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.William Flanagan, the ex-Nassau County police commander accused of covering up a burglary for a friend, was described as both a criminal and victim of a “bizarre prosecution” on the first day of his trial Tuesday.Prosecutors and Flanagan’s defense dispute whether he received bribes for the alleged cover-up, the nature of his relationship with wealthy police donor Gary Parker and whether or not Lorraine Poppe, the principal of John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, backed off her request to press charges against Parker’s son, Zachary, the Merrick man who later admitted stealing electronics from the campus.“It’s not a case of police discretion, it’s a case of police indiscretion,” said Assistant District Attorney Cristiana McSloy in her opening statement. “He went as far as to orchestrate the return of evidence in an open felony investigation.”But the ex-second deputy police commissioner’s lawyer, Bruce Barkett, countered that “the allegation here is at its core a bald-faced lie.” He said the gifts were a wedding anniversary present while casting doubt on Flanagan’s role and the significance of returning the stolen property, saying “this is not what it’s cooked up to be.”Flanagan had pleaded not guilty in March to charges of conspiracy and official misconduct along with former Chief of Patrol John Hunter and retired Det. Sgt. Alan Sharpe, who are scheduled to be tried separately. Flanagan is alleged to have gotten the case squashed at Parker’s request after attempts by Hunter and Sharpe allegedly failed.The Nassau courtroom was crowded with current and former members of the police department who came to show support for their former boss as well as officials from the district attorney’s office. But the crowd thinned out when it was time for witnesses to take the stand—and for Barkett to correct his opening statement in which he mistakenly concluded by telling the jury to find his client guilty.The first witness was Seventh Precinct Officer Samantha Sullivan, who took the theft report from Poppe after the May 2009 theft of a projector—the last in a string of laptops, calculators and other electronics worth nearly $11,000 that Parker stole.Poppe named Parker as a suspect and wrote in her statement that she wanted him arrested, but Sullivan testified that she crossed out Parker’s name with Poppe’s permission to keep the document “objective” for the investigating detectives.William Brennen, the East Islip High School principal who was Poppe’s assistant at the time, was the second and final witness of the opening day. He told the court that he and Poppe suspended Parker for five days—the maximum allowed before the district superintendent gets involved.Parker was seen on surveillance video afterhours the night of the projector theft, despite being banned from being on campus after class, Brennen testified. He said he never had a chance to show investigators the video showing Parker “carrying a satchel containing something of a relative size to a projector” before he got his new job that summer.Barkett refused to say outside the courtroom whether Flanagan will take the stand. Testimony in the high-profile case resumes Thursday.
Written By WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US Sreehari Menon First Published: 18th December, 2019 19:23 IST LIVE TV Details on the deal between Madison Bumgarner and the #Diamondbacks, including items on how the #MNTwins and #SFGiants also pursued the lefty: https://t.co/iDV9qTLYnh pic.twitter.com/5iVnrXnA0k— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) December 16, 2019 The MLB offseason saw many high-profile deals go through. While Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon’s moves garnered more attention, Madison Bumgarner’s reported $85 million switch to the Arizona Diamondbacks also raised a few eyebrows. Now reports suggest that one of the significant reasons for MadBum’s move to the Diamondbacks had nothing to do with baseball!Also Read: MLB Trade Rumours: Diamondbacks Sign Up Star Pitcher Madison Bumgarner For $85 MillionMLB: Arizona Diamondbacks sign Madison Bumgarner for $85 million deal Last Updated: 18th December, 2019 19:23 IST Madison Bumgarner Chose To Play For Arizona Diamondbacks Due To His Horses: Reports Madison Bumgarner made a five-year $85 million trade to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the offseason. Reportedly, his horses were the reason why he chose D-Backs. The Arizona Diamondbacks were reportedly Madison Bumgarner’s first choice if the club offered him a good deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. While Bumgarner and his team were looking at a potential $100 million contract for the 30-year old, they settled for an $85 million deal the Diamondbacks offered. A three-time World Series winner and 2014 Fall Classic MVP, Madison Bumgarner spent 11 years with the San Francisco Giants before leaving as a free agent.Also Read: MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Up Socrates Brito, Miguel Del Pozo And Phillip EvansMLB: Madison Bumgarner’s horses’ prime reason for Arizona Diamondbacks move?The San Francisco Giants offered the veteran hurler a four-year contract in the $70-million range; a source told Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic. However, it wasn’t enough to keep him in San Francisco. The reports state that four-time All-Star owns horses in the Phoenix area and loves it there. According to ESPN’s Pedro Gomez, familiarity is also one of the critical reasons why Madison Bumgarner chose the Arizona Diamondbacks.Also Read: Dodgers Trade Rumours: What To Expect From The LA Dodgers This MLB OffseasonNobody competes harder than Madison Bumgarner: Buster PoseySan Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey said that he would miss Madison Bumgarner. Posey said that he has memories with MadBum that would last a lifetime. Posey further added that it’d be fun competing against Bumgarner, while also saying that nobody fights harder that Madison Bumgarner in the field. Bumgarner owns a career 3.13 ERA with 1,794 strikeouts in 1,846 innings with the Giants.Also Read: Washington Nationals Willing To Offer Josh Donaldson Bumper 4-year, $90 Million Contract COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US
As the Commonwealth Games kicked off in grand style in Gold Coast, Australia thursday, Nigeriaâ€™s Chef de Mission, Chief Kofo Nwokedi, has warned Team Nigeria athletes and officials not to be carried away by the abundance of too much food provided at the Games Village.Mrs Nwokedi who visited the massive restaurant in the Games Village was wowed by the delicacies provided by the Australians. She told the athletes not to be carried away by the delicacies.â€˜â€™This is a temptation to much to resist,â€ Nwokedi said after going round the hall to behold the continental dishes provided by the host. â€œSome athletes will fall to the sweetness of the food. We need to let our athletes control themselves so as not to wobble and fumble in their events due to over feeding,â€™â€™ she emphasised. The main dining room seats up to 2,300 people at any one time and handles about 20,000 meals that are served each day.Most countries here came with their nutritionists to help advice their athletes on what to eat and not to eat.A Nigerian athlete confirmed that whoever follows the abundance and sweetness of the food would get burst before the end of the Games. Not just that. The dream and aspirations of mounting the podium would equally burst as the delicacies are too tempting.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram