A Vestal woman has been charged with vehicular manslaughter after the car she was driving struck a pedestrian on Main Street in Binghamton yesterday and dragged the unidentified person about 50 feet. 36-year-old Jennifer Grenchus was arrested after the crash. Several people worked with emergency responders to flip her sedan on its roof and try to free the unidentified victim. That person was pronounced dead at the scene. Binghamton Police are still investigating.
The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park is now open for the season. After their Grand Opening event on Saturday, the zoo is open seven days a week from 10am to 4pm until October. A calendar of events for this year’s season is available online at rossparkzoo.com. Rachel Davenport and Samson the Python from the zoo were special guests on today’s WEBO Morning Show. The full interview is available below.
The sport’s most popular driver has announced that he will retire at the end of this season. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. made the announcement this morning. He has struggled this season in his return from a season-ending concussion last year. Our partners from MRN and PRN will have more on this news in today’s NASCAR Fix at 6. Jimmie Johnson won yesterday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway that was heard live on WEBO. The seven-time series champion passed Kevin Harvick with 21 laps to go and held on for his second career win at Bristol. With the victory, he becomes the first driver this year to win back-to-back races. The race was postponed from Sunday by heavy rain in Tennessee. Both the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Monster Energy Cup will race in Richmond this weekend.
Former Broome County Executive Debbie Preston has accepted a plea deal in connection with using a town credit card for personal use. Preston was supposed to be arraigned on three counts of official misconduct yesterday, but instead pleaded guilty to one of those counts as part of a deal with special prosecutor Joseph Fazzary, the Schuyler County District Attorney. Preston will pay a $1,000 fine but won’t face any jail time after using a Town of Conklin credit card to make $20,000 worth of personal purchases in 2011 when she was town supervisor. She paid back the funds, and said again yesterday that she made a mistake but took care of it years ago.
Broome County Sheriff David Harder says his office has received telephone calls in recent weeks with complaints of quick-talking salesman who want to pave driveways at a too-good-to-be-true price. Harder says these companies use deceptive tactics to get unsuspecting homeowners to agree to get their driveways paved but it ultimately ends up as a scam. The tactics often involve fake salesmen who knock unsolicited at the front door offering to sell a load of asphalt at a reduced rate. After a deal is negotiated, the company either uses sub-par material that washes away or bump up the price, exert pressure and demand immediate payment. Harder reminds homeowners to research the company before signing any contracts and insist on a quote that outlines the work to be done along with pricing for materials and labor. If you feel you got scammed, call your local police department.
Former professional hockey player Thomas Clayton received the maximum sentence in Chemung County Court yesterday – life in prison without the possibility of parole – for hiring another man to murder his wife. Before the sentencing, Clayton lashed out, screaming to the court that he had nothing to do with the murder of his wife and that the Chemung County District Attorney deserves to be in a cell next to him for making up evidence and “spreading propaganda.” Clayton’s lawyer says they will appeal the conviction.
The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup will race live on WEBO this afternoon. After their race was rained out yesterday at Bristol Motor Speedway, NASCAR rescheduled the race for 1pm today. Performance Racing Network coverage will begin at 12:30pm on all WEBO radio frequencies, online at listentowebo.com, and on our free app for your smart phone or tablet. The track received close to 3 inches of rain on Saturday and Sunday, and the forecast today is for scattered showers. Points leader Kyle Larson will start from the pole after qualifying was also rained out. Saturday’s Xfinity Series race was won by Erik Jones while Daniel Hemric won the $100,000 Dash-4-Cash bonus check.
The Owego Little League will begin their 66th season on Saturday, April 29 with their annual Opening Day parade from the Owego Police Department to Hyde Park. This year marks the 50th year that the baseball and softball teams have called Hyde Park home. The parade will begin forming at 8am Saturday, and the on-field ceremonies will start at 9am at Hyde Park. Games will begin at 10:30am. Opening weekend will continue on Sunday, as Hyde Park hosts a free Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run event at 10am and a home run derby at 1pm for boys and girls ages 7-14. Owego Little League President Scott Rollison was a special guest on today’s WEBO Morning Show. You can listen to the full interview on our website.
Binghamton Police are continuing to investigate a homicide on the city’s West Side early Saturday. Police were called to a report of shots fired at 56 Orton Ave. just before 5am. When they arrived, they found 22-year-old Brandon Hernandez shot multiple times in the parking lot of an after-hours club. He was pronounced dead at Wilson Hospital. Police have not announced any arrests. They are asking anyone with information to call their confidential tip line at 607-772-7080.