30 August 2019
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Brian Shortall
Troop C Commander
On August 28, 2019 at approximately 2:30 a.m., troopers from SP Owego initiated a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Cobalt for an equipment violation while on State Route 282 in the town of Nichols. Troopers determined that the operator of the vehicle did not have a license and was suspended. A further investigation revealed that the passenger of the vehicle, Chuck E. Weigand, age 61 of Spencer, was in possession of a stolen and loaded gun. Troopers also discovered acetaminophen and hydrocodone bitartrate in his possession.
Weigand was subsequently arrested and charged with the felonies of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the third degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the second degree and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the fourth degree and the misdemeanors of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the third degree.
A search warrant was subsequently executed on Weigand’s residence and vehicle which led to the discovery of approximately 5 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine, acetaminophen and hydrocodone bitartrate, a digital scale, drug paraphernalia and packaging, a loaded revolver, ammunition and brass knuckles.
Weigand was arraigned in the town of Tioga court and remanded to the Tioga County Jail on no bail. He will reappear in court on September 2, 2019.
Troopers were assisted by members of the New York State Police Violent Gang and Narcotics Enforcement Team, New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team, Village of Spencer Police Department and Tioga County Sheriff’s Department. The case is under investigation and more charges are likely.
The driver of the vehicle was issued traffic tickets and released.