Police Beat Feb. 8, 2024

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Granville Police Beat

Jan. 25

11:19 a.m. – Police responded to a Quaker Street business for a reported odor of propane. The employees were evacuated. The smell was traced to a propane truck completing a refueling. The driver conducted a leak test, as did the fire department, with a negative result. One employee was evaluated by Granville EMS.

Jan 30.

11:17 a.m. – Police were called to a Factory Street residence for a report of an overdose and found the subject unresponsive and administered Narcan. The person recovered and admitted to cocaine use. He was evaluated by Granville EMS. The subject refused transportation to a medical facility.

Jan. 31

9:15 a.m. – An elderly woman called to report her dog had run off. It was located by another individual and returned to its owner.

7:00 p.m.- While patrolling Morrison Avenue an officer observed a vehicle traveling north on Church Street at a high rate of speed. The officer conducted a vehicle stop in the Church Street parking lot. The operator of the vehicle, 33-year-old Mark Kretzer, Jr., of Granville, indicated he had a conditional license to drive to and from work. A records check indicated Kretzer’s license was suspended, he was operating an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, and without his required alcohol detecting interlock device, according to police.

Kretzer was charged with speeding, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating an unregistered vehicle, operating a vehicle without insurance, circumventing an interlock device, operation by an unlicensed driver and no vehicle inspection.

Kretzer was issued a citation to appear in court at a later date. The vehicle was towed.

Feb. 1

10:40 a.m. – Police received a call from a village resident who wished to report a potential scam involving Progressive Insurance. No money or personal information was given. The caller was simply requesting the incident be documented.

11:24 a.m. – A caller reported a scam involving a Facebook Marketplace rental of a residence on Church Street. The victim admitted to sending $1,200 to an address she was told was associated with a local realtor. There was no such place to rent and the realtor was not involved. The victim was checking to see if she had fraud protection on her debit card.

Whitehall Police Beat

Jan. 26

3:30 p.m. Police were dispatched to Rock Avenue home in response to a report of the smell of burning hot wire. Officers went inside and found a smoking electric outlet. The Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department was called.

Jan. 27

2 p.m. Patrols were advised of a dog chained outside a Poultney Street residence. Officers checked the location but found no dog.

7:39 p.m. Officers were dispatched to a South Williams Street residence for a complaint that three possums were in the residence. Police assisted with the removal of one of the animals; the other two had already left. The possums were relocated down the road.

8:13 p.m. Police received a telephone call claiming a vehicle was all over the road on Poultney Street heading into the village and that two of the occupants appeared to be fighting. Officers waited for the vehicle to pass the intersection with South Williams Street, where the car stopped for a traffic light. Police followed the car onto Broadway and observed it leaving the lane of travel. The vehicle was pulled over; the driver then became irate and attempted to get out of the car. He was later allowed to get out of the car with his hands up after he told police to open the door so his dog would not attempt to bite them. Once outside the car, the driver again became irate and said several times he wanted to fight one of the officers, police said. Officers also spoke to a woman passenger in the vehicle, who told them the two had just been fooling around while they were driving and there was no fight or domestic incident. Police said since there appeared to be no domestic, the couple were free to leave, but as police tried to drive away, the 31-year-old driver first grabbed the door handle then stepped in front of the patrol vehicle, demanding to speak with a supervisor. Officers were able to pull around him and left. The next day, the driver came to the station and pounded on the door, demanding he be given a copy of the incident report. Officers in the station said they were not authorized to release the report, at which time the driver allegedly said he wanted to fight a different officer from the one he confronted the previous evening. When the driver refused to leave the station, police called for assistance from other law enforcement agencies. The driver left the station when state police arrived.

Jan. 28

12:06 a.m. Village police assisted Washington County sheriff’s deputies who were serving a warrant on a Whitehall woman. Authorities took Evelyn A. Linendoll, 45, of Broadway, into custody and she was transported to the Washington County public safety facility for processing.

