Cops: Teens charged in vandalism of town pools

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Five teenagers, two of them juveniles, have been arrested and charged in connection with summertime vandalism at seven Town of Hempstead pools, Nassau County police announced early Monday.

The crimes involved pouring crushed rubber into the pools, all located in the Levittown area, between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Aug. 21, causing an undisclosed amount of damage, police said.

Four of the teens, ages 14 through 17, were arrested between Sept. 1 and Sept. 3, police said. The fifth, identified as Alexander Maher, 17, of 5 Tarry Lane, Levittown, was arrested Sunday.

The three teens charged as adults were identified as Maher, Courtney Erin Kelly, 17, of 85 Chimney Lane, Levittown, and James Slattery, 17, of 35 Poppy Lane, Levittown.

The two juveniles are 14 and 15, police said.

Their identities were not released because of their age.

Kelly was charged with third-degree criminal mischief at her arraignment in First District Court in Hempstead on Sept. 2. Slattery, Maher and the juveniles were each charged with third-degree criminal tampering and reckless endangerment of property, police said.

Slattery was released on an appearance ticket and was arraigned in First District Court on Friday. Maher was released on an appearance ticket and will be arraigned on Oct. 1.

Slattery and Kelly both were placed in the Adolescent Diversion Program and given conditional releases to probation pending the final disposition of their cases, according to court records. Slattery is due back in court on Wednesday.

Kelly is next scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 30.

The two juveniles were each released to a third party after their arrests, police said.

The 14-year-old appeared in Family Court on Friday; the 15-year-old is due in Family Court on Tuesday. The status of those cases is not known.

Police said the five teens poured "black crushed rubber" into the following pools: Slate Lane Pool; Acorn Lane Pool; Bluegrass Lane Pool; North Village Green Pool; Azalea Road Pool; East Village Green Pool; and West Village Green Pool.

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