Around New Haven 10.23.09

ShotSpotter leads to bleeding man on Goffe Street

Police made good use of their new ShotSpotter technology Thursday, according to a statement issued by New Haven Police Department spokesman Joe Avery. A ShotSpotter sensor, which can hear gunshots across the city, led police to 200 Goffe St., where they found Troy Zanders, 20, shot and bleeding from a neck wound. Zanders told police that he was assailed by two to three subjects who had fled the scene. His injuries were found to be non-life threatening, police said, though the bullet was still embedded in his neck.

—Colin Ross

Mayor to celebrate new phase of Farmington Greenway construction

Mayor John DeStefano Jr. will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday to mark the completion of phase 3 of the Farmington Canal Greenway Project, City Hall spokeswoman Jessica Mayorga said in a press release this week. The project connects the Farmington Canal Trail between New Haven and Hamden, she wrote, which will make the Yale campus, Science Park and downtown New Haven accessible to those in Hamden and Cheshire.

—Esther Zuckerman

Police arrest alleged gang leader

On Wednesday, New Haven police arrested Patrick Brown, 27, whom they claim is the leader of the city’s branch of the Grape Street Crips gang. Police said Thursday that they suspect Brown of attempting to expand the Crips, now based primarily in the Hill South neighborhood, to the rest of the city. Detectives from the Tactical Narcotics Unit have been looking for Brown since Aug. 27, when they raided his house and found a store of cash and drugs. Police charged Brown with outstanding warrants for the possession and sale of narcotics, as well a violation of probation.

—Colin Ross

UConn president addresses student death; arrest near

University of Connecticut President Michael Hogan on Thursday called for the school to come together after the homicide of student Jasper Howard. “Talk together,” Hogan wrote in a letter to the community. “Students, call home. Parents, call your daughters and your sons.” After an on-campus fight, Howard, 20, a cornerback for the college’s football team, died from a stab wound to the abdomen, The New York Times reported this week. Hartford lawyer Deron Freemon told the Associated Press this week that police would arrest a person in connection to the homicide soon.

—Yale Daily News

New Haven Public Schools official to serve as state House lawyer

The New Haven Public Schools official in charge of the city’s $1.5 billion school construction program, Susan Weisselberg, will serve as the new chief legal counsel for the state House of Representatives Democratic Caucus, state Rep. Chris Donovan wrote in a Tuesday e-mail to state legislators, according to the New Haven Independent. Weisselberg has been an employee at the Board of Education since 2007. New Haven Public Schools spokeswoman Michelle Wade told the Independent that school officials have not decided whether to appoint a new school construction program coordinator.

—Yale Daily News

Rell expects $4 million for New Haven fire academy

The State Bond Commission will likely approve over $4 million to improve the New Haven Regional Fire Academy, Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced Thursday. The state funding would be used to construct a fire training building and garage for the academy, according to a statement released by Rell’s office. “The benefactors of these enhanced training facilities and equipment are the residents served and protected by these firefighter,” Rell said in a statement. The construction is slated to be completed by 2011.

—Yale Daily News

Correction: October 23, 2009

An earlier version of this article misstated the name of the police gunshot sensor system ShotSpotter.

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