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The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help in identifying the person in this photo. Contributed photo

Washington County Sheriff’s Office Beat

In a combined effort to bring awareness to the dangers of impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement officers across New York state and STOP-DWI programs will be participating in special engagement efforts during the holiday season.

The statewide STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign started Dec. 13 and runs through the New Year’s holiday.

Seeking to identity a person of interest

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating a series of break-ins that have occurred over a period of time, starting back in the summer of 2023 and remain ongoing.

Most of the activity seems to involve campers and buildings in the area of Babcock Road in the Town of Dresden. As sheriff’s investigators continue to piece together each instance, a person of interest was caught on camera, according to the Sheriff’s Office. 

Law enforcement is hoping someone can recognize the clothing type and provide any type of lead as they would like to speak with this person. Tips can be left at https://www.washingtoncountyny.gov/FormCenter/Sheriffs-Office-9/Submit-a-tip-Sheriffs-Office-59 or by calling 518-747-4623. Investigator Sullivan is the lead in the investigations.

Dec. 11

5:26 p.m. – Deputies responded to a two-car personal injury motor vehicle accident on NYS Route 40 in the Town of Argyle.

Upon investigation, it was determined that Richard A. Fetterroll, 41, of Schuylerville, was traveling southbound on NYS Route 40 in the area of the Washington Center when his vehicle crossed into the other lane, causing a collision with a southbound Kia Forte.

The operator of the Kia Forte was identified as Cody R. Brockway, 24, of Gansevoort. Brockway was transported to Glens Falls Hospital with apparent minor injuries. Fetterroll was transported to Glens Falls Hospital with a severe head injury and was later transported to Albany Medical Center.

Sheriff’s investigators are looking into the circumstances leading up to the accident, including why Fetterroll’s vehicle crossed into the other lane.

A portion of NYS Route 40 was closed for a time while the scene was being investigated. No tickets have been issued at this time.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by Argyle Fire and EMS, as well as the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team.

Whitehall Police Beat

Dec. 8

10:22 a.m. Police responded to a First Avenue residence in response to a report of a dispute. The two occupants were reportedly arguing over one of them having a guest in the home. Both were advised to keep the noise down and stay away from each other. No further action was required.

9:08 p.m. While investigating a report of the theft of a safe from a Broadway residence, a neighbor went to the scene to tell police she believed she knew who was responsible for the theft. Despite being told not to take any action on her belief, the woman confronted the person she suspected, resulting in an argument involving five people. The woman who had spoken to police was told to return to her home, while police interviewed the supposed suspect. State police arrived on the scene to assist village police, but all parties had separated, and the assistance was not required. Village officers again spoke to the complainant, who acknowledged she should have listened to them in the first place, according to police.

10:33 p.m. Police were dispatched to Montcalm Avenue in response to a report of large trucks driving on the street and juveniles running through yards. Officers spoke to a resident on the street who said he had seen neither trucks nor juveniles.

10:54 p.m. Village police were asked to assist a state Environmental Conservation Police officer who was responding to a reported domestic incident in the Town of Dresden. A village patrol car headed toward the scene after dispatch was unable to contact the EnCon officer but was called off when that officer reported the incident had been resolved.

Dec. 9

1:18 p.m. Patrols were dispatched to an Elizabeth Street residence for a possible physical domestic dispute. Upon arrival, officers interviewed the residents, who acknowledged they had been arguing but that there was nothing physical. Both parties agreed to keep their voices down.

Dec. 10

1 p.m. Officers responded to a noise complaint on Queen Street. Upon arrival, they spoke to a resident of the apartment building, who said her children were playing loudly. She said she would try to keep the noise down.

Dec. 12

2 p.m. Police were dispatched to a Broadway apartment in response to a possible domestic dispute. When they arrived, officers found a woman crying and alone. She told them her friend was upset and kept asking her who she was having sex with. She also told them she wanted to move but had nowhere to go. While they were speaking, her male friend returned and spoke to police about evicting her. Abou 45 minutes later, police returned to the apartment after the male reported the woman had been threatening to harm herself and her dogs. The woman denied making any such threats. Police said if she felt she needed to speak to someone, she should call them.

