Man charged with harassment

Daniel A. Horner, 63, of West Main Street, Canton, faces a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. March 5 before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy on a charge that he allegedly sent multiple lewd, sexual-related text messages to the cell phone of a Canton woman Jan. 21 in Canton, according to court papers filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.

In addition to harassment, Horner is charged with disorderly conduct - obscene language/gestures. Canton Police Officer Trey Kurtz said the woman sent messages to Horner, pleading him to stop and please leave her alone.

Wilcox said he was sent a summons by certified mail.

Arrest made in arson that destroyed toys for needy children

On Feb. 3, 2014, the New York State Police at Norwich, N.Y. reported the arrest of Michael J.C. Golotty, age 25, for Arson in the 3rd Degree, Burglary 3rd Degree, and 40 counts of Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree, a Class E Felony.

The arrest was made subsequent to a lengthy investigation into a fire at the Storage Center LLC on CR-32 in the Town of Norwich in the early morning hours of Nov. 29, 2013. The storage unit contained toys that were intended for needy children.

Michael J.C. Golotty was arraigned in the Norwich Town court and remanded to the Chenango County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail, where he is awaiting future court appearances.

Owego resident arrested for child endangerment and drug possession

On Wednesday, Feb. 5, officers of the Owego Police Department arrested James P. Yost, age 24 of Owego, N.Y. on a bench warrant. While taking Yost into custody he was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and over $1,200 in cash.

In addition to the bench warrant Yost was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal use of Drug Paraphernalia in the 2nd Degree and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.

Yost was arraigned in Village of Owego Court and remanded to the Tioga County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash and $100,000 bond.

Castle Creek meth lab results in three arrests

On Feb. 6, members of the New York State Police and the Vestal Police Department executed a search warrant on State Route 11 in the Town of Barker, leading to the seizure of an active methamphetamine laboratory and the arrest of three people. A three week investigation into methamphetamine sale and manufacture conducted by the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) and the Vestal Police Department resulted in the arrest of the following people:

Caleb J. McNeilly, age 25 of Castle Creek, Broome County, N.Y. was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree; Unlawful Manufacturing of Methamphetamine 3rd degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree.

Brad M. Gates, age 33, of Castle Creek, Broome County, N.Y. was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree and Unlawful Manufacturing of Methamphetamine 3rd degree.

Nathan L. Pixley, age 27 of Castle Creek, Broome County, N.Y. was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree; Unlawful Manufacturing of Methamphetamine 3rd degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th degree.

The three subjects were arrested when police executed a search warrant at their residence in Castle Creek (Town of Barker), Broome County, N.Y. Due to the hazardous nature of clandestine laboratory environments, the search warrant was executed by members of the New York State Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT) and Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team (CCSERT), who are specially trained for such entries.

At the time the search warrant was executed, the three subjects attempted to flee the residence.

McNeilly and Gates were apprehended immediately. Pixley fled on foot and was immediately tracked by New York State Police K9 handler, Trooper Eric Harper and K9 "J.D." Pixley was apprehended approximately one quarter mile from the residence.

During the search of the residence the following were located: Approximately 8 ounces of liquid methamphetamine; 2.5 grams of powder methamphetamine; a scale; a surveillance camera; cellular telephones; a loaded 20 gauge shotgun and a loaded .22 caliber rifle; as well as numerous items utilized in clandestine methamphetamine manufacturing, including: coleman and butane fuel; muriatic and sulfuric acid; lithium; drain cleaner; coffee filters; plastic tubing; a gas generator; suspected pseudoephedrine; and a pill grinder.

All three subjects were arraigned in the Town of Barker Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail.

Youth leader charged with Scheme to Defraud

The Owego Police Department reported that on Feb. 2, 2014 they arrested Russell D. Towner, age 42 of Owego, N.Y. on a charge of Scheme to Defraud in the Second Degree, a class A Misdemeanor.

Charges stem from an investigation into a Village resident reporting that she paid for a candy order supporting a local organization called Youth Organization of Owego (YO Owego), in which Towner is considered Executive Director. The resident did not receive items ordered nor a return of the money paid.

Towner appeared in the Village of Owego Court and was remanded to the Tioga County Jail. The investigation is continuing.

Owego men arrested after narcotics search warrant

On Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, members of the New York State Police arrested three Village of Owego residents after the execution of a narcotics search warrant at their residence located in Owego, N.Y.

Michael J. McCarty, age 28, was arrested for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree, a Class B felony; Criminal Nuisance in the 1st degree, a Class E felony; Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia 2nd degree (2 counts), a Class A misdemeanor; Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument, a Class A misdemeanor; and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, a violation.

William J. Bish IV, age 38, and James M. Sauer, age 23, where arrested for Criminal Nuisance in the 1st degree, a Class E felony; Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia 2nd degree (2 counts), a Class A misdemeanor; and Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument, a Class A misdemeanor.

Shortly before 7 a.m., members of the New York State Police, the Owego Police Department, the Endicott Police Department and the Vestal Police Department, executed a search warrant at the residence. A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of heroin, scales, packaging materials and hypodermic needles. The investigation revealed that the men were using the residence as a location for area residents to purchase and ingest heroin.

Michael J. McCarty, William J. Bish IV and James M. Sauer were all arraigned before Village of Owego Justice David Boland. William J. Bish IV was remanded to Tioga County Jail with no bail. Michael J. McCarty and James M. Sauer were remanded to the Tioga County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash/$100,000 bond.