One kicked out of treatment court, another succeeding

NORWICH – Two individuals, previously on treatment court for drug related offenses, were heard Monday morning, Dec. 21, in Chenango County Court.

Chenango County Judge Frank B. Revoir Jr. presided over both cases while District Attorney Joseph A. McBride was present on behalf of the people.

• Nicole L. Rifanburg, 26, of Norwich was brought to court from the Chenango County Correctional Facility as she is already incarcerated. Rifanburg was represented in court by her Attorney Linden Summers.

Rifanburg was previously arrested with her co-defendant David S. Franklin, 33, of Oxford.

Franklin was previously indicted for three counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, a class D felony.

It is alleged that on Dec. 18, 2014 at three different pharmacies, Franklin did knowingly and unlawfully possess a prescription for 60 oxycodone 15 mg pills from Northern New Jersey Pain and Rehabilitation Center, which contained the forged signature of a doctor. Franklin allegedly attempted to have said prescription filled at each pharmacy.

Rifanburg had been placed on probation following this matter and was a recent part of the drug treatment court.

However, Rifanburg was in court again after the probation department issued a violation of probation order.

The violation alleged that Rifanburg had continuously tested positive for various drug related substances, causing the termination of her probation and treatment court status.

It was also alleged that Rifanburg had been attending a 9-month rehab center, but chose to check herself out against orders.

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