Otsego County Man faces charges following social gathering

first_imgOtsego County Health Director Heidi Bond issued a cease and desist order on Thursday, Oct. 8, directing Knarich to cancel the event, but Knarich ignored the order. Officials say 55-year-old George A. Knarich violated Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive orders banning mass gatherings and has charges for trespassing, criminal nuisance in the 2nd degree. Knarich was taken into custody Monday morning and was transported to the Sheriff’s Office for processing and is being held at the Otsego County Correctional Facility pending the next centralized arraignment court. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the event was held on property owned by the county. Due to tax foreclosure, the county treasurer issued a signed complaint to District Attorney John Muehl, leading to an arrest warrant for Knarich for trespassing. NEW LISBON, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Otsego County Sheriffs Office says it arrested an individual for disobeying a cease and desist order and hosting a mass gathering. The Sheriff’s office says, Knarich organized the New York Harvest Festival and Freedom Fair, and advertised the event for Saturday, Oct. 10, expecting 700 to 1,500 people. The investigation is on-going, and at least one additional arrest is pending.last_img