Around New Haven

City to sell former Timothy Dwight school

The city has agreed to sell the historic Timothy Dwight School building on 130 Edgewood Ave. for $4.51 million to Amistad Academy, which will use the space to consolidate its formerly split K-4 and 5-8 campuses. Amistad, a charter school supported by the nonprofit Achievement First, will build a new gym, demolish a portion of an existing building and add additional classrooms. Deputy Economic Development Administrator Chrissy Bonanno ’01 applauded the continued use of the space as a school, calling the sale “really beneficial to the vibrancy of the neighborhood.” Proceeds from the sale will help to balance the city’s budget for the current year.

—William Dockendorf

‘Dangerous’ pets may be outlawed in Connecticut

The General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee this week endorsed a proposal to ban private ownership of potentially dangerous animals, including large primates and alligators. The legislation came after a February attack on a Stamford woman by a 200-pound domesticated chimpanzee, which ended in the chimp’s owner’s repeatedly stabbing her own pet to save her friend. A police officer shot the chimpanzee after being cornered, killing it. The proposed ban will next appear before the state House of Representatives for review.

—Shahla Naimi and

The Associated Press

Confessed rapist pleads not guilty to charges

New London resident Jose Angel Moreno-Hernandez, 26, pleaded not guilty to six felony charges and one misdemeanor charge in court Tuesday despite previously admitting to attempted murder after sexually assaulting a female co-worker March 27, the New Haven Register reported. Moreno-Hernandez worked at Temple Grill with the victim, who had chosen to give him a ride home from work the night of the attack. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has provided no confirmation on Moreno-Hernandez’s immigration status.

—Shahla Naimi

On Long Wharf, wind turbine breaks ground

Long Wharf Drive will soon be home to the city’s latest experiment renewable energy when work begins on a wind turbine that will power lights and perhaps heat water for the nearby Schooner House. At the groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, Mayor John DeStefano Jr. called the launch “a tiny first step,” both in the city’s efforts at sustainability and the state’s research into wind power. The wind turbine installation is the first initiative for the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund’s $500,000 Small Wind Turbine Demonstration Project, promotes the use of small wind turbines for generating electricity and offsetting consumer costs.

—William Dockendorf

After foot chase, cops arrest 21-year-old for possession

Quick thinking by a New Haven Police Department officer resulted in the arrest of a 21-year-old on narcotics and weapons charges, City Hall announced Thursday. The officer saw New Haven resident Hector Moreno behaving suspiciously outside a store at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Maltby Street. When Moreno saw the police, he fled — jumping over fences and running through yards — with police in close pursuit. When police officers eventually detained Moreno, they found he was in possession of a handgun for which he did not have a permit, ammunition and 20 bags of narcotics.

—Harrison Korn

Two shot in early afternoon

Two people were shot in New Haven early Wednesday afternoon. At 12:41 p.m., a victim was shot multiple times in the chest, arms and legs at 842 Congress Ave., the New Haven Police Department said. The victim was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital. At 1:17 p.m., a second victim was shot in the leg on Dixwell Avenue near Doorman Street and transported to the Hospital of Saint Raphael with non–life threatening injuries. Police said the suspect is an 18- to 25-year-old black male who was riding a bike. —Harrison Korn

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