BDs testify on attack in California

April 16, 2008 • 1
Following two days of heated — and, at times, colorful — testimony in a San Francisco courtroom, preliminary hearings for the two men charged in the 2006 New Year’s Eve attack against members of the Baker’s Dozen a cappella group will likely conclude today in San Francisco. But not before some college drama surfaced first. »

Sexuality may have led to student assault

April 16, 2008 • 15
A gay Yale Law School student was assaulted earlier this month, ostensibly because of his sexuality, according to a New Haven Police Department report. On Saturday, April 5, Craig Konnoth LAW ’10 was assaulted by two unidentified males outside the New Haven Towers apartment complex near the intersection of Crown and High streets, one block »

Brief: YPD officers help investigate bomb found on train tracks

April 16, 2008 • 0
A bomb was discovered on and removed from New Haven train tracks Tuesday evening. Two children stumbled upon a “greenish brown” object with “an orange piece” and a string attached to it, WTNH reported late Tuesday evening. Bomb technicians from the Yale Police Department were called in to help AMTRAK Police and New Haven firefighters »

Yale to open police records

April 14, 2008 • 1
Yale University announced Friday morning that it would not contest the Freedom of Information Commission’s February ruling that mandated the Yale Police Department to disclose personnel files for two of its officers. Almost two months ago, the commission ruled that although it is a privately funded and privately hired law-enforcement agency, the YPD is subject »

Brief: Mercedes rams house on Edgewood Avenue; no injuries reported

April 14, 2008 • 2
A black Mercedes sedan crashed into the first floor of 61 Edgewood Ave., smashing the front staircase and leaving a five-foot-tall hole, around 12:30 Monday morning. Although the car had a New Haven Police Department decal on the driver’s side passenger window, an NHPD spokeswoman could not confirm that the car was stolen. The house »

Looking West, Ortiz leaves a mixed legacy

April 11, 2008 • 1
It took two retirements — one 12 years ago and another, effective at the end of today — but Francisco Ortiz is finally ready to put away his New Haven Police Department badge. After 30 years of serving in the Elm City, including five as chief of police, Cisco — as he is affectionately nicknamed »

Yale will not contest FOIC decision calling for disclosure of YPD files

April 11, 2008 • 6
In a statement Friday morning, Yale announced it would not contest the Freedom of Information Commission’s February ruling that mandated the Yale Police Department to disclose personnel files for two of its officers. Almost two months ago, the commission ruled that the YPD, though it is a privately funded law-enforcement agency, is subject to the »

In New Haven, burglary spike linked to economic downturn

April 9, 2008 • 5
As Mayor John DeStefano Jr. stood before the podium at a press conference at New Haven Police Department headquarters last Friday, he emphasized two trends in the city’s quarterly crime report. As statistics breakdowns flashed in succession on a projector screen to his left, the message was clear. “Violent crimes are down. Burglaries are up,” »

Shootings drop in first quarter

April 7, 2008 • 1
The first three months of 2008 saw city criminals trading guns for crow bars and lock picks, according to a first-quarter crime report released by the New Haven Police Department over the weekend. At a press conference Friday morning, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. and NHPD Chief Francisco Ortiz reported that as overall violent »

State task force ends term with NHPD

April 4, 2008 • 0
At 2 p.m. yesterday, two hours before the State Urban Violence and Cooperative Crime Control Task Force’s memorandum of understanding with the New Haven Police Department expired, it was time to say “thank you.” At a press conference Thursday, Chief Francisco Ortiz and soon-to-be interim Chief Stephanie Redding bid farewell to a five-man state task »

Light serving jail time for gun charges

April 1, 2008 • 14
David Light, the would-be Calhoun junior who was arrested twice last summer on weapons charges, was found guilty last Thursday and has already started serving what will likely be a one-year sentence in prison. The Woodland Park, Colo., native pleaded no contest last week to two counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon — »

Thief ransacks Chabad house

March 31, 2008 • 0
The New Haven Police Department on Sunday arrested a suspect in the theft of $1,000-$2,000 worth of electronics from the Edgewood Ave. house of Yale Chabad, an organization that espouses the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement. Rabbi Shua Rosenstein, who founded the Yale branch of Chabad in 2001 and continues to direct the organization today, said he »