fair Haven Rescue Squad, the Benson Fire Department and Earle’s Truck Repair.

Nov. 2312:01 a.m. – Troopers stopped a vehicle on South Main Street in Rutland for an observed violation. During conversation with the driver, identified as 25-year-old Justin Dugger of Brooklyn, it is alleged he showed signs of impairment. During a search of Dugger and his vehicle troopers located suspected drugs. Dugger was administered a field sobriety test and transported to the Rutland Barracks where he was formally charged with DUI Drug and possession of methamphetamine. He was later released on a citation to appear in Rutland District