1:50 p.m. Police stood by while a woman removed her belongings from a Broadway apartment she had recently moved out of. The tenant said he did not want the woman in the apartment but acknowledged some of her belongings were still there. The tenant agreed to allow the woman to retrieve her property.

Jan. 30

10:30 p.m. Officers received a report of a heavy smoke condition at a building on Broadway. The smoke was the result of a furnace malfunction and the landlord told responders he was on his way to fix the problem. The Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department deemed the residence safe.

Feb. 1

11:30 a.m. Police provided a woman with support as she did a walk-though of a North Mountain Street apartment she was vacating. Officers used their body cameras to document the condition of the apartment and the woman asked police to return her key to her landlord, as she wanted no contact with him. No further action taken.

Rutland County Sheriff’s Office Beat

Jan. 26

The Sheriff’s Office received a call from a person who admitted to his involvement in the damage to the walking track at the Young at Hearts Senior Center in Poultney. The suspect has agreed to pay for the damage. At this time, no charges are being filed due to the suspects’ cooperation and pending restitution.

Jan. 28

6:16 p.m. – A deputy reportedly observed a vehicle traveling northbound on U.S. Route 7 in Wallingford at a high rate of speed. Specifically, the vehicle was measured at 106 mph in a 55-mph zone. The deputy was able to catch up with the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop, now in the Town of Clarendon.

The driver, identified as 27-year-old Christopher Santini of Rutland, was charged with gross negligent operation and excessive speed. Santini was issued a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court at a later date.

Jan. 30

8:24 p.m. – A deputy observed a vehicle failing to maintain its lane on VT Route 30 South in the Town of Poultney. As a result, a traffic stop was conducted. During the subsequent investigation the deputy observed signs of alleged impairment. A field sobriety test was conducted on 22-year-old Cody L. Rice of Hampton, NY. The incident report indicates Rice failed the test but provided a roadside breath sample for alcohol above the legal limit. Rice was arrested and processed, where he refused an evidentiary breath sample, according to police.

Rice was charged with DUI and criminal refusal. He was released on a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court at a later date.

Vermont State Police Beat

Jan. 26

8:18 a.m. – Troopers responded to a report of a four-vehicle crash on VT Route 103 in Shrewsbury near the post office. The incident report indicates a northbound vehicle lost control during icy conditions, crossed lanes and struck a southbound vehicle. A third was unable to stop and struck the other two, while a fourth ran off the road attempting to avoid the collision. A Bellow Falls woman was transported to the Rutland Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. All four vehicles were towed from the scene.

Jan. 27

7:30 p.m. – Troopers were alerted to a possible stolen vehicle leaving the City of Rutland. Troopers located the vehicle and determined it did not match the registration. A traffic stop was conducted, at which time two people exited the vehicle and it sped off. Troopers did not pursue the vehicle but received a call a short time later from a resident of Perkins Road in Rutland, stating that a vehicle matching the description was seen traveling at a high rate of speed toward the road’s dead end. State police responded and observed that vehicle being operated in a negligent manner. The suspect drove into a nearby field and struck a rock pile. That suspect, identified as 30-year-old Bradley Mullan of Rutland, fled on foot but was soon apprehended.

Mullen is charged with DUI-Drugs, gross negligent operation and attempting to elude. He was lodged at the Marble Valley Correctional Facility pending bail.

Jan. 28

4:56 p.m. – Troopers responded to a report of a family fight at the Cortina Inn in Rutland. Through investigation it was determined 38-year-old Michael Jones of Rutland allegedly committed a domestic assault and then resisted arrest. Jones was charged with both crimes, processed and lodged at the Marble Valley Correctional Facility on $2,500 bail.

6:20 p.m. – State police received a motor vehicle complaint in the town of Pittsford. A traffic stop ensued and through investigation it was determined that 27-year-old Tyler Hall of Middlebury showed signs of alleged impairment. Hall was subsequently taken into custody and charged with DUI. He was processed and issued a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court at a later date.