Chenango grand jury indicts eight

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 eight individuals:

• Austin R. Demuth, 17, Oxford, was indicted on counts of third degree criminal mischief, a class E felony, and fourth degree criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor, following an alleged incident which took place on or about Nov. 24, 2011, in the Town of Smithville Flats. Demuth is accused of breaking the driver’s side window of a 2010 Ford vehicle with a hammer at Roger’s Auto Body, 5362 State Highway 41.

• Richard A. Terrell, 26, Afton, was indicted on counts of second and third degree arson, class B and C felonies respectively, and second degree obstructing governmental administration, a class A misdemeanor, following an alleged incident which took place on or about Dec. 23, 2011, in the Village of Afton. Terrell is accused of intentionally setting fire to a 23 South Main St. residence – occupied by two other individuals at the time – when he kicked over a kerosene heater. It’s also alleged that Terrell did intentionally obstruct, impair or prevent authorities from securing the fire through use of physical force when he twice attempted to re-enter the building.

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