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.
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.
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.
A man was left in critical condition after an assault in Binghamton yesterday. Police say 41-year-old Kenneth Richardson was picked up and slammed to the sidewalk in front of 62 Conklin Avenue just after 8:30am yesterday. He was found unconscious and transported to the hospital for treatment. After talking to witnesses, detectives determined that the man was attacked by 22-year-old Eric Mathis and that the two acquaintances were together before the altercation. Police are still investigating and are asking anyone with information to call their confidential tip line at 607-772-7080.
Nicholas Chappell was convicted on murder and attempted murder charges in Broome County Court yesterday. The 28-year-old was accused of fatally shooting David Sanborn and wounding Jordan Doolittle in a shooting on Mozart Street August 31. Prosecutors say it happened after Sanborn and Doolittle showed up at Chappell’s apartment to retrieve some possessions. Chappell claimed the shooting was self-defense. He will be sentenced on June 7.
A vigil was held Monday to mark the eight year anniversary of the American Civic Association Shooting in Binghamton. Eight years ago yesterday a gunman stormed the ACA and killed 13 people. It is the largest mass shooting in Southern Tier history. Dozens of people paid their respects yesterday.