Police Beat May 3, 2024

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Granville Police Beat

April 16

11:59 p.m. – Police responded to a call of a suspicious male possibly going through a vehicle at the corner of North and Main Streets. The caller advised he followed the subject for a short distance but lost him. The responding officer contacted the vehicle’s owner, who said she may have left the door open. Upon inspection, she felt the only thing missing was a few dollars from the center console. Police checked the area for the suspect with no results.

April 17

4:19 a.m. – An officer was advised by a man who said he saw a cat in a window at a Bulkley Avenue residence that had recently been vacated. He was concerned the cat had been left behind. Police were able to contact the caretaker who said he was caring for three cats there and that all were fine.

6 p.m. – Police responded to a Lincoln Street residence for a welfare check. The occupant was fine and advised the officer he did not want the party who requested the check to contact him any further.

April 18

12:10 p.m. – Law enforcement was advised by a caller she had seen a dog at a Williams Street location that appeared to be in distress. Police responded and found no one home and no sign of the animal. A message was left for the owner to call the police station and a patrol will keep a watch for the dog.

2:41 p.m. – Police assisted the Granville Fire Department with an alarm at a Quaker Street business. It was determined to be a faulty alarm.

April 19

8:54 p.m. – For the third day in a row an officer responded to a call where a woman wanted her daughter evicted. She was again provided with options for filing a court case, which she has so far refused to follow.

1:50 p.m. – Police were called by a person who found a bone on the shore of the Mettowee Creek near the Water Street pedestrian bridge. The officer took possession of the bone and transported it to the Granville Animal Clinic where it was determined to be either a cow or horse bone.

5:51 p.m. –  Law enforcement assisted the Granville Fire Department for a smell of propane in the air along Main Street. The source was not found.

April 20

8:30p.m. – Police responded to a Quaker Street address to check on the welfare of the resident, who admitted to feeling down due to recent deaths in the family but stated she was not suicidal. The resident’s sister, who initiated the call, was contacted and agreed to stay with the resident for the night. While awaiting the sister’s arrival, the resident experienced breathing problems. EMS responded but the resident refused transport after taking some COPD medicine, which she said would help. The sister arrived and promised to call the police if any other assistance was needed.

April 22

11:43 p.m. – Police were called in when a nine-year-old girl did not walk to school as planned. The girl was located near the Slate Valley Museum, and advised police she did not go to school because of a previous incident with another third grader, which the department was aware of.

Conversations with her parents, the principal and the school resource officer led to the decision that the girl’s father would take her to school in the future, the principal would check on her attendance and the situation with the classmate would be further addressed.

2:23 p.m. – Police responded to a Quaker Street business for the report of the theft of three cans of an alcoholic beverage, observed on videotape. The officer was investigating the alleged theft when the suspect called police to admit to the crime and make arrangements to turn herself in. Police met with the individual who surrendered the merchandise and was given a citation to appear in village court.

Whitehall police Beat

April 19

6:02 p.m. – A Vermont man is facing two charges after police said he was driving drunk on Broadway. Trenton M. Spafford, 20, of Mendon, was charged with driving while intoxicated and aggravated driving while intoxicated after police allegedly saw him driving on Broadway at a high rate of speed. A radar device confirmed his speed as 59 mph and he was pulled over. Officers who spoke with Spafford said they smelled alcohol and when he stepped out of his car, he stumbled. Spafford acknowledged he had consumed three beers in the 90 minutes before he was pulled over, and police subsequently found an unopened beer on the floor in the rear of the vehicle, where Spafford had been observed reaching after he was stopped. A breathalyzer test determined Spafford’s blood-alcohol content to be 0.21 – nearly triple the legal limit of 0.08. He was taken to the police station to await a ride from a sober driver and issued several citations returnable May 13 in village court.

April 21

9:05 a.m. – Officers received a complaint from the owner of a First Avenue apartment building that one of his tenants was yelling at him and his wife about them having a dog in a neighboring apartment. Police went to the scene and spoke with the tenant, who told them he thought he had heard a dog whining from the apartment his landlord was in. He believed the dog belonged to his daughter, who had brought her animal to his apartment after her vehicle had broken down. Police determined the sound was actually a cordless drill. No further action taken.

4:17 p.m. – A Whitehall man is facing a misdemeanor drug charge after police reported seeing him throw a glass pipe into the grass on Poultney Street. John E. Sawn III, 45, of U.S. Route 4, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after officers found the pipe in the area where Sawn had thrown something after being stopped by police. Officers had initially been called to the scene for a welfare check on a man standing on South Williams Street screaming at himself. Sawn was issued an appearance ticket returnable May 13 in village court.

