Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York William Flanagan surrendered to Nassau County prosecutors in March.Opening statements started Tuesday in the conspiracy trial against William Flanagan, the ex-second deputy Nassau County police commissioner accused of helping cover-up a burglary for a friend.Prosecutors laid out their theory to the jury, who heard allegations that Flanagan received gifts from his friend once burglary charges were dropped against his friend’s son.Bruce Barket, Flanagan’s defense attorney, argued that the gifts his client received were coincidentally timed and really for Flanagan’s wedding anniversary.Most disputed, besides Flanagan’s involvement, is whether the principal of John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore wanted charges against the burglar, former student Zachary Parker of Merrick, dropped.The principal, Lorraine Poppe, is expected to testify in the trial, which will likely last into February. Parker later pled guilty and is serving prison time for the burglary.Flanagan pleaded not guilty in March to an indictment charging him with official misconduct and conspiracy along with former Chief of Patrol John Hunter and retired Det. Sgt Alan Sharpe.Hunter and Sharpe are slated to be tried separately.Judge Mark Cohen denied motions from Barket calling for a mistrial because he felt the judge was prejudicial when prosecutors objected during his opening statement.Flangan, Sharpe and Hunter were indicted following a Press expose into benefits given to those who have donated money to a Nassau police nonprofit foundation that is building a new police academy at Nassau Community College.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Classic rockers Van Halen had Nikon at Jones Beach Theater jumping on Saturday night.Outlined in the fluorescent colors of the stage lighting, lead vocalist David Lee Roth danced flamboyantly around in one of his usual tight outfits, backed by the electric strums of guitarists Eddie and Wolfgang and drummer Alex Van Halen.The show was their second at the amphitheater last week. Promoters had added the additional concert earlier this year due to popular demand to see the popular California rockers.The set included their many fan favorites, including “Beautiful Girls,” “Hot for Teacher” and “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love.” The night concluded with their cover of The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me,” “Panama,” their 1984 hit, “Jump,” plus a whole lot of applause.Following Eddie Van Halen’s icy interview with Rolling Stone in June, with worrisome implications about the band’s future, fans were relieved to see the bands’ dynamic on stage.Despite their differences, the tension between David and Eddie was nonexistent, even if David and the Van Halens all cut hands pretty quickly at the end of the show.Their maturity was a clear indication that this was a night not for themselves or their fame or their money, but for the fans. read more
Sumner Newscow report â€” Starting around Monday, November 10, the Kansas Department of Â Transportation will begin an asphalt roadway crack sealing project on sections of US-81Â highway in Sumner County. The section of US-81 Highway is from the Oklahoma state line continuing north 24 miles, but excluding the City of Caldwell, and ending about threeÂ miles south of the City of Wellington.This highwayÂ maintenance project is scheduled to be completed by mid-December, depending on Â delays due to adverse weather conditions.Traffic through this work zone will be controlled by flagmen and pilot car, so Â drivers can expect delays of up to 15 minutes. The work zone area will move daily and Â work will be underway during daylight hours only. Highway construction project Â locations and road condition information can be viewed at the http://511.ksdot.orgÂ website, or can also be accessed by telephone by dialing 511.RDT Inc. from Kansas City, Kansas is the prime contractor for this $88,364.15 Â project, which is funded by T-WORKS, the transportation program passed by the Â Kansas Legislature in May 2010. For more information about T-WORKS projects andfunding visit the website, www.ksdot.org/tworks.KDOT urges all motorists to be alert, obey the warning signs, and â€œGive â€˜Em a Â Brake!â€ when approaching and driving through a highway work zone. Persons with uestions about the road work or other KDOT projects can call South Central Kansas. read more