More details have been released concerning how 7-year-old Connor Brown fell into the Susquehanna River near Conklin and drowned on Sunday night. The Broome County Sheriff’s Office says Connor was playing outside his family’s home with his 8-year-old brother when he fell into the water and became trapped under the ice. His mother and brother also fell into the river trying to save him, but they were rescued by neighbors. Connor was pulled out of the water 15-20 minutes later, but it was too late. The 7-year-old was a second grade student in the Susquehanna Valley School District. The district said Connor was a very popular student, and their thoughts and prayers are with his family.
A special prosecutor has been assigned to investigate the past uses of a Town of Conklin credit card by current Broome County Executive Debbie Preston. Schuyler County District Attorney Joseph Fazzary has been assigned by Broome County Supreme Court Justice Molly Fitzgerald. While no charges have yet been filed, Fazzary has been assigned to be in charge of any “investigation, charge, and subsequent prosecution” of Preston. Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell recused himself from the case last week. Preston held a press conference on Tuesday and admitted to using a Town of Conklin Sam’s Club card for personal use when she was town supervisor in 2011. She paid it back with her own money in 2012. The Republican is running for re-election this year against Democrat challenger Jason Garnar.
Over 450 full-time jobs are coming to the Southern Tier over the next five years. The jobs come after Dick’s Sporting Goods announces that it is spending $100 million to build its next distribution center at Broome Corporate Park in Conklin. Construction on the new facility is slated to begin next month and is expected to be completed in the Spring of 2018. New York State, Broome County, and NYSEG all came together to incentivize the building of the distribution center in Conklin.
A woman from Johnson City has been arrested for stealing over $7,500 from a local fire department. 48-year-old Laura Landers was the treasurer of the Nanticoke Fire Department from 2012 to 2014. During that time, she is said to have taken $7,779 dollars. She was arraigned in the Town of Conklin Court and released to appear back in court at a later date.
One local man is looking at jail time after pleading guilty to two bank robberies that occurred in 2012. 54-year-old Scott Wade allegedly stole around $3,000 from the First Niagara Bank on Route 7 in Conklin, during two separate incidents three years ago. Wade plead guilty to felony counts of 3rd degree robbery and 4th degree grand larceny. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 13th, and could face between 2 and 4 years in prison.
A Conklin man is pronounced dead and two are injured after being hit by a car Sunday morning in Choconut Township. Pennsylvania State Police say 21-year-old Seth Swindler and two 17-year-old females were being pulled on a mattress behind a vehicle in a field off of State Route 267 in Choconut, when a tow truck crossed in front of another car exiting the field causing the car to hit the mattress. Swindler was pronounced dead on scene while the other two minors were injured. Police are ruling the incident an accidental death, however they are still investigating.
The Conklin dairy plant is now looking to stay open. Earlier this month, the Crowley distribution center in Conklin, currently owned by HP Hood LLC, was scheduled to close its doors sometime in November. In a new development, however, the plant will remain open under new ownership. Balford Farms of Pennsylvania is expected to gain ownership of the plant by the end of October. Current plant employees are being offered employment first under the new ownership. In the agreement, Balford will also acquire Rosenberg’s Dairy.
Early this morning, Binghamton Police arrested a Conklin woman following a traffic stop. 46-year-old Paulette Dykeman was arrested for driving while intoxicated, with a BAC level of 0.14%. After a brief investigation, authorities discovered that Dykeman was driving without a valid driver’s license and was also wanted by Pennsylvania authorities as a fugitive from justice on an active warrant. Dykeman was arrested without incident, and sent to the Broome County Jail, pending extradition proceedings to Pennsylvania.