Grand Jury Charges A Total Of 34 Felonies
Published: November 7th, 2008
By: Tyler Murphy

Grand Jury charges a total of 34 felonies

NORWICH – The Chenango County Grand Jury met this week to indict several people on felony charges, including one man on 10 counts of rape and others facing multiple drug felonies over cocaine possession.

• Michael C, Brown Jr., 31, was indicted on 20 felonies for an alleged sexual relationship with a victim under the age of 15. He was charged with second degree rape (D felony), second degree criminal sexual act (D felony), 10 counts of third degree rape (E felony) and eight counts of third degree criminal sexual act (E felony). He was also indicted for a misdemeanor, endangering the welfare of a child. The crimes allegedly took place in March and April of 2007 in the Town of Lincklaen.

• Jefferson W. Poole, 22, was indicted for first degree criminal sexual act (C felony) and endangering the welfare of a child a misdemeanor. Poole allegedly had sexual relations with a girl of less then 13 Sept. 26 in the Town South Otselic.

• Robert C. Brown was indicted on second (D felony) and third degree assault (misdemeanor) for allegedly pinning a female victim’s arm behind her back until he intentionally caused a serious bone fracture on Oct. 22, in the City of Norwich.

• Alleged co-conspirators Leah M. Stone and Michael Manwarren Sr. were indicted on similar charges for having large amounts of cocaine. Manwarren was indicted on two counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (B felony) and one count of fifth degree possession, (D felony) for allegedly having over an ounce of cocaine. Stone was charged with one count of third degree possession (B felony) for having more than half an ounce. The two were arrested Aug. 7 on Fur Farm Road in the Town of Otselic.

• Robert W. Gallo Sr. was also arrested for having 7.86 grams of cocaine in an unrelated incident and indicted with fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (C felony). He was arrested Sept. 22 in the City of Norwich.

• Kelly J. Philhower, 22, was indicted for operating a motor vehicle with a license suspended (E felony) for a prior misdemeanor DWI and was charged with a new DWI, which is now an E felony. She was also indicted on third degree criminal mischief (E felony). Philhower was pulled over by police after they received a complaint that she had intentionally damaged the driver side window of anther’s vehicle causing about $400 in damages. She pleaded guilty to a prior driving while intoxicated charge on Aug. 3, 2007, in Conklin Town Court in Broome County.

• Clearance E. Decker Jr., also known as Clarence, was indicted by the grand jury for first degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle (E felony) and three driving while intoxicated misdemeanors. The crimes allegedly took place in the Village of Afton Oct. 1.

• Ian W. Quinn, was charged with second degree and third burglary (C and D felonies) for allegedly breaking in a residence through a window to steal a cash box. He was also charged with petit larceny.

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