Grand jury indicts eight

NORWICH – The Chenango County grand jury met last week and handed up several criminal indictments.

At the proceedings, the District Attorney’s Office presents evidence against those they wish to prosecute and the jury decides if there is enough reasonable cause to charge a person.

• Anthony R. Botte Jr., 23, was indicted for first degree robbery and first degree criminal use of a firearm, both B class felonies.

Police arrested Botte Feb. 28, claiming he was involved in an armed robbery at the Bainbridge Great American along North Main Street that took place Nov. 28.

Police said Botte and a female, dressed in black with bandanas over their faces, robbed two clerks with a revolver and made off with more than $2,000 in cash.

A warrant for the arrest of Botte’s alleged coconspirator, 27-year-old Jamie L. Ballard, was issued shortly after he was apprehended by police, but she hasn’t yet been apprehended.

Police said a $500 reward was being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. Anyone with information about the incident should contact the sheriff’s office at 337-1863.

Botte is currently in Chenango County Jail on $50,000 cash bail.

• Richard D. Tyler III, 27, Shawndell M. Johnson, 20, and Semajdanyell S. Baker, 33, all of Syracuse, were indicted on charges of third and fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, B and D class felonies, respectively.

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