The pending homicide case against Ernest & Heather Franklin of Guilford in Chenango County Court has now received national attention, with the bail hearing transcripts from last week included in “People Magazine” Chenango County District attorney Joseph McBride stated at the hearing that the Franklins allegedly killed their special needs adopted son Jeffrey, and then set the family residence on fire, after watching the movie “Manchester By The Sea” on February 28th, which contained scenes with a murdered child & an arson fire. McBride commented to WCDO News about the case’s timeline:
(Joe McBride 4-13-17)
Bail for Ernest Franklin was set at $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond; Bail for Heather Franklin was set at $125,000 cash or $250,000 bond.
State lawmakers will work on other issues now that the state budget was completed last weekend. State Senator Fred Akshar told WCDO news what he liked in the final plan.
(Fred Akshar 4-13-17)
Akshar said that he was also happy that millions of dollars in tax & fee increases favored by downstate concerned were not included in the final budget plan.
The Oneonta Downtown Revitalization Plan process is moving forward, Oneonta mayor Gary Herzig explains:
(Gary Herzig 4-13-17)
Herzig said that many smaller downtown projects will be tackled first, the larger plans require a lengthier regulatory process before construction begins.
Tonight is the home opener for the newly branded Binghamton “Rumble Ponies” Baseball team, at NYSEG Stadium. Team Spokesman Ed Saunders told WCDO about the many fan friendly improvements & attractions for fans this year:
(Ed Saunders 4-13-17)
Tickets are on sale at the NYSEG Stadium box office or at Bingrp.com. Saunders said that the team is still affiliated with the New York Mets, regardless of the team name change.
Chenango county sheriffs department responded to county route 17 in the town of Oxford for a 1-vehicle accident Wednesday. 26-year-old Christina Graham of Norwich lost control of her vehicle went off the roadway & into a tree. Graham was airlifted to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse for head trauma, her 6 year old son was taken to Wilson hospital for a shoulder injury, the investigation is continuing.
State Police arrested 18-year-old Austin Carr and 16 year old Cody Ferrara of Guilford for 2ND Degree Burglary, following an investigation into a forced entry burglary at a home on North Pond Road in the Town of Guilford, where numerous electronic items were taken. Carr & Ferrara were arraigned in the Town of Guilford court and were remanded to the Chenango County Jail on $1,000 cash bail.
28-year-old Adam Alexander of Afton pleaded guilty in Broome County Court to 2nd degree manslaughter & driving a vehicle with a BAC higher than .08, in connection with the death of 36-year-old Jason Smith in the town of Colesville last September 5th. Alexander’s vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of state routes 235 & 7; he collided with Smith’s Motorcycle. Alexander faces sentencing on June 22nd.