NORWICH – The Chenango County grand jury met Wednesday and handed up a number of criminal indictments. At the proceeding, the Chenango County District Attorney’s Office presents evidence against those they wish to prosecute. It is up to the jury to decide if there is enough reasonable cause to charge a person with a felony offense.
Those indicted by the grand jury are arraigned before the county or Supreme Court judge at a later date.
The grand jury indicted nine individuals:
• Christopher J. West, 29, of Bainbridge, was indicted on charges of driving while ability impaired and aggravated driving while intoxicated, both class D felonies.
It’s alleged that West, on or about Feb. 5, 2012 on County Road 39 in the Town of Bainbridge, failed a field sobriety test and admitted he had taken prescription drugs. The indictment also states that West’s 9-year-old son was in the vehicle at the time of his arrest.
West has two prior driving while intoxicated convictions, dating from Feb. 24, 2004 and June 22, 2007 in Broome County Court.
• Benjamin J. Ryan, 26, of Oxford, was indicted on charges of third degree burglary, a class D felony, and petit larceny, an A misdemeanor.
It’s alleged that Ryan, on or about March 17, 2012 in the Village of Oxford, did knowingly enter and unlawfully remain – with the intent to commit a crime – in a Merchant Street business in the early morning hours, stealing approximately $1,000 in cash.