A Connecticut truck driver who was accused of falling asleep at the wheel before striking and killing a Nassau County Police officer from Wantagh in February 2011, will avoid jail time after pleading guilty to lesser charge Thursday. John Kaley, 27, of New Britain, Conn., had been charged with criminally negligent homicide for crashing his tow truck into Michael Califano while he was conducting a routine traffic stop along the Long Island Expressway in Old Westbury on Feb. 4, 2011. On Thursday a little more than two years after the incident, Judge William O'Brien dismissed the criminally negligent homicide charge and Kaley pleaded guilty instead to reckless driving, according to Nassau County District Attorney's office spokesman Chris Munzing. He will not face jail time with his new misdemeanor charge but did have his license revoked.
A Nassau County jury convicted former Nassau County Deputy Police Commissioner William Flanagan on two counts of official misconduct and one count of conspiracy in connection with his role preventing the arrest of a Merrick teenager whose father was a personal friend and financial benefactor of the police.
Flanagan, 55, of Islip, was convicted of two counts of official misconduct amd one count of sixth-degree conspiracy Feb. 14, according to the Nassau district attorney's office. Flanagan was found not guilty of receiving a reward for official misconduct in a verdict returned on Feb. 15.
Flanagan, was a former second deputy commissioner with the Nassau County Police Department before his March 2012 indictment. He resigned from his position on Feb. 29 of that year. He faces up to one year in jail at sentencing.
In other news:
A Freeport man pleaded guilty Friday to stealing a Hicksville resident’s vehicle at gunpoint and then intentionally crashing into a police vehicle after officers had trapped him in Fayette Elementary School's parking lot. According to police, Remick Menjivar, 19, pleaded guilty this morning to first-degree robbery and second-degree assault in exchange for a promised prison sentence of 14 years from Judge William Donnino. The Nassau County District Attorney’s office advocated for a 20-year prison sentence. He will be sentenced on March 15.
Patchogue Man Back in Court on Child Porn Charge
A Sayville School District custodian from Patchogue is due back in Suffolk County Court on March 6 after pleading not guilty to a charge of allegedly possessing child pornography. Shawn Mead, 44, a custodian at Lincoln Avenue Elementary, is out on $5,000 cash bail after being arrested last August and indicted on September 6, 2012 for possession of a sexual performance by a child. The charge is a class E felony punishable with a maximum sentence of four years in jail.
Police Hunt 2 in Brutal Hicksville Attack
Nassau County detectives are seeking clues to a brutal robbery that took place in Hicksville on Friday night. The Second Squad said a 38-year-old man was set upon from behind by two unknown men Friday about 10 p.m. The victim was walking on Kiwanis Place in the vicinity of James Street when one subject struck the victim in the head while the second subject pulled him to the ground. The assailants began to kick the victim and an IPOD was stolen from the victim’s pocket, police said. Both attackers fled the scene on foot towards the Hicksville Long Island Railroad Station. The victim was transported to a nearby where he was treated for non life-threatening injuries.
Woman Charged in TD Bank Heists
Three people were arrested Thursday night after a bank robbery in Roslyn Heights, one of whom was connected to a string of six Nassau County TD Bank robberies that began back in January. According to Nassau County detectives, Monique Davis, 36, and Anthony Brown, 24, both with no known address, entered the TD Bank at 111 Mineola Ave. in Roslyn Heights. Davis attempted to conduct a transaction and when asked for identification she demanded money from the teller. After obtaining more than $1,000, police said Davis and Brown fled the scene before being apprehended by police.