Dec. 13

7:24 p.m. A Blinn Street resident came to the station to report she could not find a package she had been told had been delivered and believed it had been stolen. UPS verified that the package containing a gaming system had been delivered to the address that afternoon. Police took a report of the incident and told the woman to call them if the package turned up.

10:30 p.m. Village police were notified by dispatch that New York State Police handling a call saw a man wanted by local authorities at the scene. Troopers took Michael R. Aydelotte-Cintron, 25, of Salem, into custody on the Whitehall warrant and turned him over to village police, who transported him to the Washington County Jail. Aydelotte-Cintron had been charged by village police Oct. 11 with third-degree falsely reporting an incident after he allegedly told them the window of his friend’s vehicle had been smashed by someone holding a flaming object,  a report police subsequently determined was false

Fair Haven Police Beat

Dec. 9

8:50 a.m. – A Fair Haven police officer arrested 30-year-old Adam Mahoney of Rutland on an outstanding warrant. Mahoney was located on Washington Street and taken into custody on an Addison District Court warrant for failure to appear on Nov. 27 to answer a charge of driving with a criminally suspended license. He was released on a citation.

10:10 p.m. – Officers arrested 34-year-old Clinton C. Snyder of Orwell after stopping him for a motor vehicle violation. Snyder was observed allegedly failing to maintain his lane of travel. Upon interview, it was determined Snyder appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. Police say Snyder failed a field sobriety test and refused to provide a breath sample. It was also alleged Snyder struck a stop sign on North Park Street and fled the scene prior to his traffic stop. Snyder was charged with DUI refusal and leaving the scene of an accident. He was released on a citation to appear in Rutland District Court at a later date.

Rutland County Sheriff’s Office Beat

Dec. 9

10:32 a.m. – A sheriff’s deputy observed a vehicle allegedly commit several traffic violations while operating on VT Route 30 South in the Town of Poultney. A traffic stop was conducted with the operator of the vehicle identified as a 23-year-old Virginia K. Benbow of Durham, CT, and Wells, VT.

According to the arresting deputy, Benbow became increasingly irate to the point she operated the vehicle aggressively within close proximity of the deputy when asked to move the vehicle closer to the side of the road. Benbow was then placed under arrest and charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle and reckless endangerment. She was given a citation to answer the charges in Rutland District Court at a later date.

Dec. 11

4:01 p.m. – During a traffic stop for speeding on VT Route 30 in Wells, a deputy learned the driver, 34-year-old Carmen Towslee of Granville, had an active warrant for his arrest stemming from a DUI charge in Bennington County. Towslee was placed under arrest and housed at the Marble Valley Correctional Facility on $1,000 bail and ordered to appear in Bennington District Court at a later date.

Vermont State Police Beat

Dec. 9

3:01 a.m. – Troopers responded to a single-vehicle crash on US Route 7 in the Town of Wallingford. It was reported the vehicle, a 2003 Dodge Dakota, was partially submerged in the river. Troopers identified the operator as Raymond Scutt, 52, of Bennington. Scutt was traveling northbound on US Route 7 in the area of Hartsboro Road in Wallingford when he left the roadway and drove into Otter Creek. During the investigation, troopers observed several indicators of alleged impairment. Scutt was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries. He was processed for driving under the influence and released with a citation to appear in court at a later date and time.

Dec. 12

1:18 a.m. – Troopers from the Vermont State Police Rutland barracks attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop on Allen Street in Rutland City for an observed motor vehicle violation. The vehicle fled from the stop prior to being contacted by the trooper. Shortly thereafter the same vehicle was involved in a single car motor vehicle crash on Freeman Avenue in Rutland where the operator fled the scene on foot. Moments later, troopers located a male walking on Stratton Road a short distance from the crash scene. Through investigation it was determined that the male, identified as 44-year-old David Farnham of Rutland, was the operator of the motor vehicle. Farnham allegedly showed signs of impairment and was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and transported to the Vermont State Police Rutland Barracks for processing. Farnham was found to be operating with a criminally suspended license and in violation of court conditions of release. He was ordered to appear in Rutland District Court at a later date.