Around New Haven: 1.29.10

Quinnipiac to open medical school, launch hospital partnerships

Quinnipiac University will open a medical school by 2014, university president John Lahey said Thursday. The complex is expected to cost $75 million, and school officials said they will try to establish partnerships between the medical school and local hospitals. “Quinnipiac will be at the forefront nationally in addressing this critical health care need,” Lahey told the Associated Press.

—Yale Daily News

Mayor reports purse snatching on Whalley Avenue

Mayor John DeStefano Jr. called the police just before noon this past Saturday to report a purse snatching on Whalley Avenue. Police said a young black male ran off with the female victim’s purse when she put it down near a bus stop. DeStefano was on the scene and reported the crime. “I just did what any citizen should do,” he said. Police are investigating the incident.

—Colin Ross

U.S. marshals, New Haven police arrest city fugitive

Police have arrested a fugitive New Haven man for alleged domestic violence and strangulation. Federal marshals and New Haven police arrested Darius Dubose, 25, in West Hills on Thursday. For more than a month, Dubose had been wanted for allegedly committing violent acts Dec. 20. Police said they have charged Dubose with several counts of violent crimes, including kidnapping and assault.

—Colin Ross

City economic development official to leave in March

Michelle Whelley, executive director of the Economic Development Corporation of New Haven, will leave her position in March. Economic Development Administrator Kelly Murphy will serve as interim director for a few months once Whelley leaves, said David Silverstone, president of the EDC’s board of directors, according to the New Haven Register.

—Yale Daily News

Masked thieves rob Whalley Avenue restaurant at gunpoint

Two masked men robbed a Whalley Avenue Chinese restaurant at gunpoint on Wednesday night. New Haven Police Department spokesman Joseph Avery said the men, one with a revolver, entered Shang Hai restaurant, located at 363 Whalley Ave., around 11 p.m. and stole an undetermined amount of money. The men were last seen fleeing through backyards toward Ellsworth Avenue, police said.

—Yale Daily News

State receives federal funds for New Haven rail

Connecticut will receive $40 million in federal funding to help to build a rail line from New Haven to Springfield, Mass., U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd announced Wednesday. State officials plan to establish a stop near Bradley International Airport by 2015, when trains operated by Amtrak will run every 30 minutes to Bradley. “We’re on a track towards better, faster, more reliable rail service,” Dodd said.

—Yale Daily News