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May 16, 2013

Cherry Valley men face gun, pot charges

Staff Report
Cooperstown Crier

---- — Four Cherry Valley residents were arrested on assorted gun and other charges following a weeklong investigation that was conducted by the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, Otsego deputies said.

Deputies received information from several sources that Anthony Dewitt Young, 23, was carrying a pistol around the village of Cherry Valley. The following then occurred, deputies said:

On May 2, deputies located Young on Fish & Game Road and he was found to be in possession of about an ounce of processed marijuana. At his residence, Young was found to be growing seven marijuana plants outside. Inside his residence a loaded .22 caliber Ruger semi-automatic pistol was recovered. Young originally told investigators that he found the gun by a roadway.

He was arrested that day for fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and unlawfully growing of cannabis by an unlicensed person, and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Cherry Valley Town Court on May 15.

That afternoon investigators contacted the Albany office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms about the owner of the pistol. It was determined that the pistol and another were missing from a Schenectady residence.

In an interview it was determined that they were stolen by Brandon Yerdon, 18, when he helped the residents move boxes from a garage to their basement in April. He sold one pistol to Young and threw the other in a swamp in Cherry Valley when he learned Young was arrested.

On May 2, Yerdon was arrested on third-degree criminal sale of a firearm, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was arraigned in Cherry Valley Town Court and sent to Otsego County jail on $5,000 bail returnable May 22.

Derek Ward Zigon, 20, and Thomas Douglas Zerrilla, 18, were interviewed May 3 regarding the second stolen handgun. An investigation revealed that they and Yerdon conspired to get rid of the handgun that had the serial number scraped off of it.

A search of the Butler Road swamp was conducted during daylight hours and the loaded stolen handgun was located submerged in mud approximately 25 yards from the shore by Sgt. Raymond Freer.

On May 09, 2013 investigators made the following arrests:

• Yerdon, for third-degree criminal sale of a firearm, second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and tampering with physical evidence, all felonies. He was arraigned by Judge Herr and remanded back to Otsego county jail on $5,000 bail returnable on May 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Town of Cherry Valley Court.

• Zigon and Zerrilla were charged with second- and third- degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. They were also arraigned by Judge Herr and released on their own recognizance to appear in Cherry Valley Town Court on May 22.