April 24

2 a.m. – Police were dispatched to a Broadway apartment after a woman living there reported her boyfriend had thrown bleach on her during an argument. When officers arrived, they saw no evidence she had been sprayed with bleach and found no bleach container in the area. The boyfriend, who was reportedly sleeping when police arrived, told officers the woman had been drinking and gets aggressive when she does. The woman denied having been drinking, stating she was 20 days sober, but officers reported smelling alcohol on her and noted she had tripped while climbing the stairs to the apartment. The two agreed to sleep in separate rooms. No further police action was required.

Rutland County Sheriff’s Office Beat

April 22

12:43 p.m. – A deputy conducted a traffic stop on VT Route 4A in West Rutland for an obscured license plate. Upon investigation, it was determined the driver, 22-year-old Shasta May Bourn, of Fair Haven, was operating the vehicle without a license. It was also determined that she had a similar charge within the past two years. Bourn was placed under arrest, given a citation to appear in Superior Court at a later date and released.

April 23

7:39 p.m. – A Rutland woman was arrested by a deputy after he spotted a vehicle known to be driven by 20-year-old Tiara L. Castaneda and conducted a traffic stop. Castaneda was arrested on outstanding warrants from the City of Rutland for aggravated assault and aggravated stalking. She was arraigned and remanded to the Marble Valley Correctional Facility without bail pending a further court appearance.

April 26

1:16 p.m. – A deputy responded to a report of a single vehicle crash in the parking lot of the West Rutland Recreation Center on Fairview Avenue. Witnesses reported the vehicle attempted to leave the scene after just missing a child and another vehicle before crashing into a playground fence.

The investigation revealed 87-year-old Josephine W. Poljacik of West Rutland traveled through the parking lot in an attempt to shortcut onto U.S. Route 4. According to the incident report, Poljacik stepped on the gas instead of the brake, allegedly causing the accident.

Poljacik was charged with reckless endangerment and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. She was issued a citation to appear in Rutland Superior court.

April 27

10 p.m. – A deputy was dispatched to a Main Street location in West Rutland for a parking complaint. While en route, the deputy was advised the caller seemed to be impaired. It was determined that 65-year-old Ronald E. Viggue was under court order not to consume alcohol. When the deputy arrived and spoke with Viggue, he observed signs of alleged alcohol impairment and advised the suspect he was under arrest. Viggue is then accused of locking himself in the house, but later surrendered when the officer’s back-up arrived. He was arrested and transported to the Sheriff’s Office for processing, where he is accused of again becoming combative. Viggue was transported to the Marble Valley Correctional Facility where he was held for lack of bail. He will appear in court to face charges of resisting arrest and violations of his conditions of release.

April 28

5:11 p.m. – While on patrol in the Town of Clarendon, a deputy observed a vehicle traveling at twice the posted speed limit. A traffic stop was initiated in which the driver, 22-year-old Jerry E. Merrow, of Rutland, was allegedly observed to be under the influence. The incident report indicated Merrow failed a sobriety test and was arrested for DUI and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. He was released on a citation to appear in Superior Court at a later date.

Vermont State Police Beat

April 21

1:02 a.m. – Troopers conducted a motor vehicle stop on West Street in the City of Rutland for an observed motor vehicle infraction. During the stop, indications of alleged drug activity were observed. Troopers received consent to search the vehicle, which subsequently yielded suspected cocaine possessed by the two passengers. Shaun Savage, 46, of Hartford, CT, along with Christina Kittredge, 43, of Rutland, were charged with possession. They were processed and released with a citation to appear in Superior Court at a later date

3:34 p.m. – State police responded to a single motor vehicle crash on VT Route 30 in the Town of Hubbardton. The vehicle left the roadway and ended up in a ditch with front-end damage and air bag deployment. The driver was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center for treatment. The investigation determined that 23-year-old Alyssa Hutchins may have suffered a medical incident prior to the crash. That same investigation determined that Hutchins, of Leicester, was allegedly operating with a suspended license. She was issued a citation to appear in Superior Court at a later date.

11:58 p.m. – Troopers stopped a vehicle on West Street in the City of Rutland for an observed motor vehicle violation and saw indications of alleged drug activity, according to police. Keenan Davine, 34, of Rutland, was alleged to be in possession of fentanyl. He was arrested and released with a citation to appear in Superior Court at a future date.

His passenger, 34-year-old Jason Ketcham, was found to have an outstanding warrant and was sent to the Marble Valley Correctional Facility without bail pending a future court appearance.

April 25

4:33 p.m. – Troopers are asking for the public’s help in solving the attempted theft of an ATM machine from the Jiffy Mart in East Wallingford. State police say the suspect drove his truck, an older model Ford F-150, with a AAA sticker on the side and cap on the bed, through the front door.

The suspect subsequently fled the scene. Troopers ask anyone with information to please call 802-773-9101.