Grand Jury Indicts Seven

By: Ashley Babbitt

CHENANGO COUNTY — A Chenango County grand jury chose to indict seven residents this month for crimes including – but not limited to – driving while intoxicated and manufacturing meth.

In a grand jury proceeding, the prosecutor explains the law to the members of the grand jury, and presents the evidence against a defendant. The members on the grand jury then decide based on what was presented, whether or not there is reasonable evidence to show that a felony was committed and if there is enough reason to believe the defendant in question committed said felony offense.

• Dawn M. Schneider, 42, South Otselic, was indicted on one count of promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a class D felony.

It is alleged that Schneider, on or about Jan. 16, 2015 in the Town of Norwich, did knowingly and unlawfully bring dangerous contraband into the Chenango County Correctional Facility. Per the indictment, Schneider is accused of possessing a glassine envelope containing heroin in her wallet, which was located upon being booked into the CCCF.

• Thomas Toomer II, 34, Oxford, was indicted on the charges of operating a motor vehicle while he had .08 of one percentum or more by weight of alcohol in his blood, a class E felony; and driving while intoxicated, a class E felony.

Toomer is accused of driving a motor vehicle on a public highway at 3:58 p.m. on April 3, 2015 in the Town of McDonough. It’s alleged he had .09 of one percentum of alcohol in his blood as shown by chemical analysis of his breath. Further, it is alleged Toomer swayed as he walked, had bloodshot, watery eyes, and his breath smelled of alcoholic beverage.

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• Russell W. Rowe, 39, Afton, was indicted on two charges: aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, a class E felony; and driving while intoxicated, a class E felony.

Rowe allegedly drove a motor vehicle on a public highway in the Town of Afton on or about 10:25 p.m. on April 16, 2015 while in an intoxicated condition. It’s further alleged that Rowe knew, or had reason to know that his New York State Drivers License had been revoked or suspended.

• Larry J. Meeker Jr., 33, Bainbridge was indicted on the charges of operating a motor vehicle while he had .08 of one percentum or more by weight of alcohol in his blood, a class D felony; and driving while intoxicated.

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