(WBNG Binghamton) According to a news release issued Friday by the Otsego County Sheriff's Office, four Cherry Valley residents were arrested on assorted gun and other charges following a week-long investigation that was conducted by the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division.
According to the news release from the Otsego County Sheriff's Office:
Last week the OCSO received information from several sources that Anthony Dewitt Young, age 23, of 122 Wikoff Road, Cherry Valley, NY was carrying a pistol around the Village of Cherry Valley.
On May 2nd Sheriff’s Office investigators and uniform personnel located Young on Fish & Game Road and he was allegedly found to be in possession of approximately an eighth ounce of processed marijuana. At his residence, Young was allegedly found to be growing seven marijuana plants outside of it and inside of the residence a loaded 22 caliber Ruger semi-automatic pistol was recovered. Young originally told investigators that he found the gun on the side of US-20 by the SR-166 underpass.
That afternoon investigators contacted the Albany Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and they provided information about the owner of the pistol. Upon contacting the owner of the firearm it was discovered that pistol and another pistol were missing out of a City of Schenectady residence and that Brandon Yerdon had helped the residents move boxes from a garage to their basement in April.
Young was arrested on the following charges: criminal possession of stolen property 4th, a felony; criminal possession of a weapon 4th and unlawfully growing of cannabis by an unlicensed person, both misdemeanors and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable in the Town of Cherry Valley Court on May 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. If convicted Young faces up to four years in prison.
Investigators interviewed Brandon Scott Yerdon, age 18, of 24 Elm Street, Cherry Valley, NY at the Sheriff’s Office that evening and investigation revealed that he had worked at the Schenectady residence and allegedly stolen the Ruger 22 caliber semi-automatic pistol and a Llama 22 caliber semi-automatic pistol out of the residence in April. It was also learned that Yerdon had allegedly sold the recovered stolen Ruger pistol to Young in the Village of Cherry Valley in mid April. Yerdon also stated that he threw the other stolen pistol in a swamp off of Butler Road in the Town of Cherry Valley earlier in the day after learning that Young had been arrested. Members of the Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Bureau including an explosive detection canine searched the swamp at midnight but were unable to locate the second stolen firearm.
Yerdon was arrested on the following felony charges on May 2nd: criminal sale of a firearm 3rd, criminal possession of stolen property 4th and criminal possession of a weapon 2nd for selling the stolen loaded firearm to Young in April 2013. He was arraigned by Cherry Valley Judge Fredy A. Herr in the early morning hours on May 3rd and remanded to the OCCF on $5,000 bail returnable in the Town of Cherry Valley Court on May 22, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. If convicted Yerdon faces up to seven years in prison for selling the firearm.
Derek Ward Zigon, age 20, of Cherry Valley, and Thomas Douglas Zerrilla, age 18, of Cherry Valley were interviewed on May 3rd regarding the second stolen handgun. Investigation revealed that they and Brandon Yerdon allegedly conspired to get rid of the loaded defaced stolen handgun that had the serial number scrapped off of it. Zigon drove them to the swamp off of Butler Road. Yerdon gave the stolen firearm to Zerrilla to get rid of and Zerrilla threw the pistol into the swamp.
Another search of the Butler Road swamp was conducted during daylight hours by members the OCSO SEB and the loaded stolen Llama handgun was located submerged in mud approximately 25 yard from the shore by Sergeant Raymond Freer.
On May 09, 2013 investigators arrested the following people:
OCCF inmate Brandon Yerdon for criminal sale of a firearm 3rd; CPW 2nd and 3rd; CPSP 4th and tampering with physical evidence which are all felonies. He was arraigned by Judge Herr and remanded back to the OCCF on $5,000 bail returnable on May 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Town of Cherry Valley Court. If convicted Yerdon faces another eleven years in state prison.
Derek Zigon and Thomas Zerrilla for CPW 2nd and 3rd; CPSP 4th and tampering with physical evidence, all felonies. They were also arraigned by Judge Herr and ROR’D to reappear in the Town of Cherry Valley Court on May 22nd at 7:00 p.m. If convicted they face up to seven years in prison.