Four plead not guilty in county court; search warrant issued for fifth

NORWICH – Four individuals charged with a variety of felony and misdemeanor crimes appeared in county court Friday, all pleading not guilty, while a warrant was issued for the arrest of a Pennsylvania man charged with felony criminal possession of drugs and possession of a stolen handgun.

• Jose A. Ortiz-Perez, 39, Allentown, Pa., was scheduled to appear in county court Friday, charged with two counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony; second degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C violent felony; and fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class E felony.

According to his January indictment, it’s alleged that Ortiz-Perez – on or about Oct. 9 in the Town of Norwich – was found in possession of more than an ounce and a half of the narcotic cocaine, with the intent to sell, as well as a stolen .45 caliber handgun. A warrant was issued for his arrest and Chenango County Court Judge Frank B. Revoir Jr. set bail at $100,000.



• Zachariah M. Burns, 27, Greene, pleaded not guilty to charges of fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony, and petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Indicted by a Chenango County grand jury in January, it’s alleged that Burns – on or about Dec. 18 and in concert with another – stole a pair of big screen television sets from the Wal-Mart Supercenter, 5396 State Highway 12, Town of Norwich. He will re-appear in court at a later date.

• Richard L. Hadley Jr., 41, Binghamton, pleaded not guilty to one count of first degree criminal contempt, a class E felony.

Hadley was indicted by a Chenango County grand jury in January and is accursed of repeatedly making harassing and annoying phone calls to another individual. He was returned to Broome County where he remains in custody on unrelated charges.

• Andrew S. Button, 28, Mt. Upton, pleaded not guilty to charges of first degree sexual abuse, a class D violent felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor.

According to his January indictment, it’s alleged that Button, who was arrested on or about Dec. 26, had unlawful sexual contact with a child under the age of seven years old. He will re-appear in court at a later date.

• Dustin J. Norris, 29, Smyrna, pleaded not guilty to charges of second degree forgery, a class D felony, and petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Norris was indicted by a Chenango County grand jury in January, accused of illegally forging a check at the Norwich NBT in September and receiving funds from another individual’s savings account. He was released on his own recognizance and will re-appear in court at a later date.

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