Rural Tonganoxie man to appear before jury
A jury will decide whether a 32-year-old rural Tonganoxie man is guilty of an aggravated assault charge that stems from a July incident in which a shotgun was fired once at a Leavenworth County sheriff's deputy.
During a court appearance last Wednesday for John S. Calovich Jr., a Leavenworth County District Court judge determined that the case would be heard before a jury.
According to reports from Lt. Andy Dedeke, on July 22, at Calovich's home north of Tonganoxie, a shot was fired once at a sheriff's officer. The deputy was not injured. Dedeke said Calovich had offered to sell a shotgun to a Lenexa man that evening at the home of the Lenexa man's mother-in-law.
But, because he was concerned the gun was stolen, the Lenexa man decided not to purchase the gun. Calovich then went home, but the Lenexa man started to worry that he would return, so the Lenexa man followed Calovich home.
During the process, Calovich called the sheriff's office reporting that a crazy person was following him and that he thought the man was armed.
The two men reached Calovich's home and started arguing. Calovich told the Lenexa man to leave and as he was backing out of the driveway, sheriff's deputy Carol Abramovitz pulled in.
That's when she saw muzzle flash from a shotgun, according to Dedeke. Calovich told sheriff's officers that he didn't realize the car pulling in belonged to a sheriff's deputy.
The trial has been set for 9 a.m. Dec. 14.