Grand Jury Indicts 13 On Charges Including Drugs, Arson, And Grand Larceny
Published: October 24th, 2017
By: Hannah Benjamin

NORWICH – A Chenango County Grand Jury met last week and decided to indict 13 individuals on crimes including the sale and possession of drugs, arson, and rape.

• Chad J. Shields was indicted on two charges, fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class D felony, and first degree criminal nuisance, a class E felony.

The first charge alleges that Shields, in the month of September, did knowingly and unlawfully sell methamphetamine in the Town of Greene. It is further alleged in the second charge Shields conducted or maintained a premises where individuals were allowed to gather at his residence for the purpose of engaging in unlawful sales of methamphetamine and cocaine. Shields also did benefit monetarily from the transactions that took place at his residence.

• Julie M. Clark was indicted on one count of second-degree grand larceny, a class C felony. It is alleged that Clark, while acting as the treasurer of the Coventry Volunteer Fire Company, Inc, stole money in the sum of $83,540.07 from said fire department. Clark allegedly stole the money from February 2012 through January 2017.

• Anna Santiago, was indicted on one count of third-degree arson, a class C felony. It is alleged that on or about August 3, Santiago intentionally damaged a building or motor vehicle by starting a fire or causing an explosion in the Town of Greene.

• Richard L. Shepard, 48, was indicted on six felonies and one misdemeanor, for an alleged sexual relationship with a victim under the age of 17. He was charged with six counts of third-degree rape, class E felonies, and endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor.

It is alleged that during the months of July, August, September, October and November of 2016, Shields did engage in sexual intercourse with the victim. The second charge alleges he knowingly acted in a matter likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of the victim by subjecting the child to sexual contact.

• Shawn T. Rhodes was indicted on two drug related charges taking place in the month of September. Rhodes was charged with one count of third degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony, and one count of seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor.

The first charge alleges on September 21, Rhodes, while acting in concert with another, did knowingly and unlawfully sell the narcotic drug cocaine. The second charge states he possessed cocaine unlawfully.

• Rufus R. Brown was indicted on third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor.

It is alleged that during the month of September in the City of Norwich, Brown unlawfully possessed and sold the narcotic drug cocaine.

Brown was also indicted on one count of tampering with physical evidence, a class E felony. According to the indictment, at approximately 12:20 p.m. on East Main Street in Norwich, Brown allegedly placed a bag of cocaine into his mouth and attempted to swallow it, after he believed a prospective investigation into the possession of narcotics would take place.

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