Binghamton Police say a Vestal woman was driving while under the influence of drugs when she struck and killed 47-year-old Ronald Richardson of Binghamton on Monday. Detectives say 36-year-old Jennifer Grenchus hit the man with her 2010 Hyundai Elantra on Main Street and then dragged the man underneath the vehicle for several yards before stopping in the parking lot of a business. Police, firemen, and civilians flipped the car on its roof, but Richardson’s injuries were extensive and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Grenchus was arraigned on a charge of vehicular manslaughter and sent to the Broome County Jail without bail.
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.
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.
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.
Johnson City Police are also investigating a shooting. Village Police say one person was shot outside of Charley’s Tavern at closing time, around 2am Saturday. The victim is expected to survive. Police did not release many details, and said late last night that they do not yet have a suspect in custody. Earlier Friday, JC Police unveiled their 25 new body cameras and five new patrol car computers. The technology was purchased with a state grant secured by Senator Fred Akshar.
Binghamton was one of 600 locations around the world to hold a March for Science on Saturday. The marches were planned for Earth Day. In Binghamton, more than 100 people gathered at Confluence Park – many with signs – and then marched to the MLK Promenade for a science and climate festival with games, music, and other activities. According to the March for Science website, the global grassroots movement was planned to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments. Other marches were held locally in Corning and Ithaca.
Local officials unveiled the brand-new VA clinic in Binghamton yesterday. The 25,000 square-foot facility will provide access to primary care, diagnostic services, physical therapy, group therapy, and other services to the 14,000 veterans in the Southern Tier. The new Greater Binghamton Healthcare Center will open on Monday at 203 Court Street.