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.
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.
A former Elmira Jackals hockey player will be sentenced today in Chemung County Court for the death of his wife. Thomas Clayton’s attorneys tried unsuccessfully last week to get the sentencing delayed because the jury got it wrong, according to his attorney Ray Schlater. Clayton was found guilty earlier this year of hiring another man, Michael Beard, to kill his wife Kelley. The judge rejected the request of defense attorney Ray Schlather to delay sentencing, saying he didn’t see any evidence that testimony during the seven-week trial was based on faulty assumptions. After seven weeks in court, Clayton was found guilty in February of hiring another man, Michael Beard, to kill his wife Kelley. The prosecution wants Clayton to get the maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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.