Police Beat May 10, 2024

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Whitehall Police Beat

April 27

11:45 a.m. – Police were called to Fourth Avenue in response to a report of aggressive dogs in the area. On arrival, officers found three dogs near a residence whose owner was not home. Police contacted animal control and were told by a neighbor that the dogs’ owner had been called and he as on his way. As they waited for the owner, one of the canines came at an officer in a threatening manner, prompting a state police trooper who was also at the scene to spray the dog with pepper spray. The animals’ owner arrived and confined the dogs to his residence.

12:22 p.m. – A Montcalm Avenue resident called police to complain that her neighbor’s children were “flipping off” a security camera mounted on her garage. The woman said she just wanted the incident documented and would contact her landlord about the problem. Officers later spoke with the children’s mother, who said the initial caller had been swearing at the children since the family moved in. Patrol advised her to keep the kids in a side yard away from the neighbor’s residence.

New York State Police Beat

April 20

6:18 p.m. – While conducting an impaired driver detail, troopers stopped a vehicle on John Street in Hudson Falls for an observed traffic violation. The subsequent investigation discovered narcotics and glass smoking devices in the vehicle containing drug residue, according to police. The driver, 42-year-old Patrick M. Mcguire, of Hudson Falls, was charged with both fifth-degree and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, driving while ability impaired by drugs, and second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, as well as vehicle and traffic violations.

The passengers, 28-year-old Samantha L. Briggs and 32-year-old Christopher J. Clark, both also from Hudson Falls, were charged with fifth-degree and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia. All three were transported to the Washington County Correctional Facility to await arraignment.

April 27

3:00 p.m. – Two Poultney, VT, residents have been arrested in connection with a burglary of a Dresden home. While conducting their investigation, troopers say 33-year-old Diane M. Reed answered the door at a neighboring structure. At that time, they observed items reportedly taken during the burglary.

Also in the residence was 35-year-old Theodore C. Smith. He confessed to the alleged theft, which reportedly occurred two days earlier, according to police. It was also determined that both Reed and Smith were unlawfully residing at the Dresden location.

Both suspects were processed at the Granville substation. At that time, it was also determined Reed was in possession of a controlled substance. Reed was issued an appearance ticket and released. Smith was transported to the Washington County Correctional Facility to await further court proceedings.

Vermont State Police Beat

April 26

3:57 p.m. – Troopers responded to a reported two-car crash on U.S. Route 7 in the Town of Pittsford. The subsequent investigation revealed a northbound vehicle slowed to make a left turn and was struck by a following vehicle, which allegedly turned into the left lane to pass the slower vehicle.

No injuries were reported, but both cars were towed from the scene. Civil charges are pending.

May 1

10:09 p.m. – Troopers from the Rutland barracks were notified of a family fight on Baker Brook Road in Danby. Through investigation it was determined that 53-year-old Eric Eaton of Danby is alleged to have caused pain or injury to a family or household member. Eaton was taken into custody and processed on the charge of first-degree aggravated assault. He was lodged at the Marble Valley Correctional Facility in Rutland without bail pending further a future court appearance.