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      73-year-old man charged with growing marijuana in Norwich

      A 73-year-old Norwich man is charged with growing marijuana plants and illegally possessing handguns.

      Deputies say they arrested 73-year-old Henry W. Hemsley, of Norwich, for growing marijuana.

      Chenango County deputies found 45 marijuana plants and two pounds of processed marijuana during the execution of a search warrant of his home on County Road 32.

      During the search, deputies say they found several illegally possessed handguns and over 200 long guns, including several fully automatic rifles.

      Hemsley was charged with unlawfully growing marijuana and one count of criminal possession of a weapon, both misdemeanors. He was arraigned in the Town of Norwich Court and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $2,500.00 cash bail.

      The investigation is continuing and further charges are pending.